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Wednesday
Dec122012

First Dog Stars In White House Christmas Message

Families around the world are decorating their homes for Christmas. Houses large and small are putting up trees and hanging tinsel for the festive season. Now the decorations in the most famous house of all is being inspected by a very particular resident.

It might be one of best known addresses in the world, but even 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue needs to impress its residents. This recently-released clip shows the White House's festive decorations being checked over.

The President must be too busy to perform this important task as he seems to have delegated the task to the First Dog, Portugese water dog, Bo.

The fluffy pooch pads through the corridors of power, making sure the baubles are shiny and the tinsel is in place. With the hallowed halls draped in holly, trees and fairy lights, Bo wags his tail with approval before running into a familiar face.

An equally fluffy, if less lively, Bo stands with the decorations, sporting a Santa hat and tangled in Christmas lights.

The clip, which has earned over 2 million views, invited viewers to explore the official White House YouTube channel to watch other, more formal, seasonal messages from President Obama. But Bo seems to be upstaging his powerful owner, garnering nearly 94,000 shares.

It's a good thing that a busy Commander-In-Chief has his favourite pooch to wish the world a Merry Christmas and a tail-waggingly happy New Year!

Wednesday
Nov282012

Ebenezer Snoop Wishes Viewers A 'Happy Holidizzle' In New adidas Ad

 

At Christmas time, are you all 'Happy Holidizzle' or 'Bah Humbizzle'? Have no idea what I'm talking about? Well, read on...

This year's Christmas campaign from adidas has put a bit of a twist on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and has none other than Snoop Lion, (formerly Snoop Dogg) as the star of the ads. 

The main clip in the star-studded campaign, named The Cautionary Tale of Ebenezer Snoop, is packed full of famous faces.

Gonz, the professional skateboarder, waits on Snoop, performing a trick or two whenever the King of Rap demands it. The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future also have impressive representatives, played by Stan Smith, David Beckham and Rita Ora/Derrick Rose, respectively.

In a puff of magical smoke from his pipe, Ebenezer Snoop is taken on a journey through time to show him the error of his ways. He used to be a party animal, but now the infamous rapper is losing his touch and his reputation. The ghosts show him what will happen if he stops partying as hard as he used to. The future looks bleak. 

The journey is illustrated by Beavis and Butthead's JJ Sedalmaier, and you can find plenty more clips of old Ebenezer Snoop on the adidas YouTube channel, which are just as entertaining.

The campaign has a strong online presence. You can check to see if you are an Ebenezer Snoop on the campaign Facebook page, where you can also send a Snooped-up Christmas card to friends. Plus, Snoop Lion will be sharing his Christmassy feelings on the @adidas Twitter channel for the next few weeks. 

This revamp of the classic literary tale may not be for everyone, but it certainly will be popular amongst Snoop fans. It seems like he has had a lot of input into the campaign. For example, the short film is exactly 4.20 mins in length...

Tuesday
Nov202012

Cartier's Cubs Explore Winter Wonderland

Some brands are as much a part of Christmas as mince pies and mulled wine. As the big day approaches, our screens will fill with fondly-remembered iconic ads of frolicking polar bears, kids kissing under mistletoe and a convoy of red trucks rolling into town. However, there is one brand hoping to join the ranks of festive favourites.

It seems Christmas no longer starts with the opening of the first door on an advent calendar, but when Coca-Cola re-launch its Holidays Are Coming ad and Chanel's Little Red Riding Hood helps herself to some perfume, usually around mid-October. Now Cartier have released their latest Christmas offering.

Winter Tale is an update of a seasonal ad from 2010, which stars a curious jaguar cub exploring a gift-filled landscape. The jewellers scored a hit earlier this year with L'Odysee d'Cartier, which starred the cub, all grown up, trekking through a fantastical landscape.

The latest installment of the series stars a pair of plucky young cubs climbing up a gigantic Christmas tree, laden with gifts and trinkets. The little big cats leap from branch to branch, passing glamorous watches and glittering bracelets. Upon reaching the top, a cloud or twinkling lights coalesce into the Cartier logo.

