Lubricated Electric Razor Spoofs Multi-Bladed Razor Wars

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To promote its new electric razor that automatically dispenses Nivea cream while using the razor, Phillips, has launched an ad, created by Tribal DDB, in the UK which pokes fun at the razor wars with a freakish razor called the Quintippio, a 15-bladed razor that's so large it would be impossible to use. Funny. And not far off the mark. After all, if Gillette and Schick already have four blades, what's to stop them from one-upping to five, then six, then...well...insanity.

by Steve Hall    Nov-10-05    
Topic: Commercials, Spoofs



Lugz Sends Cease And Desist to Apple

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Closely following the Lugz/Apple story in which an Apple commercial featuring Eminem was called similar to a 2002 Lugz footwear commercial, AdFreak reports it has been told by Lugz the company has sent Apple a cease and desist letter asking Apple to stop running the Eminem spot. Stay tuned. We're sure there will be more to this story.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 6-05    
Topic: Commercials, Policy



Package Redesign So Much Better Than Bad Hair Day

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We don't really understand the whole Bad Hair Day thing but, apparently, for women, it's a big deal. The trip home from the hairdresser can be a very traumatic experience causing grief and distress. Adjab tells us Tetly Tea understands that not all change is good so that's why they've limited their changes to package design and not the flavor of its tea.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 1-05    
Topic: Commercials



Geico Golden Gecko Contest Nets Funny Ads

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Recently, Geico launched Golden Gecko, an effort to encourage people to submit their own 15 second ads for the insurance company. Here's one that's fairly funny an employs the usual "you idiot" payoff at the end.

by Steve Hall    Oct-31-05    
Topic: Commercials, Online



Freakish Appendage Horrifies, Sells Shoes

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There's always been something seriously off putting about scenes in which people are tied to a bed for sexual purposes. While some freaks think it's erotic to be completely under the control of another, we think it's just plain stupid to put oneself in such a position of helplessness. That said, the power of sex always outweighs common sense as it does in this ad for U.K footwear and clothing maker Base. The poor guys in this ad thinks he's going to get lucky with the red-lipped, dark-haired, thong-clad hottie as she drops her bra and panties to the floor until he realizes what she puts on. How this sells shoes, we have no idea but it was interesting to watch.

by Steve Hall    Oct-28-05    
Topic: Commercials, Racy, Strange



Ranger Fan Bobby Granger Mixes Up With Rangers

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New Yorkers are having fun with currently running New York Rangers television campaign, called "Bobby Granger's Guide to the Rangers," in which a fan named Bobby Granger interacts with new York Ranger players to, among other things, explain this season's new rules.

One spot's got Ville Nieminen doing what he does best, swearing. One has Bobby trying to teach the non-New York players how to speak "new yawk" which doesn't go over too well with Canadian Dominic Moore. Another has Booby getting Russian language lessons from Jaromir Jager which gets him into trouble with Petr Prucha.

by Steve Hall    Oct-28-05    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Doggy Day Care Center Commercials Highlight Doggy Behavior

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New York doggy daycare center, Biscuits & Bath, is running a series of well...very dog-like commercials for its services. The ads help dogs use their god-given behavior to its fullest to obtain human friendship.

by Steve Hall    Oct-26-05    
Topic: Commercials



Fancy Commercials Still Appreciated

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Maybe its our jaded eye or maybe its the plethora of Hollywood movies, with their stunning photography and seemingly impossible camera/post-production trickery that has dulled our senses when it comes to getting excited about beautifully shot commercials but this new campaign for Lexus from Team One and shot by Francois Vogel is, well, beautiful. The camera work is great. The effects are fun to watch. And, thankfully, the car is featured. Vogel was the guy who shot the HP campaign in which much camera trickery and digital manipulation gave us those amazing images of people pulling picture frames off their head which turned into actual photos. See the campaign here.

by Steve Hall    Oct-26-05    
Topic: Commercials



I'm Gonna Huff And Puff...And Crack Up

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Little Red Riding Hood is nowhere to be found in this spot for Halls but some dudes dressed up like pigs are worried a dude dressed like a wolf is going to huff and puff and blow their house down. It's a fairly amusing spot, especially since the guy playing the wolf looks like he can't stop cracking up while acting his part.

by Steve Hall    Oct-21-05    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Television



Honda Wants 'Cog' Success Again

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Honda and its agency Weiden + Kennedy are hoping two new spots currently in the works called "Impossible Dream" and "Choir" can match the success of the company's "Cog" and Grr" spots. The "Impossible" spot has a car morphing into a bunch of different vehicles including a boat and a hot air balloon. The "Choir" spot is being created by the team that worked on the "Cog" spot. We can't wait.

by Steve Hall    Oct-20-05    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials










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