Mercedes' Super Bowl Ad Gives an Aesop Classic a Modern Makeover
Merkley + Partners has launched the new Super Bowl spot for Mercedes, featuring an epic retelling of the Aesop tale 'The Tortoise & the Hare', with an unexpected twist.
In the spot titled 'Fable', the Tortoise and the Hare set out in a race across the forest amid cheers from the Hare’s posse of woodland creatures. The Hare gets a dramatic head start over his “slow and steady” competitor, but then slips off the course for a card game with his buddies. Meanwhile, the Tortoise stumbles upon the AMG factory where a gleaming silver Mercedes-AMG GT S has just been assembled. Engine wailing, the Tortoise races the GT S through the wilderness, beating the Hare to the finish line to the surprise and delight of his newfound supporters.
'Fable' was directed by academy-award winning director Robert Stromberg, known for his stunning visual effects in such films as Avatar, Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent. A live-action-animation hybrid, Stromberg’s first TV spot combines vividly real CG characters with classic storytelling.
Merging reality and fantasy, the production team carefully considered subtle-yet-crucial detail to breathe life into each character, from the hero characters – the hare, tortoise, and she-hare – to a full cast of supporting characters, including a quirky mole, a card-dealing weasel, and a referee fox.
The project spanned three months to translate the cast of characters from concept art to living creature. Stromberg filmed in the woods of Oregon to create a sense of realism. “We tend to think of fables as things of the past,” Stromberg says. “It’s fascinating for me to render a classic tale with modern tools, yet keep the message timeless.”
Creative Agency: Merkley + Partners
Interactive / Digital Agency
Digital Agency: Razorfish (New York)
Music and Sound
Music Production: Woodwork Music
Edit Company: Cut + Run
Post Production / VFX
Post Production House: MPC (New York)
Director: Robert Stromberg
Production Company: RSA Films
Category: Automotive , Cars
Genre: Animation , Comedy