Heard of Chatimal? Well he's a little animal that repeats what you say and he's getting some promotional love in the form of YouTube videos that parody the likes of Numa Numa, the Chocolate Rain dude and Leave Briney Alone. If you care, you can watch them here.
Here is a personal statement sent to us from Jemma Lyon, the woman who was accused of plagiarism for submitting what appeared to be a direct copy of a previous video created by Will Tribble. We covered the story originally here. As it turns out, Nokia is said to have sent a rep to help Jemma Lyons shoot her video submission for the contest. According to Lyons, the rep used Tribble's video as a template and told the actors to simply do what they saw the actors do in Tribble's video.
If anyone's to be accused of plagiarism here, it is Nokia. If Lyons claim is true, there is simply nothing Nokia can say to explain this away. Nothing at all. There's been some very bad social media moves over the past few years but this one, by far, will go down as one of the most egregious.
- Ray Ban does Reservoir Walking.
- And in unrelated news, Mahir Çağrı (I Kiss You!!!) is still traveling the globe, searching for the perfect woman and suing Sacha Baron Cohen for, allegedly, usurping his likeness.
- AXE, in partnership with Funny or Die, is out with a new mobile campaign called Twisted Humor Hour.
- Creative design and production studio Brand New School has announced the impending opening of their new London-based studio, as well as the addition of veteran agency producer Kayt Hall as the U.K. studio's executive producer.
- Cialis: Morning are my favorite time to play.
- Cannes Shortlists for Cyber and Design are out.
- Cannes: The great integration versus interruption debate that wasn't.
- Top five social media marketing mistakes.
- The Martin Agency has hired three new creative directors; brother duo Keith and Eric Tilford, co-founders of CORE, and Keith Cartwright, formerly of Wieden+Kennedy.
- Swatch and MTV want you to participate in their Creative Competition. Winner goes to Shanghai Expo 2010.
- And yea, yea, yea. Here's the giant AKQA blow up doll. OK, it's not a doll. It's an inflatable lion cub and it's sitting outside the Palais to promote the Future Lions Awards ceremony on Friday 25 June, 16.00 in the Esterel Theatre.
Calling it a "terrible attempt at forced viral content," an Adrants reader points us to what Hertz describes thusly, "You won't believe what this couple got up to in a Hertz hire car." And, yea, it's not so good. It's predictable. It's not funny.
So what's this all about? Well "Everyone's at it. Wimbledon, that is."
The similarities are remarkable. Then again, How many different ways can you tell Forrest Gump's story in one minute? Once again we have charges of plagiarism and this times it's tied to Cannes.
Nokia hosted a video competition and first prize was a trip to Cannes. Well, the creator of the winning video, Jemma Lyon, is in Cannes but she's being pummeled by members of web community b3ta. One of the original film's creators wrote, "Someone's sent me an entry to a Nokia filmmaking competition that's literally a shot for shot, line for line, idea for idea remake of it, this has been the first I've heard of it. I wouldn't mind except the person who entered it has won a "Critics Choice" award out of this rehash, including a FUCKING TRIP TO CANNES."
"Who wants to win a rigged awards ceremony anyway," asks Neil Hamburger in this Lost Planet video. There's broken wine glasses. There's whining. There's profanity. There's shattered egos. There's police intervention. Yea, it's a spoof but it's not like this sort of behavior never happens at awards shows. This week being Cannes week and all...
- Last night Mullen faced Digitas in the first-ever Mullen versus Digitas Ping Pong Tournament. (Nice girl through the guy's legs treatment)
- College Humor helps BP get its Domino's on.
- No. Your Dad does not want a tie for Father's Day this year. Wait, does anyone wear ties anymore?
- Six Flags and Walmart have partnered to offer customers discounts to Six Flags when shopping at Walmart.
- To raise awareness and money for the Greater New Orleans Foundation Gulf Coast, San Francisco-based Pereira & O'Dell are...opening a satellite office off the coast of Naknek, Alaska.
Like Rocky Balboa returning to the ring for his last fight, Y&R Brazil, along with Energy, has given the now 70-year-old football great Pele another chance to work his magic against Argentina on the field. After a tough first half, Pele gets it together and finally scores.
Called 1284, the video, which begins with Pele uttering, "If I could replay my life, maybe if I scored my last goal with the Brazilian Team, I'd like that," was created for Brazilian mobile telecommunications company Vivo which is Brazil's national team sponsor.
Unless this video has an encoding problem, it looks like its creators didn't make the soundtrack long enough to match the video portion. But who really cares about that crap when the video gives us a detailed aftermath-style view of what was most certainly an amazing night of Axe-Style partying on a boat?