Amstel Ballen Bar: The Ballroom of Amstel beer

Dutch agency Doom & Dickson created a campaign for Amstel beer with balls.

The ball-room hostess.

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Marmite Blob Advert Restricted

Media Guardian reports that the Marmite "Love it or Hate it" Blob spot was pulled from kids' TV. The ad, created by DDB London, spoofs the classic 1950s sci-fi horror film The Blob has been banned from kids' TV and TV shows kids' might be viewing (like Pop Idol) because it gave children nightmares. And it terrified two- and three-year-olds into refusing to watch television, the Advertising Standards Authority said.

The ad shows a large blob of Marmite squelching its way through the center of a busy main street, with some who try to out run it and others who happily run towards it and dive in head first. The ad can be viewed here at Marmite's web site.

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French court bans "last supper" ad that offended catholics

When it first appered in Italy last month the city of Milan didn't take too long to ban the poster from appearing there. Now that the campaign reached France the Catholic Church there sprung into action at once and took the offending ad to court. The judge ruled that the ad was "a gratuitous and aggressive act of intrusion on people's innermost beliefs". The prosecuting lawyer agreed: "Tomorrow, Christ on the cross will be selling socks."

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Fancy some body copy in your brand?

"It seems obvious that words must be important to brands because words are needed to tell their stories. But it's surprising how they have neglected the power of language, channelling most of their energy and creativity into the logos and visuals that for many people still represent the totality of 'branding."

Words brand as strongly as visuals, says John Simmons in The Observer Magazine (link: http://observer.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,6903,1436180,00.html)

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Hark! What ad through yonder telly breaks?

BBH Bartle Bogle Hegarty, London have created a twist on Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for their lasted work for Levi's. Directed by Noam Murro, the ad is the work of Copywriter Nick Gill and Art Director Mark Shillum and began airing on February 14th.

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Spotlight on: Blarke Sonne Levring a.k.a BSL Denmark

A while back production house Blarke Sonne Levring did the hip thing and shortened their name to BSL, which is a lot easier for a non-Dane like myself to pronounce. With huge names like Paul Arden, Thomas Vinterberg, Ingen Frygt (No Fear) directing for them they need a globally easy-to-pronounce name. In this months spotlight on I get to chat with their producer Thomas Romlöv about the creative forces that hide behind those humble letters.

db: First, show us BSLs Hot spot: Where are the ideas born?
TR:

I guess our creative hot spot is really in our directors minds. But this is one place where they sit when they work – at least some of them, at one time or another… Directors work nowhere and everywhere.

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Pantones new toys, for the home, for your purse, for every color lover

Pantone has decided to answer every color-loving designers dream, and now offer accessories, pantone stationery, office supplies and "Palette Plates" & cups for your kitchen. Now all we want to know is where the heck is the bridal and birthday registry? ;)

Check out the Pantone Universe, the wallets, purses and other accesories, and the plates are also available here at Fishs Eddie. Hat tip to Caffeinegoddess.

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What is that new South Park commercial modeled after?

"It's driving me crazy" says mefioso to Ask Metafilter, "There's these new South Park commercials on Comedy Central that's a take on some interstitial, show intro, or commercial from my childhood (born in '76). It's the quasi-pinball roller coaster ad, where the silver ball goes by and flips up 3 flags. What are these ads a parody of?"

The answer is still blowing in the wind, as no one has solved the mystery though everyone is having a jolly good time walking down memory lane. Do you recognize this south park ad? Is it a homage and if so, of what? Super adgrunts, watch the ad here:
Comedy Central - South Park - Pinball

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J Walter Thompson booklet promoting their "switch" to JWT

If you thought it was a bit odd last week when J walter Thompson announced it was being "globally rebranded" to JWT, as most people call it "JWT" anyway, you haven't seen nothing yet.
To remind everyone what their "new" name is JWT London created a huge promo book with the strange title "Hold My Skateboard While I Kiss Your Girlfriend". The interesting stuff is at the end of the book where Jean-Pierre Khazen, the photographer who likes masks and did the did the strange "save yourself" Diesel ad campaign of 2001, has a bunch of photographs coupled with a rating system for exactly how bad - or great - your idea is.

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The price of a sock puppet = dirt cheap.

From Pittsburg live on "the day the bubble popped".

It's telling that the most valuable asset of Pets.com, the online pet supply store that folded in November 2000, was the attitude-laden sock puppet from its popular TV commercials. When last seen, the puppet was hawking a no-name credit company that bought the rights to it for just over $20,000.

Wow, that's a bargain.

Previous puppet-stories:
How many lives does this friggin' puppet have anyway!? March 11, 2003
The return of the Pets.com sock puppet? June 19, 2002

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