Here's a Message That's Fun for the Whole Family.

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Throw open that beach towel, get a public service announcement: "You're probably not expecting to drown today." Not especially, no.

Other fun-tastic messages in ideal places include "You're probably not expecting to need a helmet today" and "Being run over while jaywalking only happens to other people."

And here are some highly depressing, but decidedly effective, TV spots. Sobering stuff for preventable.ca by Wasserman + Partners/Vancouver.

by Angela Natividad    Jun-18-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Outdoor, Television



Spot Turns Theatre into Giant Cervix

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It's not as bad as it sounds. To encourage women to get regular Pap smears, and to promote its Cervical Cancer Screening Program, BC Cancer Agency partnered with Cineplex Odeon Theatres to air "Eye of the Cervix" in theatres.

Friendly enough ad. The curtain opens to reveal a pretty, congenial doctor. She asks if we're comfortable, does a quick swab and decisively says, "And we're done."

Closing lines bring it home: "It doesn't take long to prevent cervical cancer. Remember to have regular Pap tests."

We like it just fine, and it even made us feel productive, but here's where wanky boyfriends turn to their partners and go, "When was the last time you got checked?"

By Cossette/Vancouver.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-18-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials



GoDaddy's Got Some New Snatch. And It's a Golfer!

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Here's a new GoDaddy spot that will neither change your life nor get you off. In it, two preppyland hotties on a golf course find an enchanted genie lamp. One wishes for the world's longest drive, har har, and I'm sure you can imagine what happens next.

Bob Parsons stars as the somewhat seedy genie; the more vocal chick is model Anna Rawson, a new GoDaddy girl and LPGA player.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-18-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Television



Ultimo-Clad Breasts No Match For Flesh Quaking Roller Coaster

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Some bra marketers, such as Wonderbra, love to tout the fact they help a woman look bigger than she really is. Others, such as Ultimo, are more practical and love to tout their product's ability to control what they've already got. Even in the most extreme circumstances like, oh, on several roller coasters at Allton Towers Resort.

Host Holly thanks us for joining her and a bevy of lingerie-clad ladies who illustrate how Ultimo is all about allowing women to enjoy "thrills without spills."

Ladies, do not attempt while wearing a Wonderbra. You will get hurt.

by Steve Hall    Jun-17-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Racy, Video



Laboring Mom Bears Teen, Finds the Strength to Scold

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"One Powerful Mother," the latest PSA by Partnership for a Drug-Free America, casts light on a powerful woman indeed. Moments after giving miserable vagina-decimating birth to a teenager, then having her heart shredded to pieces as he rolls his eyes and starts walking off, she still has the strength to raise her head -- ever so slightly -- and say, "Don't even think about going to Kevin's."

The message is swiftly and cleverly delivered: it takes one powerful mother to have a teen. And an even tougher one is called for to keep that teen drug-free.

Work by agency Martin Williams and production firm Gartner.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-17-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Television



Find Freedom from Thirst ... in a Most Refreshing Seppuku.

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"Insane Crash" is a coupla months old and continues Sprite's "Freedom from Thirst" campaign, which launched in 2005.

From what we can gather, a passel of sun-fatigued, thirsty teenagers sit around, baking in their boredom. Then, in a moment of Sprite-lubricated genius, two guys on opposite ends of the quad come up with a really fun idea: slamming into each other at high speeds and exploding into droplets of sugary dew.

The first slam sparks a chain of equally inexplicable -- but apparently thrilling! -- martyrdoms, and everyone is happy, and there is rock music, the end. This sordid piece of wasted time brought to you by Ogilvy/Asia-Pacific.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-16-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Strange, Television



Your Car is a Chum, a Love Interest, a Family Member.

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Our intimate dependence on cars -- and weird tendency to humanize them -- lies at the heart of AAMCO's "Romance of the Road" campaign, a $30 million effort that marks the largest in its 46-year history.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-15-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Samsung Says Your Band Is Not Really A Band

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If you're a band, you might not actually be a band. Much like the is-this-real-or-is-this-computer-generated world of The Matrix, the band in these Beattie McGuinness Bungay-created Samsung Beat DJ commercials keep getting outside interference from...um...a giant finger.

Director Paul Hunter worked with Cut + Run's David Checel for the project. The two previously collaborated on an Orbit "Droppin' 35" video and Dr. Pepper/Dr. Dre.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-15-09    
Topic: Commercials



Trash Guys Are Like Any Other Guys, Just With More Toys.

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86itjunk.com is a Canadian service that checks out your junk, gives you a quote and hauls it away on the spot.

The service sounds both parts filthy and boring, but instead of confirming our collective yech by going down the cheap-homemade-ad route, the company actually invested in a pretty good -- wait, no, highlarious -- campaign.

Charmingly taglined "Taking crap. It's what we do," three spots feature two increasingly lovable junk guys, which stay sane amidst the trash by doing guy things: engaging in potentially fatal bets, sparring with blunt instruments, and just generally destroying each other's dignities.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-15-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television



Wait, This Isn't A Sony Commercial?

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Well, at least it isn't a stupid sunglass toss. This new Cutwater-created work for Ray Ban borrows significantly from Sony Paint but, aside from that, we do like the colorific, Matrix-like style slomotasticness of it. Don't blink though or you'll miss the Never Hide tagline at the end.

But, really. Who cares about that anymore? After all, we can't make ads that looks like ads anymore, right? Only cool stuff that tries really hard not to be advertising and that pretends to be something else while at the same time making every effort to make sure everyone actually does realize it's advertising while hiding the fact it...oh we could go on forever explaining this tactic.

Just watch and enjoy.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-12-09    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary










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