Hot Wheels Come to Life at Secret Test Facility

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In conjunction with the upcoming Hot Wheels Indy 500 promotion, here's the first of several global brand commercials from Mistress Creative and the Bandito Brothers which will tell the story of a secret Hot Wheels test facility where supposedly life sized representations of the childhood toy will be built.

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by Steve Hall    May-23-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



Once Again, Sense of Humor Takes a Blow

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We're getting sick of writing headlines like this one. With increasing frequency, the ability of the human race to appreciate humor is dwindling and will soon be very much like the planet Vulcan crossed with some kind of politically correct self-esteem club; emotionless. overly logical and devoid of the ability to rib or poke fun at one another.

The Postal Service has reached a settlement with Burger King over an ad that depicted a mail carrier becoming distracted by Burger King breakfast food. The Post Office didn't take kindly to the ad and, in particular, copy with read, "With pancakes and eggs on my plate, the mail has to wait."

The Postal Service claimed Burger King used the brand's logo and uniform without permission and portrayed the mail carries in a less than positive light. while Burger King admits no wrong doing, it has agreed to revise the ad so that the uniform is generic and does not use the Postal Service logo.

It's amazing comedians are still employed.

by Steve Hall    May-23-11    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Opinion, Policy



Man Emaciated to Sell Insurance

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As with any significant purchase, it always pays to shop around a bit before committing. That's the key message in this French commercial for JeChange insurance. However, the way they go about making the shop around analogy is, shall we say, a bit out of the norm for an insurance agency. But, this is France we're talking about and if stereotypical legends are to be believed, they are keenly attuned to the importance of sex...even if it doesn't end up being a deciding factor.

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by Steve Hall    May-23-11    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



ConocoPhillips Tagline A Good Fart Joke

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Like a fart joke told at a church dinner, ConocoPhillips 66's decision to go with the new tagline, "Experts in gas since 1927," is questionable at best. It's like a fifth grade boy asking a classmate to pull his finger. Which is probably why the brand's agency, Venables Bell & Partners, decided to cast Pee Wee football players in one of the campaign's ads.

Awkward connotations aside, the brand would like us to understand the new approach is supposed to celebrate the company's "unique heritage and long standing history of striving to bring consumers the best in performance gasoline." Way to bring eloquence to gas.

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by Steve Hall    May-19-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary



Bigger is Not Always Better

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Following the logic of this BBDO Berlin-created, Shilo-shot commercial for the smart fortwo vehicle, bigger is definitely not always better. But from the dawn of time, man wanted more. Bigger. Better. More comforting. Which probably explains the obsession with big breasts but we're getting off topic here.

The point this commercial makes is that sometimes progress in a certain direction is not always progress at all. Sometimes it's time to think differently and more simply. SO go buy yourself a toy car that will probably flip over the nice time you drive it on a windy day.

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by Steve Hall    May-19-11    
Topic: Commercials



Nudists Horrified by Bikini-Clad Hotties

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Flipping the table on the notion "nude beaches are gross" because, well, they are since the fantasy of seeing hot naked naked men and women is usually slapped down with the harsh reality most people aren't hot and should never take their clothes off at the beach...is this new work for Club La Senza.

We open on a nude beach filled with saggy, hairy people. Then, all of a sudden, six hot chicks emerge from the ocean and, to the horror of the nudist, are wearing bikinis. The sight is just too much for them to take. It's like...well...looking in the mirror.

Anyway, mild hilarity ensues. And the work has something for the ladies too. A hunky, six-packed lifeguard. Something for everyone to enjoy here.

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by Steve Hall    May-19-11    
Topic: Commercials, Racy



Peg-Legged Rabbit Wants Its Feet Back

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There's strange commercials and then there's this commercial from production company OPC Detroit for Poker Wingman, a site which promises to be your wing man as you gamble your life savings away.

Every once in a while we need some luck. Every once in a while we believe rabbits feet will bring us that luck. And every once in a very great while that rabbit comes calling. And he wants his feet back.

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by Steve Hall    May-18-11    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Audi Owners Are Crazy!

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We all know some people can get pretty crazy over the cars they love. But all this Audi commercial does is illustrate how idiotic its customers are. In the ad, people risk life and limb to jump out of their BMW's, Luxus' and Mercedes' - while on the highway - and hop into the seat of a brand new Audi atop a car carrier.

Yes, the ad is meant to illustrate the "extraordinary" things people will do to get their hands on an Audi but really? It's much easier - and far less dangerous and stupid - to walk around an Audi car dealer lot to check out a new vehicle. But, of course, that would be a really boring ad so idiotic stupidity will always reign supreme in advertising.

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by Steve Hall    May-18-11    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Creative Commentary



Stride Gum WantsYou to Know It Lasts Forever

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We missed this one when it came out a couple of weeks ago but thanks to Copyranter, who published it today, we can share it with you now. We all know Stride gum has done some interesting work over the years, most notably, the work it did with Matt Harding who traveled around the globe to do his strange and contagious dance with the people of the world...all sponsored by Stride. Seriously fun and moving stuff.

This time, the brand, working with JWT which, sadly, just made staff cuts today, is going a bit darker. In a commercial that centers on a woman who just lost her husband and travels home with his ashes only to have them fall to the floor to discover...well...just watch the commercial to find out.

It's no feel-good Matt Harding video but it does smack you with the brand's message; Stride gum lasts a very long time.

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by Steve Hall    May-18-11    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Rachel Bilson Sells Condoms...Uh...Ice Cream

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Perhaps during the last week or so while fast forwarding through commercials, you may have caught a peek at the odd combination of Rachel Bilson and a box of condoms. You think to yourself, "condom ads on TV...no big deal. After all, TV is rife with penile stiffening products, why not condoms too?"

Had you paused and rewound to watch the commercial, you would have seen Bilson who, stuck in a traffic jam, decides to hop out of her car, run over the tops of other cars to chase an 18 wheeler filled with condoms.

Oh wait. Had you actually paid attention while watching the commercial you would have realized it wasn't a commercial for condoms at all. Rather it was Unilever's U.S. introduction of the very questionably (for this country) named Magnum ice cream.

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by Steve Hall    May-17-11    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Opinion, Strange










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