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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.