Old Spice Red Zone now inspires Lynx (Axe) ads.

It's already five years ago that Caff wrote Tag mimicking Axe and warned about the dangers of copying someone elses exact strategy. " if a consumer doesn't watch through to the end when the board comes up with the tag line and brand name, there's every reason to assume that people will be thinking that Tag's advertising is for Axe (or even Old Spice Red Zone). Causing confusion for consumers isn't really what I'm sure Arnold was intending to do. But by letting this ad get out to the airwaves, that's most likely what is going to happen."

Funny, the only thing she didn't predict was that Lynx (Axe) would be copying visual executions of Old Spice Red Zone. It's come full circle with the new "Bullet" campaign showing Lynx snow angels.

The idea is the same as in the 2005 execution of Old Spice Red Zone. Funny.

Toshibas new "Chairs in space" looks like Simon Faithfull's escape vehicles

Toshiba have gone all out weird and send chairs to space in their new campaign to support Toshiba’s SV REGZA LCD TV and Satellite T series laptops. When you can watch TV anywhere, where do you want your easy chair to be? Doing a ballon-boy? You got it.

Killer Hamster Trend

To be honest, I don't think this is much of a Badlander, but I hafta keep up my title of most hated person on the ad-intarwebs in order to keep my rightful place on your dart boards, so here ya go.

The recently released HiFi-klubben hamster ad created by Lowe Brindfors, Stockholm and shot by Bacon, Copenhagen has been accused in emails to the hostmaster of borrowing its murderous hamster legs from G4/Midnight Spank. Lets watch, shall we. Get the the popcorn.

And, as it aired back in April, the G4 midnight spank from BBDO/ New York and shot by Daniel Kleinman at Kleinman Productions.

Fair enough, they both have deadly hamsters in it. Had they been white bunny rabbits with pointy teeth the Rabbit of Caerbannog comparisons would never end. What do you think, total coincidence or borrowed idea?

Calling Tarek Nour a copy-cat gets you arrested in Egypt.

Looks like I'll never set foot in Egypt again, as I did say Tareknour.tv copies pretty much everyone when I badlanded their series of rip-off films after a tip from Marketing 3.0

There was even a facebook group started in the rip-off artists honor, where it almost became an informal contest in finding originals for each film on Tareknour.tv - new pairings were added daily.

The Daily News Egypt reports Student Tamer Azab remains in police custody for allegedly defaming advertising mogul Tarek Nour.

McDonald's vs Arby's - fast food as erotica has gone too far.

Today's mini-badlander is brought to you by burgers. Or fast food as erotica gone overboard. Yes, I have laughed as hard at the "I'd hit it" flash banner and the 'piece of meat' burger poster as you have. These guys take it one step further and fancy their women dressing up as.... wait for it... Burger workers.

Yeah that's pretty kinky. Without further ado, McDonald's (Germany - pan european) vs Arby's (USA).

Sexist ad ban of the week: Nice Headlamps.

Sexist ad ban of the week goes to UlsterTrader.com who ran this billboard, featuring a bra-clad cleavage with the headline Nice headlamps and below that asking asking what do you look for in a car?

Jeep parking attendant
Both Jeep and Hyundai cars park anywhere and everywhere.

Once upon a time, there was a Jeep ad from BBDO Copenhagen where the car was not to be seen. Presumably it had parked somewhere quite remote because all that witnessed of the Jeeps existence was the parking attendant/police decked out in full mountain climbing gear with ropes and an axe. Hardy har, Jeeps can park anywhere! Sold!

A couple of years later TANK Y&R Stockholm had a think for Hyundai, and struck upon the same idea. Failing to grasp "less is more" they dressed the ad up with a headline to write the viewer on the nose with insolently easy to park, while the parking attendant/police was dressed up in full fishing gear. Presumably to protect her from mud, and perhaps wade through a creek or two - but it would have been rather funny had the Hyundai in question been an amphibious car.

