Unfortunately, the theater industry was too stupid to take Philips' money and run. As you may have heard Philips, through Carat USA, tried to buy four minutes worth of pre-movie ad time in Boston and Minneapolis movie theaters from Screenvision and run only a :15. Predictably, Screenvision declined viewing it as a cannibalization of its annoying business model. Screenvision must be run by the same idiots that run Starz who insist upon placing idiotic skits and mini-programs in front of all of its on-demand movies. While you've read about this Philips thing everywhere, you haven't seen the actual commercial Philips wanted to run. We have it for you here. Granted, it's not creatively earth shattering but that's the point - a:15 and your done. On with the show.
We think we like this. The girl's hot. The guy's hot. The ad sounds good and...yes....it follows the movie trailer format! All to promote the new Sony Bravia TV. It's just weird enough to be good. It was created by McKinney. Watch it (slow site) and tell us what you think.
We just love when a campaign delivers a single message, does so with whit and doesn't try to do more than any single ad can do. These four commercials for Adidas' Climacool shoe are good. Really good. They continually drive home one point: these shoes will keep your feet cool. An the ads do it an amusingly quirky fashion. They were created by TBWA/Chiat/Day San Francisco and produced by Reginald Pike which, as a side note, seems to be the only entity out there that knows how to properly display their work online in a simple to consume fashion. No attachments. No wordy press releases. No cumbersome windows video formats. Just a simple email with credits and a single link to a clean, embedded Quicktime video. As a media property, we greatly appreciate that.
Vancouver agency Wasserman and Partners has created a series of don't drink and drive commercials for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia which illustrate just how un-fun it can be trying to do something when you're dead. While the scenarios are ridiculous, the message is fairly clear: there just ain't much to do if you're dead.
Idea Grove points us to an interesting little ad clip for Salt lake City, Utah gun shop Totally Awesome Guns & Range which has garnered 53,000 views on Flurl as of March 5. The video poses as a bad horror movie trailer and humorously closes with "A horror movie doesn't have to last two hours as long as you have a quality firearm." While humorous, this one's sure to get anti-gun folk up in arms...wait...not arms....they don't do arms. But they'll definitely be pissed. Watch it here.
You know, it wasn't until I wrote, "the power of a bug's wings" to describe this new VW Golf GT commercial that I realized what the hell the concept was behind this spot. I haven't heard a VW referred to as a bug for so long, the spot just didn't make sense. Punch buggy, yea. But not bug. Of course, I could be interpreting this completely wrong and the concept's really about the relationship between a tsetse fly and the new Golf's TSI, whatever that is. Give it a watch and tell us what went on in that creative conference room when this thing was dreamed up.
Fully embracing the notion and value of consumer generated content, MasterCard, during the Oscars, will air two commercial which say basically nothing. The ads, Sailboat and Typewriter, will follow the customary format of listing prices for various items and closing with the final item labeled "priceless." However, the item lines in these ads will be left blank. The ads will close encouraging people to go to priceless.com, click on "Write a Priceless Ad Contest" and complete the commercial by filling in the blanks using their own words.
Today, the celebrity-fueled Aids One campaign launched a new :30 video online on the AOL properties AIM Today, AOL.com/Television and TMZ. Tomorrow, the campaign will spread to AOL.com and the AOL service. All ad space has been donated by AOL. Celebrities appearing in the campaign include Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt, Gwen Stefani, Dave Matthews, Coldplay, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, 50 Cent and Bono.
Toyota Canada will unveil a, two-minute feature commercial during this Sunday's telecast of The Academy Awards on Canada's CTV. The ad will run only in Canada and only once inside the Academy Awards telecast during the first commercial break. The long-form spot, entitled "What You Want Is What You Need" will introduce Canadians to the new, restyled 2007 Toyota Camry. The two minute commercial will be followed up with :60 and :30 versions to be aired on CTV through May.
Cheeky New Zealand vodka marketer 42 Below is at it again. This time the company is highlighting its Stil vodka with a "Win A Russian Bride" competition complete with video and print ads. Geoff Ross, chief executive of the 42 Below company, explains the promotion thusly, telling the Sunday Star-Times, "For the single Kiwi bloke who might not be an All Black or very good looking, this is a chance to get hooked up with somebody pretty hot. The ideal woman for the Kiwi bloke is one who keeps him fed and looked after all day and meets all his needs."
Of course it's all a tongue in cheek joke but, predictably, not everyone is taking it that way. View the video/ad here.