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IBM’s ‘Smarter Planet’ TV Campaign Gets a Makeover

From Ogilvy and production company Psyop come a new trio of highly animated TV spots for IBM’s “Smarter Planet” campaign.

As we’re told in the release, each of these spots was created with the purpose of giving the campaign a more “visually distinctive” look. In the above spot, “All in the Cloud,” 32 animators, illustrators, designers and modelers were tapped to create an imaginary world existing only in the Cloud. To make this place come to life, “Everything in the spot was painted by hand and then mapped onto 3D wireframes to create the completely bespoke look. Each character has a back story which sparked the animators’ imaginations. Every ‘location’ was extensively researched to make sure the transformed world looked like the real one.” Those who fear change will no doubt breathe a sigh of relief upon seeing that IBM’s blue widescreen bars remain intact.

Since IBM’s green “Smarter Planet” marketing campaign launched in early 2009, its television advertising rarely strayed from zipping through closeups of talking faces. In “Smarter Commerce” (above), we see a cardboard box, a sole narrator, and an army of animated paper figures portraying IBM’s benefit to business efficiency. So, are you “Team Faces” or “Team Animation?” Credits and one more spot follow after the jump.

Ogilvy:

Mike Hahn, Art Director/Group Creative Director
Ryan Blank, Copywriter/Group Creative Director
Susan Westre, Worldwide Executive Creative Director
Steve Simpson, Chief Creative Officer, North America
Fred Kovey, Copywriter
Andrew Mellen, Copywriter
Jillian Abramson, Art Director
Lee Weiss, Executive Producer

Psyop:

Production Company: Psyop/Smuggler
Director: Psyop
Psyop Creative Directors: Marie Hyon, Marco Spier
Executive Producer: Lucia Grillo
Senior Producer: Crystal Campbell

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