Flight Attendent 'Tells' Passengers 'You're All Going to Die'


In a new Lowe and Partners Prague-created Czech Republic ad for "relaxing" soft drink Zenonade, a flight attendent, while performing pre-flight instructions, tells herself, "I'm going to be the first to leave this plane, and you're all going to die." The camera then scans the cabin and she adds, "Dead. Dead. Dead." Finally, she points at herself and says, "Alive."

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by Steve Hall    May- 8-13    
Topic: Commercials

Isaiah Mustafa Plays Obama in Israeli Beer Ad


Old Spice guy, Isaiah Mustafa has whipped out his Old Spice persona and lent it to Israeli beer brand Maccabee for an ad created by Allenby Concept House. In the ad, a man's distaste for Maccabee results in Mustafa -- acting very Presidential in an oval office of sorts -- turning the situation into a national issue of epic proportion.

It's garnered 572,000 views on YouTube so it can't be all bad, right? That man's gotta work and what better gig than an overly long overseas commercial in which he can turn his towel-wearing Old Spice character into Presidential stateliness?

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by Steve Hall    May- 2-13    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials

JCPenney Humbly Acknowledges Missteps in New Ad


With forthright honesty and humility, a new JCPenney ad acknowledges its missteps over the past year and humbly asks that people give them a second change.

The ad's voiceover says, "It's no secret. Recently, JCPenney changed. Some changes you liked, and some you didn't. But what matters with mistakes is what we learn. We learned a very simple thing: to listen to you. To hear what you need to make your life more beautiful. Come back to JCPenney. We heard you. Now, we'd love to see you."

It's not often a brand admits its mistakes but in today's social media-fueled openness, honestly facing challenging situations rather than attempting to sweep them under the carpet is the smart way to go.

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by Steve Hall    May- 1-13    
Topic: Commercials

Windows Phone Implies Apple, Samsung Users Are Bickering Idiots


In a move which attempts to place the brand apart from and above the Apple vs. Samsung battle, Windows Phone is out with a CP+B-created ad that paints Apple and Samsung users as bickering idiots.

In the midst of a wedding, a man with an "enormous phone" blocks the view of an iPhone user. A middle aged woman instructs Siri to search for "one trick pony" and a Samsung user responds, "Aren't you a little young to have an iPhone?"

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by Steve Hall    Apr-29-13    
Topic: Commercials

Innocence Returns in Coke's Story of Young Love


Fitzgerald and Co. has created a beautifully innocent commercial for Coke which will air during the NBA playoffs. The spot, which follows the growing closeness of two teens as they spend the day together at an amusement park, is a welcome return to a time when simply spending time with one another was enough.

There's never a knowing wink or hint of anything more than the wonder of budding young love. It's almost shocking in this day and age of instant gratification and a certain rush to grow up before one has even had a chance to experience childhood.

Thank you, Coke. Thanks you, Fitzgerald and Co.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-26-13    
Topic: Commercials

Del Taco Joins Dirty Word Trend


Un-fucking-believable! In just a few short weeks, we have a dirty word trend. Yes, people. It all started with Kmart's Ship My Pants. Then Fresh & Easy joined in with f&easy. And now we have Del Taco' UnFreshingBelievable.

Created by Camp + King, this Green Dot Films-produced commercial aims to convince people Del Taco really does make its tacos with real chicken, real cilantro and real, slow-cooked beans. Who knew? Un-fucking-believable, people!

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by Steve Hall    Apr-25-13    
Topic: Commercials

Bank Ad Shot With iPhone 5. Still Boring


If this Allied Irish Bank ad were just in the usual fashion with some expensive camera, it wouldn't be news. But because it was shot using an iPhone 5, suddenly it's a big deal. But that can't change the fact the ad is still a boring bank ad.

The spot is simple landscape imagery shot from a moving train. Not that there's anything wrong with landscape shots but the ad isn't really all that captivating.

Of the work, Rothco Creative Director Damian Hanley said, "It was a big decision to shoot the ads on the iPhone. But once we did some preliminary tests, we knew that they were able to deliver high quality footage." Via.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-24-13    
Topic: Commercials

Fresh & Easy Does 'Ship My Pants' With Cuter Actors


Slightly similar to Kmart's recent Ship My Pants word play comes this Ignited-created work for Fresh & Easy. A music video entitled f&easy (yes, it is supposed to sound like what you think it sounds like) touts the brand's, well, fresh and easy approach to groceries. The song was written by Tony Award winning composer Jeff Marx and Julian Hornik.

It's a catchy enough ditty but nowhere near as hilarious as Kmart's Ship My Pants. The actors, however, are far easier on the eyes.

Additional campaign elements will include online, radio, outdoor, TV and mobile.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-22-13    
Topic: Commercials

Evian Babies Are Back!


Remember back in 2009 when BETC came out with Roller Babies for Evian? Well you should. The video, which featured a bunch of babies rocking out on roller skates, garnered upwards of 90 million views.

Now, BETC, along with help from We Are From LA, is out with a bit of a reprise. This time, it's all about getting down with your inner baby and how it's not really a bad thing to "live young" every once in a while.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-19-13    
Topic: Commercials

Belgian Beer Makes American Men Look Like Pansy Ass Wimps


Men will do anything for a beer. In America, it's usually something stupid like hiding it in a giant fake swiss cheese so the ladies won't find it. But when it comes to Belgian beer Jupiler, men don't pussy foot around. No they team up for some macho, Chuck Norris-like action to get what they feel they rightfully deserve. Even if what happens in this ad amounts to stealing.

But let's not quibble, the ad is a welcome detour from what has become America's embarrassingly pansy ass male beer drinker -- or at least the pansy ass picture of men painted by American advertising agencies.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-16-13    
Topic: Commercials