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Stella looks at dying art of hand-painted ads


Mother in New York hosted a screening of its short film Up There for Stella Artois at the Grand Hotel on Thursday night. The 13-minute film (embedded after the jump) profiles the waning art of hand-painted advertising while chronicling a 21-day project during which artists from Sky High Murals painted the Belgian beer brand’s “pouring ritual” on a 20-by-50-foot wall in SoHo. The documentary short, directed by Mekanism’s Malcolm Murray, shows the painters, including retired artist Bob Middleton of Mack Sign Company, talking about the years it takes to perfect their artistry. By the time some of the young guys in the film become masters, there may not be much work left for them. So, take a minute to look up and check out the real thing the next time you pass a painted original. It’s advertising’s high art. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

—Posted by Eleftheria Parpis

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Hide your incontinence, or not, with Depend


Here’s the new JWT campaign for Depend adult undergarments. The ads exploit the shame and fear people feel about their incontinence—in particular, about other people finding out about it—under the theme “People know.” But of course, the ads explain that while people can know everything else about you, they don’t have to know about your “condition” (though if you really want to keep it a secret, you shouldn’t leave giant packs of Depends lying around, as the characters in the ads do). See one more TV spot after the jump, along with some print work.

—Posted by Tim Nudd

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Dishwashing soap targeting snowperson set

Magistral- Snowman

Grey Argentina’s Pygmalion-esque ad for Magistral dishwashing soap is well made, but the sudden, heartbreaking finish is cheapened somewhat by the glib tagline. You’d also think the snowman would have had the boiler removed from his house sometime in the distant past, before he went to all the work of building his one true love and having her do his housework. Forgive me, but examining this ad’s internal logic is the only thing keeping me from sobbing like a child on repeat viewings.

—Posted by David Kiefaber


Ohio not drooling over breast-milk billboard


You can always count on the topic of breastfeeding to spark thoughtful and measured debate—or else hysterical attacks and counterattacks. The latest skirmish in the breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding war is being fought in Ohio, where billboards like the one shown here, from the state health department, have been spotted around Cleveland and Toledo and probably elsewhere. Sure, there’s the implication that formula doesn’t satisfy—but the bigger issue here seems to be just what the heck is up with that baby? One local tells Toledo’s Fox affiliate: “When I first saw it, I thought, you know, I agree with breast milk, it’s fine, but then I saw it with the milk around its mouth and I thought that was so unappealing. The baby’s cute, but I did not like the milk coming out of his mouth.” Cleveland Scene readers are more straightforward. Says one: “The little fella looks SATISFIED AS HELL—like a tit vampire with all the drool and boob milk dripping off his chin.” The Ad Council’s breastfeeding campaign seems boring by comparison. Via @rickuldricks.

—Posted by Tim Nudd


Quaker Crispy Minis give you strange burps


What was BBDO Toronto trying to communicate in this Quaker Crispy Minis spot? Would the prospect of burping butterflies make you want to buy the product? Is each box full of insect larva that mature in your intestines? Sure, that’s a good thing to serve your enemies, but friends are likely to take offense. In the ad’s boardroom scene, a female exec emits gobs of sparkly confetti during her pie-chart presentation. The other corporate drones look like they’d rubber-stamp whatever she’s proposing just to get the hell out of there. Strange, I never get my way at AdFreak no matter what I spew at our editorial meetings.

—Posted by David Gianatasio

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