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McKinney Channels Golden Girls for ESPN’s SEC Network

McKinney uses the song “Thank You For Being A Friend” (a cover of which is the theme song to the classic show Golden Girls) for a new campaign promoting the launch of ESPN’s SEC network for South Eastern Conference college sports, which launches August 14th.

The 30-second spot, “Animals,” features mascots from the conference, from Mississippi State’s “Bully” to Auburn’s “War Eagle” to Arkansas’ “Tusk.” It’s a simple approach, but between the loveable animal mascots and the Golden Girl nostalgia stoking musical selection, the spot is just plain likeable. And that’s coming from someone who couldn’t care less about college football. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

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Colossal Murals Earn Eyeballs in Brooklyn

Yes, you can read that headline both ways: Brooklyn’s Colossal Media, or “the largest hand paint mural and out-of-home advertising company in the US”, earned a mention from our fellow trade blog AdFreak yesterday for a new campaign created to promote…the agency itself!

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The  murals, which have appeared recently in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Bushwick (but not near Roberta’s, since no one with an MFA can afford to eat there), serve a dual purpose: they allow the agency to both support the neighborhood and attract local artists to work on apprentice programs for their traditional outdoor campaigns.

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Figliulo & Partners Rolls Out More ‘Framily’ for Sprint

Figliulo & Partners continues their slightly absurd “Framily” campaign for Sprint.

The agency launched the odd, nature-defying campaign back in March with a series of four ads. Now they’re back with two additions to the Frobinsons’ story. In “Count On It” (featured above) Chuck is out on the road with framily member Gordon (pronounced Gor-don) when his motorcycle breaks down. He calls his father (who, you might remember, is a hamster for some reason, voiced by Andrew Dice Clay), who he assures Gordon always picks up. Despite being in the middle of a frame of bowling with the wife, the father answers and rushes (or rolls) to the rescue. Yup, this campaign is still a frucking weird one.

Another spot, “Spin Off,” features Hamster Dad and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon. Stick around for credits and that spot after the jump. Read more

DDB California Brings Back ‘Snap Into a Slim Jim’

DDB California brings back Slim Jim’s classic “Snap Into a Slim Jim” tagline in their latest campaign for the brand.

The new campaign targets the 18-25 crowd, most of whom are probably too young to remember the line as delivered by Randy Savage in its original incarnation. Still, it’s a memorable tagline and bringing it back will stoke nostalgia in the slightly older set. The 30-second spot reintroducing the line “Snap Into It,” unfortunately, is less memorable. With the only lines in the ad rhymes playing on meat sticks: bro sticks, pro sticks, hooray sticks, meat chicks, tree sticks, etc., the onscreen action focuses on one group of friends’ epic day, concluding with a goat party. “Snap into a goat party, snap into a slim jim,” the spot concludes. As you can imagine, it’s a tad on the goofy side, but the tagline’s return is a welcome one. A series of 15-second ads, also featuring the classic tagline, pit Slim Jims against a generic competitor in a series of ridiculous situations.

“It’s what people know and love about the brand,” group creative director Travis Parr told Adweek, reffering to the old tagline. “ConAgra worried it had too much baggage or might make them seem old. But they finally decided it was cool.” Credits and the 15-second “Possum” after the jump. Read more

DDB Examines Downside to Self-Driving Cars for Centraal Beheer Achmea

DDB & Tribal Worldwide, Amsterdam tackles the issue of self-driving cars in their latest spot for Dutch insurance company Centraal Beheer Achmea.

The spot at first appears to be a promo for the self-driving car, but while the voiceover extolls the virtues of the technological innovations it leads to all kinds of disastrous accidents as people are distracted by the site of seeing a car with no driver. DDB’s spot crams a lot of slapstick into its 60 seconds, leading into the brand’s “Just Call Us” tagline.

