Badminton Brings Legitimacy to Enhanced Water ... Oh Wait.

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Because badminton is as much a sport as Glaceau's Vitamin Water is water, we thought this quirky Vitamin Water ad featuring Urlacher and Ortiz was appropriate.

Thanks Bill for the tip. We're also glad at least one more person out there is frowning dubiously at the merits of badminton.

And yeah, we can say that, because we were on the high school badminton team. Why did we join the high school badminton team? Because the pain-inducing potential of tennis balls frightened us. Although apparently shuttlecocks can be equally scary, if the above ad is any authority.

by Angela Natividad    May- 7-07    
Topic: Commercials, Television



The Faster the Speed, The Bigger The Mess

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With the simple but true tagline, "The Faster the Speed, the Bigger the Mess," this :60, launched April 26, from Ireland's Road Safety Authority and Northern Ireland's Department of Environment delivers a powerful but simple message: The faster the speed, the bigger the mess. Entitled "Mess," the commercial is born from statistics that find 30 percent of Republic of Ireland and 24 percent of Northern Ireland road fatalities are due to excessive speed. The spot is part of an increasing trend towards the use of reality-based shock and brutal honesty to deliver the message.

As with most accidents, the spot, created by Lyle Bailie International Limited, begins with a peaceful, unassuming moment then progresses through the surprise, shock, horror, despair, retribution, regret and sorrow experienced by each person involved in the horrific ordeal. The mesmerizing soundtrack with the lyrics, "I can't take my eyes off you" lends even more intensity to the gravity of the unfolding after effects of the accident. Watch this spot a few time and you'll think twice the next time you consider pushing the pedal a bit more than you should.

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by Steve Hall    May- 6-07    
Topic: Best, Cause, Commercials



M&Ms Darky Goodness Gets Addam's Family Treatment

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Aside from the fact M&Ms is soon going to run out of new colors and flavors lest they start naming the little guys cyan, magenta and beige, Masterfoods, with help from BBDO and HSI Productions, has enlisted the Addam's Family to introduce their new dark chocolate product. View the finger-lickin', finger snappin' goodness here. We must admit we like.

by Steve Hall    May- 6-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good



Massive Manhood All That Matters to Match.com

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Well there you have it. Yet another superficial approach to promoting a dating service. For any man who doesn't have a 13 inch plus piece of erect manhood, Match.com, and the women who use it, don't think you're worthy of consideration. This is one angle Match.com has taken in a recent three spot animated television campaign. It's as if the creative team popped LSD (see, we got the drug reference right this time) before concepting this very very different approach to dating service advertising. We're guessing since True.com has the extreme cleavage angle claimed, Match.com had to go in a different but equally extreme direction.

by Steve Hall    May- 4-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Toohey's Grows Beer-Clutching Pod People for Crisp Beer Harvest

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We're inexplicably enchanted by this strange ad for Toohey's Extra Dry created by BMF, Australia. AdFreak describes it pretty perfectly: "The farmer-hero in the commercial uses a strand of hair from his own greasy pompadour to grow a field of magical corn..." and that's all we can tell you because now you must watch it.

All we can say is, the rockabilly husk-nurturing Aussie farmers make the rock-throwing beer purveyors stateside look damn lazy. Though if it's any consolation, both exhibit a propensity to steal beer from the less fortunate (or just less quick).

And A-B calls beer democratic.

by Angela Natividad    May- 3-07    
Topic: Commercials, Strange, Television



Wexley Wears, Smirnoff Explained, Spiderman Crawls, Ninja Returns

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- Now you can get t-shirts from that weirdly-named agency Wexley School for Girls.

- If you were ever curious about the history of Smirnoff Vodka, Paranoid US and JWT(New York) have crammed hundreds of years into sixty seconds.

Aside from the fact all that nudity and porn seems to slow DailyMotion to a crawl (and the play/pause button in the middle of the video that prevents you from getting a decent screenshot), here's a pretty cool stop motion commercial for Big Yellow self storage.

- Spiderman is all over New York.

- Oh look! Another ad agency makes its debut in Second Life.

- Seems the Ninja is now a trend. First G4 did it. Now, Oregon State Lottery is going Ninja.

- George Parker says the new Maytag campaign sucks.

by Steve Hall    May- 2-07    
Topic: Agencies, Commercials, Outdoor



If a Flower Can Moan During Intercourse, It Can Sell Helmets Too

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You know how in cheesy movies a guy's life flashes before him when he dies? Imagine that through the eyes of a flower plummeting from a windowsill to certain death because there's a Lazer helmet below it.

This winner is by Duval Guillame Antwerp and they're so proud of it that they'd like us to post all credits, so here goes.

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by Angela Natividad    May- 2-07    
Topic: Commercials, Television



eHarmony Not So Harmonious, Says Chemistry.com

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A new dating site by Match.com goes head-to-head with eHarmony by leveraging the latter's tendency to reject clients who are gay, "unhealthy" or even just obstreperous.

Chemistry.com says "Come as you are" with TV and print spots featuring eHarmony rejects. They've also got a blog for airing every relationship-oriented topic imaginable, appropriately (that is, vaguely) called The Great Mate Debate.

To demonstrate its commitment to individual happiness, Chemistry.com gives users five free matches. And that's great, because if people change their minds as often as Match.com changes its campaign strategy, those freebies will come in handy.

by Angela Natividad    May- 2-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Online



Feet Get Trippy For Havaianas

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For a while, we thought we were looking at an update of Honda UK's kooky Hate video but no. It was a new campaign for Havaianas footwear with three spots that look like a kaleidoscopic, heroin-induced, feed your head-style trip through Alice's Wonderland but turn out to be nothing more than the dreams of feet. We like. After all, just how many ways are there left to sell shoes? The ads were distributed by Jun Group and can be seen here, here and here.

by Steve Hall    May- 1-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Strange



Flying Pool Babe Dumps Balding Guy

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Any man who's balding will not want to watch this commercial for hair loss drug Propecia because it will make you feel like a loser who can't get the girl. Oh but wait. All this negativity is meant to celebrate the positivity of Propecia's miraculous ability to give you hair and, thus, get the hot girl at the pool. Created by Keta-Keta, it's filled with the company's classic convergence of sex meets quirk. It's the first of three videos to be released over the next few weeks

by Steve Hall    May- 1-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good










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