Kids Say 'No Stank You' in Anti-Smoking Campaign

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"You Stank!" Or rather, "No Stank You!" is the rallying cry in a Washington State Health Department ant-smoking campaign that focuses on the negative social and cosmetic aspects of smoking. With lots of weird videos, interviews, TV spots, radio spots and a huge collection of downloadable, spreadable messages, the campaign is way more fun that the TRUTH campaign by far. Scare tactics ain't everything my friends. This one works.

by Steve Hall    Oct-20-06    
Topic: Best, Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Radio, Television, Video



Actresses Talk about Doing It (Voting, That Is)

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We all know how closely politics is tied to sex. Using that interviews-out-of-context trick with a bunch of television actresses, this PSA plays on the gutter our dirty little minds like to visit when we hear the phrase "doing it." Then it pulls the punchline that of course none of us knew was coming by encouraging us to get out and vote.

Clever. We guess. Though we echo Adfreak's sentiment that there'll probably be little to get all creamed about come November 2008. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Oct-20-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Video



Alltel Wireless Campaign Continues Downward Spiral

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The Alltel Wireless campaign, which began with the great concept of personifying competing mobile phone companies, continues it downward spiral with a second installment of its "mall geeks" cell phone company personification. Once again, the other companies try to get Alltel to end its MyCircle plan, this time with a bribe. It falls flat.

by Steve Hall    Oct-18-06    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary



IKEA Transforms Kitchen in Thirty Seconds

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For IKEA Portugal, TBWA has created a commercial which captures the transformation of a kitchen from dowdy to chic illustrating how items from IKEA can take the bland out and add in some color. We like it.

by Steve Hall    Oct-18-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Bouncing Thong-Clad Beauties Spank For Biker Insurance

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There aren't many people who use the term "brand spanking new" let alone use it to announce a "brand spanking new website" let along film four thong-clad women actually spanking each other while jumping up and down on a gigantic bouncy castle. But, there are some and biker insurance company Bennetts, located in the UK, is one. If you're interested in biker insurance or, more likely, even if you're not, wallow in the silliness that these three spots deliver and remember, we work in the same industry from which these wondrous creations came. For its pure foolishness, we like it. Ariel, not so much.

by Steve Hall    Oct-17-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Racy, Strange, Video



Mental Patients and Heterosexual Cowboys Not Needed For Poker

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In a series of four commercials produced by Therapy Films, PartyPoker illustrates how it can help when you have no one else to play with . From a doctor trying to play with mental patients to an accuracy-challenged magician, PartyPoker proves another human being isn't alwasy necessary to enjoy a great game of poker. Check out all four spots here.

by Steve Hall    Oct-17-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



Dove Illustrates Why Perception of Beauty is Distorted

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When we as an industry set out to create a beautiful ad, we tend to sometimes let our creativity and this thing called Photoshop run amock. Clearly demonstrating this penchant and fixation for beautifying everything in our path is this Dove commercial - created by Ogilvy Toronto and produced by Reginald Pike - in which an average looking woman is, first, subjected to intense physical makeover and then intense digital makeover turning her into the very familiar but very unreal woman we see gracing the pages of magazines and as subject matter for our advertising.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-16-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Good, Opinion



Advance Screening of New Sony Bravia Ad Midnight Tonight

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While everyone is waiting until Tuesday at 8:35PM GMT (Tuesday 4:35PM EST) to see the much anticipated Sony Bravia ad which, in reality, has already been available in un-produced, amateur video form (like this one) for some time now, something tells us if you check out the Sony Bravia Advert site slightly after midnight EST tonight (Monday), you'll have a 16:35 hour head start on everyone else. See? We do deliver the goods from time to time.

UPDATE: It's up now (7:30ish PM EST) and it's good. Though some of the mid-air paint explosions look quite fake, we're not complaining.

by Steve Hall    Oct-16-06    
Topic: Commercials, Video



Super Hero Goes Splat in UK Alcohol Education Campaign

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Well now here's something to brighten up your Monday morning. Just as soon as your getting comfortable watching some strange super hero attempt to retrieve a party girl's balloons which have just flown away, the super hero turns out to be something entirely different: a stupid drunk. It 's all part of a UK-based campaign from the Home Office and Department of Health to educate people on alcohol's wondrous ability to make one both invincible and vulnerable all at the same time.

by Steve Hall    Oct-16-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Juliet Lewis Goes Nuts, Justin Timberlake Botches Danish

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MTV is hyping its MTV Europe Music Awards in Copenhagen hosted by Justin Timberlake and its Backstage show hosted by Juliette Lewis and the Lick with a series of videos in which Justin botches the Danish language, Juliet smashes a computer while logging on and another in which she tells everyone to fucking log on. There's four videos in all (fourth one here) and for some strange reason, we like them.

by Steve Hall    Oct-16-06    
Topic: Cable, Commercials, Good










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