Stay Free examines the, in hindsight, cult-like advertising McDonald's did over the year. From McDonaldland to the Evil Grimace to Shamrock Shakes to Happy Face to Mayor McCheese to talking wastebaskets to Double Dutch to the Hamburgler, Stay Free writes, "Here's a mind-blower for hungry third-world countries: in America, where the soil yields healthy food in abundance, we teach our kids to fantasize about over-processed crap with the nutritional value of the inside of a York Peppermint Patty growing in the wild." Revel in the history of McDonald's television fantasy land. After viewing the commercials, you can understand why intelligent life forms visiting this planet don't stay for long.
TVGasm points to a craigslist posting looking for a new Quiznos "Baby Bob," which, by the way, is actually a girl. TVGasm laments the continuation of this campaign even though it has been highly rated by IAG and Advertising Age.
While the baby thing has been done over and over and over it seems the public will always be gullible for a cute baby face.
After teasing us for a month, it's nice to get at least a bit of gratification after only sixty seconds. While sixty second gratification isn't always a good thing, in the case of the Maryland State Lottery, who brought us the elaborate Bovine United mystery, a fast finish can be quite pleasurable. Especially when really bad, mock German band, "I'm So Hot," videos are involved. Created by Eisner Communications, this :60 spot allows us to wallow in the absurdity of a wannabe band for 55 seconds before we are relieved to learn they've been put out of their misery by the Lottery's "The Hot Family game.
In this week's Ad Age TV Spots of the Week, we're also treated a kooky, War of the Worlds-like spot for a new game, "Destroy All Humans"; an annoying bug dying on behalf of a pest control company that has a frog as its mascot (you can't make this stuff up); more ridiculous attempts to make Buick cool; a Trojan condom commercial that drags out the HIV card; Lance Armstrong causes an entire town to go fitness crazy for a fitness center and, finally, a fan that pushes a TV off a piece of furniture because Poliflor Furniture Cream With Teflon creates such a slippery surface. A furniture polish that breaks TV's is a good thing? That "I'm So Hot" German band needs the fan more than the TV does.
When will people learn. If you don't like something and you want it to go away, don't say anything. Certainly don't make comments you know will get picked up by every major publication in the world thereby destroying the strategy you set out to accomplish. Obviously when Television Council research Director Melissa Caldwell's Mom said "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all," Melissa wasn't listening. Nope. She had to go open her big mouth to complain about the Car's Jr. Paris Hilton commercial saying, "This commercial is basically soft-core porn It's inappropriate for television." If Caldwell didn't realize that comment would get every media outlet, including this one to, once again, wag our tongues and drooling even more publicity all over Miss Hilton and Carl's Jr., well, then, she needs to go to her room until she can say something nice.
To help Melissa's cause so that we all know what we're not supposed to see, here's another link to the "soft-core porn" commercial.
That's Hot! Too Hot
Maximizing publicity like Tom Cruise trotting out Katie Holmes, Carl's Jr. reports the website, which hosts its new ad in which Paris Hilton appears washing a Bentley and chomping on Carl's Jr.'s Spicy BBQ Burger in a stringy black swimsuit, crashed for four hours today due to the hormonal onslaught of male eyeballs ogling the soap covered heiress as she has virtual sex with the Bentley.
Commenting on the crash, Carl's Jr. EVP of Marketing Brad Haley said, "It was a mixed blessing. It turned out that Paris was too hot for our servers." well put, Brad, but are you sure you didn't just ask your IT guys to turn off the servers for a while to...oh...create this publicity stunt?
Working with New York agency Pedone & Partners, Hornet director JJ & Maithy created a nostalgic (yet well timed to this summer's Steve Martin and Beyonce Knowles Pink Panther movie release) Pink Panther-themed commercial for Sweet 'N Low that captures the panther doing his thing until he runs out of pink. Of course, Sweet 'N Low is there to fill the guy back up so he can go on with his highjinks. See it here
This week's Ad Age TV Spots of the Week highlights two, among others, great commercial. The first, for Levis and part of their Uncomplicated campaign features the insanity of metrosexualism and how a nice pair of 501's can bring one back to reality. The second, for the Michael J. Fox Foundation, features Fox in a commercial that appears to be falling apart until Fox utters, "With your help, we can make it stop." Very effective.
Working with Lowe, New York City-based creative shop, Psyop, developed a commercial, called "Bubble Girl," for Aero Chocolate that used live action shots of a woman eating chocolate to create this animated bubble-fest set to the beat of a Henry Mancini score.
Opening against a creamy, parchment-colored background, a growing number of the milk chocolate bubbles appear to the staccato beat of the score. Comprising all sizes and shades of brown, a random cluster of bubbles begins to form a familiar shape: a woman eating a piece of chocolate. In concert with lush string music, the woman's bubbly profile turns to face the camera, her eyes closed in chocolate-induced bliss.
Catering to the ever dwindling attention span and capitalizing on its name, One Second breath freshener has placed a once second commercial during every commercial break on every TV station in Belgium yesterday. The ad shows a woman placing the gel on her tongue followed, quickly, of course, by a shot of the product. Other versions of the ad are set to launch in France, the U.K. and the Netherlands. The ad was created by Antwerp-based Duval Guillaume.
Here's a strange little commercial for Heineken which has a video game character getting chased around the real world while carrying around a new, small can of Heineken.