Renault Espace Ad Spawns More WTFness

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Oh. OK. Now we get it. The Renault Espace is soooooooooooooooo spacious it takes 70 years to to climb into it and enjoy all it has to offer before exiting. WTF? So, in 70 years we are to believe the car hasn't changed at all from exposure to the elements? The trees haven't grown at all? The condition of the road hasn't changed?

Please. Tell us we are completely misunderstanding this commercial and there's a joke we aren't getting because if we have it right, it's one of the lamest ads we've ever seen. Unless, of course, it's local Italian (where the ad cam from) humor escapes our admittedly lame, very unworldly American sensibilities.

by Steve Hall    Feb-26-08    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Strange



Obama Girl Gets Sweaty For Certain Dri Deodorant

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WTF? It seems playing Obama Girl isn't the only thing the lovely Amber Lee Ettinger does. Although it's clear she's a much better Obama Girl than a deodorant spokesmodel. Damn, that was the most unsexy spots we've ever see, Amber Lee, please, stick to Obama Girl. Oh wait, you mean Certain Dri pays you? Alright, we suppose that's OK then.

by Steve Hall    Feb-25-08    
Topic: Bad, Celebrity, Commercials



Axe-Fueled Lust Causes World to Quake

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Figuratively, woman most certainly do have this effect on men. Making us believe New Axe Dry Pulse will literally have such an effect causing the world around the man and the world to quake from the heat of shared lust is another thing entirely.

by Steve Hall    Feb-25-08    
Topic: Commercials



EPURON Puts Pesky Wind to Better Use

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We swear we've seen this before, but it's been lost in the vast archives of Adrants -- which contains not only ads, but souls, your precious time (WASTED! HAHA) and other doodads. Anyway, imagine if "wind" were actually an obtuse French guy who walked around kicking sand at your kids and mussing up your hair.

"Maybe I was ... too intense," he laments.

Last year the EPURON GmbH spot for wind energy use won best TV ad spot from Germany at the ad festival in Cannes. It was put together by Nordpol + Hamburg.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-24-08    
Topic: Best, Commercials, Television



Returning Stork Brings Hope to Grayed-Out Life

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This Monster.com Stork commercial is so good both Angela and I had to write about it. Predictably, Bob Garfield didn't like it so much. At first, we were going to compare the commercial to that odd, Cannes-winning IKEA lamp spot back in 2003 but then we realized, hey, this Stork spot is actually good. Really good. Like a slap to the face, it makes one realize the pit of a life into which one may have fallen and how one needs to kick oneself in the ass to make a better life. With a new job from Monster.com, of course.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-22-08    
Topic: Best, Commercials, Creative Commentary



Hast Thou Forsaken the Hopes and Dreams of Thy Patron Stork?

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Monster.com's "Your Call is Calling" campaign has been a buzzkill since launch, particularly against CareerBuilder's darkly funny "Start Building."

But "The Stork" -- a :60 spot by BBDO, NY for Monster -- begets a bit of greatness.

You know that "What hath God wrought!" look your parents give you when you talk about what you do for a living? Apparently storks do it really well. Two hours later, we're still wallowing in quiet shame.

Jokes aside, the ad left us with a sense that there's magic and meaning in what a person chooses to do with his life. It's melancholy, well-timed and worth the watch.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-21-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television



'Jesse Fewer Watts' Rounds Up 'Incan Derek' For Vermont Efficiency

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We're assuming these three Kelliher Samets Volk-created commercials for Efficiency Vermont, an organization which encourages people to use compact fluorescent bulbs, were purposefully created to be bad. If not, we have no other explanation for why the they are so goofy. See one of the spots here. The other two are nearly identical.

Along with the three spots, the campaign includes local newspapers, online ads and a website on which "Jesse Fewer Watts" (get it?) and his Western buddies ride into town to collect "Incan Derek" (that's stretching it) for his crimes against light bulb efficiency.

OK, OK. It's for a good cause. We'll stop complaining.

by Steve Hall    Feb-21-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Newspaper, Online



MD Lotto Goes Pearl Diving in Barrel of Stale Jokes

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Courtesy of Anonymous Content, for the Maryland Lotto's Big Bucks Party Pack:

- "Pull my finger."

- "I call it Joga." (Or, Why your friends shouldn't tag along on job interviews.)

Funny but forgettable. What, did Bovine United just not work out?

by Angela Natividad    Feb-20-08    
Topic: Commercials, Television



We Missed it But Bud Light Cut the Cheese

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We missed this one. Perhaps you've all seen it already but at a count of just 20,473 on YouTube since February 5, we're guessing not everyone has. This Bud Light video called "Cut the Cheese" was released just after the Super Bowl. If you ask us, it should have run in the game. It's far better (better meaning funny, not necessarily having anything to do with selling beer) than some of the other spots we saw during the game. Give it a watch. And yes, it's a very, very tired old joke but it works for us.

by Steve Hall    Feb-20-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange, Super Bowl 2008



Shocker! Tylenol Ad Campaign Admits Old People Exist

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Can you believe it? It's a shocker. An actual ad with actual old people in it! Complete with wrinkled skin and less than perfect abs. Seriously. We can't get over it. We're still in shock. And here we thought every one in the world was as hot as Obama Girl in a BarelyPolitical video. We are crushed at the thought of this new reality.

Where do we go from here? Is a wrinkled 75 year old the new twenty-something hottie? Is a flabby ass the new hot? Oh the horror of it all. It's just too much to bear! People actually get old? Everyone isn't hot forever? Who knew?

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