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



PSA Urges Kids, Young Adults to Pause

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Created by Ignited Minds, this eye catching commercial and subsequent campaign for FOX and the Kaiser Family Foundation urges 15 - 24 year olds to pause and think before that make tough, life decisions. The commercial opens with a fast-moving, stylized Pong-like video game paddles which then slowly convert into the pause symbol and a voiceover says, "when you give yourself a minute to think, you give yourself a chance to make a better decision" The spot closes with "It only takes a minute to change your life and a URL which points to fox.com/pause. Future spots will address specific issues like sexual health and substance abuse.

by Steve Hall    Aug-24-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Fuck Starving Kids, Have A Freakin' Delicious Starbucks Frappucino

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Tick, tick, tick, That's the sound of the clock counting the time it takes Starbucks lawyers to get angry, contact YouTube and ask them to yank this psuedo-frappucino commercial that compares the cost of a "freakin delicious" frappucino to feeding a starving kid in Sudan for a week but that advocates opting for the frappucino instead. Consumer-Created Media at it's finest! Except when the table is turned on the brand.

by Steve Hall    Aug-23-06    
Topic: Commercials, Consumer Created, Spoofs, Video



I'm Sorry. What Were You Saying?

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We're quite sure it's just us but we're just way too OWHB to actually pay attention to the plenitude of texterisms this woman is sharing in this TXTer commercial. We just might have to go visit New Zealand or Australia or wherever this TXTer service is for personal instruction.

by Steve Hall    Aug-23-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Korean Actress Has Face Contest With Kid For McDonald's Ice Cream

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Perhaps as beautiful as That Pepsi Girl, Mandy Amano, Korean actress Song Hye Kyo appears in this McDonald's ad promoting its ice cream. In the ad, Kyo has face contest with the boy and the two go back and forth until they have the attention of the entire restaurant. Perhaps there's someone as dedicated as Justin once was over Mandy to start a fan blog for Song Hye Kyo. She's already got a MySpace page.

by Steve Hall    Aug-23-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Good



Guys Escape From Work to Get Hummer

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Well if we had any interest in Steve McQueen or ever saw his movie Great Escape, we might like this Hummer commercial from Modernista in which three guys plan an elaborate escape from work as if simply walking out the door would be a problem for grown men in an adult environment. Well, we haven't and we don't. This is advertising after all. Everyone in commercials has to be either dumb, incredibly hot or dress like an art director.

by Steve Hall    Aug-22-06    
Topic: Commercials



Superhero Has It Tough, Blood Donors Have It Easy

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Well it is possible to believe everyone at Euro RSCG and the Ad Council gave the collective head nod to the notion it's hard for a superhero to save the world all the time and it's pretty easy for the average human being to donate a pint of blood, our head just isn't quite nodding yet. Maybe we just have to watch these two (1, 2) J.J Sedelmaier-produced spots several more times before it all sinks in. OK. There it is. Now we get it.

by Steve Hall    Aug-22-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



Robots Replace Cat Fights In Beer Ads

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Like a bunch of ten year old boys playing with the circuit breaker in the basement, Brewtron, Defender of Beer was created by some guys as the perfect drinking buddy. Oh, and to rebrand Icehouse beer to 21-35 year old men because 36 year olds don't drink beer and would rather play with a woman than a robot. But anyway, Dennis Digital created the site for this Icehouse/Maxim.com partnership. If you're tired of catfight style beer ads, you might like this one.

by Steve Hall    Aug-22-06    
Topic: Commercials, Online, Video



Fat Stomach, Quirky Bubble Gum, James Spader Fill Week's Ads

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This week, in Ad Age's TV Spots of the Week, there's an ad for Old Navy that's just goofy enough to be good. If you were ever scared as a kid that blowing a giant bubble with bubble gum would send you into the sky, this spots for you. There's also a great spot for the Acura RDX in which Mac G5's worship the vehicle while Secretary-kinky and Boston Legal-smarmy James Spader intones the voiceover. And what's up with this? A third spot in a row we like. Yes. An ad for Secret Deoderant has two sisters talking to each other and one reveals to the other she told their mother about the other's first sexual encounter.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-22-06    
Topic: Commercials










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