Surfing Santas Celebrate Aussie Christmas

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The celebration of Christmas is usually filled with images of snow falling, sleigh rides, reindeers and all manner of winter wonderland. And while some Australians pine for that, grocery chain ALDI, with help from BMF. wants Australians to realize what they have right in their own backyard; sun fun and, yes, Surfing Santas.

Of the work, BMF ECD Carlos Alija said, "A lot of Australians think the European Christmas is special, more magical. But trust us. The grass is not greener. It's actually buried under an inch of ice. Australians have the best Christmas in the world and we wanted to celebrate that by creating a new icon: the Surfing Santa".

And, hence, we have surfing santas. Have a look.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 4-12    
Topic: Commercials



KFC Stuffs Over-Talker's Mouths With Chicken

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Ever been at a party or a family event when certain people just won't shut the hell up? They insist upon endlessly prattling on about the most idiotic and mundane aspects of their sorry lives. It's as if these people haven't learned the art of introspection and contemplation.

So thank you, KFC, for getting these people to shut the hell up. OK, the kid version is a little cute.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 3-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



Selena Gomez Advocates Vandalism

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In a new ad For Adidas' Neo, Selena Gomez and friends plaster city streets with green streamers and paint, not exactly behavior she'd want her fans to duplicate. Yea, yea, yea, it's just an ad. But so are all those Black Friday ads advocating idiots go bin diving at Walmart. Do we really want a bunch of lemming-like morons doing what Selena does in this ad?

The video points to a quiz that offers the taker a chance to win a trip to New York and meet Selena.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-27-12    
Topic: Commercials



TBWA\Raad Helps Hype Dubai Shopping Festival

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Here in the States and in many other parts of the world, the period of time between Black Friday and Christmas is when the highest percentage of retail activity occurs. In the some parts of the world, it's a bit different. The Dubai Shopping Festival, in its 18th year, occurs January 3 to February 3 and is comprised of 31 days of back to back shopping events.

To hype the event, TBWA\Raad created a beautiful :60 that is the polar opposite of every last bit of crap American retailers puke forth to convince every last idiot in America to go bin-diving at Walmart.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-26-12    
Topic: Commercials



Mariano Rivera Returns to Mound in Yankees Fragrance Ad

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In May, New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera tore his ACL ending his career for the season. Marking his return to the mound, albeit not in a game, Rivera can be seen tossing a pitch in an ad for his signature version of the New York Yankees fragrance.

Apart from the unfortunate fact any baseball-themed fragrance conjures the stench of a post-game locker room, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Mariano Rivera Foundation, an organization that impoverished children in the United States and abroad.

The spot was created by The Cloudbreak Group.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-26-12    
Topic: Commercials



Jaguars Climb Cartier-Laden Christmas Tree

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Let's not dwell on the fact little in this Cartier Winter Tale makes sense. No, let's dwell on the mood it evokes. The holiday feeling it exudes. The cheerful inspiration in brings. And how it makes you feel like you were curled up in a blanket in front of a roaring fireplace watching your favorite Christmas movie while sipping a cup of hot chocolate.

Yes. Let's dwell on that for a moment. And with that, we think it's time to close up shop and celebrate Thanksgiving.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-21-12    
Topic: Commercials



Applebee's Employs Flair Bartending Champion to Tout Spirited Cuisine

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In an effort to illustrate just how much flair goes into the creation of its new Spirited Cuisine dishes that are made with whiskey, wine and beer, Applebee's hooked up with 19 time flair bartending championChristian Delpech.

In the ad, created by Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Delpech performs all manner of acrobatic cooking wizardry flipping bottles, utensils and ingredients while a voiceover reminds us it's really cooking skills rather than bartender flair that goes into making Applebee's dishes delicious.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-16-12    
Topic: Commercials



Overly-Pretentious, Self-Important Ad of the Day

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Here's your overly-pretentious, self-important fragrance ad of the day. What? You take offense with our assessment of said ad? Fear not. It's actually a complement. After all, every successful fragrance has to be overly-pretentious and self-important. Otherwise, it wouldn't be a fragrance ad. It'd just be some piece of crap trying to sell a smell.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-13-12    
Topic: Commercials



Fiat Gets Down With Its (Super) Bad Self

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Doner and Superfad are out with new work that aims to help Fiat owners understand the customizability of the 500 model. The spot features two of the custom Fiat 500s, The Beach Cruiser and The Café Racer, unveiled recently at the 2012 SEMA show in Las Vegas.

Of the work, Superbad ACD Jason Cook said, "The spot is a visual stream of consciousness that takes the viewer through the inspiration and conceptualization of the new Fiat 500s. We reconceived the recognizable elements of the car into something surreal and surprising. On the surf car, for example, the wheels became jellyfish and the headlights became a school of fish."

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 9-12    
Topic: Agencies, Commercials



Switzerland Insures A Timeless Vacation by Removing All Clocks

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We love this Spillman/Fesler/Leo Burnett-created tourism spot for Switzerland that goes to great lengths to prove just how serious the country is when it comes to providing a pace to relax on vacation.

The work is beautifully shot and captures the true beauty of the country. You can almost believe the two men in this commercial actually did travel the entire country dismantling it of all time pieces.

We especially like the treatment the rooster gets at the end. Nicely done.

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-12    
Topic: Commercials










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