Who Knew Libraries Made Babies, Assisted Ascension of Everest

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Here's a series of ads for The Alberta Library which tells us just how powerful informative and motivational books can be. Aiming to show just how much influence a book can have on a person's life, both positively and negatively, four scenarios are played out to humorous effect.

Created by Rethink Vancouver and produced by Holiday Film, the commercial's directors commented on the work, saying, "We were both attracted to this job because neither of us can read, and we thought this would be a good excuse to go into a library for the first time. We loved Katie and Chad's scripts, they were simple and quite dark, and reminded us how libraries can lead you down the road to ruin, but then get you right back on track. It was our idea to use real actors in all four spots, instead of CGI characters used in most library commercials."

Um, right.

by Steve Hall    Oct-21-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Strange



Crimes of Facebook Passion, Palin's Rack Promotes Storage, and More Crappy Jingles

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- Avenue A/Razorfish is changing its name to Razorfish.

- Considering an iPhone? Read this first.

- Wife killed by estranged hubby for changing her Facebook status to "single" too soon. Wow ... the world has changed.

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Public Property is Public Property. Why Not Take a Leak?

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Like a Calvin & Hobbes decal come to life, "Slash" for MTV Switch depicts people pissing in public places. The moral of the story is to "Save water, flush less." (Niiiiice.)

By Ogilvy/London, which has an odd take on persuasion. Wizzing in a fountain is funny -- hell, incendiary -- while you're stoned and around age 15, but unless things have changed abroad, doing it in the Queen's England remains both unsavory and illegal.

There's no accounting for logic in advertising, however. Along with other "green" MTV Switch ads, "Slash" will likely run across 55 TV channels in 162 countries. The track in the ad is Miserere Mei, by Bouwe Dykstra.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-21-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Online, Strange, Television



Millie. Mouse. Eh.

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MCM Net and Aardman partnered to produce Creature Discomforts, a campaign for the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity. Its purpose, I think, is to encourage outsiders to change the way they perceive disabilities.

I'm just confused about how. The campaign launched a game called Peanut Pickup, where you, a mouse, shoot peanuts into an elephant's trunk. That's it.

It isn't clear what lesson I was meant to glean (could it be a hand-eye coordination game for disabled children...?), but all I could gather was it isn't nearly as fun as Suicide Kittens -- which, for a minute or two, I mistook for another component of the Creature Discomforts campaign.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-20-08    
Topic: Cause, Games, Online, Strange



Nebraska Princess's YouTube Debut, Little Big Planet's Qu'ran Faux Pas, Hummer Dummer

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- Make magazine offers Twitter support. Hey, neato.

- Wayne Wang's The Princess of Nebraska premiered on YouTube last Friday. Which brings up the usual "dawn of a new era?" questions.

- Ecast MixMaster helps decide how best to get you trashed.

- O noes, kids and search and porn.

- Little Big Planet alienates Muslims. I would never have guessed.

- The essence of blogging.

- Do you dare mess with someone else's Hummer -- even for love of advertising? Good luck and godspeed.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-20-08    
Topic: Events, Games, Guerilla, Online, Opinion, Outdoor, Promotions, Strange, Video



Power and Environment Come Together Blissfully on Beach

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There's no reason those who are one with the environment and those who are one with muscle car-style power can't come together in blissful harmony. Created by Montreal-based PALM Communication, this Volkswagen TDI commercial brings together two people in a seemingly unlikely match to illustrate there's no reason power and the environment can't co-exist.

Now if only the "drill, baby, drill" people and the "yes we can" people would engage in a massive group hug. Only in advertising are such unlikely matches made possible.

by Steve Hall    Oct-20-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Terry Tate Tackles Palin, Twitter Fundraises, Pepsi Trouble BBDO

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- Terry Tate make a triumphant return taking down Sarah Paling for failing to answer a simple question.

- Last week, Amanda Mooney organized the first Twitter-based fund raising event. $180 was raised through $5 donations fo The Susa G. Komen Foundation.

- BBDO appears to be getting the push side from Pepsi which has given a portion of its three year, $1.2 billion advertising to Arnell which will redesign the Pepsi logo and packaging.

- If you're Hooter and your in Vegas, this is what you do to boost business.

- Creeping is wrong.

by Steve Hall    Oct-20-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Celebrity, Political, Social, Strange



Contemplating Parenthood? Brooke Shields May Change Your Mind

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At left is the baby I made with Johnny Depp, courtesy of the Routan Babymaker3000.

The babymaker's part of a broader Volkswagen Routan campaign featuring Brooke Shields. You've probably seen the ads where she barrages expecting couples with questions about why they're having babies "simply for the love of German engineering." (I didn't really get this at first, but after sitting through the mocumentary, I completely understand: people are having babies so they can buy minivans! Of course!)

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by Angela Natividad    Oct-20-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Online, Strange



Could a Discount Hotel Improve Your Street Skillz?

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Holiday Inn takes on an odd feat: convincing people that staying at a Holiday Inn Express will make you smarter.

You'll freestyle like Del the Funky Homosapien, outshine doctors in emergency situations involving Cal Ripken, Jr., and -- if you have the good fortune of conceiving a baby in a Holiday Inn Express -- that kid will be capable of handling sharp objects at close proximity. From birth.

Strange but true. Three ads in a row can't lie.

I dug the rapper spot. The rest were sorta kitschy. Well, the rapper one was kitschy too, but it had that "dream fulfilled!" element to it. How many of us don't want to unexpectedly kick ass in a Lyricist Lounge situation? It's one of the biggest geek fantasies of all-time -- right up there with being proclaimed royal heir to a small island, and being told your Tetris skills might save the world.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-17-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Strange, Television



BB Plugs Celebs, Droga5 Bags Method, Mountain Dew Abbreviated, Frequent Hooker Miles

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- Among its minions, BlackBerry brags about celebu-users. How very AmEx. (Props to Adrants reader Atif for this.)

- Droga5 becomes agency of record for method! Kick-ass.

- The McCain campaign asked YouTube to stop taking down its campaign videos. (The videos purportedly violate copyright because many contain snippets of music that the campaign did not have permission to use.) And YouTube was all, "Bitch, please." What, McCain? You're all for Joe Plumber but can't pay licensing fees?

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