Jammin' Geriatrics Don Butterfinger Bling, Rap

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Because the site is just really weird and the whole brown finger thing, along with all it connotes, sort of grossed us out, we were all set to dislike this Butterfinger Follow The Finger promotion a poster and Bucky Turco pointed us to until we saw jammin' geriatric Manny G. Who cares if the site's trying to sell Butterfinger candy bars, this shit is kickin'. Oops, sorry. Just trying to be down with it all here but as you all know we're only almost sorta hip, not genuinely hip so pardon that outburst. Anyway, the site's got a lot of funny stuff but we wonder why they do the "pick on the Indian call center" thing. It's still better than a boring TV spot though. Way better.

by Steve Hall    Mar-22-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Outdoor, Strange



Web.com Helps Loonies Start Web Businesses

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Here's a couple (1, 2) of new commercial from recently re-branded ISP Web.com. The two spots take a quirky look at how an ISP can help grow an individuals business whether you're a homeless guy unsatisfied with terrestrial handouts or a psycho girl friend who can't seem to get enough satisfaction terrorizing her own boyfriend.

by Steve Hall    Mar-20-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Strange



CPB Creates 'Big Bucking Chicken,' Someone Else Buys URL

While we haven't seen the Crispin Porter + Bogusky-created commercial for Burger King called "Big Bucking Chicken," we hear it's pretty weird. But, that's not the point. Apparently, the theme of the commercial involves people saying "Big Bucking Chicken" over and over. Well, what's a poor viewer to do after hearing that? Go to BigBuckingChicken.com of course. But, humorously, BigBuckingChicken.com takes used to take you to a post on a blog written by [name removed upon request] who, on March 10, bought the URL BigBuckingChicken.com and pointed it to his post where he craps all over the commercial. Oops. Hopefully, we can leave it there and enjoy the humor of it all and not later find out the whole thing was an agreement between CPB and [name removed].

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by Steve Hall    Mar-16-06    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Idiot NBC Execs Remove YouTube Content Then Release Themselves

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Completely misunderstanding current culture, NBC, after forcing YouTube to remove several Saturday Night Live clips, has re-released on NBC.com the very same clips it said should not have been freely distributed. Explaining the twisted brilliance of the move, NBC VP of Interactive Stephen Andrade said, "We were concerned about building their corporation instead of ours since it's our video. We would like to make it as easy for people to share as we can, so we're trying to provide as many tools as we can to do that." Gee, if we were NBC.com, we'd be more than happy for YouTube and everyone else to suffer the bandwidth and infrastructure costs to freely publicize our content.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-10-06    
Topic: Bad, Online, Opinion, Strange, Television



Pointlessness Is The Point of Monty Python 'Silly Walk Generator'

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This is just weird and pointless. But, then again, that's the whole point when it comes to Mony Python. Oh, the thing is supposed to promote Monty Python's Personal Best DVD release.

by Steve Hall    Mar-10-06    
Topic: Online, Strange



Sex Dolls Used to Stop Mexican Men Treating Women Like Sex Dolls

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John Brock points us to a story about a recently launched Mexican television campaign from the National Women's Institute which portrays blow up sex dolls as office workers to somehow get men to stop treating women like sex dolls. Somehow, we just think this reinforces the stereotype.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 9-06    
Topic: Bad, Campaigns, Creative Commentary, Strange



Panda Delivers Party Invite to Toronto Ad Agencies

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To promote a Toronto ad industry party hosted by First Light and ihaveanidea, an ad dude dressed up in a panda suit, visited Toronto ad agencies, handed out invites, acted goofy and flirted with ad babes. This is definitely better than the typical 3D mailer. Give the video a look as he visits Toronto's TAXI and Bensimon Byrne. See him tell the graphic artists to "mock that up! Lay that out!" And don't miss Panda's "future wife" who is...well...we've already said "babe" once so I guess we'll have to say hot. Yea hot. That a good descriptor.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 8-06    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events, Strange



Yes! It's Another Movie Trailer-Style Ad!

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We think we like this. The girl's hot. The guy's hot. The ad sounds good and...yes....it follows the movie trailer format! All to promote the new Sony Bravia TV. It's just weird enough to be good. It was created by McKinney. Watch it (slow site) and tell us what you think.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 7-06    
Topic: Commercials, Strange, Television



Coke Viral Says 'I Am The Mouth'

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We're told this is a viral effort from Coke. It's a video called The Mouth which shows a bunch of guys (agency creatives goofing off perhaps?) talking into their video camera phones while pointing their phone at another camera to capture it all. The video ends with a product shot of Coke and a guy drinking a bottle of Coke while filming himself doing so. Weird. But weird usually works. Pointless does too. In fact, this could easily be swapped out for a cell phone company promoting its video cam. The video, posted on YouTube March 2, now, as of March 5, has 16,000 views. Hardly network television numbers but we'll watch where it goes.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 5-06    
Topic: Brands, Good, Mobile/Wireless, Online, Strange, Viral



Agency Exec Does Voiceover Work For Client's Competitor

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A tipster tells us Bill Westbrook, who just rejoined Fallon as Vice Chairman does the voiceover work for Wachovia's TV ads. A side job like that is all well and good except, perhaps, when a client at the agency Westbrook just joined is a competitor of Wachovia. Yes, Fallon handles Citibank. As thew tipsters says, it "should make for an interesting first meeting with Citibank."

by Steve Hall    Mar- 3-06    
Topic: Agencies, Strange










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