IKEA Keeps Children's Toys Dildo-Free

There's many classically embarrassing moments in life but we're sure the one where your kid finds your dildo is right up there on the list. IKEA uses this little shocker to suggest their furniture and its storage features might help in keeping little Johnnie's toys separate from Mommy's vibrating toys. The ad is said to have run in movie theaters in France as well as in Germany. Leave it to those Europeans to, once again, point out America's uptight culture.
by Steve Hall    Apr-24-05    
Topic: Commercials

BK One-Ups Wendy's with Severed Hand

Unfortunate timing

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.

by     Apr-22-05    
Topic: Commercials

Woman Strips Man, Baby Farts, Milk Cures PMS, Eskimos Suck Face

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.

by Steve Hall    Apr-18-05    
Topic: Commercials

50 Cent Reebok Ad Pulled From UK

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.

by Steve Hall    Apr-15-05    
Topic: Commercials

Tiger Woods Shot Fodder For Great Nike Ad

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.

by Steve Hall    Apr-11-05    
Topic: Commercials

Anti-Smoking PSA Hits Hard

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.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 8-05    
Topic: Commercials

Anheuser-Busch Super Bowl Military Spot Gets Hacked

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.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 7-05    
Topic: Commercials

Six Flags Brings Back Mister Six

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.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 7-05    
Topic: Commercials

MTV Promotes Spring Break With Hot Eskimos

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.

by Steve Hall    Mar-15-05    
Topic: Commercials

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