For Chinese Olympian, Silver's Just a Po' Man's Gold

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More Beijing Olympics/Adidas gorgiosity by TBWA/China and Psyop. This one tells the story of Hu Jia, a competitive diver who in five years won a slew of Olympian silvers before taking the gold in Athens. Great mix of individual determination and community pride in these spots.

See previous efforts for the "Impossible is Nothing" campaign.



Orbit Gum Puts the Spritz on Janice Dickinson

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And boy does she need it. (Janice Dickinson fills us with dangerous emotions, mostly of rage and quiet angst.)

The ad was put together by BBDO and presented to us by an agency guy who finds the Orbit Gum campaign un-funny. Don't worry, man. We do too.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-19-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Television



George Bush, Al Pacino, Donald Trump Hawk DISH Network

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These are really, really bad! No, wait, these are really, really good! No wait....damn it, we're conflicted about this new DISH Network work sent to us from Fueld (yes, that's spelled correctly) Films. In the three commercials, comedian Frank Caliendo takes on the personas of Al Pacino, Donald Trump and George Bush. He does a fairly good job but we're not sure these commercials sold us anything.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-18-08    
Topic: Bad, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Good



VEGAS.com Employees Have it Good. Real Good.

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Aw, this is cute. Watch an apathetic VEGAS.com employee explore Sodom on a Segway. We like it best when he rejects the strawberry like it's poo.

This is part of a spankin'-new VEGAS.com TV campaign called "The Vegas Experts." It cost a total of $20 million. Other spots -- produced by Stella Productions -- will follow the exploits of the Las Vegas geek squad as they go about their daily business, which is nothing like cog life anywhere else in corporate America.

Featured celebrities will include The Blue Man Group, Carrot Top and Louie Anderson against backdrops like Jubilee, Fantasy, X Burlesque and Le Reve (where this ad takes place).

by Angela Natividad    Mar-18-08    
Topic: Commercials, Promotions, Television



Ford Fusion Commercial Captivates

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Dark. Moody. Mesmerizing. Mysterious.Yes, we are attaching these descriptors to a car commercial. A Ford Fusion car commercial no less. In the commercial, we see a man drive off from the airport while a plane takes off. He then drives across land and see to arrive at the plane's destination to tell the woman he loves he forgot to tell her something before they parted hours earlier.

Adding to the cryptic intensity of the spot, created by Y & R Toronto, is the fact we never find out what it was the man forgot to tell the woman. Very, very nice.

by Steve Hall    Mar-18-08    
Topic: Best, Brands, Commercials



Burger King Jacks Off Your Morning Tongue With Cheesy Tots

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Ah yes, that occasionally embarrassing morning moment when you find yourself (if you're a guy) tenting your sheets with no way to hide the fact you're sprung. Either due to that early morning dream about the hot girl you saw on Flickr and are now having sex with in your mind...or the serious need to take a piss, morning wood is something all guys have to deal with from time to time.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-18-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Both Parties Will Love the New Bush/McCain Lockstep Ad

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A new ad from the Democratic National Committee called Bush/McCain: Lockstep argues presidential candidate John McCain, since after 9/11, has been in complete agreement with President Bush regarding America's presence in Iraq. If you're a Republican, you'll love it because McCain will give you more of what you already have. If you're a Democrat, you'll love it because it highlights everything you dislike about America's presence in Iraq. Hmm. A political ad both sides can like?

by Steve Hall    Mar-18-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Political



'Fetch' Didn't Happen. Neither Will 'Shmmom'

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The movie American Pie made the term MILF famous. You hear it everywhere. Even where you shouldn't like in kid's movies. Somehow we don't think the same will happen with the term Shmmom or Smoking Hot Minivan Mom. Yea, we know. It's a mouthful. Leave it to a local car dealer to think up this crap.

by Steve Hall    Mar-17-08    
Topic: Commercials, Strange, Worst



Warriors Unite Against Dance Factions. Blame MTV.

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Imagine The Warriors took place in present-day Manhattan. But replace the vicious gangs with refugees from Flashdance.

Before you virtually bitchslap us and go, "Why would we EVER do that?!", be forewarned: somebody already has.

Can -- you -- dig -- it?

The client: MTV.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-17-08    
Topic: Commercials, Online, Spoofs, Strange



Underwear Brand Gets Visual, Musical Mashup

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We get it! We get it! It's a mashup! An underwear mashup. And, in case we didn't already realize that from the pantheon of colors in this ad, we've also got myriad musical styles to hammer the point home for those of us who might be visually impaired.

For Bonds Youth, Sydney's The Campaign Palace created the ad

by Steve Hall    Mar-17-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good








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