Kia Hamsters VMA Performance Bests Miley Cyrus' Twerk Disaster

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It's the campaign that takes a licking and keeps on ticking. When we first met the Kia hamsters, they had barely taken on their now mostly human qualities. They were more hamster than human. As the years past, out fat, fuzzy friends have gone through a bit of a transformation and have become pop culture heroes we love to hate...or hate to love. Well, at least the the ad business. To the rest of the world, they're just psuedo-cool fur balls in a car commercial.

For its fifth outing, David & Goliath has crafted an, ahem, transformational spot for the 2014 Kia Soul in which the hamsters go through a transformation of their own. Just as the Kia Soul has received a makeover, so do out fat, furry friends.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-26-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Celebrity, Commercials



Boyish Adolph Hitler Killed by Mercedes in Spec Ad

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Spec ads are awesome. Why? Because the creators can do what brands wish they could do; create commercial that aren't bogged down by legal, cultural or moral concerns. In a spec ad, you can just tell it like it is. Or how you'd like it to be. Or how you'd imagine it to be. Which is exactly what three German film students, Tobia Haase, Jan Mettler and Lydia Lohse, did when they created this spec spot for the Mercedes Benz C-Class.

Many have wondered and pondered what the world would be like had Hitler not existed. It's the stuff of many a movie plot, documentary and science fiction show episodes. BUt we haven't seen Hitler front and center in many commercials.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-26-13    
Topic: Commercials



DirecTV So Good This Guy Wants to Have Sex With It

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In, perhaps, the silliest commercial for a cable or satellite TV service we have ever seen, Director Adam Huber put together this spec spot for DirecTV which has us believing the service is so good, you'd crawl into bed with it, give it a cuddle and maybe even have sex with it.

We anxiously await contact from DirecTV asking us to remove this drivel from the interwebs even though, repeat after me, THIS IS A SPEC SPOT.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-23-13    
Topic: Commercials



Big Read Pumps It Up With Early Nineties-Style Breakdancing Ad

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Bringing back really, really bad memories of LA Gear, a new ad created by RealNormal/Beef & Sage (WTF kind of name is that?) introduces the Big Red soda Pump Bottle. That's right. Now when your Big Red soda gets flat, all you have to do is push the pump a few times and your soda will, once again, be carbonated.

In the ad, a gang of boom box-fueled breakdancers dressed like, well, like they were in an LA Gear commercial, runs into a bit of trouble when their soda goes flat.

And that voiceover? Good God. Shoot me now!

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by Steve Hall    Aug-22-13    
Topic: Commercials



The Worst Historical Recap of the High Five You Will Ever See

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We like Snapple. We like fun facts. Which is why we are saddened by this utterly inane, completely boring video featuring ESPN anchor Kenny Mayne sharing the origin of the high five and how a day in the park with his daughter inspired him to form the Kenny Mayne National High-Five Preservation Society...of which he is the only member.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-22-13    
Topic: Commercials



All You Need is A Cute Baby And Your Commercial Will Be Awesome!

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While some might say it's lazy to grab a baby, stick a mustache on him and have him chase a vacuum cleaner around his house in a roller cart, we say stop over analyzing and just laugh your ass off because that's what you'll do when you view this Samsung Motor Sync vacuum cleaner ad which touts an easy-to-manuever, swivel-style vacuum cleaner.

Add Samsung to the ever-growing list of brands (Evian, eTrade, etc.) digging on babies.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-19-13    
Topic: Commercials



Stephen Curry Saves James Harden From Career Suicide in Footlocker Ad

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Working with BBDO New York, Footlocker is out with a new commercial entitled Harden Soul featuring NBA players James Harden and Stephen Curry. In the ad, Harden wants to branch out by cutting a new R&B single in the studio. Thankfully, Curry arrives and saves Harden from embarrassment who when he hears himself, utters, "Is...is that me?"

Somewhere in there is a message about Footlocker having "all the fresh, new gear."

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by Steve Hall    Aug-16-13    
Topic: Commercials



This Interracial (OMG!) Samsung TV Ad Is the Best TV Ad of the Year

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This is, perhaps, the most interesting TV commercial you will see in a very long time. And by TV ad, we mean a TV ad for a TV. In this case, a Samsung TV. Created by 72andSunny and called Meet the Family, this ad introduces us to a family that just got a new SmartTV from Samsung.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-13-13    
Topic: Commercials



Travelocity Gnome, Geico Gecko Attack Leavenworth's Woody Goomsba

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Well this is meta. A new ad, created by North 40 Productions, for the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, WA -- which perviously strutted out a collection of bodacious hip hop hotties, along with spokes-creature Woody Goomsba to tout the destination -- is out with an ad that has Travelocity's Gnome and Geico's Gecko chasing down Goomsba in a James Bond-ish boat chase epic.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-12-13    
Topic: Brands, Commercials



Elite Cow Chocolate: So Good Anyone Can Advertise It

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It's a well-known fact marketers are obsessed with pretty people when it comes to selecting spokesmodels for their advertising campaigns. But what happens when a product is so good, just about anyone can step in and promote it?

That's the silly notion behind this BBR Saatchi & Saatchi-created campaign for Elite Cow Chocolate...which is so good it can turn anyone into a windblown hottie.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 8-13    
Topic: Commercials










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