Garmin Gets Napoleon to the Battle on Time


Garmin's 2008 Super Bowl commercial leaves behind last year's Maposaurus for this year's Napoleon who, after racing through the streets of France (anachronistically in a car?), arrives to command his troops but has to hide that nifty yet-to-be invented Garmin navigational device, hence the explanation for his famed placement of his hand inside his coat. Witty enough. Catchy tunes. Just not sure we get that whole time shift/travel thing. Unless, of course, Garmin has now embedded time machines in their products.

Tierney Minneapolis created. Some behind the scenes footage is available here.

by Steve Hall    Jan-31-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Super Bowl 2008

Hyundai Twists, Uses Ad Industry Insider-Speak In Super Bowl Spots


We've got two more advance Super Bowl screenings for you. They come courtesy of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and, yes, they are those much talked about Hyundai commercials which, in a nice press-play "will we, won't we" dance, kept everyone wondering if we'd ever see them. Well, here they are.

The first, called Tomorrow is a bit pompous in its assumption it'll rank quite highly on USAToday's Ad Meter and that Mercedes, BMW and Lexus aren't going to be too happy. First, who cares about the USAToday Ad Meter. Aside from the press play it gets, which can't, of course, be ignored, it's a highly unscientific, meaningless popularity contest. Second, apart from its insider appeal to the ad industry, it's a fairly innocuous commercial without much going on except for some nice beauty shots of the car. Having said that, it's a pretty amazing looking car coming from Hyundai which, in one sense, is the entire point of the commercial.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-31-08    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Good, Super Bowl 2008

GoDaddy Might Out-Cheese Taco Bell with 'White Light'


Media Post says GoDaddy might do two spots instead of one. One will be a spot where some people talk about "beaver" and that "too-hot" Exposure spot.

The other one, which was approved by Fox amidst the beaver nonsense, is called White Light. Some geeky dude who spends Super Bowl Sunday registering domain names is rewarded by the appearance of a white light, out of which leaks a Hooters girl disguised as a GoDaddy cheerleader, and really really cheesy music that will make you wish GoDaddy folded in the '90s dotcom boom.

Ready to come into the light? Embrace it here (teaser only). There's a "too-hot!" director's cut available too.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-31-08    
Topic: Commercials, Online, Super Bowl 2008, Video

Teleflorist Celebrates American Beauty With...Boxes


While we're doing the whole Super Bowl thing over here in America, Teleflorist in the UK is giving us a nod with a new (?) spot which is modeled after the rose petal scene from the movie American Beauty. Except rose petals aren't the only thing falling on our nubile beauty.

by Steve Hall    Jan-31-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good

Drug Dealers Languish as Teens Go Rx


It's a Super Bowl buzzkill, courtesy of Partnership for a Drug Free America. In this spot, a languishing drug dealer tells you he's going broke because your kids are getting high out of the medicine cabinet.

Mom and dad, better watch the fill line on that Robitussin.

The ad is credited to DraftFCB, NY. This is the first time in four years the White House has produced a Super Bowl spot. Election time's coming, the GOP clearly needs a new topic -- what beats the war on prescription medication?

by Angela Natividad    Jan-31-08    
Topic: Cause, Commercials, Super Bowl 2008, Television

Hey, Deja Vu. We've Seen this Spot Before.


Hi, I'm American Airlines. I've got some wad to blow on a :30 Super Bowl 2008 spot, but oh, I can't be bothered to put together anything new.

Ooh, wait. What about this old thing? It'll fit right in. It's got an annoying co-worker, a team-building exercise (Super Bowl ads are big on bandwagon!), some awkward humor, and a pungent element of escapism. Hey. Think someone might confuse it for a Bud Light ad?

It's perfect. Thanks, TM Advertising! Bet you didn't know this little gem would play a starring role in the biggest ad play of the year ... did you?

by Angela Natividad    Jan-31-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Super Bowl 2008, Television

Fox Sells Out Super Bowl Spots in Record Time


Lou D'Ermilio of Fox told Bloomberg they've sold out their Super Bowl spots earlier than in any of the five years Fox has hosted the game.

He won't say who scored the last :30 buy or for how much (it was probably just GoDaddy angling for more airtime), but the spots started at $2.6 million and later sold for up to $3 million. 90 percent of them were sold before the writers strike started in early November.

In 2006 TNS Media reported a record average asking price for Super Bowl ads at $2.5 million. At this point, $2.5 mill for a :30 spot must look to advertisers like $2.50 for the price of gasoline does to a northern Californian.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-30-08    
Topic: Commercials, Super Bowl 2008, Television

Dell to Give Both Old and New on Game Day


MediaPost says Dell will be joining the Super Bowl ad foray. It's paid for two spots. An old one, called "Out with the Old" by Mother, will appear before the game starts.

Then there's a new one that will appear during the game. No word on what it'll be like but we can probably safely assume it'll push Dell's "Now available in beautiful" message -- possibly tailored to its new project (red) line.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-30-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Super Bowl 2008

Draft/FCB's Taco Bell Fiesta Platter Super Bowl Spot Full of Cheese


We have to agree with George Parker. This Draft/FCB-created Super Bowl commercial for Taco Bell introducing its new Fiesta Platters dish is, well, shall we say, not so good. It's cheesy and not in that good cheesy food way but in that over reaching, we will make this funny no matter what sort of way. Nada. It ain't happening.

by Steve Hall    Jan-30-08    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Super Bowl 2008

Playboy Collects 21 Sexiest Commercials of All Time


Playboy has collected a treasure trove of sexy commercial and ranked the top 21 in it's February 2008 issue. The 21 finalists are ranked in the printed magazine but online they are still open for voting. Believe it or not, we don't read Playboy but AdFreak's Tim Nudd does and he shares some of the rankings.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-30-08    
Topic: Commercials, Magazine, Racy

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