19 May 2010
Ugly-Weird Online Ads Strike Back
This ad isn't really ugly but more disturbing. No old men or women, no weirdos, no unusual image connections, it is just a anamorphic dog. Dog reading news and pet medicines- they sorta relate.
It appears the ad channels Cassius Coolidge's work (Dogs Playing Poker.) Check out the link. Cassius was quite the illustrator of dogs living in man's world and same dogs playing poker. He branched out a little. Ardent R.E.M fans will recognize his work of the monkey with a parrot on a Columbia bicycle.
This advert also seems to be parodying another online ad making the rounds- young effervescent woman reporter discovers secrets of acai berry, making money from home, etc. You've probably seen it dozens of times. It attempts to look like some self-important news organization with an important message you should heed. I'd be happy if the dog reporter made the rounds spouting the virtues of heart worm medicines made with acai.