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JNA Advertising Dreams Big for Kansas Lottery

Overland Park, Kansas agency JNA Advertising teamed up with Superlounge directing duo Jacob/Slade in a new campaign for Kansas Lottery aggressively telling viewers to “Dream Big.”

In the spot, “Big TV,” a man tells his wife he’s dreaming of a bigger TV. This causes her to morph into a drill sergeant (“Dream Sergeant”) who admonishes him to “Start dreaming like a man” and “Dream big or dream somewhere else.” The slightly bizarre character will reappear over the course of the campaign, in a handful of 30 and 15-second ads.

“The JNA team had such a great concept and a great character with the Dream Sergeant, so the question for us was ‘How can we underscore the notion that people may be imagining the Dream Sergeant, as well as serve the weird funniness of it all?’” said Kristina Slade.

“Kristina and I have been together for twelve years, so we have a long history of exchanges, a give and take that informs our ideas and work relationship,” added Enno Jacobsen. “Kristina is more strategically-minded and I’m more experienced in technique, but the shooting process is spontaneous and fluid, rather than a division of labor.”

This campaign marks the German-born duo’s first campaign in the US, following the duo’s recent work for adhesive brand Tesa. Read more

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McCann Rolls Out More ‘Priceless Surprises’ with Justin Timberlake for Mastercard

McCann has rolled out the latest extension of the “Priceless Surprises” campaign for Mastercard featuring Justin Timberlake surprising card-holding fans, which debuted back in January for the Grammys.

The latest iteration of the campaign comes via an online spot for MasterCard Canada, courtesy of MacLaren McCann, Toronto. In the spot, a fan describes her ideal day with Timberlake, which features mini golf, beer and nachos. Timberlake was taken with her laid-back plans, which he says came across as “really genuine” and decided “I want to hang out with that chick.” So he surprises her while she’s playing mini golf with a friend. The trio finish their round and find a reserved table with beer and nachos. While it’s basically more of the same for the campaign, Canadian fans of Timberlake should get a kick out of it and JT provides the kind of star presence that’s hard to argue with. Read more

Carmichael Lynch Strolls Down ‘Memory Lane’ for Subaru

For its latest campaign for Subaru, promoting the 2015 Outback, agency-of-record Carmichael Lynch teamed up with director Lance Acord (best known for his cinematography on films such as Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Lost In Translation) and production company Park Pictures for a couple of 60-second spots emphasizing that the Outback can “go anywhere.”

In “Memory Lane,” a family picks up a hippie grandmother for a road trip to Woodstock. The grandmother imparts some questionable teachings on her granddaughter and finds the spot where she met her grandfather, in a cute moment that also shows the Outback’s off-road capabilities.

“Bison” also features a road trip, as a father attempts to wow his tween son with major American landmarks. The bratty son is unimpressed with Redwoods and The Grand Canyon, more interested in his smart phone than anything outside the car, but the father does eventually get through to him, followed by the voiceover, “There’s nothing I can’t reach in my Subaru.”

Both spots are impressively shot (which shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the director) while delivering their message in a way that should appeal to parents (always a target demographic for Subaru). And if they cross the line into cheesiness, it’s in a way that fits the brand well. Read more

twofifteenmccann Invites You to ‘Leave Your Limits’ for Forza Horizon 2

twofifteenmccann has released a live action trailer for Xbox One open-world racing game Forza Horizon 2.

Like a lot of live action trailers for games, the 90-second spot attempts to capture the feeling and excitement of the title in a live action format that captures viewers attention. “Leave Your Limits” opens with a nostalgic look at an electric slot car track. When one of the cars breaks through a wall rather than sticking to the track, the film shifts focus to cars speeding down a highway. The remainder of the spot uses racing footage of cars both on and off road, emphasizing the aspect that makes the game unique, the freedom its open world affords players.

“Leave Your Limits” finds a playful way to promote the game which should have fans ready for the September 30th launch while also piquing the curiosity of casual viewers. Appropriately enough, the spot is set to the song “Prisencolinensinainciusol” by Adriano Celentano, which is sung entirely in gibberish.

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72andSunny Really Wishes You Would All Just ‘F*ck Off’

A question for the men in the audience: have you ever mentored a young person? The answer is almost certainly no, but Esquire wants to change that with the help of 72andSunny and its new “Mentoring Project.

In short, the magazine enlisted a bunch of celebrities along with three ad agencies to try and sell the virtues of the practice to its uber-sophisticated readers. These spots, which will appear in the magazine as well as on its website/social feeds and video channel, aim to “puncture [the] stuffiness” that leads so many men to sit at home rather than reaching out to the young dudes who need their wisdom.

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The idea is that mentoring is a bit less intimidating when framed as a simple sharing of manly pleasures. As the copy on the above ad puts it:

“That idea can seem paralyzing — like we have to be Aristotle or George Washington or something.

