Cardboard Robot Brings Tin Man to Life in Streets of LA


Stardust Studios' Neil Tsai directed a new project for the Cardboard Robot art collective, a street art group led by Mason Brown.

Granted, the world doesn't need another jaded street art society, but we do think it's cool that the man-versus-machine discourse has come to factor into creative play on concrete avenues.

The result was filmed in downtown Los Angeles and onstage at The Source. It's an industrialist's Alice in Wonderland.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-25-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Trends and Culture, Video

Don't Drink and Drive Message Delivered Without Blood and Gore


Heeding the results of recent research which finds young men don't believe all those horrific drunk driving crash ads becasue they never get that drunk, London's Department for Transport has launched a new Leo Burnett-created commercial that leaves the crash test dummies and dramatically heart wrenching approaches behind in favor of a bartender who spews forth imaginary advice from all the people in a guy life who simply wanted a beer.

As opposed to fear of death, this commercial uses fear of guilt as its vice Fear of losing one's license. Fear of explaining that to parents. Fear of jail time. Fear of embarrassment over having to explain all this to those in one's life. While we're not sure all that would go through our head prior to ordering a beer, the message is certainly a a more practical and relatable one.

by Steve Hall    Jul-24-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good

Tequila With A Deer on the Label Tastes Better


Brent Terrazas points to a strange DavidandGoliath-created commercial for Cazadores Tequila in which a Mexican man envisions the creation of the perfect tequila. For inspiration, he "gazed into his agave fields" and saw...Russian ballet dancers....and a lot of other things. Finally, he sees a deer and that becomes his inspiration and the tagline for this commercial, "The one with the deer on it." Not your normal tequila marketing for sure but a very smart implementation of brand differentiation...even it is just about the label.

by Steve Hall    Jul-24-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good

DirecTV Takes Priority Over Machinations of Alien Royalty


On a mission to benignly molest any and all Sci-Fi classics we may have placed on the altars of our souls, DirecTV tears into the scene in Aliens where Ripley fights the alien queen.

In this appropriation she's really peeved because the queen won't leave her in peace to watch her DirecTV.

Nice touch with Sigourney Weaver who, according to Adfreak, joins William Shatner, Pamela Anderson and Charlie Sheen in the annals of DirecTV's illustrious ad history.

Post Kill Bill, Daryl Hannah doesn't seem to be doing much, so who wants to bet a cookie that the next ad is a Bladerunner nab?

by Angela Natividad    Jul-24-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Online, Television

Saatchi Follows Wendy's 'Kicking Trees' Spot With 'Hole'


We've got our hands on Saatchi & Saatchi's follow up to their Kicking Trees commercial for Wendy's which aired during the American Idol finale. This one's called Hole and it's a gleeful expression of the lemming-like acceptance people apparently have for McDonald's and Burger King's practice of leaving their burgers sitting in the window as opposed to Wendy's which, according to red pigtail guy, come sizzling off the grill.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-23-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials

When Brand Equity Starts Running Low, Distract the Crowd in Technicolor


We can't shake the sense that there's something really dated - think late '90s - about these mod new Sony VAIO ads (1, 2, 3) by Ignited for Latin America.

Oh, wait. We just figured out why. 1998 was the year Apple came out with its snazzy pick-a-swatch gimmick for the clear and colorful new iMacs, starting with Bondi Blue. That was really hot for back then, but, oh, we need more than color these days to save a flailing brand.

But assuming the product actually were imaginative, the ads also leave something to be desired, and the slogan, "Like no other," was clearly not the result of a "Eureka!" moment.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-23-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Television

OMG! Dell Introduces Colored Laptops!


OK, OK, we'll write about it. We didn't want to but people keep sending us links. It seems that Dell has, OMG, debuted a line of laptops that, OMG, are multi-colored. So fetch! After all, style is far more important than substance, right? Mother New York has crafted a Flaming Lips intoned commercial which goes all color happy on us with various scenes of people, their favorite colors, their endeavors and their choice of colored laptop. Yup, this is Dell's answer to cool.

by Steve Hall    Jul-20-07    
Topic: Commercials

Old Spice Solves Hairy Soap Problem


There's always that queezy feeling when you reach for the bar of soap in the shower and it's got hair on it that isn't yours. Wieden + Kennedy has exploited that fear in a new commercial or Old Spice which offers up an alternative to hairy soap. See it here.

by Steve Hall    Jul-19-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good

Those Foreign Lyrics Sure Are Catchy


They say music is the universal language. It moves us similarly no matter what language we speak. It breaks down cultural barriers caused by language and political differences. This family, enjoying a nice car ride, has been infected by a catchy tune on the radio that's appealing to both mom and dad as well as the kids. Give it a listen. But, catchy as the tune is, you would be well advised to listen with headphones on or the volume down.

by Steve Hall    Jul-19-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange

Sour Skittles Proves Cows Aren't the Only Species Which Need Milking


We, along with Make the Logo Bigger, are sure most farmers who walked bleary-eyed into the milking parlor at 5AM and found this guy hooked up to an automatic take off machine and eating a candy bar, they'd run back to the farm house and ask what the hell their wife put in the scrambled eggs this morning. But not this farmer. Nonchalantly noting his milk product is sour, he thinks it's fine some seen-him-before-but-can't-place-him actor is hooked up to the milking machine while eating Sour Skittles. He just wish he wasn't eating Skittles. Weird, yes. Funny, definitely.

by Steve Hall    Jul-16-07    
Topic: Commercials, Strange

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