North Korea On Its Way Towards Mud Wrestling Beer Babes

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As quirky (by our standards) as a Japanese commercial, brewer Taedonggang has launched North Korea's first beer commercial. The two-and-a-half minute commercial touts the beer as the new look of Pyongyang and that it will ease stress - not a bad selling point for a country which appears to have a lot of stress going on inside it.

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by Steve Hall    Jul- 7-09    
Topic: Commercials, Opinion, Strange



It's Amazing What Ruffles Can Do For Your Imagination

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Honest.This is just your average, run-of-the-mill potato chip commercial. You know. The one where a guy puts on a strange head contraption and begins to fantasize about women unclasping their bra, jumping up and down on a bed, dancing in a thong, playing with stuffed animals, sticking her tongue out at you and...getting an x-ray while wearing lingerie.

Yea, that kind of commercial. Nothing special here. Move right along people.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 7-09    
Topic: Commercials, Racy



Evian's Breakdancing Babies Put eTrade's Wise Ass Babies to Shame

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Step aside wise-crackin' eTrade babies. There's a new posse in town and they don't live their life behind a keyboard. Nope. They drink Evian and they rock out some serious rollerblade-style breakdancing.

This BETC Euro RSCG-created commercial is most certainly Super Bowl quality. It's got all the right ingredients. Babies, retro music and physical stunts. Not to mention a message that makes sense.

While it's formulaic (babies getting digitally manipulated), it's a musing. And it's fun. And, besides, it's way better than the original dancing baby.

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by Steve Hall    Jul- 2-09    
Topic: Best, Commercials



Tanqueray Causes Verbal Diarrhea

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So Tanqueray is out with a new W + K Amsterdam-created campaign that includes TV and outdoor and in the TV spots we see just how much goes into Tanqueray and and how all that muchness translates into the making of really good cocktails that cause tickle fights in the mouth of a man meeting an ex-girlfriend in Paris along with other friends who are too cool to visit the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa or the Art du Triumph (or however you spell that) and how that's all about resisting the simple because, well, they drank Tangueray which, for some reason, caused them to appear in a commercial that's actually quite beautiful but just can't stop talking about how the ingredients in Tanqueray change people's behaviors like the guy who sneaks his way backstage and causes reviewers of advertising to write the world's longest run on sentence just to further define the essence of the campiagn so everyone can fully understand it so that when they go to the liquor store for gin their only choice will be Tanqueray and the only thing they'll do after drinking Tanqueray is fly to Paris and not visit the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa or the Art du Triumph and, oops, we already said that but we're running out of things to say about this commercial except to note that if they did a :60 of this commercial, we'd need to continue this article over at AdFreak, AgencySpy or Adland because we'd run out of space but oh wait that's stupid because you can't run out of space online because, well, it's not like offline media which has finite printed space but that no one reads anyway because old media is dying and new new media is where it's at which makes this entire statement moot so here we are back talking about that Tanqueray commercial that has such amazing ingredients that it makes people do strange things like visit Paris and not visit the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa or the Art du Triumph and, oops, we already said that but we're running out of things to say about this commercial except to note that...it's time to shut the fuck up about this fucking commercial.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 2-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Outdoor



Are We There Yet?

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So why is that non-U.S. based commercials are so much better/stranger/odder/funnier/quirkier? Hmm...oh yea. It's because they're "foreign." And there's that whole different culture thing. The altered sense of humor. Reference points are different. The environment is different. The language is different.

Or. Maybe they just make better commercials than we do. Or weirder ones.

This one's from DDB Stockholm and it's for McDonald's.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 1-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Seriously. Flying Really Is This Metaphysical

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If flying was actually this metaphysical, mundane details such as legroom and baggage check fees would be irrelevant. But, it's not and that's why this new work for Swiss Air leaves us with a big, "Huh?"

Created by Publicis Zurich, written and directed (and voiced) by Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace," "Finding Neverland," "Monster's Ball") and edited by Cut + Run, the spot aims to describe "modern day travel via air.

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by Steve Hall    Jul- 1-09    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Strange



Don't Mess With Mom at Checkout

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Yea, we know moms (yes, we are making that assumption) can sometimes get violent at the checkout counter but these two women take violence to a new level in this Mountain Dew Level Up or Die spot for the brand's Game Fuel.

The work was created by BBDO New York with visual effects from Zoic Studios.

by Steve Hall    Jun-30-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Westwood Polishes Collars Up Pretty for Corporate Cogdom

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Here's a pair of ads for Westwood College, one of those vocational schools where you can get a degree in three years and start your career!

These are more engaging than potshots of nurses taking blood pressure while degree options scroll by. They're a little more casual, and the focus is on the various mundane personalities (and costumes) you take on as you move from dead-end job to CAREER!

And when we say CAREER!, we mean a desk somewhere, which, Westwood fails to mention, is often infinitely less stellar than singing happy birthday songs at TGI Friday's.

Work by Cactus/Denver.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-30-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



State Street Offers Dogs Dating Tips

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Soccer ball? Nope. Stuffed animal? Nope. Baseball glove? Nope. Squeaky toy? Nope. Slipper? Nope? SPDR Bone from State Street? Yup.

Yes, this is how we explain the benefits of precision investing with SPDR EFTs,

And becasue this is advertising, the whole thing's an homage to the French film Breathless.

The Gate Worldwide created the work.

by Steve Hall    Jun-29-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good



World's Funniest Ads Hit TBS Tonight

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Make sure you don't miss TBS's airing of Very Funny Ads' World's Funniest Ads tonight at 9 EST. Or you could just go to VeryFunnyAds.com and see them. Either way, have a look. And you can vote for your favorites as well.

Some of the ads you'll see are Cadbury's freaky Eyebrow ad, Pepsi's Octopus, Renault's Football, Volkswagen's Dog-Fish and AmbiPur's Fart.

by Steve Hall    Jun-26-09    
Topic: Commercials










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