Burger King has had so much fortune with its various daring commercials and viral efforts over the past couple years, but its luck ran out when Crispin Porter & Bogusky's newest effort (via Adland) happened to involve a severed hand. Severed hand, you ask? What could possibly go awry with a campaign for a big fast food burger that involved a severed hand? Yeah, now you see it. Wendy's recent fracas involving a chili-dipped severed finger of unknown provenance is currently slamming its marketshare nationwide, and especially on the West Coast, where that's actually considered grody.
Reversing a concept recently used in an Axe deodorant ad comes this commercial for SABMiller's Brutal Fruit in which a woman forces a man to move based on what she does to her bottle of Brutal Fruit. Other commercials featured in this week's AD Age TV Spots of the Week include, again for SABMiller, a spot featuring animals, poking a bit of fun at Budweiser's use of animals in its campaigns, auditioning for a role in the brewer's ad campaign; a very humorous Got Milk?" campaign that capitalizes on recent findings milk may reduce the effects of PMS causing men to obtain as much milk as they can; a Scope commercial that helps Eskimos get beyond the nose rub; Truth satirizes big tobacco companies for becoming media companies and changing their names to avoid bad PR; a Hispanic spot promoting the successful HED Grocery Store; a farting baby promotes Suzuki and Mercedes doodlers doodle up the new 2006 M Class.
Responding to concerns it glorifies gun violence, Reebok has pulled its 50 Cent spot, part of the company's new "I am what I am" campaign, from United Kingdom airwaves but has not yet done so in the States. The ad, very obviously, refers to 50's having been shot 9 times and is, certainly, one of the more daring and questionable celebrity associations.
Rather than simply pointing out this past weekend's amazing shot by Tiger Woods would make a great Nike ad, Joe Jaffe just went out and made the ad. Well, he added "Just do it." to the end of the footage but it certainly does make for a great ad. Does this mean that if Nike does make the shot into an ad, they have to pay Jaffe? Hmm.
To illustrates the fact that one third of all smokers will die from smoking, this PSA uses a powerful analogy involving cars and pedestrians. It hits home.
Why it took so long, we do not know but someone has made a minor edit to the ending of Budweiser's brilliant Super Bowl Military commercial inserting what was probably on the minds of some but was, wisely, left out. Rather than sit through the entire minute long, 4 MB file just to see the pay off, here's a screenshot for your enjoyment.
While we loved the original commercial better, it's nice to see the return of the old fogey, Mr. Six, seen in this spot walking in his bed at the retirement home, prepping a Six Flags park then breaking into his signature "We Like to Party" jig.
If life as an Eskimo causes a woman to fantasize she's tongue kissing a hunk - but in reality is tongue kissing her dog - while watching MTV in her igloo all in the name of promoting MTV's Spring Break 2005 in Cancun, well, we guess we'll go along with it.