Apparently the spot was correct in its assumption that a self-driving car would function as a large distraction to other drivers and passers-by. “The self-driving car is a hot topic at the moment and we saw it as a great opportunity for Centraal Beheer Achmea’s car insurance,” said Pol Hoenderboom, creative director at DDB & Tribal Worldwide. “Our own ‘self-driving car,’ by the way, did not survive the shoot unscathed. A local driver was so distracted by the situation that he drove straight into our ‘TV ad hero’ car parked on the location.” Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Oishii Creative Gets Gross for E!’s Botched

Creative agency Oishii Creative has a new spot for the debut of disturbing new E! series Botched, which “follows two plastic surgeons who attempt to fix cosmetic surgery disasters and counsel people who’ve become obsessed with having plastic surgeries.”

The 13-second promo combines imagery from the show with typography and a thematically linked soundtrack to examine how media (such as, uh, E!) bombards viewers with an idealized image of beauty that is unattainable. Presumably the show will explore the same themes, although we’re guessing not everyone who watches will tune in for the show’s message. While a bit on the cheesy side (the typography and music can be a bit much), the promo does fit with E!’s style, which is more than a little over the top. Be warned: even for 13 seconds, this stuff is not easy to stomach. Stay tuned for credits after the jump. Read more

Anomaly Amsterdam Aims to Capture Emotion of Live Soccer for Fox Sports

Anomaly Amsterdam has a new campaign for Fox Sports which aims to capture the excitement of watching live soccer.

The 60-second spot doesn’t include a second of actual in-game footage, choosing instead to focus on the reactions of fans — from anguished to exultant — watching the game. Their facial expressions and body language give the viewer an idea of the on-field drama as an opera plays in the background. The approach leaves an impression of just how impassioned fans young and old get about the game, and it’s a welcome departure from the myriad ads that simply assemble in-game footage of popular stars.

“Anomaly did an outstanding job at capturing the tension, excitement, joy and pain that fans experience while watching a live soccer match,” said Fox Sports Marketing Director Jan Bonjer. “Their world class brand and soccer experience has helped us create an authentic and insightful campaign made by fans, for fans.”

The campaign also includes 30-second versions of the spot, as well as print, digital and radio executions. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Kraft No Longer with Anomaly Toronto

kraft_mac_cheeseKraft Canada wants to make more folks north of the border eat Mac n’ Cheese. In order to achieve this goal, the company took its business from TAXI Canada to Anomaly Toronto a few months ago.

The key word in that partnership was “fun“, which served as the basis of a new, “wacky” campaign designed to “rekindle memories of a happy childhood.”

Now the brand has had a change of heart.

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Saatchi & Saatchi Creates Dual Spots Featuring NFL Rivals for Duracell

Saatchi & Saatchi created a pair of spots for Duracell featuring NFL rivals the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

Both spots carry the same message: “When the game’s on the line, the NFL trusts Duracell Quantum to power their gameday communications.” The difference is that one spot presents this from the Seahawks’ perspective (on offense), while the other examines things from the 49ers’ point of view (on defense), leaving the ultimate outcome of a game defining play up in the air. After the viral success of  Saatchi & Saatchi New York’s “Power Your Game” spot back in January, these efforts feel a bit lightweight by comparison. Still, the different views of the same play approach is at least somewhat interesting and the continued NFL partnership should appeal to football fans.

Stick around for the 49ers version after the jump. Read more

CP+B Channels Rushmore in Best Buy Back-to-School Ad

The inspiration for CP+B’s new back-to-school ad is pretty clear: the 1998 film Rushmore by Wes Anderson (who is no stranger to advertising), which happens to be my personal favorite from the director.

Like Jason Schwartzman‘s Max Fischer character in that film, the protagonist of the 30-second “Part Time Everythingers” tackles just about every extracurricular activity imaginable, from a school play to fencing (both clear nods to Rushmore). The comparison is made even more obvious by the use of The Creation’s classic 1967 song “Making Time,” also used in the opening credits of the film (as well as its trailer).

When asked by AdFreak if the spot was a literal homage to Rushmore, a BestBuy rep seemingly side-stepped the question, saying, “Any time you’re compared to an Academy Award-nominated director, that’s a good thing. And to be honest, better to channel Wes Anderson than Wes Craven.”

While it may lack originality, the choice of homage makes perfect sense in context and, more importantly, makes for a very watchable spot. Stick around for a more complete look at Max Fischer’s extracurricular activities (set, of course, to “Making Time”) after the jump. Read more

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