“Dance” — Ads We Didn’t Skip
Ad: “Dance” for Southern Comfort
Agency: Wieden + Kennedy New York
Why: Frankly, they had me at the ‘70s film look. I’m such a sucker for retro grading. Then they added a deadpan dude with amateurishly funky dance moves. Who could resist?
Though very little else happens — other than Senhor Amarelo leaving the frame and returning with a glass of SC on the rocks — the slow pace lets you savor the details, including the irresistible soundtrack (“Estrelar” by Marcos Valle).
Will I buy what they’re selling?: My last experience with Southern Comfort culminated with me passing out in the bathroom in a Sid Vicious costume, but that was ten years ago. This ad made me sit back and enjoy the awkwardly mesmerizing dance that is life, and introduced me to a lost gem of tropicalia. I feel kindly toward a brand that does that. In appreciation, I may revisit its beverage again. At the very least, I’ll watch the rest of the ads in the series.
Bonus points! Check the company’s hilariously on-brand responses in the comments.
— Jon (@ccmxl)
Meet Derek Armstrong McNeill
Derek McNeill has been telling visual stories most of his life. The Seattlite first honed his eye working as a photographer in the US Air Force, then worked in advertising art direction and design. He now divides his time shooting his own documentary projects and stock footage. “After carrying around a camera kit for years, telling visual […] Read more