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Brand's Champion products give you the confidence to break up with Heather Graham

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Tis the season for a little unexpected star power in commercials. Apple provided it last week by putting Zooey Deschanel and Samuel L. Jackson in its latest iPhone spots. Now, Old Spice features a humorous cameo by Heather Graham in its brand-new campaign for Old Spice Champion.

The Champion line (deodorant, anti-perspirant/deodorant, body wash and body spray) celebrates the true champion in every man and "gives them the motivation and self-confidence to win in the game of life," says Old Spice agency Wieden + Kennedy. Like its other recent Old Spice work, the new ads are humorously hyperbolic. In the 30-second spot below, a skinny hero is seen amping himself up by listening to a self-help tape (on cassette, through absurdly giant old headphones) that reminds him that he has "big muscles and cool hair," sophisticated friends and an environmentally friendly car (made completely of sand).

Soon, his superhuman abilities are on full display. He dumps Graham at dinner, much to her surprise, and then wins a horse race—with himself as the horse. The theme extends to a new print ad, with a different guy seen rounding a corner with a jockey on his back. (Horses have a hallowed place in the Old Spice canon. There was the centaur spot a couple of years ago. And of course, Isaiah Mustafa was famously "on a horse" in the Emmy-winning Tom Kuntz ad. You can make the underlying insinuation about the connection between men and horses for yourself.)

The new campaign's goofiness this time extends to the tagline, too: "Believe in your smellf"—a comically idiotic slogan that fits nicely within the marketer's larger theme of exaggerated yet self-deprecating manliness.

There's nothing revolutionary—or even evolutionary, really—about the new work. But Old Spice clearly doesn't want to mess with a winning formula. And the new effort shows the campaign still has some horsepower left.









CREDITS
—TV SPOTS

Client: Old Spice
Project Name: "Believe in Your Smellf"
Client Contact: Rishi Dhingra, Michael Sabbia, Dan Jackson

WIEDEN + KENNEDY, PORTLAND, ORE.
Creative Directors: Jason Bagley, Craig Allen
Copywriter: Jason Kreher
Art Director: Max Stinson
Producer: Jeff Selis
Account Team: Michael Dalton, Diana Gonzalez, Yaya Zhang
Executive Creative Directors: Mark Fitzloff, Susan Hoffman
Agency Executive Producer: Ben Grylewicz

PRODUCTION
Production Company: Biscuit Filmworks
Director: Tim Godsall
Managing Director: Shawn Lacy
Executive Producer: Holly Vega
Line Producer: Rick Jarjoura

EDITING
Editing Company: Arcade Edit
Editor: Geoff Hounsell
Post Producer: Ali Reed

VISUAL EFFECTS
VFX Company: The Mission Studio
VFX Supervisor: Rob Trent
VFX Producer: Diana Cheng

MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGN
Music+Sound Company: Tonefarmer
Producer: Tiffany Senft

MIXING
Mixing Company: Lime
Mixer: Joel Waters
Producer: Jessica Locke

—PRINT AND OOH
Client: Old Spice
Project Name: "Believe in Your Smellf"
Client Contact: Rishi Dhingra, Michael Sabbia, Dan Jackson

W+K, PORTLAND
Creative Directors: Craig Allen, Jason Bagley
Copywriter: Jason Kreher
Art Director: Max Stinson
Typographer: Matthew Carroll
Account Team: Michael Dalton, Diana Gonzalez, Yaya Zhang
Project Manager: Jane Monaghan
Art Buyer: Kimberly Wilder
Photographer: Clive Stewart
Executive Creative Directors: Mark Fitzloff, Susan Hoffman

RETOUCHING
Agency: W+K
Re-touchers: Frazer Goodbody, Amy Corcoran, Greg Radich, Saskia Thomson

—INTERACTIVE
Client: Old Spice
Project Name: "Believe in Your Smellf"
Client Contact: Rishi Dhingra, Michael Sabbia, Dan Jackson

W+K, PORTLAND
Creative Directors: Jason Bagley, Craig Allen
Copywriter: Jason Kreher
Art Director: Max Stinson
Producer: Andrea Nelson
Account Team: Yaya Zhang
Executive Creative Directors: Mark Fitzloff, Susan Hoffman
Agency Executive Producer: Ben Grylewicz
Developer: By Hook LLC
Digital Designers: Ojai Mitchell, Matthew Carroll
Executive Interactive Producer: Pierre Wendling
Art Buying: Heather Smith-Harvey
Photographer: Swanson Studios

DEVELOPMENT PARTNER
Development Partner Company: By Hook LLC