VW Beetle Ad Says Get a Balloon, Not Our Car

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OK, we get that this VW Beetle commercial is supposed to somehow transcend the fact the thing's a car and is something far more...well...different but tagging a commercial about a car with "Some people don't really want a car" while showing the car leads us to say, "Well, yea. I don't really want that car. I'll just take that really cool, over sized VW Beetle balloon the guy's carrying around over his head." All of this beautifully crafted confusion comes courtesy of DDB Barcelona.

Two print ads accompany the spot, one of which illustrates very simply how the VW Beetle can brighten up your day. The other conveys the thrilling rush a vehicle can cause.

by Steve Hall    May-30-07    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Strange



Kevin Canned, Facebook Updated, Miller Lovemarked, Feedburner Googled

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- It is said NBC will, today, confirm the firing of Network Entertainment President Kevin Reilly. He will be replaced by William Morris Exec Ben Silverman.

- Facebook is getting in bed with marketers with a new release that lets software developers create branded applications which will integrate with the site.

- Miller Brewing is heading over to Saatchi & Saatchi for some Lovemarks goodness.

- All your feeds are belong to us.

- Julie Roehm goes after Wal-mart...again.

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by Steve Hall    May-29-07    
Topic: Agencies, Online, RSS, Strange, Television



Creepy Zune Characters Trade Pulsing Organs to Electro-Rock

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So 72andSunny got together with some esoteric music-makers to put some weird shit out on Zune-Arts.net. The most current of these is a little video called Los Corazones, animated by Punga, and set to ³Lex² by electro-rock band Ratatat.

The spot reminded us of Boy Meets Girl - it's got that noir innocence going for it. It also features self-conducted organ donation, which we're increasingly convinced is the only way to show love. How very Dirty Pretty Things.

Check out the spot at the Zune Arts site. It's the one with the two bear-looking things. One is yellow and one is dressed in a skeleton suit.

If you need more coaxing, there's a live heart transfusion, followed by plenty of dancing by said bear-looking things. Need we say more?

by Angela Natividad    May-29-07    
Topic: Online, Strange, Video



Spoof Provides Douche Cologne to Douchebags

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Left by a commenter in yet another story about Axe and their hate-to-love-it, love-to-hate-it Bom Chicka Wah Wah oddity, comes Douche Cologne, that, if the marketer and the agency conveyed the truth about Axe users, would become the next ad campaign for the brand. Poking fun at everything from pop collars, striped shirts, bottle service, house music, Scarface lovers, shirtless MySpace pictures, Abercrombie and Diesel, this spooftastic piece of hilarity sends all the metrosexual wannabes home to their mothers.

by Steve Hall    May-29-07    
Topic: Good, Spoofs, Strange



Wendy's. Tree-Kicking. Revolution. What?

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We should start by saying that by the time we got to watching this ad for Wendy's by Saatchi & Saatchi, we were already a bit out-of-sorts because the eagle in this Unicast ad kept squawking. Eagles are just generally really distracting. They are exactly the opposite of ninjas.

Anyway, this Wendy's piece involves communal tree-kicking and a burger-inspired epiphany by a guy wearing the Wendy's girl wig. We're not really sure why. And if it does nothing else, the spot decently demonstrates that people who do stupid crap as a team will probably band together behind something equally inane.

To be fair, though, we'd rather watch this ad than another I'm-Lovin'-It rehash.

by Angela Natividad    May-25-07    
Topic: Commercials, Strange, Television



Apple Unhappy With iPod As Sex Toy Enabler

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It seems the iPod is becoming a very popular sex toy enabler. First, it was Soft Paris which released its Oh My God-inducing OhMiBod iPod plug in that, well, plugs in to a woman to deliver that special Oh My God feeling. Now we have sex toy retailer Ann Summers marketing a similar device, called the iGasm, with posters that look identical to the famed Apple silhouette campaign.

Apparently Apple doesn't want to be associated with female pleasure and have gone all legal on Ann Summers' ass with cease and desist orders. In an effort to lighten things up over at Apple, Ann Summers' Jacqueline Gold said, "Perhaps I can send them an iGasm to put a smile back on their faces!" Indeed.

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by Steve Hall    May-24-07    
Topic: Brands, Human, Policy, Racy, Strange



Svedka Operates Beyond Realm of Human Understanding

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We don't claim to understand Svedka's ad campaigns. To be honest, we don't even really want to, because it would force us to think too hard, and that would probably be playing right into the hands of the more efficient stainless-steel race.

What we know: there are fembots. The fembots are political. They might even take over. And for some reason beyond us, there's a gay theme.

That's all we need to know, really. But Copyranter finds all these (potentially vodka-induced) loose ends really frustrating.

by Angela Natividad    May-24-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Ray Ban Will Do Anything to Keep You Watching

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Here we have another Ray Ban video for the Never Hide campaign. Continuing down the path of arbitrary-but-watchable, a couple makes out all over town.

Yeah, that's the whole ad. And before you go, "WTF, dude, why is that watchable?" we have to ask, would you turn away or keep staring if you saw this in real life?

by Angela Natividad    May-24-07    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Strange, Video



Slow Site Load Accompanied With Perfect Music

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The musical track played during load time, alone, make this site worth the visit. So apropos. Apparently, a dude is waiting for your phone call and will pick up the phone at the exact time you call. Why? We have no idea but we do know it's the work of Dutch agency Brandbase. It seems Giles is stuck in the office until enough people forward the thing to their friends and the counter hits zero.

by Steve Hall    May-23-07    
Topic: Online, Strange



Losers Generate, Thoughts Advertise, Cannes Bingoed, Reebok Pukes

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- We all know about consumer-generated content. Well, now we have loser-generated content.

- First there was Voicevertising. Now there's ThoughtVertising. On eBay, no less!

- Bored? Want to go to Cannes but can't? No worries. Forget that ego-fest, stay home and play Cannes Contenders Bingo and you decide who should win. Screw the judges.

- If Reebok really did make running easy, why would they feature a guy puking in an ad about running easy?

- Lowe is blogging about its "everything you ever wanted to know about the digital world" gathering

by Steve Hall    May-23-07    
Topic: Consumer Created, Games, Industry Events, Strange








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