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Dove Celebrates Fathers with ‘Calls for Dad’

Released this Monday in anticipation for father’s day, Dove’s new digital spot for their Men+Care line, entitled “Calls for Dad” celebrates all that father’s do in an attempt to backlash outdated ideas of fathers as hands-off parents.

Adweek reports that Dove “hired Edelman Berland to interview 1,000 fathers ages 25-54″ as research for the campaign. “Three-quarters of dads say they are responsible for their child’s emotional well-being,” said Rob Candelino, marketing vice president and general manager, Unilever’s skin care. “But only 20 percent see that in media.”

The spot aims to strike an emotional chord with fathers everywhere, as children of various ages in various situations call for dad. “For all the times they’ve answered our call…isn’t it time we celebrate dads?” the spot asks, undoubtedly leading to a few choked up fathers. Adweek reports that “Mindshare and Davie Brown Entertainment are the media buying and creative agencies, respectively, behind the initiative,” which has scored over 500,000 views on YouTube since its debut yesterday. We’ve reached out for credits and will update if/when we receive them. Read more

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F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi Gets Sentimental for Electrolux

Well, Mother’s Day may have been over two weeks ago, but apparently May is Mother’s Month now (who knew?) so technically F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi isn’t late to the party with their maternally sentimental spot for Electrolux, entitled “Best Mother’s Day Present.”

The 2:30 spot tells the story of a daughter leaving São Paulo for college on Mother’s Day, and the sentimental surprise she received on her flight, causing the airline to make an exception to its menu. F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi reverse the traditional role of mothers receiving gifts on their day, ending with the message “Because being a mom is the best Mother’s Day present.” Be warned that, if you’re the kind of person who is strongly affected by this kind of thing, the emotional spot may make you shed a few tears at work, so you just might want to wait until the week is officially over to check it out. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Cheil Worldwide’s ‘Another Me’ True Story for Samsung Proves a Success

L.A. resident Samantha Futerman and Parisian Anais Bordier are identical twins separated at birth who found each other through a chance encounter on social media.

Last month, Cheil debuted a campaign for Samsung telling the twins’ true story, promoting the Gear 2, Gear Fit and Galaxy in a 1:30 teaser and 3:00 documentary. The teaser utilizes a split-screen to tell Sam and Anais’ stories separately, before they inevitably reunite on one screen at the spots’ conclusion. As part of the campaign, Cheil and Samsung also created an app that allows users to view two different mobile teasers, one from Anais’ perspective, the other from Samantha’s. By syncing with someone else’s phone, users could then view the full teaser on both devices side-by-side. People could also create their own split-screen movies to “celebrate togetherness.” The idea behind the campaign was that like Sam and Anais the Gear and the Galaxy are “always in sync, natural extensions of one another.” Cheil’s telling of Sam and Anais’ story resonated, with the spot chalking up 1.5 million views in its first 10 days and a 96% approval rating on YouTube. Cheil also decided to submit the project to the Cannes Advertising Festival. You can view the original teaser above, and stick around for the case study and 3:00 documentary, along with credits, after the jump. Read more

FCB Brasil, CNA Launch ‘Speaking Exchange’

FCB Brasil teamed up with language school CNA for “Speaking Exchange,” a heartwarming program connecting English students in Brazil with Americans living in retirement homes.

The program was mutually beneficial, fulfilling students wish to communicate with English speakers abroad while also giving retirement home denizens someone to talk to. “Speaking Exchange” chats take place “via an exclusive digital tool that uses video chat technology to bring the students face-to-face with Americans.” Students choose registered institution and topic suggested by the system, with the resulting conversations uploaded to a private YouTube channel for instructors to evaluate.

“The goal of the Speaking Exchange project is to transform lives, explains CNA’s marketing director, Luciana Fortuna. “Our students have the opportunity to practice English with people who are willing to listen. During the chat sessions, the students discuss ideas and information from their lives in Brazil with the American senior citizens, many of whom have never had contact with anyone from Brazil before.”

“The idea is simple and it’s a win-win proposition for both the students and the American senior citizens. It’s exciting to see their reactions and contentment. It truly benefits both sides,” adds Joanna Monteiro, executive creative director at FCB Brazil. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Puppies Help Combat ‘Slacktivism’ for BBDO Colenso

Puppy spots pretty much write themselves, but this one from BBDO Colenso goes a bit further than most, explaining YouTube’s business model and following with a particularly direct call-to-action that helps viewers donate without spending any money by using views as virtual currency that won’t just vanish like Bitcoin.

The release describes it as “potentially a new way for charities around the world to raise money.”

That strategy might conflict with Facebook’s new anti-spam algorithm, but as puppy owners we’re quite  susceptible to the message.

Credits after the jump (though the real star of the spot appears on the floor at 0:47).

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‘Wallace and Gromit’ Creators Go Stop Motion for Book Trailer

We still can’t quite wrap our heads around the simple concept of book trailers.

That said, this short from Aardman Animations–the studio behind “Wallace and Gromit”–reminds us why stop motion animation will never get old:

We can’t promise that we’ll actually buy and/or read the book in question, though the fact that this city mouse-to-country mouse memoir involves “Abbie’s Liverpudlian grandparents — dedicated followers of Liberace, sleek in scented mohair and patent leather” certainly makes it more intriguing.

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ROKKAN, WellPoint Launch ‘The ABCs of Disease’

In what may be the cutest advertisement you see today, ROKKAN teamed up with healthcare giant WellPoint to create “The ABCs of Disease,” “a creative extension of WellPoint’s Real Health campaign, a full scale digital & social initiative aimed at simplifying and educating Americans around the often complex landscape of healthcare and insurance.”

“The ABCs of Disease” is a fun video in which Forrest Kline, of powerpop band HelloGoodbye, leads a group from the imagined Florence Nightingale Middle School through a pageant depicting “26 reasons to protect your health” from A-Z. It’s an infectious little number that ROKKAN and WellPoint hopes will catch on and convince viewers of the need for health insurance. “The ABCs of Disease” features an original song, handmade costumes and adorable cast of characters from asthma to bacteria to narcolepsy. In addition to the long-form video, the campaign also includes “a range of elements from short form pre-roll spots and bite-sized video content to the website, which serves as the digital conversation hub.” You can check out the full length video above, and stick around for “The ABCs of Disease: Catch it Now!” after the jump. Read more

Draftfcb Chicago Lets Pets Speak for The Shelter Pet Project

We thought we’d round out Monday on a cute note.

Draftfcb Chicago created a new pro-bono campaign for The Shelter Pet Project that lets the animals speak for themselves. Working in partnership with The Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States, and Maddie’s Fund, Draftfcb’s integrated campaign features TV, outdoor and web PSAs promoting pet adoption. The campaign showcases the adorable and amazing personalities of real dogs and cats adopted from shelters, who practically reach through the screen and invite viewers to play with them. Draftfcb plans to take things a step further later this week with the launch of a new online experience on The Shelter Pet Project’s website allowing visitors “to virtually meet and play with the pets from the PSAs.” You can view the PSA for the friendly feline Stetson above, while dog lovers can meet the energetic Arnie below. Still not enough aww to round out your Monday? Stick around for another feline/canine pair and credits after the jump.

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