Saving the world from bad tequila, one slow motion shot at a time; a life lived through beds; quite possibly the worst (but funniest) first day at work ever; show us your Rube; Playboy and the power of imagination; Salvation Army looks on the bright side of life; men have a problem; Cats. And exercise. At the same time; one smooth talking yoga mat; my favourite band is more fictional than your favourite band; the amazing acoustic version of Daft Punk’s new song; someone sign this chimp up for an ad; lest we forget (to try and cash in on Anzac Day); the world’s weirdest fliers; your mobile device is a prison; and nothing goes right when music goes wrong.
K-Mart ships its pants; the Most Interesting Man in the World is back and he’s more interesting than ever; attack of the gnomes; Zuck, you’re boring (and so’s dinner); liquid beats from Coca-Cola; comedy gold from Steve Ayson; Louis CK on what really happens on Facebook; Nicholas Uncaged; a brilliant crowd-sourced music video; who needs exercise when you’ve got this magnificent invention; and ‘wash me’.
Media Design School’s brilliant funeral piñata; Old Spice nails commercial absurdity once again; take that advertising stereotypes; Rhett and Link’s twisted, crowd-sourced commercials; Ken Block in Russia! Google Street View ‘hyperlapse’; Vodafone makes you feel funny with some kissing oldies; The Replacer adds some muscle in Call of Duty follow-up; another Lurpak Butter stunner; chocolate meets art; in praise of oil; an epic surf trip; dogs are people too; a very accurate portrayal of how animals eat their food; real-time marketing sucks; Dr Un; and celebrities Photoshopped to look like normal people.
Attack of the pre-rolls as Rhett & Link win at April Fool’s; taking a leaf out of the Dumb and Dumber book, Mentos shows you what not to do; golf suddenly got better; it’s no Guy on a Buffalo, but this chap’s also pretty manly; cereal is the leading cause of puppet self-destruction; truth in advertising; Beyoncé battles herself; HSBC shakes its money-makers in this OTT effort for the Hong Kong Sevens; an overdose of ribald humour and dick jokes in Seth Rogen’s directorial debut for This is the End; a chimpanzee riding on a Segway; 150 years of Perrier celebrated with interactive web experience The Secret Place; anthropomorphic (and very well-dressed) animals; the internet keeps getting weirder with Hadoukening and Vadering; a bevy of unfortunate ad placements; and Google Maps as Persian rugs.
We’ll be off giving praise to the dairy milk divinity tomorrow so there won’t be a StopPress newsletter, but there’s no way we’re going to miss out on our favourite part of the week. Herewith, unbridled advertising-related e-jocularity.
One angry goat; it’s always the ones you least suspect; the curse of social farting; the joy of transparency; paper lives on; there’s nothing new under the Hollywood sun; take that, Soy; shoes are boring; a guy who really wants to get out of the office; the return of Brent; fixing graffiti; old people wearing vegetation; and a cabinet carved to look like a digital glitch.
Mr. Wolfdog is a shoo-in for marketer of the year; Carlsberg has a history of good stunts, but this is one of its best; Samsonite and Heinken take a trip around the world; some big ‘news’ for Google as Jash destroys all the videos; St Patrick’s Day through Google Glass; the story of Gatorade; while you were sleeping; an impressive proposal; up your Instagram game with Instasham; copywriting tips from the homeless; a motorbike with character; thumbs not guns; the hater app; and a couple of links for the OCDers here and here.
Easily the best thing we’ve seen all week; Conan O’Brien finds one person may be writing all the news in the US; Domino’s does what it says on the tin; hey look, a dancing horse; What would you do?; the joys of live TV; Greenpeace fades to black; finally someone finds a good use for QR codes; Dove hacks Photoshop; every horrible corporate website in one; least popular Pope names; and a glorious release.
Oreo’s story of the splitter; the next big indie film thing via Andy Samberg; the little known history of John Jameson; bread to be free; Audi’s automotive paintball extravaganza; woolly thinking with Knitterstream; drink the billboard; Nazis like you’ve never seen them; some ‘stunning’ special effects in the second-worst cricket-related ad you’ll see all year; some actually stunning time lapse from Joe Michael as part of the Dark Cloud: White Light project; time is of the essence; a brilliant campaign for the new season of Game of Thrones; actual Kevin Bacon; a Toyota timeline; and the PPA’s magazine cover of the century.
There’s nothing we love more than excellent use of generic stock imagery; finally, a cure; Zebra-based drama; the world’s first (planned) backflip in a car; God made a factory farmer; Nike inspires some social media-fuelled masochism; the power of glass; the best bust stop in the world; advertising via stethoscope; rappin’ for Jesus; yawns are weird; workplace ineptitude; horse power; canine Facebook; and Tyler Brule’s love letter to Auckland.
Old Spice answers the call of the wild; Litter Genie’s weird musical feline journey continues, this time with a slow jam; what real humans think of ad awards; print and digital up a tree; fashion forward; fast chat; two memes collide in the best Harlem shake yet. Plus, George FM’s solid effort; Lego and Google get romantic; the first internet banner; Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon’s history of rap; marketing pick-up lines; Puritan Valentines cards; our favourite Valentine’s website; and why Papa Ratzi really quit.
