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)

Katamari Damacy commercials, kinda, times two.

Sharp badlander spotter Anantha nudged us to this set.

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.

McDonald's vs. Gordon College

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

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?

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.

Budlight vs. Babybel

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. ;)

Dumb ad of the week - bikelanes on highways

Advertising agency Goss went a little guerilla/ambient overboard when shilling their bike client. Their idea was to paint "bike lane" symbols on places where it is impossible to ride a bike. They even painted some on the highway.

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.

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.

Football has gone to the dogs

Once again super adgrunt hlebarov has created a little collection of Badlandian ads. This time the common thread is football and dogs. (That's "soccer" to you north americans). I know football and beer goes together but so does football and dogs, it seems. The formula for this reads: dogs + soccer fan = animal cruelty

Ads with Goldfish really do have short memories......

Or: Reason why we hate using stock # 168

Adgrunt hlebarov with superior badland spotting power brings us this collection of goldfish fleeing their bowls ads.... Been a while since we had a bunch like this in Badland, so come on down and see if you can't add a few more to the collection. There has to be more than five right? :)

Jeffery West ad with gun banned

gunNaughty Jeffery West have been glamouri

Seduction on public transport

Scents make women go wild. It could be a sassy scent, or a seductive one. Apparently the ladies like to get close, especially while on public transportation.

Gain - Bus (2006) :30 (USA)

The "lost" mac ads.

Mac ads are fun to spoof. Unlike Dell ads, IBM ads, Gateway ads, Microsoft ads... etcerea. ;9
Best Week Ever unveiled the Lost Mac ads this week featuring Christian Finnegan and Nick Kroll.

Talk Talk VS. Macif

The orginial Talk Talk ads by agency Clemmow Hornby Inge

Shapes see it here

And French ads for Insurance group Macif

Car insurance
Savings
Health insurance

The ressemblance is uncanny...

More old barcodes chipping away at the titanium.

The Cannes Titanium winner is already immortalized in Badland, since a few other designers and at least one record company were already making those ugly lines prettier.

More babies in bins - badland.

Briefblog tips us that there is a commercial-twin to that strange baby in a bin ad I spoke of yeste

The royalest of beers.

A good lead from Hlebarov brings us this pairing of beer ads. Now, I'm absolutly positive that Heineken was doing the same thing - at least on posters - back in 2001, possibly created by Neboko. I'm sure there are more examples but I can't find any in my archives at the mo' - if you have any link them in comments (or just email them to the hostmaster).

Bad ad! Go stand in the Badland corner

sandeepmakam reckons that these BBC "corner" ads, are a bit like these Ariel Street corner

More Cannes Badlanders - AIDES vs Red Cross

Here's a good trick, if you wish to win an award, dust off a great idea from a vintage award winning year. Since careers in advertising are so short, 5 years will do, but ten years is even better. Go!

Exploding in slow motion

Aaaah, pyrotechnics. I'll admit it. I love it. I want a big budget just so that I can blow the whole thing up. I have the T-shirts that reads "if you see a pyro running - keep up!".

A Cannes Titanium Badlander

By now y'all know that the Titanium winner this year was the Japanese company Design Barcode for inventing and implementing cool designed bar codes.

Naturally, we've seen this before. (More inside)

No more Owen = No more Northen Rock ads.

My bad juju-vibes sent Michael Owen off the field two minutes into the match against Sweden (or perhaps it was just bad luck and nothing to do with me decapitating chickens and dancing naked smeared in their blood) - as he twisted his knee really nasty and was sent off the field. No more Owen in the cup.
Read more for the really unfortunate ad placement of the week.

Northern Rock has had Owen in their ad campaign, and featured featured him wrapped in the England flag alongside slogans such as "One of ours over there" and "Can we have him back in one piece please?". Well, the latter is a rather unfortunate headline - and inside is a rather unfortunate placement of the ad.

Cutting edge advertising....

Ah, and you thought I was done for the weekend. But nooo, here I go and dig up some cutting edge badlanders. Or at least some very sharp creative. Razor sharp, in fact. See inside

Alphabet soup - illustrating with letters.

Welcome to another helping of badlandian joy, this time we have a steaming hot alphabet soup to feast your eyes on, with a side dish of texted portraits. For all of you who wanted to know what happens when art directors stop being polite, and start using that "spray image" tool in freehand....

Big people in small spaces

Here's a fresh new badlandian squeeze for all ye who like it with pulp in. Pushing big people into small spaces is fun! Or as our eagle-eyed tipster puns it in Swedish "noll koll"!

Blend of Sound Ads with Pussies

Adcopycatz alerts us to this pair of badlanders for Fresh Sound Design and Music and Risk Sound. They were spotted in Campaign Brief Australia over a period of 2 years.

