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On This Day
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Kellogg's Crunchy Nut
"Chase"
30s
15 Aug 2005
Cracking ad has an urban chase as a black undercover cop chases a villain. The two tear through the streets causing mayhem before the robber jumps through someone's back garden and into a house. His chaser is close until distracted by some Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes.

Vauxhall Astra
"Acrobatic"
40s
15 Aug 2006
Unbelievably spectacular ad for the Astra uses a combination of live action stunts and clever post production to create one of the most impressive car sequences ever seen. Neat touch that after all the acrobatics the driver pops a letter into a post box.

Fiat
"Feelin Good"
3 mins
15 Aug 2010
An extraordinary film for Fiat creates a visual link between small figures hanging inside the windscreen of the advertised car and people on club dancefloors. It's an interesting piece of timing by the Italian car maker... it doesn't feel like car sales are about to recover, does it?

Orange
"Popcorn"
40s
15 Aug 2011
There's an invasion of popcorn as people watch movies in this ad which claims that the mobile phone provider is bringing the cinema experience to people in their homes (or tents). The music sounds like an orchestral version of one of the tracks from Pulp Fiction... which is a fitting choice.

Kenco
"Coffee Vs Gangs"
60s
15 Aug 2014
This intriguing piece of work could be described as 'Fair Trade Plus'. It goes a few steps further than persuading us that farmers are receiving a decent return for their labour as - not only are we being asked to support fair remuneration for those who provide us with coffee - we're being offered the opportunity to support a company aiming to change the futures of youngsters growing up in the troubled regions where coffee is grown.

Kellogg's Rice Krispies
"Dinosaur"
30s
15 Aug 2014
The first delightful ad in a campaign based on the imaginative way children explain the world to themselves. Here, a little boy narrates a tale of dinosaurs and Rice Krispies, and how the plucky little pieces of breakfast cereal found a way to warn their now-extinct BFFs not to stand on them. It's inventive, it's visually distinctive, and we suspect it will make parents everywhere think this is an excellent food with which to nourish their offspring's brains.

confused.com
"Brian's Dance"
60s
15 Aug 2015
That's more like it. Competing against VCCP's loveable ferrets and the loathed but memorable Gio Compario hasn't proven easy for Brian the Robot but this latest effort appears to demonstrate he's by no means a lost cause. Brian is joined by his robotic acolytes to perform some lively moves as they groove to the strains of 'Apache' by The Sugarhill Gang prompting an investigation from the folk running the factory where the merchandise is manufactured.

Aviva
"Petition"
90s
15 Aug 2016
Satire isn't always the best way of making a point but it's absolutely perfect for this message about the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving. A young man is given the thankless task of lobbying for legalisation of this practice and encounters - as you might expect - a fair degree of hostility. This is because we are all opposed - in principle - to this extremely dangerous idea.

Keno
"The Wife Contract"
2 mins 59s
15 Aug 2016
This Danish commercial playfully mines the traditional verdicts on the differences between men and women when it comes to managing the family's finances. Faced with the possibility that their husbands will treat a million krona win with the frivolousness associated with their gender, a collection of women gamely try to maintain a pretence that they won't stand in the way of long-held dreams.

Marks & Spencer
"Back to School"
30s
15 Aug 2016
The 'back to school' market must be considered very precious by each of the retailers who supply it as they seem to raise their game year after year. Marks & Spencer's effort is particularly exuberant and as we mentioned last week, offered Rainey Kelly and director Chris Sweeney the opportunity to connect it to their sumptuous food advertising.

Nike
"Tennis v Baseball"
30s
15 Aug 2016
This Nike campaign continues to go from strength to strength with this demonstration of raw power courtesy of Serena Williams and Major League Baseball star Giancarlo Stanton. The pair's cross-court and cross-sport rally gets the viewer's pulse racing and Oscar Isaac's enjoyably frantic VO in a tizz, but he's soon in an apologetic mood for questioning this training session.

O2
"Goslings"
60s
15 Aug 2016
What's so very lovely about this campaign is the way it ticks all the boxes on the brief... and then turns them into living, breathing creatures with irresistible cuddle appeal. This ability to transform abstracts into tangibles is pretty damn rare, and VCCP are the go-to alchemists in this realm. Not only does the message come across loud and clear that O2's coverage is strong, it also suggests it's adorably focused on you.

