Farmers Insurance Gets Goofy With J.K Simmons

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Actor J.K. Simmons continues his role as Professor Nathaniel Burke in two new RPA-created commercials for Farmers Insurance. In one spot, a group of Farmers are on a rooftop with Burke learning how to find new ways to save. Among the cool stuff found atop the roof, one agent discovers...wait for it...a fiddler on the roof. Who knew?

A second spot has the professor educating the class about the damages hailstones, the world's largest in this case, can wreak.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-10-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



Peyton Manning Changes Plays For Buick Verano

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Here's a behind-the-scenes video of an upcoming Buick commercial in which Peyton Manning spoofs his tendency to change plays at the line of scrimmage by calling out new signals while driving the Verano. Manning notes that it's alot safer to "call signals" to his Buick's voice activation system rather than get hit by opposing linemen. The commercial debuts Wednesday, July 11.

Manning joins a growing list of celebrities working with Buick in a series of spots, most notably Shaquille O'Neal for Buick LaCrosse, Marisa Miller for Buick Enclave and Ving Rhames for the brand's Experience Buick Lease Program.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-10-12    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials



Friskies Plus Takes Cat on Drug Trip

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There's usually two camps when it comes to describing the classic, Alice in Wonderland. Some describe it as a wildly imaginative fairy tale. Others, akin to Jefferson Airplane's take, describe it as the ultimate representation of a full on drug trip.

Of course, this being advertising, most takes veer towards the fairy tale side of things as in this new Friskies Plus commercial from Psyop and Avrett Free Ginsberg.

In the ad, a curious cat passes through a "mysterious doorway" and enters an Alice in Wonderland-like world that's every bit as strange as the world portrayed by Lewis Carroll.

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by Steve Hall    Jul- 6-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Potentially Interesting Night Out Hindered by Heineken

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In new Heineken work that includes shades of Twin Peaks, TBWA\NEBOKO is out with The Switch, part of the brand's global Open Your World campaign. Following The Entrance and The Date, this Martin Krejci-directed mini epic follows three friends who end up at a bar in the middle of nowhere.

With a musical and atmospheric nod to the early nineties TV show Twin Peaks, one half expects to see The Dwarf appear. But as the three guys soon realize the bar serves Heineken, things begin to dramatically change.

Levers are pulled. Wardrobe is changed. Musical styles are shifted. And the guys realize they are in a a hipster bar designed by an ad agency for a beer commercial.

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by Steve Hall    Jul- 5-12    
Topic: Brands, Commercials



How to Speak Australian, Worst Feminine Protection Ad

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- How to speak Australian.

- Former AKQA GM Nick Constantinou has joined Collective London as CEO.

- New Old Spice Danger Zone work from Wieden + Kennedy doesn't pack the witty punch of the original but it's still humorous none-the-less.

- Possibly the strangest "feminine Protection" ad you will ever see.

- Feeling the need to re-charge his batteries, after a busy year shooting commercial films, Cole Webley began this project as a personal creative outlet. He had been shooting a lot of footage and was in the process of editing it together, and trying to figure out a way to tie it all together, when he showed the footage to AKQA Art Director Chateau Bezerra who was inspired to write the poem that accompanies this footage..

by Steve Hall    Jul- 3-12    
Topic: Agencies, Commercials, Racy, Strange



Girls Bicker Over Walrus-Like Boyfriend in New Skittles Ad

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This new Skittles work from DDB Chicago further convinces us that if aliens ever do make a pit stop on earth during their interstellar escapades, they'll quickly toss the human race off as a mentally-challenged tribe of misfits in need of a few more millennia of cognitive development to be worthy of our own interstellar wings.

After all, who in their right mind wouldn't think that after watching this commercial in which a couple dumbed-down, Zooey Deschanel-like girls squabble over the identity of their walrus-like boyfriends and whether or not one's looks determine one's inner being. Deep stuff.

Of course, this being advertising - whether or not aliens can recognize the difference - we all get pass to just laugh and appreciate the true oddity of the creative mind behind this work.

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by Steve Hall    Jul- 3-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Playboy Explains Men's Hairstyles

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This Y&R South Africa commercial for Playboy has some fun with men's changing hairstyles over the years. And it isn't shy about implying how women's hairstyles (down there) have influenced men's hairstyles (atop their head).

The spot was directed by Egg Films' Jason Fialkov.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-25-12    
Topic: Commercials, Racy



One Phone Call Creates Snapple Lightly Sweetened Tea

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To introduce Snapple's Lightly Sweetened Teas, Deutsch LA, again, teamed with director Frank Todaro to create a new commercial. Similar to the original "Better Stuff" commercial and other spots in the campaign, "The Call" employs the usual rapid-fire dialogue and swift cuts that have defined the Snapple tone in past work. "The Call" uses multiple split-screens to portray the entire lifecycle of Snapple lightly sweetened teas from a customer's idea to their delivery in store.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-14-12    
Topic: Commercials



Son Defends Love For 'Snickers Sample Lady' to Parents

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BBDO New York just launched a new ad for Snickers Peanut Butter Squared. Called "Sample Lady", the commercial continues the theme "if you like peanut butter and chocolate, you'll love peanut butter and snickers," which helped launch the brand last year.

In the spot, we see the oft-used scenario in which a son attempts to convince his parents why he has fallen in love with a certain someone; in this case, the Snickers Sample Lady.

The funniest thing about the ad? The innocent idiocy of the son who thinks a relationship is as simple as a girlfriend providing candy. Oh wait...

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by Steve Hall    Jun-12-12    
Topic: Commercials



If Hall and Oates Had Used Google Docs...

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A couple of new ads from Goodby Silverstein & Partners for Google highlight the fact "collaboration has gone Google." In one spot entitled Hall and Oates, we see the creative process Hall and Oates might have gone through had they used Google Docs to write their hit Maneater.

In another, entitled Wedding List, we see a couple creating their wedding invitation list. Unfortunately, mom has been granted access to the list as well. This being Google Docs, of course, it's quite easy to kick mom out of the party and that's exactly what the couple does.

Both scenarios offer real world examples of the collaborative capabilities of Google Docs albeit, in the case of Hall and Oates, a bit anachronistically.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-11-12    
Topic: Commercials








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