Greeting Card Company Turns Agency, Creates MTV ID Campaign

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Beginning its life as a greeting card company, shifting to developing a line of baby clothes then turning ad agency, uncooked has developed 11 animated IDs for MTV that follow the company's original greeting card sense of style and humor. It's not everyday a gretting card company goes to work for MTV and this time the work is actually good. Check it out here.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 7-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



TiVo Mooned, Ginsu Died, Paris Punked, Scouts Badged

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- Davis Freeberg sends us this long form commercial for TiVo called Blue Moon which is a 50's-style video explaining an important scentific discovery that turns out to be, yes, a TiVo.

- While we really like this new campaign for Florida's Commerce Bank which, in the TV spot, asks "When did you stop thinking you were a magician?" and other kid-related things along with images of kids that change to adults at the end of the commercial, there seems to be a missing transition between the innocence of dreaming in kidhood and Commerce Bank's assertion you can keep dreaming in adulthood if you bank with them. The work was created by Hispanic agency, The Lab thelabideas.com

- Put your Hispanic marketing caps on because the demographic segment is growing eight times faster than other other groups and will, this year, match the purchasing power of African-Americans spending over &800 billion.

- Arthur Schiff, the man behind the classic Ginsu Knife commercials as well as many other informercials died earlier this week at the age of 66.

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- Debuting next week during the Come Out & Play festival in New York this month will be "kill them with kindness" game called Cruel 2 B Kind. The game assigns players one weapon and one weakness which consist of random acts of kindness which are to be delivered to other players who could be anyone on the street in the game zone.

- Maverick Media has created another Windows Live Messenger video, called Bottle, that points out the dangers of using old technology to deliver office messages.

- South African singer Verity is hoping record her album by pre-selling 5,000 CDs through a project called the Lucky Packet Project to finance the cost of recording the album. About ten percent of the revenue will go to the South African charity People Opposing Women's Abuse.

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- OK, this Great Escape video for the PSP game Dark Mirror is just weird but it definitely reminds one to be sure which bed they slip into the night before.

- T-list is taking social media physical by selling t-shirts on which people can place thisr top five lists of bands, movies, places or any other list one might find on MySpace or any other social media site.

- Getting even closer to the day ads will be affixed to the back of church pews, the Boy Souts of America are now accepting brand sponsorship of its Scout Badges.

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- While you may have heard of this stunt already, here's the video of UK artist Bansky "punking" Paris Hilton's new CD by buying copies, altering the cover sleeve's content and replacing her CD with an audio remox of her favorite and inane comments.

- A&T is hyping its online entertainment site Blue Room by airing, on September 10, footage from the Conde Nast Fashon Rocks pre-party featuring Elton John performing highlights from the songs on his upcoming The Captain and the Kid album.



Poor Financial Decisions Lead to 45 Years in Fast Food Joint

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Using flash back scenarios which explain current misfortune, Winston-Saloem agency The Woodbine Agency created a series of commercial for its client Peidmont bank that illustrates the importance of making proper financial decisions and the downside of making bad ones. The series of commercial can viewed on YouTube here.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 5-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Goose Poops on People's Heads For PSP

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Anytime a spot tosses in a joke about pooping on people's heads, it's guaranteed coverage on Adrants. In this spot, created by TBWA/Ciat/Day and directed by Hornet director Monkmus (gotta love those self-important one namers), features a goose talking to the dustball dude about the PSP's travel friendly features. Watch it here.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 5-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Cinema Ad Goes Live With Audience Participation.

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This was done before prior to a theatrical presentation but now it's made its way to movie theaters. To promote its new B LIve website which, humorously, appears to be under construction, Bacardi placed a pre-movie ad in Dutch theaters showing people grooving to a DJ. Half way through the ad, the power (in the ad) goes out, the music stops and the people stop dancing. A few seconds later, a guy in the theater stands up and starts beatboxing to which the dancers in the actual commercial respond to and begin dancing again. A woman in the theater stands and begins to dance as well. While the whole thing looks very staged, if real, it does seem to eliminate the pre-movie monotony that has taken over theaters.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 5-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Commercial Introduces iGallop - A G Rated Sybian

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In this Brookestone commercial for its OSIM iGallop, a sort of bucking bronco sort of device whose random movements are supposed to develop muscle tone, the girls in this ad look more like they're riding a Sybian. Go look it up for your self. Carmen Elektra rode one on Howard Stern. Frustration notation: you need a friggin plugin to view the video. Why can't we all just be happy with Quicktime and Windows Media? OK, screw AOL/TMZ and their video formats. Thanks to Susannah for pointing it out, the ad can be viewed over at YouTube.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 1-06    
Topic: Commercials



Cig Egret Urges Californians to Jioin Coastal Cleanup Day

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Created by Goodby Silverstein & Partners and produced by Stardust Studios, this PSA for the California Coastal Commission, an extension of a previously created poster campaign, demonstrates, through the animated birth of a Cig Egret, the cigarette, along with other trash is not native to the California coast. The spot urges people to participate in the California Coastal Cleanup Day September 16.

by Steve Hall    Aug-31-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Five Alive Makes You Feel Alive

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This spot for Five Alive, a drink we haven't seen on the shelves in years, is just goofy enough to merit mention. The spot is an animated collection of cultural nods that apparently illustrates how Five Alive makes you feel alive. The work was done by Leo Burnett Toronto. Animation was done by Geah Gear Animation.

by Steve Hall    Aug-31-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Moving Child Abuse PSA Accompanied by Johnny Cash's 'Hurt'

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Brent points us to this impressive Australian child abuse PSA which features Johhny Cash singing the Nine Inch Nails song Hurt while images of a creepy old dude makes his way towards a sleeping child's room. The spot urges viewers to become a childhood hero since it's not so easy for an abused child to do so on their own.

by Steve Hall    Aug-30-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Amsterdam Celebrates Cross Media Week In Weird Ad

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As if in a nod to the finer things about life in Amsterdam, this commercial promoting the city's Cross Media Week features such pass times as naked women, puking, bondage, marijuana and pigeon excrement.

by Steve Hall    Aug-30-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange, Video










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