Spanky's Co-Star Shows Up in Domino's Chocolate Cookie Commercial

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While the nervous laughter in this Perlorian Brothers-directed, JWT New York-created commercial for Domino's Pizza delivered-hot chocolate chip cookies goes on a bit long, the payoff works. And if you were wondering, the old lady in the ad is Beverly Polcyn who played a co-starring roles with Spanky and Alfalfa in the 1930's TV hit Our Gang. At least chocolate chip cookies aren't as freakishly gross as the Domino's Oreo Desert Pizza.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Politico Burglared, Philips Buys College Ball, Ketel One Goes Subliminal

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- It's political ads like this that make us realize why an increasing amount of people don't vote.

- Following up on its 60 Minutes ad buyout a couple years ago Philips has purchased all the ad time on this Saturday's Texas-Oklahoma State college football game on TBS. Some o the time will be used for ads. The other time will be given back to TBS for additional programming during the game.

- London agency with German lineage Scholz and Friends asks visitors to weblog to not mention the war.

- London agency Cake is hosting a contest for people to decide the title of the next Young Bond book.

- Ketel One wants you to find the subliminal messaging in its ad. Hmm. We know there's a message in there somewhere.

- Xbox360 game Gears of War gets sidewalk graffiti treatment in San Francisco.

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-06    
Topic: Cable, Commercials, Magazine, Strange, Video



WWF Says Ignoring Global Warming Won't Make It Go Away

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The World Wildlife Foundation, in a new commercial from FCB Toronto, urges is not to ignore global warming by placing people going about their daily routines within situations apparently caused by global warming and acting as though they are oblivious.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 1-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Immortal Robot Tells Humans to Achieve Immortality by Walking

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Dishing up iRobot and Bicentennial Man robot-wants-to-be-human sentiment, this Johnnie Walker commercial tells us, from the perspective of a robot who wants to be human, to keep walking which, collectively as a species, grants us immortality in manner much different than that of a robot. As long as we don't drink too much while on that quest for immortality.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 1-06    
Topic: Best, Commercials



Server Sprouts Tentacles, Saves Office Nightmare

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It's a bit scary to think the office server in some back closet would take on the look of an octopus or a giant squid but that's the imagery Publicis West chose HP chose to introduce its Blade System C Class server. Apparently, lots of hands (tentacles?) are a very good thing when it comes to a server's capability to organize an office mess.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 1-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Domestic Violence Ads Get Personal ... With the Linoleum

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Here's a no-frills campaign that packs a mean punch. This series of ads for APAV gave us vertigo, then chills. The ad copy reads "As you can't feel what they feel, see what they see." Equally stark commercials are also circulating.

The campaign is for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which is November 25th. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 1-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Magazine, Promotions, Television



Amp's Mobile Will Make You Strange

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TAXI has done a nice job positioning Amp'd Mobile as the alternative mobile phone service of choice and these three new spots either reinforce that or simply reveal Amp'd mobile users are cracked. There's the caught singing in the bathroom spot, the dumb, overzealous Dad spot and the orchestra member gone rocker spot. They each either reinforce Amp'd as a provider of really great content or they just prove adults are just grown up kids in disguise.

In case the goofiness of the spots don't set Amp'd apart from others, the Pound the Pinata site, on which a Mexican trio plays Hip Hop, Metal, Reggae or Mariachi while you whack the pinata phone certainly will. Sure, it's all fun but do you know anyone that has an Amp's phone? And where does Amp'd actually have any service?

by Steve Hall    Oct-31-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Online, Strange



Monkey Uses Monkey to Promote Monkey

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Isn't it so much fun now that we have all these really cool video sites like YouTube? Any idiot can put up anything they want and legions of social media lovers will glom all over it like rabid Saw III fans? Not, by any stretch, are the creators of this promotional video for UK men's magazine Monkey isiots but it sure looks like they had fun creating this whacked, monkey-like commercial.

by Steve Hall    Oct-31-06    
Topic: Commercials, Strange, Video



Boots Drug Store Makes Gorgeous Super Moms

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It's not often standard fare drug store cosmetics, housekeeping and high-glamor are mentioned in the same sentence but in this David LaChapelle-created Christmas commercial for British drug store chain Boots, they seem to go together gorgeously in an intriguing over the top sort of way.

by Steve Hall    Oct-31-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Dropping Prices, Increasing Sexiness Sell Pontiac G6

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In this art director's visual wet dream for the new Pontiac G6, the ever declining prices and increasing speed and sexiness of computers, music equipment and telephones are cited as an analogy to the less expensive and supposedly sexier G6. Created by Leo Burnett Detroit, the spot kinda gets the message across but does anyone really believe cars can get cheaper and a Pontiac cold be classified as sexy?

by Steve Hall    Oct-31-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good








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