Exclusive! Adrants Interviews Gerry Graf...Uh...Corneluis Trunchpole

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After claiming he, in fact, is not Gerry Graf, Cornelius Trunchpole agreed to an exclusive interview with Adrants regarding his origins, his history in the industry and his plans to transform the industry into something better.

Cornelius: How do you do?

Adrants: So tell us about the grand plan. How will it change advertising?

Cornelius: In many ways

Adrants: Well, give us one

Cornelius: By using a crowd of over a thousand hand picked creative minds only the very best ideas will get produced. And those creatives who originate the idea sold to the client will take home a slice of the "agency" fee. No salaries at T&T.

Adrants: We've heard of this before. Sounds like controlled crowd sourcing. What's new about this model?

Cornelius: What's new about it is its spirit. it will not just be a collection of random people but a group who share an Trunchpolian attitude.

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by Steve Hall    May-27-10    
Topic: Agencies, Strange



Laundry Can Be Hard. And Have Large Jugs.

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It can also be a sticky mess. But as long as you just put it in...wait, what? Method? You ruined it for everyone. Well, at least you gave us four quick pumps and a happy ending. Guess we can't complain all that much.

by Steve Hall    May-25-10    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Tampax Seeks President of Tampon Fan Club

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It's sort of a cross between the oddity of Fruit of the Loom characters in your underwear and singing popsicles. It's a new French tampon campaign, Max Le Tampax

As Leonara Epstein deftly describes the campaign writing on The Frisky, "In a series of videos, we learn that Max and his Tampax friends attend a special school where they do exercises and parade around in their rainbow tampon uniforms and--what, is that a tail dragging on the ground?--oh God, it's the effing cotton string dangling between his legs."

Hmm. Strange indeed. And the campaign's purpose? To encourage people to compete for the position of president of the Max Le Tampax Fan Club. Seriously? The president of a tampon fan club? Just what's going on over there in France?

by Steve Hall    May-19-10    
Topic: Strange



Canadians Paint Country Pink While Waiting For Doctors

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Hmm. If this is what universal health care is going to bring us, we're not sure it's as good as proponents claim. Apparently, there aren't enough skilled doctors in British Columbia to handle patient demand. Which seems to be causing a rash of exploding pink ejaculate all over the province's cubicles.

The effort, for Stop the Wait, comes from Spring.

by Steve Hall    May-18-10    
Topic: Cause, Strange



Perlorian Brothers Bring Trademark WTF-ness to 1-800-Contacts

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OK this has Perlorian Brothers written all over it but WTF? And then there's this. Eyes. Passion. Oddity. Retro weirdness. Yea, it's the Perlorian Brothers alright. Oh and then there's The Martin Agency's involvement too.

by Steve Hall    May-18-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Ford Fiesta Kicks Lamborghini's Ass, Aids Escape From Zombies

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So the 2011Ford Fiesta is almost here. How is Ford touting the vehicle? A couple of different ways. It's being compared to a Lamborghini and it's being hyped as an escape vehicle from zombies. OK, then.

At first blush, one might respond to those two approaches with "Seriously?" and "Well, that's relevant!" But, as we find out...cool and the Lamborghini is, it can't beat the turning radius of the Fiesta nor does it have side mirror turn signals or key-less entry or a trunk you can actually fit stuff in. You know, the important stuff. Though if cost weren't an issue, we're pretty sure people would go with the Lamborghini. Thankfully for Ford, price is always an issue.

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by Steve Hall    May-18-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Strange



Having Sex Standing Up Won't Get You Pregnant. Oh Wait.

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It's amazing the amount of misinformation floating around. Apparently, one in five guys believe you're less likely to get a girl pregnant if you have sex standing up. Seriously? Who knew? Where do people formulate these ass-backwards beliefs?

Perhaps from the very marketing trying to address the misinformation.

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by Steve Hall    May-14-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange, Video



DVR Helps Woman Change Boyfriends

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As if recording two shows at once were some sort of amazing breakthrough, Sydney-based Three Drunk Monkeys is out with a couple of commercials that ask us to "try a new life with My Star." It kinda makes sense. After all, life is, indeed, quite different once you own a DVR. No one believes you until they actually get one. Then they join the religion.

But these spots? These spots (after the jump) are just weird.

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by Steve Hall    May-13-10    
Topic: Strange



Spanking Fetish Determines Sneaker Brands For Footlocker

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We actually laughed. We never laugh at commercials. It takes a lot to make our jaded ass laugh. After all, there's so much appallingly awful advertising out there. So it was with joyful delectation we chuckled at this SapientNitro-created Footlocker commercial the agency created for the European market.

Speaking of ass, we see a couple enter an apartment and head for the bed in what appears to be a concerted effort to...get some ass. Though, as it turns out, the two engage in a different kind of ass play. The spanking kind. And the funny part? The guy getting spanked can name the brand (and year) of the sneaker with which he's being hit.

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by Steve Hall    May-13-10    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Canadians Think Real Mexicans Are Lazy and Dirty

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So if you're Mexican, you must be a wrestler, right? Or you must take siestas all the time and forget to shower, right? Well, that's what BBDO in Toronto thinks if its campaign for Quesada Mexican Grill is any indication.

In one ad we've got a dirty Mexican taking a nap. In another, we've got a family dressed in goofy wrestler costumes. The campaign's headline? Real Mexican Know Where to Get Real Mexican.

Hmm. A cause group disaster waiting to happen or an innocuous approach that leverages harmless stereotypes?

by Steve Hall    May-12-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange, Trends and Culture








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