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Hans and Franz Pump It Up in DDB’s Latest #DoubleCheck Spot

Just in time for the start of football season comes the possibly anticipated Hans and Franz #DoubleCheck spot from DDB — a follow-up to the “makin’ copies” ad that aired during the MTV VMAs.

Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon’s classic SNL characters surprise Aaron Rodgers’ “Discount Double Check® Guy” in the gym and offer to pump up his workout as a token of thanks:

The nostalgia is effective in this spot, probably because Hans and Franz was always a better skit than anything involving Rob Schneider.

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Nail, Stonyfield Want You to ‘Cheat on Greek’

Nail Communications has launched an innuendo-laden campaign for Stonyfield Organic’s Petite Creme yogurt.

In the pre-roll video (featured above), entitled “Confessions,” a group of women talk about Greek yogurt, albeit in somewhat suggestive terms. It opens with a woman laughing and saying, “I don’t know, a couple times a week, I guess,” before whispering “I don’t really enjoy it.” “It’s just too much in the morning,” adds another woman. The spot concludes by asking, “Not satisfied with Greek yogurt,” followed by the “Cheat on Greek” tagline and a shot of Stonyfield Organic’s alternative.

A “Choose Your Own Adventure” style series of YouTube videos also deals in suggestiveness. The first video in the series asks “So you want to cheat on Greek?” Answer “yes” and you’ll get a coupon, “no” and you’re redirected to a video asking “Are you sure?” Here the series makes a grammatical error, as answering “Yes” to “Are you sure?” lands you the coupon, while “No” leads to a series of videos of “hunks” who attempt to seduce you. (And the suggestiveness gets a little gross, with one guy offering “pure pleasure and ten grams of protein.”) All the videos can be found on the campaign’s microsite. We expect a protest from the American Family Association for Stonyfield’s “promotion of adultery” within 72 hours.
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AMV BBDO Attempts to Define ‘Black’ for Guinness Africa

AMV BBDO, London has a new spot for Guiness Africa entitled “Made of Black” that gets a little awkward.

Well intentioned as it may have been, the spot comes across as a bit tone deaf, homogenizing a continent of diverse cultural groups with the term “black,” because that’s also the color of Guinness. Opening with the question “What is black?,” lines like “Black is an attitude” and “Black got swag” come across as either pandering or condescending. (Several YouTube commenters even go as far as to call the spot racist.) Add to that the poor soundtrack selection of Kanye West (why would you not select an African artist in a spot that supposedly celebrates Africa?) and you’ve got quite the headscratcher. To be fair, the spot’s visuals are quite impressive, but somehow we don’t think that’s what people are going to be talking about. Read more

JWT Tells Snacking ‘Love Story’ for Stouffer’s Mac Cups

JWT launched a campaign for Stouffer’s new Mac Cups, a snack-sized version of the brand’s classic mac and cheese line.

Mac Cups were launched with the revelation that Americans now eat snacks at meal times 40 percent of the time, and are often no longer following the three meals a day pattern. As Tom Moe, the director of marketing at Stouffer’s, told The New York Times:

“This notion of eating five meals a day, where consumers are grazing throughout the day depending on their need, has opened up a complete new territory.”

So, JWT’s 15-second stop-motion animated spot fits with this strategy. Mac Cups are presented as a tempting snack to eat any time, dancing around to Supertramp’s “Give A Little Bit” and at one point hiding behind the toaster. The interspersed footage of the mac and cheese touting its “real aged cheddar” doesn’t necessarily endear us to the product itself, though.

RPA Fills in the Gaps for Farmers Insurance

Insurance: a confusing thing that you’d rather not think about…unless you’re measuring the amount of money it drains from your bank account every month.

Farmers Insurance wants to make the process a little less painful with the help of RPA, which produced this new TV campaign and an interactive website to help customers identify those potentially disastrous blind spots in their coverage.

In the first of two ads helmed by Craig Gillespie — better known as director of the Gosling vehicle Lars and the Real Girl – the dad from Juno helps demonstrate the difference between the world we’d like to live in and the one we wake up to every day:

Another one after the jump.

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4Creative Destroys Cancer Cells for Stand Up To Cancer

To promote the October 17th Channel 4 and Cancer Research fundraiser Stand Up To Cancer 4Creative reimagined the typical disaster film with a twist: instead of human’s facing extinction, it’s cancer cells.

