Minnesota Lottery Guys Appear in NFL Super Bowl Commercial

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We don't have much to say about this Super Bowl commercial promoting th NFL Network other than the fact it features the same goofy looking guys who appeared in a series of Minnesota Lottery commercials in January. It seems the two travel in pairs. Triple Double created.

Advertising Age says the NFL will place a :60. This ad is a :30. We'll just have to wait to see what actually airs.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 2-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Super Bowl 2008



Coke Brings Together Republican and Democrat

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We actually like this Coke spot featuring Republican pundit Bill Frist and Democratic pundit James Carville who find themselves in the situation of saying the same thing at the same time. Of course, the rules regarding that apply and Frist calls "jinks" on Carville and tells Carville he has to buy him a Coke. The two then embark upon a day together in Washington.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 2-08    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Good, Super Bowl 2008



Wolf Huffs, Puffs, Chainsaws His Way Into Pig's House

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While Fox would likely never let it run, fearful it would tarnish the minds of innocent small children, with a few tweaks these two commercials for ICS Concrete Chain Saws would be great to see during the game. In this campaign, the Big Bad Wolf, famous for his appearances in Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood, happens upon the home of three little pigs and with the help of a concrete chain saw from ICS which believes a concrete wall is nothing more than a door waiting to be opened, lets himself in.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 2-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Gatorade Dog Ad Most Baffling Super Bowl Ad Ever Created

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Gatorade really isn't cutting it with its Super Bowl efforts this year. In a spot for its G2 sport drink, Derek Jeter walks through the streets of New York as a baseball landscape digitally follows him. Like we said here, nice effects but that's about it. We said it wasn't lame but close.

After viewing this Arnell-created commercial for the company's flagship line of drinks, we can, without doubt, say this one is truly lame. For almost the entire length of the commercial, we see a dog drinking from its water bowl. We watch. We wait. We watch. We wait. There simply has to be some amazing punchline this thing's working up to. Will the dog break out in some sort of digitally-enabled, cartoonish, Gatorade-fueled dance? Will we see a loving scene between dog and man with a closing shot of man and dog expressing their love for one another while the man drinks from a bottle of Gatorade and the tagline, "Gatorade. Life is Good" is supered?

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 2-08    
Topic: Commercials, Strange, Super Bowl 2008, Worst



Sunsilk Super Bowl Spot Royally Disappoints

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When we heard Sunsilk tapped design firm Desgrippes Gobe, Paris and BrandThinkTank to compose its Super Bowl spot -- which features images of Madonna, Shakira and Marilyn Monroe -- we pictured something deliciously Warholian and mod. We thought it would make sensuous sport of our eyes and ears.

Instead there was this.

We watched it twice to be sure of its suckage. We are now certain. The pictures and music should flow, but the ad feels like it missed a much-needed appointment with the cutting room. It's all too much like a YouTube mashup.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 1-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Commercials, Super Bowl 2008, Television



Hot Girl, Boisterous Guys, Shark, Blood All Part of Jawbone Ad

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So you first start watching this Jawbone ad (of course you don't know it's a Jawbone as yet) in which the camera makes visual love to an OMFG hot lady in a black bikini sunning on a recliner next to a pool and all is well with the world. You're all set to drink in the woman's delicious thighs, her ripped stomach, her perfect waist-to-hip ration, her perfect skin, her magnificent breasts, her stunning Euro-style beauty...until you get cock blocked by a bunch or loud retards (OK, that's not PC so we'll say buffoons) who do what guys do when they get together: make a lot of noise and act stupid (OK, that's not PC so we'll say, uh, exuberant)

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 1-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Innocence Used to Promote Politically Transcendent (Tele)Communication

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Adrants reader Sunil pointed us to this sleeper controversy. Did Airtel rip one of its India-based ads off this Cannes-award-winning New Zealand Telecom spot?

We're inclined to say no. The idea of two boys, innocent of politics and bonded by communication, is pretty attractive. We find both spots pretty moving in a Prince of Egypt sort of way. (Remember? "MOOOSEEEEES!")

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 1-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Trends and Culture



Miller Lite Hopes Dalmatian Ad Will Sway Thrall of Bud Lite

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Bartle Bogle Hegarty put together this spot, "Dalmatian," for Miller Lite. Feast your eyes on some feel-good dalmatians chasing a branded truck which, just for the heck of it, takes a friendly jab at Bud Light.

Exciting, right? Oh, wait. No.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 1-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Television



Can't Fight Monday? Cease the Lameness. GET BETTER JOB.

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There's something apocalyptic about this Monster spot by BBDO, NY. Called "Daybreak," the premise is you shouldn't have to fight Monday. To illustrate that, a bunch of people knock down their satellite dishes, grab trashcan covers and run out to do battle against the sun -- only to walk off in defeat when the sun rises anyway.

The ad made us sad. Can't a comparison be made against this futile race to beat sunrise, and the lame way we trudged (hung OVER) into the office and passive-aggressively trawled eBay for the first three hours of the morning?

The ad debuted in early January (another debuted during Lost last night), and is part of "Your Calling is Calling." Maybe we find the spots such a consistent bummer because that slogan sounds so promising. Shouldn't Sally Housewife be cupping her ear to the kitchen window and listening for the sunny Higher Calling (inevitably, her dormant talent as a Silicon Valley-based venture capitalist)?

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SalesGenie Super Bowl Ads Not So Cheesy This Year

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Ah yes, recall the cheesiness of last year's Super Bowl ad for Salesgenie in which a wannabe suave, debonair dude hops out of his mid-life crisis sports car and utter, "I don't work hard. I work smart." Eesh. At least this year we don't have a repeat of that debacle. But we will have cartoons. Two of them. And cheesiness works just fine in commercials.

In the first ad, a married panda bear couple is stress out because they have now customers and fear they will go out of business. Thankfully, Panda Psychic comes to the rescue and recommends Salesgenie and its 100 free leads offered new users. Love that bamboo sports car at the end.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 1-08    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Super Bowl 2008










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