Steve Irwin Appears at Satan's Halloween Bash on South Park

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Old hat at nipping at current events that rile people up, South Park works its boat-rocking magic in an October 25th episode featuring a smiling Steve Irwin, who shows up at Satan's Halloween party with a stingray hanging out of his chest.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct-30-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Good, Strange, Television



PS3 Capitalizes on Fact that Naked Baby Dolls Are Always Scary

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As members of a generation haunted by films like Child's Play and Puppet Master, as opposed to those weirded out by the non-sensical ending of 2001:A Space Odessey, it's only natural that we feel unduly sensitive to the new ad for Playstation 3, in which a naked doll laughs and cries in unsettling ways while alone with the new console.

Fuck that, man. We're not taking it home to wreak havoc with our toys. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Oct-30-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Dominos' Oreo Desert Pizza the New Obesity Drug

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It's official. Burger King and McDonald's are no longer the whipping boys for obesity. If pizza alone weren't enough to add mass to your body, Dominos, with help from JWT, has created a serious food oddity: the Oreo Desert Pizza, which, along with adding to one's body mass, will also, according to this commercial, give one an Oreo Desert Pizza Mustache. Or goatee. Or beard. Or whatever. Gross. Probably tastes really good though and the commercial's funny. Directed by The Perlorian Brothers.

by Steve Hall    Oct-29-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Drudge Report Loves to Write About Banned Ads...Except It's Own

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An anonymous tipster takes issue with the Drudge reports fascination with covering other media outlets banning of various ads and other content while, at the same time, banning the ad for the upcoming film, http://drudgereport.com/flash4.htm), but when it comes to its own censorship, The Drudge Report is no different from CNN.com, Fox News, or The History Channel, all of which banned ads for Newmarket's fim Death of a President which hits theatres today. A film which in no way advocates the assassination of the sitting president, Death of a President is a "what-if" political thriller that should be accessible to any free-thinking American interested in viewing the film. If you believe in freedom of expression, go see this film today and tell the Drudge Report to stop the hypocrisy, and stand up against censorship!">Death of a President, writing, "It seems as though The Drudge Report has no problem reporting on ads which other outlets ban (http://drudgereport.com/flash4.htm), but when it comes to its own censorship, The Drudge Report is no different from CNN.com, Fox News, or The History Channel, all of which banned ads for Newmarket's fim Death of a President which hits theatres today. A film which in no way advocates the assassination of the sitting president, Death of a President is a "what-if" political thriller that should be accessible to any free-thinking American interested in viewing the film. If you believe in freedom of expression, go see this film today and tell the Drudge Report to stop the hypocrisy, and stand up against censorship!" Anyway

by Steve Hall    Oct-27-06    
Topic: Online, Strange



Dog Poked, Sony Hypnotizes, Edelman Spanked

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- Dog butt with flower in its ass sells dog food.

- To coincide with its famous Paint ad, Sony has put out a collection of optical allusion print ads - the kind that make you think there's something wrong with you but in a good way. See them here.

- The California Milk Processors Board, with help from Goodby Silverstein & Partners has created a two minute theater ad called Aliens.

- Tom Hespos weighs in on the Edleman/Wal-Mart blog drama. We couldn't have said it better ourselves.

by Steve Hall    Oct-27-06    
Topic: Commercials, Magazine, Strange, Weblogs



Contextual Corrigendum Continues to Catch Fire

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Hello? Purveyors of contextual advertising? Are you there? Do you care? Hasn't your technology been around long enough to cease the endless contextual mishaps that keep popping up? Do we really need killer values from supermarkets offered next to articles about Amish killings? Do we need turpentine ads next to bits about a teen drinking turpentine to abort a pregnancy? How about putting Anna Nicole Smith's dead son up for sale? Or "card shark" credit card copy next to an article about a woman jilled by a shark? Haven't we seen enough of these to realize a tune up is needed? Apparently not. Here's another one sent to us by The Consumerist.

We do not profess to be an expert of any kind on contextual advertising. We do not believe any of this is done maliciously either. We know there are very reputable contextual advertising companies out there who are above board and provide a great service to marketers. We don't know if these "misplacements" can ever be stopped but we'd love to see if anyone can try. On second thought, maybe not because then we'd have nothing to write about on this topic.

by Steve Hall    Oct-27-06    
Topic: Bad, Online, Strange, Tools



Bravia Paint Ad Said to be Reminiscent of 9/11 (Yes, We Know It's Stupid)

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Oh, what people will read into things. You've all seen the new Sony Bravia Paint ad where a building complex is covered in paint July 4th-style, right? Well, apparently some in the UK feel the spot is a bit too reminiscent of 9/11. OK. All together now. "WTF?" Good. Now go back to work and forget about these oddballs who seem to have nothing better to do than twist just about anything into some sort of conspiracy.

by Steve Hall    Oct-27-06    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Help Wanted Ad Seeks Salad Tossers

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Underscore Marketing President and blogger Tom Hespos sent us this help wanted ad for a sandwich shop which we just couldn't resist sharing with you. While preparing salad is a much needed skill in a restaurant, wording the need for such expertise can, in this case, be a bit misleading.

by Steve Hall    Oct-27-06    
Topic: Outdoor, Poster, Strange, Worst



Ships Aren't the Only Thing Passing in the Night

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This has absolutely nothing to do with advertising and everything to do with our love for typos. So it is with our pleasure we present the Dallas Observer's likening of Dallas Cowboy quarterbacks' performance, present and future, to two shits passing in the night. We offer our condolences and complete sympathy with the email tirade you are now currently experiencing from voracious readers who'd rather bitch about your typos than laugh at their humor.

by Steve Hall    Oct-26-06    
Topic: Bad, Strange



CarMax the Best Buy of Used Car Dealers

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While we're not quite sure just how different CarMax is from other used car dealers with their claims of return policies and "buy without sell" but they sure are different in that they look much more like a Wal-Mart of a Best Buy than most cheesy, flag-flying used car lots. The company has just launched a two-part Boone/Oakley-created television campaign. The first part focuses on the brand with three very un-used car-like commercials set in Rome and the Old West. A second set of commercial focuses on the unique differences between CarMax and other used car dealers. We especially like the freaked out 16 year old who pitches a fit after realizing the nw car her fathr just bought her int eh wrong color. Cue "5 day return policy" voice over. For the most part, good stuff if not a bit off the wall. (Click more for links to spots.)

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by Steve Hall    Oct-25-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Strange, Television










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