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Clustarack does a "cog"/domino ad video

We've seen plenty of examples of the "Der Lauf Der Dinge" thing, Honda's Cog film which was sued for being a rip of Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss' work. Then there was that collection the current domino trend in Badland which started because of the Guinness "Tipping Point"
We're not done yet! Adgrunt alex points out that now, Clustarack is doing a video which may give you a sense of Deja Vu.

In an ad for clustarack they have a hypnotic domino/chain-of-events going on in a print shop, all started by rolls that fall over, as they do when not secured. Quite cute actually since the roll-parking product they sell is the hero at the end of the video. You can even download the ad, but only in .wmv

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Video Marketing Strategies That Work?

You know those amazing commercials where the guy draws on a whiteboard? We loved those videos so much we made our own version. Question: How have other marketers found videos like this to work in the advertising world?

I tried to attach the video here, but if you can't view it, here it is on YouTube.

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"Be kind, rewind" - Ok, I will!

Adland's own hot-shot director Michel Gondry has a new movie coming out called "Be Kind Rewind." In it two guys who work in a video store erase all the tapes and replace the movies with themselves acting out the film instead. Lets pretend it's 1998 and video tapes are still around and go with that idea for a moment. They replace the films on the tape with themselves acting out the movie. Hmm. Oddly familiar... If this idea seems like it's ten years old, well it might just be because Nickelodeon did a show 8 years ago with the same idea. Tee hee! Congrats Michel, you've been honorarily badlanded.

To carry the movies' premise even further, Michel wasn't happy with the studios trailer so he made his own. Hardy-har-har. Oh you so funny Michel.

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FNAC vs. Rocket Boom vs. Flickr

It's good to see that album art is alive and well in the era of mp3s.
But to quote AC/DC, who made who?

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Jackie Moon shills both Old Spice and Bud at the same time.

Did Wieden+Kennedy and DDB Chicago have the weirdest brainsync of them all? They both fancy using Jackie Moon as spokesperson. First he was in a hugely popular Bud Light ad during the 2008 Super Bowl XLII, now he's hanging around the same locker room espousing the virtues of le Old Spice in his trademark way. Didn't Will Ferrel at some point say "hay, guys.... I'm already playing spokesperson for another brand here, airing at the same time.." I guess not.

Sure sure, this is only a kindof a Badlander, but I think the sudden Jackie Moon trend is funny. Next up, lets see him hawk razors, hair gel and fast food!

Check the ads out:
Bud Light - Jackie Moon / Semi-pro / Will Ferrell (2008) 0:30 (USA)

Old Spice - Jackie Moon / Caveman - (2008) :30 (USA)

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World of silence

See both films (and more) inside!

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Balloon animals and other condoms badlander

Thanks for purplesimon and Andreas-Udd for helping me recall where I had seen this trick before. Here's a small collection of condom balloon creatures.


Durex wheelbarrow from Ogilvy Singapore and Durex rabbit from Tonic Communications, Dubai. I like the rabbit, it's cheeky.

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What's missing is inspiration. MMmkay?

Resume has a picture of a long billboard in Stockholm today that spells out the line: What's _issing _n St_ckholm?

Resumé reckons that they nicked the clever missing letters idea from the campaign for H&M that read: _HATS _ISSING in SOHO?. I saw those when I lived in New York in 2001, but didn't have my camera handy.

We'd just like to point to earlier ads in Badland ingle Ells for J&B and illeniu for M&M's, the M&M's did this eight years ago and the J&B ad is more than thirty years old.

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Honorary Badlander: Plagiarizing books.

From the lazy way to write something department, celeb designer Jimmy Schönning in Sweden has admitted that he plagarized most of his book "Find Home" (Hitta hem) from celeb designer Nate Berkus book "Home Rules". Jimmy says to newspaper Aftonbladet "It was a pressed work situation, I was doing a lot of TV and had taken on too much work with magazines and interior decorating jobs in private homes. At the same time I was trying to complete a book project for the first time and it was all just too much.

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A double barreled Badlander.

Been a while folks, so here's a couple of wine and beer bottles that'll have you seeing double. I don't think the creators should beat themselves up - or god forbid shoot themselves - over it though as we all have drawn this one, at least once.. Right? Hat tip to Johan Olsson for this pair.

Ads inside.

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Get out of advertising! Where do you get inspired?

