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Vanilla Ice Rocks Out in New Kraft Mac n’ Cheese Spot from CP+B

Vanilla Ice appears as a grocery store worker stocking shelves and rocking out to his own “Ninja Rap” in a new spot from CP+B promoting Kraft’s ubiquitous macaroni and cheese-like food product, now with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle shaped pasta.

The spot plays on the nostalgic humor surrounding Vanilla Ice when a mom starts singing and dancing along with him. Her son is not pleased by this turn of events, and he angrily puts the box of Kraft Mac+Cheese in the cart and walks away as Ice–aka Rob Van Winkle–utters his trademark “Word to your mother” line. CP+B will run with several #WordToYourMother memes over the course of the new campaign, and also plans to reward the brand’s “most fervent Facebook & Twitter fans with Golden Autographs –limited edition boxes of Kraft TMNT Mac & Cheese that were props featured in the commercial and signed by Vanilla Ice himself.” Because Vanilla Ice autographs are still something people want, apparently.

The new campaign is a fun continuation of Kraft’s “You Know You Love It” and a fond reminder of TMNT days gone by for those of us who grew up with the turtles. Now, before Michael Bay ruins the franchise, let’s all take a moment to remember this wonderfully terrible moment in cinematic history:

If you still haven’t had enough of Vanilla Ice (You’ve had over 20 years to have enough of Vanilla Ice, what’s wrong with you?) stick around for a behind the scenes video, along with credits, after the jump. Read more

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CP+B Condones Grand Theft Auto for Kraft Mac & Cheese

CP+B’s funny new spot for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese examines the desperate lengths people will go to for a bite of Kraft’s signature macaroni and cheese-like-product.

Set to Marvin Hamlisch’s “What I Did For Love,” the 45 second spot shows individuals engaging in some questionable behavior to get their hands on Kraft Mac & Cheese, ranging from the everyday sneakiness of a grandfather stealing a bite from his grandson while the family says grace, to the potentially unsanitary exploits of a man who desperately destroys his child’s macaroni picture, to the utter illegality of a woman willing to steal a Kraft Macaroni & Cheese truck. Directed by Hank Perlman, “What I Did For Love” is the latest in CP+B’s “You Know You Love It” campaign for Kraft Mac & Cheese, and is a perfect example of what the campaign is capable of. The new spot is a lot more thought through than the “Noodle Reunion” promotion we covered back in October, and while they push the irreverent humor to new heights — for Kraft Mac & Cheese it’s downright edgy — they balance the irreverence with Kraft’s standard wholesomeness to make a fun spot that works for the brand. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Tuesday Odds and Ends

 

-Mindshare’s David Adelman, most recently executive director of the New York office, has been promoted to head of the agency’s Chicago office, where he will manage over 150 employees who work with clients including Kimberly-Clark, Dyson and Sam’s Club. Meanwhile, Mary Carpenter, who currently leads the Chicago team, will take on a North American role spearheading Mindshare’s new Performance Marketing practice.

-We’re not sure if we agree with Bill Meadows that this is “the best thing you will see on the internet today” but we are a bit intrigued by CP+B EP/head of radio and audio production Jason Gagnon‘s incomparable head-shaking skills (above).

-Catherine Lance Bones, a ten-year TBWA\Chiat\Day LA vet, and DDB LA alum Shannon Turner have joined digital marketing shop TVGla as controller and account director, respectively.

-DDB Public Relations has been named agency of record for Seattle’s The Woodmark Hotel.

-Whitehouse Post editor/partner Alaster Jordan will relocate from London to New York on Jan. 1. link

-Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan tells the tale of how “shady marketers are still quietly bribing bloggers.” You’re kidding. link

- The “Midas Awards World’s Best Financial Advertising” has announced its 2013 shortlist. link

 

New CP+B Spots for Xbox One Tackle Retirement, Relationship Issues


With the Xbox One’s November 22nd launch date looming ever nearer, CP+B’s marketing blitz for Microsoft’s next-gen system continues with two new spots. Coming on the heels of the “Invitation” spot released late last month, the two new short spots highlight the system’s diverse capabilities while otherwise taking different approaches.

The first spot, “Retirement Home,” features recently retired NFL linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher. Urlacher asks Lewis if he’s having any trouble adjusting to retirement as both watch football and play Madden 25 at the same time. Lewis claims not to be having any adjustment issues, but his actions say otherwise. It’s a funny little spot that will appeal to the (sizable) segment of the Xbox crowd who have always wished they could play Madden while watching the NFL.

The second spot, “His and Hers” addresses the apparent sexism of the “Invitation” spot (in which the only female featured uses the system only to watch movies, not play games). It highlights the voice recognition system by showing a woman command the Xbox One using her voice after arriving home to find her boyfriend watching soccer. She tells the system “Xbox go to Dead Rising 3″ and begins to play. Then she starts similarly commanding her boyfriend in a similar matter, telling him to get her a beer. It’s a bit over the top, but a welcome reversal of the gender stereotypes displayed in CP+B’s “Invitation” spot.

