Sort of like the T-Mobile speed talking cheerleader, these two spots for Canada's Solo Mobile promoting its walkie talkie feature just reinforce the idiocy and pointlessness of the need to be connected at all times. OK, so they're kinda funny but that doesn't make up for the rampant display of mindless blather the cell phone has perpetuated. Oops. Credit where credit is due. Vancouver-based Rethink created the spot which was directed by Reginald Pike's Brian Lee Hughes.
Here's a PC flavored campaign that uses geese to promote Denninger's Goose Flavored Pate. At least it's not one of those commercials that uses a talking tuna to sell a product that makes a lot of tuna stop talking. Heaven's to Betsy. Now that would really be politically incorrect.
Girls. If you're going to get mad at your boyfriend for satisfying his urges without you, make sure you know what urges he's satisfying before you storm out of the room. And for those who like to stare into the windows of shoe stores because the sales woman is performing some sort of grinding activity atop a shoe, make sure you know what sort of activity is going on before you begin creating a sexual fantasy in your mind about what you just saw. FishNChimps points us to yet another campaign that tricks the mind into believing everything is about sex.
Anytime a bunch of advertising art directors latch onto the wackiness of Terry Gilliam, the outcome is bound to be a creative explosion of exponential proportion and that's just what we get in this Wieden + Kennedy-created spot, Happiness Factory, which kicks off the brand's new Coke Side of Life campaign. It truly is an over indulgence of happiness and it all happens inside a lowly Coke machine between the time the coin is dropped in and the bottle pops out. Whether you think soda rots your teeth or not, you've got to hand it to WK and Coke for creating this make believe world of happiness that, given enough imagination, could be quite real if one wanted it to be. After all, wouldn't it be nice if a place like that really existed?
We have no idea what's going on in the this Turkish ad for AKBANK but we do know it looks very similar to the British Airways and Carlton Big Ad ads. Still, the choreography in this ad is truly amazing.
Acknowledging the power of online communities, blogs and social media, HP is releasing the next series of its "The Computer is Personal Again" campaign online before it hits TV. Unfortunately, the three commercials, starring Mark Burnett, Pharrell Williams and Mark Cuban, will not take full advantage of the web's viral capabilities as, according to the press release, the spots will be released on the HP website and, apparently, not simply seeded out to YouTube, a far faster method of spreading them around. Surely, they will end up there anyway, but HP has chosen to launch them from a site that, on the plus side and the reason they are hosted initially on HP's site, is said allow people to create personalized versions of the spots to feature on blogs or to send to a friend. This, of course, follows nicely with the personalization focus of the campaign.
In this heartwarmingly witty Bridgestone tire commercial, a poor dog scorned by his lover takes matters into his own hands the only way a lover can. But, Bridgestone is there to prevent unfortunate things from happening. Now only if Bridgestone could heal a broken heart.
Not that any animal in their right mind would actually want to live in a zoo if they had the choice but these commercials for the Toronto Zoo would have us believe so. OK, so that statement was tinged with tree-hugging liberalism but would you want to live in a cage if you didn't have to? Anyway, there's three spots and they're sort of funny. There's also a website at which you can here other animals plea for a life in the zoo. They were created by Lowe Roche.
Here's an amazing commercial from MTV that captures all the humorous elements of a boyfriend coming over to his girlfriend's house to pick her up and facing the wrath and annoyance of her family as well as his girlfriend's embarrassment over the confrontation. It ends in the usual way with the girl grabbing the guy and running out of the house as the family continues to berate. But, there's a twist to this ad. The boyfriend is black, the family white and they, not the black guy, speak "beatbox" which, in a stereotypical twist, the black guy can't understand. The ad ends simply with "Speak." It's a powerful message in many ways. It encourages communication on many levels. Parent to child. Child to parent. Family member to family member. Family to boyfriend. Girlfriend to boyfriend. Without one understandable word, the ad communicates better than most ads that carry understandable words.
You know a company is adhering to those unwritten, politically correct rules which state "one must represent all ethnic groups in commercials" when the spots feature white people with a voice over read by a black. OK, that was crass but let's be blunt. It all sounds very forced sometimes. Maybe it's just that these spots from Pizza Hut aren't very good and that's making us get all uppity about all this PC stuff. Pardon our digression. We'll be back with regularly schedule advertising oddities in a moment.