Beginning tomorrow, Los Angeles will bathe in a cultural oddity known as the LA County Fair. Normally reserved for upstate New York or any flyover state, county fairs are full of cotton candy, barf-inducing tea cup rides, tractor pulls, all form of pig - both cooked and live, trucker hats, beer guts, "git r done" accents no one can understand and lots of girls who think they look hot with their gut bulging between their belly shirt and their way-too-tight low rider jeans. In bringing this sort of event to the most plastic place on earth, some serious motivation was needed.
Stepping up to the daunting task and delivering hilariously was LA agency Ideaology which created these two spots featuring a plactic surgeried mom, her Ashley Simpson look-a-like daughter (named Ashley, no less) and a friend. In one spot, the three debate whether or not cotton candy is vegan. In the other, a discussion ensues regarding exactly what sound a sheep makes.
- AdFreak doesn't like the new McDonald's talking burger spots from Leo Burnett.
- The final two book in the Lemony Snicket series, The Beatrice Letter and The End, are being promoted with a series of online videos conceived and produced in house with the help of A(x)iom.
- Heineken Netherlands is using Skpe's new feature in which 100 people can have a phone conversation at the same time to deliver a Skypecast of Dutch band Johan. Hopefully everyone will shut up so the band can be heard.
- Can't get sex? Eat chocolate instead.
- If you're a girl and you're in the know then Girls in the Know wants you to join their Celebrity Fantasy League, a virtual talent agency that awards points to the girl who "manages" the most newsworthy celeb.
Colle+McVoy has created a new campaign for the Minnesota State Lottery that reminds the state's residents the millions of dollars they hand over to the state lottery's coffers goes to maintaining the environment. The bear in this spot is doing his best to thank the human race for their kindness.
Production house Convert teamed with BBDO Atlanta to create and direct a live-action TV campaign to introduce Cingular's Pantech C300, the "world's smallest camera flip phone." The spots use a filmmaking technique that incorporates a graphical "hinge" in the ads to highlight the flipping of the phone. It's not like the second coming of that Gap/Matrix freeze and pivot technique (or whatever it's called) but it's perfect for the ad's messaging. There's two spots to view here but they load very slowly.
- Copyranter thinks Axe goes too far with its promises of the perfect life just because you use their deodorant. As if girls actually swoon to guys based on the flavor of their pits. The dude in this ad needs a lot more help than deodorant.
- The Art Directors Club will have a panel at its ADC Gallery on September 21 which will discuss how creatives can instigate social and political action. Esquire cover guru George Louis and "I Love NY" designer Milton Glaser will be on hand.
- Here's another one of those Akbank mass human choreography things.
- Consumer feedback to GM's Fastlane blog was part of the reason the company recently announced it would lengthen the warranty on all of its vehicle to 100,000 mile of five years beginning in 2007.
- ATTIK has designed and launched a website for MTV VMA Vanguard Award winner Hype Williams who was bestowed the honor last week during MTV's Music Video Awards.
- Online marketing magazine Adotas is hosting a dinner at Fiamma Osteria Tuesday night, November 7th to welcome incoming ad:tech Chair Drew Ianni.
In perhaps an intriguing method of attracting attention to this commercial while giving a nod to citizens of Mumbai, India who close their windows to shut out the sounds of the country's Ganesh Festival, this ad for the Times of India highlights the tens day festival but contains no sound at all. And yes, we struggled with our volume control at first so now you don't have to.
Beginning its life as a greeting card company, shifting to developing a line of baby clothes then turning ad agency, uncooked has developed 11 animated IDs for MTV that follow the company's original greeting card sense of style and humor. It's not everyday a gretting card company goes to work for MTV and this time the work is actually good. Check it out here.
- Davis Freeberg sends us this long form commercial for TiVo called Blue Moon which is a 50's-style video explaining an important scentific discovery that turns out to be, yes, a TiVo.
- While we really like this new campaign for Florida's Commerce Bank which, in the TV spot, asks "When did you stop thinking you were a magician?" and other kid-related things along with images of kids that change to adults at the end of the commercial, there seems to be a missing transition between the innocence of dreaming in kidhood and Commerce Bank's assertion you can keep dreaming in adulthood if you bank with them. The work was created by Hispanic agency, The Lab thelabideas.com
- Put your Hispanic marketing caps on because the demographic segment is growing eight times faster than other other groups and will, this year, match the purchasing power of African-Americans spending over &800 billion.
- Arthur Schiff, the man behind the classic Ginsu Knife commercials as well as many other informercials died earlier this week at the age of 66.
- Debuting next week during the Come Out & Play festival in New York this month will be "kill them with kindness" game called Cruel 2 B Kind. The game assigns players one weapon and one weakness which consist of random acts of kindness which are to be delivered to other players who could be anyone on the street in the game zone.
- Maverick Media has created another Windows Live Messenger video, called Bottle, that points out the dangers of using old technology to deliver office messages.
- South African singer Verity is hoping record her album by pre-selling 5,000 CDs through a project called the Lucky Packet Project to finance the cost of recording the album. About ten percent of the revenue will go to the South African charity People Opposing Women's Abuse.
- OK, this Great Escape video for the PSP game Dark Mirror is just weird but it definitely reminds one to be sure which bed they slip into the night before.
- T-list is taking social media physical by selling t-shirts on which people can place thisr top five lists of bands, movies, places or any other list one might find on MySpace or any other social media site.
- Getting even closer to the day ads will be affixed to the back of church pews, the Boy Souts of America are now accepting brand sponsorship of its Scout Badges.
- While you may have heard of this stunt already, here's the video of UK artist Bansky "punking" Paris Hilton's new CD by buying copies, altering the cover sleeve's content and replacing her CD with an audio remox of her favorite and inane comments.
- A&T is hyping its online entertainment site Blue Room by airing, on September 10, footage from the Conde Nast Fashon Rocks pre-party featuring Elton John performing highlights from the songs on his upcoming The Captain and the Kid album.
Using flash back scenarios which explain current misfortune, Winston-Saloem agency The Woodbine Agency created a series of commercial for its client Peidmont bank that illustrates the importance of making proper financial decisions and the downside of making bad ones. The series of commercial can viewed on YouTube here.
Anytime a spot tosses in a joke about pooping on people's heads, it's guaranteed coverage on Adrants. In this spot, created by TBWA/Ciat/Day and directed by Hornet director Monkmus (gotta love those self-important one namers), features a goose talking to the dustball dude about the PSP's travel friendly features. Watch it here.