Posted by Rosepixie on September 30, 2009
This is an advertisement for milk that was found in a comic book.
The text reads:
X-Men Origins: Wolverine only in theaters
X marks the spot.
My powers to regenerate might be top secret but my ability to re-energize is simple. Milk has protein to help build muscle and a unique mix of nutrients to help you refuel. So, eat right, train hard and drink lowfat milk. That’s just common mutant sense.
Body by Milk
I think the “Got Milk?” ad campaign is brilliant in general, but this particular ad stood out. Not only is this not using the celebrity pictured here, but the fictional character he’s playing to sell milk, but it also tries to sell it to you on the basis that you might be a mutant too (otherwise why would it matter to you if it makes “common mutant sense”?). This is niche marketing if I’ve ever seen it. Somebody on marketing staff for this campaign said “hey, fanboys kind of live in their own little comic book worlds, right? So, instead of just putting milk ads in comic books (which they do all the time), why don’t we make a special one aimed just at them? What geek movie is coming out soon?” And you know what? I bet more readers stopped to actually read this ad in their comic books than to read the ones with race car drivers and rap stars.
Posted in Food | Tagged: print-ad, milk, celebrity, character, milk-processor-board | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Rosepixie on September 28, 2009
These are two posters for the movie Where the Wild Things Are.
I really like the first poster, but as visually appealing as the second poster is, I don’t think it works as well. The first poster is well done on so many levels. It’s visually appealing, it works with the tagline (“there’s one in all of us”) by showing both the Wild Thing and the kid letting out a great Wild-Thing-esque scream, and it recalls the book by having the Wild Thing both too big for the poster and almost an illusion (did the whole thing really happen, or was it in the boy’s imagination?). That’s a lot to ask from one poster, but this one does it really well. And everything about it is unmistakably Where the Wild Things Are, from the wolf suit and crown to the look of the Wild Thing himself.
The second poster is very attractive with it’s feeling of openness, but I don’t think it works as well. While I like the idea of the Wild Thing peeking out from behind one of the trees (which really do call Sendak’s illustrations to mind nicely), it’s too cute a composition. Wild Things aren’t supposed to be “cute”, they’re supposed to be wild and swinging from branches! Somehow this just didn’t work in execution. It also doesn’t match the tagline at all, or at least not obviously like the first poster did. This one doesn’t get me excited like the first poster did. Interested, maybe, but not excited at all. Which is too bad, since if anything, Where the Wild Things Are is exciting!
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Posted by Rosepixie on September 27, 2009
This ad was an insert in one of the local papers in Austin, TX and is for Pier 1 Imports.
The text reads:
Pier 1 Imports
Hey critter, scamper in today for acorn-ucopia of savings!
up to 25% off
“Hey critter”? I have to wonder if this ad is really aimed at humans or if Pier 1 Imports has a new division of products aimed at squirrels and chipmunks, because I can’t really think of any humans I know who identify themselves as “critters”. And if Pier 1 has started selling products for squirrels, why are they advertising them in a human newspaper? It doesn’t seem like very well-targeted marketing. Of course, I’m not really sure how you would advertise to squirrels… Anybody have any ideas?
Posted in Home | Tagged: print-ad, animal, pier 1 imports, sale | 1 Comment »
Posted by Rosepixie on September 26, 2009
This is a Dove ad that has gotten a lot of attention, both praise and criticism.
I like the idea they were going for here, because they’re right that the beauty industry is incredibly harmful to girls and women and those images and messages are unimaginably damaging. However, Dove is unquestionably part of the beauty industry. They sell beauty products and this was an ad. Ostensibly it’s an ad for a self-esteem program on their website, but they wouldn’t have made it with the name “Dove” all over it the way it is if they weren’t also trying to get viewers to think about their products and see them favorably. If you go to the website, the main pictures in the middle are all about self-esteem, which is great, but the first link at the top is for their products and there’s a big ad along the side stating that if you enter the UPC from one of their products they will donate $1 to a self-esteem program.
I’m not terribly fond of “buy our stuff and we’ll donate to this charity” promotions. Dove has buckets of money. If they were truly serious about donating a meaningful amount of money to these programs, they wouldn’t tie it to people buying their products. They aren’t in need of customers, they have plenty of them (even I buy their stuff), so it’s not like they need to tie it to sales this way to make the donation possible. They don’t. And how many customers do you think realistically go and enter that code? Again, if they really meant it, they could donate for every sale, not every customer who manages to learn about the program, buy a product and bother to go enter a code on the website. I just have trouble seeing it as real charity when it’s got so many weird strings like this for no real good reason.
So, I kind of wandered off topic from the ad itself there, but I think it all ties back to the same idea. Dove is marketing an idea that they don’t really seem to be behind. They say they’re encouraging “real beauty”, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a woman over maybe size 12 in their ads and I know I’ve never seen a woman with a visible disability or anything like that. So their definition of “real” beauty still seems pretty conventional. And I have trouble taking their dire warnings about the beauty industry seriously (even though they are absolutely right about it) when they are part of that very same industry and filled the ad with the very images they are supposedly against. The message is great and if this exact same video had been produced as a public service announcement or by an advocacy group I’d be all for it, but as it is, I’m deeply skeptical of it because it’s made by the very industry it’s saying is evil.
