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Parents Get Feisty in New Microsoft Advert from CP+B, Roman Coppola

In CP+B’s new Roman Coppola-directed spot for Microsoft, sweet children sing in asparagus suits while their parents frantically capture every moment using their iPhones and Androids. A brawl ensues, with parents fighting for the perfect panorama, jostling one another to avoid phone photobombing, and climbing into the ceiling pipes for the ideal aerial shot. Of course, the couple with a Nokia Lumia 1020 sits calmly in the back with their superior cameraphone, knowing they got a great photo of their daughter dressed as a carrot.

This spot is in line with Microsoft’s last video, “The Wedding,” where the same scene occurs, but at a church. Both ads end, “Don’t fight. Switch.” Considering photo sharing has become one of the most important parts of owning a phone, it’s not a bad idea. Ad-wise, this spot is a great portrait of modern day life. If only an unintelligible child vegetable chorus could always soundtrack petty adult hysteria.

Credits after the jump.

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Windows Denounces Apple-on-Samsung Fan Violence in Latest Spot

Son of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now director, Francis-Ford Coppola, Roman Coppola was on a bit of a winning streak after co-writing Wes Anderson films The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom. However, after directing the near-universally panned Charlie Sheen vehicle, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, Roman lost a healthy portion of the goodwill he had racked up. As The A.V. Club put it, the film “it isn’t a movie so much as a feature-length perfume commercial for a Charlie Sheen signature cologne with gorgeous packaging and absolutely nothing inside.” So, yeah. It was pretty bad.

Seeking solace from tomato-throwing critics, Roman did what all directors attempting to recover from a stinker do: Join forces with CP+B for a Microsoft TV spot. Here, we see Roman channeling his own life experiences to sell Windows Phones. Sure, says Roman metaphorically through this spot, there are haters are either side of the aisle. But you can’t have the naysayers keep you down, you know? Yes, some people like Apple phones and some people like Samsung phones, just like some people like good movies and some people like other good movies. But, just because your movie isn’t “good” or your phone isn’t “good” either, doesn’t mean to have to be part of the fighting. As Jay-Z once said, “Get that dirt off your shoulder.” Most assuredly, Roman was playing this track on set throughout the production of this ad.

Embrace Roman Coppola, and embrace Nokia Windows phones. Credits after the jump.

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Cisco Vows to ‘Wake Up the World’ In New Global Rebranding Campaign

It seems the “Human Network” is no more in a new campaign for Cisco from GS&P. In fact, Cisco is moving on to a new tagline, “Tomorrow Starts Here,” which is in line with 2012′s consumers who find technology and the promise of sentient robots beings much more valuable than humanity. In other words, Skynet is now your sole provider of network solutions, and Cisco is their new sub-brand.

The above TV spot, which is part of an integrated campaign titled “The Internet of Everything” (see what I mean?), travels around the world in its effort to mix pictures of frightened looking people with visual representations of sweet, flawless data. The soft narration along with the quick-changing cuts have an air of IBM marketing to them, minus IBM’s trademark blue bars. In fact, “Tomorrow Starts Here” and IBM’s “Smarter Planet” have a bit of the same tone, at least in contrast to their old taglines (“Human Network” and “Power to the People” respectively).

Cisco’s new campaign, as you might imagine, also features a Twitter hashtag campaign using #IoE, which some may confuse with Internet Explorer (a product of Microsoft, another subsidiary of Skynet). Either way, as long as we’re all on “Team Internet,” we should be totally cool with our new robot overloads brutally murder everyone else. And, as long as we’re on the topic, good thing that social media will soon be entirely comprised solely of robots talking back and forth to each other. In the meantime, enjoy an augmented reality print ad for Cisco and few credits after the jump.

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VB&P, Healthy Choice Say Screw Your Diet

“For years I thought I hated children’s laughter. I had no idea, I was just hungry.” In VB&P’s first work for Healthy Choice since winning the business for the ConAgra brand back in May, one woman recounts her days with hardcore dieting gang the “No-Carb Queens.” They destroy chicken wings and break baguettes in the super market. In a second spot, a man laments his time with a juice fast cult. “Bruce likes solids too,” he reassures himself.

The “online manifesto” video in this series (below) collages together every piece of diet advice you’ve ever been given. Healthy Choice’s point? “Don’t diet. Live healthy.”

Thank you, VB&P, for not going the infomercial route and instead making fun of saccharine, overly dramatic diet ads. I still wish you’d excluded close-ups of (undoubtedly disgusting) microwave-melted parmesan, but can forgive those because of the solid concept and funny writing. Healthy Choice is still a kind of diet, but these videos make it seem like a cool sarcastic best friend food, not the annoying nagging one who invites herself over and drinks all your wine (that’s South Beach).

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Red Stripe Celebrates Small Victories

Your average beer commercial tends to be a bit oversaturated. Whether Budweiser Clydesdales are clomping through the snow or Coors Light mountains are changing colors, big beer brands love their drama and growly-voiced narrators. Red Stripe, however, sets themselves apart by appreciating the little things in life.

In its latest campaign from BBDO NY, the Jamaican beer brand celebrates finding five dollars in your pocket, successfully evading embarrassing office party moments, and using a big word in a business presentation. All the appreciation comes in the form of a reggae band, crooning lyrics like, “Ooh, look at you/using a big word in an office meeting, all correctly and stuff.”

Their end slogan is simply, “Hooray Beer!” Hard to argue with that. Just as much as everyone loves throwing out sweet vocab words and finding money, beer is a simple pleasure worth celebrating. Credits after the jump.

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Notorious Web Foes Come to Life in Webroot Effort

Nigeria messages, male enhancement spam,, singles in your area links: Three of the most well-known and annoying culprits when it comes to plaguing our inboxes and social networks while potentially spreading viruses. To address these web threats in a somewhat clever way and promote  internet security software brand, Webroot, at the same time, Boulder-based TDA has come up with a series of ads that include the tagline, “Don’t Let Bad Links Happen to You.”

Out of the three, which were all directed by Epoch Films’ Michael Downing, we particularly like the defensive “Nigeria” clip above, though the weepy “Single” spot starring some lovely, emotional ladies takes a close second. Check it out along with credits and the third spot, “Bigger,” after the jump.

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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.

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Huggies’ New Message: Babies are Little Terrors

JWT New York concocted this latest spot for Huggies, which shows that babies can be equal parts destructive and adorable (ok, probably more destructive). Directed by MJZ’s Fredrik Bond, the advert shows how a simple changing of diapers can result in total chaos. We can vibe with the freeze-frame aspect and music that’s fit for an episode of Boardwalk Empire in this clip, which has a clear message: Huggies turns toddlers into Chucky. Credits after the jump…

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