Dads in Ads: the evolution

SUBARU

Subaru got an Emmy nom for this 2010 ad featuring a dad giving driving tips to his baby girl.

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HANES

A father dipped his son’s feet in paste in a harebrained scheme to make form-fitting socks in this 2009 Hanes ad.

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JOHN HANCOCK

John Hancock’s mid’-80s spot featuring a dad and his newborn daughter was one of the decade’s great tearjerkers.

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SONY CYBERSHOT

Dad was literally a horse’s ass in this over-the-top 2007 Sony spot.

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VOLKSWAGEN POLO

A new wave of sensitive-dad ads includes this misty-eyed VW number: this TV ad for the Volkswagen Polo shows the evolving relationship of a protective father and his daughter, from the moment he first brings her home from the hospital to the day she finally leaves home, when he hands her the keys to a shiny new Polo — ensuring she “stays in safe hands”. You can trust the small but tough Volkswagen Polo to protect your loved ones and keep you.

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VERIZON

Dad goes overboard with the sprinkles in this cartoony 2009 Verizon ad.

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WEETABIX

Hands-on dads are all the rage, as seen in this 2012 spot from Weetabix.

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HUGGIES

Huggies revised it’s “Dad Test” campaign this year after fathers complained that it made them look foolish

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VERIZON

Verizon took heat in 2004 for a spot in which a father fails spectaculary at helping his daughter with her homework.

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GOOGLE CHROME

Google started airing this commercial before Father’s Day of last year. The  ad, called “Dear Sophie” follows a dad over the years as he creates a digital scrapbook for his daughter with Gmail, YouTube, Picasa, Google Maps and more.

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NINTENDO/The Legend od Zelda

The man who brought you one of our favorite dads, Mrs. Doubtfire, is at it again. This time, Robin Williams is playing opposite his real-life daughter, Zelda. It’s all too fitting that this father-daughter pair would be repping this installment in the Zelda series; after all, Williams named his daughter after the legendary warrior princess.

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AT&T

2011. This spot shows what’s possible with AT&T, the only network that lets your iPhone talk and surf at the same time. We open on a new dad clumsily trying to change his baby’s diaper. His friend calls and asks if he caught the game the night before; he immediately replies ‘yeah’, though it is obvious that he missed it. Not wanting to sound out of the loop, he uses his iPhone to pull up a video recap of the game. They talk football, with the dad able to watch highlights on his phone and talk them up to his friend at the same time. He seems to forget what he’s supposed to be doing when his wife enters and flashes him a look. He quickly hangs up and attempts to focus on the task at hand. The spot closes with the line, “Only AT&T’s network lets your iPhone talk and surf at the same time.”

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BGH Air Conditioners

2012. The campaign explains that, with the arrival of the Summer heat, comes the arrival of dads wearing nothing but briefs. This commercial offers a solution to this problem. Created by Del Campo Saatchi & Saatchi for BGH air conditioners.

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ROCKSMITH UBISOFT

First, they walk. Then they talk. Evidently, the only thing left for a baby to learn is how to shred on Rocksmith. Was your dad cool enough to get you on a Fender in your onesie? Here’s a worthy addition to the pantheon of babies doing grown-up stuff in advertising—this Ubisoft video with a baby rocking out with the company’s Rocksmith videogame.

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McDONALD’S

2010. McDonald’s is launching its first television advertising campaign targeting gay men. The fast food giant’s commercial – with the slogan ‘Come as you are’ – is to be aired on television in France. It features a teenager sitting in a McDonald’s restaurant gazing at a photo of his gay lover in a class photo, then phoning to say he ‘misses him’. The youth’s father then returns to the table with a tray of burgers, and says: ‘It’s a shame you’re in an all boys college. You would have had all the girls chasing you.’ The gay son then gives a knowing smile as they tuck in to their fast food. McDonald’s said the ad was intended to show that it welcomed people from all walks of life. A YouTube version of the advert with subtitles has so far been viewed more than 220,000 times in countries including Britain and the U.S., where it has not been screened.

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L’EQUIPE

In the bathroom, a woman is teaching her son how to shave property, as a father would while he is watching L’Equipe TV.

Men like sport. And as L’Equipe is like a bible for people who are found of sport, a man can spend unknown is in his room as he doesn’t recognise his father when this one is not reading L’Equipe..

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Titanic in advertising

 Centraal Beheer

Four men transport a heavy box with precious contents to a waiting ship. The box survives lots of dangers and finally arrives safe. Unfortunately the ship is the Titanic.
Advertising Agency: DDB Needham, Netherlands
Year: 1993
Gold Lion

Der Spiegel Magazine


Advertising Agency: Springer & Jacoby
Year: 1998

Gradiente Home Theatre


Advertising Agency: Young & Rubicam, Brazil
Year: 1998

Alka Seltzer


Advertising Agency: BBDO Portugal
Year: 1998

Audi


Advertising Agency: Tandem DDB, Spain
Year: 1999

Titanic Food Festival


Advertising Agency: PSL Erickson, India
Year: 1999

Publicaciones Semana


Advertising Agency: Lowe & Partner, Colombia
Year: 1999

Canal +


Advertising Agency: Equator Belgium
Year: 2000
Shortlist

Priya Village Cinema


Advertising Agency: Contract Advertising, India
Year: 2000

Canal +


Advertising Agency: EURO RSCG BETC, France
Year: 2000

Star Channel

In a scene reminiscent of “Titanic”, the workers in an office try to fix a broken shelf.
Advertising Agency: Dentsu, Tokyo
Year: 2001

