And to Alltel, a Good Night

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Lame headline? Sure. But let's not focus on that. What's better than using Fred Willard in this new Alltel spot from Campbell-Ewald? Better than not using of elves and reindeer in yet another Christmas spot? The move to a 1-year plan with FREE, I said FREE, LG Touch. No big deal except the industry has been gouging people with early termination fees for a long time. It's only reluctantly adopted the current system where ETF fees drop $5 a month over the length of contracts. (Didn't keep Verizon from doubling theirs.) Spot below, after the jump.

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by Bill Green    Nov-17-09    
Topic: Commercials, Television



The Little Red Chair That Could

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Space Chair. Not since Dennis Hopper stood on the little bastard has a chair gotten this much attention. You can see the making of here and the rational behind it, but basically Grey London wanted to do something that reinforces the Toshiba ethos of innovation and using technology in ways others don't. So, why not float a chair 98,268 feet and record it with hi-def Toshiba cams as the highest recorded commercial evuh! (That's 18 miles high kids--space begins at 62.)

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by Bill Green    Nov-16-09    
Topic: Commercials, Television



The King Takes Up Office Space--in Brazil

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The King hits Brazil and no office is safe. Sure it's not in English, but grabbing your boss' ass is universal. In spot two, always amp up teens and give them a Ferrari. *awaiting beach thong/banana hammock spot next* (Crispin haters, save the emails, Ogilvy Brazil and Hungry Man did them.)

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by Bill Green    Nov-16-09    
Topic: Commercials, Television



Joe Jackson Sells Out--One More Time

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(Not, Michael Jackson's Joe Jackson either, freaks.) Guess it wasn't for a "limited time only" seeing as it ran last year--and then again this weekend. I hadn't seen this Taco Bell spot then so why not post about now, and open/reopen the debate about selling out. As one blog comment summed it up:

"Actually, f*** the Gordita, Joe Jackson's new album Rain is mind-blowingly amazing. Check it out, and forever ditch the Taco Bell."

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by Bill Green    Nov-16-09    
Topic: Commercials, Television



Why Should You Care About Another Christmas Spot?

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Slow news day? Nah. We get everything sent in here. So if you've had your fill of foodie/celeb cook porn, avert gazes now. Otherwise, if you watch any deal of cooking on TV, you know Jamie Oliver is a more unkempt UK version of Tyler Florence. But peppy, ain't he! What I liked about this quick-paced Sainsbury's spot came right at the end though. I actually got to hear someone say: "Christmas" in a commercial. Not, "Holiday" or "This Yuletide Season!" Maybe the PC police haven't worked their way across the pond or that's just how they say it, but, Happy Christmas back to ya, bitches!

(Spot below.)

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by Bill Green    Nov-13-09    
Topic: Commercials, Television



Subaru Crowdsurfs Away Life's Bumps

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At first, it seems like another epic epic with a cast of cgi thousand$. But this :90 from Leo Burnett Sydney grows on you. (After the jump). As you watch, the visuals seem to cover off the usual stuff any car brand could claim or own as the "We support you" metaphor works overtime. But the voiceover brings it around to show the uniqueness of a Subaru ride. Then you smile.

That is all. Continue with your day.

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by Bill Green    Nov-13-09    
Topic: Commercials, Television



"You Either Get Shot Through the Head or You Have a VW"

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British humor--second to none. While it's been 30 days since my last suicide spot, this one after the jump... isn't. I explain--you follow along: It's for the new VW Scirocco running on the BBC's Top Gear with car freaks Jeremy Clarkson and James May. Branded entertainment with a suicide chaser. This series of fake spots skirts the issue of death and dying (and the UK's advertising regulatory guidelines on little things like suicide) by posing those scenarios as a hypothetical. So here it goes again, will anyone be offended at a fictionalized depiction buried in a spoof? Does context matter? (Isn't the real question, why would someone do it over a VW?)

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by Bill Green    Nov-12-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Racy, Television



Caribou Coffee Gets Real

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Second-largest gourmet coffeehouse retailer and one of the thorns in Starbucks' side, Caribou Coffee is rolling out their first TV from Colle+McVoy below. Get Real covers on the chain's focus on handcrafted drinks. (Isn't anything prepared in restaurants crafted by hand? I think it must be!) But, the bigger jab here is right at SB with this "Real People" go to Caribou theme. Hmmm, at the risk of someone going, dude, seriously, it's just a TV spot, time to get a little more real.

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by Bill Green    Nov-12-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Downhill Turbolator Now Standard on All 2010 Dick's

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What happens when Dick's closes for the night? Peyton Manning comes in and throws a few balls, Jeff Blake stops by to work on the backhand, and Lindsey Vonn shows up to put Under Armour's ColdGear through the Cold Abuse Simulator. (Perfect for Coors! I kid.) Production house Shilo says we got this after the ski jump. (And for ski freaks into balance porn, there's this too.)

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by Bill Green    Nov-12-09    
Topic: Commercials



Cheesy Pick Up Lines Will Get You A Free Turkey

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So what do cheesy pick up lines and turkey have to do with each other? Aside from the fact guys who deliver them are turkeys? It's a promotion for Piggly Wiggly, of course. A turkey promotion.

Those who shop at the store get free Greenbax each time they use their PFC card. For just five Greebax, shoppers can get their hands on a free turkey. Ideally, one that doesn't spout cheesy pick up lines.

by Steve Hall    Nov-11-09    
Topic: Commercials, Promotions, Strange








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