Pointlessly Preachy PSA Fights Steroid Use

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Using the "oh my god, your kid is dead" approach, this PSA from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America asks parents to imagine what life would be like if steroids were a part of their children's lives and asks them to discuss the topic with them. The spot will debut this Sunday during ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball

by Steve Hall    May-18-06    
Topic: Cable, Commercials



Homosexual Finds True Love In Aids Awareness Campaign

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TBWA France created this AdForum top five AIDS Awareness video clip in which the life of a man is chronicled from boyhood to manhood as he become aware of his homosexuality, suffers from homophobic attacks and, ultimately, finds love. The clip was created to combat a decline in condom usage among homosexuals over the last few years. It's goofy. It's quirky. It works.

by Steve Hall    May-18-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Dead Man Gets Buried With His Lawn Mower

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Here's a strange spot for Viking, a French company that makes lawn mowers. In the spot, an old man dies while mowing the lawn but just can't part with his beloved grass cutter. Apparently, it's supposed to highlight the longevity and reliability of the thing. Hmm. Who knows.

by Steve Hall    May-18-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Paris Hilton Lookalike Gets Ocean Spray Colonic

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While Paris Hilton suddenly appears to have grown boobs, she's still waif thin and perhaps this Australian commercial for Ocean Spray explains why. In the ad a friend tells a Paris Hilton look-a-like that colonics are good but Ocean Spray is better. Hilton sort of gets the message but doesn't quite know through which orifice the Ocean Spray should be consumed. Also, the spoof was apparently created before Paris switched her catch phrase to "that's sexy."

by Steve Hall    May-17-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Good, Spoofs, Television



Girl Says 'If I Like A Boy, I'll Give Him A Whack'

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As a follow up to their long-form video for Mac's Convenience/Mac's Froster in which the joys and pleasure of the Whack are celebrated, Toronto agency Bos has released a spot called Testimonials in which students confess to why they whack, what happens when they have a Whack, getting caught by Mom and how many whacks they have each day. Of particular interest in the female student who says, "If I like a boy, I give him a Whack." A very nice girlfriend, indeed. Of course, with the popularity of a Whack, the site's a bit slow right now so be patient and you'll get your whack too.

by Steve Hall    May-15-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Agency Slams Own Ad to Gain More Publicity For It

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Perhaps you've seen the Tango Clear spoof of the Sony Bravia ad which had colored balls roll down the hills of San Francisco. The Tango Clear ad does it with fruit and lots of it. Apparently, the ad, shot in Wales, has some residents in Swansea so upset, they've launched a cheesy looking website to protest against the damage all that fruit did in Wales and to state it will never happen in Swansea. Actually, a little Whois research points out the creators of the Tango Clear ad, Clemmow Hornby Inge, created the protest site apparently hoping to keep the fruit rolling a bit longer.

by Steve Hall    May-11-06    
Topic: Agencies, Commercials, Spoofs



Marmite, Mammaries Make Mess

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While FishNChimps claims this is a new viral from Marmite, we could swear we've seen this poor mother before. Since we can't remember anything past today, we consulted the always reliable Adrants archive, didn't find it so, of course, we are, in fact, deeming this new. Maybe we're just suffering some sort of deja vu or maybe it really is new. Enough of that. The spot features a new mom sitting in her dark kitchen eating a piece of Marmite covered toast while nursing her baby. Suddenly, the baby has a problem. I big problem. A problem that, because this baby is breast feeding, thereby sucking down the very same nutrients mom's putting in her mouth, makes us wonder if eating Marmite is actually a good thing.

by Steve Hall    May-11-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Viral



PC Gets Crapped On in Apple Spoofs

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Following the long standing rule that all Apple ads will be spoofed, a guy named Reece James has created three spoofs of the current Apple campaign that compares the Apple to the PC. They're charmingly entitled Crap, Porn and Sharing. Give them a look over at Adland.

by Steve Hall    May-10-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Spoofs



GM Tries to Convince Now Is As Good As Then

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Here's a sneak peek of GM's new "Then and Now" ad scheduled to debut this Thursday on Survivor. The ad compares the good old days to today in an effort to conjure good feelings about GM and how it's been a part of the American fabric for so long. Trouble is, then really was a lot better than now when it comes to GM but, hey, we can't fault them for trying. The spot features Marilyn Monroe, Tiger Woods, Carmen Electra and hip-hoppers Slum Village. View the spot here.

by Steve Hall    May-10-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials



Memphis Thunderstorm FAA Video Makes Perfect FedEx Commercial

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John Brock sent us this video someone made of FedEx planes making their way around thunder clouds as they, and the thunderstorm, head into Memphis. It's hilarious, really, but amazing as well to think that activity is just every day normal life to plane pilots and airport flight control staff. Brock thinks FedEx should turn this into a commercial. We couldn't agree more.

by Steve Hall    May-10-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Consumer Created, Good








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