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



Fiat Panda Commercial Confusing But Funny...Sort Of

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When we first watched this spot from Keta Keta for the hyper fuel efficient FIAT Panda, we didn't get it. That's probably because Keta Keta tells us the logic of the spot works on three levels: fuel consumption by the West indirectly funds terrorist activities, Panda saves so by buying it people are aiding in the fight against terror and finally, if we call owned Pandas, people like Osama would be washing windshields instead of carrying out terrorist acts. Well that hurt. That's too much thinking. The spot's still weird enough to like though.

by Steve Hall    Oct-30-06    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Hot Chic Points Out Addictiveness of Cigarettes

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Using the delightfully lustful imagery of the typical male fantasy, this American Legacy commercial aligns the allure of cigarettes to that of the hot neighbor next door. The spot is part of a new multi-city health program aimed at acknowledging the difficulties of quitting smoking and offering resources to make the job easier. The spot points to BecomeAnEx.org where those resources can be found.

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



PS3 Capitalizes on Fact that Naked Baby Dolls Are Always Scary

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As members of a generation haunted by films like Child's Play and Puppet Master, as opposed to those weirded out by the non-sensical ending of 2001:A Space Odessey, it's only natural that we feel unduly sensitive to the new ad for Playstation 3, in which a naked doll laughs and cries in unsettling ways while alone with the new console.

Fuck that, man. We're not taking it home to wreak havoc with our toys. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Oct-30-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Dominos' Oreo Desert Pizza the New Obesity Drug

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It's official. Burger King and McDonald's are no longer the whipping boys for obesity. If pizza alone weren't enough to add mass to your body, Dominos, with help from JWT, has created a serious food oddity: the Oreo Desert Pizza, which, along with adding to one's body mass, will also, according to this commercial, give one an Oreo Desert Pizza Mustache. Or goatee. Or beard. Or whatever. Gross. Probably tastes really good though and the commercial's funny. Directed by The Perlorian Brothers.

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



Dancing Stars Tour, Political Ads Collected, Carbon Emissions Examined

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- Slim-Fast has hooked up with ABC's Dancing with the Stars for a promotion that will bring the show's stars and dancers from seasons 1-3 to 38 cities for a tour which will allow people to see the show in action and meet the stars.

- Advertising Age's Ken Wheaton has collected all the political ads floating around the web and put them in one place or easy viewing and dissection.

- Ralston360's Laura Wegner, in a podcast, interviews former Linden Labs (Second Life) Chief Evangelist and current Millions of Us Founder Reuben Steiger.

- The emission of carbon as it relates the production of paper used for newspapers, magazines and all the other forms of collateral is now becoming a hot topic and publishers such as Time Inc., Hearst and others are examining the effect the production of their products have on the environment as well as means to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

- Bishop's Finger gives women pleasure. Some not amused.

- Once things are in full swing with Draft/FCB and Wal-Mart, the already on-the-outs smiley face logo is likely to be retired for good.

- Paris Hilton's Carl's Jr. Bentley lather fest imagery is now being used to sell...dry cleaning services.

by Steve Hall    Oct-29-06    
Topic: Commercials, Events, Magazine, Newspaper, Podcast, Promotions, Social



Cadillac Ad Highlghts Fall to Mediocrity, Possible Return

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Auto blog Jalopnik nabbed an early look at Cadillac's new spot for its XLR-V. The spot is progressive collage of vehicles beginning with the earliest Cadillac models up throuogh the new XLR-V. Watching this, we can't help bit notice things went downhill badly in the seventies and never quite returned. Though the XLR-V isn't half bad.

by Steve Hall    Oct-28-06    
Topic: Commercials



FDR Ad Compares Stem Cells to Penicillin

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Continuing the stem cell debate that's risen into public salience because of the Michael J. Fox ad, this ad asks us to imagine what life would be like if FDR looked at penicillin the way Bush looks at stem cell research.

It's a provocative context to say the least. And not to change the subject or anything, but doesn't FDR sound kind of like the Wizard of Oz? - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Oct-28-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Online, Trends and Culture, Video










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