Rogers Communications Eaten By Bell, Doesn't Like It, Sues


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.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 8-06    
Topic: Commercials, Policy

Latex, S&M And Humor Combine to Deliver 'Don't Litter' Message


You've simply got to love British humor. An ad like this would never be created nor run in the States because groups from the right, the left, the center, PETA and any other of the hundreds of humorless, anti-everything groups would launch whiny, self-serving protests which the media would voraciously eat up to sell a few papers. American political correctness aside, here's a convincing message laced with latex and wit convincing Britains not to litter.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 8-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange

Not Everyone Likes Jessica Simpson And Pizza Hut


We thought we'd share this comment with your from a reader who doesn't like sex in advertising and wrote, "You know I thought Pizza Hut was family wholesome type of resturant. So why do your ads on TV have to show smut with Jessica Simpson. What is she trying to excite this boy with Pizza bites? Or being half naked? Is smut and sex all this county knows to try to sell something? No wounder this county is going to hell. I refuse to ever eat in Pizza Hut ever again. And by the way your salad bars are yuk. Especialy the dressings."

Obviously, sex doesn't sell for everyone as we often debate.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 7-06    
Topic: Commercials, Opinion, Super Bowl 2006

Hockey Fan Has Dirty Hand


As kids or even as adults we've all had that experience where we've been in the presence of a highly revered figure and they've perhaps shaken our hand which made us feel as though we should never wash it again. This commercial called Hand created by DDB Canada and produced by Reginald Pike for Canadian hockey takes that notion to the extreme in a very good way.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 7-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good

Israel Is Holy And Hot


Unfortunately lumped together with all the other political crap about the Middle East, Israel gets a bum wrap. But the bums in this viral promotion for the country are completely apolitical and just plain hot in that sexy female human sort of way. With the two mesmerized guys in the video helplessly uttering, "Holy Shit, Man," "Holy Fuck," "Holy Jesus" and "Holy Mother of God," the ad's tagline, "Israel. No Wonder They Call it the Holy Land," makes perfect sense.

Keta Keta, creators of the "Make Love, Not War" and "People's Voice," created this video which can be viewed here as well as other pro-Israel wotk they've done.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 6-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Online, Viral

Buger King Whopperettes Super Bowl Ad Analyzed Comic Strip Style


Perhaps digging into an analyzation of a commercial more than any normal person would ever dream of doing but offering clever insight is this comic strip analysis of Burger King's Whopperette's Super Bowl commercial.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 6-06    
Topic: Commercials, Super Bowl 2006

The Best Super Bowl Ad Wasn't Even An Ad


While we watched the Super Bowl, we marveled at the promotions for ABC's Lost, particularly, as Adrants reader Terry Heaton so thankfully reminded us this morning, the "Addicted to Lost" version set to the tune of eighties icon Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" which showed Palmer and his eighties girls on the TV where Jack and Locke watched that creepy video at the end of last season. Perhaps, it's because we already watch Lost, we liked the promos so much or, perhaps, it's because they were just really good.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 6-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Promotions, Super Bowl 2006, Television

Burger King, Ameriquest, ESPN, Beer Institute Super Bowl Favorites


So the Super Bowl is over. Was it worth the $2.6 million each marketer spent on a :30? We won't know for months but who cares. It's all entertainment anyway. You can read Bob Garfield's take on the whole thing here and marvel at his shock that the Super Bowl (oh, the horror) is commercial and that rock and roll is (oh, the horror) about making money. You can watched some of the ads Ad Age found more memorable here. You can watch all the ads at iFilm here. Or you can just go get a cup of coffee and see what your co-workers think.

We're not quite sure what our favorite is yet but for some strange reason we're leaning towards the Burger King Whopperettes commercial. Either that or the wonderfully on-message ESPN Mobile ad. The Hummer H3 ad, of course, was very good but we've seen it too many times already. A nod also goes to Ameriquest for their two very funny spots and the Beer Institute did a good job telling us we should all just go have a beer and the world's problems would be solved. Oh, wait, we said that.

Also high on our list are the Budweiser Clydesdales spot and Bud Light's "Magic Fridge."

by Steve Hall    Feb- 6-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Opinion, Super Bowl 2006, Television

Video of Indestructible Toyota Truck Should Have Been Super Bowl Ad


While we might have thought the Toyota Tocoma Super Bowl ad that parked the vehicle during low tide, showed it getting thrashed about then driven off as if nothing had happened to it was a bit of truth stretching. Well, after watching this video about another Toyota truck that received far worse treatment that just a little sea water, we are humbled. Seriously humbled. Nothing this guy did to his truck would stop it from working. Nothing. Toyota should have paid $25 million to run this 10-15 minute video as their Super Bowl ad rather than do a :30 copy of it.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 6-06    
Topic: Commercials, Sponsorship, Television

Hummer H3 Robot Super Bowl Commercial Old But Still Good


Everyone's all excited about the Hummer H3 Jennifer Loves the Monster spot but we saw it too and were like, "Dudes, that's so over." The commercial's been making the rounds since last summer. OK, so last summer, there wasn't a Super Bowl but still. There is something new though. The Monster has a cheesy website where she professes her love for the robot. Way to extend a campaign Modernista!

by Steve Hall    Feb- 5-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Super Bowl 2006, Television

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