February 10, 2011

Vader Outtakes.

Great spot. Great idea to release the "unseen footage." Relieved and happy that they never gave into the temptation to actually levitate anything in the final cut. I like the reverse of Mom and Dad, too.

February 07, 2011

AC #68 Now Available

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AC #68: The Super Bowl 45 Edition

Bites and Bytes from John amd Tug's Super Bowl Party. What scored? What bored? Listen up to opinions from John and Tug plus a whole ton of AC friends. And remember kiddies, AC is NSFW. 

Looking for a second or 10th opinion? Check out what the Ad Hole Jason Fox has to say (note: he does not always agree with us).

Neither does Bill Green.

And check out all the good stuff from the AC community on Twitter at #acbowl

January 20, 2011

Colbert and the artist

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Friend of AC, best man of JJ, and super art guy Wade Hampton was the first artist featured in the Colbert's Nation user generated art contest. More evidence that the AC nation still rules. You may or may not remember Wade from this old AC episode about creativity.

November 09, 2010

All I want for Christmas is an original spot.

Oh, thank you @radioshack! How did you know I was so sick and so bored of Santa and elves and warm holiday scenes and, most of all, rewritten Christmas carols. This is just what I wanted. It's fresh and fun and, gasp, benefit driven. God bless you @radioshack. And God bless us, everyone.

November 05, 2010

Don Draper Says What?

October 11, 2010

You know you've made it when your campaign goes Muppet.

What's not to love?

May 20, 2010

The definition of "epic" courtesy of Nike and W+K.

The Magnificent Bastards score. Seriously, this is a stunner. My very favorite thing in a very long time. Thanks to Hey Whipple for the find.

May 06, 2010

Noted without comment: The Better Marriage Blanket.

July 09, 2009

11 observations about Kim Jong-il's delusions of Auggie Busch.

Look, everyone else has already covered what some have reported as the "first television ad ever to run in North Korea." But, as you know, beer is one of our favorite topics.

1. The copy of the ad reportedly promises that beer relieves stress, improves health and lengthen life. We thank The Great Leader for allowing truth in advertising.
2. We have a case of good American beer for anyone who works that Wii-on-crack soundtrack into a real project.
3. Seriously.
4. This spot proves the old adage, "When in doubt, use reverb."
5. By the by, Don Pardo has some real competition in Korea.
6. AKA Mr. Black and MK12 can suck eggs. The motion graphics here rule. Some of those Korean characters look like they're made out of real chrome! That's the kind of stuff we thought only Nebraska Furniture Mart could pull off.
7. That North Korean waitress is not wearing 37 pieces of flair.
8. The Sam Adams guys can learn something from this spot. Beer-making employees look most concerned with quality when wearing white lab coats.
9. Why do we feel like that beer mug is made out of lead glass?
10. Just can't help but wonder if this is the kind of craftsmanship that went into North Korea's nuclear missiles?
11. If there's TV to be done in North Korea can a giant holding company office be far behind? McCann Pyongyang anyone?

May 06, 2009

They're playing Simon's song

American Idol may or may not be great television.  But there's no denying that it is freakin' brilliant marketing.  And tonight's results show is the ultimate example.  

A couple bazillion viewers will tune in and will happily sit through a buttload of traditional TV commercials, several "special appearances" by celebrities who all just happen to have something new to sell right now, and several plugs for iTunes.  By the end of the show, viewers will have absorbed sixty solid minutes of marketing content, all for a ten-second payoff.  (Even if the losing contestant has a name with lots of syllables - like Allison Iraheta - and even if Seacrest talks real, real slow, I'm pretty it wouldn't take more than 10 seconds to say the loser's name.)  Absolutely brilliant. Advertisers pay top dollar to run spots that each require more air time than the actual program content.  And I'm guessing that the weekly "special guests" are paying Fox for the exposure, not vice-versa.  Anybody know?

Simon is making noises about leaving the show after next season.  He's saying maybe it's time for a change.  What he's talking about, of course, is a change in the number of zeros Fox puts on his paycheck. And he should.  American Idol is Fox's gravy train, and Simon's the engineer.

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