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Sure vs. AT&T "Stunt city" badlanders

Look both ways when you cross the streets of Badland. You may get hit by two commercials.

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And the "Balls" ad spoofs keep bouncing in

Following in the footsteps of Tango's Balls spoof back in May, London lingerie company Myla has created their own spoof on the Sony Bravia "Balls" spot.

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Bishops Finger ad deemed too raunchy

A woman in a revealing mediaeval frock sits perched atop a hay bale, declaring "I love a good session on the Bishop's Finger". , and honestly now who doesn't? I know I love a good round of the Bishop's finger!

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badland - adidas basketball

Check it out - a bit of a flashback from Adidas-- so soon after the other one as well: Straight to the moon.

The two Sonics ones are from ddb Seattle from three years ago -- The other three are from an Adidas campaign that is just launching.

Not too much of a surprise (the concept fits basketball after all,) but strikingly similar none the less. All revealed inside!

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Oil pumpers, smokestacks and flowers - ditto!

What the hell? There's something in the water lately - found another strange visual pairing for Badland here, a promo that Helios did back in 03 for Tekko, a 3D festival. Richard Switzer at Helios tells us that this was also on Stash DVD #1.

also available in the archive here.

Now compare, here' something a Serbian MoGraph company Fried Pictures just did. Recognise some of the industrial landscape, the shots of smokestacks, oil pumpers and it all exploding with flowers a the end, plus the whole colour palette? Deja badland vu!

Check it out here on Fried Pictures site.

Pretty remarkable coincidence if it is one. To me, this looks more like demo love. Side by side shots inside.

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The building blocks of a cool looking commercial, times two!

A little birdie nudged me to this pairing - last year Nakd did a self promo piece that got all CGI magicky with boxes that built a road, a bridge, an entire city. You can view that action here on their own site. (QT)

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Katamari Damacy commercials, kinda, times two.

Sharp badlander spotter Anantha nudged us to this set.

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Nike vs Gran parma rugby - someone has dropped the ball

A cute Badlander - seems a huge trend these past few years is to crush parked cars with giant objects, such as footballs, rugbyballs or giant blocks of ice.

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McDonald's vs. Gordon College

If all the world's a stage, then this Mario Brothers concept deserves an encore.


See the Super Mario McDonald's commercial here

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Straight to the moon, Alice, straight to the moon.

Often when you see Badlanders in adland you just have to laugh at the synchronicity of it all. Maybe contemplate the jungian subconcious for a while. Revel in the irony that two brands trying so hard to be different are doing the exact same thing. Sometimes you do all of the above - wanna see Adidas, Nike and Royal Sundaram duke it out?

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Ryanair ad gets spoofed by Greenpeace

Greenpeace were never about making friends - this week they've gone and spoofed a Ryan Air ad. Allegedly both the independent and guardian newspapers have refused to carry the ad spoof by greenpeace - holding up the usual "lets not bite the hand that feeds us" excuse. In the land of commercial speech the biggest wallet always wins.

Thanks to viralmeister for the images - which you can see inside.

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Dumbest ad ban ever.

BBC news reports about an ad being banned because a punter typed the wrong URL.

The radio advert which pointed people to thinkuknow.co.uk a site that advises children on how to stay safe online, can not be broadcast again in its current form.
A listener who wanted to see the site spelled the url with "you" instead of "u" and ended up on a porn-link page.

Chris Fox, as sly as one, the "you" URL's owner is probably laughing all the way to the bank. The "you" URL was registered 15-Feb-2006, shortly after the first airing of the now banned advert. Clever. Remember kids, have all common variations of your URL registered before your enemies do. ;)

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Bacardi steals performance act for new ad campaign

The San Francisco prankster group The Cacophony Society has for years been running against the Bay to Breakers run dressed as salmons.

Now RKCR/Y&R in London has come up with a completely unique concept of having people dressed as salmons run against a race in New York. OK, I was sarcastic. They have stolen the whole thing, including twists like one salmon ending up in a bar, available via YouTube.

And to give credit where credit is due (as opposed to RKCR) I found this story on Laughing Squid. Go there for the full story and all the links.

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Animated animals help shill

Happy forest creatures out of a Disney movie appear in both these ads. The tune is sort of similar. I'm not sure if they are in fact paying homage to the same film or just the style itself.

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