Calling A Helio A Phone Underwater Causes Death


Created by Deutsch LA, directed by Napoleon Dynamite's Jared Hess and visually effected by A52, this spot for the company that refuses to be referred to as a phone company, Helio, makes that point very clear. Not that large, underwater animals aren't dangerous all the time but, apparently, they're particularly dangerous when you call a Helio a phone.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 7-06    
Topic: Commercials

In Reality, McDonald's 'Inner Child' Can't Get Out


Here's a fun little spoof of that McDonald's Inner Child commercial, out earlier this year, in which kids crawl out of grown up's stomachs and end up at a McDonald's restaurant. In the spoof commercial (you might have to download it to see it properly proportioned), called Eat Large, the true reality of eating at McDonald's is revealed and it's suggested that one might consider eating at Sumo Salad to avoid that unfortunate reality.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 7-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Spoofs

Ogilvy Makes Draft/FCB Lion Ad Into TV Commercial


In a twisted nod to that Draft/FCB Lion ad everyone took pleasure in shitting on, this Ogilvy Amsterdam-created ad for MTV takes the whole lion fucking thing even further incorporating other species and, in an excruciatingly long 60 seconds, tells people to wear condoms because "every six seconds somebody is infected with HIV." Catchy tune though. Unfortunately, it's gonna be stuck in our head the next time we decide to go all animal on someone.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 6-06    
Topic: Commercials, Racy, Strange

Boxer Needs Really Big Hot Pastrami Up His...Nevermind


Not even ten seconds into this video in which a boxer tells his corner man he's got nothing left and needs something big, something really big, we're already yelling at the screen, "Bend over loser and take it up the ass like a man!" Then we realize it's not some cheesy porn flick, it's a Nemer Fieger-created, Twist-directed Subway commercial for the chain's new Big Hot Pastrami sub. Seriously. We know it's just us but the combination of "needing something really big" coupled with a bulging, footlong object made our mind go to an entirely different place than a Subway restaurant.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 5-06    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Strange

Chrysler Gag Ads Out Again


- If you love to bitch about the importance of Cannes-winning creativity versus creativity that actually sells stuff, you might like this Effie webcast tomorrow featuring Carl Johnson of Anomaly, Chuck McBride of TBWA\Chiat\Day, Greg Stern of Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners and Paul Woolmington of Naked Communications.

- In case you missed it, here's (1, 2) those Chrysler ads that slipped out "by mistake" and was then "pulled" by the automaker.

- While crapping all over recent campaigns he feels are really bad such as Charmin, Pepto-Bismol, Mucinex and ExxonMobil, Scott G says the ad industry should simply stop hiring people who create these ads.

- Deep Focus has done some extensive work for HBO's Rome that pits two protagonist characters, Atia and Servilia against each other with dueling online sites in a celebrity smack down of sorts.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 5-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Industry Events, Strange

CMT Inspires Community Superheroes with 'Power of One'


Fresh off that compelling Dove ad, production company Reginald Pike jumps on "The Power of One," a campaign for the Country Music Channel to promote community activity and awareness.

It's endearing in a corny MidWestern sort of way. We're just not sure how far a man with a tight rubber outfit and cape could get down the street, even if he was reading to old people and whatnot. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Dec- 1-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials

Passing Gas Isn't Funny When it Comes to Smoking


When discussing the art of passing gas, humor is usually right around the corner. In this new spot from the American Legacy Foundation's long-running Don't Pass Gas campiagn, however, humor isn't in play. The passed gas that's being discussed here is hydrogen cyanide which is said to be found in second hand gas...uh...smoke. Perhaps Flatulina would have commentary on this.

by Steve Hall    Nov-30-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good

Volvo C30 Campaign Wants Hate And Love


We don't know whether to love or hate this new Fuel London-created campaign for Volvo's C30 but that's the whole point. You'll see what we mean after you view the first spot. Well? Love it? Hate it? Do tell. The second spot is just plain weird. Each spot points to a Euro RSCG 4D Amsterdam-created Freewill website filled with all sorts of interactive games, widgets and more commercials

by Steve Hall    Nov-30-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Strange

Rolling Rock Wants You to Hate It's Beer Ape


In the "so horrifically bad it just might actually be good but not really" category is a recent campaign from Rolling Rock that consists of online, billboards and TV spots which urge people who hated a recent "beer ape" commercial - which never actually ran except for placement on YouTube - to email Rolling Rock's VP of marketing to complain. We saw the billboards but hadn't yet seen the video on YouTube which Adverlicious tipped us to. While the commercial itself is over-the-top stupid, 1,024,265 have viewed it and 791 people have commented on it. Like it or not, that's fairly decent play for any YouTube placement. The question, as always, is, will this foolery actually sell any beer?

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by Steve Hall    Nov-29-06    
Topic: Commercials, Online, Outdoor, Strange, Television, Video

Manix Condoms Cause End of World


Not that you've ever had the premonition this guy did before buying condoms but this particular premonition, in the form of a 90 second ad for Manix condoms, clearly illustrates the "dangers" successful usage of condoms can cause. In Bulworth, Warren Beatty said, "If we all fucked each other, we'd eventually end up the same color." If Warren were in this Manix ad, he might say, "If we all fucked each other with condoms, we might end the world as we know it."

by Steve Hall    Nov-29-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Racy, Strange

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