New Michelin Ads: Proof That The Right Execution Changes Everything.

New animated Michelin ads
A still from the second animated Michelin spot in the new global campaign, Saddest Road.

Michelin’s latest advertising campaign, “The Right Tire Changes Everything” has refreshed an ad icon that was fast fading into “Speedy -Alka Seltzer-land.” But thanks to a new advertising campaign by TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York, the lovable white tower of tires, known in the US as The Michelin Tire Man, is back with a vengeance.

Animated Michelin Tire Ads

The recent animated Michelin television commercial “Evil Gas Pump” directed and edited by Pysop, has been making the rounds on blogs and magazines and winning honors and accolades in several trade publications. With its digital rejuvenation of the beloved Michelin Man, the spot deserves the kudos.

But the next one, is just as fabulous, if not more so. Saddest Road is the second in the animated series, soon to be followed by a third. Once again, the animation and music are wonderful and Bibendum, (our tire man’s actual name) is once again a hero worth worship.

Take a look at “Saddest Road”:

I am not sure the same creative team at TBWA/Chiat/Day New York did all the spots, but at the end of this post are the credits for Evil Gas Pump.

The print work, while attractive, is no breakthrough creative, given it is just a lift from the television and the headline is a disappointing rehash of the tagline. But I suppose you could argue the cop out that it’s a cohesive campaign because both the tv and print showcase the wonderful animation.

Examples of the print work for Michelin:
michelin evil gas pump

Michelin print ad

According to Michelin Corporate’s press release “The new campaign’s slogan – “The right tire changes everything” – is intended to illustrate the competitive advantages of Michelin tires in media outlets around the world.” The worldwide campaign initially launched in the United States in early October and then will gradually be deployed in 55 countries – in Europe and Asia in early 2010, followed by Africa, the Middle East, India and South America.

They also designed a new US site for the brand:

michelin tire home page
above: the home page of the new site.

According to Adweek, the fourth quarter advertising effort cost $20 million.

michelin ads

Agency: TBWA\Chiat\Day
New York Chairman & CCO: Mark Figliulo
ACD/Art Director: Anthony DeCarolis
ACD/Copywriter: Erik Fahrenkopf
Executive Producer Media Arts: Matt Bijarchi
Director of Broadcast Production: Ozzie Spenningsby
Senior Producer: Jason Souter
Production: Psyop, New York
Director: Psyop
Creative Director: Marie Hyon/Marco Spier
Executive Producer: Lucia Grillo
Senior Producer: Lydia Holness
Producer: Lisa Munoz
Lead Designers: Anh Vu, Helen Choi
Designers: Kitty Lin, Jaye Kim, Ben Chan, Pete Sickbert-Bennett
Lead Technical Director: Tony Barbieri
Lead CG Animator: Pat Porter
CG Animators: Gooshun Wang, Royce Wesley, Kevin Phelps, Michael Shin, Angelo Collazo, Russ Wooton
Lead Ligthing TD: Anthony Patti
CG Lighters: Cody Chen, Szymon Weglarski, Helen Choi, Jeff Chavez
CG Modelers: Soo Hee Han, Tom Cushwa, Rie Ito, Tony Jung, Dan Fine
CG Rigging: Goo-shun Wang, Stanley Llin, Jordan Blit
FX: Miguel Salek, Jonah Friedman
Lead Compositor: Jason Conradt
Compositors: Manu Gaulot, Gabriel Regentin
Editorial: Psyop
Editor: Cass Vanini
Mix: Sound Lounge
Sound Engineer – Philip Loeb
Sound Design: Sound Lounge
Sound Designer- Marshall Grupp
Producer: Martia Guinn
Music: Human
Composer: Human
Executive Producer: Lauren Bleiweiss