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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

Dulcolax, McCann Health Make 2014′s ‘Crappiest’ Ad to Date

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At first glance, this spot looks like a scene from The BoxTrolls with the titular characters sitting around a rabbit hole or a spot where a friendly campfire used to be.

Note the tagline “Only you can set them free”. Yes, this is a Dulcolax ad and those guys are poops looking for a way out of some lucky soul’s small intestine.

McCann Health in Shanghai are the culprits masterminds behind this constipation of visuals. According to Adweek, it ran in Singapore newspapers and bus shelters.

 ”Instead of approaching the dramatization from the patient’s [point of view], we approached it from the excrement’s.”

Those with long memories may recall that this isn’t the first time Dulcolax has made a poop joke…

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W+K NY Taps Fred Armisen in Latest for Heineken

You can hardly blame people for not wanting to participate in Heineken’s latest “social experiment” for the brand’s “Routine Interruptions” campaign.

The spot, by W+K New York, sees Fred Armisen anonymously call a payphone and ask whoever picks up to come across the street. Of the thousands called, only five obliged the request, and those who did joined Armisen onstate at The Comedy Cellar (the New York City comedy club most well known from its inclusion in FX’s Louie). It’s a strange approach, but makes a little more sense in the context of Heineken’s “Routine Interruptions” series, which attempts to pull city dwellers out of their usual routines for an adventurous night. Still, the 90 second spot doesn’t do a lot to sell Heineken, as if it weren’t for the logo at the end there would be nothing to tie it to the brand.

“We believe that it’s not just by shouting loud and clear the brand name or brand image that you are going to get consumer engagement,” Heineken USA Chief Marketing Officer Nuno Teles told AdAge. “It’s far more important to share the brand point of view and to engage the consumer through the content.”

Tribal Worldwide Shows ‘How to Dad’ for Peanut Butter Cheerios

Tribal Worldwide, Toronto has a new Canadian online campaign for Peanut Butter Cheerios illustrating “How to Dad.”

The father in the spot is a welcome departure from the idiotic paternal human punchlines still typical in advertising. He gives a quick, ADD style lecture on fathering while touring his house, after being awoken by his son modeling his new horse mask (which he reacts to remarkably well). The product integration is at times a bit awkward, the word “awesome” appears too many times (including twice in one sentence in the line “Because being a dad is awesome, just like new Peanut Butter Cheerios are awesome,”delivered near the spot’s conclusion) and the ending really takes the goofiness level over the top. Still, it’s nice to see dads represented this way, so we’ll chalk it up as a step in the right direction and a sign that perhaps the idiot dad stereotype is finally on its way out.

The campaign also features a Tumblr with fathering advice for those who want to step up their dad game and a #HowToDad hashtag which the brand hopes will generate discussion amongst paternal consumers. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Ogilvy & Mather Embarks on ‘Journey to Extraordinary’ for Holiday Inn

Ogilvy & Mather, New York’s latest campaign for The Holiday Inn examines the inspirational stories of individuals who have made the “Journey to Extraordinary” in a series of web documentaries.

The first in the series explores the story of Scott Rigsby, a double-amputee who was told by doctors at the age of eighteen that he would never run again. Not only did Scott prove the doctors wrong, he went on to become a marathoner, tri-athlete, world record holder, author and motivational speaker. A certain Panama City Holiday Inn location played an important role in his story, keeping Scott from homelessness, and the 3:30 video focuses on Scott’s recovery while staying there and his friendship with hotel owner Julie Hilton.

The “Journey to Extraordinary” series will continue over the course of the summer and into the fall, with a new documentary added weekly via the brand’s Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter  pages, as well as on YouTube. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Pinterest Hires Unilever Marketer as Head of Brand

149dfb4Pinterest has hired David Rubin as the company’s new head of brand, Adweek reports. “He will lead Pinterest’s global brand marketing, helping define the company’s brand strategy, identify key audiences and manage its marketing initiatives,” the company said yesterday.

Rubin arrives at Pinterest from Unilever, where he has worked since 1999. He most recently served as vice president in charge of marketing hair care products and is most well-known for his work on Axe.

