A Little Kid Leaves Home in Subaru’s Latest Sweet, Poignant Family Spot

And in another new ad, a couple rewind to before an accident

Subaru treads familiar yet fertile ground in its latest advertising from Carmichael Lynch, rolling out two new national TV spots—with a third on the way—that tell family stories to launch the all-new 2017 Impreza.

The first new spot, “Moving Out,” features a little kid who’s packing up all his possessions and preparing to leave home. He seems a little young to be heading out on his own, though it turns out he’s not too young at all.

If “Moving Out” feels familiar, that’s because it hews very closely to the plot of Subaru’s classic 2010 commercial “Baby Driver,” which was nominated for an Emmy Award. In that earlier spot, a little girl was seen playing around in the driver’s seat of her dad’s Subaru—and it’s eventually revealed that she’s actually 16 and heading out to drive on her own for the first time.

But even if we’ve been down this road before, “Moving Out” is still pretty irresistibly sweet, and subtly communicates its key message, that the Impreza is “the longest-lasting vehicle in its class.”

Subaru and CL have a history of releasing more jarring safety spots at the same time as a more traditionally heartwarming ad. And it does so again today with “Rewind,” a spot in which a couple who’ve been in an accident go back in time to see if they can stop it before it happens.

“Rewind” is pretty captivating, too. Subaru has always emphasized safety as a key brand attribute, and the new spot effectively pitches the Impreza’s EyeSight technology and the vehicle’s general safety bona fides compared to Toyota, Honda and Ford.

A third spot, “More,” whose plot involves bringing home a puppy and bringing home a baby—how they are different yet similar—will roll out next week. All three ads were directed by Sean Meehan of Arts & Sciences.

“The all-new Impreza advertising campaign focuses on the intimate experiences that unite us all,” says Alan Bethke, svp of marketing at Subaru of America. “With major gains in handling performance, crash safety and ride comfort, the 2017 Impreza offers customers a smooth and trusted ride, ready for wherever the road takes them.”

 

CREDITS
2017 Subaru Impreza Launch TV

—Spot: “Moving Out”

Client: Subaru of America
Senior Vice President-Marketing: Alan Bethke
National Advertising Manager: Brian Cavallucci
Advertising Production Specialist: Michelle Shoultes

Agency: Carmichael Lynch
Chief Creative Officer: Marty Senn
Exec Creative Director: Randy Hughes
Sr. Copywriter: Justin Prichard
Sr. Art Director: Chris Carlberg
Head of Production: Joe Grundhoefer
Senior Content Producer: Lisa Keljik
Business Manager: Vicki Oachs
Account Management Team:Brad Williams, Adam Craw, Liz Jenkins
Sr. Project Management: Meredith Paul

Production Company: Arts & Sciences
Director: Sean Meehan
Executive Producer: Mal Ward
Line Producer: Sam McGarry
Director of Photography: Sean Meehan

Edit House: WAX
Editor: Stephen Jess
Producer: Evan Meeker
VFX House for Rewind: Framestore LA
Online Artist(s): Volt Studios/Steve Medin
Telecine: Co 3 Tim Masick
Audio Mix: SisterBoss/Carl White
Sound Design: SisterBoss/Carl White
Post Production Audio Producer: Annie Sparrows
On-Line Editor: Volt Studios/Steve Medin
Post Producer: Volt Studios/Amanda Tibbits

Track Title: Blue Eyed Girl
Music Company/Artist: Mikal Cronin
Music Supervisor: Jonathan Hecht/Venn Arts

VO talent: Justin Beere
OCP Talent:
Tricia Donahue: Mom
Adam Edgar: Dad
TK Weaver: Young son
Nick Costello: Teen son

—Spot: “Rewind”

Client: Subaru of America
Senior Vice President-Marketing: Alan Bethke
National Advertising Manager: Brian Cavallucci
Advertising Production Specialist: Michelle Shoultes

Agency: Carmichael Lynch
Chief Creative Officer: Marty Senn
Exec Creative Director: Randy Hughes
Sr. Copywriter: Justin Prichard
Sr. Art Director: Chris Carlberg
Head of Production: Joe Grundhoefer
Senior Content Producer: Lisa Keljik
Business Manager: Vicki Oachs
Account Management Team:Brad Williams, Adam Craw, Liz Jenkins
Sr. Project Management: Meredith Paul

Production Company: Arts & Sciences
Director: Sean Meehan
Executive Producer: Mal Ward
Line Producer: Sam McGarry
Director of Photography: Sean Meehan

Edit House: WAX
Editor: Stephen Jess
Producer: Evan Meeker
VFX House for Rewind: Framestore LA
Online Artist(s): Volt Studios/Steve Medin
Telecine: Co 3 Tim Masick
Audio Mix: SisterBoss/Carl White
Sound Design: SisterBoss/Carl White
Post Production Audio Producer: Annie Sparrows
On-Line Editor: Volt Studios/Steve Medin
Post Producer: Volt Studios/Amanda Tibbits

Track Title: Reminiscence
Music Company/Artist: Samuel Karl Bohn
Music Supervisor: Jonathan Hecht/Venn Arts

VO talent: Justin Beere

OCP Talent:
Tongayi Chirisa: Husband
Hilary Ward: Wife
Tom McCormas: Truck Driver (in accident)
Ashley Cusato: Car Driver (in accident)
Amanda Christensen: Pedestrian
Paul Bortoli: Ambulance Driver
Deon Sams: Tongayi’s voice