Domino's Delivers Pizza to Joker. Fails

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Please! Can we just stop with all these forced movie co-marketing tie-ins that make about as much sense as submitting a real ad to Cannes for a Lion? In this disaster, we have a Domino's delivery boy ... oops ... girl traveling through a Dark Night (get it?) in Gotham City (get it?) to deliver a Gotham City Pizza (get it?) to the Joker (get it?) who owes pizza girl a new car because of his random acts of violence. It all kinda makes good 'ol "price and item" advertising ripe for a comeback.

Please, CP+B! Call Barbarian Group and hook up for another Subservient Chicken. Even SCII would be better than this mess.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 7-08    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Promotions



The Boogie Man is Just Some Guy -- Until NIGHT Falls.

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For Sylvania Light Bulbs, JEH United/Bangkok created a spot that makes highlarious use of Thailand's mythological monsters. And one transvestite.

The premise: when the lights are on, nothing seems to be scary. Slogan: "Light is your true friend."

by Angela Natividad    Jul- 5-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Television



Ha! Ha! Ha! Now Can We Finally Leave This Concept on the Floor?

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Sort of like fart jokes, the tampon in a pool joke never gets old. That is if you're a 14 year old boy...or a creative director at an ad agency.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 3-08    
Topic: Bad, Commercials



Nike Soccer Releases Ad-Infused Video Widget

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Eyeblaster, AKQA and Mindblaster put their wands together to create a video widget for Nike Football Soccer. It spans 10 countries and is supposedly one of the largest video widget campaigns EVAR. (The PR guy called it "revolutionizing.")

See widget here. Basically it streams a selection of Nike ads: watch 'em one after the other, or browse from a playlist. There are also embed options for social networks.

I'm not convinced anyone wants a video widget pre-loaded with Nike soccer spots, but given that it starts with "The Next Level" by Guy Ritchie -- which makes my brain throb -- I'm glad it default-launches on mute. Way to go, Eyeblaster.

But really, the idea behind widget technology is engaging people without them having to leave the website they're on. AKQA, couldn't you have snuck in a soccer game or some shoe-customizing awesomeness?

by Angela Natividad    Jul- 3-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Strange



Smooching Hubbies Targeted by Christian Group -- and the Ad Hasn't Even Aired Yet!

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The American Family Association has convinced Heinz to suppress a Deli Mayo ad that hasn't even appeared on American TV.

The spot features a male couple kissing good-bye. And unlike the trashy Snickers kiss ad, which generated national backlash during Super Bowl 2007, it takes a step toward normalizing the gay family:

Morning sun pours through an ordinary kitchen. Two kids dash downstairs to collect lunch from Mom, who turns out to be a man with a deli cap and a deep Brooklyn accent. Dad, a British businessman, yanks on his jacket and prepares to head out the door, when Mom goes "Hey -- aren't you forgettin' somethin'?"

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by Angela Natividad    Jul- 2-08    
Topic: Brands, Cause, Commercials, Television, Worst



Powerset Purchased, McCain Sells Service, Facebook Shills Advice, Starbucks Shutters Stores

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- Microsoft bought Powerset, which is single-handedly trying to bring "natural search" back into vogue. (Frankly, it shoulda died with Jeeves.)

- Oronjo makes funny with McCain. Meh.

- Guess free wi-fi isn't so popular after all -- or maybe it was just too little too late. Starbucks is cutting 12,000 jobs and closing 600 stores. "At this point, management has decided that 2008 is a wash and to throw in everything but the kitchen sink to get ready for growth in 2009 and beyond," said one analyst. 2008 IS A WASH? We're only HALFWAY THROUGH.

- On Fuzzwich, I found a one-eyed hot-dog shaped man. He grew hair right before my eyes. He had very small pants.

- Riffing off the success of its last macro veggie-message, McDonald's launched a wholesome Happy Meal ad depicting kids working the fields to a cheerful whistle. Then the camera pans out to reveal gardens in the shape of chickens and cows. By Leo Burnett.

- Facebook Ads launched a newsletter. Remember, folks: use keywords, stand out, optimize. Uh, thanks.

by Angela Natividad    Jul- 2-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Television



NASA Astronauts Talk TV at Zero Gravity

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If you've ever wondered what astronauts discuss while floating around doing jack, 72andSunny has the answer: like any other dude at a dive, they're probably talking about TV.

Here are three spots, each of which is for a different Discovery Channel TV show. Guess which promotes what. Answers on AdGabber.

o "I'm gonna go with lunar golf."

o "Y'ever blow up a zeppelin?"

o "Okay, I think we'd call it Money. With an exclamation point. As in 'we're making tons of money,' and 'we're so money at crabfishing'."

One thing I don't get is why the astronauts have Earth for a face. Maybe it's a logo thing. Anyway, it's unsettling.

by Angela Natividad    Jul- 2-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television



Rumors of Polar Bears' Deadliness Are Grossly Exaggerated

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The polar bear was recently added to the Department of the Interiors' list of endangered species. In response to this tragedy, National Grid tapped Mullen, who apparently plans to save them by encouraging children to adopt them as pets.

I'm sure Grizzly Man would weep with (either indignation or) longing. Bear envy? Get your own.

Firstborn assisted with the digital components of the campaign.

by Angela Natividad    Jul- 1-08    
Topic: Cause, Commercials, Online, Television



Coldwell and Banker Revisit Home Affordability

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After reviewing the campaign launch earlier this year, we haven't heard much from the chatty portraits of Coldwell and Banker.

But it looks like the dead founders have been busy. 10 videos aired since February?!

See Deja Vu, which launched a little over a week ago. It playfully ties the real estate slump to Coldwell Banker's century-long past. Kind of a Cartoon Network feel.

That spot is reinforced by Prediction, which I don't quite get, but which is also kinda Cartoon Networky. Anyway, nice stick-to-itiveness by McKinney/Durham on what I originally thought was a one-hit wonder.

by Angela Natividad    Jul- 1-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Television



Jet Blue Sports Leather to Regain Respect

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Royale leaps to the aid of JWT, whose "Happy Jetting" campaign for Jet Blue has been poorly received -- and not - just - by - us.

"Jetting" is set to ELO's Mr. Blue Sky and has a poppy feel-good Target vibe -- except, you know, more blue. It's also jam-packed with effortful Jet Blue-isms like "Jetting is decked out in leather," "Jetting means business," "Jetting isn't flying," and "Jetting thinks you deserve a snack."

Aww, Jet Blue gave us a coooookie.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-30-08    
Topic: Agencies, Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Opinion, Television








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