It's with pleasure today that I discovered I lied in my last piece - that depressing waiting room-looking area isn't the only spot for screening ads in Cannes this week. A real-life theatre in Level 1 of the Festival screened a bunch of body care ads this afternoon.
I'm gonna spare you more starry-eyed harping about how OLD SPICE BRINGS JOY TO ALL THE UNIVERSE. Here's other stuff that stuck out, and at the end, a reflection on Axe.
It isn't what it used to be, but there's something about Cannes that still excites. It's a place apart, where you're plunged willy-nilly into a life that doesn't belong to you for an inordinate amount of time. For that reason, alighting on it yearly feels a bit like coming home, and the expectation that rises inside is a welcome feeling.
I arrived around 1 in the morning, following a long train delay in Paris thanks mostly to a workers strike. (This is normal.) Because it's a small town, I walked to my hotel: 6 minutes from the train station. This is a convenient city once you know it, and despite the constant barrage of tourists and entitled conference folk, it doesn't change much.
I am staying in a place that lacks sex appeal but has free secured wifi and is clean. The window has an excellent view of Curves, an American weight-loss chain that caters primarily to working women.
It's funny how the sight of something you haven't seen in a long time takes you elsewhere: Curves, an unlikely nostalgic device, brings me back to Oakland's business district, where I contemplated registering on my lunch breaks until a friend told me I'd be joining "fat camp for deluded feminists." I didn't think about it again.
But you're not here for reminiscences of lost fitness aspirations; you're here to read about the Lions. That's cool, let's get down to business.
The power of the female breast has been called into action again. This time for Belgian breastfeeding shop Boobs and Burps. In the video, called Happy Boobs, we see several woman flexing their boobs to the tune of a cutesey song about children.
And that's all there is.
It's a stereotype to assume hot girls with amazing bodies are clueless when it comes to sports, right? The guys in this Uruguayan Lays commercial from Punto Ogilvy and Oriental Films are proved wrong when the curvaceous beauty on their couch explains why she's right and the guys are wrong about a play they all just saw on the TV.
In America, we threaten drug dealers, sexual deviants and online predators with...a few years in a cozy jail cell. The Hamas, on the other hand, do it a bit differently as illustrated in this campaign against Israeli collaborators.
In 2008, a hot model rockin' out in lingerie and her underwear Risky Business-style was deemed too risque for TV. Would that hold true today in 2010? Watch this Guitar Hero ad with supermodel Marisa Miller and let us know.
Apparently, it aired in Britain to no fanfare. Is America still too puritanical? Or are we right to keep smoking hot models far, far away from the eyes of horny 14 year old boys?
Along the lines of the spinning model who flails blood all over the audience as she catwalks down the runway comes this not so new anti-fur commercial from the International Anti-Fur Coalition. Created by Lowe Bull in South Africa, the ad has three women eating lunch together. One of the women gets a phone call and, as she digs through her purse for her phone, she pulls out the internal organs of the animal that was killed to make her fur purse.
It's a nice take on how oblivious some of us can be to the effect we have on other living creatures. It closes nicely with the tagline, "If only everyone could see the real cost of fur."
In the "We've Got a Solution for Every Problem" Department of Pharmaceutical Genius they've been staying up late this week examining a burning problem: chafing. Yes, chafing. Apparently, some pharmaceutical companies have become bored with finding a cure for cancer.
In this commercial for Lanacane the Pharmaceutical Geniuses solve chafing with a gel. The ad starts off with some chubby balloon characters whose limbs rub together "painfully" when they walk. The announcer says, "If you chafe when you move, it hurts." He the offers up Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel saying, "Stop chafing. Keep moving"
Jesus. It's like we just stepped back to 1999 when at Leo Burnett Technology Group we pumped out campaign after campaign touting the equity-building properties of a strong brand presence based on the four pillars of an account planner's wet dream: Vision, Mission, Essence and Position. Architecting the brand as it were.
It all usually netted in some self-important puffery akin to this new tagline from Esurance, "People when you want them. Technology when you don't." Sounds like a Peoplesoft tagline. Anyone remember them?
Anyway, the new campiagn is a play on technology versus people. There's a time for technology and there's a time for people. 1990's tagline aside, the campaign does a pretty good job illustrating that separation.
You can see it all here.
The UK's Kindred agency has launched a new skin care commercial for the British Association of Dermatologists to raise awareness of issues that can lead to skin cancer. The ad begins as if it were a lingerie ad with lingering shots of a model clad in underwear who flits about as the camera follows her.
Accompanying this visual activity is a voice over which intones such nonsense about life being full of beauty, something about seeing the small child inside you and a load of other intelligible babble. Suddenly, the bullshit is cast aside, the model sits on the bead and says, "I don't know about all that but if you really want to look after your skin then this is all you need."