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BBH London Champions Sharing for KFC

BBH London tells the story of “The Boy Who Learnt To Share” for KFC in a 60-second holiday spot for the brand.

The ad shows the selfish nature of a young boy who refuses to share. He hogs up all the snow when making snowmen with his sister, won’t share an umbrella with his mother, writes his name on all the Christmas presents and, when cast as one of the wise men in a Christmas pageant, he won’t even give a gift to the baby Jesus. When the family gets KFC he initially holds his arms around an entire bucket, declaring it for himself. But when he sees the rest of the family happily sharing the rest of the meal, he finally decides to share, offering his sister a drumstick.

The whole “learning to share” angle is not a bad approach for a heartwarming holiday spot, and the spot is mostly put together well, but there’s one problem I can’t seem to get over with this one. At no point in the ad do we see the parents actually try to teach their son to share, something he should presumably have learned at least a little about from them. Instead, the parents seem to just ignore his bad behavior as if there’s nothing they can do and let him continue to act like a little snot. Wouldn’t the boy finally learning to share mean more if they had made attempts to teach him before? Understandably the spot is attempting to show KFC as the catalyst for the revelation, but this comes across as a bit random and forced since viewers aren’t really presented a window into his motivations or given the impression that the parents have done anything to try to change the son’s behavior.

“The Boy Who Learnt To Share” is supported by a social campaign in which KFC is calling on fans to tweet using the hashtag #KFCSharesies for the chance to participate in a campaign challenge and win a prize. Read more

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IKEA Makes the Most of Small Spaces with Terrifying Doll Heads

From Mother’s UK shop comes a new two-minute spot for IKEA kicks off the new ‘Make Small Spaces Big’ campaign.

Featuring the vocals support of soul singer Elayna Boynton covering Aretha Franklin‘s “One Room Paradise,” we’re taken inside a doll house stocked to the brim with IKEA furniture. There we meet a single mom with a creepy doll head raising her similarly creepy doll-headed son, both adept at finding solutions for making their tiny house bigger.

Now, for U.S. audiences, the doll heads are a bit off-putting and hard to get over. But, once you do, you come to realize what a rarity it is that we see single parent households depicted in advertising, especially for a global brand like IKEA. Mother does a wonderful job in not only demonstrating the products’ features, but also giving the spot some emotional weight. If it was only something other than doll heads…

Take a virtual MTV Cribs-style tour of the apartment from the spot here, and view credits after the jump.

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Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut is Too Good to Resist in New Leo Spot

If you have nightmares about snakes (as I often do), be prepared to close your eyes when the “Red Riddler” leaps out of the cupboard in this Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut spot from Leo Burnett London.

The 30-second TV ad brings the brand back to one of its traditional taglines: “The trouble is they taste too good.” That’s why the snake somehow jumps up the snake catcher’s shorts; his assistant couldn’t resist the Crunchy Nuts (whose crunchy sound provoked the serpent) on the kitchen counter. The assistant’s excuse, as the snake catcher writhes on the floor? “Sorry mate, they’re nutty.”

In a charming British interpretation, the statement introducing this ad says it appeals to the spontaneous, “ooh, go on then” side in everyone. So next time you’re debating between cooking fish sticks or pouring yourself a bowl of cereal, say “ooh, go on then” in a British accent in your head, and see which meal appeals to you more. If you don’t say Crunchy Nuts, you have no sense of true indulgence.

Credits after the jump.

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Puffer Fish, Rabid Dogs Star in Overseas LG Campaign

Backyard director Rob Pritts helms this new campaign for the LG Optimus One created out of BBH, Shanghai that highlights the device’s ability to summon any information through voice, text, photo–well, you know what smartphones do.

In the spot above, a cunning young lad tricks two Japanese businessman who are eager to try a notorious Far East delicacy. Amusing, sure, but we liked it better when Homer Simpson did it. View credits and another spot from the campaign, which shows how the Optimus One is also a survival tool of sorts, after the jump. Hey, who needs James Lipton and his beard, anyways?

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