Since it's not, we'll just badland you. Bo-yah!

CSI wants to be Carousel.

Joelapompe calls it "Carousel ripped off, and looking at the CSI CBS trailer one has to wonder. Did they have a slight case of Demo-Love? Just a teeny bit?

Lets drool over Carousel one more time.

Now lets scratch that CSI itch, shall we? (After the jump)

Class of twelve year olds teach Toys R Us about advertising to modern children.

Last year a school class of twelve year olds reported ToysRus Christmas catalogue to the Advertising Ombudsman in Sweden for "sexual discrimination" in their advertising - and won.

The class said that in the catalogue "All the girls are always dressed in pink, only found on the princess and Barbie pages, posing 'awkward' and never included in any of the action toy areas". The kids suggested that the background colors of the catalogue should be made neutral instead of stark pinks and blues, that girls should also been seen on the Lego and Toy car pages and that the princess and knight dress up pages could be gender mixed as suggestions on how to "stop reinforcing traditional gender roles". The class ended their motivation with calling the catalogue "old-fashioned and insulting". The Advertising Ombudsman took their time, but have now agreed with the class and Toys R Us need to rethink that pink. Source: Aftonbladet

Daily Mail vs HAVAIANAS
Brazilian Creative Club get cranky with copycat layout from Havaianas ad in the Daily Mail

It was last year in May that the Havaianas "big bang" campaign made a big bang. The Brazilian Clube de Criação are currently yelling 'ripoff!' at the top of their lungs as they've seen an editorial shot by Richard Boll in The Daily Mail doing the same explosion effect with flip-flops - oh the horrors. If it at least had been Vogue or something, right?

Hat tip @MMTavolaro.

Converse mutant animals
New Converse mutant creatures aren't that new, really.

Must scratch another Badland itch. Adfreak pointed out that mutant animals wear converse, and the second image they show with all the posters on one wall reminded me of Amsterdam way back then, where walls of 'wild posters' would annoy me every day because I couldn't figure out if that Two Dogs lemonade campaign from Garbers international was trying to make a "hair if the dog" pun or not. Not that similar, but photoshopping strange new creatures together seems to be popular in Adland.

How to sell hardware stores - show that you can buy tiny men there.

Welcome to this weeks first Badlander - and the first time that The Foundry, Melbourne ended up in here. We're here to inform y'all that the "little dealer" idea has been done before, and besides, it's better as a poster.

Johnny Andrean Hair
Braids as bus-handles ambient ads - Badlanded.

So we got this submission showing "hair handles" on the bus, and I thought "gee haven't I seen that before?" and I begin refreshing my memory googling Germany, Gliss and TBWA Düsseldorf - sure enough I end up at joelapompe.net looking at the braid-badlander there. He's like a ninja this guy. Hat off to you Joe.

Credits - the Johnny Andrean hair most recent bus handle braids comes from Fortune Indonesia, The left image shows Gliss hair braids from TBWA Düsseldorf which you can find in the Cannes Lions Archive, the lower right is from Young & Rubicam Frankfurt 2008, also found in the Cannes Lions archive.

"Karen" the Danish mother seeking is actually Ditte Arnth #Karen26

Update: So Politiken.dk has an article revealing that the Danish tourist board is behind #Karen26 - with the idea spawned by Grey. Forget Tivoli, that teeny disappointment of a statue known as the little mermaid, the beautiful light of Skagen that inspired world renowned art, Legoland, the quaint walking street Strøget, Danish design, the 'lawless' Christiania with its art, music and funny cigarettes and open-minded living. These days Denmark is most known for cartoons that offend muslims, deporting muslims asylum seekers by forcing them out of churches in the middle of the night, and hippie-land Christiania is about to be torn down.

Melting Ice Men - is researching art worthy of an ad award?

