Ad of the Day: M&M’s, Geico Combine for a Delicious Ad Mashup

Ms. Brown, the gecko and a surprise guest

Geico and M&M's, the peanut butter and chocolate of comic advertising, have teamed up for this tasty peanut-butter cup of a commercial, in which Ms. Brown seeks to get insurance—much to the dismay of Geico's gecko, who has clearly read the company handbook on providing coverage to candy. (The edible are not eligible.)

There's a cameo by a third character, too, well timed for this midweek release.

M&M's agency BBDO New York led the creative, with input from The Martin Agency, which handles Geico. A social-media campaign on Facebook and Twitter will tell the larger story of Ms. Brown's efforts to secure insurance.

Lots of people claim to dislike advertising. But just as brand-on-brand Twitter banter is quite entertaining, the odd little feeling of delight you get while watching Ms. Brown and the gecko proves yet again that, try as you might, you actually can't resist brands at all.

Client: Mars/M&M's and Geico
Spot: "15 Minutes"
Agency: BBDO, New York
Chief Creative Officer, Worldwide: David Lubars
Senior Vice Presidents, Executive Creative Directors: Tim Bayne, Lauren Connolly
Senior Art Director: Eduardo Petersen
Senior Copywriter: Christopher Cannon
Senior Producer: Regina Iannuzzi
Producer: Sofia Doktori
Executive Music Producer: Melissa Chester
Executive Vice President, Senior Account Director: Susannah Keller
Vice President, Account Director: Carrie Lipper
Account Manager: Tani Nelson
Account Executive: Alyce Regan
Production Company: Traktor
Director: Traktor
Head of Production: Rani Melendez
Visual Effects House: Framestore
Visual Effects Supervisor: David Hulin
Executive Producer: James Razzall
Senior Producer: Graham Dunglinson
Computer Graphics Supervisor: James Dick
Lighting Lead: John Montefusco
Animation Lead: Jim Hundertmark
Animation: Shayne Ryan
Compositing Lead: Sharon Marcussen
Producer: Raven Sia
Visual Effects (the Camel): The Mill
Producer: Colin Blaney
Editing House: PS260
Editors: Maury Loeb, Ned Borgman
Assistant Editors: Matt Posey, Colin Edelman
Senior Producer: Laura Patterson
Final Mix, Sound Design: Frank Venderosa, Nutmeg