Comcast Ad Says DSL Is Good For Turtles


Created by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners San Francisco, produced by RSA, puppeteered by Stan Winston and digitally tweaked by Brickyard VFX, Comcast has launched another of its DSL attack spots. This one, however, reverses the argument and say DSL is just perfect for the Slowskys, a turtle couple featured in the spot. The points to, a character blog on which everything slow is celebrated with glee. Whether planned or not, the blog is slower that a Flash site trying to cram itself through a 56K modem. See the ad here.

by Steve Hall    Mar-17-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Weblogs

Hispanic VW GTI Mk V Commercials Star Speedy Gonzales


CreativeOndemanD, Volkswagen's Hispanic agency has created three commercial for the new GTI Mk V which feature Warner Brothers' Speedy Gonzales. The three spots feature the speedy dude in three different scenarios blending original footage with animation. You can view the three spots here, here and here.

The spots are airing on Univision, Telemundo, Telefutura, Azteca America, Galavision, Mun2, Fox Sports en Espanol, American Latino, SiTV, ESPN Deportes, CNN en Espanol, GolTV, and MTV en Espanol. The campaign also includes outdoor in Miami, Los Angeles and New York.

by Steve Hall    Mar-17-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good

Xtra-Pine Cures Women's Sexual Fantasies


You'd have to agree the whole sex-in-advertising thing leans heavily in favor of men with most sex-based ads containing hot, untouchable women conjured from the fantasies of male art directors. It's very rare, in fact, to find an ad that turns the drool-inducing strategy on its head and caters to women. Perhaps it's because the industry adheres to the stereotype that only men are the horny ones, easily swayed by the lure of sex. Maybe it's because women are superior to men and don't let their lives revolve around the need for sex. Or maybe it's some weird Darwinian thing where, due to the forces of human procreation, men just have to have it more than woman.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-17-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Online, Trends and Culture

CPB Creates 'Big Bucking Chicken,' Someone Else Buys URL

While we haven't seen the Crispin Porter + Bogusky-created commercial for Burger King called "Big Bucking Chicken," we hear it's pretty weird. But, that's not the point. Apparently, the theme of the commercial involves people saying "Big Bucking Chicken" over and over. Well, what's a poor viewer to do after hearing that? Go to of course. But, humorously, takes used to take you to a post on a blog written by [name removed upon request] who, on March 10, bought the URL and pointed it to his post where he craps all over the commercial. Oops. Hopefully, we can leave it there and enjoy the humor of it all and not later find out the whole thing was an agreement between CPB and [name removed].

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by Steve Hall    Mar-16-06    
Topic: Commercials, Strange

GM Launches 'Create A Tahoe Commercial' Contest


While we missed it while fast forwarding through the commercials during Monday's The Apprentice (yes, we still watch that crap), Chevy has teamed with The Apprentice and launched a consumer-generated advertising contest for the 2007 Chevy Tahoe, heavily featured in the episode. Rather than asking people to simply submit hack videos, Chevy has set up a site where people can click and drag commercial components together to create a canned spot. We;re sure that's fun for the average Joe but if Chevy actually wanted something creative, they'd let people submit original stuff. Then again, the promotion is supposed to be for the general public and not creative geniuses. Oh well, yet another brand climbs on the consumer-generated media truck.

by Steve Hall    Mar-15-06    
Topic: Commercials, Consumer Created

Bouncing Breasts Call Attention to International Women's Day


To celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, Indian agency The Flea created this short clip which very simply asks everyone in the breast-obsessed world to look at women as more than a pair of bouncing breasts. It makes the point very clearly. Of course, it does so by highlighting the very thing it aims to eliminate. Then again, the whole purpose was to attract attention to the issue and what better way to do so then to show a pair of bouncing breasts.

by Steve Hall    Mar-11-06    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Good

Walking, Singing Water Promotes...Yes...Water


It's All Advertising points to an Epica award winning ad for Evian which forces you to wait an excruciating two and a half minutes listening to kids sing Queen's "We Will Rock You" while water children travel across your screen toward the holy grail that is Evian. OK, perhaps "force" is the wrong word but while watching, we couldn't help uttering, "What the fuck is this? Hurry up. We've got other shit to do!" OK, that's heavy-handed too. Sorry. It won an award after all so it must be good.

by Steve Hall    Mar-10-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good

Philips' :15 Pre-Movie Ad Turned Down, View It Here


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.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 9-06    
Topic: Commercials

Yes! It's Another Movie Trailer-Style Ad!


We think we like this. The girl's hot. The guy's hot. The ad sounds good 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.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 7-06    
Topic: Commercials, Strange, Television

Cooling Qualities of Adidas ClimaCool Illustrated


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.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 7-06    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Good

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