But you don’t need to be a philosopher or scholar, boy scout or saint. Men learn by doing. Go. Eat burgers bigger than your head. Together.”

Two more after the jump.

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Les Gaulois Shares Dog’s Stretching Routine for Citroën

Parisian agency Les Gaulois has a new spot for Citroën aimed squarely at canine fans.

In the spot, a Citroën makes a pit stop in the middle of a road trip. The mutt, aware that there won’t be another stop for some time goes through a lengthy stretching routine. It’s a simple, cute way to show the vehicle’s fuel efficiency and what’s not to like about a dog going through a human-like stretching routine? It also acts as something of a thematic follow-up to last year’s “Dog Romance.”

DDB Canada Waxes Nostalgic for Nordstrom

DDB Canada has a new campaign for Nordstrom entitled “Shoes That Move You,” that takes a nostalgic look back at customer’s childhoods.

In “Cardboard Box,” for example, a voiceover says, “When you were young, you could see endless possibility inside of a cardboard box…” over whimsically shot scenes of children making imaginative use of cardboard boxes. The spot then cuts to a woman opening up a box of Nordstrom shoes, as the voiceover finishes “…some things never change.” This transition is handled well, suggesting to the viewer that the woman at the spot’s conclusion is the cardboard astronaut from the previous shot. In the similarly-themed “Cake,” meanwhile, Nordstrom shoes are likened to getting the biggest slice of cake at a party. Both spots aim to capitalize on the cute factor, while making customers associate the brand with fond childhood memories. Read more

W+K and Drew Brees Interview a Robot for Old Spice

Here’s a long and unusual one from Wieden+Kennedy to promote client Old Spice.

The agency first introduced its “Mandroid” character in a couple of spots this summer, and he plays an even larger role in this one, which is ostensibly an “interview” on a retro sports talk show:

It’s nothing if not awkward; we do like the New Orleans-appropriate “jazz breakdown” that happens around the 4:00 mark.

The finale is also amusing, though you may note that Brees’ pass doesn’t quite hit its target.

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TDA Boulder Seeks to Inspire for FirstBank

TDA Boulder shifts approach with its latest campaign for FirstBank, seeking to inspire local businesses.

The campaign launches with the 30-second spot “Legacy,” which emphasizes the distinction between modern Internet “fame” and a real legacy. In the spots first 15 seconds viewers are barraged with viral Internet “fails” such as a balance beam gymnast landing on his crotch and a man cannonballing onto an iced-over pool. “Since when did ‘leaving a legacy’ mean ‘going viral?’” the voiceover asks. At the spot’s midpoint the text “Let’s Grow Business” appears onscreen, accompanied by voiceover, as its shifts to a focus on what a true legacy is, accompanied by images of business and commerce. The way in which the spot seamlessly incorporates humor (via the Internet-culled clips) into its message marks a step forward from previous efforts such as the recent Amish-themed campaign and the creepy “Bargain Dummy” spot.

The spot will run during live sports and new programming on major networks, as well as twenty cable channels, including ESPN, USA, and The History Channel. Other media for the campaign will follow in the coming weeks and months. Read more

TBWA\Chiat\Day Sends Off Yankees Captain for Gatorade

TBWA\Chiat\Day bids adieu to Yankees captain (and regular starting shortstop since 1996) Derek Jeter in a 90-second send-off spot for Gatorade, an MLB sponsor since 1990.

While there has been no shortage of fanfare surrounding Jeter’s exit from baseball at the quickly approaching end to the season (including a somewhat excessive display at the All Star game), TBWA\Chiat\Day’s farewell for Gatorade, which Jeter collaborated on, manages to charm. Back in July (when it still looked like the Yankees had a shot at the postseason), TBWA\Chiat\Day and Gatorade roped off a few blocks before a home game in the Bronx and, in the words of Molly Carter, Gatorade’s senior director of consumer engagement, “just kind of let Jeter go.”

Jeter is seen interacting with some very surprised and excited fans, signing autographs and even dropping in to Stan’s Sports Bar. Most of the spot’s charm comes from the authentic reactions of the fans, delighted by the opportunity to meet the star player.

Jeter’s collaboration for the ad also extended to the soundtrack, with the shortstop choosing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” as the song that summed up his career. “It was a true collaboration between Derek and Gatorade,” Carter told Adweek.

The spot breaks online today, followed by a broadcast premiere this Saturday on the YES Network and Fox, when it’s sure to make more than a few Yankees fans teary-eyed. Gatorade will follow this with a full-page ad, written by Jeter, in the New York Daily News and Sports Illustrated on Sept. 28-29. Addressed to New York, the ad will see Jeter thanking fans for their years of support, opening, “From my first at bat until my final out, you helped make me who I am.” The print ad is timed to coincide with Jeter’s final game on September 28th (unless the team makes the playoffs, which they won’t). Read more

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