I know, I know. Ads can do crazy things, what with their over-the-top budgets, star power, and flexible format. And sharing them just plays into their whole reason for being. But this ad for Madden ’15 is just nuts, and even though I don’t care for Madden, or sports video games, or Kevin Hart, or Dave Franco, this video has so many absurd, funny, over-the-top turns, that I can’t help myself.
Spanish ad agency Xavi Lab found a way to boost attendance at comedy clubs by charging people per laugh, with the help of some facial recognition tech.
Everyone in NYC knows, the best place to get salmon and cream cheese on a bagel is the Lower East Side landmark, Russ & Daughters. But there’s more to the store than lox and capers… one of its iconic elements is their old-school neon sign.
This is one of those cases where the thing in the video is more impressive than anything related to the video itself. Meet Squarepusher’s Z-Machines, a robot band built by a team from the University of Tokyo. The music might not be for everyone (unless you’ve been longing for the glory days of Rush), but we’re talking about a rock band that looks something like an arachnid Daft Punk with one crucial difference – these are real robots. The song, “Sad Robots Go Funny” was an attempt to prove that robots could convey emotion. It’s a bit sterile, but it does provoke one clear response: wonder. (Via Wired.)
Based on the great “Generic Brand Video” from McSweeney’s, this video recreates every ad you’ve ever seen, using only stock footage. Have yourself some Funny/Sad time with it.
Here’s this sweet, sad blank on blank animation of an interview with Tupac from 1994. Whatever you do, try not to think about the holographic Tupac when the man starts to talk about the Tupac machine.
Produced as a part of Red Bull’s attempt to take over everything, this crazy video makes me think about micro-machines, more than energy drinks or BMX sports. But that’s not to take away from Danny MacAskill’s incredible performance, jumping tracks, jumping atop a train, generally making a lot of fun out of colorful blocks and toys. Here’s the behind the scenes video if you want more.
Professional Weirdo, Jimbo Matison hand-made this music video for his friends, the Bloodthirsty Butchers, a punk band from Japan. When their frontman, Hideki (Yoo) Yoshimura, passed away earlier this year, Jimbo dove into a tribute for the band in the form of a sweet, cardboard, stop-motion music video, complete with a lot of psychedelic weirdness, and a moment of silence for Yoo.