Ronald McDonald meets Uncle Pennybags; Dragons are cute, but deadly; Talking animals = highest level of advertistry; Say goodbye to responsibilities; Just a bit of tongue and cheek; Wishes, yay! ; Gender benders; The latest unexplainable internet meme; and funny stuff economists say.
The inescapability of mayhem; VW’s aural doggelganger; Bookin’ ay; Samsung’s cheeky ‘El Plato Supreme’ spot; oldies go bananas; fear the goat; the power of the sun; Beyonce in all her glory; Crocvertising; this is why we love New Zealand; extremely trivial police reports; and a collection of Not Right Notes.
The follow-up to TNT’s ‘push to add drama’ campaign goes even further; Nike strokes the egos of Christiano Ronaldo and Kobe Bryant; Dick Smith’s banned Australia Day ad; speaking of Australia, this smarmy Kia ad gets some pretty funny parody treatment; amazing powers put to, well, pretty mediocre use, really; Brick Lane goes 8-Bit; ‘The Replacer’; studies have shown that newspapers are interesting; VW’s Superbowl tease ad (what the?) brings some of the world’s greatest meltdowners together; and, awww, mini Subarus.
It’s no Three Little Pigs, but BBH’s spot for the Observer and Guardian Weekend is still pretty classy; two men, lots of cups in Nike’s latest golf spot starring new mascot Rory McIlroy; D&AD’s ‘Win one, die happy’ campaign to promote its 51st year shows ad awards are the key to eternal happiness; nothing beats an astronaut; the annual Australia Day lamb push; Target’s deprecating ode to fashion; Bad Lip Reading takes to the field; the Fresh Prince goes multi-lingual; body music; oh the humanity; a dildo in a Dettol ad; a developer adept at outsourcing; states of meat; and the Great Freedom Wars of 2013.
A single salty tear runs down our cheek because it’s the last instalment of Woops of the Week for 2012, with Dan News’ always popular yearly blooper wrap-up; Rube Goldberg vs. Isaac Newton; fake fun with lights; driving music; make it count; BBC’s Christmas festivities; a Twitter-powered billboard; an old school musical mash-up; a year in the life of The Yoob; we need more Hobbit; trolling turned on its head in Warm wishes from Adland; an interesting/interactive take on Maurice Levy’s annual address; YouTube’s advertising leaderboard for 2012; poor Dr Hedgeh and the perfect gift for the malodorous.
A match made in parody heaven; slide effects; two of the UK’s most-watched ads on YouTube this year; Diesel’s pre-internet shoes; behold the wonder of Google’s search app; compare and contrast; Slipknot vs. Cliff Richard; bread gloves, sneezing sucks and pizza perfume, famous photos reframed as selfies.
XXL violently taps into the Zombie zeitgeist; choose beer, make music; the wine—and cocaine—is over; Happy holidizzles yo; after last week’s DSLR nerds, here are a few more passionate shutter bugs; Hot Chip feels the video game love; the NBA’s big colour; a meme that will please Fonterra; spray and walk away; the hot new fitness craze that’s sweeping the nation; street art meets cake decoration; The Onion strikes again as Kim Jong-Un’s sexiest man alive award gets taken seriously; Namesake Motors; and 20 creative marketing stunts.
Sony takes aim at DSLR nerds; we hope the Mayans aren’t right, but if they are, at least we have former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo; William Shatner’s deep fried turkey PSA, now in song form; a good (but fake) ad for Durex; protect ‘ya eggs; after ‘Dads in Briefs’, here’s ‘Summer Psycho’; mini-Vinnie follows in maxi-Vinnie’s footsteps to help promote CPR; the tables are turned in this fictional charity song aimed at showing a different side of Africa; certainly not laughing material, but a moving ad for the UN that demonstrates how we lose one child every three seconds; a very different take on death, this time from the viral sensation that is Dumb Ways to Die; quite possibly the funniest hashtag fail ever for Susan Boyle; 20 of the best magazine covers of 2012′ and ‘I love to do spanky with my big wooden cane’.
Fenton moves up the chain as viral hit remade into ad; one for the hairy inbetweeners out there; the perils of reply all; the athlete machine; things can only get better; the ‘truth’ about music videos; Guinness shows its progressive side; a couple of slightly surreal takes on Christmas; some sweet time lapse action in KL; another magnificent web comic from the Oatmeal that sums up the creative process; the Onion’s dehumanizer; get your phallic sway on; and deep fried gadgets.
From the agency that brought us catvertising comes a company that makes your videos go “viraler and viraler”; putting in the effort; the sound of print; you’ll never want to eat zucchini again; Google spreads some jam on it; rather than making fun of Apple acolytes, Samsung has brought in the big guns for its big phone; while Obama had Will Ferrell, Romney had Mr Burns; Switzerland goes off the clock; perhaps the best song ever written about sports; five hours well spent if you watch to the end, the evolution of paywalls; a whole lot of creative catharsis; bovine photo bombing; a map of your brain; and the gift that keeps on giving.
