'March of The Penguins,' 'Thin Blue Line' Get Undocumentaried


With the tagline, "some stories make better documentaries," director Kevin Donavon and McKinney Silver, Durham "remade" March of the Penguins and The Thin Blue Line for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival held April 6-9. They're both very good. Watch them here.

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Industry Events

'Sexy Champions' Rise On Cox And MTV


Here's a commercial with way too much word play to leave alone. Placing the words "Cox," "rise" and "sexy" all in the same 30 seconds along with an over sexed Bio teacher just, well, rocks MTV2 style. Yes, this is a commercial for both Cox cable and MTV2 that uses the "rising" band Sexy Champions to gain street cred. There's another longer version of the commercial here.

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-06    
Topic: Cable, Commercials, Good, Strange

'Mr. Switzerland' Lures 'Football Widows' During World Cup


The country of Switzerland, acknowledging men's fixation with the World Cup which begins June 9, has launched an ad campaign to lure women to a country "where men spend less time on football, and more time on you." The television spot, airing in France, Germany and Switzerland, features hunky men including Mr' Switzerland 2005 himself.

by Steve Hall    Apr-11-06    
Topic: Commercials

'Alzheimer' Commercial Not About Alzheimer's


Because this spot is labeled "Alzheimer," we figured it had something to do with the dreaded disease. It doesn't but has to do with an equally horrific situation, one that often never is revealed until the end if at all. Watch. The ad was created by Leo Burnett Lisbon.

by Steve Hall    Apr-11-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good

News Corp. Launches Teen Stalker Awareness Campaign


OK, that's it for all you teen-loving 30/40-something men. With the launch of a new stalker awareness campaign, News Corp. hopes to make MySpace teens completely aware of your shenanigans and boot you back to women your own age. Created by the Ad Council in 2005, the campaign will blanket Fox properties MySpace, Fox network, FX, National Geographic and Fuel TV. With the ever-imaginative tagline, "Don't believe the type," the ads point people to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's center website which then links to a page specific to the campaign. On that page are links to the PSAa, a game that aims to teach kids about the sketchiness on online profiles and an area with information for parents.

by Steve Hall    Apr-10-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Games, Online, Radio, Television

Mark Cuban Says Bring Back The Fifties Live Commercial


Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says the future of television advertising is in its past. He says bring back the live commercial so the viewer (nor the advertiser) will know what to expect until it happens. Calling them Reality Commercials, Cuban claims implementing such a thing would not be a technical challeng or a creatyive one but it would entail a whole lot more work. He cites a couple of examples which does get the mind thinking. After all, a commercial riffing unexpectedly off what the viewer just watched would be far more interesting and integrated than a canned spot. And, oh, the potential for screw ups....that alone would keep a fair amount of people watching.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 9-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Television, Trends and Culture

Chrysler Tells Pansies to Back Off


Our friends over at Chrysler whose ad featuring a fairy turning everything into fairy-like things for the company's wise ass little shit Dodge caliber have told Detroit-based Triangle, a gay rights group to give it a rest. The group has complained about a scene in the ad where the fairy turns a drably dressed guy into a colorfully dressed guy. Chrysler doesn't understand what all the fuss is about and says, "We're kind of surprised that people are making a conclusion about someone's sexual orientation based on the clothes they're wearing." Touche.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 7-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials

Wieden + Kennedy 12 Create Ad For Portland's Wordstock


Wieden + Kennedy's 12, the program that gives people the chance to break into advertising, have created a promotional spot for Wordstock, a Portland area book festival. We like it.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 7-06    
Topic: Agencies, Commercials, Good, Television

Subway Gives Reggie Bush Commercial, Blog


Subway has has signed a deal with USC running back Reggie Bush who is featured in the chain's recent commercial which just launched today. The commercial, which we like very much but aren't really sure why, promotes a...wait for it....yes, a blog called SubwayFreshBuzz. The blog launches April 8 and will feature 2-3 daily posts from Reggie (or someone writing for him but let's hope not) offering us his thoughts as he enters his rookie year. There's also chat, videos and other good stuff about Reggie and, of course, promotion of healthy eating habits via Subway's healthy menu. You can view the ad here.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 7-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Weblogs

Mac Intel Ad Gets Twist Ending


While this sort of Windows/Mac joke has been played out a billion times before, this time it just seems to have a bit more humor. Someone has altered the ending of the Mac/Intel ad - the one everyone claimed copied a Postal Service video - to illustrate a scenario Windows users have, unfortunately, become all to familiar with.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 7-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Online, Spoofs

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