Refugee Issue Likened to Suicide

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



Triumph Boats Gets Burt Reynolds/Dukes of Hazard Treatment

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AdJab points us to a Triumph boat commercial which simply had to be one of the funnest (is that a word) commercials to shoot. Kind of like an old Burt Reynolds Smokey and the Bandit movie, a guy considering purchasing a boat gets to take one of the boats on a test drive except the test drive is on land...behind a pick...without a trailer. Stereotypical Southern Yee Haw ensues. But no matter where you're from, you know you wish you were driving that pick up or watching this commercial get shot. To view the spot, visit the Triumph site and click on The Bubba Test.

by Steve Hall    Nov-15-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Video



Nice'n Easy Demonstrates Hair Model Dangers

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Ever wonder what happens to all those hair models who do nothing but flail their hair around in commercials to show how lush and shiny the shampoo makes the hair? Well look no further than this self-deprecating Australian commercial for nice'n easy.

by Steve Hall    Nov-15-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Ball Bouncing Babes, Field Wrestlers Promote Drink

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In the so bad they might even be good category, these two spots for YooHoo-like drink Primo are non-sensically wacky, questionably entertaining and most certainly too long. We get to see wrestlers in a field softened by a rabbit and bikinied babes bouncing on big red balls in a parking garage for some good passing by. Something about Primo bringing things back into focus.

by Steve Hall    Nov-14-06    
Topic: Commercials










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