5.12.2007

Animated AIDS Ads are Awesome



These animations (NSFW) are French ads promoting AIDS awareness and condom use. They are pretty entertaining, and well done. The sex scenes are hillarious. The straight version is above, the gay version below. Enjoy.



54 comments:

  1. Did these actually originate from France? I've seen the gay one before in an english version and the numerous instances of english text in the backgrounds suggest an American origin.

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  2. Good point, I'm not sure. The songs are in English as well, which also makes me wonder. Maybe they were taken from the English version and slapped French text on the ass end.

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  3. The cityscape (at least in the straight one) looks French, but I dunno.

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  4. Those are fantastic - what a pity we can't have things like this in the USA.

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  5. Yea, maybe if we did people would actually pay attention and get the message.

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  6. We do "have them in the US". I'm in the US, and I saw it...

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  7. Nope- It's not American. All the architecture, open spaces, and the way the characters are wearing their clothes feel European.

    Also, check out the Just Married sticker on the last scene of the gay video.

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  8. Ha! These are public service announcements. I can absolutely 100% postively guarantee that these would never ever ever be shown on an American television network. The English may be there just to be "cool" or rock-video-like, or they may be from England. And they may have been made in America (which I very much doubt, because they look more Euro to me). But they are not made for the American market. Period.

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  9. Those are pretty good. Kind of a bleak outlook for much of the gay video, though. The straight girl didn't have to go through all that. Eek.

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  10. The first shot of the gay video is centered on a typical yellow French mailbox that reads POSTES. It's a French video alright.

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  11. Of course, they also show a Hawaiian license plate...

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  12. Hey all, those are indeed french. They've been produced in 2005 and 2006 as part of an AIDES campaign to get young women and gay men to use protection.

    AIDES is a public organization fighting against HIV-AIDS (which is called SIDA in french).

    More here (in french):
    http://www.aides.org/multimedia/campagnes-com.php

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  13. In case you want to know the message at the end translates to something like "Live long enough to find the good."

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  14. Just a correction:

    Live long enough to find the right one.

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  15. They are also standing on Paris' oldest bridge Pont Neuf - 400 years old.

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  16. Must be french, even though I haven't seen it on french TV (maybe because I do NOT have a TV ;-)

    Indeed at the end of the straight one, the bridge at the end is very well known bridge in Paris (le Pont Neuf).

    Actually you can see it on google maps. Type in "Le Pont Neuf, 75001 Paris, Paris, Ile-de-France, France"

    Peace,

    - V

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  17. this is wonderful! Merci for posting this! :)

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  18. Vous êtes très bienvenu.

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  19. Hilarious. Maybe some organization should pay to show them during previews at movie theaters in the US -- put them on R-Rated bills and avoid the special interest TV police altogether.

    @Jennifer: funny, I laughed all through the gay spot, and didn't find it "bleak" at all. But then I'm gay. Maybe it's a sensibility thing that you lack? It's weird to find something you are totally cool with be called "bleak" by an outsider. Then again, I think my single girl friend's constant endeavor to marry well a bit depressing... guess it depends on your life experiences.

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  20. Loved both videos. We should have things like this in the US.Maybe I would have thought more and did it less.

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  21. If you guys want more of videos

    http://www.aides.org/multimedia/clips-videos-et-animations.php

    Enjoy

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  22. The english version of the 'straight' video is at
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fllhYYbChQ,

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  23. Jennifer, I can see where you're coming from with the comment about the gay version being a little bleak. However, it's merely an accurate portrayal of many of the things that GLBT individuals face in the world. It's a sad thing yes, but the world hasn't progressed as far socially as many of us would like to believe. Ridicule, harassment, and abuse are only a few of the things that those of us who are other than straight face on a daily basis.

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  24. While the gay spot may seem a bit bleak, the hetro one frankly is also pretty equally miserable. The girl tries to play with the boys and is rejected, the gay boy doesn't want to play with the other boys, but the girls reject him, too.
    After that they largely both have the same experiences of temporary flings, except that he has a brush with gay-bashing (which is sad, even if it's realistic).
    I think keeping themselves grounded with the gay version makes it much easier for GLBT youth to identify with the spot, and therefore pay attention to it and hopefully learn something.

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  25. The ads are definitely better than anything that would be shown on US TV, and also well-done. But I could've done without the stereotypical "black men all have ginormous dicks" implication in the straight one.

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  26. Those are 2005 and 2006. There's a 2007 one out now:
    http://commercial-archive.com/node/137077

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  27. Thanks a lot for posting these two. It was quite hard to google theme out. I knew only an old URL (http://www.totallycrap.com/media/aids2/) which does not work now, I knew they were animated, that they had something to do with AIDS, and that one was straight, the other gay. The searchnig cue was that these animations are French.

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  28. These ads are a great example of a good taste in animation and advertisement. And it's surely French.

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  50. Anti-Aids cartoons? Awesome. Spread the word.

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  51. Wow! That is one gay commercial! Yeah, we get it, use a freakin' condom. Any other over the top stereotypes the French want to pack into a sixty second spot (no pun intended!).

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