Ballpark Frank's Third Arm Solves One-Handed Typing Problem

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Wow. This definitely falls into the "so bad it's good" category. Or is it just the "so bad it's bad" category? Anyway, as AdFreak points out, Ballpark Franks has a new TBWA/Chiat/Day-created Alien-style commercial running in which an apparently very hungry stomach manifests an arm of its own because this kid's other two arms are too busy chatting online or fapping to the latest celebrity nipple slip. Hmm. A third arm? Now that would do wonders for those moments when only one arm is available for typing.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 2-07    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



MasterCard Makes Your MLB Dreams Come True

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Here's a new spot called "Live Your Dreams" that's part of MasterCard's MLB Dreams campaign. Somehow cementing the notion nine innings of boredom is more exciting than the two halves of amazing footwork the rest of the world seems to worship, the spot's got all the usual baseball fanaticism and emotion including curse-reversing Red Sox action.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 2-07    
Topic: Commercials



McDonald's Blogs Again, Paris Hilton Teaches Branding

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- Reader's Digest has just announced it will now accept ads on its back cover in January...and cut circulation by 20 percent. Hmm. Guess things aren't going so well.

- Any iPhone spoof that has the copy, "I'm drunk as fuck and I'm driving down the Interstate" is good in our book.

- Uppity blogoshereites aren't taking kindly to McDonald's latest blogging efforts in which the junk food giant has enlisted six "mommy bloggers" to tout the wonders of carrying Big Mac in one hand and a screaming two year old in the other.

- As if teachers haven't yet been disrespected enough, The Learning Annex educational institute has offered Paris Hilton $1 million to teach budding entrepreneurs her secrets behind branding.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-29-07    
Topic: Agencies, Celebrity, Commercials, Magazine, Weblogs



Panty Swappers' Morning After Stench Proves Need For 911Panties

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No doubt we've all experienced that horrific morning after when we roll over in bed to discover the thing we spent last night with and wished we'd just not shared that last bottle of wine. An evening's romp, a morning's regret, swapped underwear, morning biological functions and you've got yourself a scheevy commercial for Tagalong Panties and it's 911panties.com emergency panty replacement service.

by Steve Hall    Jun-27-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Racy, Strange



Nintendo Wants Us to Know Nicole Kidman Has a Brain

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You'd think after getting paid $12 million to appear in a Chanel ad, Nicole Kidman would have sucked enough money out of th ad industry but no. She had to go and suck more out of Nintendo to promote its Brain Training software. She's also doing it to keep smart, saying., "I've quickly found that training my brain is a great way to keep my mind feeling young."

We are told Nicole joins over 10 million people who have made Brain Training part of their lives. Ms Kidman was chosen by Nintendo because of her universal appeal to mainstream audiences of all ages and backgrounds, as well as her reputation for being intelligent, entertaining and genuine.

The new commercial will debut Monday night on the Nintendo UK site.

by Steve Hall    Jun-25-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials



Gigantic Pepsi Beach Ball Gets Tossed Around the World

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Well this is apropos to our current location, sunny (sort of) Miami Beach Florida. Occasionally at the beach (or waiting in line at Disney for that matter) impromptu games of beach ball break out and that's exactly what happens in this BBDO-created Pepsi commercial but on a grander scale. Waaaay grander. As in the world's biggest beach ball ( have a thing for large, round , moving Pepsi logos) getting tossed around the world like some kind of touchy feely United Nations event.

But that isn't to crap on it. No. We like it. We just wonder how what would certainly be a multi-ton aerial ball wouldn't instantly crush the people beneath it as it bounced downward. Oh yea. CGI. Thank God for realism in advertising.

by Steve Hall    Jun-25-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good



Time Warner Cable Kills Band's Career With Horrible Commercial

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We're hoping the geniuses behind this Time Warner 1-800-OKcable commercial knew, in advance, they were creating something fully intended to be "wink, wink, nudge, nudge, we know this is horrible but we're doing it anyway." We also hope the Tri-State band Future 86 was paid a whole lot of money for the privilege of never being taken seriously again.

by Steve Hall    Jun-21-07    
Topic: Cable, Commercials, Strange, Worst



Wegman's LPGA Obesity Prevention PSAs Urge Exercise

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We're not quite sure this creative is very good...at all, but the message is an important one: get your lazy ass off the couch, off the Wii and out from behind your Webkinz and MySpace pages and exercise your lard-laden, muffin top-sporting, double chinned body for an hour a day. Of course, they said it a lot nicer than we just did so take a look.

by Steve Hall    Jun-21-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials



'Lost' Gets Found With TomTom

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If you're head is about to explode because you can't follow the increasingly insane Lost plot twists. If you're sick of the Jack/Sawyer/Kate will they/won't they crap. If you can't figure out whether the show is biblically purgatory-based or some kind of time travel experiment gone wrong. If you think the Dharma Initiative is run by Bill Gates' detached-at-birth twin, TomTom has all the answers for you inside it's Lost in 30 Seconds video.

by Steve Hall    Jun-20-07    
Topic: Commercials, Strange, Television, Video



One Generation Promises Another It Will Care For Environment in PSA

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Created by Brainchild Creative and given the XFX treatment by Phoenix Editorial & Designs comes a campaign for California's Flex Your Muscles energy efficiency PSA. Employing non-professionals and using a loose scripts, the "California" spot features parents promising to leave their children the beauty they know to be California. Closing with the tag, Global warming isn't just a fact. It's a choice, the spot urges people to realize what they do today has a serious effect on future generations. Three other spots, Climate, Drought and Floods complete the campaign.

The first two spots, California and Climate broke June 11. The second two spots, Drought and Floods will break July 2

by Steve Hall    Jun-19-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Good, Television








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