Kiefer Sutherland Screams Japander-Style For Calorie Mate

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Our friends over at Japander bring us so much glee, delivering us our favorite American movie stars and celebrities in ads they'd never be caught dead doing in America. In this ad 24 star Kiefer Sutherland runs through a train full of plaid-skirted Japanese school girls 24-style shouting "yes, yes, no, let me through" until he finally gets his Calorie Mate.

by Steve Hall    Jan-12-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Television



Emerald Nuts Super Bowl Commercials Online

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We doubt spending $2.6 million will do anything to overcome the cheap packaging and less than mouth pleasing taste of Emerald Nuts but you can watch their commercials, created by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, over at Yahoo beginning January 23. We'll take Planter's over Emerald any time.

by Steve Hall    Jan-12-06    
Topic: Commercials, Super Bowl 2006



Apple Intel Spot Disses PCs

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Having good fun crapping on PCs, Apple has released its TBWA/Chiat/Day-created spot announcing its use of Intel chips in Macs. We know you've all probably seen it already so just consider this an archive placement.

UPDATE: There's a lengthy digg forum discussion whether or not Apple borrowed some ideas for this spot from a U.S Postal Service The Postal Service (the band) video - a situation similar to the Eminen/Lugz copycat episode.

UPDATE: Check out side by side comparison of the two videos.

by Steve Hall    Jan-12-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



IKEA Causes Moral Dilemma With Winter Sale Ad

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Every once in a while as you finish shopping, pass through the check out area and glance at your receipt for accuracy, you'll find an error in your favor. The situation then becomes one of moral contemplation. Do you turn around and point out the error or do you just call it luck and run? IKEA's Winter Sale seems to be causing a lot of that contemplation as indicated in it's new commercial created by ZIG and produced by Reginald Pike.

UPDATE: Seer of all things commercial, Adland notes IKEA is rehashing old ideas from Volkswagen and Toyota.

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



Speed-Talking Cheerleader Tests T-Mobile Service

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We simply must agree with our friends over at Copyranter who loved T-Mobile's speed-talking, whatever-spewing, stereotype-enforcing, bubble-brained, chic-squeaking cheerleader in a commercial promoting the company's ability to keep up with teens who like to ponder the topics like boycotting tuna, matching swimsuits and getting one's head stuck in a sunroof. We've watched it five times and still can't stop laughing. Make sure you catch that last "whatever."

The agency behind this masterpiece are Publicis, the production company was Epoch Films and the director was Stacy Wall.

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 9-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Television



Nike Equates Soccer to Brazilian Booty

In an entrancing footwork and booty-fest, Nike's Ginga spot, featured on Ad Age's TV Spots of the Week but out, apparently, since March, promotes an hour-long show about the country and the sport. The trailer which intermixes images of Brazilian rythym with phrases like "Brazilians Move Unlike Anyone Else in the World" was created by Wieden + Kennedy and O2 Films.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 9-06    
Topic: Commercials



The Usual Suspects Make Up Super Bowl Advertisers

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It's that time of year again. From FedEx to Cadillac to Sprint to Subway to ESPN to Burger King to CareerBuilder to Ford, Ad Age has compiled a comprehensive list of Super Bowl 2006 advertising activity reporting who's buying what, what creative will be run, ans what agencies are behind the brands. Oddly, GoDaddy is missing from the list but we know they'll make s showing.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 9-06    
Topic: Commercials, Super Bowl 2006, Television



Bare Navels Not Good For Everyone But Good For Oranges

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While today's fashion dictates its slaves adhere to the bare midriff/navel commandment, the unfortunate side affect for the rest of us is some navels shouldn't even be exposed no matter what fashion dictates. For fresh fruit shipping company Florida-Citrus, this isn't a problem. A new commercial from new agency Tangelo Ideas makes this point quite clearly in a new spot for the company.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 5-06    
Topic: Commercials



Winding Road Car Commercial Gets 'Winterized'

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The camera zooms in. It zooms out. It pans across. It love's it's subject. It adoringly tries to make...oh screw it...it's just another winding road car commercial. That's probably what visual effects company A52 thought when LA agency Team One asked them to "winterize" a previously shot commercial for the 2006 Lexus IS. Explaining the strategy, Team One Executive Producer Jack Epsteen said, "We have a long history of relying on A52 for complex visual feats and in this case, we felt that tapping into the company's artistic expertise to add snow effects to this spot would be an interesting way to back-up the 'Why live in one dimension' tagline.'" See the work here and wallow in a full regalia of HD resolution, digital-matte, CGI, camera tracking data, geek-speak.

While digital manipulation is nothing new, we'd say A52 did an excellent job making winter look like winter. We wonder how much better it might have looked if the original work was a bit more inventive than "another winding road car commercial." Although, with almost every car commercial following this exact approach, there's got to be some very convincing research out there indicating this is the approach to take. Anyone care to share?

by Steve Hall    Jan- 5-06    
Topic: Commercials



HP Bows 'Cafe Society' Digital Photography Spot

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Finishing out the year Goodby Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco and Francois Vogel of Paranoid have shared their final spot from the HP Digital Photography campaign - the one where frames of the commercial become photographs which are then handed to others. Goodby is calling this one "Cafe Society" but from the looks of it, we think they should have called it "Nightclub Society." Then again, we haven't seen the inside of a supposedly hip "cafe" since, well, ever so we have no idea what we're talking about. We still like the spot though.

by Steve Hall    Dec-23-05    
Topic: Commercials, Television










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