Snickers Puts Us In Contact with Creepy Inner Child

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The scenario: opening the front door, expecting to find a trick-or-treater, and finding yourself as a six-year-old staring back at you. TBWA/Chiat/Day writer Robert Kleman tells AdCritic that this ad "[taps] into the thought that if you were a kid this Halloween, you'd like to be given Snickers." We're happy he explained because we couldn't think further than "Dude. Fucking twisted."

The ad's a photographic collabo between Shawn Michienzi and Julian Wolkenstein. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 3-06    
Topic: Magazine, Strange



Babies Look After Best Interest in Condom Ads

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These ads remind us why it's important to wear a condom - indeed, even to press condoms into the hands of unwitting couples who may need them more than others. The print reads "Don't forget to use 'em. Please." Nice touch with the baby handing over the protection. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 3-06    
Topic: Magazine, Racy, Strange



Axe Turns Tunnels Into Erogenous Zones

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Continuing the road/tunnel advertising thing, this Axe ad in Sao Paulo ensured we will never see tunnels as mere means to ends ever, ever again. Tunnels are magical destinations in and of themselves. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 3-06    
Topic: Good, Outdoor, Racy, Strange



AAAA Summit Says 'Steal from the Best'

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In a warped twist on identity theft ads, Pat Fallon and Fred Senn lounge languidly on a set of massage beds and spout a gossipy promotion for the upcoming AAAA Summit in female Texan drawls. Gabriel deGrood Bendt helped. Check out the video here.

The Summit's intention is in part a desperate plea to help "Position the Minneapolis ad community as vital, vibrant and cool" but judging from the naked, pleasantly glowing executives we're disinclined to miss the event. No one should be allowed to have that much fun in the nuddies without us. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 3-06    
Topic: Industry Events, Promotions, Strange



Brand Identities Filled With Pedophilia, Faggots, Bodily Fluid

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It seems a lot of businesses in this world need a slap in the face when it comes to the double meanings their company names and logos connote. First, we have pediatric doctor's office signage that alludes to pedophilia. Next, we have get rich quick wackos who like to embed their sexual preference in their logos. Now, we have a store in Brookline Massachusetts that likes to create visions of a certain bodily fluid with its unfortunate name KumOn. Perhaps everyone really is as bad at proofreading as we are.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-06    
Topic: Brands, Online, Poster, Strange, Worst



Spanky's Co-Star Shows Up in Domino's Chocolate Cookie Commercial

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While the nervous laughter in this Perlorian Brothers-directed, JWT New York-created commercial for Domino's Pizza delivered-hot chocolate chip cookies goes on a bit long, the payoff works. And if you were wondering, the old lady in the ad is Beverly Polcyn who played a co-starring roles with Spanky and Alfalfa in the 1930's TV hit Our Gang. At least chocolate chip cookies aren't as freakishly gross as the Domino's Oreo Desert Pizza.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



'Bowling Balls' Urge Men to Bowl

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Latching onto yet another nickname for the human female breast and the human male's inability to function properly in its presence, upscale bowling establishment Bowlmor Lanes where President Nixon and the Rolling Stones have appeared has an ad that gets right to the heart (breast?) of the matter. yes, we're thinking of bowling now too.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-06    
Topic: Magazine, Strange



Politico Burglared, Philips Buys College Ball, Ketel One Goes Subliminal

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- It's political ads like this that make us realize why an increasing amount of people don't vote.

- Following up on its 60 Minutes ad buyout a couple years ago Philips has purchased all the ad time on this Saturday's Texas-Oklahoma State college football game on TBS. Some o the time will be used for ads. The other time will be given back to TBS for additional programming during the game.

- London agency with German lineage Scholz and Friends asks visitors to weblog to not mention the war.

- London agency Cake is hosting a contest for people to decide the title of the next Young Bond book.

- Ketel One wants you to find the subliminal messaging in its ad. Hmm. We know there's a message in there somewhere.

- Xbox360 game Gears of War gets sidewalk graffiti treatment in San Francisco.

more »

by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-06    
Topic: Cable, Commercials, Magazine, Strange, Video



Lingerie Models and Coffins Go Together In Twisted Brand Promotion

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Selling coffins is usually a somber affair but not for this Italian coffin maker who promotes coffins with a calendar full of lingerie-clad women draped over the company's line of product. It sure is better than the usual shriveled, wrinkled look one might usually associate with death. All they need now is a Chippendale's version for the ladies.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-06    
Topic: Good, Poster, Promotions, Racy, Specialty, Strange



Microsoft Does Aerial Software Drop on Willow Springs Illinois

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Not quite like Axe helping a small male-heavy town attract women by spraying the town with deodorant, Microsoft has, apparently, completed an aerial software drop over the town of Willow Springs, IL to promote its new Office Accounting software. In perhaps an attempt grab share from Quickbooks, the small business software arrived from the sky on a CD attached to a miniature parachute which netted the usual "news footage" now "found" on YouTube. While one might assume there's laws against this sort of thing,

The aerial package also directs people to the IdeaWins site on which the software and a free download are promoted on the basis that everyone's got a big idea therefore they need accounting software to manage that big idea. Hmm. Well, that line of thinking might work for, say, software that actually aids the development of an idea rather than account for it but, then again, even accounting needs creative assistance at times.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-06    
Topic: Brands, Guerilla, Promotions, Strange, Video










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