Heinz Two Minute Soups Celebrate Man's Staying Power

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In yet another stab at the unfortunate fact whomever created mankind was distracted the day time-to-orgasm was programmed for men and women, this commercial for Heinz Microwaveable Soups celebrates what can be accomplished within two minutes. The work was created by an all-male creative team from Leo Burnett London. Come on guys, Verizon's already diminished men to clueless idiots. The least you could have done was give us back our manliness. Not every one of us carries a two minute warning sign on or head.

by Steve Hall    May-21-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Racy



Giant Uses Renault to Lure Humans For Breakfast

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Now here's a commercial you'll likely never see in America because we'd somehow find an allegory to 9/11 claiming giants tossing lures into the city to catch and cook people is simply too reminiscent of planes crashing into building and killing people. A stretch? Hardly. If you've lived in America long enough, you know there's a cause group out there for everything and we're sure there's one out there that's offended by mythic giants casting a Renault into the city to lure people for breakfast.

Casting aside that bit of American lunacy aside for a minute, we have a beautiful Publicis Paris-created, Psyop-produced, MassMarket effected car company commercial which is pleasantly devoid of winding, mountaintop roads, violent crashes, celebrity endorsement, ride-pimping and price/item boredom. [Ed. No actual human beings were harmed in the creation of this commercial]

by Steve Hall    May-21-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Schweppes Fruit Carbs Sophisticates Texas Cowboy

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Now this is just weird. But leave it to an American to change things up while at a formal equestrian event. Created by one of our favorite agencies, Duval Guillaume Antwerp, this Schweppes Fruit Carbs commercial praises the "slightly more sophisticated cowboy."

by Steve Hall    May-21-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



VW Golf Gets Dark and Stormy

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If you're into dark (so dark you can't see the product), brooding spots voiced by a Richard Burton reading of Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood, you're gonna love this DDB London-created, Biscuit-produced spot for the VW Golf. Yes, we're talking econocar Golf here, not luxury flop Phaeton. Way too much hipsteresque intensity here for this kind of vehicle.

by Steve Hall    May-21-07    
Topic: Commercials



Dali, Yes Dali, Sold Out to Cash In

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If you harbored the fantasy that master artists pre-dating Shepard Fairey and Andy Warhol never sold out to ad hype, be forewarned: your fantasy is just that.

Boing Boing points us to Dali himself pushing Lanvin chocolates, Veterano and - of all things - Alka-Seltzer.

The marketing minds behind brands like Red Bull and Apple can vouch for that legend goes a long way. Rumour has it Dali was stillborn, coming violently to life only after an uncle blew cigar smoke into his face.

After seeing the ads (which, because of or despite weird whimsy, are quite fascinating), you just may believe it.

by Angela Natividad    May-18-07    
Topic: Commercials



Kia Plays Musical Cars

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This Kia commercial has been out for a few weeks now but it's worth sharing for its pure fun and nod to the childhood game musical chairs. In the commercial, cars slowly drive in a circle around parking spots and when the music stops, well. you know what happens next. If this were an actual game and not a car commercial, you can be sure there'd be a whole lot more carnage than the beautifully choreographed ballet-style motion that makes this spot fun to watch.

by Steve Hall    May-18-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Bud Light Hangs With Beach Blanket Bimb...Uh...Beauty

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No sooner to we take beer marketers to task for foisting idiotically staged and sexually charged commercials, do we stumble upon these Cannonball Agency-created, Cutters-edited ads for Bud Light's Have Soome Fun With It Campaign. Oh sure, some might say these are just as idiotic and sexually charged as every other beer marketer's work but we'd disagree. There's just something intriguingly different about these ads that different enough to maintain interest. Feel free to disagree because we know some well. But you all know we love a good debate.

by Steve Hall    May-18-07    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Racy



Presidentti: the Coffee of Choice for Fairies, and Possibly Bjork

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We've never seen anyone push coffee quite like this before, and we have to admit we dig it, even if we're not on 'shrooms.

The magic was cultivated for Finland's Paulig Presidentti by Stardust Studios and Helsinski's SEK & GREY Oy. And bless their hearts, there's method to the madness. The notion was to convey a transcendent sensory experience while using the familiar Presidentti colour scheme and golden cup, which is something like a pimp goblet for caffeine.

The slogan translates, "from the best coffees in the world." Mm. They could have done more with that. We would have shot for something more along the lines of, "from the ashes of the fresh-risen phoenix."

by Angela Natividad    May-18-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Television



Kids Air Views on Global Warming for SOS

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Anonymous Content lends a slightly tinted angle to this green campaign for SOS Live Earth. Here a bunch of kids air their views on global warming.

It's always interesting to hear kids discuss big global issues because they generally take what they've been taught and express it with confidence. Absolute truth: another one of those imaginary friends that died with college. Our favourite quotes:

"Humans aren't the main threat. the main threat is water vapour."

"The world will last forever, because God won't let us down."

Ain't that a relief.

by Angela Natividad    May-17-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Trends and Culture, Video



Martial Arts Used to Higlight Malaria Awareness

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To call attention to the Malaria plight many Britons face as they travel abroad, the famed Lee and Dan created a martial arts-themed video that shows the importance of properly fighting off mosquitoes and points viewers to a site called Malaria Hot Spots providing malaria-related travel tips. It's one of the odder ways to call attention to Malaria but we aren't going to knock it.

by Steve Hall    May-17-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good








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