Old El Paso
"The Grand Tour"
2 mins 52s
15 Aug 2016
Danny Trejo meets Dinky Trejo in this well-shot film for Old El Paso which provides the former with some formidable competition in the taco-making stakes. When the cocky veteran sees his van roll off a cliff into oblivion, he's forced to hitch a ride with his young challenger as they set off on a culinary road trip.

EDEKA
"Herren des Feuers"
1 min 53s
15 Aug 2017
If you're aiming for 'over the top' then it's a good idea to go way over the top - as director Isaiah Seret has in this marvellously bombastic film for EDEKA. The narrator is a curious-looking old fellow who recites a poem detailing man's relationship with fire. He walks through a series of eras, speaking approvingly of the way fire is used to char meat.

Guinness
"Liberty Fields"
60s
15 Aug 2019
A stereotype-breaking women's rugby team stars in this inspirational ad for Guinness as part of their 'Made of More' campaign. Defying Japan's rigid gender roles in the late 80s, Liberty Fields became the first team to represent their country at the Women's Rugby World Cup. Directed by Eliot Rausch, this film looks at both the small and large moments of judgement the team faced from society.

AGL
"Max's New Space"
60s
15 Aug 2019
Australian energy company AGL understand how difficult moving home can be - especially if it's the only place you've ever known. That's the dilemma facing young Max in this 60" commercial, and he can't leave without saying his goodbyes. Australian energy company AGL understand how difficult moving home can be - especially if it's the only place you've ever known. That's the dilemma facing young Max in this 60" commercial, and he can't leave without saying his goodbyes.

Nationwide
"Astrology"
40s
15 Aug 2005
Mark Benton reprises his role as the idiot manager of a bank that competes with Nationwide. When a young man (played by Peepshow and The Smoking Room's Robert Webb) walks in to ask for a loan advertised in the window, he finds that he is the wrong star sign etc to secure it.

Panda Still
"Taste Buds"
30s
15 Aug 2006
A mouthful of taste buds wait with a degree of apprehension as they can see some drink is about to be poured in. Their concern turns to delight when they discover it is the additive-free Panda Still. Slightly disturbing imagery as the Taste buds look a little like a crowd of burns victims.

O2
"Rugby Interview"
30s
15 Aug 2007
One of two highly amusing virals for the mobile phone network which use sharply-drawn caricatures to remind us why we favour one sport over another. In this one, an adrenaline-riddled rugby player reveals all his public schoolboy awfulness in a post-match interview.

O2
"Football Interview"
30s
15 Aug 2007
One of two highly amusing virals for the mobile phone network which use sharply-drawn caricatures to remind us why we favour one sport over another. Here a footballer battles against his ineloquence with a stream of clichés before finally coming unstuck. Beautifully understated.

Boots
"More Price Cuts"
30s
15 Aug 2007
Boots have made a new commercial based on the use of a price gun issuing discounted prices to illustrate a fresh wave of bargains. Can you imagine explaining to the woman in the bath what was going to happen for her part of the sequence? And keeping a straight face?

Channel 4 +1
"Shameless"
20s
15 Aug 2007
David Threlfall reprises his cult role as Frank from Shameless in the latest of these promotional films for Channel 4's new service. He appears to be on the mysterious island occupied by the cast of Lost when a rescue helicopter inexplicably misses his massive beach message.

ESPN
"Pledge"
60s
15 Aug 2009
A lovely montage of clips advertising ESPN's coverage of the forthcoming football season. This is usually Sky's territory in every sense but ESPN have done it as well as Sky ever have right here and it will whet the appetite of any fan.

Carphone Warehouse Talk Talk
"Lights"
40s
15 Aug 2009
A visually impressive ad that will catch your attention even if doesn't really do much with your attention once it's got it. A Ralph Fiennes lookalike draws with light in a bid to persuade us that the advertised company are Britain's brightest broadband company.

Sprint
"Restaurant"
30s
15 Aug 2010
This amusing ad from across the water shows a woman gleefully breaking up with her boyfriend using a variety of media available on her mobile phone thanks to Sprint. His dry response to the rejection contrasts with her happiness to make the whole thing agreeably funny.

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