Australian Brewer Launches 'Freaking Huge Big Ad'

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Australian brewer Carlton Draught, a division of Foster's, has created and amazingly different, brilliantly funny beer ad, called "It's A Big Ad," that, while poking fun at the beer ad category, and advertising in general, gets its message across quite effectively. If anything, it gets points for just being different.

The ad was filmed in New Zealand and produced in Australia by Plaza Films. Sydney-based Animal Logic, the company that worked on the Matrix movies, did the special effects. The agency was George Patterson Partners.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-21-05    
Topic: Commercials



GAP Gives Joss Stone Bigger Butt in Commercial

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Just as producers did for a poster promoting Kelly Clarkson's movie, "From Justin to Kelly," the GAP has decided Joss Stone's butt wasn't big enough and edited big butt doubles into her recent GAP commercial. Stone took it all in stride, telling the SUN, "Apparently, I need a J-Lo bum or something."

by Steve Hall    Jul-21-05    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials



Jealously Between Ex-Lovers Solved by Xbox Live

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Adrants readers Steven Hirst points us to this new commercial, billed as unreleased and called "Ouch!", for Xbox which pits an ex-girlfriend and an ex-boyfriend against each other in increasingly ridiculous stunts to make the other jealous. Thankfully, Xbox Live is there to offer a healthier form of combat. The ad is served from a site that asks a few questions about the spot, asks viewers what's the most painful thing they've done and collects contact info for entry into a drawing for prizes that include an Xbox consoles with video camera and games, a Samsung TV and a Samsung MP3 player.

It's a nice tie in between the notion of X's fighting and Xbox's ability to provide a platform for the fight. Clearly, someone at LAVA Communications, the agency that created the piece, wrote a creative brief that plainly illustrated the product benefit.

by Steve Hall    Jul-15-05    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary



Lee Iacocca Returns to Chrysler in Ad Campaign

Lee Iacocca, who uttered Chrysler's tagline, "If you can find a better car, buy it," in 61 commercials during his reign as turnaround CEO for the troubled car company, is returning as pitchman in a set of new commercials. The deal calls for Iacocca to appear, initially, in three spots with compensation in the form of a Chrysler donation to Iacocca's diabetes research foundation along with $1 for every Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep sold for the rest of the year.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 7-05    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Paris Hilton Adjusts Panties, Sells Yellow Pages

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AdJab points to a new Paris Hilton ad bonanza. This time, she's gone international and is hawking GoYellow, a German online yellow pages service. In the commercial, Paris primps and frolics on her bed as only Paris can while adjusting her yellow boy panties, eating a red apple and waiting for the delivery boy to arrrive

Even better than the commercial is Paris's bubble-headed "performance at the press conference which you can view here.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 5-05    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials



Coke 'Chilltop' Celebrates 'Hilltop' In Cheesefest

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Cheesy Chilltop Chillers

We knew this was coming though is it just us or does anyone else think CP + B's re-creation of the classic Coke Hilltop commercial, Chilltop, is a pretentious ball of cheesiness? We most certainly love CP + B and, granted, they aren't the one doing the singing but this is really bad. Apparently, there was something OK about a bunch of semi-hippie types banding together to save the world in 1971 but it just doesn't ring true in today's ironically post-ironic, cynically jaded culture. Perhaps we just can't get past white guys trying to sound black. Or ads that throw in the token black. Or the token cutie who whose sole purpose it to look cute, bat her eyelashes and start another fan blog.

Oh, don't listen to us. Come to think of it, the 1971 version is slathered with Whiz loads of cheese too. That said, remakes of anything, especially those referred to as "classic," are rarely a good thing.

by Steve Hall    Jun-28-05    
Topic: Commercials



Chimp With Afro Imitates Blacks in Ad

An ad, which ran earlier this month in Japan for cosmetics company Mandom, had a Chimpanzee with an afro wig/dreadlocks affixed to its head imitating a few black people as they wiped sweat from their brows with a Mandom facial wipe. Of course, the ad generated complaints and Mandom issued an apology but this article examines the very different viewpoint Japan, as well as Germany, has regarding minority races. It's not pretty.

by Steve Hall    Jun-23-05    
Topic: Commercials



U.S. Cannes Contenders Presented

From Axe to Altoids to Ikea to Nextel to Adidas, Ad Age has collected ten Cannes contenders from U.S. agencies for your viewing pleasure.

by Steve Hall    Jun-20-05    
Topic: Commercials



Distorted Dog Promotes Olympus Cameras

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This is freaky. Very freaky. This spot, called Distorted Dog, another in a series for Olympus cameras, uses distorted imagery of dogs to somehow convey Olympus cameras are better than the competition. While we've never seen a camera do this to our dog, we hope we never see a dog like this one.

by Steve Hall    Jun-15-05    
Topic: Commercials



Coke to Introduce 'Zero' With Remake of Classic Commercial

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Hippie Goes Hip-Hop

Later this month. Coke will launch a campaign to introduce its new calorie-free drink, Zero. The centerpiece of the campaign will be a remake, created by Crispin Porter + Bogusky and shot last week in Philadelphia, of the classic "Hilltop" spot which featured the famous song, "I'd Like to Buy The World A Coke" which also introduced the tagline, "It's the Real Thing." The new commercial is being labeled "Chilltop" and the song will be sung by G. Love.

Fast Company's Ryan Underwood isn't too thrilled with the song's new lyrics which have, as he writes, "about as much personality as the mahogany table around which they were surely penned."

by Steve Hall    Jun-14-05    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials










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