And here it is. On the Wednesday before the big game, just like last year.
Volkswagen has released its Super Bowl commercial: “The Dog Strikes Back.”
Okay, so it keeps with the theme established with its preview “The Bark Side,” and it connects this year’s ad to last year’s “The Force.” (Quite literally, in fact, with Star Wars characters comparing the two commercials at the end of “The Dog Strikes Back.”) Check it out.
I don’t know about you, but I am slightly disappointed with the released ad. But then, I’m not sure what could have possibly trumped the highly entertaining, instantly viral “The Bark Side.” Simple in concept, the preview targeted dog-lovers and Star Wars fans – two groups that are intensely passionate about their subject.
“The Dog Strikes Back” is still sweet and humorous. What surprised me is that “Strikes Back” is essentially two commercials put together: the “traditional” first section (dog getting in shape with the VW tagline) and then the afterword, in which actors recreate the famous Tatooine bar scene from Star Wars: A New Hope. Only this time, the aliens are watching the Super Bowl in the bar and comparing the two VW commercials. Interesting move – including a commentary on the commercials as part of the commercial. (Wonder what Baudrillard would say about that…)
But for me, the Star Wars reference feels too forced. Still enjoyable, but not as seamless as “The Bark Side.” Maybe that’s why “The Bark Side” has already reached 10.5 million views. We’ll have to see how “The Dog Strikes Back” stacks up numerically by the end of today.
So what do you think? Does “The Dog Strike Back” live up to the expectations set up by “The Bark Side”? Unleash your thoughts below!