Human Rights Campaign Says Be Nice


Here's a collection of human rights ads from Youth For Human Rights International which teamed with the Church of Scientology to create 30 PSAs, each of which focuses on a specific "human rights rule." Human rights aside, these ads just remind us how it's just much better to be nice to other people than to be mean.

by Steve Hall    Aug-10-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good

Boy Baby Borrows Car, Meets Girl baby, Goes Surfing


Hmm. In New Zealand, they call a Hyundai a hyoonday. Interesting. Anyway. Brent found this ha-yoon-day commercial in which two babies hook up and drive to beach and surf. It's just weird enough to be good. Well, at least we think so. You watch it and let us know.

by Steve Hall    Aug-10-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange

Yet Another Blithering Idiot Used to Sell Something


Watching these new spots for Starz just reminds us there must be a lot of people in this business with an apparent inferiority complex. That's the only conclusion we can make after seeing so many ads that feature blithering idiots for the sole purpose of making the rest of us feel better/cooler/smarter/hotter. Does is really require an idiot to sell everything? Are we so insecure we need to see dumb people just to make us feel better? Please. Enlighten us. See yet another dufus in action here and here for Starz.

by Steve Hall    Aug-10-06    
Topic: Bad, Campaigns, Commercials

Heidi Klum AKA 'The Body' Launches 'The Body, AKA New VS Bra


We're a week behind on this but Supermodel Heidi Klum has signed a deal with Victoria's Secret to lend her nickname, "The Body," to a new bra the retailer is introducing which will be called, yes, "The Body." Klum tells us "this is probably one bra that every woman wants to have because it is so comfortable. It comes in eight different colors, it has no seams, no stitches. It is not the super sexy, lacy bra, but this is something functional that you want to have every day that is super comfortable and just great." The ad began airing nationally last week.

by Steve Hall    Aug-10-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials

Burps, Farts and Booties Central to Robosapien Commercial


We just hope this Cake Group-created video the agency is currently seeding (see, we didn't way viral) was created to be horrifically bad on purpose. Otherwise, well, it seems the boys over at Cake have far too much time on their hands to play with wise-crackin' toy robots that burp, fart and pick up hotties on the dance floor. Oh wait. Damn, that sounds like fun! Hook us up with one of those dudes, Cake, so we can get out of the office and up under the skirts of...oops...sorry. This is an advertising site, right? Not a porn site. Sorry about that.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 7-06    
Topic: Commercials, Video, Viral

Polident Tames Chattering Teeth


Just when our tolerance level was reached for prolix :30's that are :29 longer than they need to be, this Polident commercial ends in sudden brilliance. OK, maybe not brilliance but crystal clear finality.

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

Mother And Daughter Do Not Fight About Cingular


Have you ever wondered how different, or strange for that matter, your life would be if everything you said was the opposite of what you meant? BBDO has explored that scenario in a new Cingular commercial in which a Mom does her best to convince her daughter she really, really needs that new Cingular phone. Right up there with the T-mobile's speed talking cheerleader, it seems mobile phone company ads are, indeed, getting better and perhaps finally leaving behind the stupid Dad ads made famous by Verizon. See the rest of Advertising Age's TV Spots of the Week here.

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

Obesity Solved With Head Whack


Now here's a spot junk food poster child McDonald's hopes doesn't get too many GRPs. Advertising for Peanuts has a commercial for the American Obesity Task Force which is witty, hilarious, stupid, weird and informative all at the same time. If the spot works, we might have to stop using that McDonald's fat kid because there won't be anymore obesity to write about.

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

ICRC Says Abuse Grows Hatred


This commercial from the International Committee of the Red Cross (not the American Red Cross) highlights issue of wartime prisoners and how the treatment of those prisoners at places like Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay fuel hatred

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

Agency Creates World's Largest Balloon Fight For Xbox Ad


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

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