Are We There Yet?


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


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


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


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


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


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 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

Aaron Fotheringham Explains HowStuffWorks


If you think you have challenges in life, meet Aaron Fotheringham, a wheelchair-bound 17-year-old who's created a sport called hard core sitting. Basically, it's extreme skateboarding in a wheelchair.

Recently, Discovery Communications hooked up with Fotheringham who appears in a commercial, launching this week, for the Discovery Channel's HowStuffWorks website. Aaron has Spina Bifida and is the first person to perform a backflip in a wheelchair.

This latest work follows an initial campaign for the site which featured a scuba diving cat.

by Steve Hall    Jun-24-09    
Topic: Cause, Commercials, Good

Audrina Patridge Likes More Than Just A Piece of Meat


Back in June, we noted The Hills babe Audrina Patridge would soon make her debut in a Carl's Jr. commercial. That day has arrived. In the commercial, we get to hear how Audrina has to give up "like everything" to look as hot as she does in a bikini. But the one thing she won't give up is the Carl's Jr. Teriyaki Burger with which she's "totally obsessed" and cuz, ya know, she has to be "a little bad."

While Barbara Lippert says she "appreciate(s) that it's a somewhat more natural setup than having Paris Hilton hose down a luxury car while sucking and licking the burger on all fours," we still think the Paris Hilton spot was the best Carl's Jr. commercial ever. Bikini + soapy water + famous socialite in her prime = gold.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-24-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Opinion, Racy

Boobs Kushed, Microsoft Scratches, BK Gets BJ


- Boobs too big? Trouble sleeping while their spilling all over the place? Kush has the answer to that weighty issue.

- Want to watch the world's worst commercial? Here it is.

- ScratchIT. Go ahead. Scratch it. Really. Microsoft wants you to scratch it. S go on. Give it a scratch.

- Creative production company Stardust Studios is out with a new website. Founder/CD Jake Banks said, "Compared with our previous version, this site focuses more on movement and functionality, and aims to give visitors a unique visual experience that will heighten the creativity in each spot we present."

- Black Eyes Peas promote their new album...only at Target. Sell out? Just the way of things?

- BK's Super Seven Incher gets a blow job.

by Steve Hall    Jun-23-09    
Topic: Agencies, Commercials, Strange, Worst

Titanic + Jaws + Hot Chic = Really Bad Nokia Commercial


Do you love your mobile phone? The woman in this Nokia commercial does. So much so, she'll do the Titanic-style underwater save...leaving her boyfriend to return as...Jaws? Yes. This Russian (?) commercial has it all. Dancing. Flirting. Hot guy. Hot girl. Hot ass. Photoplay. Facebook! And, oops, a drowning.

by Steve Hall    Jun-23-09    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Racy

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