Dwarfs, Pigs, Dancing Indian Sell Awesome Canned Ham Phone


If the general public ever thought those of us in the advertising business were just a bunch of wanna-be-cool hipsters who drink too much Starbucks, play too much foosball and have strange tastes in music, these two new commercials created by Mother NY and directed by The Perlorian Brothers would confirm that line of thinking. In this spot for the Virgin Mobile Slice, a phone packaged to look like a can of sliced ham, nothing is normal. Nothing at all. And, perhaps, that's a very good thing.

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

Canadians Want Guys to be Nice to Girls


The Government of Ontario cares about manners and thinks guys should be nice to girls. That's the gist of the messaging in this commercial which points to a site called Equality Rules. In the commercial, almost directly opposite from a scene in last night's Friday Night Lights in which one of the characters working the register at the local fast food restaurant tries to pick up a girl by telling her what she really wants when she places her order, a mean spirited guy, for no apparent reason, berates a girl who's just trying to order a burger.

The Equality Rules site is filled with cheesy cartoon advice vignettes that seem almost purposefully to mirror high-minded finger-wagging you'd get from your grandmother after she caught you getting drunk with your friend on his Dad's boat. SInce all other angle seem to be taken on convincing people to be nice, maybe this one will actually work. The commercial was created by Toronto's Bensimon Byrne and produced by UNTITLED (yes, that's the name of the company).

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

Alcohol Makes For 'Unhappy Hour'


We find it really difficult to bash any effort that aims to reduce teen binge drinking so we're not going to. But there's no need to in this case. We're going to applaud this effort by Grey San Francisco for the Youth Leadership Institute called Unhappy Hour that succinctly addresses the subject with a concise definition of binge drinking, informative facts about alcohol content and its effect, information on how parents, students, educators and researchers can help and, finally, two spots that feature conversations between friends that would never happen if alcohol weren't in play.

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

Refugee Issue Likened to Suicide


There's nothing quite like the attention-grabbing abilities of a spot that opens with a gun to a guy's head. For the United Nations Refugee Agency, DraftFCB Lisbon created a compelling spot that promotes the 7th International Conference on Refugees on November 29-30. The commercial uses suicide as the analogy for refugee concerns aligning the act with taking the lives of those who are still alive and in need of rescue.

by Steve Hall    Nov-28-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good

Viral Video Meets DRTV in Brilliantly Goofy Site Promotion


If you ever find yourself watching some obscure local TV station late at night in your hotel room while on some lame business trip in some lame city with your lame co-workers to pitch some lame client some lame new work your agency's done for them and a commercial like this one comes on, you just might quit your job immediately and enroll at The Viral Learning Center. Yes, you too can become a viral video expert.

At the Learning Center, you'll learn important viral video tactics such as filming yourself sitting at your desk, the art of falling, hurting animals, using animals to hurt people, working with excrement and vomit and "many more." This hilarious DRTV spoof takes whacks at both the DRTV genre and viral video itself all to promote, yes, a website that's all about viral video called Ziddio. It's one of those "we pay you for your video" site. Kind of like Revver with wit. American Copywriter points.

by Steve Hall    Nov-27-06    
Topic: Best, Commercials, Online, Strange, Video

Violence Against Women Passes From Generation to Generation


You don't have to understand French to understand the message conveyed in this PSA about violence against women. The kicker of the message is a literal one and a powerful message that children do take after the examples their parents set for them. Young & Rubicam France created the spot.

by Steve Hall    Nov-25-06    
Topic: Best, Commercials

Wii's Little Japanese Evangelists Would Like to Play


Here's a weird ad in which Japanese businessmen travel around what looks like the MidWest to share Nintendo Wii with families, transients and college students. "Wii ... would like to play," one says with an impish smile that's almost a twitch.

The pair bow low and suddenly people's lives are changed - white control in hand they're bowling, running, jumping, even lassoing - essentially everything they could do anyway if only they'd pick their asses up off the couch and leave the house for a few hours.

But no. They'll probably all get Wii'd instead. Oh, haha. We made a funny. Get it? Wii'd? You get it, right? There's a promising commercial in there somewhere. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov-25-06    
Topic: Commercials, Online, Strange, Television

Comcast Gets Random - Kind of Like Geico


A cable company pitch is a cable company pitch is a cable company pitch. But in Geico's signature style, Comcast is throwing out a little off-colour, slightly befuddling humour to add some shuffle to the deck.

The bowling mermen serve as good representatives of what we're seeing from Comcast lately. And if Youtube is any indication, people think it's awesome. So here's to thinking outside the box and into someone else's playbook. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov-25-06    
Topic: Cable, Commercials, Good, Online, Television

Sometimes Women Are Just Better At Selling Than Men


AdFreak's David Kiefabr says, after much searching, he's found his favorite commercial. After viewing it, we just might have to agree. You know all those ads that feature women just because they are eye candy for men? This one cements that notion brilliantly.

by Steve Hall    Nov-17-06    
Topic: Best, Commercials

Kyocera Educates Clueless Cell Phone Idiots


Adpunch is not impressed with this cell phone etiquette ad from Kyocera in which a guy gets the karma he deserves for his obnoxious ring tone and verbal inanities. We, however, love it and think every loser who thinks it's OK to strike up a phone conversation and share it with the entire room should get what's coming to them. There's a second spot that hilariously deals with the cell phone etiquette at a grave site. While it's hard to believe, there are still idiots out there who have no idea when and when not to use a cell phone. Good on Kyocera for attempting to educate those losers. The two spots were created by Vitro Robertson.

by Steve Hall    Nov-16-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good

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