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Your Undead Post, Part II: Hyundai Builds Zombie-Killing Machine in ‘Chop Shop’

“If you want to survive, listen up.”

So begins Innocean’s new spot “Speech” for Hyundai (Two undead posts in a day? What the hell, it’s October). The speaker of those lines credits his ability to live off the land and fight for his survival, but an onlooker points to his Hyundai zombie-killing vehicle. Although the spot’s attempt at humor falls mostly flat, it was  perfectly timed, debuting last night during the premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead. The 30 second spot was also show during Talking Dead last night, while “The Walking Dead Chop Shop” — the site that lets users build their own Zombie Survival Machine — launched during San Diego’s Comic-Con in July. Innocean’s television spot will be accompanied by three digital spots in all — “Speech,” “Cooler” and “Difference — airing on Hyundai’s social media channels.

The spot functions not just as a stand-alone advertisement, but as a way to drive viewers to the “The Walking Dead Chop Shop” site, which is a great tie-in. Actually, I’m kind of not sure if the spot is a tie-in for the site, or the site is a tie-in for the spot. I’m going with the former, since the site existed first. At any rate, we covered “The Walking Dead Chop Shop” back in July, but for the link-averse, here’s a short review: you can use any of three Hyundai vehicles as your base-vehicle and then pimp them out with all kinds of accessories, like razor wire, a “horde plow” and (of course) flame throwers and cattle guns. This isn’t exactly my sort of thing, but it should be a lot of fun for the car/weapon happy and zombie-obsessed. Credits after the jump.

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And Now, a First Kiss That Smells Like Doritos from Taco Bell

We all remember our awkward first kiss stories, full of nervousness and rapid heartbeats. Based on “First Kiss,” the new 30-second ad in the Taco Bell Live Mas campaign that came through the tips line, we can now add sticky fingers and spicy breath to the list of uncomfortable descriptors.

Mixing Doritos Locos Tacos and kisses may not seem like the best idea, but this spot might strike the right cord for those who value some teenage sentimentality and John Hughes movies. Associating Taco Bell with cuteness is a tough trick to pull off, you know, with the greasy smells and penchant for attracting drunk college guys as a significant customer base, but Deutsch LA and director Zach Math found a way to pull it off. Taco Bell seems to have tapped the right nerve with Doritos Locos Tacos: the product helped create 15,000 new jobs. Maybe the company can use the profits to provide complimentary mouthwash with any purchase, so young lovers who want to make out in Taco Bell parking lots can have pleasant memories.

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Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s: The Sexiest Names in Fast Food

It’s been years since I’ve seen a Hardee’s. I think there might be one outside of Lambeau Field in Green Bay? And, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Carl’s Jr. Maybe that’s just a West Coast thing? I honestly don’t know.

Regardless, when the restaurant chains’ owner CKE announced in January that they were taking their ad business to El Segundo, California-based David&Goliath, our commenters were hoping that maybe, just maybe, D&G would find a way to “elevate the work.” It’s hard to believe (or is it) that it’s already been over three years since the company’s former AOR, Mendelsohn Zien, had Paris Hilton rubbing her soaped-up body all over a car while eating a Carl’s Jr. cheeseburger. Indeed, next to Paris Hilton, that burger looked very, very sexy.

What crazy new direction would D&G take in for their first spot as the brands’ AOR? Apparently, they’re still using scantily-clad models eating the chains’ sandwiches in slow-motion to lure the horny-man demographic to the restaurants. The big difference is that this a turkey sandwich the model is eating. It’s under 500 calories which, according to a press release, qualifies it for Men’s Health‘s list of “Eat this, not that.” And, hey, anything without Paris Hilton is a definitely upgrade. Credits after the jump:

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