After kicking off its 'Same Power, Different Attitude' campaign with a few friendly dictators, Powershop and DoubleFish then moved into fictional territory with ads featuring Jaws, Daleks, Darth Vader and Frankenstein. A cease and desist letter from LucasFilm moved the campaign back in the direction of well-known humans, such as a free-lovin' Margaret Thatcher. And now the brand has either bravely or foolishly taken things in a much more controversial direction with a new ad that wouldn't be out of place on a St Matthew in the City billboard and features Pope Benedict XVI presiding over a same sex marriage. We predict fire and brimstone Powershop's way cometh. And, if we're lucky, maybe even @pontifex's first Tweet.
Who it's for: Sky by DDB and the Sweet Shop
Why we like it: strong story-telling, beautiful cinematography and a perfect catchphrase combine in this spot to give a stunning visual representation of the sense of freedom that Sky is attempting to relay. And while the ad is being used to promote the updates to the Sky TV on-demand offering, the metaphor used could just as easily be applied to other areas of the viewers' lives.
Who it's for: the Health Promotion Agency by FCB and Robbers Dog
Why we like it: FCB does a brilliant parody of the infomercial tropes of omniscient narrators and people just generally being very bad at everyday things. And while this isn't a TVC, the series of three clips released online have provided an entertaining extension of a campaign that aims to make water an acceptable option at the bar.
Who it's for: Air New Zealand by Host and Two Bearded Men
Why we like it: Air New Zealand tugs at the heartstrings with a Christmas spot that gives a few Kiwis kids living in rural New Zealand a bit of Christmas magic. The general mood of this feel-good spot is perfectly captured by the young girl who says: "This is the best day of my life."