Thursday, December 29, 2011

Eye-catching TV, movie and game billboards around L.A. in December...

For some reason this year the Hollywood studios decided to keep a lot of their movies for a Christmas release, meaning there were loads of fantastic film billboards around L.A. this month, with far fewer TV and video game ads.

Movie billboards
Arthur Christmas movie billboard
Even though it opened in November, Arthur Christmas still continued to draw cinema goers with its festive tale.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo billboard
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake was slightly less festive (although it did snow a lot in the film), and even though it was harrowing at times to watch, it probably had the most intriguing billboard around town before its release.
Ghost Protocol movie billboard
For the fourth installment in the film franchise, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol was action-packed from start to finish and real seat of your pants viewing. Such a great holiday movie. If you're a fan, be sure to check out these original costumes worn by Tom Cruise, Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner from Ghost Protocol on display.
Zebra We Bought a Zoo billboard
For the family this season, there was We Bought a Zoo, which had a great ad campaign with gift-wrapped animals - a zebra, lion and tiger.
We Bought a Zoo lion billboard
Plus the third Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, Chipwrecked, with this fun and colourful lifesaver ring creative.
Chipwrecked movie billboard
For a bit of a tear-jerker, there was Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, a post-9/11 tale which had this arresting billboard.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close billboard
Steven Spielberg also had two big movies opening this christmas, the motion-capture movie The Adventures of Tintin, based on Hergé's popular comic book character. Be sure to check out all the different Tintin movie billboards, especially the cool seaplane billboard.
Giant Tintin movie billboard
Plus to be greedy, the infamous Director also brought us the World War I drama about a boy and his horse, War Horse. This giant billboard for the film graced L.A.'s Sunset Strip this month, whilst these actual costumes featured in War Horse were also on display at ArcLight Sherman Oaks cinema.
Giant War Horse Sunset Strip billboard
If you fancied a darker slice of sci-fi for the holidays, this billboard for The Darkest Hour was a refreshing change from all the festive frivolities.
The Darkest Hour movie billboard
This month also saw another sequel, this one for Sherlock Holmes. If you're a fan of the infamous British detective, be sure to check out all the different Sherlock Holmes 2 movie billboards and also these original costumes worn by Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law in A Game of Shadows.
Sherlock Holmes 2 movie billboard
This month also saw New Year's Eve arrive before Christmas in an ensemble film which didn't really wow the box office.
New Year's Eve movie billboard
Plus we got a sneak peak at the forthcoming Snow White and the Huntsman movie billboard.
Snow White and the Huntsman billboard
At the end of December new billboards started popping up for movies released in January, like Mark Wahlberg's Contraband.
Contraband movie billboard
And this giant billboard along Beverly Boulevard for new action-thriller Haywire.
Huge haywire movie billboard
The Hangover Part II chose to capitalise on it being the gift-giving season, with these eye-catching special extension billboards for the Blu-ray release.
Hangover 2 Bluray billboard
The version with the monkey is such fun and really stands out.
Hangover 2 Bluray movie billboard
And as we go into awards season, more studios chose to plug their Oscar hopefuls, like DreamWorks The Help. If you loved the movie as much as I did, check out these costumes worn by Emma Stone and Jessica Chastain in The Help.
The Help Oscar consideration billboard
Whilst Warner Bros. Studios added this Hagrid creative to their Harry Potter Oscar consideration ad campaign.
Harry Potter Hagrid billboard
Plus Disney Pixar invited consideration for Cars 2, which is probably one of their weakest entries in recent years which have previously boasted such masterpieces as Toy Story 3, Wall-E and Up.
Cars 2 Oscar consideration billboard

TV billboards
Hub holidays cartoon billboard
For television, The Hub got all festive with this wintery train ride for its kids cartoon shows.
Switched at Birth billboard
This month also saw the billboard for ABC Family's Switched at Birth return to the skies of L.A.
The Soup child beauty pageant TV billboard
I really loved The Soup's witty campaign to publicise the show's move to Wednesday nights.
Adult Swim Personal ad billboard
Adult Swim continued to bring us wacky and surreal billboards in December, with this cool 'personal ad' themed ad for the channel.
Dustin Hoffman Luck billboard
And it looks like Dustin Hoffman is continuing the trend of big movies stars appearing in TV series, with the new show 'Luck'.
Just want my pants back billboard
And finally for television, this MTV billboard for a show with a fun name, I Just Want My Pants Back, debuted at the end of the month, appropriately along the Sunset Strip.

Video game billboards
Batman Arkham City billboards
Then just in time for Christmas, this spectacular super-sized billboard appeared for the Batman Arkham City video game, which is a real visual delight.

As you can see it's been a busy month for entertainment around Los Angeles. Be sure to check out my Daily Billboard blog every day and come back again next month (and year) for another fantastic billboard round-up.

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