Youtube VideoAfter seeing this classic ad for Hudson Toffee Pops as a young chap at some stage in the early '90s, I, like many of the nation's children, instantly developed a crippling fear of red couches and watching it now brings back extremely painful memories. That's not true, but reliable informants have reliably informed us that the rather artistic male lead is an ad man of some repute. So the first person to tell us who it is will get a copy of Martin Lindstrom's Brandwashed.
Who's it for: Skinny by DNA, The Collective and Yukfoo
Why we like it: Skinny is basically a cheaper version of Telecom, so it's a pretty good proposition, but it's been fairly schizophrenic in its approach since launch and has struggled to get its core benefits across. This simple, direct animated spot manages to do that—and give Vodafone a nudge at the same time.
Who's it for: TVNZ by Blacksand
Why we like it: Despite an Aussie delay causing some programming issues in this market, this spot voiced by the very funny Millen Baird continues on from where the launch ad left off with a bit of self-referential cheese and gratuitous smell the fart acting.
Who's it for: James Hardie by Federation and Waxeye
Why we like it: Transformers are so hot right now. So what better way to promote the durability of James Hardie's Linea weatherboards than with a shape-shifting dwelling.
Who's it for: Red Bull
Why we like it: We need a Kiwi connection before a video features in this section and while there were no Kiwi agencies involved, we've found a loophole, because three Kiwi athletes were.