To introduce its New Megane and the vehicle's hands free key system, Renault has launched a commercial created by Publicis Net Paris that illustrates just how pissed off one can get when it's so cold the key won't fit into the door lock. This commercial makes getting your tongue frozen to a light pole child's play. The commercial is in French but it works in any language. To view the spot, go the the New Megane website, click the first link under "Entrer," wait an insufferably long time for the Flash site to load then click the image on the left hand side. Or, just use this direct link we just happily received.
Sunil Shibad points to a funny spot from language training and translation company Berlitz in which the difference between sinking and thinking become extremely important.
Continuing its "Brilliant" campaign, Guinness has launch a new commercial, called Dance, promoting the St. Patrick's Day season. Yes, it's a season, now, not just a day. In the ad, the famed Brewmaster's dance a rendition of an Irish step dance until it becomes too mch for the floor to withstand and they figure they're better off just drinking a Guinness. The spot kicks off this weekend on cable networks such as ESPN, USA and F/X and continues through St. Patrick's Day March 17.
The "Brilliant' campaign has 11 spots in it so far, each one featuring the goofy but enjoyable-to-watch Guinness Brewmasters. The campiagn and this Cance commercial were created by BBDO New York.
Advertising for Peanuts points to this inventive and conceptually brilliant Australian commercial for McDonald's in which the the true meaning of the "inner child" is explored.
While fast forwarding through the ads in a recent episode of "The O.C.," an ad from the Office of National Drug Control Policy's National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign caught our attention with it's DVR-resistant, slow-cut tactic. The ad, with only four "segments" is called Smushed and is part of the Office's Above the Influence effort. Apart from catching our attention by appearing as a "still" while fast forwarding, the imagery of a girl who looked like she'd just stepped out from under an industrial compression-like machine also caused us to stop, rewind and watch the ad.
The ad itself dealt with issues of peer pressure to be cool, to fit in, to drink, to get high, to be popular, to never say the wrong thing. This ad is one of six currently running on MTV, Fuse, The N, FOX, The WB, UPN and others. The online component appears on Yahoo, GameSpy, IGN and print ads appear in 23 magazines including Teen People, Skateboarder, J-14 and Playstation. The entire collection of spots, all of which are very good, and print ads can be seen here.
Well, we suppose if there's a creative idea locked away in the agency's archives and no one's seen it in eight years, fickle agency logic would deem it perfectly acceptable to snag the idea for another brand. That appears to be what happened with Saatchi & Saatchi. Eight years ago, Saatchi Creative Director Tony Granger worked at the London office for a brief period during which the office created a spot for Sunny Delight featuring a basketball that turns into an illuminated globe after players drink some Sunny D. Fast forward eight years to Saatchi New York where Granger is creative director and out comes spot for Verb in which, yes, a basketball is an illuminated globe. You can view the two spots side by side at Adland and make your own conclusion.
Advertising for Peanuts points to this beautiful commercial created by DDB London for the new VW Jetta in which not a word is spoken but the message is clearly delivered, even if in a misunderstood manner.
AdJab points to an AdWeek story about a trailer for the movie Date Movie which centers on the Carl's Jr. Paris Hilton sex-with-a-car ad and neither even point to the trailer they're writing about. Granted, the trailer's been out for a couple weeks, the movie will suck and once you've seen one Carl's spoof, you've seen them all but rather than inconvenience you by making you search for the video yourselves, we did a quick search and can point you to the spot here on iFilm along with plenty of other clips from the movie. Poor Allison Hannigan. On the other hand, who thought American Pie would be any good so we'll reserve judgement until the movie's released.
Watching this ad sent to us by Bucky Turco, with some nifty camera angles, tight shots and specific positioning of a pair of hands, you might think you're watching a porn video but be assured you are not. While this would never air on TV in America, it, apparently did elsewhere. We'll leave it to you non-U.S. readers to figure it out for us.
There's always a fine line between humor and brand emaciation and Canada's Rogers Communications thinks Bell stepped over that line with an ad that shows a cartoon cheetah representing Bell eating a cartoon rabbit representing Rogers. Rogers has no problem with competitive and comparative advertising, "but when someone crosses the line and tries to disparage our brand, which is worth billions and billions, enough is enough. We have to do something to stop it," said Rogers Wireless Chief Marketing Officer John Boynton.
While the ad can, no doubt, be seen as a humorous approach to comparative advertising and a nod to eating your competition for lunch, watch the ad yourself and let us know what you think.