A project over a year in the making, 4Creative and production company Nexus create a world of cancer cell blobs inhabiting a modern city, created utilizing 2D paintings and 3D models. The overpopulated urban environment is disrupted by a mysterious blue orb and soon inhabitants are spontaneously combusting left and right. At the end of the spot, it the environment is finally revealed as a microscopic world which a scientist is testing new anti-cancer drugs on.

As directors Smith & Foulkes explained to Creative Review, personifying cancer posed some distinct challenges. “We wanted to steer away from the obvious route of showing cells as a bunch of grotesque alien germs, but we were also acutely aware of not making them too human or cute,” the pair said. “We also had to find a way to illustrate the new therapies, drugs and scientific breakthroughs that are fighting cancer. We wanted their arrival to be initially magical and mysterious, so we used a glowing blue orb, an unexplained light descending upon a shadowy world.”

The result is a highly unusual approach to raising cancer awareness. While the spot risks viewers sympathizing with the cancer cells (before they are revealed as such) it does make for a visually striking effort that stokes the imagination and entertains while raising awareness for a good cause. Read more

BBDO NY Tells Story of ‘The Boy Who Beeps’ for GE

BBDO New York tells the story of “The Boy Who Beeps” in a new online spot for GE.

The two-minute ad begins with the boy’s birth, and the beeping sound he makes in place of the usual baby’s wail. It’s soon apparent that the boy can communicate with machines. This starts off small, with him using his voice to change the channel or hit snooze on his alarm clock, but soon he’s using his power for greater purposes. Maybe it’s the great soundtrack by Beck, but the strange story is oddly touching somehow. Coming on the heels of the recent “Ideas,” it seems that BBDO is going in an emotional direction in their online work for GE. Read more

72andSunny Goes Big with Trailer for Activision’s ‘Destiny’

72andSunny has just released a live action trailer for Activision’s new game Destiny, from the creators of the popular Halo franchise, which will be released on September 9th.

72andSunny and Activision went big for the trailer, teaming up with Academy Award winning VFX studio Digital Domain, Academy Award nominated FX studio Legacy Effects, and director Joseph Kosinski, who created most of the worlds for the ad in-camera, shooting at locations in Mexico, Arizona and Utah. The spot follows the adventures of Fireteam as they attempt to reclaim locations in our solar system from alien invaders. Levitating AI character Ghost is voiced by Peter Dinklage (who also voices the character in the game) and the spot mixes humor, action and Led Zeppelin’s iconic “Immigrant Song” to hype up the game and give a sense of its feel without any game footage. Read more

WPP’s Team Detroit Debuts New Lincoln MKC Ads Featuring Matthew McConaughey

At the end of last month we brought news of Lincoln’s partnership with Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey for a new campaign promoting the Lincoln MKC, to be handled by a shop within WPP’s Team Detroit division.

Now, Team Detroit and Lincoln are rolling out the new campaign with a series of (purportedly unscripted) spots that take a somewhat unorthodox approach. In the 60-second introductory spot (featured above), McConaughey drives around pontificating on what it means to “go back” and how some people say you can’t do it but really you just have to look in the right places. What is he talking about exactly? How does it relate to the MKC? Your guess is as good as ours.

In the similarly strange “Bull,” the actor admires the majesty of a large bull blocking the road, before deciding to turn around and take the long route. The 30-second “I Just Liked It” is a little more straightforward, with McConaughey explaining that he drove a Lincoln long before he was paid to, not to look cool or make a statement, but because he “just liked it.” Read more

adam&eveDDB Shoots Slow-Mo Kitty Pics for Temptations

The latest spot from adam&eveDDB reminds us that our feline friends aren’t just grumpy…and they’re definitely not lazy.

They’re extreme athletes.

The purpose of the ad is to promote client Temptations’ new “Tumblrs” product, or the most effective method we’ve seen for turning cats into dogs.

From the press release, these treats disguised as toys, which are “designed for owners to toss and roll”, can provide you with “a new way to bond” with your kitty. Marketing speak translation: “We created TEMPTATIONS TUMBLERS to help owners easily engage with their cats.”

We get it — and the superimposition of athletes over kittens is a nice aesthetic touch, though we’re dog people through and through.

Now someone please create a product that will stop our puppy from emitting the kind of low-level howl that screams “pay attention to me!” at 5:45 every morning.

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