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Posts Tagged ‘Dave Laden’

Nintendo, Leo Burnett Channel ‘Inception’ in Mario/Luigi Spot

In a spot that brings to mind Christopher Nolan’s Inception, doctors observe and interact with a sleeping Luigi to alter the dream world he resides in while sleeping.

At the beginning of the spot one of the doctors announces that the Nintendo 3DS “Will allow us to view the strange dreams of our friend Luigi.” The doctors probing a sleeping Luigi premise is balanced nicely with gameplay footage, including tiny Luigis forming a hammer and then a ball to battle enemies. At one point a doctor pulls on Luigi’s mustache, which acts as a slingshot for Mario in Luigi’s dream world. The typical Mario franchise charm is in full effect here.

“Sleeping Problems” incorporates gameplay into the spot in an organic way (not always easy to do), while making the game seem like a lot of fun. In fact, this makes me really want a 3DS. This is a problem, mostly because I can’t afford a 3DS any time soon. So thanks for that. Jerks.

Christopher Nolan could not be reached for comment. Credits and “bloopers” video after the jump.  Read more

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Trolli Candy Goes to a Strange, Strange Place

Trolli gummy candy wants to get funky. Apparently, the bright colors and odd shapes weren’t quirky enough, so the candy company called upon Minneapolis-based Periscope for some creative legwork. The result is the new “Weirdly Awesome” campaign, which features a couple of thirty-second spots that are off the reservation. Periscope seems to be tapping into a “Napoleon Dynamite” aesthetic that hasn’t really been relevant in the eight years or so. The only other comparable campaign I’ve covered in the last year is this strange bit of Bugle buffoonery from Canada. Trolli’s campaign is a little more appropriate because of the sour candy product, but I’m not so sure that weird is the new currency of cool.

You can watch the second spot and sort through some credits after the jump.

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Activision, 72andSunny Tap CollegeHumor Duo for ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Trailer

In this Call of Duty: Ghosts trailer, Jake and Amir from CollegeHumor give us a preview of the action-packed prestige edition of the game. It includes a paracord strap, a Steelbook, and an HD Tactical Camera. “Naturally, we’re going to do what you do when you have a badass tactical camera strapped to your head,” the boys say. I realize I’m definitely not a video gamer when I have no idea what the next step will be. Parkour? Surveillance?

“We’re going to breach some stuff!!” Jake and Amir proceed to burst through doors, elevator doors, garden gates, and bathroom stalls, entering unexpected scenarios as they go. The best part is when they’re the uninvited guests at a little princess’s tea party. “Hi guys!” she squeaks, and we see them taking a moment to sip out of miniature purple plastic cups. The whole thing is a fun idea, far better than watching a fictional character slaughter everything in his path while the new Eminem single “Survival” plays. If only we all had disposable screen doors and wacky neighbors worthy of tactical camera footage. As it is, mothers should prepare for the onslaught of their teenage boys trying to karate chop the front door.

Check out the credits after the jump

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Delayed Response Brings LeBron McDonald’s Spot Back into Focus

Considering game 7 is tonight, let’s just call this timely. This McDonald’s commercial from Arnold featuring Stephen A. Smith and LeBron James (sort of) isn’t exactly new, but it’s taken on some belated relevance following the headbandless fourth quarter performance from King James in last night’s NBA Finals Game 6. Once you get over the fact that Stephen A. is in a commercial, and the fact that the typical ESPN #embracedebate could be replaced in this case with #embracerecedinghairlines, you’ll see that the “greatest of all time” discussion usually reserved for LeBron vs. Michael Jordan discussions has been morphed, with good spirits, into a battle between chicken nuggets and hamburgers.

In a second local spot, Stephen A. apparently used the hashtag #headbandontootight in relation to LeBron’s fondness for fatty fried chicken and accidentally struck viral marketing gold for Arnold Worldwide. Nevermind that LeBron probably hasn’t had a chicken nugget in 8 years – when the timing is right, the timing is right.

Credits after the jump.

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Thursday Odds and Ends

-Mullen, Hungry Man, director Dave Laden and Hurricane Sandy survivors have teamed up for an effort called “12 Days of Relief” (above). Laden also talks about the project here.

-While we’re on Sandy, Chicagoland marketing agency The Mx Group is trying to help out one of its own whose parents were affected by the storm. link

-Who’s ready for targeted TV ads? link

-So long Publicis Mojo Auckland, hello Joy come Jan 1. link

-Here’s one list of five common Facebook marketing mistakes. link

-So, who’s your typical Mac user? One research firm has come up with a visual. link

Kevin Butler Takes a Moment to Salute a Real Hero

Playstation pitchman Kevin Butler tones down his snarky/silly schtick for a tick in order to honor Veteran’s Day in this latest “Hall of Play” inclusion from Deutsch LA.  Here, Butler honors a gamer (as well as all the men and women in service) who guys by the handle “TheBigIrish1138″ and happens to be stationed with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. Yes, there is a sensitive side to the smarmy sap, who we presume will get back to his usual gamer-saluting antics shortly. Credits after the jump.

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Now It’s Kevin Butler’s Turn to Salute Gamers

Deutsch LA launched the next phase of its well-received “Michael” campaign for Playstation that now stars none other than the game console’s brash pitchman, Kevin Butler. After paying homage this week to people with handles like @nychus, @motherboop and @legiondragon, Butler now honors someone named DirktheDaring (above). For the next 15 days (through 11/24), we can expect daily salutes from Butler and if you head over to the Playstation Facebook page, you can get a personalized “To Michael” clip sent to you. Perhaps someone was inspired by a certain, award-winning W+K campaign? Who knows, but gaming geeks, this one’s for you. Credits after the jump.

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Mullen Debuts First Work for Planet Fitness

Allegedly, Planet Fitness stands by the whole premise that they are a fitness club for everyone, famous for their “no judgment” environment which was the inspiration for this initial spot called “Application” for the brand from Mullen. This effort also marks the arrival of new CD Brian Tierney and was directed by Dave Laden at Hungry Man.

But we have to ask, why would the guy in the spot just be signing up for a gym? Did you see the size of that guy? Huge! Yes, you’re selling a fitness center and there has to be some muscles involved but..i don’t know. It reminds you of the Old Spice campaign when in transition from the Isiah Mustafa-to-Terry Crews era.

More: The Old Spice Campaign, By the Numbers