Ad of the Day: P&G Has a Winner With Latest Big Tearjerker Spot for Moms

W+K, Lance Acord ad is tied to the Sochi Olympics

While most of the ad industry is busy buzzing about Super Bowl XLVIII, let's not forget that other massive sporting event (i.e., branding opportunity) on the horizon: the 2014 Winter Olympics. Procter & Gamble certainly isn't overlooking the Sochi games, and in classic wholesome Midwestern fashion, the company has already started rolling out its latest installment of the long-running, tearjerking "Thank you, Mom" campaign celebrating the matriarchs behind athletes everywhere.

Despite focusing on a quartet of icy winter sports, the new spot, "Pick Them Back Up," is as warm and fuzzy as it gets. The video follows four future athletes—a skier, ice skater, snowboarder and hockey player—from their first (not so successful) baby steps to their Olympic debuts. But the ad isn't really about the athletes, of course. It's about the dedicated moms who were there to pick them up when they fell (which is quite a lot), ice their bruises and warm their freezing toes—and send them back out to try again.

Whether or not you've ever actually been a parent, it's pretty hard not to get a little misty about "Pick Them Back Up." The spot, by Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, Ore. (and director Lance Acord, who previously did Nike's "Jogger" spot through W+K), has all the essential ingredients for a successful heartwarmer, from adorable tumbling babies and determined kids to painful disappointment followed by well-deserved triumph (plus a great cinematic score). And it manages to stop short of becoming too cloying.

The public seems to agree: The two-minute video, which will make its TV premiere on Sunday during the Golden Globe Awards, has already racked up nearly 1.5 million views on YouTube since being posted two days ago. (The campaign actually kicked off in October with "Raising an Olympian," a film series showcasing the journey of 28 world-class athletes as seen through the eyes of their moms.)

And what about the dads, you ask? Well, when they catch up to their female counterparts as the primary purchasers of P&G products at the supermarket, maybe they'll get a little love too.


Client: Procter & Gamble

Project: "Pick Them Back Up"

Agency: Wieden + Kennedy, Portland, Ore.

Creative Director/Copywriter: Kevin Jones

Creative Director/Art Director: Ollie Watson

Senior Producer: Erika Madison

Account Team: Eric Gabrielson / Jesse Johnson

Strategic Planner: Dave Burg

Executive Creative Directors: Joe Staples / Susan Hoffman

Head of Production: Ben Grylewicz

Production Company: Park Pictures

Director/DP: Lance Acord

Executive Producer/Owner: Jackie Kelman-Bisbee

Executive Producer: Mary Ann Marino

Line Producer: Caroline Kousidonis

Production Designer: Jason Hamilton

Editorial Company: Joint

Editor: Peter Wiedensmith

Post Producer: Ryan Shanholtzer

Post Executive Producer: Patty Brebner

Assistant Editor: Kristy Faris

VFX Company: A52

Executive Producers: Jennifer Sofio Hall / Megan Meloth

VFX Supervisor: Patrick Murphy

VFX Producer: Kim Christensen

Lead Flame Artists: Patrick Murphy / Andy Bate

Flame Artist: Steve Wolff

Roto Artists: Cathy Shaw / Robert Shaw

CG Supervisor: Kirk Shintani

CG Artists: Erin Clark / Adam Carter / Joe Chiechi

Song: Primavera

Composer: Ludovico Einaudi

Sound Designer: Peter Wiedensmith

Mix Company: Eleven

Mixer: Jeff Payne

Producer: Caroline O'Sullivan

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