AD BLOWUP: Taxi Advertising & Design responded to the controversy over its outdoor boards for Manager jeans-featuring two inflatable "sex dolls"-by making a small adjustment to their open mouths. The dolls now appear to be blowing bubblegum bubbles. The agency's Toronto and Montreal offices created the campaign for Manager Clothing. Copywriter: David Stortini. Art director: Martin Beauvais.
BAT-BREAKFAST: Batman teams up with the Kellogg's Corn Flakes rooster in a tie-in in Canada backing the just-released "Batman & Robin." The Caped Crusader and other characters from the film appear to move in multi-image cards at tached to the boxes of several cereals. A collectible postcard appears on the back. Basstoy International Corp., Don Mills, Ontario, designed the boxes for Kellogg Canada and Warner Bros. Canada.
image of the week: "Butch" demonstrates how hard it is to steal a number from Qualcomm's digital phones. The multimillion-dollar national campaign from dGWB, Irvine, Calif., highlights security and other features of the phones, especially the new, 5-ounce "Q" phone. The effort also includes Qualcomm's first TV spot. Copywriter: Ed Crayton. Art director: Joe Cladis.
Jeep's second annual Hispanic art contest, dubbed "The Art That Moves Us," is expanding nationally from the three markets in which it was held in '96. Chrysler Corp.'s Hispanic agency, Montemayor & Asociados, San Antonio, created the contest, and breaks national and spot TV and radio ads in mid-July backing the competition, which ends Sept. 22. Last year's winner was Alex Kalz, whose Jeep-inspired oil painting (r.) was titled "Jeep Up."
the big push: A converse image for Rodman
Converse this week unleashes an ad push for the All Star 91 basketball shoe, endorsed by NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman. The spot has Mr. Rodman, of the championship Chicago Bulls, questioning viewers about their perceptions of him. The Worm's murky musings suggest it's merely his hair color, tattoos and individualism that prevent fans from seeing him for his on-court accomplishments. Houston Herstek Favat, Boston, even provides an image of
Mr. Rodman sans body art. Copywriter: Dave Rakowiecki. Art director: Paul