Mom Gets Cold, Kid Yells, Mom Yells, Medicine Advertised

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This commercial for Vicks, which appears to come from the U.K, is just weird. For the first half of the commercial, it plays like a normal, boring over the counter cold medication ad. In the second half, it turns into an odd twist on the old kid freaking out in the grocery store theme. Indeed, a strange combination. The word "disjointed" comes to mind but we still get a kick out if it. What do you think?

by Steve Hall    Mar-29-06    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Newsflash: See the Banned William Lawson Scotch Ad!

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Dave Blake sent us, and apparently everyone else in his address book, this old-ish commercial for U.K.-based William Lawson Scotch Whiskey. He tells us it's "never been seen" and that the agency was asked to change the ending to a more politically correct one. Apparently humping....oh...just watch the spot and find out. It's really not even that good. Let's hope this isn't some lame viral revival or something.

by Steve Hall    Mar-29-06    
Topic: Bad, Commercials



Break Dancing Worm Grabs Attention in Visa Check Card Ad

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We all know VISA's launched a huge, new campaign with the new tagline, which we like very much, "Life Takes VISA." We all know there's tons of TV spots supporting this campaign but one, which we saw a couple nights ago, just seemed to stand out from the crown. It's called Worm/Recycling and sort of makes you wonder what it is at first as it begins with line drawings of a worm breakdancing to electronica before it becomes obvious it's a commercial for the VISA check card.

The commercial was created by TBWA\Chiat\Day and the nifty special effects work was done by Brickyard VFX which did the special effects on the Comcast Slowskys ad.

by Steve Hall    Mar-29-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Gatorade Highlights Underdog Mexican Football Player

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Amid the legal wranglings between Coke and Pepsi over the Powerade/Gatorade calorie thing, life goes on in the form of a new Gatorade commercial featuring Rolando Cantu, a Mexican who some said would never make in in the NFL. Well, he did and he's now playing for the Arizona Cardinals. It's the usual "underdog makes good" story but that's what sports fans like. The work was created by two-time Ad Age Multicultural Agency of the Year Dieste Harmel & Partners in Dallas.

by Steve Hall    Mar-22-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Trends and Culture



Chicken of the Sea Ruins Own Commercial

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Some marketers just don't know when to leave a good thing alone. Last summer, Chicken of the Sea launched an interesting commercial that mixed sex appeal with humor in the form of a hot chick strutting through a lobby wearing a miniskirt and an exposed, very flat belly. She has all the guys drooling until she gets into the elevator, the doors close and she lets her gut bulge out with the joke being she wouldn't have that gut if only she had eaten tuna.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-21-06    
Topic: Bad, Commercials



Scripps Network Celebrates VOD Benefits With Four Spots

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Concrete Pictures has launched four goofy spots promoting Scripps Networks' Video On Demand offerings. Designed for HGTV On Demand, Food Network On Demand, DIY On Demand and Fine Living On Demand, the spots feature Sally Ordinary, Felicia Fraidycat, Desperate Dan and Annie Active each demonstrating wht VOD can turn your life around.

by Steve Hall    Mar-21-06    
Topic: Commercials



Deflating Balls Illustrate Negative Effects of Steroid Use

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Last night Major League Baseball and the Partnership for a Drug Free America held a press conference to announce a new public service campaign against steroid use. The campaign will consist of television, radio and print work created by BBDO New York. The first spot broke last night and focuses on the harmful effects of steroid use including shrinking manhood as illustrated through deflating balls. Witty.

by Steve Hall    Mar-21-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Magazine, Radio, Television



Goodyear Says Changing A Tire Can Kill You

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In these three spots, Goodyear uses fear/shock factor/humor to illustrate just how dangerous it is to change a flat tire and just how much better it would be if all cards had Goodyear run flat tires.

by Steve Hall    Mar-21-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



New London Quarter Introduced With Excited Bridge

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There are many ways to promote a city's neighborhoods, burroughs or quarters in the case of London. For a place called Paddington Walk, newly renovate into one of those combined business, residential and shopping districts, there' s an odd little video floating around that uses the oldest strategy in the book. Yes, sex. You'll never see a bridge so excited again.

by Steve Hall    Mar-20-06    
Topic: Commercials, Online



Beyond Weird Winterfresh Promotion Good

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This is beyond weird. Beyond different. Beyond odd. In fact, it's so beyond weird, different and odd that it's actually great. It's a mini campaign for Winterfresh gum.

by Steve Hall    Mar-20-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good










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