An appropriate punishment for those who use buzzwords; Megan Fox: dolphin whisperer; beware the Zomney apocalypse; a beautiful bit of horse play; spot the Halloween-inspired ‘ghostbombing’; Call of Duty is back with a few more surprises; Nike’s very cool ‘live freeze’; a proper boom box; another kooky feline musical number for Litter Genie; If ten-year-olds ran an agency; the social media protest song; Wieden + Kennedy goes gonzo with Old Spice recruitment challenges, the Taxonomy of Arse, quite possibly the best Halloween costume ever conceived.
The man with the lustrous lip guard offers some Movember tips; beware the cannibalistic, zombiefied chocolate eggs; unlocking the inner Bond; a very real—perhaps too real—Twitter follower; drinkssss innnn spaaaace; LG shows its stripes by scaring the bejesus out of lift-riders; Apple’s musical iPad mini ad (and a spoof); mixing business with pleasure; a beautifully made plea to take shark fin soup off the menu; the power of children; some inspiration for the upcoming Xmas party season from Ikea; Jell-O presidents; a very NZF(most)W but very funny collection of thrusting men; and a stacking whoopsie.
Bodyform’s brilliant video response; at last, an honest corporate video; as if Red Bull Stratos wasn’t enough, the brand has to show off some more; inside Old Spice; Drambuie’s been sampling a little too much of its own product; some top class ‘what’s that smell?’ acting from Mr Pitt; Microsoft focuses on the clicks; human motorbikes; honestly, who wears an apricot shirt? New Zealand stars in the latest—and awesome—GoPro promo; who needs screens when you’ve got H²O; why the world is in debt; good GIF grief; Romney’s tax plan; and inside Google’s data centres (and its Easter eggs).
A clip not suitable for people with broken ribs; let nothing come between a man/woman and his/her fish; a bit too much eggnog, perhaps; the real reasons Facebook is like chairs; men are from mars, women are not; everyone loves big hits; just like Heineken and Gin Wigmore, Apple’s new iPod ad has a Kiwi connection, with Willie Moon’s backing track; Lexus brings print to life—by using a tablet; first world problems get hijacked, support Lance, amazing water wigs and what drugs do for self-portraits.
Quite possibly the best cat poo-related ad ever made, you’re not scary when you’re hungry, it is better to give than receive, in praise of British cuisine, Guinness embraces the cloud, chairs are like Facebook, a slo-mo summer skate promo for Def, the modern approach to mind reading, Wonderbra gives people a creepy super-power, ‘human’ meat, women replaced with Ikea items, and Breaking Ned.
Samuel L Jackson reprises his Go the Fuck to Sleep role for Wake the Fuck up; Welly digi-maniacs Resn use the face; the hottest new dieting craze; selling smart cars with skateboarding; a call to arms for the middle classes from the Rainforest Alliance; Gin Wigmore becomes New Zealand’s Bond Girl; one of the many iPhone 5 parodies; there’s almost nothing better than a fake fragrance ad; Mitt Romney + One Direction = the Wrong Direction parody; it’s impossible not to use the phrase bringing sexy back when describing the new Justin Timberlakey MySpace; kids explain what they’d do with another five years; best word ever finals; ‘honestly doctor I fell on the eel while I was vacuuming’; and missing children on a 404.
Abe Lincoln is a sweetheart; Jennifer Aniston laughs at herself for Smart Water; Benetton courts controversy once again with ‘unemployee of the year’; Benefit cosmetics takes to the streets to dish out a few beauty burns; a very powerful way to promote first aid; Melbourne is pretty much good at everything, including the ads for its film festival; Guinness gets its carve on; Hot Wheels nails the corkscrew world record; an oldie but a goodie from Bud Light; no-one feels it like you do; Gospel Bill teaches his animal friends how to give all their money to the Lord; “Utility is unaspirational”, reinventing the lightbulb, sad impersonators, the world is massive, K-Rob like you’ve never seen him; and you are not a photographer.
Quite possibly the funniest bloopers you’ll ever see; cats get their cream—and their milkmen; you’ll never see more passionate bus lovers; Mad Men gets Rick Rolled; driving with the dogs; hey, pass me a beer; Grandads have the best tricks; Ikea embraces colour—and the power of dance; some smooth agency self-promotion; Intel follows up the Museum of Me with the musical of you; Facebook isn’t manly; the search for the Higgs Boson; how going slow is a good business model; Simpsons chairs; and more billboard tomfoolery from St Matthew in the City.
The Cravendale cats—with opposable thumbs—are back; the full, glorious clip of Flight of the Conchords charity song for Cure Kids; honestly, I need a new phone; the weirdest ice cream commercials ever; drive an Audi, dream of robbery; the year 3000; easily the best football songs you’ll ever hear; Australia certainly loves its big musical numbers; Chuck Norris just lost all his meme cred, Where whoopsie, Catroulette and run over your pretentious friends.