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CHI & Partners Sets ‘Amazing in Motion’ for Lexus

CHI & Partners latest for Lexus’ “Amazing in Motion” campaign is a visually stunning look at performers in LED suits exploring the Kuala Lumpur skyline.

The LED suits were created by costume designer Vin Burnham and technical director Adam Wright, with inspiration from Lexus’ “iconic spindle grille and LED headlights.” Director Adam Berg and his team then utilized a “purpose built computer system and complex DMX software” (which, we imagine, stops, drops, and opens up shop), “created to wirelessly trigger the suits to strobe on demand” and captured a group of stunt men and acrobatic performers as they made the Kuala Lumpur skyline their playground. It’s a simple concept, but it makes for a visually intriguing 60 seconds, even if viewers are left wondering what they’re watching an ad for until right before the “Amazing in Motion” tagline. Since it’s so hard to take your eyes off of, that might not even be a problem. Stick around for credits after the jump (and find more info at the official campaign site). Read more

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Let’s Vicariously Enjoy One Lad’s Wild Night in the City Courtesy of Heineken, W+K

W+K Amsterdam is back with yet another sprawling, upbeat, frenetic spot for Heineken, which is part of the brew brand’s global campaign highlighting a man living it up in his cityscape. The latest spot, aptly dubbed “The City,” features a little Elvis swing as our hero goes on the hunt for a mysterious gal with the help of a host of lost business cards. Along the way, he experiences everything that makes his city so vibrant. The look, sound and feel is basically the template of what we’ve come to expect from Heineken ads in recent years, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Regarding the campaign concept, which revolves around encouraging men to explore their cities, Heineken global senior brand director Gianluca Di Tondo tells Marketing“Men of the world want to make the most out of their time in the city, because they know life only gives them one shot. So they really live their city by seeking out new experiences and adventures and they have an underlying fear of missing out on the best ones.” At the very least, it makes our desk job writing about such experiences rather lame. Credits after the jump.

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W+K Amsterdam’s World Cup Spot for Heineken Is…Perplexing


“What the hell was that?” — That is our (and, we’re guessing, your) reaction to “Oranjekoorts (Orange Fever),” W+K Amsterdam’s 2014 FIFA World Cup spot for Heineken, the agency’s first work for Heineken Netherlands.

The campaign actually began earlier this year with the search for Heineken’s first Chief Orange Officer (you can’t make this shit up), described as a “legitimate [cough] full-time role that sought a representative as Dutch as Heineken, but who shared the same international outlook and would be committed to spreading Orange Fever in The Netherlands and across the globe.” Heineken advertised the legitimate position on their own recruitment channels and throughout the Netherlands. After reviewing more than 2,500 applicants, the position was awarded to Marco van Houwelingen, who will fill the year long role at Heineken’s Amsterdam headquarters.

The 65-second spot features a float representing “everything great about the Netherlands and the Dutch,” making its way through a Brazilian Carnival. Lead by Heineken’s Chief Orange Officer, the float includes a windmill, illusionist Hans Klok, and Dennis Bergkamp, among various other weirdness. Float participants all dance to a samba version of the song “No Limit” by 2 Unlimited, “one of the world’s favorite 90’s anthems” (which is not how anybody outside the Netherlands would describe the song). Watch the confusing mess for yourself above, and stick around for credits after the jump. Maybe you just have to be Dutch to get it.

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DDB Chicago Imagines Skittles Cloud As Pet, Problems Ensue

DDB Chicago continues bringing out the bizarre for Skittles in a new campaign complete with some perhaps unintended implications.

The new spot features a cloud named Freddie, who, when walked by an elderly woman “rains” Skittles after being pet. Now, the problem with portraying a product as something that comes out of a pet while being walked is…well, pretty obvious right? Okay, I get that Freddie is a cloud and that DDB has been doing strange stuff for Skittles for a while now, but you don’t want viewers asking, “Is that cloud pissing Skittles?” — a distinct possibility here. In the 30-second spot, “Cloud,” Freddie responds very differently when a curious onlooker attempts to pet him, ending with the spot-specific tagline “Pet The Rainbow. Taste The Rainbow.”

The campaign features two more 30-second adverts, each following the same oddball theme, with Freddie going to the vet and the groomers. Additionally, DDB Chicago teamed up with PR agency Olson to build a remote-controlled, Skittles-dispensing cloud. Built from the ground up, the cloud “features two unique dispensing functions and a variety of fun lighting and audio features.” It’s a high-tech evolution of The Rainbow team’s past Skittles-dispensing gifts like pinball machines and vending machines, and a pretty cool extension of the campaign (we’ll hear more about this later in the week). Stick around for credits and “Groomer” after the jump. Read more

IKEA Makes the Most of Small Spaces with Terrifying Doll Heads

From Mother’s UK shop comes a new two-minute spot for IKEA kicks off the new ‘Make Small Spaces Big’ campaign.

Featuring the vocals support of soul singer Elayna Boynton covering Aretha Franklin‘s “One Room Paradise,” we’re taken inside a doll house stocked to the brim with IKEA furniture. There we meet a single mom with a creepy doll head raising her similarly creepy doll-headed son, both adept at finding solutions for making their tiny house bigger.

Now, for U.S. audiences, the doll heads are a bit off-putting and hard to get over. But, once you do, you come to realize what a rarity it is that we see single parent households depicted in advertising, especially for a global brand like IKEA. Mother does a wonderful job in not only demonstrating the products’ features, but also giving the spot some emotional weight. If it was only something other than doll heads…

Take a virtual MTV Cribs-style tour of the apartment from the spot here, and view credits after the jump.

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IKEA’s UK ‘Brand Revitalization’ Begins Through the Eyes of a Child

On a gloomy New York morning, this new effort from Mother for IKEA adds a little pep to our step. The spot, dubbed “Playin’ With My Friends,” kicks off what is being touted as a new brand strategy in the U.K. and Ireland for home furnishing chain, IKEA. In the clip above, a young girl plays dinner party host to a variety of oversized characters including a robot, action figure and what appears to be Godzilla.

While visually appealing, the spot is helped aplenty by the grooving tune, which sounds a hell of a lot like Gorillaz (Update: It’s actually a re-recording of the BB King/Robert Cray song of the same name). While the scenario being played out is all in the girl’s head, the parties involved say that on a larger scale, it’s meant to help convey IKEA’s new, aforementioned strategy: Create campaigns focused on activities and needs in the home rather than just rooms in it. Whatever you take away from it is up to you, but we have to say we’re not frowning half as much. Credits after the jump.

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