Those Foreign Lyrics Sure Are Catchy

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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

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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



Cuba Gooding Jr. Wears Michael Jordan's Hanes Underwear

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There's something a tiny bit depressing about seeing Cuba Gooding Jr. in a TV commercial. After all, the guy went from Oscar winner to...underwear spokesman? That's gotta hurt. However, these new Martin Agency-created, Lost Planet-edited Hanes commercials featuring Gooding Jr. and Michael Jordan are quite good. Gooding, perhaps channeling a bit of his Jerry McGuire-esque charm, gets a bit Oscar spastic-like when he meets Jordan who's wearing a Hanes t-shirt.

In a second spot, he thanks Jordan for gifting him a pair Hanes Comfort Soft Waistband boxers. It doesn't go so well. But Gooding makes it work so well we like watching him as much as we like watching Jennifer Love Hewitt in her Hanes commercials. OK, that didn't come out so well.

by Steve Hall    Jul-13-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Good



Old Spice Hits Kilamanjaro for Experienced Man Challenge

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Wieden + Kennedy, Amsterdam put together these ads that continue to promote Old Spice's worldly wisdom with the Experienced Man Challenge, a series of domestic trials gone wild that gauge a real man's capability, suave and scent.

The spots are directed by Brian Lee Hughes. Here we see two dudes struggling to start an engine; here one gets a sturdy door open with a sexy knock; and here, perhaps most trying of all, one parallel-parks with a camel.

Manly indeed. Who doesn't get hot over a sexy knock? We're way out of bom chica wah wah territory now.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-13-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



Old Spice Stakes Claim to Tony Stewart's Armpits

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If we ever thought Old Spice was past its prime, we were horribly wrong. We should have guessed they had long-term comic genius when they enlisted Bruce Campbell to help them win youngbloods with winning condescension.

The grand old deodorant brand hits us again with a spot called Armpit for its Collector's Edition. Compiled by Wieden+Kennedy, it begins and ends with the maniacal laughter of the company's "marketing president," Alex Keith.

We don't want to blow the spot for you but this print ad sums up the humor and vibe.

Armpit marketing is actually a clever idea. And good inclusion of yellow flare and exclamation points! They give the whole concept just the right amount of trying-hard! pomposity.

We love Old Spice. If we were 100 percent male back here, we'd all be Axe wearers, but boy do we love Old Spice.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-12-07    
Topic: Best, Celebrity, Commercials, Human, Promotions, Sponsorship



Madison Mallards Get Morgan Freeman-Like Voice Treatment

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Sounding very much like Morgan Freeman, the Tom Kane-intoned voice over in these new Shine Advertising-created spots (one, two) for the Madison Wisconsin Mallards baseball team (yes, we'd never heard of them either) conveys the purity of America's favorite passtime (at least the way it should be) to...opera and stamp collecting. Yes, we know. It sounds very strange but, on some odd level, it works.

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



Annoyance Not So Annoying by Commercial's End

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This ad almost makes you work too hard but once you finally realize what message the commercial is delivering, the confusion pays off nicely. The spot promotes something that's around us all the time but is never thought of as more than an occasional annoyance. This annoyance turns out to have a very practical purpose as is revealed by the end of the spot.

by Steve Hall    Jul-10-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Saatchi Wins No Cookie for Creativity

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After All You Need is Luvs, we can't say we're crazy about anything Saatchi at the moment.

But having seen this conspicuously similar pair of ads by MFI and IKEA, the Ad Police - an incognito force - did some following-up and found another pair of matched ads from the same two campaigns.

See IKEA's fighting couple, 2002, Crispin, Porter & Bogusky.

See MFI's fighting couple, 2007, M&C Saatchi.

Way to leave your lovemarks, guys.

by Angela Natividad    Jul- 9-07    
Topic: Agencies, Commercials, Worst



HDTV Makes Traumatic Impact on Collision Kind

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Martijn over at Fresh Creation pointed us to this ad for Videotron, which sought to emphasize the HDTV experience with a crash test dummy.

We dig the voice-over and the concept, but why haven't crash test dummies been retired to the annals of old-school yet?

by Angela Natividad    Jul- 5-07    
Topic: Commercials, Online, Television



The Sun Shall Not Shine OnThis Cold Fosters

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Some people will go to great lengths to keep their beer cold. Other people, such as the chap in this M&C Saatchi-created Fosters commercial, are simply insane. Or, he have the ability to detect, perhaps, a tenth of a degree temperature difference that might be caused by the sun walking from the bar to his beach chair. While his buddies are ogling beach beauties, this guy is acrobatically following tiny bits of shade to protect his beer from the sun.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 5-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange










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