Ogilvy: While Contemplating Life's Journey, Think Vuitton

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Here's a pretty but slow-going spot from Ogilvy Paris. Ask yourself (while reclining in the idleness of the inherited rich): do you create the journey, or does the journey create you?

We were a little stunned to discover the ad was for Louis Vuitton and not for the Tourism Department of, oh, Portugal. Or maybe the Virgin Islands.

In any case, to demonstrate LV's trademark decadence, Brentter points out the spot is the first-ever TV ad for the brand. And it clocks in at :90! Way to burn the scrilla-scratch dough.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange



Zhi to Reclaim Chinese Dignity on Olympic Soccer Field

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Chinese footballer Zheng Zhi brings some Asian Algier to Adidas' Beijing Olympics campaign.

The hand-drawn spot builds on "Together" with Zhi's narrative about how the 2008 Beijing Olympics will redeem his people from loss. Disembodied wings carry the Chinese into the clouds. The Chinese, and some feathers, fall out of the sky when Zhi describes the 1999 game.

Despite the tripped-out depressing imagery, the story ends on an up note. Because impossible is nothing, right?

Deep. Or at least really abstract. In which case ... deep.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Events, Television



Snickers Unleashes Football Monster in Plane Graveyard

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Hey Lost fans, you're glad the show is finally back, right? Polar bear skeletons. Mysterious rescuers. That cabin. The supposed return of Walt. Oh yea. It's all there. Expect for maybe the monsters in this BBDO Moscow-created Snickers commercial from Russia which has a team of them playing American football with airplane engines.

Oh yes, this is not your average candy bar commercial. Not at all. We get grunting beasts. A plane graveyard. Lots of CGI. And a Snickers bar. Which gets one monster's game back on before he gets whacked by the opposing team. his thing should have been in the Super Bowl.

by Steve Hall    Feb-11-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Salesgenie Pulls, Potatoes Porn, Pedophilia Bloodied

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- While Salesgenie has pulled its Panda ad, Salesgenie CEO Vin Gupta told The New York Times, "Pandas are Chinese. They don't speak German."

- A campaign for the UK's NSPCC gets bloody with ad to curtail pedophilia and child abuse.

- Freakishly long beard, nature video and tearful wife come together in support of Panasonic's beard and hair trimmer.

- The story of Adidas' Adi Dassler is told in an animated video.

- If you like cheesy porn video and potato chips, you'll love this NSFW ad for Aminkia Chips.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 7-08    
Topic: Commercials, Racy, Video



At Honda UK, Problems Are Just Bigger Playgrounds

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Check out this fun new Honda ad by Wieden + Kennedy. Also see LOL-worthy website Problem Playground. It will bring out your inner Alice.

The effort is for Honda UK. We like the collective "HURRAAAAAAY!" in the site intro and its straightforward nav: "Click on things to go there. Click 'Home' to come back here." Site includes puzzles, 360-degree vehicle features, download options for the commercial, and a making-of-the-ad video.

Whoever said assembly line work was dehumanizing clearly wasn't employed in the Hybrid department. Suddenly we're starving for a big fat zero-emissions jigsaw.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 7-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Online, Television



Flanked by '72 Dolphins, Reebok Politely Seeks Super Bowl Buzz

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This ad for Reebok aired after the game ended on Super Bowl Sunday. It's called "Giants, Welcome to Perfectville."

The premise: the 1972 Miami Dolphins -- the only undefeated team in NFL history -- have long been living in a sleepy but sunny town called Perfectville. One of the members receives a gift from the NY Giants playfully marked, "Enjoy it for one more year."

Other tame leaps at humor include players reliving games, but slowly forgetting what positions they played.



Senate Candidate Steve Novick Gets Things Done

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University of Oregon student Feff Farrell sent us this recent commercial for U.S. Senate candidate Steve Novick that both highlights his accomplishment and viewpoints and asks whether or not we'd want to have a beer with him. Well, if the beer we were trying to consume was not a twist off, then yes, we'd definitely want to have a beer with him. It's a beautiful illustration of his tagline, "Steve Novick. He's always found a way to get things done."

by Steve Hall    Feb- 7-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Political



The Letter 'H' Takes Up Residence on Lexus Hybrids

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It seems the letter "h" has found a new home and has deserted words, keyboards, landmarks, news stories, and offices opting instead for a better life on the back of the Lexus hybrids, the RX 400h, GS 450h, and LS 600h. Called The Power of H and created by Team One, the commercial shows us what life would look like without the letter H. Apparently, it's a better life and one which embraces change, looks forward and doesn't rely on the status quo.

We never new a car could make such a powerful, cultural statement. Hence forth, we will be proud to be known as Steve All.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 7-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good



CareerBuilder Teaches the Timid to Reach Out and Touch Themselves

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We're officially crazy about CareerBuilder's "Start Building" campaign, which debuted on Super Bowl Sunday.

Wieden+Kennedy, with help from a52 and (Rock Paper Scissors), gives us "Help You, Help You" and "Self-Help Yourself."

We didn't really get what was going on in "Help You, Help You" until the end, which had the odd effect of keeping us glued to our seats until we could make sense of it. We'll preface it thus: watching a guy stroke his own face, before lovingly carrying himself out of his pathetic job, gave us that "foreign-finger-in-our-bellybutton!!!" feeling.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 6-08    
Topic: Best, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Taking Cue from Apple, Nissan Murano Ads Highlight Usability

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While the Murano strikes us as exceptionally dull at first sight, here's a low-key ad that does a nice job of highlighting its merits. (Very Apple.)

The spot broke during the Super Bowl. Understandably, nobody paid it much mind; it's a bit mellow for such a high-tension time of year. But in normal daytime TV context -- between a Pampers ad and maybe a soothing Advil spot -- it would probably work quite nicely.

Hey, guess who made it? The ever-addled folks at TBWA\CHIAT\DAY.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 6-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Super Bowl 2008, Television










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