Georgetown Optician’s Eyewear-Crazed Family Is Back in Another Gorgeously Designed Ad

And it's even more bizarre than the original

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You remember the Voorthuis family, the optically obsessed owners of eyewear retailer Georgetown Optician. They were the quirky stars of agency Design Army's beautifully weird (and "true-ish") commercial last year called "Our Family Knows Glasses"—one of our favorite spots of 2015.

Well, the Voorthuis, whose style can be described as Wes Anderson meets the Addams Family, return today in a sequel from the Washington, D.C., agency. The new spot, "The Eye Ball," continues their story, and enriches it, by introducing Grandma Ida, the matriarch from whom the family's eyewear fixations evidently sprung.

Ida has invited her descendants to the titular "Eye Ball" at her Gothic mansion. But things get complicated fast when the family meets Ida's butler, the exceedingly unnerving Igor (pronounced EYE-gore, naturally). Thus ensues, according to the agency, "a wild tale involving a short-sighted optical instruments heiress, villainous butler, purloined heirlooms and a cast of 50 hunting hounds."

Check out the spot here:

While the Voorthuis world is undoubtedly indebted to some high-design source material, it has a uniqueness and charm all its own. It's so fully realized, with the art direction, pacing, writing and brilliant visual details combining for an enjoyable, off-kilter viewing experience.

After the success of the earlier spot, which was recognized across the industry, it's no wonder Design Army went back to these characters.

"The 'Our Family Knows Glasses' brand campaign was a great success and generated a lot of buzz and traffic for Georgetown Optician, so we decided that it was worth extending for another season. But how to make it better was the challenge," Design Army chief creative officer Pum Lefebure tells AdFreak.

"The new film takes a deeper look at family 'issues' and delves into the family's eyewear obsession from their matriarch, Grandma Ida, who is more kooky than the rest of the family when it comes to fashionable frames. Of course, every great film needs a deeper subplot, so we introduced an outsider, Igor the butler, who has a very interesting relationship with Grandma Ida and stirs concerns amongst the family."

The details are what really take the piece to the next level, Lefebure adds.

"We carefully crafted every scene to make it even more bizarre than the first [spot]," she says. "For example: Grandma Ida's only source of food are carrots; the cucumber lenses on her glasses when she is taking a bubble bath—with bubbles blown from her butler; Irene's sleeping mask—eyes closed and open; Ivan's horse jumping over a giant topiary of frames; Iris' insanely wonky doghouse that has a collection of objects from the first film. You might not notice all these details at first, but when you watch it again and again—which I hope you do—you start to discover the hidden gems. Design is not in the details. Design is the details."

Not coincidentally, the spot also shows a ton of product.

The spot is "the perfect combination of great copywriting, beautiful art direction and unexplainable weird visuals—all while showcasing 60-plus glasses," says Lefebure. "It's product placement on steroids!"

Check out the print work below. 



Agency: Design Army

Chief Creative Officer & Creative Director: Pum Lefebure

CEO: Jake Lefebure

Senior Designer: Lillian Ling

Social Media: Alice Hough

Behind the Scenes Photographer: Diego Jimenez

Production Coordinator: Olivia Prinzi

Production Hand: Ryan Haskins

Copywriter: Mark Welsh


Director & Cinematographer: Dean Alexander

Editor: David Grossbach

Color Grading: CVLT NYC

1st Assistant Camera, MOVI Operator, Drone Pilot: Johnny Meyer

2nd Assistant Camera, Digi-Tech: John Vallon

Behind the Scenes & Social Editor: Daniel St. Ours

Gaffer: Theodore Ayd

Key Grip: Mike Piekutowski

Best Boy Grip: Elliot Snell

Best Boy Electric: Jason Hubert


Hair & Makeup: Dale Johnson

Hair & Makeup Assistant: Brandon Russell

Jewelry & Accessories: Julie Wolfe

Wardrobe Stylist: Michelle Onofrio

Wardrobe Stylist Assistant: Gemma Slack


Ivan: Larry Campbell

Irene: Hallie Hutchinson

Issac: David James

Grandma Ida: Carole Mancini

The Butler / Igor: Pat Iles

Iris: Troy the Beagle

Voice Over Talent: Donnie


Food Styling: Sidra Forman

Prop Designers: SETCO, Design Army, Dean Alexander Productions


Cylburn Mansion

Loudon Fairfax Hunt Club

—Special Thanks

Taylor Royall, Inc.

Scott Goodie

Modelogic Mid-Atlantic

Stacie Vanchieri

T.H.E. Artist Agency

Lynda Erkiletian

Elizabeth Centenari

Sondra Ortagus

Sophie Lefebure

Chloe Alexander

The Voorthuis Family

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@nudd Tim Nudd is a former creative editor of Adweek.