Here's a collection of odd promos for Toronto pub The Hargrave which holds a trivia contest every night. The promos capture three scenarios in which a particular answer would be right but the wrong one is given because viewers are urged to "save you right answers" for The Hargrave's trivia night. They're just weird enough to make you go WTF was that?
Apparently, commercials now cause suicide. You've heard us rail against those cause groups for every conceivable issue and ailment before and we're going to do it again. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has asked GM to yank its Deutsch LA-created Robot commercial in which a dejected robot is fired and commits suicide...in a fucking dream! For fuck's sake. When will this idiocy end? When will people realize we're talking about advertising here and not brain surgery? When will people get their head out of their asses and laugh when a piece of humor is placed in front of them? It's a robot...in a commercial. Hello?
Now that we've spent the better part of a week pointlessly bitching about which Super Bowl spot was the best, we might consider giving the honor to an ad that, though intended, never appeared during the game. You might remember the guy, now revealed to be Rand Fishkin of Seattle, behind MySuperProposal who was attempting to raise money to buy a Super Bowl ad in which he had planned to ask his girlfriend, Geraldine DeRuiter, to marry him. Well, he wasn't able to raise the $2.6 million needed to purchase a Super Bowl spot and began talking to advertisers to support his effort as well as to CBS who were considering running the spot.
Unfortunately when half time rolled around CBS called to say the spot would not, in fact, air. Undeterred and with a $3,000 gift from his mother, Fishkin bought a local spot on Seattle's KSTW Tuesday night during Geraldine's favorite show, Veronica Mars.
Shortly after a Bill Gates interview in which he discusses Vista and finally blows his top about Apple, Apple releases its latest Mac vs. PC ad. Looks like they're getting meaner: this one features a Secret-Service-looking guy standing behind the humanized Mac and PC. Every time they say something he asks, "Cancel or allow?"
The ad pokes fun at Vista's hyper-anal new security features, which, if this ad is any authority, may hamper the user experience rather than improve it.
We don't know about you but we're pretty sick of the Mac vs. PC campaign, particularly now that they're getting damn snarky. Really, how old are we, five?
Oh well of course we have to write about this. We wouldn't be Adrants if we didn't bring you every last morsel of sexually-related advertising news now would we? But, this time, it's a little different. Rather than this being about how sex is used to sell, this is about actual sex and better sex according to female arousal product Zestra. Hey, men have Viarga, why can't women get a boost too, right? The ad claims it's not a drug nor hormones rather botanicals "clinically proven to increase sexual arousal and pleasure in women." It's too bad, though, the company chose to go the cheesy direct-to-consumer drug route rather than the more humorous Herbal Essence approach.
Apparently, the backlash over the Snickers Super Bowl commercial in which two men end up kissing after eating a Snickers bar from opposite ends was too much for the company to take and, as a result, the candy maker has taken down the commercial's accompanying website, afterthekiss.com. Typing in the URL simply redirects to the Snickers site.
While we liked this spot purely for its shock value, there's a faintly high probability this will have a very real negative affect on sales. Can you imagine the looks one will now receive from the checkout clerk when they buy a Snickers bar? That's just way too much snickering for most people to take and there's plenty of other perfectly good candy choices with far less embarrassment attached to them.
Naming the best Super Bowl commercial is, at best, uselessly subjective and wholly irrelevant but we're going to do it anyway. And, in a shocker, we're going to agree with Advertising Age's bob Garfield and dub the Emerald Nuts Robert Goulet commercial our favorite. It's just twisted and quirky enough for us to appreciate and, not to be dismissed (although it usually is with Super Bowl ads), did a pretty good job of sliding some product benefit into the ad. So, Bob, what do you think? More importantly, what does everyone else think? Are we nuts? Oops. Sorry. Anyway, both of us (Angela and Steve) thought it was the best so we're going to honor it the Adrants Favorite for this year. The ad was developed by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco and was directed by the kooky and famed Perlorian Brothers.
As Sunday turns into Monday and time allows for the additional digestion and review of Super Bowl commercials, Bud Light's slapping ad has us laughing out loud this morning. When we viewed it during the game along with the insanity of the rest of the event, we didn't have time to enjoy the very hilarious wink/nod embedded in that ad. You all, of course, remember the Agency.com YouTube video fiasco in which Tom Ajello's fist bump became the signature of something...um...less than positive about the ad business. Well, wasn't it hilarious to see that very same notion become the basis of the Bud Light Slapping ad in which a guy, in response to an offered fist bump, says, "Yo, Steve, fist bump is out man!"
After that, the commercial turns into a humorous slap-fest but the funniest part of the ad is the end when the old dude (ad exec? hmm) offers up a fist bump and says to the young dude, "Nice job in there, Larson. You saved the account" to which the young dude responds by slapping the old dude. There's no way this commercial's creative concepting occurred without mention of Agency.com and its famouos fist bump. Nice work, guys.
In USA Today's annual Super Bowl Ad Meter, Budweiser topped the list with its Crab commercial. Rounding out the top ten were six other Anheuser-Busch commercials including Bud's Stray Dog, Bud Light's Rock Paper Scissors, Bud Light's Language Course, Bud Light's Auctioneer Wedding, Bud Light's Gorillas and Bud Light's Hitchhiker.
Damn! You think the 238 survey participants were drinking Bud Light while watching the ads? Hmm. The other lucky three to round out the top ten were Doritos for its consumer-generated Crash, FedEx for Moon and Sickers for its Kiss.
Where the hell is the kitschy Robert Goulet Emerald Nuts ad you ask? It ranked number 17 on the list but if it were uo to us, we'd move it up a bit. Perhaps knocking one of those Bud Light spots out of the top ten.
AOL's Super Bowl ad poll found Blockbuster's Mouse commercial to be the favorite among this year's crop of ads. Rounding out AOL's top five are Budweiser's Dalmation, Bud Light's Gorillas, Bud Light's Hitchhiker and Taco Bell's Lions. That poor Blockbuster Mouse is getting all the love this year. It's the least he can get after being violently dragged around by a rabbit.