You've got to love those crazy Asians. Of course, to be fair, when they look at American culture, it's quite likely they think we're just as crazy. But in how many countries is it OK to hold a contest to determine which girl is the best "bagel face?"
In Korea, a girl who is a bagel face is described as having the best combination of baby face and hot body. And actress Shin Se Kyung, with her "innocent" yet "curvy in all the right places" figure has scored the top spot.
Currently, Shin Se Kyung can be seen in a series of commercials and print ads for lingerie brand Vivien. And the commercials, which broke February 21, are just as crazy as the whole bagel face thing.
We suppose there's a lot of ways to sell jewelry. Oh wait, there's not. It has to be one of the most boring ad categories ever to have sucked the life out of creativity. But that's not what we're talking about right now. No. We're talking lottery.
Yes, lottery. Lottery with jewelry. And not just any jewelry. Talking jewelry. And not just any talking jewelry. Take a look at this Cactus-created Colorado Lottery Cool Millions ad and ask yourself why you didn't think of it first.
So DraftFCB in Lisbon came up with an interesting way to leverage awareness of social media to promote the sponsorship of a film festival. To call attention to Jornal de Noticias' sponsorship of the 31st FantaPorto Oporto International Film Festival, the agency did a little modification to the Facebook Like icon bringing it more in line with the subject matter of the film festival.
Like it or die. Or something like that.
The approach behind two new commercials in esurance's Techie/Feely campaign is described thusly, "Sometimes you just want to hop online and make a quick adjustment to your policy. Other times you need a smart, helpful person on the phone to help you."
The commercials, which break February 28, were created by Duncan/Channon and are some of the weirdest insurance commercials we've seen. We thought the Progressive commercials with Stephanie Courtney were weird. They're nothing compared to these.
We get cringe inducing disco references, dating profile hijacks and awkward hand/mouth gestures. But...the point is made. esurance is all about getting people a discount. And that point is made loudly and clearly.
Here's the weirdest liquor commercial we've ever seen. A weary traveler on a brink winter day stops into a tavern and has a glass of Laphroaig Scotch Whisky. And when he does, an alternate, surreal world reveals itself. A world that's controlled by how much the man tips his glass.
OK, nothing like promoting just how trashed whiskey can get you. That aside, we do like the nod to that momentary sensation and wandering thought which comes over you when you do consumer a glass of fine scotch whiskey.
We've seen this cut-through-the-silliness approach to feminine hygiene before but this one's different. It has a cheerleader! Yes, a cheerleader. A cheerleader whose Tampons hold 97 percent more and have German engineered, trickle-proof technology.
This bit of light-hearted silliness comes to us courtesy of Ogilvy New York.
WTF is wrong with people? Have they nothing better than to complain about innocuous moments in commercial which, if you ask any normal person, are just plain funny? Have we all lost our sense of humor? Our ability to laugh at a joke? Are capability to interpret slapstick humor? Do we need the Three Stooges to come back to life and give our society a collective slap upside the head?
In a move that is absolutely incomprehensible to us, people have actually complained about the FAKE baby DOLL being thrown against the window in the HomeAway commercial causing CEO Brian Sharples to issue - and this is another bone we have to pick - a lame ass apology.
- Yawn. PETA films hot models fellating vegetables because, well, it's sexy and they're never going to get on the Super Bowl anyway.
- Don't let your partner interrupt your dreams.
- And in more PETA news, the organization wants to put up a Go Vegan billboard in Denver but two outdoor companies have rejected it. Something about cattlemen's inability to come.
- The call for entries is now open for the 2011 international ADC Student Brief competition, part of the ADC 90th Annual Awards. The deadline is March 18.
Taking the fight against AIDS literally, German agency Philipp und Keuntje created an online game for AIDS organization Vergiss Aids nicht e.V (Don't Forget AIDS). The game made it possible for players to combat the virus...with their cocks. Literally. Called Cockout, players where asked to don a condom and wave their member around. Penile movement was tracked by webcam which was translated into hits to opponents.
To insure men's members where in the proper state to do battle, the game provided dancing strippers to help players "man up." Once in a state of readiness, players could choose from one of three character; Master of Cock Fu, The Incredible Major Dick and Sir Dick-A-Lot.
America has its fair share of strange commercials but all pale in comparison to Asian commercials. Asia knows how to do weird. Asia just has a weird sense of things when it comes, to, well, a lot of things. Have you seen their game shows?
So take :30 out of your day to watch these two Chinese lovers expressing their undying affection to one another until, well, until it gets weird.