Doritos Perpetuates Male (And America's) Idiocy

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Here's
one of the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl XLIV commercials. Called The Smackout, it's predictably idiotic. You know the concept. Girlfriends sit by while boyfriends perform stupid stunts as if they were five year old retards bullies on the playground during recess. No wait, five year olds aren't stupid, they're just young and inexperienced. When 30 year old guys do this sort of thing, it becomes clear why America trails the rest of the world in IQ.

This commercial's only redeeming quality? Cleavage.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 8-10    
Topic: Commercials, Super Bowl 2010, Worst



If You Want to Commit Suicide, Audi Can't Help You

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This is, by far, the most twisted method used we've ever seen to sell a car. Of course, this isn't really selling a car because this isn't a commercial. It's spec work from a director touting his directorial abilities.

Akin to suicidal robots selling GM cars aan bombers selling Volkswagens, this spec work touts Audi's diesel goodness by illustrating its clean technology filters out all the bad stuff tail pipe suckers look for when choosing this mode of death.

Maybe the power windows instead? Nope.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 8-10    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



The Census is Really, Really Friendly. Honest.

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We really, really like the new Census 2010 campiagn from Draft/FCB. Five commercials tell the story of Americans from different backgrounds, how they view life in America, their dreams and aspirations and how the Census can help them realize those dreams.

The campaign is the furthest thing you'd expect from a government agency, no less one that's supposed to be all about numbers, facts, figures and other boring and mundane stuff like that.

The spots were directed by Uber Content's Jason Kohn and can be viewed here.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 7-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



Dryer No Match For NHL Hockey Player

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Sort of like those weepy Olympic back story montages with a little bit of Friday Night Lights tossed in, this new work from Gotham Inc. for Reebok's Speedwick training apparel line lets us peek inside the basement of the Cole Harbor home in which NHL player Sidney Crosby grew up.

Complete with the classic parents sitting at the kitchen table interview, Crosby takes on teammate Maxine Talbot in a game of whack the dryer. It's a bit of commemoration to the actual dryer beat the crap out of as a child. The dryer's now in Nova Scotia's sports hall of fame.

The work was directed by Murderball's Henry Alex-Rubin.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 6-10    
Topic: Commercials



MADD Brings Us An Idiot's Guide to Drunk Driving

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Well here's a different approach to safe driving advertising. Rather than horrific death and dismemberment, TBWA Toronto has created a quirky MADD campaign that highlights the stupid behaviors of idiots who explain how to stay on the road while drunk. There's no blood. There's no guts. There's no screaming girlfriend and there's no inconsolable parents.

Nope. Just a collection of doofuses telling us how they manage not to crash while drunk. Hmm. Not too sure about this one. Making light of drunk driving? That's sort of like making light of misogynist shiny suds who taunt women in a shower. Who would do that?

by Steve Hall    Jan- 5-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Detroit Still Thinks People Have Love Affairs With Their Cars

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Nostalgia is front and center in a new Chrysler commercial which hinges on the no longer very truthful truism Americans really really love their cars. With a through-the-decades montage, the ad speaks to the travels Chrysler and its customers have been on together and the many that will be taken in the future.

While the automobile certainly does play a central roles in American's lives, the love affair with the automobile has long since died. Ask any person under 35 or so if they think off their car as anything other than a means to get from point A to point B.

It's an OK commercial. There's nothing wrong with a company looking back at its history and how it fits into the fabric of life but it's not an approach that's going to sell any cars. Oh wait, it's not trying to sell cars. Silly us. Chrysler's just being nice and wishing us Happy Holidays. Forget everything we just wrote.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 4-10    
Topic: Brands, Commercials



Durex Brings Us Sounds of the Season

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OK. So they're not really sounds of the season and they're not really sounds you can listen to at work which...is OK, right? Because no is at work this week. Sadly, for the poor souls who are, starp on your earphones before you give this Durex commercial a view. And don't worry about the video portion. It's all text.

The ad was created by Shanghai-based Exis.

by Steve Hall    Dec-30-09    
Topic: Commercials, Racy



Sexual Fantasy Nets New Domain Name

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When you're sitting in the weekly agency bore-fest otherwise known as the traffic meeting, your mind tends to wander a bit doesn't it? You think of the bills you have to pay. The grass that needs mowing. The house that needs to be cleaned. The Christmas presents that need to be shopped for. The oil change appointment you need to make for your car. The new business presentation you need to prepare for. The groceries you need for dinner tonight...and girl on girl action between the traffic manager and her assistant.

Say what? OK, so maybe that last one only happens in a CrazyDomains commercial with Pamela Anderson and her attractive assistant who are looking for a new domain name for their business. With the help of one employee who finds himself in the middle of a full on fantasy, the ladies get what they need and the man ends up the star employee of the day.

Hey Bob Parsons, your commercials use to be fun like this. What happened?

by Steve Hall    Dec-16-09    
Topic: Commercials, Racy



Do You Know What Bears Do in There?

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Don't you love how much bottled water and beer companies love to tout how great they are because they come from crystal clear springs that cascade down from snow-capped mountaintops? Don't you love how they never mention what the wildlife does in that crystal clear water?

Well Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado cares and they make a point of reminding us what bears do in the wild. The work comes from Cultivator Advertising & Design and will break in January on the Cotton Bowl and/or the Orange Bowl as well as Fox sports programming.

by Steve Hall    Dec-14-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



Do You Need A Hand Job?

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You can have two for five dollars. Isn't that a great deal? There's really nothing else to say about this commercial so we're just going to keep writing until there are enough words to properly wrap around the image to the left or at least fill enough space so it doesn't look like we're in a rush because the relatives are coming over and we need to clean the bathroom but first run to the store to buy some scrubbing bubbles because...oh wait...we wouldn't want to surprise the relatives when they take a shower because, ya know, the bubbles might tell them to "use the loofa."

by Steve Hall    Dec-11-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange










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