Here's a weird one. Woody Harrelson dressed like homeless geek by the name of Charlie Frost. Something to do with $4,000 Super Bowl tickets, living on Jupiter, the Institute for Human Continuity, a global survival lottery and the apparent end of the world in 2012. December 12, 2012 to be specific.
OK, enough of that. It's promotion for Roland Emmerich's movie, 2012.
No, not that kind. This kind comes from Barats & Bareta, an online comedy team who've decided to take on advertising and, once again, confirm the notion the industry is a very, very strange place.
People, we must "adapt and embrace."
To convince people of the dangers of skin cancer, UK charity SKCin, with help from Rubber Republic, has launched ComputerTan, a fake company and website that purports to have developed a "revolutionary new way to help keep you looking healthy, young and attractive in the office."
The gist? ComputerTan makes it possible to get a tan from your computer monitor. Activating the free trial loads a cool, full screen tanning screen which, after a while, delivers the punchline...in the form of disgusting pictures of people with nasty skin cancer legions. Gross.
But, it works. The effort hopes to make people aware of the fact skin cancer kills up to five people each day in the UK. There's a mobile app and even a line of products supporting the effort.
An infomercial-style video placed on YouTube hopes to lure visitors to the site under the guise ComputerTan is the real thing.
And that's cool, because Grease called and wants its moves back. (Better give up the leather jackets, too.) Hostage swap, anybody?
Helpful cultural sidenote: that guy with the big white stuff around his head is not an angry mashed potato. It is God.
"Back in France," produced by Clipit and directed by Cedric Dubourg, is a sugary protest against Burger King's mid-'90s departure from French soil -- a tribute to how we've managed to enrich the developed world (and are working on the pending one) with our seductive meat patties. Also, it was short-listed at last year's Festival de Meribel. (BK, what do you really need Crispin for?)
Last week a local news channel reported a major supplier of chicken wings would be shutting down, resulting in a shortage of one of the Super Bowl's tribute snacks.
For client Kraft, Euro RSCG acted fast, seizing the story and making it the subject of an online video.
The result, "Blago stole my chicken wings!", was uploaded to YouTube on Friday, just in time for the big game. The screamer you see there is ECD Bill Mericle.
Hoping to imply the chicken wings shortage is due to consumers hoarding Kraft Ranch Dressing (still our favourite artery-clogging condiment), an enraged Mericle drives by ex-Illinois gov Rod Blagojevich's house and claims HE'S to blame. And dude really gets into it. We kind of want to be his friend now.
Hey all your social media strategists out there. It looks like you have a doubter in your midst. A man who goes by the name of Carlos Mandelbaum is featured in an Andy Rooney-style video that questions the social media notion that advertising is now all about creating brand conversations.
Lending some doubt to the fact (or not) this is just a guy commenting on social media as oppsed to a cheeky social media effort in and of itself, consider the following:
To promote DoYouWantaSprite.com, factorii is disseminating the following web video.
In short: A whitebread couple places an order at a drive-through, then the voice through the intercom offers them a Sprite, and they can't understand because he's got this high-pitched accent.
Then there is dancing, singing, arbitrary ass-smacking, and other things you don't want to be confronted with in the world outside Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (With the possible exception of ass-smacking.)
At the end, the couple finally realizes the voice in the monitor was asking, "Do you want a Sprite?", and they politely decline.
"it was actually more funny in hte beginning when i THOUGHT something funny was going to happen," said one uniquely profound YouTuber. Other responses were expectedly schizophrenic (with some fairly heated discussion about whether George Lopez's attorneys will be in touch), but hey, that's the crowd for ya.
Cutwater continues the more-or-less successful "Never Hide" effort for client Ray Ban. Here's four new online vids to kick off 2009.
Oh you know you've always wanted to do this. And we're sure some of you have done it. What are we talking about?
Car wash + convertible + top down = Mini Cabrio commercial.
Yes, you read that right. Four guys hopped into a Mini Cabrio and went through a car wash with the top down. And filmed it, of course.
It's all part of a new campaign to promote the launch of the vehicle in February. We like the effort.
"Sex Car" -- another one of those I-wish-I-were-rejected-from-the-Super-Bowl-but-the-truth-is-I-don't-wanna-spend-money-on-the-broadcast-time spots.