A little birdie emailed me a good question last night: ..would this be worthy of an ad award for ad creativity?  Reward the ad 'creatives' who found the artist and put the cause to it?  - gee when you put it that way it seems like a no. Has it really become the norm as the Director of the copy-catted "Sorry I'm Late" stop motion film Tony Manonsky said: It feels like some creatives should get the title "researchers" as they sit and scan the web for ideas that they can sell to clients.

See, around a year ago Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo’s was making ice Sculptures of 'Melting Men' and placing them where people would photograph and blog about it. Check Believe it or not's post dated August 2008 and now we find the same ice sculptures doing their melting for WWF. (course, nobody noticed they were so busy talking about that 911 stuff).

Ice sculptures in the shape of humans are placed on the steps of the music hall in Gendarmenmarkt public square in Berlin September 2, 2009. Hosted by the German World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), 1,000 ice sculptures made by Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo were positioned on the steps in the German capital at noon, to highlight climate change in the arctic region. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

See The Toronto Sun, Yahoo news in pictures the Telegraph UK and countless others (not to forget blogs Make The Logo Bigger, DognPony etc.)

American Apparel ad banned for 'under 16' model
American Apparel ad banned for looking like jailbait porn

This weeks ban could be filed under "that's what Dov was going for all along", as an American Apparel ad has been banned in the UK by the ASA for featuring a girl looking underage and the shots "suggested she was stripping off for an amateur photo shoot". Isn't that their entire 'campaign'? The ASA ruling also reads: "Because the ad could be seen to sexualise a model who appeared to be a child, under the age of 16 years, we concluded that it was inappropriate and could cause serious offence to some readers.'' The ad appeared in VICE magazine, where it paled in comparison to the editorial content. ;)

Decipher names from a collage idea is back, again.

The folks at Glue UK have recently launched Team Hunter, an online game where you have to try and identify 50 football team nicknames from a huge illustrated collage of things that at first glance are unrelated to football, for News of the World's returning Score section. Wait, yes...for our regular visitors, you might have heard of an idea or two like this already. It's similar to Stella Artois' print campaign with the hidden films (2005), Virgin's viral game (2005) and Spot The Song commercial (2006), and Absolut's find the bottle game from 2006. True, it's been a while since we've seen something playing with this type of execution. I'm honestly a bit surprised we haven't seen more of it. And it's nice that they included the appropriate social sharing capabilities to show off your scores on Facebook, etc.

Tareknour.tv copies pretty much everyone.

It looks like Marketing 3.0 has uncovered a factory-system of copied films, he posted "International ads Egyptianized" a while back, and now there's even a facebook group dedicated to collecting the stolen promos that are produced by Tarek Noor TV “new satellite channel”. There's plenty of examples, elevator fart and Berlitz language school being only two drops in the bucket. Joelapompe has badlanded the Berlitz language school copy, but there are plenty more where that came from.

Lets compare an example, shall we?

And the Tareknour.tv one;

Eh? What on earth? Isn't that pretty much exactly the same old joke? (Like the Berlitz language school, this advert seems to be based in what is a rather old joke, I should know I tell old jokes like a parrot all the time.) And since that is only one out of many examples, what is going on here?

On Facebook there's this comment:

A topic started on the official group on 15 august (1 am ya3ni 14 bas belel shewaya) stating that:
“TNTV is proud to compare the funniest TV content and duplicate it in Arabic. However, in each promo there is a difference. Find out and win an interview on Al Kahera Wal Nas in front of 70 Million viewers.Check out the fillers on YouTube and compare them to the original.”

So... They meant it as a game? but wait, there's more:

Notice that the previous was posted only on facebook and the website, for internet geeks to shut up, but never on TV, as only facebook users knew then about the whole rip off thing, tv watchers supposedly didn't know, han3arrafhom leh???

OK, that does seem rather odd. I have no idea what is the gameplan here. Did they make that "Game" thing up as to cover their asses after they got caught, or was there in fact a "game" in it? If so , what do us badland-obessed people win? I'd love a trip to Egypt!

