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Posts Tagged ‘Laura Heflin’

RPA Goes Back to Basics for Honda

Yesterday we posted on an RPA campaign in which the agency dove into comedic short films for client Honda with the help of funny man Nick Thune.

In today’s offering, RPA does things a bit more traditionally for the same client. Here’s “Music Festival”:

The theme of the spot is “hipsters growing up,” and all the boxes have been checked: Austin, Texas; Portugal. The Man; comfort food; facial hair; throwback fashion.

We like the double twist at the end, though we still wonder whether the guy with the beard would be driving a new Honda.

What is he, an art director?

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According to Geico, Technologically-Savvy Pigs Will Steal Your Girlfriend

We feel for Ted. The guy has hail damage to his car, he’s doing the right thing by calling his insurance agent, and then he loses his attractive girlfriend to a pig. You might be saying, “well, it’s not just any pig. It’s Maxwell.” And the rest of the America would be saying, “the pig from from those Geico ads has a name?” To which I say, yes. But, you see, that’s how Geico swoops in with their anthropomorphic pig and ruins Ted’s life even though nobody remembers Ted by the end of the commercial.

These new Maxwell commercials from the Martin Agency are actually a step in the right direction for Geico. The company used up all of their gecko jokes about ten years ago, and since everybody who wants to save 15 percent or more on their car insurance is already doing so, focusing the recent spots on different advantages, like online claims, is subtly smart. Although, I’m not sure a pig’s hoof would be able to work the tablet touch screen.

As for Ted, well now he’s the guy who lost a girlfriend to a pig. Life is pretty much over after that. Why would a girlfriend break up with her boyfriend just because he was put on hold with an insurance company? Couldn’t she go inside and watch The View instead of waiting impatiently outside? Does she have a tablet fetish? Does she eat bacon? These are questions I want answered in upcoming Geico spots.

Credits after the jump.

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Jared Hess Brings More Dry Humor to Hefty

Maybe I’m jaded because it’s both raining and hot in New York this morning, but Hefty’s Foam Plates commercial didn’t inspire me to even think of giggling. Okay fine, maybe I smiled when Gary the Knight laughs like a maniac at Amar, the stained centaur at the renaissance fair. But all in all, this ad seems disjointed and flat.

Those who loved Napoleon Dynamite should get a kick out of it, though, since the spot was directed by Jared Hess, the man behind that movie’s dry humor and who previously gave us “Rager” and other adverts for Hefty. If you’re stoked on hearing the word “quesadilla” mispronounced and watching two lovebirds hit a tetherball back and forth, you might also like Hefty’s sad centaur and his elfish admirer. But if you found Napoleon Dynamite slow and boring, prepare to feel completely disenchanted by this renaissance fair.

Update: We’ve been told by those in the know that the ad is more a dig at the Society for Creative Anachronism than the Renaissance Fair community.

Credits after the jump.

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CP+B Brings Chef Expertise, Fast Food Together for Applebee’s

Applebee’s is separating themselves from the “good ole American” aesthetic. With their new “See You Tomorrow” campaign created by CP+B, they’re emphasizing fresh food, exciting ingredients, and unexpected taste combinations. That means 1,900 restaurants across America are about to become more interesting.

The first two TV spots directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) launch today and feature passionate chefs who fawn over ripe tomatoes and refreshingly acidic lemons. The ad narrator cuts them off before they take their speeches too far, switching to a typical fast food ad. It’s the restaurant equivalent of a high speed car chase—food falls onto pans in quick succession, sizzles on a grill, and then finally comes together on a steaming plate. The two halves of these spots come together to mark Applebee’s transition. They’re putting more consideration into quality ingredients, but they’re still serving affordable fast food.

This campaign also includes online, radio, outdoor ads and in-store elements, highlighting the “fresh flavors of summer.”

Credits and second spot after the jump.

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