Velveeta Does Hamburger Helper

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Apart from the product's similarities to Hamburger Helper and the commercial's similarities to the Old Spice campaign, we guess Wieden + Kennedy has put an acceptable new spin on selling people Liquid Coronary...uh...excuse us...Liquid Gold, otherwise known as Velveeta cheese.

In these new commercials, which pimp Velveeta Cheesy Skillets, we have a blacksmith type, played by Lost character David S. Lee, which WK has borrowed heavily from the Isiah Mustafa Old Spice character to create. The man is all knowing when it comes to the fine art of creating easy-to-prepare, horribly unhealthy meals lazy parents can serve their families.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-12-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Strange



Balls Horrified, Drunk Monkeys Sober, Beer Sculpted

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- Be careful when you pick up your next bowling ball. It might stare back at you with the menacing eyes of a decapitated head.

- If you find your friend drunk at a party, be sure to split her in half. Or something like that.

- Newcastle Brown Ale has found a use for bottle caps. It's constructed a 256 square foot shadow sculpture out of 3,000 bottle caps.

- And speaking of Newcastle, here's that installation in San Diego everyone's talking about.

by Steve Hall    Aug-11-11    
Topic: Agencies, Guerilla, Poster, Strange



Adidas Delivers Panty Shot in Mini Skirt Showdown

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This is pretty strange. Then again, it's from Japan. Which, with its obsession with anything and everything to do with placing cute girls in compromising positions, makes it totally normal. Here we have adizero vs. Mini Skirt, a challenge to determine, well, we really don't know what. That the wind from a guy running with Adidas sneakers can whip up a girls skirt so you can see her panties? Yes, only in Japan.

We can thanks TBWA\Hakuhodo for this oddity which, as Japanese oddities go, is pretty tame.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-10-11    
Topic: Commercials, Racy, Strange



If You Waste Water, You Are weird

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Thank God we don't have to witness yet another idiotic PSA about the importance of saving water. Aside from the fact it's a renewable resource and three quarters of the earth is covered with it, we're sick of being preached to like wasteful sloths who could care less about economizing on anything. Oh wait.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 9-11    
Topic: Cause, Strange



Bundaberg Rum Still Blowing Things Up

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This is, by far, the strangest spirits ad we have ever seen. EVAR. It comes to us from none other than Bundaberg rum, the company that "blew up" an alligator and then apologized for not actually blowing up an alligator.

Created by Leo Burnett Sydney and directed by Tom Kuntz, the commercial mirrors (mocks?) an 80's music video. In the spot, we see a dweebish twenty something walk into a bar looking for a drink. As he approaches the bar, a bartender in a white tux opens up a door between his crotch and offers up a tour of the Bundaberg world. Over the top is an understatement. The fantastically goofy song was written by Leo Burnett creatives..

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 8-11    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Russian Women Disrobe in Support of Putin Presidency

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Last week, a video was floated to YouTube that hypes an army of Russian women willing to tear off their clothes in support of Vladamir Putin running for the Russian presidency. While Putin, who has already served two terms, hasn't declared he's running, that hasn't stopped these women, referred to as Putin's Army, from asking other women to post their own videos of themselves tearing off their clothes. Reportedly, the best tearing video will win the woman an iPad2. Some reports claim women are also being urged to kill something or someone to win the contest.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-18-11    
Topic: Cause, Political, Racy, Strange



Rihanna Ousts Megan Fox, App Gives Access to David Ogilvy

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- Shocker! Rihanna is set to replace Megan Fox as the face of Emporio Armani.

- Yikes! Something about a grown teenage boy still living in his mother's womb because she craves Skittles during pregnancy.

- OK gum is just never ever as unexpected as a gum brand would have us believe it to be.

- iPhone app lets you pitch ideas to David Ogilvy.

- Like big boobs in bikinis? Then you'll love the new cooking show Look Who's Cookin featuring Tehmeena Afzal.

by Steve Hall    Jul-14-11    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Strange



Candied Ass For Sale on Groupon

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We've used Groupon for a while though "used" may be a bit of an overstatement. We have the app but we've never actually purchased anything. Each day the offers come in and we sort of go "hmm." Today an offer came in for Fancy Fortune Cookies. But when we opened the app, we were stunned to see an image that looked very much like two legs and an ass covered in chocolate and candy.

Has porn hit Groupon?

by Steve Hall    Jul- 9-11    
Topic: Mobile/Wireless, Strange



Lingerie Sold Like Used Cars

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There's a lot of ways to sell lingerie. Wait. No there isn't. Basically you dress a hot woman - the bigger the breasts, the better - in the most revealing lingerie the particular brand carries, have her prance around in a bedroom and stare into the camera as if she's about to explode with desire for you. Batting the eyelashes is a plus too.

Lingerie is all about sex, right? After all, what woman in their right mind would wear tiny little underthings that offer no support, create dangerous risk of nipple slippage and don't do well in the washing machine unless all she wanted to make every guy nearby squirm with embarrassment as they try to conceal the growing urgency in their pants?

So when we viewed this commercial for Baltimore-based Accentuate Lingerie which hypes lingerie as if it were the latest 1994 Dodge, we were sadly, ahem, deflated and had to go running to the latest Victoria's Secret to set thing straight.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-30-11    
Topic: Commercials, Racy, Strange



Lee Clow Freaks Out Over Cornelius Trunchpole Poaching Staffers

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Apparently, this video is Lee Clow freaking out over Cornelius Truncpole (remember him?) poaching Lee's shop for talent to staff the new Trunchpole agency. Yes it's hosted on a just-created YouTube account so read into that what you will. What we will say about this Cornelius Trunchpole thing is that whomever is behind it has the fortitude and the motivation to keep it going or a long, long time. Not to mention get industry bigwigs involved.

We hear Cornelius might make an appearance at Cannes too. We'll be there so perhaps we'll track him down and ask him just what the hell he is up to.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-16-11    
Topic: Strange








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