Happiness Factory + Eepy Bird = Organ Player

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Remember Coke Happiness Factory? Of course you do; all kinds of weird things happening inside a Coke machine. If you liked Happiness Factory and the Eepy Bird Diet Coke/Mentos thing, you'll love this new Organ Player commercial which kinda mashes together the two aforementioned efforts into a musical extravaganza complete with adorable/scary furry things. And a hot chick if you look quickly.

The commercial was created by Mother London, directed by Douglas Wilson and produced by Blink.

by Steve Hall    May- 8-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Nicole Kidman Plays the Schweppes Coquette

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Nicole Kidman revisits her Moulin Rouge days in a Schweppes ad where both innocence (personified by a smiling Indian girl) and sexuality (personified by a beguiled house-hubby) vie for her attention.

Ultimately, the fizzy water wins.

Whatever, man. The piece fell into our laps via @tamega, and marks an odd departure from Schweppes' previous focus points: sophisticated cowboys and gluttons for Commander Whitehead.

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by Angela Natividad    May- 8-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Strange, Television



Heartbeat + Shaky Camera + Drug Addled Hipsters = NATO Huh?

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Yea. Give this a watch and let us know why the hell it looks like a bunch of kidnapped hipsters end up happily raving the thump of a DJ. Oh wait.

The tagline line informs, "Freedom to do what you want. We help that happen."

The other two videos are equally strange.

So yea, we get the campaign's message. And that was before we watched the Making Of video. But still.

by Steve Hall    May- 7-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Malibu Bowling is Now A Downloadable Game!

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As if there weren't already enough to do with your "there's an app for that" iPhone. Now, we've got a bowling game courtesy of Malibu Rum. In two kooky (yes, we did say kooky) commercials, we are encouraged to get our game on.

A Rastafarian-esque announcer screams, "Malibu Bowling is now a downloadable game for your mobile phone!" But in these spots, a real game of bowling is played...with melons...that smash against walls. Hmm. Alcohol? Large round objects. Yes, that makes sense.

See the spots here and here.

by Steve Hall    May- 7-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



'Tunnel' Bestows Just Desserts on Unsuspecting Drivers

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If you walk away with just one lesson from "Tunnel," it ought to be that there's no major difference between a gold-digger and a crateful of chickens. Also, watch for malevolent tunnels that play three-card monty with the contents of cars.

This strange brew brought to you by Mother/London and production co Rattling Stick for la nouvelle Stella Artois 4 (--percent, that is).

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by Angela Natividad    May- 7-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange, Television



Rule of Thumb: Before Molesting Strangers with Nipple Tassles, Be Famous.

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Berlin agency Aimaq Rapp Stolle promotes HEAD's new "Speed" racquet with a little extra-extra action from Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic. Apparently Speed makes him so virile that he manages to run into the aisle and spit game at a blonde before the ball even returns to him.

But "spit game" is an understatement; the guy busts out with balloon animals (which would've been enough to impress us), boy band moves, nipple tassles, and seals (both animal and Navy).

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by Angela Natividad    May- 5-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Sponsorship, Strange, Video, Viral



Hire My Mom. Because I'm Tired of Eating Cereal Out of an Ashtray.*

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We need to create a new category labeled "Overseen Internet," expressly for stuff that we stumble upon by chance and haven't got words for. This banner ad for Hire My Mom is one such gem.

The URL's actually slightly deceptive -- it caters to mom professionals, not kids hoping to score a gig for Mummy, who's busy drowning her sorrows in a bathrobe and gin. Still though.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-30-09    
Topic: Online, Strange



Vodafone Unleashes Mad Zoozoos on India

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To promote Vodafone's wares in India, Ogilvy dreamt up a small community of incoherent, maniacally laughing, wingless birds called Zoozoos.

Mostly the Zoozoos do terrible things to each other and laugh. Each piece ends with some trite tie-in back to Vodafone.

The spots debuted during the Indian Premier League cricket tourney. (Appropriately, "Cricket Alerts" is embedded below. See more ads here.)

The magic of the Zoozoos lies in that they look animated but aren't. They're actually played by real people wearing white. You can find out what kind of Zoozoo you are at the Vodafone microsite. (Uh, diggin' how response 4 in question 1 automatically assumes you're a guy. But I guess if all Zoozoos have a package like this one, it goes without saying.)

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-30-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Strange, Television



Our Balls Are Crunchier Than Yours

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There's just something wrong with food that resembles left over KFC chicken breading that's congealed to the point where it's nothing more than a fat-laden ball of over-cooked floor scraps. Perhaps Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Clusters aren't quite that disgusting but we (apparently) have a problem with food that, well, doesn't look like food.

by Steve Hall    Apr-30-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Why Pay Clear Channel When There's Fuzzy Bob on 5th and Market?*

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There's a lot you can say about dot-coms in general, but you'd be hard-pressed to accuse them of being too scrupulous.

Because it's your industry too, beam with pride while observing how easy it is to place your outdoor work in high-traffic areas for 1/16th of the price. That's right! -- ride the homeless!

Bumvertising.com was developed by Front Door Enterprises, whose founder Benjamin Rogovy recognized the "enormous potential in wasted homeless labor." He also thinks bums "will incur higher revenues from donations" if it seems like they're at least flirting with joining the labor force.

See Bumvertising mini-drama below.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-28-09    
Topic: Outdoor, Strange, Video










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