Sadly, No Kids Puke in This Halloween-Themed AT&T Ad

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Everyone seems to love the AT&T Not Complicated campaign. We're indifferent. But that's not going to stop us from sharing with you (like you haven't seen it already), BBDO's latest entry to the campaign. It, of course, is Halloween-themed and is all about candy. Sadly, there is no Crest/Oral B-style puking.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-30-13    
Topic: Commercials



Ole Smoky Moonshine. Born From Good People And Shared With the Same

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In a way, this Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine commercial makes you feel as if you're with Burt Reynolds in Deliverance...except without all the hillbilly stereotypes and, oh yea, rape.

The ad, created by Austin-based Blackboard Co., is just all about good people sharing good times together...with a little help from some moonshine.

Entitled "Born From," the commercials mark the brand's return for the third season on Discovery Channel's popular series "Moonshiners." In all, there will be four ads.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-30-13    
Topic: Commercials



Celebrities Tell Holiday Stories For Best Buy

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It's hard work making a price and item commercial interesting. But we think Crispin Porter + Bogusky may have done it with their Best Buy holiday campaigns which employs celebrities who read customized holiday stories. In all, there will be 11 spots featuring Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, LL Cool J and Jason Schwartzman. The spots were directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon (The Switch, Blades of Glory, Cavemen) and three-time Academy Award-winning director of photography Bob Richardson (Django Unchained, Hugo, Kill Bill, Shutter Island, Casino, Platoon).

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by Steve Hall    Oct-29-13    
Topic: Commercials



We Blame Our Dislike of This M&C Saatchi Campaign on Blackfish

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Well this is kind of a stretch. In an effort to convince us life can be so much better if you can get a handle on what you need to do to insure you will be able to retire comfortably, Swedish pension company SPP handed a starving musician an audience.

Now, we have nothing against starving musicians making it in the brutally difficult world of commercial music and the notion of a corporation helping an individual achieve success is laudable but corporations can't do this for every single individual.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-28-13    
Topic: Commercials



CougarLife Ad Banned For Putting 'Immature Girls' in Their Place

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Oh somehow we'll get in trouble again for this one but what the hell. Young women in Australia are angered over a CougarLife ad which features porn star Julia Ann trashing "immature girls who think they're all that."

In the ad, she stuffs a hamburger in one girl's face saying, "you need a sandwich." She tells another catty lady "you fold sweaters for a living" after the girl spitefully says to her date, "oh, so you're a computer geek." Finally, after a third freeloader says "buy me a drink" to her date, Ann shoves the girl out of her chair and says to the guy, "How about I buy you a drink."

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by Steve Hall    Oct-25-13    
Topic: Commercials, Policy, Racy



This Mcgarrybowen Honda CR-V Ad Will Make You Say 'Huh?' And 'Cool!' All at Once

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Hmm. All this just to sell a car. Well, this is advertising after all and not car salesmanship. With car salesmanship the goal is to move metal. With car advertising, well, the goal isn't always so clear. Sure, car brands want the sales needle to move but as with most advertising, there seems to be a lot of shenanigans on the way to that sale.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-22-13    
Topic: Best, Commercials



Women Are Just Eye Candy in This Y&R-Created Time Travel Montage For Valvoline

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You've seen it before. You know what to expect. It usually comes from brands with a long history. And the concept is always the same. That said, somehow, this Young & Rubicam-created, MassMarket-effected commercial for Valvoline works well enough.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-21-13    
Topic: Commercials



Is This Chainsaw Massacre-Themed Fuel Additive Ad Offensive to Women?

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While this chainsaw massacre-themed ad for Star Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment may certainly be offensive to women it's also offensive on another level. It's a terrible ad. How do these things get made? Who creates them? Who approves them? What were these people thinking?

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by Steve Hall    Oct-16-13    
Topic: Commercials



Enterprise Rent-A-Car Wants to Help This Dad Avoid Embarrassment of Driving His Daughter's Pink Car

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Heeding the fact that one in eight people will get into an auto accident this year and that, following those accidents, vehicles are in the shop for an average of 13 days resulting in vehicle owners borrowing family cars, hitching rides, or paying out-of-pocket rental fees of up to $400, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is highlighting the importance of rental reimbursement coverage.

Why? Well, because they want you to rent from them instead of using your daughter's pink car like the frustrated father in this hilarious new commercial.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-10-13    
Topic: Commercials



Telecom NZ So Awesome It's Like Burning Man Crossed With Alice in Wonderland

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What the hell? Who gets this excited about their mobile carrier? No matter how many free WiFi spots, 4G upgrades or big data plans, no one is going to go frolic through the woods like a hipster exploring Alice in Wonderland's back yard as if it were Burning Man.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 9-13    
Topic: Commercials










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