If you have a facebook account, you can check out the rather impressive video collection of copy-cat skits here. We can at the very least conclude that Tareknour.tv are pretty productive.

Playstation "Gamefaces" not really a new idea.

As Creativereview noticed the playface commercial isn't the first one to do photographs of peoples faces as they react to stuff. Not sure if the Playstation ads were meant to look like sex, but some of the expressions do. (And imho the whole sex-angle makes it funnier, to me)
Creative review reckons it reminds them of Coco De Mer & Trojan campaign that we badlanded here previously. There the photographs are based on portraits taken at the moment of climax.

But wait.. there's more!

MARKETING 3.0. suggests that Arabic Melody ads are copy-cats to the UK VW ads. I don't see it.

I've been asked to "retweet this far and wide", over on Advertiser in Arabia blog, the author whose goal is to "establish myself as a provocative MarCom voice" is pointing out the similarities between the UK VW Cinema campaign to a set of ads from Leo Burnett, Cairo for client Melody. With extra exclamation marks. Three to be exact.

The Egyptian ads open with a super stating the year- ١٩٩٥ and ١٩٨٥ - that's 1995 and 1985 for those who don't read arabic numbers, a little thing I picked up when living in Jeddah only so that I could remind my dad when to 'slow down, we're not on the autobahn' as he suffered from lead foot most of his life. The VW ads open with a super stating "Volkswagen presents".

The VW spots are testimonials where people inspired by cinema share how said inspiration changed their life. Lets look at the ads shall we? The VW film ads have a man who invents a new religion based on a movie, a young kid so inspired by Willy Wonka he wants to be a magician, and a self-described small fat guy who saw Rocky and became a power-lifting muscle-man, Charles Atlas style. Here's the Dudeism dude.

Omax beach stalker
Leica & Omex sell wide angles with stalkers.

Adfreak just spotted the Indian Omex camera campaign which was on the 2009 Cannes Lions longlist via some gossip-blog, but failed to notice that the idea of stalking camera features has been done for LeicaShop “Extra Wide Lens Cameras” as well. The funny here is that both campaigns were on the cannes Lions longlist this summer - but neither one made it to the shortlist. The jury must have felt like they were seeing double, for once not due to the free flowing rosé.

Yep, joelapompe beat us to that, and I've tweeted their post before.

OBAMA IS JOKER
Obama as Joker posters - PR agency arranged coup or real street art movement?

Ohgoodie, there's a badlandian-twist to the recent Obama as Joker street art images that are appearing all over the united states. Over at Newsbusters in "Obama Joker Poster Stirs Outrage, Bush Joker Poster Not So Much" they point out that last year when Bush was depicted as the Joker in Vanity Fair done by Drew Friedman, people weren't as outraged.

Then again that wasn't street art seen everywhere either. The creepy part of the Obama poster is that it seems to be a campaign not done by street artists. Over at Metafilter sef-described "one of the guys who co-founded Andre The Giant has a posse" comments on these posters with the zing-twist at the end:

Oh. And one other thing. This is slight, but for the trained eye it's gold. You know that whole, Frank Shepard Fairey vs. AP vs. AP photographer hullabaloo over fair use and the Fairey Obama campaign poster? Well, anyone recognize the Joker-fied Obama image? Say, from the cover of TIME magazine?
Now that's irony!

At this point, it's so meta it's making my head spin.

Aniela hand cupping breast ad
Hold my boobs please.

Many people have emailed to point out the handheld-boob trend going on right now. EURO RSCG Warsaw, did an ad explaining experience in lingerie by showing a much older womans hands cupping the breasts of a young model for Aniela. They all pointed out that ALMAP/BBDO already did this for Meias Liz Underwear.

The whole campaign for Meias Liz shows mens hands as various lingerie items, a bra, a demi-cup bra, a pair of knickers. I'm not sure what that is supposed to mean but it makes pretty pictures. The idea isn't "have your boobs cupped by our 40 years of experience" anyway. Maybe the idea was "Feel like some random man is grabbing your crotch", I don't know. Either way, not really turning me - the potential target - on enough to consider either brand of lingerie.

