Agency Creates World's Largest Balloon Fight For Xbox Ad

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Attempting to capture the "real life gaming experience of the new Xbox 360, Sydney agency Lava Communications created a commercial centered around the world's largest water balloon fight on Cooge beach in Sydney for a commercial. It looks like the shoot was a lot of fun and, yes, it does end with the proverbial "people forming letters" skycam shot. Still, we like it.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 4-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Online, Television



Avis Sponsors New York Yankees, Try Really Hard

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We all know Yankee fans are a rabid bunch but Avis, who is 'The Official Car of the New York Yankees" is even more rabid. They're not just corporate sponsors. They're fans. Two spots created by McCann New York and produced by Reginaldo make that points in a quirky but clear manner.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 4-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Pets Escape, People Escape...From High Cell Phone Bills

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Following the "Stupid Pet Tricks": thing, Element 79 partners has created a series of spots featuring animals escaping form their cages just as humans like to escape from high cell phone bills which is what mobile phone company Cricket promises in these ads. See three of the ads here, here and here.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



Grandma, Granddaughter Talk About Big Dicks

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If you take the least likely people expected to utter a slew of dirty language, old ladies and young girls, and fill their mouths with a full-on stream of dick talk as if it were an everyday conversation, well, the outcome is funny. Call it the bathroom humor factor or stick it in the fart joke category but it's still funny. It never tires. Oh, and if it matters, it's all to promote the Reservoir Dogs game. There's second one with f-word-filled gun play.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-06    
Topic: Commercials, Games, Good, Online



Truth Campaign Newsflash: Teens Like Sweet Products!

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Continuing their idiotic approach to anti-smoking, the TRUTH campaign is out with yet another off the wall commercial featuring the hairstyle-challenged Derek. In this spot, Derek tries to sell cigarette "flavors" to kids basing the whole shtick on the most ancient cigarette company document they've used to date, a 1972 internal document that stated "it's a well known fact that teenagers like sweet products" as if that statement were some sort of revelation. Can we please retire Derek and this idiocy and get back to some of the better stuff we know this campaign is capable of?

by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Worst



Electrolux Vacuum Saves Man's Life

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This is either really, really bad or really, really good although we're inclined to go with the former rather than the latter. A commercial sent to us by FishNChimps and created by Lowe Shanghai shows the power of Electrolux vacuums by using one to save a guy from a suicide attempt. The effect are a bit cheesy but, hey, this isn't the kind of commercial you see everyday which, that alone, gives it a leg up.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Grunting And Groaning Does Not Always Equal Sex

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If you don't mind the sound of guys grunting and groaning then by all means leave your sound turned on. If, on the other hand, you don't want your co-workers to think you've got an orgy going on in your cube, we advise you to turn your sound off before viewing this promotional clip for the Quebec Aids Organization in association with the Montreal Outgames. Sex isn't the only sport that gets people...uh...vocalizing their urgency.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Online, Promotions, Video



German Phone Ad Transforms City Into Living Room

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While certainly creative in one sense, the brains behind this German spot for TCOM - like T-Mobile here in the U.S. - certainly spent a ton of money to deliver a simple message: TCOM offers both home and mobile phone service. In the spot, the city of Frankfurt is transformed into a living room to illustrate TCOM's phone service is available where ever you go. With all kinds of live action photography and CG work, Zoic Studios brought the living room to the mobile populace. Or the mobile populace to the living room. Or, something like that.

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



After Fake Blog, Coke Zero Moves On to YouTube Video

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Coke Zero, those zeros behind the fake blog Zero Movement thing are at it again. As if moving down a check list of social media tactics, the company, after checking off "blog," has moved on to video and has uploaded three videos to YouTube in which two hired lawyers/actors supposedly punk random, unsuspecting lawyers by telling them they want to sue Coke Zero because it tastes so much like Coke. Yup. Coke Zero has gone out and created "faux consumer generated content" as one commenter called it in hopes the viral gods will bless their efforts. To be fair, the videos are OK. Though you can instantly tell they are staged, they are amusing even if they have that "we're really trying hard to get into this social media thing so bear with us" feel. There's three videos here, here and here (though we can't get this last one to load.)

by Steve Hall    Jul-30-06    
Topic: Commercials, Consumer Created, Online, Video



Wordologist Creates Rap For BluBlocker Sunglasses

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Sometimes the ideas just don't flow when you're trying to come up with a really cool campaign for a product as mundane as sunglasses. Apparently BluBlocker had that problem and hit the streets in search of someone who could do the job their creatives couldn't. Apparently, wordologist Dr. Geek was hanging around Venice Beach, was approached by a BluBlocker employee who gave him a pair of the glasses and came up with a rap for the glasses which, after viewing, you'll have one of the following reactions: barf and bow your head in shameful realization you work in the same industry from which this work emanated or let out a big, "Dude, this shit rocks. We gotta tap some of that bad ass mofo juice for our next campaign."

by Steve Hall    Jul-28-06    
Topic: Commercials, Online, Strange








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