Okay, well most likely if you are around my age you probably saw it when you were younger, and maybe even bought a light saber or two. I definitely was one of those kids. So when I saw this commercial, I definitely felt like I could relate to it and it brought back some memories of me running around the house and pretty much terrorizing everybody as a little kid with my star wars gear.
So now I’ll show you the commercial, then I can talk about it a little bit more when it’s done
Okay so, the initial point of this commercial was to advertise the 2012 Volkswagen Passat, and it aired during the 2011 Super Bowl.
Some thing’s I definitely liked about it was that I liked how Volkswagen took the term “The Force” from star wars and used it in relation to a car. Normally when you think of automobiles you may think strength, as well as speed, and when you think “The force” as in something Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker might use from star wars you may think energy or power. So when they combined this theme together, I felt like psychologically they were linking the word force to the Passat itself, and what it has to offer. So I felt they integrated it well.
On other note, something else I felt was pretty clever was, while the audience was watching the commercial. You’re still shown the car. You get a view of its exterior, interior, even some of its features like the navigation inside. And even towards the end of the commercial, you get to see the auto start key that the dad is holding. So subconsciously, they have you thinking about the car for the moment that it’s on the screen.
As far as effectiveness of this commercial goes, a couple days before the commercial was going to be shown for the Super bowl, Volkswagen leaked it on social site like YouTube and Facebook, just to see what kind of response they’d get. And when it got to the night before super bowl it hit around 14 million views. The commercial then officially aired the next day, but because Volkswagen used the internet as a source of advertisement, and it received a good response, they were able to actually