Fisherman’s Friends


Advertising Agency: Springer & Jacoby
Year: 2003

Meio & Mensagem Magazine


Advertising Agency: Neogama BBH, Sao Paulo
Year: 2003

Citroen XSara Picasso


Advertising Agency: Duezt EURO RSCG, Sao Paulo
Year: 2003

 Soken DVD

This series show the problems when you play a DVD player. It then recommends a Soken DVD player instead. The office girl talks to her friend at the elevator about the ‘Titanic’ DVD she saw yesterday. However, she isn’t speaking smoothly. Why? Because her DVD player can’t play smoothly either.
Advertising Agency: EURO RSCG Flagship, Bangkok
Year: 2004
Gold Lion

Sony Wega Home Theatre


Advertising Agency: BBDO Chile
Year: 2004

L’Equipe Sport Magazine


Advertising Agency: DDB Paris
Year: 2005

Dakino Film Festival


Advertising Agency: Lowe & Partners, Romania
Year: 2005


 Volkswagen Fox

A ship, a man, a woman. Ship sinks. Man dead. Woman alive. Watch Hollywood’s legendary blockbuster “Titanic” in 30 seconds. Short and fun. Just like the VW Fox.
Advertising Agency: DDB Dusseldorf
Year: 2006
Silver Lion

LG Home Theater


Advertising Agency: Lowe Porta, Chile
Year: 2004

Blockbuster

We see the memorable scene where the Terminator is going to be melted in the industrial plant, everything occurs as normal, but the soundtrack we hear is “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic. In the credits we read “Terminator or Titanic? Take Both, Tuesdays 2X1 at BlockBuster”
Advertising Agency: BBDO Guatemala
Year: 2006
Shortlist

Panasonic Veira Plasma TV


Advertising Agency: Lowe Porta, Santiago
Year: 2006
Shortlist

History Channel


Advertising Agency: Ogilvy South Africa
Year: 2006

TV Guide


Advertising Agency: Jung von Matt, Germany
Year: 2006

Hyundai


Advertising Agency: Duval Guillaume, Brussels
Year: 2006

HENKEL Loctite


Advertising Agency: DDB Milan
Year: 2007

Montex Carbon Paper


Advertising Agency: Percept H, Mumbai
Year: 2007

Utopia Groups Cinema


Advertising Agency: Duval Guillaume, Belgium
Year: 2007

McDowell’s Diet Mate Whisky


Advertising Agency: Mudra Communication, Bangalore India
Year: 2007

Spontex


Advertising Agency: TBWA Paris
Year: 2007

L’Express


Advertising Agency: Bambuck, Paris
Year: 2007

Megastar Cineplex


Advertising Agency: Ogilvy & Mather, Vietnam
Year: 2007

TAM Airlines


Advertising Agency: Young & Rubicam Sao Paulo
Year: 2008
Shortlist

Toys ‘R Us


Advertising Agency: Volcano Advertising, South Africa
Year: 2008

Cape Times


Advertising Agency: Lowe Bull
Year: 2008

Kaercher (immersion pump)


Advertising Agency: FJR Werbeagentour, Munich
Year: 2009

RIOS Illustration Studios


Advertising Agency: Artplan, Brazil
Year: 2009

Textliner Faber-Castell


Advertising Agency: Young & Rubicam Malaysia
Year: 2009

Show Off Film


Advertising Agency: Fuel Lisbon/Euro RSCG
Year: 2009

Orange Foundation


Advertising Agency: Ignitionk, Madrid
Year: 2009

Rocklets Chocolate Candies

We see the Titanic sailing over the dark waters of the Atlantic Ocean. In the crow’s nest there’s a watchman, personified by a Yellow chocolate Rocklets. Suddenly, he spots a huge iceberg and informs the other Rocklets who desperately trie to alert the Captain. As soon as he takes off to do so, a huge human hand takes it away and eats it. The Rocklet was never able to inform the ship that it is about to crash into an iceberg. Super: The beginning of the history of a Rocklets is very close to the end.
Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett Argentina
Year: 2009

Post-It


Advertising Agency: BBDO Mexico
Year: 2010

Vodafone


Advertising Agency: Scholz & Friends Duesseldorf
Year: 2010

Canal + 


Advertising Agency: BETC EURO RSCG, Paris
Year: 2010

Iffco Financial Service


Advertising Agency: Publicis India
Year: 2010

Mitsubishi


Advertising Agency: BBDO Santiago
Year: 2010


 Melody Enterteinment

The first all Arabic movie channel makes its take on ‘Titanic’.

Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett Cairo
Year: 2010
Bronze Lion

Ford KA


Advertising Agency: Bassat Ogilvy Group, Madrid
Year: 2011

Washin Bifocal Glasses


Advertising Agency: Grey Tokyo
Year: 2011

Listerine


Advertising Agency: JWT Mumbai
Year: 2011

Braun Silk-Epil


Advertising Agency: Impact BBDO, UAE
Year: 2011