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Microsoft, CP+B Send Xbox One ‘Invitation’

I may be something of a Sony loyalist, but I’ve got to admit CP+B’s new spot “Invitation” makes the Xbox One shine. Even some of Sony’s biggest fanboys might concede it looks a lot better than the recent PS4 spot.

Directed by Hungry Man’s Bryan Buckley, the commercial vet who recently helmed the R&B-inflected DirecTV spot starring the Manning bros (and who earned an Emmy nod for Grey Poupon’s “The Chase,” also from CP+B),  “Invitation” features users invited into the world of several different games, and one movie. The spot opens with a giant robot warrior crashing a business meeting and making a “come here” gesture to a man giving a presentation. Then we see soccer player Steven Gerrard inviting a fan down from the stands. Spock invites a girl along for some sci-fi adventures. A sports car parks itself in front of some dude’s car and opens its door for him. (This is the automotive equivalent of “come here” apparently.) A zombie attempts to cajole a student in a library to join him, loses an arm, and then tells him to come along with the other arm.

Emphasizing the immersive nature of the next-gen platform, the spot announces, “This is an invitation to a new generation: where your games and entertainment are no longer separated, but together, in one.” Showing Xbox One users utilizing the system’s voice activation to launch games like TitanfallDead Rising 3, and the movie Star Trek: Enter Darkness gives fans an idea of what they can expect on launch day. The spot also shows users making use of the motion sensitive Kinect. You know, the camera that might be spying on you.

Mixing live action with just the right amount of actual gameplay, “Invitation” is slickly produced and should have Xbox fanboys chomping at the bit for the console’s Nov. 22 release date. My biggest problem with the spot is that the one woman featured uses the Xbox One not for gaming, but to watch a movie. Aside from this perpetuation of the gaming industry’s prevailing sexism (which most people won’t even notice), it’s a really solid ad. The whole “invitation” approach works to emphasize both the immersive nature of the system and the all-in-one entertainment value it offers. The $499 starting price, however, is less inviting. Credits after the jump.  Read more

Jordan Knight Lands New Gig as Old Navy Crooner

My, how the mighty have fallen. Well, not really, considering New Kids on the Block (or NKOTB in their later, mature years) had their heyday over two decades ago. Anyhow, one of the group’s main former pop idols, Jordan Knight, has now taken his talents to the infomercial world, belting out hits for–wait, what?–Old Navy’s summer catalog. Yes, this somewhat amusing video comes to us from none other than Crispin Porter + Bogusky, which continues stoking our late 80s/early 90s nostalgia (Blossom spot, anyone?) by using the singer to promote its client’s flip-flops and summer tees among other things. Yeah, we’re not sure what to think either, but you can check out the Facebook component of the campaign here. Credits after the jump.

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Old Navy Conjures Some 90s Nostalgia with Cast of ‘Blossom’

It seems as though the hiring manager at Old Navy’s “Funnovations Inc.” is quite the fanatic of early 90s sitcoms. After all, Blossom star and current Big Bang Theory cast member Mayim Bialik revives her giant floral hat for a stint spent deploying “Bee Bots” on spring dresses. It’s always amazing how quickly these Old Navy spots from CP+B and prodco Brand New School turn into surreal portrayals of a dystopian society controlled by excessively cheerful celebrities who run clothing factories.

So maybe using Bootsy Collins to sell boots last winter was a bit of a stretch, but if there’s one media personality we can immortalize for bringing colorful clothing to the masses 20-some years ago, it was blossom and her outrageously bright clothing. Also, it’s kind of nice (and a little depressing) that Joey Lawrence can still make some money on the side by not wearing a shirt and saying, “Whoa.”

On that note, who’s ready for the second season of Melissa and Joey on ABC Family? Credits after the jump.

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While We Wait for NBA Lockout to End, Let’s Watch Pros Work Out

We don’t know how many of you are NBA fans out there, but we are unabashedly and this wait for a regular season to start has seemed interminable. Anyhow, CP+B picks up where its launch spot for Under Armour’s b-ball division left off, with the ninth pick in the 2011 NBA draft, Kemba Walker, going through some seriously rigorous training. Hopefully, all this training finally gives him something to play for soon enough. Credits after the jump.

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The Budweiser Frogs Were Never this Jumpy

Has it already been a week since CP+B and VitaminWater became more intimate (no AOR)? My, how time flies, but here’s the second advert in the “You’re Up” campaign for the Coke brand called “Frog.” According to the credits, this spot was created under the leadership of ECD Ari Merkin and even involves the services of a “cognitive anthropologist.” Very ambitious, indeed. See full credits after the jump.

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