Happy Fifth Birthday to Subservient Chicken

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Yesterday, Barbarian Group celebrated the fifth birthday of Subservient Chicken, it's brilliant creation which allowed people to type instruction into a website and make a guy dressed in a chicken suit do stuff. It was for Burger King and was done in partnership with Crispin Porter + Bogusky.

In a long blog post on the Barbarian Group website, Co-Founder Rick Web discusses how thw Subservient Chicken idea was born, who was involved in its creation, how it was sold to Burger King, how it was produced, how it was launched, how it spread, how it spawned copycats, the awards it won and how it impacted marketing.

Kudos to TBG and CPB for great work. It will forever have its iconic place in the annals of marketing history.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 7-09    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Video



Sarah Haskins Says Carl's Jr. Turns Men Into DoucheBags

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On her new Current show Target Women, Sarah Haskins wonders where men learned to treat women so badly. In a hilarious analysis of Carl's Jr. advertising, Haskins arrives at only logical conclusion; it's unequivocally the burger chain's fault.

Haskin's dubs Carl's Jr. advertising Douchebaggery 101: Embracing Your Inner Douche and proceeds to tear down the chain's ad campaign while explaining how it make men...well...douchebags.

Special bonus: Haskins tries to wash a car Paris Hilton-style with decidedly less grace provong the point all advertising is fake anyway.

The best line in the video comes when Haskins describes guys as, "Good natured DoucheBros who eat fries like they're at a DoucheBag party about to win the award for DoucheKing of the Douche-O-Trons." Wow.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 7-09    
Topic: Brands, Opinion, Trends and Culture, Video



Irish Bank Think Brutal Truth the Best Policy

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Oh yes, indeed. Life is most certainly more "interesting" when you tell the truth. That's the premise of this "The Truth" campaign for Ireland-based bank, RaboDirect. In these trying financial times, people want honesty, transparency and the brital truth. And that's what they get in this video campaign for the bank.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 7-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Strange, Video



Joan and Melissa Rivers Fail Miserably in All Detergent Videos

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WTF? What is wrong with Joan River's face? Could it be any more stretched out? Damn. It looks like it hurts! Whatever. If it weren't for her freakishly manipulated face, there'd be no reason to watch her in this Celebrity Apprentice Guess That Stain video for All detergent. Lame. Lame. Lame.

Daughter Melissa, on the other hand, at least has a real face (well, accept maybe for those lips) in her role as the laundry fairy in a second version All's Rivers & Rivers videos. Still. Lame. Lame. Lame.

Again, just our opinion. You can check them out here and let us know.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 7-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Video, Worst



It's Time to ... Mow the Lawn!

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Ariel Waldman, and ton of other people - sent in this gem for us all to appreciate. It's ever so similar to another piece of work for a similar product but we just can't seem to locate that in the archives. Update: Thanks to commenter Chris, here's what I couldn't find. And yea. They are both similar because they are both for Wilkinson.

So what the hell are we talking about? Gardening, of course. More specifically, mowing the lawn. But not the kind of lawn you'd use a Cub Cadet or a John Deere to mow. Nope. This kind of lawn requires something from Wilkinson.

Watch.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-09    
Topic: Good, Racy, Strange, Video



Kiera Knightley Takes Beating In Women's Aid PSA

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In this PSA for Women's Aid, Kiera Knightley gets together with her Atonement director Joe Wright to create this two minute video about domestic violence. Shot as if a scene within a movie, Knightley, who has just returned home from the set, turns to the camera and says, "Sorry, we didn't agree to that. That wasn't in the script," as she's hit by her boyfriend/husband.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 3-09    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity, Good, Video



Drinkable Yogurt, Cheerleaders in Bikinis An Interesting Combination

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Bikinis. Cheerleaders. Baby oil. And a slip and slide. What's not to love about that combination? Not much but this is advertising we're talking about here so there's gotta be a product in here somewhere. Hmm. Where is it? Oh, there it is. Yogisip, a South African drinkable yogurt. Yea, there it is.

So what does a drinkable yogurt have to do with girls in bikinis throwing themselves down a slip and slide? When the baby oil and water supply run out, you will have your answer. Watch.

And watch the hundreds of other videos submitted to this video competition which asks people to show how the drink keeps them going all day long.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 2-09    
Topic: Consumer Created, Promotions, Racy, Social, Video



Act Now! Visit Soul Wow And Confess Your Sins!

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It's a sad fact infomercials work. They scream at you. They assault you with cheesy graphics. They pummel you over and over again with a call to action.

Know what else is a sad fact? That the Catholic Church has to use the shtick to get people to confess their sins during Holy Week. Yes, the Catholic Dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Center has kooked up with the Forza Migliozzi agency to create Soul Wow which aims to fill confessional booths in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island Monday, April 6.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 2-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange, Video



Samsung Does Extreme Sheepherding

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Parts of this look fake. Parts look real. You decide. For Samsung LED technology, The Viral Factory Director James Rouse teamed with the Baaa-Studs sheepherders to create something akin to Carlton Draught's It's A Big Ad or British Airways ad of the same ilk.

A team of sheepherders working with film crew create images of the Mona Lisa, the video game Pong and a fireworks display.

Key question. Does this make you want to buy a TV or become a sheepherder.

by Steve Hall    Mar-30-09    
Topic: Good, Video



Colorgasmic Drill Plugs Kiddie Aviator Line

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Ray Ban's promoting a technicolor melange of plastic Aviators with a Cutwater-orchestrated ad called "Drill," where a big plastic drill with crayons strapped to the front of it wreaks havoc on a sedate canvas.

It's a fun watch. We wouldn't mind seeing it again and again, all over network TV. (Not nearly as engaging as "Super Chameleon" though.) Kinda reminds us of the Nano Chromatic campaign.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-27-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television, Video







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