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Aardman | Morph: emoji stickers for iMessage

Aardman’s ‘Morph’ is a serious trip down memory lane for me – a real childhood favourite on SMart, and an immortal TV icon. Animation studio Aardman have previously released ‘Face Bomb’ stickers for iMessage to celebrate 40 years of animation history in 2016:

Now, they have released ‘eMorphjis’ for iMessage as animated stickers that can be sent as emojis or incorporated into photos:

The Face Bomb sticker pack looks like it works better as face filters on photos, rather than emojis. What makes Morph so perfect for this social campaign is his recognisable face and adorable emotive expressions. Also, Morph as a character is a universal face that on TV often replied to presenter Tony Hart in gobbledygook, but with meaningful gestures that could be understood by all ages and languages.
Morph co-creator Peter Lord made each of the emojis from modelling clay before graphics and animations were added:

When someone said to me; ‘We could do Morph emojis’ it was like this huge lightbulb going on. Of course. That’s just perfect! Morph has a lovely round face and he does great expressions; he really is like a living emoji. Who wouldn’t want Morph’s happy (and sometimes grumpy) face all over their messages? Bless him. So I jumped on the idea, and I’m so happy with the way they’ve worked out, they’re really funny and charming.

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Apple: Frankie’s Holiday

Ok this isn’t the last Christmas advert post. “Open your heart to everyone” – another politically fuelled message incorporated into a seasonal holiday ad. Featuring Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’s monster, the narrative goes beyond the typical story of Christmas with the loved ones, focusing on those who may not have a lot and feel as if they do not belong.
Apple describes the advert as:

An unexpected holiday visitor finally receives the warm welcome he’s always yearned for.

The ad was directed by Lance Acord (Park Pictures). Whilst the spot is quite strange, magical yet heartwarming, it mainly emphasises a sense of unity and inclusiveness in a current political climate filled with fear and division (whilst of course featuring the latest iPhone!)

P.S. don’t cry

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Galaxy S 5 – Wall Huggers

That moment when your phone conveniently chooses the most inconvenient time to run low on juice. Switch your Galaxy S 5 to Ultra Power Saving Mode or swap in a fresh spare battery and say goodbye to the wall huggers for good.

I really love this ad! There is a genuine truth to it, and I definitely can relate, as I have a Samsung GS2 and a spare battery. I basically never run out of battery because I can change and charge them whenever I want – something my iPhone friends always find fascinating!

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Switch to the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone

“Don’t fight. See why now’s the time to switch to the Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 920: Engadget Reader’s Choice Smartphone of the Year.”

Ha! Somehow companies can get away with mocking other brands! Great advert though…

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Can filming one second of every day change your life?

1 Second Everyday – Age 30 from Cesar Kuriyama on Vimeo.

“When Cesar Kuriyama saved up enough money to quit his advertising job at the age of 30, he planned to take a year off to travel and spend time with family.

To document the year, Kuriyama filmed one second of video every day.

“After just six weeks, I realised I was going to be doing that for the rest of my life,” he says.

After editing the clips into a single video, Kuriyama had not only a record of daily life, but a new perspective on how he lived day to day.

Inspired by the experience, he developed a smartphone app, “1 Second Everyday”, which will allow users to create their own videos.

Everyone will probably have a different experience with their videos, he says, but he says self-reflection is never a bad thing.”

 

What a wonderful idea! The app is so unique too. Would definitely download it if I didn’t have a BlackBerry.

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Ads of the Week

SMARTWATER

CREDITS
Advertising Agency: AR New York
Chief Creative Officer: Raul Martinez
Executive Creative Director: David Israel
Executive Producer: Helaina Buzzeo
Director of Client Services: Jason Garcia
Account Director: Kristen Opalach

Production Company: Station Film
Director: Alek Keshishian
Executive Producer: Michael Di Girolamo
Executive Producer, Producer: Caroline Gibney
Unit Production Manager: Leanne Amos
First Assistant Director: Anthony Dimino
Director of Photography: James Whitaker
Art Director: Gary Matteson

Editing Company: Cosmo Street
Editor: Tessa Davis
Executive Producer: Yvette Cobarrubias
Producer: Patty Paz
Assistant Editor: John Bradley

Post Effects Company: Arsenal FX
Visual Effects Supervisor: Lauren Mayer-Beug
Visual Effects Executive Producer: Ashley Hydrick
Visual Effects Producer: Pravina Sippy
Flame Artists: Mark Leiss, Terry Silberman
Computer Graphics Artist: David Hyatt
Design Artist: Nathan Boldman
Roto Artist: Crystal Strait

Sound Company: Beacon Street Studios
Sound Designer, Mixer: Paul Hurtubise
Producer: Caitlin Rocklen

 

Hilarious! Jennifer Aniston is an amazing actress, and she was perfect for this advert. This is much better than previous Smartwater ads, including perfect comedic timing whilst taking rumours about Jennifer and making them literal. It’s always good to see a celebrity be brave enough make fun of themselves.

THE NEXT BIG THING (SAMSUNG GALAXY S III)

I have no idea how Samsung got away with this! I thought there were rules about competitive strategies… Anyway, amazing advert. It actually made me consider other phones other than iPhones (as I have been told endless times are problems with iPhones … don’t get me started on the new iPhone 5!). Great timing with the new iPhone 5 coming out too. I love the clever idea of having the ‘uncool parents’ getting an iPhone,  and the ‘Samsung people’ being nice enough to queue for other people but being told off by ‘iPhone people’. Nice.

MONSTER (FRAGILE CHILDHOOD)

“For a child a monster can be real.
The Fragile Childhood activity has begun in 1986 and has been established as a well-known form of activity in Finland. http://lasinenlapsuus.fi
Fragile Childhood activities are designed to encourage people to participate anonymously in discussion and to share their thoughts about responsible parental drinking on a dedicated platform:http://www.facebook.com/lasinenlapsuus
The campaign activities are also to highlight the fact that is still not widely understood how much harm parental drinking problems causes to children. For example, previous research has shown that every fourth Finnish child has suffered some harm because of its parent’s alcohol usage.
Take part on conversation in Twitter: #fragilechildhood
Monsters film has been planned and produced by Euro RSCG Helsinki & Grillifilms together with Sauna International & Studio Arkadena.”

This advert reminds me of some of my favourite adverts of all time by NSPCC. What an amazing advert and concept – it should be shown in the UK! Perfectly created to make people think about alcohol, and to feel a nurturing sympathy for these child victims. The facial expressions and the reactions of the children are so realistic, it’s quite haunting! The whole idea is to be haunted by the thoughts of the children, and to think about “How do our childen see us when we’ve been drinking?”

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