Is plagiarism taught in Art School? Samantha Beeston wins prizes with traced work.

It's been brewing all weekend, it looks like Samantha Beeston, a young British artist, won the Textprint illustration prize with patterns that were directly traced from Lauren Nassef's and other artists work. Not "inspired by", but traced. Like the Nazi Meat.
Samantha's own website has gone offline, and she's mysteriously missing from the lineup of Textprint winners - the group shot has six people but there are only five winners listed now.

Book by it's cover has the many examples side by side, and happens to be a friend of the copied illustrator Lauren Nassef whose rock-solid online portfolio speaks volumes on its own. Samantha's work seems to have copied from the Woodpigeon Songbook as well.

youthoughtwewouldn'tnotice blog has posted some of the images side by side in the post Samantha Beeston Traces Her Way To Glory: I thought I would create this post for posterity then, so that even if Beeston manages to erase all trace of her terrible theft there would still be this proof.

Even her sketchbook is full of traced, copied and perhaps even photocopied items (making more of a scrap book IMHO)

Samantha went to Falmouth, a school with quite a good reputation, and she got high marks. How will this affect the school reputation? Did they not discuss that line between being inspired and plain plagiarizing?

Hula Hoops DJ + Lego DJ = Badland?

I barely had time to post this yesterday before @Hellokinsella tweeted back "Poor show".

Crackunit (as the blog is called) has seen it before. 18 months ago, to be exact and even predicted it will inspire an ad. Congratulations, you win a cookie!

The Lego DJ was posted on yotube in November of 2006.

America's Next Top Model Cracks
The ideas that keep falling through the cracks....

Colenso BBDO had some fun with ideas for promoting "America's Next Top Model" - here they added the silly dog as a nice touch.

The reverse reading trick has been done now. Stop it. Badland.

A freindly adland-follower tweeted me that this student award winner is rather good: an idea for "Create Not Hate" by a Miami Ad School team- Lets have a look shall we? The idea here is that you read from top to bottom, and then again from the bottom to the top - and presto the message has changed.

And sure, it's a great idea. Perhaps even award worthy. It has after all been awarded before, that idea. (Oh dear, he she goes again - I keep asking for a support group people, I need one.)

Did Ogilvy and American Express get inspired by Grasshoppers inspirational video?

This weeks mysterious coincidence is brought to you by David Hauser of Grasshopper and his googleanalytics.

The ultimate ad twins, both copy centers using twins!

For the ultimate irony, beating out the copy center copied ads, and the

JWT Tunisias ad copies Thomas Manosky's "Sorry I'm Late". Badland.

After Tunisiana posted the film to their facebook page netheads got teed off and called out the plagarism at once, the comments got heated enough for the film to be removed. But that doesn't stop other people from talking about it, you can find the films side by side in french language Mac forums, and Blogd2com pointed out last year that Tunisianas campaign already had some copy-cat issues.

Swedish tradepress Resumé contacted Tomas Mankovsky and got these choice quotes from him.

"It's a little sad that they didn't come to me first, when they have sold something that I've already developed. It feels like some creatives should get the title "researchers" as they sit and scan the web for ideas that they can sell to clients. But this isn't a new phenomena, and at the same time it's nice to know that someone thought "I like this, I want my own version". They should at least have tried to take it further, add something new, like for example Shynolas new video for Coldplay.

Sorry I'm Late - 2007

Super Heroes again? It must be July. Adam West is a nice touch though.

In all businesses things go a little wonky at the height of summer. Interns take over, TV channels show the "commercial goes here" sign instead if the commercial that should have gone there (I managed to catch that on one of my old tapes, hilarious), at your favorite lunch place the median age of all employed suddenly drops with ten years, and newspapers in Sweden rewrite an insignificant non-story to death in a phenomena that has its own name: "Nyhetstorka" (news drought), as all the real journalists have kicked off their shoes and are relaxing in the sun somewhere.

