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W+K Amsterdam Takes ‘Leap of Faith’ for Audi

W+K Amsterdam have launched a campaign for Audi’s new TTS Coupe.

The campaign is built around a broadcast spot entitled “Leap of Faith.” Rather than build a case for the car in the usual format touting various features, W+K Amsterdam lets the vehicle speak for itself (sort of). The ad begins with what looks like a meteor in the sky. Upon closer inspection, it’s clear that it is in fact an Audi TTS Coupe rapidly approaching the ground. Luckily, rather than crashing into the land below, the car lands on an elaborately staged landing track and speeds off to the road ahead. A bit over the top, maybe, but it’s at least does something a little different for its category, ending wih the tagline, “The New Audi TTS Coupe. You Dare or You Don’t. Read more

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mcgarrybowen Presents ‘The Fall with James Franco’ for Droid Turbo

mcgarrybowen New York is launching a new broadcast spot for the Droid Turbo entitled “The Fall with James Franco.”

In the spot, James Franco is on a rooftop balcony attempting to help a lady friend retrieve a red scarf when he slips and falls. Most of the ad actually takes place with Franco in midair, in slow-motion, as he uses the phone to tell his friend to meet him downstairs and find a safe landing. He safely lands in a dumpster and then charges his phone in a restaurant, as the spot plugs the Droid Turbo’s ability to charge in fifteen minutes. It’s a pretty ridiculous way to get to this plug, so much so that it might actually detract from the message — even if it makes for a somewhat memorable spot. Read more

AMV BBDO Brings Back Mr. Bean for Snickers

AMV BBDO has a new series of ads for Snickers’ ongoing “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry” campaign, resurrecting Rowan Atkinson‘s Mr. Bean character.

In the longest of the three broadcast spots, Atkinson’s character finds himself jumping over rooftops with a group of ninjas, in a parody of kung fu movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Only, while his colleagues glide gracefully from rooftop to rooftop, Mr. Bean has a bit more trouble and eventually finds himself crashing through the roof to an angry group of warriors below. At this point, one of his fellow ninjas tosses him a Snickers, saying “…you can’t concentrate when you’re hungry, eat a Snickers” and he’s back to his old self.

The character is a perfect fit for the popular “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry” approach, and the spots are all pretty entertaining. In the remaining pair (featured after the jump), Atkinson’s character practices nunchucks and kata, with less than stellar results. Atkinson’s character is such a good fit — he’s certainly one of the best celebrities featured in the ongoing campaign — that you almost wonder why he hasn’t been featured before. Read more

Van Damme Sculpts Ice Bar for VCCP, Coors Light

Jean-Claude Van Damme is back for Coors Light, sculpting an ice bar in the Rocky Mountains with his bare hands in a new UK spot from VCCP.

Following in the footsteps of last year’s “Epic Split” for Volvo, Van Damme is now synonymous with advertising gold, and the VCCP spot capitalizes on his image in a way reminiscent of that ad. The 60-second “Ice Bar” has just about everything you’d expect given Van Damme’s involvement: Van Damme’s signature mullet/ponytail, cheesy 80s synths, ice block breaking (with bare hands, of course) and a tongue-in-cheek sense of intentionally over-the-top humor. It all makes for a pretty fun spot, which makes you wonder why this isn’t running stateside as well. Read more

Boost Mobile, 180LA Say ‘You Earned It’

After their amusing spot featuring a basketball player juggling a couple of extra balls, Boost Mobile and 180LA are back together once again, this time emphasizing the savings Boost customers can get. In three short videos, we see various stealing scenarios: a man on the subway gets pickpocketed, a city guy leaps over fences to evade a mugger, a woman has her purse snatched on the sidewalk. But by the end of each ad, the victim has money handed back to them, showing that “Boost Mobile puts cash back in your pocket, literally.”

It’s a good concept, and the little song that shifts each scene into celebration coupled with the actors’ yay-I’m-richer-than-I-thought smiles makes these spots sweet. I only wish they could have cast at least one white thief. Sure, they’re all good guys in the end, but these spots still reinforce tired racial stereotypes. We can do better.

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Tuesday Odds and Ends

-Goodby alum Todd Grant joined Seattle’s Wexley School for Girls, apparently as a Renaissance man because he holds the titles of creative director, art director, writer and baritone ukulelist.

-New York shop Amalgamated added Coral Garvey and Jake Dubs as design director and writer, respectively. Garvey previously worked at Anomaly while Dubs has a stint at 72andSunny, respectively.

-Apple did pretty good for itself when it came to sales last quarter. link

-If you watched the NFL championship games over the weekend (shame on you if you didn’t), you surely saw VB&P and director Daniel Kleinman resurrect the spirit of Herman Melville for Audi (above).

-Are you ready to transfer to Timeline? Within a few weeks, Facebook will give you no choice. link

-With Chicago’s Downtown Partners, you win some and you lose some when it comes to clients, according to one reporter. link

-Digitas alum Marta Stajek was named director of business operations for New York-based post boutique Northern Lights, along with sister companies Bodega, Mr. Wonderful, and SuperExploder.

 

Tuesday Odds and Ends

-Directors Daniel Kleinman and Ringan Ledwidge and president Johnnie Frankel have launched the U.S. office of prodco Rattling Stick in Los Angeles.

-CP+B and Rickard’s Canada celebrate Movember with “Mo Duels” (above). link

-After a review, Texas-based McGarrah Jessee (you know, the agency involved with this) was named AOR for Haggar Clothing Co.

-Forget digital ninjas, Draftfcb SF is looking for a straight up “digital bad ass.” link

-The Department of Homeland Security is stepping up its Twitter monitoring and looking for signs of social unrest here in the States. link

-Code and Theory appointed Vince Quilici as GM of its San Francisco office.

-Commercial production studio Pictures in a Row added director Chris Cantwell to its roster.

-Editorial boutique Red Car welcomed editor Josh Towvim to its New York office.

 

Audi’s Going to Have A ‘Goodnight’ This Super Bowl

There’s no “Green Police” controversy this time around with Audi’s Super Bowl marketing as the automaker’s unveiled aa new 60-second TV spot, which is dubbed as a prelude to its upcoming Super Bowl XLV advert and marks the fourth consecutive Big Game appearance for Audi.

Venables Bell & Partners is behind the wheel yet again for this effort titled “Goodnight,” which was inspired by Goodnight Moon, the 1947 children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown. It follows the same schematics of the original book while taking the viewer on a journey through an old-fashioned mansion draped with trite symbols of elder, snobby luxury. Audi claims its 2011 A8 flagship sedan is the most technologically-advanced vehicle the company has ever produced and serves as the pinnacle for the brand’s luxury lineup. We’ll leave that opinion for the people who actually drive it.

Credits after the jump.

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