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Ah, So This is How Halftime Was Born

If you’ve ever wondered how NFL’s halftime started, Denver-based agency Motive has the (entirely fictional) answer for you in their new spot for Pepsi, “There Since the First Halftime.”

In the 30-second spot, a group of guys playing football are interrupted when a broken down car full of fetching ladies arrives asking for help. One of the guys tells his team to stay focused, but the girls shout, “We’ve got Pepsi!” Another player says “What if we just take, like, fifteen minutes?” and thus, Motive and Pepsi would have you believe, halftime was born. It may be a bit ridiculous, but, more importantly, it’s fun and memorable.

The spot marks the Hungry Man debut for director Kinka Usher. The former DGA Director of the Year joined the production company, along with EP Nancy Hacohen, last month.

“There Since the First Halftime” started running during the NFL Playoffs this past Saturday as part of a larger campaign supporting the Pepsi-sponsored Super Bowl Halftime Show. Chances are you’ll catch it if you stick around for commercial breaks during the Conference Championships this Sunday. Credits after the jump. Read more

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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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Trolli Candy Goes to a Strange, Strange Place

Trolli gummy candy wants to get funky. Apparently, the bright colors and odd shapes weren’t quirky enough, so the candy company called upon Minneapolis-based Periscope for some creative legwork. The result is the new “Weirdly Awesome” campaign, which features a couple of thirty-second spots that are off the reservation. Periscope seems to be tapping into a “Napoleon Dynamite” aesthetic that hasn’t really been relevant in the eight years or so. The only other comparable campaign I’ve covered in the last year is this strange bit of Bugle buffoonery from Canada. Trolli’s campaign is a little more appropriate because of the sour candy product, but I’m not so sure that weird is the new currency of cool.

You can watch the second spot and sort through some credits after the jump.

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Geico Reveals Hump Day Humor… on Hump Day

While you’re battling Wednesday workdays at the office, Geico has a new addition to their “Happier Than” campaign that gives a literal visual representation to Hump Day. Yes, a camel, with humps. The camel’s coworkers don’t look thrilled with their humped friend running through channels of cubicles and interrupting their productivity. Wednesdays should be a time of cautious optimism – by the end of the day, a majority of the week will be finished – but these guys look like they just got demoted.

The Hump Day spot – created by the insurance brand’s longtime ally The Martin Agency – won’t be going up on the Mount Rushmore of  ”Happier Than” ads. That space is reserved for Dikembe Mutombo‘s supermarket exploits and Eddie Money’s entrepreneurial skills, commercials that dealt with clever concepts that riffed on pop culture. “Hump Day” is more of a cheesy pun dragging itself over 30 seconds of airtime. Re-strum the banjo, there’s always next time. A ridiculously long credit list awaits after the jump.

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Pillsbury Doughboy Giggles for Geico

What?!? Is that the Pillsbury Doughboy being used in a non-Pillsbury advertisement? Is that even legal? This is a big deal! Wait, is it a big deal? I mean, it’s not like they’re competitors of Geico’s. You can’t insure your car with baking products and you can’t bake with car insurance. Wait, can you? No…no, you can’t. Yet.

What we have here is an ad-crossover of sorts, which, if you think about it, wouldn’t be that surprising if brands weren’t so super protective of their copyrighted material. You’d think that someone would learn a lesson from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? about that joys of allowing your brands to interact with others. So it’s refreshing to see Pillsbury play ball with Geico and The Martin Agency for a joke about the giggly little Pillsbury Doughboy getting the pat-down from the TSA on his way to a baking convention. Man, that little guy really loves being touched, huh? Credits after the jump.

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Samsung Tells a Meandering Tale About Unicorns, Business Things

Hey, look! It’s that dude who was on 30 Rock for a few seasons before they realized his character was totally worthless. This guy. Man, has that dude fallen on hard times or what? Let’s all hope he gets back on his feet before things get worse.

Anyway, the above 90-second spot from 72andSunny takes place in the fictional video game development studio of “Unicorn Apocalypse,” a fake game no doubt inspired by Adult Swim’s online “Robot Unicorn Attacks,” but about zombies because 20-something nerds sure love those. If you think 90-seconds sounds like a long time to watch hipster nerds talk about zombie unicorns and play around with their phones, you’d be right.

I’ve been a little back and forth about Samsung’s recent iPhone-bashing campaign. Perhaps it’s because I think it’s a really great idea, but the execution just misses the mark for some reason. Perhaps that reason, as most blatantly exhibited by the spot above, is because Samsung is targeting pretentious millennials who look down about those with different tastes. It makes sense to label iPhone buyers sheep, but there has to be a more subtle way to do it. Also, here’s a newsflash: pretentious people don’t think they’re pretentious. They just think that they’re right. So, portraying an over the top version of the demo (however accurate), will undoubtedly turn off the very consumer you most want.

As the current top comment on YouTube asks, “Why does Samsung insist on making everyone with their phone act like a 20-something douchebag?” Good question. Credits after the jump.

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‘Fargo’ Villain Takes on Role of ‘The Replacer’ in Latest ‘Black Ops II’ Promo

Like a less-slick, self-assured version of Harvey Keitel‘s “The Wolf” from Pulp Fiction, actor Peter Stormare, who you might remember from playing Steve Buscemi‘s even sleazier partner-in-crime in Fargo or to a lesser extent, “Slippery Pete” on Seinfeld, stars as “The Replacer” in 72andSunny’s latest lengthy effort for Activision. This time, agency and client team up to promote the latter’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Revolution, which will come equipped with new multiplayer apps, a new weapon and even a zombie mode to play undead.

In the two-and-a-half minute clip above, we find that “The Replacer” is actually a way more charitable character than Wolf, lending his services to a variety of gamers, whether a frustrated, domesticated type, an expecting parent, a guy on a blind date, a landscaper or even a zoo cleaner. The intensity of previous Call of Duty clips has supplanted by comedy, and we kinda welcome the change of pace. And plus, we have a soft spot for Stormare, a man who’s played bit/supporting roles in more movies than we can count.  Credits after the jump.

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Chicken + Football + Couches = Couchgating

Couchgating isn’t a word, and the idea that friends join together to sit on couches and eat mystery meat chicken on football Sundays has been around for quite some time. However, anachronism aside, KFC’s new “Couchgating” spot is worth a watch. Draftfcb Chicago produced the ad, which shows a few gridiron junkies talking smack about why more people need to sit on their lazy asses eating crispy strips.

Is KFC food disgusting? Yes. Will it lead to an early death? Probably, depending on genetics. But, the dialogue in the commercial is completely irrelevant. Draftfcb created a successful ad because of two things: slow zooms and an NFL Films soundtrack. I could listen to that music for hours regardless of what’s on the screen. All that’s missing is some John Facenda or Harry Kalas voiceover. If we could see Terry Bradshaw throwing a wobbly Super Bowl touchdown and then chomping on some Yobogoya, that would be even better.

Although going for two might take on an entirely new meaning… Credits after the 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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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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