Never Trust a Stranger, Especially the Kind with Long Black Mandibles

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Roaches and termites aren't just pesky. They're sly. And malevolent. And they'll take any opportunity they get to sneak inside your house.

Even deliver you pizza. Or ask to use the phone.

That's why there's the Orkin Man, who isn't so much an exterminator as he is a khaki-clad cowboy who happens to know a lot about bugs.

The spots were put together by The Richards Group in Dallas. We find them feel-goodish and funny.

by Angela Natividad    Apr- 8-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television



'Good Lord, What Are You Doing?' Why, Ordering GTA IV, of Course

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It's a teaser for Grand Theft Auto IV! There's girls with thongs, multiethnic gangsters (so Epcot), bloody cops, and one-liners that would make Scorsese shoot a puppy. (What is it about bad dialogue that makes violence funny? Maybe Elmo knows.)

GTA IV comes out on April 29th. And did we mention in-game music will be available for purchase? True story. Earmark the croons you like, in the next car you steal, with a handy-dandy in-game mobile phone. Amazon keeps track. The song in this spot is "Real McKoy" by Mavado.

Ahh, the sweet smell of sex, drugs and urban misery. We have officially wandered out of the Coke side of life.

by Angela Natividad    Apr- 8-08    
Topic: Commercials, Games, Packaging, Promotions, Television, Video



Witch Uglies Down, Reporters Get Mauled, Public Health Stickers Litter Life

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- Milk makes baby-eating witches insecure about their looks. Dude. Did she just try passing her wart off as a mole?

- Cops with Slingbox and a bullhorn wreak havoc. "Haaands up. COME ON, THREE POINTER!"

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Hurtin' for Rhythm? Go Be Dead

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These Raggedy Ann & Andy refugees are characters in a new Zune ad called Piece of Me, Piece of You. Girl bites boy, boy becomes zombie, and together they turn the world into a community of undead extras with jazz hands. Very Tim Burton.

Not as good as the last Zune ad, but still cool. Suddenly these spots are something to look forward to, you know? And it's neat how the whole "sharing" theme always carries over.

The spot, which debuted last night, was written by Three Legged Legs and produced by Green Dot Films for agency 72andSunny. That catchy-ass song is "Fancy Footwork" by Chromeo.

by Angela Natividad    Apr- 8-08    
Topic: Best, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Burger King Becomes Bicentennial Man For Cheesy Commercial

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A bit Logan's Run. A bit AI. A bit Bicentennial Man. A bit The Jetsons. A bit, well, creepy but that's to be expected. After all, this is a commercial featuring the King. In this new Burger King commercial, the King is a robot and, apparently, everyone has one. He's there to make sure all the stereotypically white-clad future people are well fed with BK's Cheesy Bacon BK Wrapper.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 8-08    
Topic: Commercials



90 Spots Scratch Surface of Massachusetts Delights

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The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism went on a $4.5 million spree and produced 90 different ads, shot by Mullen, to illustrate Massachusetts and its uninspired "It's all here" slogan.

Each spot is a quick-and-dirty tour of things in Massachusetts you might want to experience: kayaking, the Mayflower, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Franklin Park Zoo, Chatham, Provincetown... Geez, naming all this stuff is tiring. See it all live on MassVacation.

You know what would really have spiced this whole thing up? A Mooninite or two, Where's Waldo?-style.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 8-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Packaging, Promotions



You Know What Makes a Great F*ck? A Lexus

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Check out Blue, Dots and Blips, three ads by ATTIK for the Lexus IS F. The trick is to drive home the message, "The new Lexus is F."

And what is F?

"F is everything you thought we weren't," the saucy new microsite confidently croons.

Okay, then.

by Angela Natividad    Apr- 7-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Packaging, Television



Once You Go Black, You Go Jeff Dahmer. Wait, What?!

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That probably generated traffic trouble.

The sex-and-candy action took place last month in Sao Paulo, when 40 panty-clad girls stood eating chocolate body parts in public places. Pics appeared on Irresistivel.net, which pinpointed their locations and Orkut profiles via Google Maps.

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Family Resources Says Don't Get Married

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Family Resources in Florida tapped Salter>Mitchell to help promote marriage on the Fed's dime. (Your tax dollars at work! ...Just sayin'.)

Instead of advocating marriage's benefits, S>M orchestrated a familiar scenario where a bride-to-be talks her head off about the wedding while the groom stews in catatonic misery until he boils over. The tagline: "Make your wedding a beginning not an end." That could use a comma. But whatever.

How far the happy couple's come from proposal night, which undoubtedly included expensive dinner, lavish dessert, Veuve Clicquot champagne and hot sex. People should get married right at that moment, while the fire's still toasty and when the man's made all the preparations.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 7-08    
Topic: Cause, Commercials, Television, Video



Gary Busey Laughs Up Saints Row 2

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AdFreak says the pairing of Gary Busey and the game Saint's Row 2 is perfect. They are right. Both are whacked. Besides, what else has Busey got to do these days besides taunt Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet?

by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Strange








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