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Sears’ Diehard Batteries Will Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

Including a narrative is usually a good way for a commercial to hook the audience with creativity, but this Y&R Midwest zombie spot for Sears actually overdoes the narrative focus to the point where the  brand association is almost negligible. We know, zombies are popular, but it seems like the creatives put more time into the character development of the actors than organically integrating the product. Somebody really enjoys The Walking Dead.

The setup: a girl and a guy running from zombies try to escape in separate cars. The guy’s car won’t start, but the girl’s car has a Diehard battery that is still kicking even after the apocalypse, which is conceptually clever. But, the 70-second running time is too long for the two-second insert shot of a Diehard battery at the very end. If the first 35 seconds of the ad were cut, the relevant story points would still be in tact. There’s also a #SurviveZombies for brand engagement, but if you want or need a reliable car battery, you probably don’t care about hashtags or zombies. Credits after jump.

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Old Navy Plays into Chicago Bears’ Fans Stereotype

Though most of the actors of Saturday Night Live‘s classic “Superfans” sketch are either dead or probably have no interest in reviving their Bears-loving mustachioed characters, it doesn’t the mean decades old sketch has been forgotten by the general public. In fact, CP+B have brought Superfans lookalikes back for a new Old Navy spot, predictably titled, “Da Bears.”

In a land of football helmet tailgate parties that more than likely takes place in the same barren field that annually hosts Bonnaroo (maybe), the Pseu-perfans imbibe in usage of “da” instead of “the,” using their faux-South Side Chicago accents to make things sound silly. And yes, Bears fans, this is how the rest of the world identifies you. (Admittedly, I do wish their portrayal of the typical Packers fan as a young attractive female was an accurate reflection of a reality. It doesn’t take a native Wisconsite to tell you this couldn’t be a little far-fetched.)

In any case, this spot features a slew of Chicago-area celebrities that Bears fans will find absolutely delightful, including George Wendt with play-by-play announcer, Jeff Joniak, former Bear and sports announcer and current radio personality, Tom Waddle, and The Windy City’s lord and savior, Mike Ditka. So, Bears fans, do you revel in this stereotype and the bit of fame it’s given you, or will you just continue to tolerate it so long as you get cameo appearances from local sports heroes? Let us know in the comments. Credits after the jump.

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Ray Lewis, Paul Rudd Play Lifelong Friends/Rivals for Latest ‘Madden’ Installment

In a bizarro world concocted by the minds at San Francisco shop Heat, Baltimore Ravens defensive powerhouse Ray Lewis and Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers star Paul Rudd have known each other all their lives. So tis the premise for the latest TV/campaign dubbed “Madden Forever,” which as you can probably gather, is promoting EA Sports’ latest Madden installment, Madden NFL 13.

As you’ll see above, Lewis & Rudd (makes for a decent band name) not only love the lucrative Madden franchise, but grew up as “young thespians” and it was Rudd in fact who taught Lewis how to do his famous “squirrel dance.” The “Interview” web video is just one of several clips from the campaign along with the “Old Rivals” TV spot below (the full series can be viewed here).

While Heat has tried the rivalry concept out for other EA Sports franchises before (remember Steve Nash vs. Hope Solo?),  we have to say the agency has honed the humor angle quite a bit. Thus, the winning streak for EA campaigns continues. Credits after the jump.

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The ’90210′ Casting Call Continues for Old Navy

 

Well, we have to say once again that the cast from the original Beverly Hills 90210 has aged well as now it’s Luke Perry and Jennie Garth‘s turn to take center stage in CP+B’s “Funnovations” campaign for Old Navy continues. Jason Priestley makes an appearance once again in this spot, which perhaps carries more of a Grease vibe than its predecessor. It’s only inevitable, folks, that Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling and/or Ian Ziering complete the series. We’re not holding out hope for Shannen Doherty, though. Credits after the jump.

