Julia Louis-Dreyfus scores some new co-stars in her latest for Old Navy, and the ensemble suits her well.
The Veep and Seinfeld actress ties up rapper and marijuana poster boy Snoop Dogg in an attempt to strip him of a million dollars in this heist-themed ad for Old Navy's Black Friday sweepstakes, which promises the same sum for its prize. Her getaway driver? Comedian Kumail Nanjiani, whose credits include Silicon Valley.
The centerpiece ad, a 2:20 film, is given the cringe-inducing (if accurate) title "Snoopin' Around." But the spot is plenty entertaining, with enough absurd dialogue to keep it moving at the right clip. Nanjiani steals the show with winning ineptitude, including a nod to Dogg's best-known work, the 1994 hit "Gin and Juice."
Louis-Dreyfus is hard-pressed to improve on her last performance for the clothing retailer, where she played an overbearing mother for back-to-school season. But she doesn't slack off here, displaying an incompetence that makes it unclear whether she's trying to intimidate or seduce Snoop, culminating in a mostly-ridiculous—yet perfect—insult: Calling him "Daddy Long Legs."
A :30 cut aired Sunday on TV, but it's not as strong as the full version, partly because it doesn't have Snoop's takeaway from the experience: That he needs to get off Instagram, stat (which is sound advice for anyone).
The outtakes below also fall short of the ad itself, a rare deviation from the norm. Snoop Dogg will also be doing radio spots for the brand (a smart choice, given his distinctive voice).
Client: Old Navy
Agency: Chandelier Creative
Creative Directors: Richard Christiansen, Lena Kuffner
Executive Producer: Sara Fisher
Account Director: Eileen Eastburn
Producer: Gulshan Jaffery
Production Coordinator: Camilla Rothenberg
Production Company: Hungry Man
Director: Wayne McClammy
Executive Producers: Mino Jarjoura, Dan Duffy
Line Producer: Dave Bernstein
Director of Photography: Phedon Papamicheal
Editorial: Final Cut
Editor: Patrick Colman
VFX Artists: Betty Cameron (Lead), Jami Ross
Head of Production: Suzy Ramirez
Producer: Mackenzie Alexander
Telecine: Color Collective
Colorists: Alex Bickel, Mike Howell
Executive Producer: Claudia Guevara
Audio Post: Sonic Union
Mixer: Mike Marinelli
Visual Effects Studio: Significant Others
Finishing Producer: Alek Rost