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



Helium-Fueled Monks Capture Joy of Cadbury

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From the moment it starts, you can tell exactly what's going to happen in this Glass And A Half Full Productions/Ogilvy Johannesburg work for Cadbury. It follows the classic unexpected - except in advertising - behavioral shift a group not known for the unexpected suddenly displays as if they were magically set free from the bonds that confine them to their routine.

In this particular case, it's reclusive monks who spend their entire day is respectful silence and study. That is until a balloon falls from the ceiling, helium hilarity ensues and a monastery transforms into a dance club with monks raving to Flo Rida's Low.

And of the monks, Director Erik Van Wyk, speaking in classic adver-babble, said, "What this endearing group does so beautifully and simply, is reflect humanity back to us. The part of humanity we like." Um...maybe they were just glad to get up off their asses for a while.

Snark aside, we like the work. After all, who doesn't love seeing a group do something fun and uncommon?

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by Steve Hall    May-16-11    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary



Energy Groups Wants You to Blow Your Computer

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- Young & Laramore is out with a continuation of its work for Stanley Steemer which focuses on the heroic aspect of a carpet cleaner.

- Another blow your computer campaign. This time it's for Zorlu Energy Group in Turkey which makes wind farms.

- Cheil North America CEO Buz Sawyer has hired veteran strategist Dave Weaver to lead Cheil-owned One Agency.

- To make the most of a trip to Stockholm to visit ad agencies, 23-year-old Russian copywriter Stepa Mitaki created a site on which the agencies can request items only available in Russia which Mitaki will deliver when he visits the agencies on his trip.

- Coldwell Banker leverages fame of house Home Alone was filmed in to sell the property.

- San Francisco-based ATTIK has launched an interactive in-app game for Scion which will appear within the new iPad edition of The Onion. The game now appears as an interstitial ad in the June iPad edition of The Onion through Scion's month-long sponsorship program.

by Steve Hall    May-11-11    
Topic: Commercials



Audi Packs Oomp Into A1

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There's really only one thing that needs to be said about this new Bartle Bogle Hegarty-created, Sam Brown- directed commercial for the Audi A1. It wasn't filmed on a winding mountain road.

And that makes it awesome in our book. That and the cool music. And the rabbits. And the acoustically-launched styrofoam. And the tiny parachutes. And, yea, the rabbits.

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by Steve Hall    May-11-11    
Topic: Commercials



Famous Footwear Helps People Imagine Their Awesomeness

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While Reebok is all about helping women tone their ass into stunningly tight, bootylicious deliciousness, Famous Footwear, which, of course, sells Reeboks, is all bout helping it customers daydream about situations they'd never find themselves in...just because they are pondering the purchase of a new pair of kicks.

Three new commercials from Campbell Mithun for the brand help a woman imagine besting a group of female Kenyan runners, help another envision herself kicking but in a martial arts battle and pump up a guy's ego by helping him imagine himself as a cop chasing after a criminal on a rooftop Parkour-style.

It's all very silly. But so are most of the things we all imagine so we guess that makes this campaign dead on target.

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by Steve Hall    May-10-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



Newcastle Targets Criminals and Loan Defaulters

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In a new campaign from Vitro for Newcastle Brown ale, difficult situations are somewhat alleviated with a sip of Newscastle which brings about the lighter side of dark. Which, of course, is a very good thing because no one wants to lose two ankles when they can lose just one or have to pay a lawyer a lot of money to get you out of jail.

As with all beer commercials, we're not quite sure how this sells beer. Unless, of course, the brand is trying to target loan defaulters and criminals. Which, come to think of it, may not be a bad approach. After all, people in such situations are under a lot of stress and alcohol is well known to, at least temporarily, alleviate stress. Right. Makes perfect sense now.

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by Steve Hall    May- 9-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



You Don't Have to Take Your Clothes Off to Have A Good Time

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OK. This is just fun. Or really annoying. Because who can't get this song out of their head once they hear it? Go on. Give it a listen. See how long it sticks with you. If you can't get rid of it for a few hours, you can blame A Glass and a Half Full Productions which used it in a new Cadbury commercial. Love the dancing clothes.

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by Steve Hall    May- 6-11    
Topic: Commercials



CityCents Launches Daily Deal Service For Morons

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The best part of this CityCents commercial which lets us know the eighth commandment has been repealed and stealing is now perfectly OK is the disclaimer which reads, "Stealing is illegal. Don't actually steal anything, Thanks." You know. Just in case some moron thinks the eighth commandment actually was repealed and it's now OK to go rob your local convenience store.

The commercial was created by MGH for the Baltimore-based daily deal site which claims it's nothing like Groupon because it allows people to claim deals without putting any money down.

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by Steve Hall    May- 6-11    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Dial Gets Men Dirty. Then Cleans Them Up

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OK so it's not at all as witty and goofy as Old Spice but perhaps that's the point. After all, Dial is a pretty staid brand so we can't get too wild here. Oh but wait! We can. And that's just what Red Tettmer + Partners did for Dial for Men.

The agency crafted and event called Camp Dirt, a three day event where men can go and do what men...um, boys...do best: get dirty doing things like sliding down a mud pile, drag racing bulldozers, digging with dynamite and playing paintball.

Oh yes. Get these men seriously dirty and then give them some Dial to clean them up. The event will be held August 26-28 in Granby, Colorado.

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by Steve Hall    May- 5-11    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Promotions










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