Paul Arden yells this at lectures - "Get out of advertising!" - meaning seek inspiration from outside of the office walls. Some solve this by going to art galleries, others go fishing - I used to go to joke shops a lot and it seems, so do adkids today. It is still one of the best places to seek inspiration, at the very least you'll come home with a bag of "raucher-schnee" to prep your still smoking co-workers cigarettes with causing much mirth when snow falls from their smoke.

I was reminded of the joke shops the forum about this years the Epica results as the direct winner from Leo Burnett Frankfurt were pacifiers with teeth on them were the funny, much like the classic joke item Billy Bobs pacifiers, a whole brand in itself.

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Saddest Logo Change of 2007 - The castrated Lion "ad omnia paratus"

Some might say that a castrated lion is the perfect symbol for European defence policy - and the Times online claims some unidentified US blogger did but I have not found a source for that quote. It all began when a few women in the Nordic Battle Group were miffed that the symbol for their group showed a male lion, and they figured this was sex discrimination so they lodged a complaint with the European Court of Justice. Before anyone could say nip-tuck the lion on the coat of arms was castrated via computer.


The lion, before and after.

The Lions designer Vladimir A Sagerlund doesn't think it's in the least bit amusing: “The Army lacks knowledge about heraldry. Coats of arms containing lions without genitalia were given to those who betrayed the Crown.” he said to Göteborgs Posten. Mr Sagerlund knows a thing or two about this, having worked as a crest designer at the National Archives since 1994.

A pretty useless snip if you ask me, since the Lion is still clearly a male with that mane - the Times says that "the message remains clear: the lions are supposed to display courage and nothing else." To me, choosing the lazy-ass, never hunt for himself male lion as a symbol for courage when the females do all the scary hunting work (in tight units no less, with each female responsible for one part of the hunt, how very army-like) seems kind of silly right there so while we're already using by now outdated symbols could we at least let the poor critter keeps his balls? Then there are those who are better at latin than me who argue that "ad omnia paratus" in female form would be paratas, so we're not gender neutral even in the motto, making the snip a tad impotent.
There are plenty of other crests that are clearly male animals, and sadly it looks as if they'll be loosing their parts soon as well. Where will all the baby crests come from in the future?
Hat tip to Bold

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Polarbröd logo & trademark hijacked by pirates in Asia

polarbröd The sincerest form of flattery has happened to Polarbröd - makers of traditional arctic flatbread (my fave) - as their company logo and trademark has been hijacked by trendy T-shirt companies down under and over in Asia. This isn't the seventies however, people travel a lot more than they used to, in real life as well as on the web, and if there's something us northerners are known for - apart from the stereotypes about being quiet people and always leisurely slow (yah, right) - is that we're dead honest folks who just want things to be set straight. So, naturally a vacationing northerner who spotted the Tee's told Polarbröd about the plagiarism and Polarbröd are now sending "sternly worded letters" to both Yest style.com and Zanerobe.com.au. "Sternly worded" where I come from means "we're getting our gun", or at least "we're getting our lawyers Bird & Bird". Expect a letter from the land of midnight fun T-shirt dudes.

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Offensive ads of the week. One banned, one to go.

Price and Dwight Yorke sired a little tyke named Harvey, who was unfortunately born with a disorder called septo-optic dysplasia. HEAT magazine has the bad taste of giving away stickers with Harvey's face and a supposed quote from Jordan on it saying "Harvey want's to eat me". 30 complaints so far from members of the public and serious indication that Jordan will file a complaint as well reported in the Guardian. Heat has already apologized but I still smell the banhammer coming.

Meanwhile, that ill-considered Renault ad John Kelly photographed and wrote to Renault to complain about, has even though John didn't receive a reply been pulled. "Any misunderstanding of the N-word is totally unintentional. However, this specific print advertisement will be removed with immediate effect, so as not to cause any offence." said a spokesman for Renault UK. Unintentional, yah, rrrright.

Bonus: Stereo Hell has a great shot of a fake American Apparel poster in NYC which depicts an illustrated brazilian wax girl touching herself with the line "safe to say, she loves her socks". Good sendup, whomever made that.

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Brawndo the Thirst Mutilator vs Funny or Die video

So we're watching the new Brawndo ad thinking "is that even real!?" (yes, it is) when Jason from the Wurstgallery (totally worth a visit dudes), starts wagging a Badlandian finger at it saying it's like a second rate version of... dum dum DUM!

Oh you'll have to go inside to see what we mean. Cliffhanger! Ha!

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