That 'Banned' Wendy's Commercial Continues to Spread

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In case you haven't seen it (though it's a year old so maybe you have), here's the "banned" Wendy's Spicy Chicken Sandwich commercial it's creator claims he created but was not approved by the client. He says Wendy's has nothing to do with it but we're sure they're quietly smiling over the video's growing popularity.

by Steve Hall    Mar-24-08    
Topic: Commercials, Viral



A Well-Intended Rip-Off's Still a Rip-Off, Frankly

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Check out this "Awareness Test" for Transport of London. The goal is to demonstrate that a driver can't avoid obstacles s/he doesn't expect to see. For people who've never seen the video before, it probably comes across as a neat way to deliver the message.

The problem is, there are plenty of people who have already seen something similar -- likely this video, which was put together in 1999 by Professor Daniel Simons of the University of Illinois.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-21-08    
Topic: Cause, Commercials, Opinion, Video



Love? THAT'S Your Big Solution?!

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"Jump," featuring the furry friendly Gaspar, is an attempt by Dentsu Canada to push Vespa out of the "pseudo-bike" realm and into ... well ... hrm.

Come on, Dentsu. Can't you make Vespa sexy without inviting a comparison to Blades of Glory? Oh, and the whole "Vespa: Built for love!" thing doesn't make it any easier for Vespa owners to scoot proudly down the driveway with their chins up. Well, unless they're in Europe.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-21-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Cottonelle Wants to Be Kind to Your Behind

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To retain its position as the quilted ass-polisher of choice, Cottonelle has launched a campaign called "Be Kind to Your Behind."

See the TV spot and associated outdoor print.

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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










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