Are We Still Laughing at This KFC Commercial?

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There are so many urban myths (or truths if you choose) about the origin of KFC chicken. Everything from headless chickens to genetic mutation has been speculated. Seems everyone is getting a kick out of the latest KFC commercial which says, "What part of the chicken is nugget? We're KFC. Our cooks don't make nuggets. They make Popcorn Chicken."

Seems there's some concern over the definition of a nugget versus the definition of popcorn chicken. Though KFC's definition of popcorn chicken is quite clear: "100 percent off the bone premium breast meat" which is claimed to be better than "pressed, formed nuggets."

Of course, if one wanted to be a stickler for detail, one could call attention to the fact the word "chicken" is no where to be found in KFC's definition of popcorn chicken. Then again, that would just make one a person with way too much time on their hands.

by Steve Hall    Sep-13-11    
Topic: Commercials, Opinion



Nine-Year-Old Gets Jiggy With Her Stuffed Animals

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So...this is what the kids are doing in their rooms these days. Well, at least nine-year-old UK street dance whiz kid, Arizona Snow who locks and pops her way around her bedroom to the stunned amazement of her three friends. The stuffed animals join in and a feather pillow is exploded for special effect. What's it all for? Well, according to the commercial, any nine-year-old can dance just like Arizona Snow as long as they eat a bowl of Wheatabiz Chocolate cereal every morning.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention, David Griner.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-13-11    
Topic: Commercials



Fat-Laden Breakfast Sandwich Miraculously Makes Cloud Stay Aloft

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Why anyone would think a 430 calorie, 29 grams of fat, 740 milligrams of sodium-laden breakfast sandwich would help a low lying cloud to float upward is a mystery. But Jimmy Dean does and that's the scenario offered in this new TBWA\Chiat\Day\LA-created commercial for the the Jimmy Dean Sausage, Egg & Cheese Croissant which breaks today.

The spot marks the first time the Jimmy Dean Sun character has ventured beyoind the confines of his home and office. Now traveling in a Jimmy Dean branded food truck, Sun will now deliver happiness to anyone who's feeling a bit down.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-12-11    
Topic: Commercials



Old Spice Offers Something to Help us Forget Fabio

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Gone are the days of advertising when the same character played spokesperson for years at a time, sometimes decades. Recall the Maytag man, the Dunkin' Donuts guy or Mr. Whipple. So it shouldn't be surprising that Old Spice is dabbling with other characters for its ad campaign. No, Isiah Mustafah isn't gone for good but other characters will be brought into the mix.

A new commercial features a man who looks like a "well decorated sea captain who battles monsters on a large nautical vessel." But, thanks to Old Spice, he smells like one. Not exactly sure that a good thing but the commercial does carry the same wacky tone of the original Isiah Mustafah spot.

Other ads will feature a billionaire jet pilot and a rock star.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 8-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials



Cows Hate Cold Hands

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Farmers take notice. Actually, don't. Why? Because it's a rare farmer these days who actually milks a cow by hand. For you city folk, most cows are now milked by a machine that connects to the cow's teats (yes, that's what cow nipples are called) then automatically disconnects when the cow is finished giving milk. Anyway, that doesn't seem to be relevant to Zippo and its agency, Pittsburgh-based Brunner, which advocate the use of the Zippo hand warmer prior to hand milking a cow.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 7-11    
Topic: Commercials



Harley Davidson Recasts Customers as PETA-Like Animal Activists

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Aww, how cute. Those Harley Davidson riders. Who knew they were such sweet, caring, animal-loving softies? Who knew they'd take it upon themselves to free the world's caged animals so they, too, can roam free as if they were straddling a Harley?

Seriously though. We have to wonder what true, die-hard Harley lovers are going to think of this namby pamby portrayal of their usual tough guy image.

This is the work of Victor & Spoils. Which actually explains a few things. The work will debut tonight on Sons of Anarchy.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-11    
Topic: Commercials



'Drunk Skeeze' Exposes Crotch For Agent Provocateur

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Here's some more Agent Provocateur hotness for you. This work features Paz De La Huerta (who sounds like she must be a distant cousin of Oscar De La Hoya) who is touting the brand's Fall and Winter lineup. The 1:30 video, which is really a collection of a few shorter videos, depicts Huerta in scenarios realistic only in the minds of creative directors and fashion aficionados.

Huerta, who is seen arriving in a vehicle, dropping her purse and, finally, leaving in a vehicle simply cannot keep her undergarments covered allowing drooling paparazzi to capture full on crotch and cleavage shots.

One YouTube commenter sums it up perfectly, writing, "LOL okay, so what I'm getting from this commercial is a 'lady' acts like a drunk skeeze and shows her underwear off to everyone with a crotch-flashing crouch to pick up her keys. Cool, got it."

Yea, that about sums up this work. And if you simply can't get enough Agent Provocateur hotness, we've collected quite a bit of it over the years for you.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-11    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Racy, Strange



Idiocy Still Front and Center in Most Advertising

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This is kind of stupid. Would a grown adult actually dump coffee over the head of someone they just took off their inner circle cell phone calling list? That seems to be the assumption Comparis is making in this new commercial for its circle of friends feature which allows for the inclusion of more than five friends.

Idiocy can be funny, of course. After all, we love to look down our noses at buffoons who would actually do this sort of thing thereby making us feel superior and intelligent in comparison. But why is it that so many brands have to stoop to this level of idiocy just to move product? Are people simply not capable of consuming information delivered in a straight forward fashion? Especially when said information is clearly - and without need for embellishment - compelling enough all by itself such as is the case in this commercial?

You tell us.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-11    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary



Infiniti Europe Fails to Set Itself Apart From Competition

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Aiming to "change the face of luxury motoring across Europe," this new Infiniti Europe campaign from TBWA changes the face of nothing when it comes to car advertising. With the tagline "Since now, the perfect line is a curve" - whatever the hell that means - the campaign is said to help position the brand as a viable alternative to Mercedes, Audi and BMW.

Explaining the campaign, TBWA European Creative Director MacGregor Hastie said, "With the launch of this campaign we are more than certain of having given Infiniti its proper place in the world of high-end luxury car brands and have found an extraordinary and distinguishing big idea that will allow us to create ever stronger and more creative campaigns in the future. Because, as every one knows, the perfect line, is a curve."

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Opinion



Kevin Butler Returns to Sony to Pimp New Play

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Wait, what? He just left! And now he's back? What the hell are we talking about? Sony's fictional VP Kevin Butler who recently left to take a job at Economy Flooring. Well, now he's back and ready to take part in the brand's new Long Live Play campaign.

The campaign reiterates a new, lower price for the PS3 as well as sets up the brand for a new position on gaming: full-on, no holds barred, unadulterated play.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-31-11    
Topic: Commercials










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