Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Barack Obama: American Stories, American Solutions

You're in for a long one here folks. Obama bought this HALF HOUR spot and aired it on seven TV channels during prime time. Epic.

Don't forget to GO VOTE!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Basketball Bonanza

There's been a few commercials relating to b-ball lately that I've found semi-enjoyable. And lucky for you, I've decided to lay 'em all out for your viewing pleasure. Pick and roll.

This first one is for NBA TV. It's footage of Kevin Garnett talking about himself and his team throughout the season. I like how they splice the clips together. At times it progresses almost seamlessly. It was probably a pretty cheap spot, too. The music dawdling in the background is "Slonce Moje" by Human.

Next up is an ad for American Airlines. Don't you love happy endings?

Kevin Garnett returns to endorse the video game NBA 2K9. The commercials epitomize the attitudes and habits of gamers just chilling with their bros.

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And another

Ad Showcase: UPS Whiteboard

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Remember these gems? Some quick strokes and the Postal Service. I just saw one on TV today and it reminded me how enchanting this campaign can be. I don't know why, but I love watching this guy draw his little sketches on that dry erase board. Do you think he practices that a lot?

The man with the marker is named Andy Azula, and he's the creative director of the campaign. Usually people in that position stay behind the camera, but the agency felt it was appropriate for him to appear in the actual commercials after they found several focus groups preferring him over the other professional actors cast for the role. The ads are directed by Errol Morris.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Gears of War 2: Last Day

Seems to be a lot of worthy video game commercials lately. Maybe I'm just their target market and they know what I like!

The name of the song in this commercial is "How It Ends" by Devotchka. The discordant sounds give an edgy feel to the video, and if you've ever played the game, you know that the song fits in perfectly.

I distinctly remember the commercial from the last Gears of War game. It was a very dark and dreary spot with the song "Mad World" by Gary Jules. Once again they have chosen a tune that will capture the interest of the audience and generate attention. I think it has something to do with the executive producer, Jeff Baron. He's been involved in the Nike Fate commercial as well as several other spots with awesome audio.

Ahh... the sweet, sweet sound of curb stomps and chain saws awaits me.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Guitar Hero Loves Celebrities

This Risky Business styled ad features Michael Phelps, Kobe Bryant, Alex Rodriguez, and Tony Hawk rocking out to "Old Time Rock and Roll" performed by Bob Seger. It's for the new Guitar Hero game. I'm sure this assemblage of super stardom will attract many of potential heroes.

Rock on, America.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

True Change

Remember that classic Budweiser "Wassup" commercial? Here's a spoof of it. Wasssuuuuup.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Sun for 30p

All this for just 30p! Brilliant!

I had to post this ad from the UK. I thought it was pretty cool, a very unique idea.

The name of the song in this commercial is called "I Just Can't Get Enough" by Wallis Bird. It's a cover of Depeche Mode.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Cox Pod Digis

This spot is a few months old, but I've just stumbled upon it. Cox Communications hopes these little guys can emphasize their message: "Your Friend in the Digital Age." The little pod people are called Digis.

The song in this spot: Justin Sconza (from band Walter Meego), “Pretty Picture,” published through Spectre. Click here for more.

For more information from the studio responsible for the comercials, click here.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Channel Surfing: New Pepsi Logo

This segment features specialty marketing that may go beyond the usual limits of this blog.

Well, there it is. Surprising eh? I can't believe Pepsi is abandoning such a well known brand icon. Already people are voicing their opinion about the face lift...

The new logo is just a small part of PepsiCo's $1.2 Billion attempt to try and get back some drinkers who have drifted to the Coke side of life. Over the course of three years, Pepsi hopes to increase their market share with new packaging, merchandising, and advertising.

So why the new logo? Is Pepsi trying to tell us something about who they want for president, or which airline they prefer? No, apparently the white band is supposed to be a smile. Other brands will also be getting remodeled as happy mouth shapes: Diet Pepsi will be a grin and Pepsi Max will be a laugh. Also, Mountain Dew will become Mtn Dew. Srsly.

They claim that Coke is not the culprit, but the bad economy. People have stopped buying carbonated soft drinks, and they hope the change can bring back drinkers. Unfortunately, the move also comes with a 3,000 person job cut, and six plants will be shut down.

Note: All of these images have been stolen from the internet, and are in no way mine.

Apple Strikes Back

With the Seinfeld spots and Microsoft's new attempts with advertising Windows, Apple has released two new commercials. Here's the first one, called "The V Word":

And the next one is probably going to be more effective, titled "The Beancounter":

I can hear Bill Gates' shrieks of pain from here.

It seems that this little battle between the two computer giants always ends in the same way; with the victor smirking beneath their white background and playful melodies. Now, I am a proud PC user. I enjoy the bickering between the brands, but I will not take sides. It's like two opposite viewpoints: neither is "right", neither is "better", it's what you prefer.

These ads can also be related to the presidential campaigns. As the race gets more intense, parties resort to negative smear campaigns, and I bet it won't be long before Microsoft takes the low road as well. So far, they have focused on themselves and simply defended their case, but this ugly sport can no longer sustain civil communication... The fighting will escalate until ridiculous things happen: a Gates vs. Jobs wrestling match, an online civil war between the operating systems, mass virtual havoc! Until, of course, Google launches their line of computers/OS's and they take over the world. THE END.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Holiday Inn Express Rap Battle


Bonus commercial!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fable 2: Destiny

This mysterious, almost movie-like trailer is a great spot for Fable 2, a video game for the Xbox 360. It's very Lord of the Rings esque, and displays how you can transform and who you can become in the game. The agency responsible is named T.A.G.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Nike Fate

It's official. Wieden+Kennedy are the top of the top, by far my favorite agency.

This commercial features Troy Polamalu and LaDainian Tomlinson as they grow up as active youngin's and eventually clash in the big league, as if fate would have it. The music to the commercial really puts the icing on the cake. It's "The Ecstasy of Gold" by Ennio Morricone. Old school retro style.

The tag line is Leave Nothing.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

MTV Tr3s: "Words" by Soy Mono

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MTV's Hispanic channel tr3s celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) with these goofy spots. I find it kind of ironic that a commercial trying to honor Hispanics comes off as slightly racist... Oh well, they're freaking hilarious. Check out all eight, chico.