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Venables Bell & Partners Veers Off-Script for Audi

Here’s another clever entry in the “meta/self-aware” category via Venables Bell & Partners for client Audi.

The first spot is particularly appropriate considering the fact that it will run during tonight’s Emmy Awards:

The second spot offers a brief extension of that intro after the jump.

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Ed Norton Sings Karaoke, Almost Dies Several Times in New Droid Spot

This one’s been making the rounds for awhile now, but we thought we’d give some love anyway. McgarryBowen New York’s new spot for Verizion, “A Lot Can Happen in 48 Hours” features the talents of Ed Norton. It originally aired on December 5th, although it was posted to YouTube about a week before that.

In the spot, directed by Matthijs van Heijningen, Norton is thrown into a variety of dicey situations, with his Droid helping him get through most of them relatively unscathed. “A Lot Can Happen in 48 Hours” opens with Norton waking up to find himself in a strange room, with his Droid still at 3% power. “It’s been an interesting 48 hours,” Norton says, followed by a flashback. We then follow Norton through his series of misadventures, which begins with him finding a lost wallet and using Droid to find the location. This leads Norton to a karaoke bar, where he ogles a taken woman while singing “If I Could Turn Back Time” (the funniest part of the spot).

From here, Norton’s misadventures include attempting to land a plane, being held captive, having a key found in his stomach, playing a high-stakes game of Connect Four, and being held captive once again. Its everything-goes-wrong brand of humor borrows a little bit from The Hangover series, and although the spot seems to employ the kind of random connections Grey NY used in their 2012 DirectTV campaign, the superior execution helps keep it from feeling too easy or derivative. The spot uses a clever setup to promote the Droid’s impressive battery life, and then finds ways to showcase the phone’s other features in the process. This is certainly a far cry better than McgarryBowen Chicago’s disastrous “Denskies” campaign for Sears. Bonus points for the excellent use of a Lykke Li song. Credits after the jump. Read more

California Milk Showers With a Cow

As a Wisconsin man, the “Happy Cows Come From California” campaign has always irked me. What, California, are you suggesting OUR cows aren’t happy? Sure, they might be a little fatter, a little more lethargic, and may or may not experience what some would deem “alcoholism,” but does that mean they’re sad? NO! At least they aren’t smug little overly vain California cows, with their hybrid cars and over-sized sunglasses.

Well, apparently no one else believed this silly “happiness” claim, as the California Milk Advisory Board seems to have dropped their completely untrue tagline in this new spot from Deutsch LA. Instead, the CMAB cares not about cows’ feelings, but rather focuses on how a cow and its milk function as part of your nuclear family. As we can see, cows enjoy singing off-key renditions of Cher Lloyd’s “Swagger Jagger” under the helm of director Fred “Kevin from The Wonder Years” Savage. Yes, it’s a bit more in-your-face that Deutsch’s introduction to the “Make Up Part of Your Family” campaign. But, if there’s one way to convince your Californian family to drink milk, you might as well do it with shrill noises that your kids will absolutely love. Credits after the jump.

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