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Sainsbury's
"Food Dancing"
60s
18 January 2017
UK Supermarkets

Something interesting always happens when an agency like W+K gets into bed with a client like Sainsbury's and so it proves with the agency's début TV work for its big new client.

Orange Supermarket has been placed at the forefront of a new movement called #fooddancing by an ad with an earwormy soundtrack from MysDiggi combined with a montage that's been made to look as though it's been clandestinely filmed in our actual kitchens.

Part of its boldness lies in the lack of slickness. Siri Bunford has delivered a film which - like the food prepared in the majority of British homes - looks like it's been thrown together rather than carefully assembled using tweezers. It gives it a relatable authenticity... very much advertising's plat de jour and, judging by the response on social media, the public are buying into the conceit with precisely the positivity hoped for by both Sainsbury's and their new agency.

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Sainsbury's
"Food Dancing"
60s
18 Jan 2017
Something interesting always happens when an agency like W+K gets into bed with a client like Sainsbury's and so it proves with the agency's début TV work for its big new client. Orange Supermarket has been placed at the forefront of a new movement called #fooddancing by an ad with an earwormy soundtrack from MysDiggi combined with a montage that's been made to look as though it's been clandestinely filmed in our actual kitchens.

T K Maxx
"Sing-Song"
50s
7 Nov 2016
Film fans were recently hit with the news that Quentin Tarantino’s next two films will likely be his last. To soften the blow, T K Maxx’s Christmas ad pays tribute to Pulp Fiction with an unorthodox a cappella rendition of the movie’s signature tune, ‘Misirlou’. Before everyone has a chance to recite Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield’s ‘Royale with cheese’ scene, the ad’s oddball choir steals the show.

Babbel
"Tiny Whale"
30s
31 Oct 2016
Just as the English-learning version of this ad satirised period dramas such as Downton Abbey for colouring the world's view of Britain, Babbel send up Amélie here for their French course. This 30s ad has it all: cryptic dialogue, existential musings about the metaphors in mundane things, and some lovely visual call-backs to the film involving heavy fringes and coquettish glances. And even a British bloke who manages to avoid making a fart joke about the sound of a ketchup bottle... c'est bien.

Babbel
"Messy Dress"
30s
31 Oct 2016
Babbel send up period dramas and the rest of the world's perception of Britain in this funny ad for their language-learning app. Two elegant ladies in Edwardian costumes daintily sip tea and gossip about a high-spirited young relative who wants to play freely and not conform to the staid social norms - a well-constructed play on tropes - when a modern-day man appears and shares his own comments about the young lady's unbecoming commitment to free will.

Arla Protein
"Outdoor Planking"
30s
17 Oct 2016
This entertaining ad for Arla Protein features a right planker. Eager to strengthen his core, this chap enrols in an outdoor boot camp. As if working his abs wasn't hard enough, a dog gets extra friendly with the side of his face. Only the strongest can endure such conditions, according to the steely VO - and Arla's protein range can help such fitness nuts stay in the zone.

Powell
"Jonny"
5 mins 29s
12 Oct 2016
Powell's take-no-prisoners brand of electronica takes a hypnotic turn in 'Jonny' - named after the track's vocalist, a former planner / strategist at Weiden + Kennedy. The accompanying promo is the brainchild of the same agency's creative incubator collectively known as The Kennedys, and features a host of submitted clips of folk smashing melons with their heads.

Lurpak
"Game On, Cooks"
60s
22 Sep 2016
Has cooking become too much of a spectator sport? Lurpak thinks so, and the brand makes a bold move by telling viewers to switch their attention from telly to belly. Lurpak being Lurpak, they've done a first-rate job. Somesuch's Daniel Wolfe meets this campaign's exacting standards head on with a brilliant execution. Once the game begins, it's something to behold.

T K Maxx
"Space Station"
30s
10 Sep 2016
A woman in T K Maxx's health and beauty department striking eye for a bargain leads her to join the space programme. Forget about exploring new planets or establishing contact with aliens - this crew's mission is all about looking and feeling fabulous. The zero-gravity visuals are impressively realised, while Katherine Parkinson's VO maintains the retailer's carefree spirit.

T K Maxx
"Biker Jacket"
30s
3 Sep 2016
T K Maxx has captured the frisson associated with a new and unexpected purchase throughout this campaign with a variety of eye-catching scenarios, and this ad maintains the sophisticated silliness with a woman taking motorcycle stunts to new levels of chic. As if the addition of a designer dress and a biker jacket to her wardrobe wasn't enough, the latter inspires her to add some two-wheeled thrills to her Tuesday afternoons.

Maynards Bassetts
"Jelly Baby Trampolines"
20s
24 Aug 2016
The lovely Maynards Bassett intermissions continue... and today we have a couple of intrepid guys using giant jelly babies as trampolines. But this is no mere leisure activity - when one of the pair doesn't descend after a particularly successful bounce, lab technicians emerge; having been monitoring them from the sidelines.

Maynards Bassetts
"Robot"
20s
9 Aug 2016
Maynards Bassetts continue to add a splash of colour to the ad break with another Blinkink creation (this time courtesy of illustrator Rob Flowers). A tin man finds the confectioner's Juicy Chews to be a psychedelic shock to the system, and each sweetie that passes through the android's head prompts a colourful reaction. Now we know to deal with any evil robots that cross our path.

