Cobras, Ice Cream Won't Convince Us the Zune's About Sharing

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72andSunny and Goldfrapp give us Meltdown for the Zune. It takes place in the desert with an ice cream cone and two cobras, which share the sweet instead of fighting for it. At some point their scales get all disco fever, and shortly thereafter, a shitload of other ice cream cones fall out of the sky.

The ad vibes like something off Cartoon Network with the '80s sex music and gyrating cobras and whatnot. We also can't help but wonder, are the ice cream cones metaphors for the now-ubiquitous iPod?

According to the press release, the ad is supposed to illustrate sharing (as in, filesharing) between the cobras, which is rewarded by all those other ice creams falling from the sky.

Wait - is this the same Zune that actually discourages sharing by restricting users to the Windows platform? Half the time it doesn't even play music purchased from the MSN music store. Don't give us this schlock about sharing.

Neat ad, though. Weird, but neat.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-17-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange



P. Diddy's 'Unforgivable' is Unforgivable

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Every once in a while a piece of work comes along that clearly looks like it's trying way too hard to accomplish what it set out to do. Courtesy of P. Diddy's Unforgivable fragrance, this is such a piece of work. For 2:58, we are subjected to repetitive images of Diddy mentally drooling for hottie Jessica Gomez, whom he ultimately beds in the final seconds of the video. It's styled like a quick cut video from the eighties and the music swells as if the creators of the video are circle jerking themselves to mutual orgasm.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-15-07    
Topic: Bad, Celebrity, Commercials, Video



Kittery Outfits Hunters with Adequate Animal Calls

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It's probably every hunter's conceit that he's outfitted with a 'horse whisperer' gene that draws the animals near, like mice (or was it children?) to the Pied Piper.

Kittery Trading Post exploits that sad delusion with this ad by Rattle, which promises to outfit wilderness buffs with both gear and the right kinds of nature calls, so they won't embarrass their dogs.

Thanks for thinking about the dogs, Kittery. But is there any way you can help save the women?

by Angela Natividad    Sep-14-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Baby Wants Mom Back From Wilkinson-Shaved Dad

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This is good. Really good. Wilkinson razor has released a JWT France-created trailer and online game which focus on the neglect dads feel because their wives are so enamored with the softness of their new baby's skin. In order to win back their wives' affections, the men take to shaving with Wilkinson razors. Baby don't like this. No, no no. And baby goes all ninja rap on Dad's ass.

If you're Gillette and you want to sell razors, all you have to do is open your mouth and barf out some piece of shit Super Bowl ad. If you're not, you actually have to be creative...and entertain...and inform...and engage. Wilkinson does this very nicely.

by Steve Hall    Sep-13-07    
Topic: Best, Commercials



Arizona Launches Second Phase of Meth Campaign

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While not quite as powerful as the recent Montana Meth campaign which inspired us to write "watching these new Montana Meth spots makes one want to grab a gun, hunt down a drug dealer, stick the barrel of the gun in his mouth and blow his fucking head off," the second phase of the Arizona Meth Project delivers the same powerful message: don't do it even just once.

The eight spot campaign, along with radio, print, outdoor and online, takes two different approaches. The first features kids wishing they had experienced other horrific events such as a car crash or a beating as opposed to getting hooked on Meth. The second envisions what a person's life becomes once they get hooked on Meth. The spots are powerful for sure but one does wonder how effective the scare tactic approach is. Peer pressure and the desire to fit in are almost insurmountable obstacles to overcome but the effort is worthy.

There are some recognizable faces in the spots including The O.C.'s Willa Holland. All the spots and the rest of the creative can be viewed here.

by Steve Hall    Sep-13-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Good



With HD Magic, Stardust Turns Pontiac into Dream Machine

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You know, this is probably the coolest ad ever to sport a Pontiac. It actually made us want to look at one.

Directed by Stardust for Pontiac, via Leo Burnett, Detroit.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-13-07    
Topic: Commercials, Television



Brylcreem Does Honda Cog

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Who says Honda has a lock on the one-shot domino effect ad? Not London's WCRS who created this commercial for Brylcreem in which a guy seamlessly goes through his morning ritual...effortlessly, which is the tagline (tag word?) for the campaign. If only everything in life went that smoothly.

by Steve Hall    Sep-12-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Divine Intervention Illustrates Triumph Boat's Toughness

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The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways. It's not often, you have religion so intertwined with a mundane secular activity such as advertising but Triumph Boats has gone all out one this one to show just how tough its boats are and how a simple wish can elicit divine intervention.

We're not sure, though, who's being taught the lesson here. The boy who learns the power of pseudo prayer or the priest who realizes spiritual gifts don't always have to come in the form of hard to interpret intangibles. No matter. The bot gets his boat. The priest realizes materialistic desire might not be wrong. And Triumph gets to show just how tough their boats really are.

The Republik in Durham, NC created the ad.

by Steve Hall    Sep-11-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good



The LA County Fair Bimbos Are Back!

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The LA County Fair Bimbos are back again to celebrate this year's event. As we wrote last year; normally reserved for upstate New York or any flyover state, county fairs are full of cotton candy, barf-inducing tea cup rides, tractor pulls, all form of pig - both cooked and live, trucker hats, beer guts, "git r done" accents no one can understand and lots of girls who think they look hot with their gut bulging between their belly shirt and their way-too-tight low rider jeans.

This year the sisters are back with their equally bimbo-esque mom to tell all about how much fun riding bumper cars and eating pie can be. Enjoy.

by Steve Hall    Sep-11-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Emporio Armani Banks on Hopes that Gentlemen Prefer Beyonce

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Hrm. Here's a side of Armani we've never seen before.

For Emporio Armani's Diamonds fragrance, Anonymous Content's Jake Nava brought Beyonce into the studio to channel Marilyn Monroe with a glass-cutting rendition of Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend.

Perhaps to invite the comparison between herself and the divas of history, Beyonce's been doing a lot of throwbacks lately: adopting Audrey's two-foot cigarette filter, and posing as a maybe-Supreme in Dream Girls.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-11-07    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials










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