The move is just the latest from Pinterest as the company attempts grow its marketing business to compete with other social services like Twitter and Facebook. Pinterest recently added promoted pins, allowing brands a kind of DIY advertising platform through the social service. They’ve also beefed up their measurement tools and back in May hired Twitter veteran Lisa Manowitz as head of partnerships. The leap to effective marketing has proven a difficult one for social media sites, and Rubin will have his work cut out for him with competition from major players like Facebook and Twitter.

One Twenty Three West Trades Montana’s BBQ for Goods/Services

What can you pay for with barbecue?

A massage, yoga and MMA lessons, flowers and a psychic reading, at least according to One Two Three West’s new spot for Montana’s Cookhouse & Bar. The agency supposedly only paid for the actor/host, while the rest of the people in the spot are real employees of businesses with whom they bartered barbecue for goods and services. They do add some believability by showing some people refuse the transaction, and if hungry and presented with a big plate of barbecue goodness it’s not hard to imagine agreeing to such a bargain. It’s a clever idea, regardless of authenticity, although they certainly could have trimmed some of the fat off the spot’s two minutes. “Paid For In BBQ” will run “in cinemas across Canada, on TSN and online pre-roll,” with a number of smaller spots showing the individual transactions hosted on the brand’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

“We thought the best way to create awareness of the new Best of BBQ Sampler Event at Montana’s would be to literally bring the BBQ food to people in a creative way,” said Scot Keith, founder and managing director, One Twenty Three West. “It allowed us to create a number of great content opportunities and was a lot of fun to do.”

Stick around for “MMA Paid For In BBQ” and “Psychic Reading Paid For In BBQ,” along with credits, after the jump. Read more

TBWA\Media Arts Lab Spreads the Love for Apple

Apple may be moving more ads in-house, but it seems that TBWA\Media Arts Lab isn’t out of fuel just yet, as evident from their new spot for the MacBook Air.

Entitled “Stickers,” the 30-second spot illustrates MacBook Air users’ individual passions through a rapid-fire viewing of the laptop decorated with different stickers from a variety of users, followed by the tagline “The notebook people love.” It’s a bit of a return to previous strategies for TBWA and Apple, emphasizing the passionate devotion of its users. If you can’t keep up with all the different stickers featured, you can also see them individually on the “Stickers” page of the Apple website. The approach is reminiscent of Google’s recent “Play Your Heart Out” spot, as Adweek points out. But where that spot focuses on different pop culture obsessions facilitated by Google, Apple’s spot is more about how people customize their Air to make it their own. Whether this is enough of a distinction to truly differentiate the spot may come down to a matter of opinion. Feel free to weigh in with yours in the comments section.

Big Bad Wolf Reverses Fairy Tale Gender Roles for Rendez-vous

Belgian agency Big Bad Wolf reverses fairy tale gender roles in their short spot for dating site Rendez-vous.

The spot, created with production company 3 Little Pix Studios opens with a heroine chopping through a thorny thicket with her sword. As she emerges on the other side of the thicket she sees a tower, followed by an amusing play on the Rapunzel story. It’s a simple approach, but a memorable one that should get people thinking of Rendez-vous. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Portal A Gets Mythical for Kimpton Hotels

Portal A has a strange new campaign for Kimpton Hotels, imagining the hotel chain’s personalized rewards delivered by a satyr, the mythical half-man, half-goat creature.

The new spots promote Kimpton’s new karma feature, in which social interaction with the hotel will earn you karma for rewards. “Karma feels like magic, so what if something magical was behind it? That’s what led us to the idea of going behind-the-scenes with a mythical satyr character,” Creative Director Kai Hasson told Adweek.

So that makes sense…sort of. It still seems like a pretty big leap, since satyrs don’t actually have anything to do with karma. The spots feature rewards that we’re guessing the hotel doesn’t actually offer, as well, such as spelling your dog’s name out in dog treats. In the spot above that dog is a Boston terrier named Zeus, tying together the whole mythical Greek creature thread. In other spots it’s a sweet gin and juice spread and, rather creepily, a cutout of a half-naked man. Each ad ends with a delighted guest asking “Who does that?” which serves as the campaign’s tagline. Stick around for the other spots, along with limited credits, after the jump. Read more

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