The ad has garnered over 15,000 views since it was launched just six days ago. It is proving popular with the fachion world, gathering mentions on blogs and websites thanks to its mix of elegant production and sheer cuteness.

Christmas is the perfect time to buy elaborate presents for your nearest and dearest, but please remember, a jaguar is for life and not just for Christmas. 

Friday
Nov162012

A (Not So) Merry Christmas From Morrisons

 

We Brits are a cynical bunch. We spent the years leading up to the London Olympics complaining that we couldn't built the stadium in time, it would all cost too much and all the visitors would jam up the roads. Now that it's over, we're complaining that everything is back to normal. Finally, there's a Christmas ad that reflects our 'humbug' spirit.

Most festive ads focus on heartwarming tales of family reunion and the giving of presents. John Lewis launched its epic saga of a brave little snowman battling against the odds to buy his frosty fiancé the perfect present.

Now supermarket Morrisons has taken off the rose-tinted glasses to tell a tale of turkeys that need stuffing, trees that need decorating and kitchens that just aren't big enough for all the food that needs to be cooked.

The star of the ad, a 'typical' British wife and mother, seems to be lacking in Christmas cheer. She laments all the household tasks that come with the holiday season.

"There's so much to do", she says, "the decorations, and the tree." She spends hours writing Christmas cards to people she barely knows, preparing food and welcoming an unending stream of guests.

She toils away on her son's costume for the school nativity play, making sure that his giraffe costume is just right. "Why couldn't he have been a shepherd?", she complains, never stopping to ask why there's a giraffe in the Bethlehem stable in the first place.

As the big day approaches, the poor woman has to do battle with a turkey that fights back, cook with some very unhelpful 'helpers' and peel sprouts - lots and lots of sprouts.

It's not the typical Christmas ad, there are angelic choirs, no feasts of delicious food and no lavishly decorated trees surrounded by ruddy-face children. But the ad does pack in plenty of dry, surreal humour that makes it a very British way of looking at the festive season. 

Launched four days ago, the clip has earned over 49,000 views and mentions on advertising blogs from around the world. Put together by DLKW Lowe, the clip has earned nearly 2,000 shares and proved surprisingly popular with Indonesian audiences.

Of course, the harried housewife eventually finds her Christmas spirit and has as much fun as we've had watching her suffer.

Friday
Dec232011

The Social Network Story Of Santa Claus 

Have you ever found yourself wondering what Santa does for the other 11 months and 30 days of the year when he is not working? 

Does he remain in the North Pole or does he go on vacation? I know what I would be doing if I was him, but that's another story all together. 

Well, this is the story of Santa Claus's life, told using a whole host of social network platforms and websites.

Yep, while he is not out delivering presents to the entire population of the world, he loves nothing more than searching for his favourite videos on the web.

In his search results he finds Rebecca Black and Nyan Cat, two of the biggest memes of the year. However, Santa doesn't approve of such videos. He much prefers a good old fail clip.

The video was made by the digital wizards over at Excentric, the same kind folks who brought us "The Digital Story of the Nativity", which chalked up over 10 million views on YouTube over the past year. 

Therefore if I can give you one piece of advice this Christmas, check this video out.  

Merry Christmas!

Thursday
Dec222011

Is This The Cutest Christmas Video Ever?

What do you want for Christmas? Well, here at Meme Machine, we have already written to Santa spelling out exactly what we want in our stockings come December 25 morning.

Let me give you a clue: they are small, furry, cute as hell and are currently melting YouTube users' hearts across the globe.

Nope, we are not talking about kitties. We are sick of them having their fishy paws around YouTube's throat. We are talking about puppies.

Yep, puppy power is back and fighting back against feline domination. 

And, well, quite frankly, winning hands down. This has to be the cutest Christmas video of all time.

If you don't belive us, take a look for yourselves.

But be prepared for serious cuteness overload.