Solo Strong Beer Says Little People Are Half As Good As Regular People

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So...does strapping a midget...oh, damn, that's not the right word...a little person to the front of a man who then, with the help of the little person, hurls a shot which beats a 1973 record make the man one and and a half times the man he already is? According to Solo Strong beer, the answer is yes.

All of this raises a very important question; Does Solo Strong beer thing midgets, sorry, little people are half as good as "regular" people? Apparently so since advertising is, as we all know, the bastion of truth and enlightened thought, right?

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 5-08    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Strange



Josh Hartnett Does the Giorgio Armani Fragrance Thing

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From SelectNY and Anonymous Content comes this new commercial for Giorgio Armani's Diamonds for Men. The ad features Josh Hartnett doing what people like Josh Hartnett do in fragrance commercials; drive classic cars, dress classically, work the crowd at a retro Hollywood event, act like a star and, well, say nothing.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 3-08    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials



Boobs Sell Everything, Right? Why Not Insurance?

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Is there anything more boring than insurance? You need it but it's one of the most unsexy things in this world. OK, so it's not like it hasn't been done before but this latest ad for Trident Insurance hides nothing and doesn't apologize for anything when, for a full minute and a half, it foists upon us nothing more than a bunch of women in white bikinis jumping up and down while the camera focuses on their jiggling (in slow motion, of course) breasts.

That's it. That's all there is to this commercial. There's nothing else to write about it other than, perhaps, an analysis of bikini style, breast size or fake or not commentary. And since Adrants is a serious publication covering the advertising industry, not sex, you really don't want want to read about all that, right?

by Steve Hall    Oct- 3-08    
Topic: Commercials, Racy



Life without Healthcare is Like Going Commando

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Here's a comparison that's never been made before: lack of health insurance is like walking around with your bare ass showing.

May explain why down-and-out celebrities go pantyless so often. Could they be crying for help? "I'm uninsured, please pity me."

By the campaign for Jim Slattery of Kansas, who's running for US Senate.

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 3-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Political, Television



Hey, Weird: A Beer Ad Without T, A or Words Like 'Duuuude'

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"Spoken Word," a Guinness ad, just debuted in Jamaica. It is pretty, and mystical, and it even takes a shot at being uplifting. "Reach for greatness," it concludes, shortly after a melodic spoken word artist -- whose words turn wisps of time into wings on his back -- fades from view.

Substantial but casual. Kind of like Guinness, actually. Between the lines, it suggests drinking isn't confined to drunks, co-eds or singles pursuing carnal intrigue.

By Saatchi & Saatchi/London and production firm Shilo/Hanharan. Music by Human.

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 2-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good



'They Like Pets, Right? Why Not Get Them a Drug-Sniffing Dog?'

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Patsy, a little potato-faced woman, doesn't know how to talk to her kids about drugs. But she knows that she should, so she finds ways to unearth drug use in ways they won't expect: ambushing them in the shower, patting them down mid-embrace, and stripping labels off the family's prescription pills. (Don't ask. I was clueless about the logic of that.)

In the end, well-meaning Patsy only alienates her kids and bamboozles her husband into accidentally taking female hormone pills. (No labels on the drug bottles, remember?) The moral of this story? "Don't be a Patsy."

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by Angela Natividad    Oct- 2-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Online, Television



Palin Obama'd, Dunkin' Dumbed, Gigya Scores, YouTube Does Post Roll

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- Obama Girl does Sarah Palin.

- I miss Dunkin' Donuts' trippy ads and definitely don't like the new, slow, plodding Uphill Battle Hill Holiday has just launched.

- Strawberry Frog's Brazil office has picked up the Quaker Oats account in Mexico.

- Content sharing company Gigya has scored Series C funding of $11 million bringing their total VC sore up to $23.5 million.

- If the Sex Pistol's Johnny Rotten can end up in a commercial, any celebrity can. Not sure this is necessarily a good thing though.

- YouTube is getting into the post-roll video advertising thing.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 2-08    
Topic: Commercials



If Fiesta Means Love, then What's a Tesla Roadster?

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I oscillate between being impressed and appalled by the juxtaposition of human tango and car (?) tango in this promo for Ford Fiesta.

"Tango at the Tower" isn't just a random spot; it's footage from a Tower of London event featuring Jodie Kidd and Ian Waite (Strictly Come Dancing), the key dancers in the video, as well as a handful of other celebs: Andrew Castle, Suzanne Shaw, Liz McClarnon, Mark Ramprakash.

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VIFF Turns Camera Eye to Film Festival Audience

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"I was immediately attracted to the idea of turning the movie screen into a kind of mirror to the audience," says Chris Hutsul of Soft Citizen, referring to the spots he directed for the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF).

They're smart, funny and unexpectedly existential -- but also familiar, because you see yourself in each of these snapshots: your rage at late-coming friends, your perplexity toward abstract cinema, or the way some foreign films turn you into an overthinking, turtleneck-sporting douchebag. With a ponytail.

o The Overanalyzer
o The Foreign Film
o The Seat-Saver
o The Front Row
o The First Question
o The Die Hard

They end neatly -- gratefully, even -- with the words "We're glad you're here." (So glad, in fact, that they -- meaning VIFF -- have also given you a game to play. It's an amusing one-time distraction, enough of an experience to leave you feeling good, post-chortle.)

Agency: TBWA/Vancouver. Soft Citizen produced, Secret Location assisted with interactive production.



You Wouldn't Believe It, But This is An Ad for Rolling Paper

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"The Fly in the Eye" follows in the tradition of old-school psychological horror cinema. Created by Cisma/Sao Paulo, it's the story of a man who, in his efforts to get rid of a fly, bends the constraints of reality and for some reason ends up with two irises in one socket.

Weird shit. The video concludes with "Always expect the unexpected!", followed by a link to BlackThinking.com.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-30-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Online, Packaging, Specialty, Video










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