I think I have figured out what happens at all ad agencies right after the Cannes hangover and soon before the christmas cheer briefs hit our desks. The Super Heroes attack our collective ideabrain.

See, last year That super hero angle is getting a bit tired, when I had seen it used for doing, very simple, good deeds: "You're a hero for turning off the water, or turning off the power. You're a local hero if you volunteer to help others like in this incredibly cheap (50 quid!) Scottish campaign. "

Now here the hero is again. This time it's Mullen agency that at least had the brilliant idea to call up Adam West to lend his Batman-super-voice to our everyday heroes that take control over their economy. How far we've come, last year it was all save electricity and others, this year it's all about the money.

The other two are available here: Lending tree - You , Lending tree - Old Chum

Jamba Juice searches for inspiration, decides to copy Get Your War on comic instead. Badland.

Many of you have laughed at David Rees's Get your war on, the simple political satire comic based on clip art and razor-sharp wit. It even has video versions, like "Day Traitors" at Huffington post.

But wait, Jamba Juice's new "cubicle picnic" flash ad looks a lot like GYWO. Like really really inspired by, and in fact using the same clip art, seemingly copied straight from GYWO. What the?

So GYWO calls for a boycot of Jamba Juice, and I have to high-five the guy for this choice quote;

Whoever made this ad is probably a 22 year-old “creative” at some ad agency in Tech Valley, CA. Way to think outside the box, sonny. Have fun snorting cocaine at the nightclub you go to with your friends who work at Twitter or wherever. And no, Adult Swim will NOT buy your stupid cartoon you’re developing with your housemates about four guys who work at an ad agency but are secretly lobsters.

Now, I'm not sure if GYWO can do anything about this, after all the clip art is clip art, and you can not copyright an idea. What is left then? Sarcastic style? Hmm. Had it been trademarked there might be a case. I do know that it was rather obvious David Rees isn't the type to be flattered by a juice-corporations homage to the strip, and it's clear that the strip is inspired by GYWO, not the stock clip art.

The agency behind the campaign is LA shop called Neighbor according to the rumor-mill and Urbaniak. If any of you want to get creative with the same clip art, pick up a copy of Ready-to-Use Office and Business Illustrations and go wild.

Burger King copy Resident Evil shirt with their own creepy ZOMBIE. Badland.

What the? Ok, fine, fair enough - people have been calling that creepy masked Burger King King-dude creepy pretty much since he first appeared. And if they didn't, BK made sure they would by creating a Darth Vader-esque ad starring their plastic masked hero, embracing his holy creepyness.

So, perhaps their thought here was to allow BK fans to embrace their inner creeps and run around screaming "WHOPPERS! MUST EAT WHOPPERS!"... But, I just don't think it has the same ring to it as "BRAINS! Must eat braaaainsss!", and lacking undead zombie features, BK's King just can't get that creepy, even if he might try.

So, I'm a bit surprised to see this shirt, especially considering I only just posted about the Resident Evil Zombie shirt just yesterday. The idea is the same, pull the shirt over your head to get the creepy effect. Thanks to Dirtytackle's post: Burger King and Getafe take sponsorship deal too far for alerting me to this badlander.

Badland: We're getting inspired from the 1994 Kirshenbaum & Bond reels now are we?

Ok, fine I'll post it, even though I think this is a Badlander that isn't really a proper Badlander, since so many are emailing me about this. Sure I made some accusing caughs when I posted the recent comhem campaign, but this isn't a flat out copycat campaign. Might be inspired by Wendy however, it wouldn't be the first time Wendy Kaufman inspired an ad campaign. As the story goes, her boundless energy and willingness to reply to all the Snapple Fan Mail is what made her a national Snapple icon in the first place.

