Apply Directly to the Forehead. Again. Again. Again


The Slug offers up a retrospective on this past Summer's inane Head On commercial and the media frenzy which ensued because of it. If you haven't seen the spot, it's the one that repeats, "Head On. Apply directly to the forehead," over and over and over but offers no actual statement as to what the product's purpose might be. Created completely without ironic insiderism, the commercial found itself the subject of many parodies, an MSNBC interview with Barbara Lippert in which she just won't shut up, coverage on NBC Nightly New with Brian Williams, again with Barbara Lippert, and, finally, a self-referential spoof created by the company itself. Still, no one knows what the hell the product is supposed to do. OK, yes, it's for headaches but they never say so. Witty.

As Brian Unger said on MSNBC, we shouldn't be surprised to hear "Bud, put it in your mouth" during the Super Bowl.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 3-06    
Topic: Commercials, Opinion, Strange, Trends and Culture, Video

Sobey's Cures Masochistically Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior


If you ever feel like your life is in a rut and your days are filled going through the same masochistically obsessive-compulsive routines over and over and over so much so that you can do them blindfolded or in complete disregard to alternative routines, you might want to go see a psychiatrist. Or, you might want to watch these ReginaldPike-produced commercials from Vancouver's ReThink for Sobey's food stores.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 3-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Strange

Sony Lets People Choose Ending to Commercial


Leveraging a previous commercial for its line of HDTV, Sony has released a collection of alternative endings to the original commercial so that...well...we don't know what becasue the endings are so stupid we lost track of what the ad was trying to accomplish. Oh but wait. The endings are riffs in actual movies and they choices tie into the tagline. Witty. It's always great fun to let the consumer think they're controlling things with these prepackaged, predetermined "optional endings" but sometimes it seems a lot of people forget what an ad is supposed to do: sell stuff. Oh but wait, maybe this does sell stuff but we didn't realize that until we watched the ads a few times. Oh but wait, that's why we have this thing called frequency.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 3-06    
Topic: Commercials, Online, Video

Breasts, Elevators Converge to Sell Bras


AdJab was sent this humorous Chinese spot which follows the seemingly overdone "push up bras make your boobs fucking huge" theme, this time by illustrating how difficult it is for a push up wearing woman to properly situate herself inside an elevator. It all makes one wonder about the difficulties females who actually have unassisted big breasts must deal with.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 2-06    
Topic: Commercials, Strange

Real Life Becomes Favorite Movie Scene For Film Festival


Apparently riffing on film festival-worthy movies, none of which we've seen, this TBWA Vancouver-created and Reginald Pike-produced television campaign for the Vancouver International Film Festival illustrates the power of great film by showing obsessed freaks turning their real lives into scenes from their favorite movies. That said, the spots are kind of funny to watch.

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

Johnnie Walker Walks on Aircraft Carrier


There are all sorts of cool places to shoot a commercial but an aircraft carrier certain rank right up there on the list. Shooting a BBH-created spot to announce Johnnie Walker's sponsorship of Team McLaren Mercedes, Pink Film Company Editor Michael Geohegan and Cut + Run Editor Leo King set up their editing suite right on the deck of the aircraft carrier.

The commercial begins with aerial footage, where fighter jets zoom through the sky at high speeds against a setting sun. A plane then lands on an aircraft carrier, transforms into a Formula 1 car racing along the jetway and does a 360-degree spin before stopping near the middle of the ship. Voiceover intones, "In a dog fight, a pilot experiences up to five Gs for over one minute. An F1 driver experiences up to five Gs for over one hour." The scene then slows as F1 racer Kimi Raikkonen gets out of the racecar, takes off his helmet, and "keeps walking" past his admirers.

by Steve Hall    Sep-29-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good

Birds Dive Bomb Jeep Wrangler


As a follow up to the car-eating gorillas, BBDO has released its second commercial promoting the four door Jeep Wrangler. This ad, following the whole "new species" theme - we can just hear the creative concepting session on this one (new car...hey, I got species!) - , features birds (hawks? eagles?) dive bombing the Jeep only to find out it's a bit tougher that a mouse.

by Steve Hall    Sep-28-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Good

Chick-fil-A Cows Paratroop Football Field


Those Chick-fil-A cows are at it again recently parachuting onto a football field in the middle of the game to cleverly deliver their message: Eat More Chicken. Just watch. The Richards Group created the ad.

by Steve Hall    Sep-27-06    
Topic: Commercials

Mom Loves New IKEA Stuff, Daughter Gets Shaved


No daughter really likes to listen to their mother go one an one about...well...anything. In fact most wish their Moms would never talk to them at all which is why this teen couldn't take it any longer and told her Mom to shut up about her new IKEA stuff or she'd shave off all her hair. Funny how Moms always get the last word. Toronto's Zig created.

by Steve Hall    Sep-27-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good

Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah Launch Dueling Political Ads


If Al Qaeda and Hezbollah were up against each other in an election, these two spots from "here again, gone tomorrow only to return the next day and then leave once more only to return one last time" magazine Radar, would likely be what we might expect to see.

by Steve Hall    Sep-27-06    
Topic: Commercials, Spoofs, Strange

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