Toyota Invents Baby That Doesn't Poop

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Toyota is out with an extended version of its Saatchi & Saatchi LA-created commercial for the Super Bowl. Called Reinvention, the ad takes a look at what things might be like if Toyota didn't stop reinventing after it reinvented the Camry.

From a reinvented couch made of bikini-clad hotties or male Chippendale types to a baby that doesn't poop and can time travel to a blender that plays Lionel Richie to curtains...made of pizza, the world would be a very different place if cars weren't the only thing Toyota reinvented.

Witty stuff. We like.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-30-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials, Strange, Super Bowl 2012



Chris Pratt Helps Sell Kinect Star Wars

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To build buzz before the launch of Kinect Star Wars, Xbox is out with a new AKQA-created video, Dual, which stars Chris Pratt, best known for starring in the TV series "Parks and Recreation" and the movie "Moneyball. " In the video, Pratt steps in for Obi-wan Kenobi during his epic battle with Darth Vader but there's a twist at the end. And it isn't a pretty one. Or an all that exciting one for that matter.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-26-12    
Topic: Strange, Video



Cars.com 'Confidence Appendage' Helps Man Buy Car

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This is good for a laugh, albeit it a strange one. Cars.com is out with its DDB Chicago-created Super Bowl ad and it's all about confidence. Confidence in the form of...a singing head that comes out of a guy's back while he's deciding whether or not to buy a car. This one will cause people to put down the Doritos and cheese wiz at least for thirty seconds.

The ad will include a promotion to tag the commercial using Shazam which will trigger the donation of $1 to one of seven charities. Charities can be seletcted following the game on the Cars.com Facebook page through Feb. 13.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-26-12    
Topic: Strange, Super Bowl 2012



Swedish Banker Strips to Tout Transparency

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In an effort to portray themselves as a fine upstanding financial institution with no secrets to hide, Swedish bank Ikano proves it's bankers will always make sure you know what you're getting. Of course, you might not want what you get once this particular banker takes his clothes off but all bankers can't be hot super model types. Or can they?

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by Steve Hall    Jan-23-12    
Topic: Strange



Guitar: A Banjo For Douchebags

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This is probably not the way you want to imaging yourself coming up with your next tagline but New York comedian Kevin Froleiks is certainly having fun with it. Hopefully none of his taglines will ever see the light of day. Except, of course, for the douchebag one.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-20-12    
Topic: Strange, Video



Jolly Ranchers: For People Who Talk to Turtles

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Hmm. Not quite sure whether or not this Jolly Rancher commercial featuring a talking turtle who flies and has ray gun eyes is a veiled reference to the fact Jolly Ranchers are like hallucinatory drugs but Olivier Agnostini who created the spot just may have been on drugs when he dreamt up the concept.

Part of a PopTent crowdsourcing effort, Agnostini commented on the choice of turtle saying, "This could not just be any turtle. I had to give the turtle some sort of power. And since the turtle was limited in terms of mobility (turtles aren't very good at karate) I figured lasers would be an easy and funny defense mechanism. And who doesn't love lasers?"

OK then.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-17-12    
Topic: Strange



Does Flying Sushi Make You Want to Eat?

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OK this is just weird. A Richmond-based restaurant chain called Sticky Rice with help from RVA TV and Bark Marketing launched a plate of sushi into space. Well, more accurately, not space just really high up in the air. When you watch the video illustrating how this was done, it's one of the most unappetizing things you're likely to see. It appears all manner of nails and glue were used to make sure the sushi stayed on the plate while in flight. Hey, it's fun to send food into space but we prefer our food without nails and glue on it.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-16-12    
Topic: Strange



Warning: Sexy Santa Video Not What It Appears

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Good God, this is disturbing! If you haven't already seen it, we won't give away the ending but be warned, it isn't pretty. Social media company Denizen created this Santa-themed holiday video for gaming company Destructoid. The video has already been viewed 1.75 millions times across several platforms and has been shared on Facebook 83,000 times.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-21-11    
Topic: Agencies, Strange, Video, Viral



Weird Ways to Get Fired, Mortar Chalks Boards Holiday Card

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- Another agency holiday card stop motion chalk board-style.

- KLM, you know, the airline that now lets you socially hookup with a seatmate, is out with Passport, an app which "turns people's journeys into inspiring movies."

- Time Magazine has named Jim Beam's Bold Choices one of its top ten TV commercial of 2011.

- Blammo Worldwide unleashes the truth behind the myth of Santa Claus. And it isn't pretty.

- 9 Really Weird Reasons For Getting Fired

- Modea's Wisdom Tree of Wishful Wonders app ties with Facebook, where you can select the friend for whom you need a gift suggestion. Then, after answering a series of (not-so-serious) questions, the app will serve up a gift suggestion for that friend, which can be shared via Facebook.

- Wow. That wasn't very exciting.

by Steve Hall    Dec-20-11    
Topic: Agencies, Mobile/Wireless, Strange



'Sex Is No Accident' Campaign Extended to Video

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Earlier this year, MTV Germany, with help from Grey, launched a cartoon-style safe sex campaign that illustrated some pretty ridiculous situation in which a "sex accident" could occur. The campaign has now taken on video form. In three new ads a guy water skis into the backside of a woman, a flying woman falls onto a sitting man and a Vespa crash turns into pool sex. Ridiculously funny.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-19-11    
Topic: Racy, Strange, Video










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