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



30-Year-Old Men Play Stupid High School Tricks on Drunk Friends

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It's a forgone conclusion that men are idiots, right? Think of it this way. If an alien ship were to orbit the planet and take a look at the plethora of beer commercials floating around the interwebs, they could only come to one conclusion. Men, when consuming -- or even just thinking about consuming -- beer, are blithering buffoons who have no socially redeeming qualities.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 9-13    
Topic: Commercials, Worst



Chickens Sing Human League's 'Don't You Want Me' to Sell Chicken

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None of you under the age of, say, 35, will understand the freakishly odd appeal of the Human League's 1981 hit "Don't You Want Me." It was the number one song on the Billboard 100 in July 1982 for three weeks when a place called "Brothers 4" in Falmouth Heights on Cape Cod was the place to be seen. OK, the place to be seen if you were a college kid toiling in the Cape Cod restaurant scene and you choice of nighttime activity was slightly limited.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 8-13    
Topic: Commercials



Lassie 'Cries Wolf' to Help Man Get Expert Gold Beer

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Oh what men (and advertising copywriters) will do to get a beer. Tapping the fairly tail-ish "cry wolf" scenario coupled with the old-timey trustworthiness of Lassie, New Zealand-based Colenso BBDO have crafted a witty commercial that cuts to a man's truism; he would rather be having a beer with friends than, well, do just about anything else. And, he'll do just about anything to get that beer with friends. Just watch any non-Clydesdale Budweiser Super Bowl commercial.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 8-13    
Topic: Commercials



Perhaps the Strangest Underwear Ads You Will Ever See

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It's pretty much become the cultural norm for a marketer to discuss just about anything they want in their advertising. So it comes as no surprise for conservative undie brand Fruit of the Loom to chat about "panties creeping upstairs" and "calibrating nuts" to sell some of the most basic underwear known to mankind.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-13    
Topic: Commercials



Moen Faucets Are So Stylish They Can be Worn As Jewelry

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A new campaign from The Martin Agency would like to convince us that Moen bathroom faucets are so fashionable, they can be worn as jewelry. Hey, ask your grandparents if they thought a telephone would ever become a fashion statement. Stranger things have happened.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-19-13    
Topic: Commercials



JetBlue Reminds Us Just How Much Flying Sucks

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Here's the problem with JetBlue's new Mullen-created commercial for JetBlue. No matter how you sugarcoat it (bags fly free, most legroom in coach, unlimited snacks, free TV, friendly flight attendants), flying still sucks. Know why? Because people refuse to pay a lot to fly so the airlines have no choice but to pack as many people into a plane as possible and give them as few "perks" as they can.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-17-13    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Commercials



Volkswagen Channels the 80's With 'Take On Me'

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To tout its Carefree Maintenance program, Volkswagen is out with a new Deutsch New York-created ad which features A-Ha's 1980's hit "Take On Me." In the ad, which combines animation, stills and live action like the original, a man evades a menacing mechanic and gets the girl after he crosses the finish line.

It's all innocent and fun until you realize the whole thing was conjured in the mind of a man sitting in a conference room who suddenly hears the song and asks, "Is that me? Was I singing?"

The spot was created using the same rotoscoping method as the original video--they filmed the actors and the cars and then animated the results.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-17-13    
Topic: Commercials










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