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Um, What Exactly Is Brian the Robot Interrupting Here?

Recently, British insurance comparison service Confused.com and Publicis in London launched ads featuring a new mascot, Brian the Robot, who seems to have a knack for creating uncomfortable...

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San Pellegrino App Lets You Control a Real-Time Robot on the Streets of Sicily

So, San Pellegrino will let folks remotely control robots on the ground and in the air over Italy … but NOT for the purpose of Dalek-like mass destruction? Where's the fun in that? To help bring the...

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This May Be the Funniest, Most Depressing Jell-O Ad of All Time

Well this escalated quickly. In Crispin Porter + Bogusky’s new ad for Jell-O pudding, a pleasant moment between a dad and his son abruptly turns into an emotionally traumatizing lecture on the...

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Toshiba Gets Sophomoric in Ads Aimed at College Crowd

Toshiba targets the college-guy demo with sophomoric humor in a trio of Canadian spots from Capital C. All of the action takes place in dorm rooms, and the ads seek to show how the client's computers...

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Mr. Peanut, Motivational Speaker, Wants You to Respect the Nuts

Planters has reinvented Mr. Peanut yet again, this time as a motivational speaker—voiced by Bill Hader, no less—who seems strangely obsessed with the magical power of his nuts. Each video spot in the...

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Fiber One Helps Bring 'Total Eclipse' Back With a Vengeance

Who can argue that bombastic 1980s power ballad "Total Eclipse of the Heart" isn't the single greatest piece of music in human history? That's right: no one. Its appearance in a MasterCard spot a...

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Kraft's Zesty Guy Returns to Sell More Dressing by Undressing

Kraft is bringing back the Zesty Guy for a new series of print ads, despite (or more likely because of) the backlash the brand received last time around from conservative protest group One Million...

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Coke Wants You to Live Like Grandpa, You Self-Destructive Slob

Your grandpa was a svelte boss. You, by comparison, are a junk-gobbling slob, according to a slick new split-screen ad for Coca-Cola from agency David in Buenos Aires. The spot, part of a larger...

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Global Ad Buys Might Finally Become a Reality

When the holding companies Publicis and Omnicom announced last month they were joining forces to form the world’s largest ad agency group, they called it “a new company for a new world.” Other,...

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Could the Homeless Boost ROI With Sexier, Snazzier, Professionally Designed...

There's an old legend in advertising that goes like this: David Ogilvy was walking past a homeless man one day whose sign read: "I'm blind, please help." His cup was empty. Instead of giving him...

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Weird Burger King Ad Says It's Better to Be Addicted to Whoppers Than Drugs

In this controversial Burger King ad from Russia, a Whopper crushes a flower as a voiceover informs us: "This is a poppy. It was popular once, but now its time has passed." That's a rather strained...

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Ad of the Day: Happiness Is Movement and Vice Versa in Johnny Kelly's Coke Film

How do you butter people up to the idea that Coca-Cola is pro-health? Not with a starchy educational film. You hire the director of one of the most beloved ads of recent years to create another...

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Mountain Dew's Exquisite 'Living Portraits' Show Brand's Endorsers in All...

Mountain Dew's "Living Portraits" series is one of the most innovative and intricate short-form campaigns of the year. Who'd've thunk it, especially after the brand's high-profile ad missteps a few...

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Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch Play Their Own Fathers in Hilarious Ad for...

EA Sports goes back to the future with this dumb-in-a-funny-way spot by ad agency Heat for Madden 25. In the '80s, we're told, two guys playing an early version of the football video game decided to...

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How Jason Sudeikis Learned to Love the Other Football for NBC Sports

IDEA: Marketers and broadcasters have tried to sell U.S. audiences on football—i.e., the global, non-American kind—since before Pelé laced up his boots for the New York Cosmos. Now it's NBC Sports'...

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Baby Cop Chases Down Runaway Vacuum Cleaner in Samsung Ad

Officer Baby says, "Put your hands against the waaaah!" Samsung invents the mustachioed-baby-plays-cop-and-chases-a-vacuum-cleaner trope with this spot by The Viral Factory in London. Thankfully, the...

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Racy Ad Claims Newspaper's New Website Is Better Than Sex (NSFW?)

Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz has ruffled some bedspreads with this truly odd (and probably NSFW, though it's not really explicit) commercial positioning its new website as way more exciting than boring...

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Chilling Gun-Control Ad Uses 911 Calls From Night of Trayvon Martin's Killing

Floyd Russ is getting petty good at gun-control advertising. The Grey New York producer worked on the famous "Ed" spot for States United to Prevent Gun Violence, which won a silver Lion in Film at...

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Ad of the Day: Southern Comfort Stumbles Upon the Genius of Its Karate Man

Southern Comfort is keeping things weird and hypnotizing with its latest work from Wieden + Kennedy in New York. Just try to take your eyes off the brand's current, silent pitchman—last seen in June...

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Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul's Old TV Commercials Are Amazing

Bryan Cranston, the DEA's No. 1 pain in the ass during his iconic run as meth kingpin Walter White on AMC's Breaking Bad, has been getting some press lately for his early-'80s work in the commercial...

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