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CP+B Celebrates a Kraft ‘Diamond Jubilee’ with More Skimming Parents

Well, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it as they say. Crispin Porter + Bogusky’s latest effort for Kraft Mac & Cheese, which debuted during last night’s Oscars telecast, continues the agency’s concept of parents who can’t help but bogart some of the gooey dish from their kids. This time, as part of Kraft Mac & Cheese’s diamond anniversary (75 years in case you didn’t know), CP+B and its client introduce us to three generations of Mac & Cheese enthusiasts including the elder statesman (who looks awfully familiar) and has been skimming from his offspring’s plates for, yes, 75 years. And of course, Ted “Golden Voice” Williams is still providing VO. Credits after the jump.

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Kevin Butler Takes a Moment to Salute a Real Hero

Playstation pitchman Kevin Butler tones down his snarky/silly schtick for a tick in order to honor Veteran’s Day in this latest “Hall of Play” inclusion from Deutsch LA.  Here, Butler honors a gamer (as well as all the men and women in service) who guys by the handle “TheBigIrish1138″ and happens to be stationed with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. Yes, there is a sensitive side to the smarmy sap, who we presume will get back to his usual gamer-saluting antics shortly. Credits after the jump.

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Now It’s Kevin Butler’s Turn to Salute Gamers

Deutsch LA launched the next phase of its well-received “Michael” campaign for Playstation that now stars none other than the game console’s brash pitchman, Kevin Butler. After paying homage this week to people with handles like @nychus, @motherboop and @legiondragon, Butler now honors someone named DirktheDaring (above). For the next 15 days (through 11/24), we can expect daily salutes from Butler and if you head over to the Playstation Facebook page, you can get a personalized “To Michael” clip sent to you. Perhaps someone was inspired by a certain, award-winning W+K campaign? Who knows, but gaming geeks, this one’s for you. Credits after the jump.

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McRib is Back, Alright!

Disclaimer: We were given the above spot from Arnold Worldwide on April 1, though were kindly asked to take it down as it was sent to us “in error” (which explains some of the older comments). As it turns out, the McRib was not quite back, as some had falsely speculated, at the time. However, now that the word is out that the McRib has, in fact, been officially resurrected as of today, we offer the TV commercial (which aired last November and was only released to media for “archiving purposes” on sites like our sibilng, AdsoftheWorld, months later) for your viewing pleasure. Party on.

The. McRib. Is. Back. Just when you thought it was gone forever, it returns, just like it does every spring (or fall or summer, depending on Mac Doh’s whims) and will continue to until the world ends or until McDonald’s merges with Subway to take over the world. And, you know what? People are going to talk about the McRib around your office. “Did you hear?” someone will ask, eyes wide with eager anticipation, McDonald’s grease-smelling sweat dripping onto your desk. “The McRib. It’s back dude. Just like the Backstreet Boys.” Indeed, it’s back.

But, before you throw over your work desk and “run” your out-of-shape self over to the nearest McRib feeding facility, we should mention that the McRib’s limited run is set to expire on Nov. 14. That gives you three whole weeks to gorge yourself on this 500-calorie combination of boneless patty, pickle slices, onions and BBQ sauce (aka McSlop), so if you want to make it all 21 days, proceed with caution. Last year’s McRib spot by Arnold Worldwide marked the end of a 16-year “hiatus” of the agency doing McRib work for the esteemed fast-food chain. It remains to be seen if the agency will get to launch America’s favorite sandwich again this time around. 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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Kraft Mac & Cheese Theft Warrants a Child’s Revenge

Well, at least Crispin Porter + Bogusky is keeping it real by keeping the VO work of once again-rehabbing Ted Williams intact in this latest round of spots for Kraft Mac & Cheese. This time, the concept is “Noodle Theft” and we here we have “Officer Dan” (though we would’ve preferred this Officer Dan) lecturing some young redhead about stealing. Apparently, a little bogarting of the prepackaged, gooey goodness turns young’uns into the children of the corn. You’ve been warned. Check out the second spot and credits after the jump.

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