The "do good" concept chain reaction

Last week, Hill Holliday launched a new ad campaign for Liberty Mutual. The concept for the ads is responsibility with a new tagline "What's your policy?". In the TV spot, we see one person doing something nice/helpful to someone else, who in turn does something nice, etc...and we follow the chain reaction.

Back in 2003, Arnold Worldwide (whom Hill beat out when it won the Liberty Mutual account back in October) had some ads for VW Beetle Convertible that did the exact same thing. It won awards at the One Show, Cresta, and LIAA in 2003. Is it a coincidence that both agencies are just blocks away from each other in the same city? Who knows.

There is also another campaign, which is more recent. Hilton's new "Be Hospitable" by Foote Cone & Belding also shows people doing nice things for strangers. The microsite for the campaign even asks visitors to share their stories of kindness from a stranger. It's very similar with the exception of the chain reaction motif.

See all the ads inside.

Ariston VS Ecover VS Whirpool

When I saw this spot for Ariston Washing Machines, I was sure I'd seen something before. It features clothes that have been made to look like aquatic life, swimming blissfully in an aquatic wonderland.

Kittens and kids - that's how you pull the heartstrings

Everyone knows that kittens and kids, puppies and babies are the surefire way to peoples hearts in advertising. But in this transparent trend as of late, did you know that kittens and kids stick nicely to glass doors?

Stinking ideas.......

Ah, bless clothes with characters on 'em! They're so easy to use to make a visual point! Here's two varations of that execution, you might remember the Andrex ad which was nearly banned in 05. Here it meets Heinz.

Love Films spot the movie title

Neo nailed it in this comment "like the subservient "___", this is way past it's prime". Here's another "spot the X" similar to the Stella Artois' print campaign with the hidden films and Virgin's spot the band name game, and most recently the Absolut puzzle where you hunt for the vodka bottles.

Pay no attention to the idea behind the curtain!

Here's a fun Badlander I reckon - since everyone and their aunt are so in awe of the recent shower curtain poster for Mömax, I'd just like to point out that the whole playing with curtains thing has been done before. Of course. ;)

Hardees+KFC = a mouthful of Badland material?

Regular adgrunt TDD spies on these two commercials, wondering if they might qualify as a Badlandian pair. Well, they certainly are a mouthful.... what do you think? Regurgitation (ew) or coincidence?


Hardees Philly steak cabbies

and the banned UK KFC commercial from last year,

KFC - Chicken Zinger Crunch Salad / call center

Pro bono ad banned for "attacking football"

Wow, footie fever has reached new heights and clearly broiled the brains of the Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre watchdog who just banned an ad for "attacking football."

The banned advert from World Vision was encouraging viewers to sponsor a child in the Third World, it showed a young African boy playing football with a ball made out of maize, bags and string. The VO then said: "England's team are sponsored for £49million. Masidi is sponsored for 60p a day."

iPod music is like drugs......

Seems the iconic ipod art direction strikes again - the art director who came up with it is hopefully laughing herself silly all the way to the bank - this time the silouettes are used to warn against drugs. Scaryideas has images of the junkie iPod ads, which read "not all drugs are as harmless as music".

Scary ideas explains the posters "Guerilla campaign for the Berlin Suchthilfe, the Berlin drug awareness organisation." I'd hardly call that guerilla, and unforunatly there's no posting date. The url that seems to be on the posters, www.berlinersuchthilfe.de doesn't exist in the denic.de database. Who knows when this ran.

What a lemon sounds like

Yet another spoof to the W+K's Choir spot for Honda. This time it's for TheDailyPie.

Throwaway brands and odd color sync

"Everything red becomes blue" shouts a new campaign for Vodafone in Sweden, which no longer will be called Vodafone, instead it will be called Telenor. The old droplet/quote logo in red is exchanged for some random fan/swirl in blue. Sonofon in Denmark joins in and use that blue logo - however they won't change their name.
What is it about cellphone providers that make them want to change their names and logo's all the time? Before it was Vodafone, it used to be Europolitan. And before that, who knows... More inside for some oddly syncronized color mind games in a badland triple.

Photo District News wants you to vote

The PDN 2006 Photo Annual is underway, here is spotlight on it and

Ikea dresses up bus stops. Again.

Curbed have admired some Ikea couch-clad bus stops, the idea sprung from Deutsch/N.Y. and iDeutsch. However, it is far from the first time Ikea went out and funished a city in general and bus stops in particular to make a point.

Forsbergs vs Berghs, arranging demonstrations to advertise

Revolutionizing new ideas - not!

The Demonstration I told you about the other day, done by advertising students from Berghs for Svea Kebab (which is located across the street from the school) isn't quite as an original idea as one might think. The funny lies in that their opposing school, Forsbergs school of advertising, also arranged a demonstration. This made me laugh. As badland readers know, there is nothing new under the sun.

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