Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Toyota Avalon Travels Back in Time

What do you guys think about these new retro kitsch Toyota Avalon commercials? They are part Mad Men, part vintage advertising, and part stepford wife creepy.

At first i thought they totally missed their mark, trying to be vintage but not going far enough with the aesthetic, lighting or film stocks, but the more i see them, and think about the two of them as a campaign rather than individual spots i get the kitsch factor much more and kinda really like them. I also like the idea of travel as a luxury rather than a given or a right, it's a nice change of perception. thoughts? Mr. Sandman bring me a dream?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

AT&T Whisks us Into a World of Imagination

How can you not look up when this sweet lullaby from Gene WIlder and our childhoods breaks through TV noise? The first time it aired i was glued to the TV, smile on my face, ecstatic that someone was using the charming soundtrack from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and intrigued by the childish drawings that sprung to life, waiting attentively for the punch line - the brand.
AT&T. I was shocked and a bit disappointed at first it didnt seem to fit but i guess that was their intention, to begin to change the perception of the brand. I'm excited to see what comes next.

The new spot is part of the "Re-think Possible" campaign via BBDO, directed by Peter Thwaites.

For those who are feeling the impulse to watch the Willy Wonka scene, here it is!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Bansky Documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop

Street Art fans rejoice -Exit Through the Gift Shop, a look inside the life of art on the streets has opened in select cities, making it's way to Boston's Kendall Square Theater next week.

for those interested check out this review, some interesting insight into the film, Bansky and street art.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Meet Birdman's Tattoos

Jerry Pyle over at Pictures in a Row sent me this spec project of his that I couldn't help but share. Just in time for the NBA playoffs Chris "Birdman" Andersen's tattoos come to life to talk about the excitement of the post season.

I think it's the beginning of something great - can't you see an action adventure animated series featuring these guys? It could be a great cast of characters - good stuff Jerry!

here is some more of the REAL Birdman talking about his tats for those who are interested in the inspiration.