BBDO NY Launches ‘Time Upon A Once’ for GE

By Erik Oster 

BBDO New York launched a new spot for GE about the benefits of seeing things from a different perspective, entitled “Time Upon A Once”

“Time upon a once, people approached problems the way same,” says a man exiting an elevator at the start of the ad, introducing the backwards-talking schtick that sticks around for the rest of the spot. While it makes for some awkward and distracting dialogue, the approach also allows for some interesting visual tricks, such as when the man appears to shrink walking down a hallway after the line “improvements small.” It follows in the same vein as previous spots for GE, celebrating innovation, imagination and ingenuity, and ending with the tagline, “New solutions turn big companies into fast companies.” It’s an interesting addition for GE, falling somewhere between the lighthearted “Invention Donkey” and BBDO New York’s work for the brand last year. “Time Upon A Once” will make its debut tomorrow during the Tomorrowland premiere and will run during showings of the movie until the end of June. It will also run on broadcast and online until the end of the year.


Agency: BBDO New York
Client: GE
Spot: “Time Upon a Once”

Chief Creative Officer, Worldwide: David Lubars
Chief Creative Officer, New York: Greg Hahn
Executive Creative Director: Michael Aimette
Creative Director/Copywriter: Tim Roan
Creative Director/Copywriter: Levi Slavin
Director of Integrated Production: David Rolfe
Group Executive Producer: Diane Hill
Executive Producer: George Sholley
Head of Music Production: Rani Vaz

Worldwide Senior Director: Brandon Fowler
Senior Director: Peter McCallum
Account Director: Lindsey Conklin
Assistant Account Executive: Joslyn Dunn
Group Planning Director: Tom Naughton

Production Company: Biscuit Filmworks
Director: Andreas Nilsson
Executive Producer: Shawn Lacy
Executive Producer: Colleen O’Donnell
Executive Producer: Holly Vega
Line Producer: Vincent Landay

Editorial: Rock Paper Scissors
Executive Producer: Eve Kornblum
Post Producer: Jen Milano
Editor: Mikkel E.G. Nielsen

Visual Effects: A52
Executive Producer:  Patrick Nugent
Producer:  Heather Johann
VFX Supervisor: Andy Rafael Barrios

Mix House: Heard City
Executive Producer: Gloria Pitagorsky
Producer: Sasha Awn
Sound Design/Mixer: Mike Vitacco
Mixer: Keith Reynaud

Music: The Ski Team
Composers: The Ski Team

Animation: Renegade Animation