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Wongdoody Taps Russell Wilson for Alaska Airlines

Wongdoody taps Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in a new spot for Alaska Airlines.

In the 60-second spot, Chief Football Officer Wilson puts the Alaska Airlines crew through training camp, remarking, “Alaska Airlines and I are basically one and the same: we’re always prepared. The separation’s in the preparation.” Wilson runs snackuracy and teddy bear tossing drills, and quizzes the team on routes and seat switching strategy. The airline training camp schtick is not a bad idea, and it is timely, but the full-length spot stretches the idea a little thin. It is much better served by the 30-second version, which we’ve included, along with credits, after the jump. Read more

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Wongdoody Re-Signs Dennis Lee as ACD

DennisLeeThe Los Angeles offices of Wongdoody have expanded by one.

Today the Seattle/L.A. agency announced the hiring of Dennis Lee as associate creative director.

Lee won’t be a completely new presence in the office, though: he previously served a six-year stint at the agency before working as ACD at Ogilvy & Mather Los Angeles. His career also includes roles in the art departments of Ogilvy New York and Young & Rubicam.

He will work closely with ECD and fellow Art Center College of Design alumni Pam Fujimoto on accounts including Scion, VIZIO and Epson.

Most importantly, he will “get to wear shorts and basketball shoes everyday”. Priorities.

Wongdoody Returns with More Busey for Amazon Fire

At the beginning of the month, Wongdoody debuted a new spot for Amazon Fire featuring Gary Busey — which was predictably weird. Now Wongdoody is back with an interactive video, just in case that wasn’t enough Gary Busey for you.

The new video allow viewers to select from 23 items, from a blowfish to a surfboard to a monkey with a party hat, which Busey will then talk to. “Talking to Things With Gary Busey” contains over 450 individual annotations within a 15:30 YouTube video, with each item selected bringing the viewer to a different point in the video. Options to click through to purchase Amazon Fire are spread throughout the video. Apparently the video “also features several secret clips that users can only find by navigating deeper within the experience,” although it’s unlikely most viewers will stick around to discover them as the interactive video adds little to the joke from the original spot, basically drawing out a kind of funny idea well past its welcome point. Credits after the jump. Read more

Wongdoody, Seattle Film Festival Give You Roles in Your Favorite Flicks

L.A./Seattle-based Wongdoody and digital studio World Famous have joined forces to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Seattle International Film Festival by reintroducing viewers to some of their favorite movies.

Watch as a vaguely robotic/European narrator posing as a “futuristic scientist transport[ing] willing subjects into alternate realities” sells the “Cinescape” experience by empowering a viewer to live out her “Trainspotting” toilet fantasy and recasting some extra as the only professional actor in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

The campaign, which also features “key art, print, outdoor, online and identity assets”, is currently airing as a trailer in various Seattle-area theaters. It will expand in various forms in the period leading up to the festival’s May 15th opening date.

The relationship between the agency and the festival has been a long one; this is their 11th collaboration.

Check out the shorter cut along with some quotes and credits after the jump.

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Gary Busey Talks to Things for Amazon Fire

When an ad starts with Gary Busey saying “If you’re like me, you like talking to things,” you know you’re in for a weird ride, and the 60 second Amazon Fire spot from Wongdoody certainly lives up to that expectation.

Busey initiates conversations with a lamp, his pants, and a bell, as well as thanking the fish in the ocean for being there. He also yells angrily at Roku to “Find Gary Busey!” — obviously the spot is designed to highlight Amazon Fire TV’s voice recognition feature, which Roku lacks. If you’re easily made uncomfortable, you may want to skip this one. But then you probably already knew that. This is Gary Busey we’re talking about here.