Cute Babies Get Creepy Makeovers. Conquer Advertising.

Photo by: DirecTV
This hybrid man-baby starring in a Latin American DirecTV ad is further proof the viral trend has gone international. He's been called "advertising's weirdest looking baby yet" but ... more 
Photo by: DirecTV
This hybrid man-baby starring in a Latin American DirecTV ad is further proof the viral trend has gone international. He's been called "advertising's weirdest looking baby yet" but the competition is stiff. Judge for yourself. less 
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Fri, Jun 1, 2012 4:48 PM EDT
Real babies are adorable. Commercial babies are not. Don't blame their parents, blame computer generated imagery, the founding father of advertising's fail-proof pitchman. Take the template of an adorable baby and add some super-human motor skills or middle-aged features and you can sell almost anything. In recent years, creepy animated babies have revitalized brands, spawned FaceBook hate groups, and made the kinds of ads you wish you'd never seen but can't look away from. —Piper Weiss, Shine Staff