Posted in Beauty | Tagged: charity, commercial, dove, psa | 4 Comments »
Posted by Rosepixie on September 25, 2009
This is an ad for corsets from a 1934 catalog by National (a mail-order company).
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The text reads:
Silhouettes are made… not born
That is the Marvel of Modern Corsetry!
You will have lovely curves youthful bust If You Wear This Foundation!
Gently Molds the Figure to a Sleek… Graceful Smoothness $1.98
Fits figures with hips 3 to 6 inches larger than bust.
Whether you’re just a “wisp of a thing” or need rigid control, this garment is an excellent foundation for the 1934 fashions. Concealed boning over the diaphragm gives you a nice flat “tummy”; elastic inserts at the sides mold your hips and thighs… and a special insert at the bottom takes up the strain when you bend. Rayon-figured Cotton Poplin with Rayon-and-cotton Jersey bust section. Wonderful for only $1.98
Tearose or Pink. Sizes: 32 to 44 bust. Shpg. wt. 1 lb. 2 oz. $1.98
Skinlike Lastex Foundation
You never felt such freedom
You’ll look pounds slimmer
So comfortable you’ll never know it’s on! $1.98
Not even the tiniest bulge will show after you have put it on!
Fits figures with hips 3 to 6 inches larger than bust.
“Skinlike” takes every little wayward bulge and puts it firmly in place. “Skinlike” moulds to your figure into a smooth, unbroken line, straight hips, small waist – and mind you, there’s not a bone in it. Two-way stretch Lastex right to the bust-line “does the trick”, and above that it’s softest mesh and definitely shaped to give you bosom that new uplift look. For that slim, supple, youthful look, wear “Skinlike.”
Colors: Tearose or Pink. Sizes: 30 to 38 bust. Shipping weight, 10 oz. $1.98
Won’t ride up
The Smart 1934 Contour… from the uplifted bust to the flowing back line… $1.98
Fits figures with 3 to 6 inches larger than bust.
Rayon-Brocaded Poplin front with the new pointed bust. Two-way stretch Lastex back to assure smooth hips and thighs and a nice flat seat. It’s backless for evening frocks. It’s boneless, yet it gives all the necessary support to the figure, and is absolutely guaranteed not to “ride up.” Shoulder straps are elastic.
Tearose or Pink. Sizes: 30 to 38 bust. Shipping weight, 10 oz. $1.98
This ad just made me laugh with all of it’s assurances that the corsets are super comfortable, but also capable of totally reshaping your body and making you appear magically thinner! I’m sorry, but corsets don’t work that way. Not that they can’t be comfortable, because they totally can, but if it’s really a corset, you absolutely know that you’re wearing it. Anyway, I thought it was interesting. I have a few more corset ads (and a bunch of ads for other stuff) from the same year that I’ll post in later weeks that are also interesting for other reasons.
Posted in Fashion, Vintage | Tagged: 1930s, catalog, national, underwear, weight | 2 Comments »
Posted by Rosepixie on September 24, 2009
This ad was found in a fashion magazine and is for Hermes, a brand that makes clothing, household items and various random fashionable things.
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The text reads:
An Indian Winter
This ad makes me laugh. I love the yaks in high-fashion saddles. Who thought up this ad? Seriously, it is just so weird! It makes me wonder if you can really buy a yak saddle from Hermes. And if you can, why do they make such a thing? There can’t possibly be that much demand for overpriced, fancy yak saddles! I mean, it’s pretty, but it’s for a yak, not an thoroughbred horse! Even the one in the ad doesn’t look especially cooperative (of course, it’s probably wondering what kind of idiot tries to lead a yak around in the snowy mountains wearing a cashmere skirt and high-heels). I like this ad, though. It’s quirky and strange in kind of a fun way. It makes absolutely no sense, but it’s fun to look at!
Posted in Fashion | Tagged: print-ad, hermes, animal, winter | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Rosepixie on September 22, 2009
This is a Korean ad for Pantene hair care products and I found it by accident on YouTube. Just to warn you, it’s four minutes long, but it’s very well worth watching.
So putting aside the fact that you can’t actually play like that on a taped-together violin, this is a masterful piece of storytelling. It’s touching and beautiful, the acting is amazing and wonderfully subtle. I was totally impressed by every bit of it. If it weren’t for the girl’s hair being so focused on during her performance (and being so shiny and soft and bouncy! like in every other hair commercial), I wouldn’t have even thought this was a commercial until the logo at the end. It’s absolutely wonderful storytelling. I have no idea what any of it has to do with hair care products, but the tagline “you can shine” did work at the end of that story. As an ad for Pantene, I’m not sure this works, but as a mini-movie I think it’s fantastic and I really enjoyed watching it.
Posted in Beauty | Tagged: commercial, hair-care, pantene, story | 2 Comments »