When it was discovered that Kaufman had been answering Snapple fan-mail in her free time (because nobody in the office wanted to do it themselves), their brand new advertising agency, Kirshenbaum & Bond, developed a campaign around her energetic personality.

So, the question I ask you dear readers, is do you think this is a homage, inspired by or a real Badlander? What do you think? Compare commercials inside.

Scam ads for another agencies client wins awards - what would jesus do?

This ad, showing Jesus snapping a picture of a bunch of nuns with the Samsung SL310W camera, was published in Lebanese newspaper Al Mostakbal last week.

The ad has been called "an attack against Christian symbols", bound to happen as soon as Jesus is involved, but here's the kicker - the ad agency FP7 who created it, doesn't have the Samsung account.
Sunny Hwang, the president of Samsung Electronics Levant, said to Brandrepublic "At no time was Samsung Electronics aware of these advertisements and the company has not approved or commissioned FP7 to create any advertising campaigns. "

At the recent Dubai Lynx awards, FP7 picked up a gold, a few silvers and even the ad agency of the year award but after this little mishap, the agency (and their work) is being investigated by the award organisers and they might get stripped of all their honors.

At what point is it ever a good idea to create, and actually run campaigns for clients that you don't have? The spec turned ghost ad epidemic seems to be getting worse by the minute here - in some cases I understand how it happens. Say, for example, you have an idea approved by the local branch of a worldwide brand which gets nixed the moment the global director gets a whiff of it. Or, you were way too exited when you submitted spec work here that you forgot to tell us it was spec and the worlds adblogs operate under the assumption that it's real (please don't do that).

Seems to me that we're getting more and more cases of this, is it happening more often or does the collective hive mind of the web reveal them more often? Even Cannes is littered with ads that are ghosts these past few years, remember the Luxor hightlights campaign from Leo Burnett, even though it was Lowe's client. JC Penney never approved the dressing down ad which Saatchi NY won a Cannes Bronze Lion with, but at least in that case Saatchi did actually have the client. The balls of creating an ad for a competing agencies client and running with it, wow.

There are places you can show off spec work, for example the London International IDA, and new awards for work that dies on the foam core is popping up like mushrooms every day, even we have a spec work category here so we don't delete submissions, even when the client does a u-turn after you've spent a week on the shoot creating that great campaign.

Wi-fi advertising, an idea ripe for picking at least twice

Remember this idea? It was created by They for Coffee Connection (an old client of mine actually, we did Fax ideas which tells you how long ago that was). They used "WiFi headlines" to nudge people into getting another coffee, or maybe buy a tasty muffin - the customer would ask what the WiFi network was named and the barista could reply "BuyAnotherCoffeeAlready" and mean it. Very funny. So clever that They won Silver in the Epica awards 2008 with it.

Peta into recycling, rerun naked pregnant women protest outside of naked chef's restaurant

PETA are into recycling now, or simply running short on shocking ideas involving nude women. They staged a naked protest outside the naked chef's restaurant, with pregnant women caged in the same cages that pigs live in their entire lives.
So why is Jamie a target? Because he's encouraging people to "save our bacon" by buying British pig meat .

Now, we know that Jamie is aware of the horrors behind factory farming in Europe (he even has a campaign against it), but we're hoping he'll realize the obvious: That the best way to stop cruelty to animals is to stop eating animals—including British ones. Good thing we've got friends in the U.K. who are only too happy to educate Mr. Oliver on the horrors of all factory farms.

So the refreshing new twist here is that PETA are attacking allies, since Jamie is for the humane treatment of animals that become food - BBC reports:

The spokesman for the chef said: "They do seem to be protesting against somebody who is trying to help the situation.
"In the programme we never said that the British pig farming industry is completely whiter than white, we did a very balanced programme."

Adgrunts will remember that they did this already last year on mothers day. Reruns are in!

