Al Pacino once said in Godfather III something to the effect of "As soon as I'm out, they pull me right back in." That's how we feel about this manufactured conspiracy theory we were going to ignore - originated in a MediaPost opinion piece by Eric Sass - that a new Lexus commercial somehow uses 9/11-like imagery. This is a waste of time. Everyone is reading waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much into this. What...all ads shot in NYC that show the skyline will now be accused of treading inappropriately on 9/11? Please. Yea, there's two cars in the commercial. It's hardly as symmetrical as some claim nor in any way reminiscent of 9/11.
If you want to complain about an ad that reminds us of 9/11, why don't we look at the Cingular billboards with the two bars extending upward from the board. Those ads have been running for years. Sure 9/11 sucked. It always will suck. It will always a sad day in our history. But to think marketers are maliciously trying to make fun of 9/1 is just indicative we all have way too much time on our hands to analyze this crap.
In this Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield campaign created by Publicis & Hal Riney, three sort of funny scenarios or near health harming situations work to convince people of the importance of a good health plan. One spot has a guy toppling backwards in his office chair. Another has a kid explaining the antics he and his Dad went through while Mom was away that caused Dad to check the Anthem website after several "mishaps." A final spot has an injured married guy talking to his dumb, single friend about why he should have good insurance - all while the dumb guy is doing potentially health harming activities.
There's a reason most director's cuts of movies and commercials are usually snuffed out by those in charge of their distribution. It's because, with director's cuts, we have to insufferably sit through the director's long, overblown vision of himself just to hear taglines like, "fashion that turns every head in the place if you don't even make it to the place." Yes, BlueFly is that confident it's clothes will do that to you.
While we suppose it's not surprising that most guy's minds are continually filled with images of boobs and that, faced with certain death, those images might flood forward as part of the final lifetime flashback. Though, in this spot, created by Mask, for French sneaker retailer Courir, none of that is initially obvious. Apparently, we are to believe a little ketchup spilled on a pair of new sneakers is enough of a trigger to bring on a full blown boobathon flashback. In any event, it's always enjoyable to o drink in a few quick cuts of cleavage during the day. Besides, the French created this so that explains all.
Adrants reader Roy Coffman sends us this little bit over reactive buffoonery regarding a man, a dog and humorless animal activists. In the UK, Kellogg's is running an ad that shows a man riding home from work on top of an Irish Wolfhound. We've seen the ad and think it's funny. Apparently, at least 100 people don't and have complained to the Advertising Standards Authority. For some reason, even though it's quite obvious the pairing of the man and dog are computer generated, the complainers think the ad is cruel and that there's going to be a trend of kids hopping on dogs copying this commercial. OK, everyone. Take a deep breathe. Let it out. There. Is all your freakishly obsessive, humorless behavior gone now? If not, repeat until it is or just shut up and let the rest of us enjoy this commercial.
OK, this is just
stupid oddly amusing enough to be funny. It's Carlton Draught's follow up to it's famed Big Ad. This time, the ad, called Flash Beer and created by Melbourne-based George Patterson Y&R, isn't focused on spoofing British Airways but rather that famous (and much spoofed) dance scene from the movie Flashdance. Except we don't get to watch Jennifer Beal's tight body writhe across the floor. We get to watch poor Kevin Cavendish who just wants a job at Carlton Draught brewing the beer because he loves it so much. By the end, we couldn't help liking it. We think you will too. If not, we're sure you'll let us know.
There are just certain situations where staring is simply not advised: at the urinal, in the elevator at someone's disgusting facial blemish or if you are an overweight, wife beater-wearing, ice cream licking slob looking at two teens making out in a convertible. It is, however, OK to stare during poker as indicated in these Fallsview Casini Resort/World Poker Tour commercials by BBDO Toronto.
Chevy is amping up its obsession with consumer generated media and has launched a contest for college students to enter competition, create an ad for the company, get it produced and have it air during the Super Bowl in 2007. With teams of three students, the focus will be on the automaker's Aveo, Cobalt, HHR and Equinox. Students will submit their concepts to Chevy and five will be chosen to present to Chevy and its ad agency in the Fall. The winner will participate in production. No mention was made regarding just how much creative control students will maintain once the idea is handed over but we're pretty confident Chevy will be honorable in this area.
While we're quite sure, if given the choice, most waste management companies would be happy as a dog tearing apart a trash bag full of food to simply dump their waste in a good 'ol dump of yesteryear. But with the rise in environmental awareness and creation of lengthy rules defining exactly what trash is and what isn't, waste management companies like the appropriately named Waste Management must now adhere to these strict guidelines and appear to be as green as Greenpeace when it comes to the environment. So it is without surprise, in this commercial, we see a great green Waste Management truck doing the winding mountain road thing alongside a flying bird and "lush expanse of green" as if the truck were right at home with nature. The spot was created by Fogarty Klein Monroe and directed by Plum Productions' Eric Saarinen.
Just when you begin to wonder WTF is going on in this commercial, One Man Fight, which shows one boxer getting the crap beating out of him by another, you realize there's an important message here from Amnesty which reports one in two women murdered are killed by their male partners, often during an ongoing abusive relationship.