Out since March 1, perhaps you've seen this already but we haven't so, while Bert Fields might not like it, we thought we'd share since sneaker man Al Cabino sent it our way. Inspired by the Nike Awake commercial in which people wake up, grab their Nike Air Max 360 trainers and hit the day running, this spoof by Curiousfury pays homage to the Tom Cruise running trend. The spot weaves together the many Tom Cruise movie scenes in which he's always running with some pained look on his face. Curious fury promises another clip called "Tomarathon." It's supposed to be a longer, 26 minute version of this spoof crafted as an exercise video.
So there's a series of really weird ads up on Flickr for fashion label Raoul. The ads are spec work done by students in an advertising class in Singapore. As Flickr user skaplan explains, "some of my friends in Singapore asked some of the exchange kids to be white people in their concept ads they made for class." Hmm. While the ads are refreshingly un ad-like, this one in particular really makes one wonder what they were thinking when they created it. Then again, these are college students and they aren't all hung up on corporate culture that constrains creativity.
Some in Canada are, apparently, taking issue with the representation of the country's indigenous people and have created a spoof site to call attention to the issue. While we don't claim to know a thing about Canadian politics nor what the site is trying to accomplish, we love spoofs and we know our neighbors to the North will explain it for us.
We hope James Cameron sees this because we know he's going to laugh his ass off. Someone's gone to the trouble of creating a three minute movie trailer for Titanic Two The Surface, a mash up of Leonardo DiCaprio clips from Titanic and all the other movies he's made along with clips from other movies that feature a whole host of Hollywood actors. The premise is Jack's back. He was found on the bottom of the ocean floor and has to...well....just watch the trailer. Someone put a lot of work into this.
We wonder why we had to wait so long for a spoof of the Honda Choir ad to make it's debut and now we know. This spoof from 118 118, the same people that spoofed the Honda Cog spot, is so horrifically bad, they had to re-shoot it over and over and over to make it even worse so it good then be released as "so bad it's good." What a waste of time. View it, if you have to, over at Adland.
While this sort of Windows/Mac joke has been played out a billion times before, this time it just seems to have a bit more humor. Someone has altered the ending of the Mac/Intel ad - the one everyone claimed copied a Postal Service video - to illustrate a scenario Windows users have, unfortunately, become all to familiar with.
Continuing its tradition of April Fool's Day joke, Google has launched Google Romance, a humorous take on dating sites. Google SVP Jonathon Rosenberg explains the service saying, "Our mission, as you might have heard, is to organize the world's information. And let's face it: in what area of life is the world's information more disorganized than romance? We thought we could use our search technology to help you find that special someone, then send you on a date and use contextual ads to help you, ya know - close the deal."
Just in time to combat worries Chinese built Lenovo computers sold to the U.S. government may contain software to spy on government agencies comes this must-be hoax called The Lenovo Tapes, a site with three video showing laptops doing amazing things like sending out holographic images, automatically cleaning up coffee split on the keyboard and even mini rockets that prevent it from hitting the floor too hard if dropped. The guy who apparently wrote the site claims he was leaked the tapes from an acquaintance. The thing that really tells us this is a joke is the cheesy Geocities-like site design. I mean come on. Who would hand code when they could place this all on a blog? Why didn't the guy upload these to a YouTube account? Why is this, while the site's been around for a while, just appearing now, soon after Lenovo gets bad press? Whatever.
Art Director Seth Gunderson, who works at Kansas-based agency SHS - home of the must-listen, Tug McTighe, John January-fueled American Copywriter podcast, got sick of all those "___ delivered" billboards AT&T has been running for a while that make no sense because AT&T doesn't provide any of the services mentioned. Of course, that's not the point. AT&T is simply a conduit through which these services are delivered. So, following that line of thinking, Seth wondered why all the other things AT&T delivers, such as porn, viruses, pizza, Sudoku and bomb diagrams, weren't highlighted in the campaign and created some new boards you can see here. We think someone's done the porn one before though.
With all the ridiculous, over reaction the Australia's "Where the bloody hell are you?" tourism commercial, it was only a matter of time before someone created a spoof and here we have it courtesy of Adland. It's not really all that funny but, then again, the complaint was pretty lame too. Anyway, give it a watch here.