BBDO Mexico rips off Fully Flared skate video by Spike Jonze

Our pals at agency spy have found these gems via The Berrics, however Agency Spy's efforts in reaching BBDO Mexico for comment were fruitless. The Berrics, which is run by pro skaters Steve Berra and Eric Koston, has posted the entire snickers commercial on their site calling it "BBDO Atrocity", which should get most skater fans noticing it. (also, it's better quality so you might as well check it out there).

Lets see what all the fuss is about, shall we? Three films inside!

Kent Police and Rodney District Council are hauntingly similar.

This has been haunting me. Where had I seen something similar to this anti-speeding ad sponsored by Kent Police? And then it hit me (I know, I know). Adland, of course, home of the uncomfortable coincidence. The suspect was made in New Zealand, so obviously the English agency wouldn't have seen it. But still - what a turn up, eh?

For quicktime, check Rodney District Council - Haunting Girl - Ambient, New Zealand

Global Warming warning ads gets us in Deep Water in Badland.

Ah. I often argue that the media being identical doesn't mean that the idea is identical. Here on the other hand, what differs seems to be only the art directors choice of painting the city skyline as seen from above, vs on the sides of the pool. I don't care if they're intentional copies of each other, I'm more interested in which execution do you think is better?

First up, HSBC's Swimming pool for globalwarmingsolutions.co.in

It reminded me quite a bit of DDB Malaysia "waterworld" ambient underwater poster back in 2007.

(full views inside)

This version, for HSBC was created by Ogilvy & Mather in Mumbai, Hindistan (India)
Credits - EYY/ECD: Piyush Pandey • YY/CD: Rajiv Rao • SY/AD/RY/CW: Shirin Johari

Coca Cola Oasis Cactus Kid ads banned for teenage pregnancy & water rejection

The Coca Cola owned Oasis drink brand campaign about "Cactus kid" and his pregnant girlfriend has been banned by the ASA in the UK.

The ending to the story was chosen by Cactus kid fans at www.runcactuskidrun.com and aired the 22 August during the Big Brother show in the UK - making this a toothless ban indeed since the campaign has already officially ended anyway. This ad, it seems, was the final straw - the campaign received 32 complaints, which is apparently enough to get something off the air. It does make sense to kick Oasis a little for acting as if it is a relpacement for regular water. That ain't healthy.

Oasis – Cactus Kid part one (2008):30 (UK)

Oasis - Cactus kid / Diner (part two) - (2008) :30 (UK)

Oasis - Cactus kid / Motel (part three) - (2008) :30 (UK)

Watch the final ad inside, after the jump, folks!
The Coca Cola owned Oasis drink brand campaign about "Cactus kid" and his pregnant girlfriend has been banned by the ASA in the UK.

The ending to the story was chosen by Cactus kid fans at www.runcactuskidrun.com and aired the 22 August during the Big Brother show in the UK - making this a toothless ban indeed since the campaign has already officially ended anyway. This ad, it seems, was the final straw - the campaign received 32 complaints, which is apparently enough to get something off the air. It does make sense to kick Oasis a little for acting as if it is a relpacement for regular water. That ain't healthy.

Oasis - Cactus Kid part one (2008):30 (UK)

Oasis - Cactus kid / Diner (part two) - (2008) :30 (UK)

Oasis - Cactus kid / Motel (part three) - (2008) :30 (UK)

Watch the final ad inside, after the jump, folks!

Oh Fuck! - The Economist Cover September 2008

Hats off to the uber-intelligent folks at 'The Economist' who have, in just two words, so eloquently captured how we are all feeling about the current state of the financial markets.

British Airway 1989 Face v 500% Fiat

1989 British Airways Commercial - "Face": (also in the commercial archive British Airways - Bringing people together / Face - (1989) :90 (UK)) As far as I remember this was the first ever TVC with +1 miliion dollars budget. One of Maurice & Charles Saatchi masterpieces , before leaving Saatchi & Saatchi.

Today we have this by FIAT .....:

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