Nurofen
"The Obvious Choice"
30s
28 Jul 2016
Nurofen have switched the focus of their advertising and it's a wise move. After the slap on the wrist they received for claiming the ibuprofen in their products moves through the body like determined Navy Seals in search of specific areas of pain, they have sensibly opted for a more digestible claim in this bright piece of work.

Stride Gum
"The Strength Within"
15s
26 Jul 2016
It's impossible to glean from the action onscreen just what crazy flavour Stride Gum boasts, but we suspect that's less a priority than its sheer intensity. A disembodied blue mouth challenges us to look inside its gum, which reveals an animated muscleman arm wrestling a monster truck. The appeal lies in being 'out there' enough to choose it rather than to buy it for its taste alone.

Stride Gum
"Momma's Home"
15s
26 Jul 2016
If Stride Gum is anything like as explosive on the tongue as its advertising is on the eyes, it'll be like Bikini Island in your mouth. These brief but frenzied US spots for the gum are hugely inventive from a visual perspective, suggesting a mind-churningly trippy taste sensation. No doubt uninitiated youngsters will be desperate to try it.

Maynards Bassetts
"Chewing Cup 2016"
20s
15 Jun 2016
Our nation's summer of sport continues in unlikely fashion with the grand final of the Chewing Cup, brought to us courtesy of Maynards Bassett. This woolly competitor shows no signs of nerves as it lazily chews on a selection of Bertie Bassett's jelly treats, and Blinkink's Chris Bristow produces a fun addition to the brand's weird and wonderful reel of intermissions.

Honda CR-V
"Black Edition"
10s
6 Jun 2016
A short post script for the technique that wowed us last year (before it upset the killjoys at the ASA who upheld a complaint that it was inviting drivers to break the speed limit). The legacy of the original commercial is a terrific piece of shorthand which instantly invokes the original conceit and its association with the advertised cars.

Three
"Before Dawn"
60s
13 May 2016
Jackson and Will.i.am. turn up as tech-tastic cowboys riding at the gates of dawn in this new spot for Three. The singer and Voice judge has a fashion and technology brand called i.am+, which has developed a voice-activated watch available exclusively through the mobile network, and here the pair ride through the purple-hued night spreading the news to kids out way past their bedtime.

Halls
"Bear Breath"
20s
8 May 2016
This 2014 commercial for Halls has just made its way on to British TV for the first time in this abbreviated 20" edit. After consuming a lozenge, a biker's breath emerges as a cloud of polar bears... each with their own fetching moustaches. A mad, but eye-catching piece of polar fun.

Maynards Bassetts
"Intermissions"
60s
26 Apr 2016
Maynards Bassetts celebrate their brand union with an ambitious collection of ad break 'intermissions' starring their most famous confections. We didn't want to dilly dally at the pick 'n' mix stand for too long, so we've selected three 20" instalments for you to chew over, including Bertie Bassett as you've never seen him before; an awkward exchange in the bedroom; and a drummer producing some sweet beats.

Cravendale
"Eddie the Eagle"
30s
12 Apr 2016
Cravendale find a kindred milk drinker for their moustachioed hipster in the form of Eddie the Eagle. This tie-in commercial neatly sidesteps the usual "and to celebrate the launch of... " spiel by incorporating the cinematic version of Britain's favourite ski jumper into the brand's calcium cool philosophy.

T K Maxx
"Weekend Bag"
30s
31 Mar 2016
T K Maxx once again invite customers to think beyond what they've jotted down on their shopping list with another helping of visual absurdity. While this chap initially desired only a spatula from his visit to the store, his purchase of a weekend bag whisks him off on an unexpected sojourn along the coast... and one which leads to a whole new definition of 'weekending'.

T K Maxx
"Airbed"
30s
31 Mar 2016
A seafaring follow-up to T K Maxx's 'Ridiculous Possibilities' launch features the relaxing sight of a woman drifting away on an airbed complete with duvet set. Via VO, she explains how a trip for some shampoo ended with her lugging more to the checkout counter than she previously anticipated - illustrating just how varied the store's goods are. Nice cameo from a curious seal, too.

Finish
"Heartbreak"
30s
30 Mar 2016
Finish note that a broken heart is often swiftly followed by a hearty appetite. These unlucky-in-lovers are shown wallowing in the depths of despair and comfort eating in a nicely OTT sequence, leaving behind a trail of filthy dishes. With their characteristic reasoned approach to life and washing up, the brand boast they can provide the necessary cleaning power... if not a shoulder to cry on.

Finish
"Ageing"
30s
29 Mar 2016
If Batman duking it out with Superman has left you with a splitting headache, then Finish have a more playful skirmish in store for you in this new addition to their excellent campaign. The fight against ageing is an advertising staple, and the dishwasher detergent pedlars claim to have the ideal antidote - the Powerball.

T K Maxx
"Ceiling"
30s
23 Mar 2016
Wieden + Kennedy's work for T K Maxx gets off to a bouncy start with this surreal slice of fun starring... well, a pair of legs dangling from the ceiling. It's not a bad way to grab the audience's attention from the off. In fact, it's brave to wait a few seconds until we're given an explanation for this fleshy chandelier.

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