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TBWA\Singapore Explores the Real Dollhouses of Airbnb

When TBWA won Airbnb back in September, we were very curious to see what sort of work the agency would do for its client.

It’s fair to say that Airbnb’s campaigns to date have differed dramatically, and the latest from TBWA’s Singapore office is no exception. Pereira & O’Dell’s May ad was a simple collection of landscapes and interiors while VCCP’s work from earlier this month told an animated version of a Cold War story.

The most impressive fact about the new TBWA spot? It was shot in one take and without any form of computer-generated imagery. It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood:

The release tells us that the work was inspired by real-life Airbnb listings ranging from a “fairytale gingerbread house” (California, of course) to a surprisingly wide selection of treehouses.

Credits and behind the scenes clip after the jump.

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Adidas, Dwight Howard Go One-on-One with Manila for ‘Signature Shots’

After all of the recent Derrick Rose Basketball is Everything TV play, let’s not forget that Adidas’ slim basketball holdings do include the mercurial superstar-child, Dwight Howard. TBWA\Singapore and Dwight teamed for a new international spot way east of America, where 180LA handles domestic duty. The Phillipines is thoroughly obsessed with basketball, and Howard’s Houston Rockets recently traveled to Manila for some preseason play and NBA global brand-building. Adidas wisely used the setting for some brand-building of their own. And as a result, here is the one-and-a-half minute intro video for Signature Shots.

Instead of receiving handwritten autographs from Dwight, fans were able to play him one-on-one as a machine captured their movement on the court and translated that into a unique signature that could be printed onto merchandise. I’m all for the riff on standard sit-and-sign celebrity sessions, even if some of the signatures look like seismograph scribbles, but this spot just feels underwhelming. The clip starts off with some promising B-roll footage of Manila and it’s young hoopsters.

However, all of the vibrant colors and sounds of the city are soon replaced by action shots of machines printing the movement signatures and Dwight playing one-on-one. Rather than wash out all of the sensory details with some techno track, Adidas and TBWA would’ve been wiser to let Manila create its own soundtrack. Watching a printer spit out signed memorabilia is just time wasted. There was a missed opportunity here to create a commercial worthy of Manila’s love for basketball. There will be more opportunities in the future, but Adidas will have to wait. Credits after the jump.

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Adidas Unleashes Doll-Sized D-Rose, Dwight Howard on Shanghai

China: A distant land where Derrick Rose can still walk and Dwight Howard plays with a smile on his face.

In a new Adidas spot for the Chinese market, TWBA Shanghai and production company Six Toes Shanghai release dolls of the Bulls and Magic basketball stars from behind a storefront window, allowing the pint-sized ballers to do b-ball battle against an awfully frightening looking dog. Supported by jaw-dropping animation from Pixomondo Studios, where 12 different artists added 2D, 3D, and cell animation, the spot publicizes a current promotional deal in China, which offers customers with a free figurine of NBA players with select purchases.

If you notice, this spot looks fairly reminiscent of Nike’s Li’l Penny campaign from the 90s (which is among my favorites of all time) but it’s probably not a coincidence. After all, those Li’l Penny spots made Anfernee Hardaway‘s Nike basketball kicks the second best-selling signature line in history, behind only Michael Jordan‘s. What I’m trying to say is, bring Li’l Penny back to the States! That, or someone from China needs to send me a Derrick Rose action figure right away.

Visit the campaign’s website here and view credits after the jump.

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