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Dell Ups its Game, Brings a Graphic Novel to Life

From Dell’s lead agency Y&R NY comes this enchanting new TV spot that tells the story of a cubicle slave named Thomas and his aspirations to be something more.

Obviously, 2013 finds Dell in quite a different spot than they were in a decade ago. While “Dude, You’re Getting a Dell” was seen as a major success in convincing parents worldwide that their college-bound spawn actually needed a computer, the company is now the butt of tech jokes. In fact, consider this headline from last week’s edition of The Onion: “Dell Acquired By Gateway 2000 In Merger Of 2 Biggest Names In Computer Technology.” Yes, Michael Dell‘s buyout of the company is seen to be as relevant as Gateway 2000. Ouch.

Dell has been relying big on Y&R, especially after parting ways with Sid Lee and Arnold in January. With spots like “Thomas: Creator of an Alternate Universe,” Y&R proves that Dell made a wise move consolidating their commercial work with one agency. Not only do we get some great visuals, but we actually see the Dell XPS laptop in action, looking (to be honest) surprisingly forward-thinking for a company that my generation sees as playing catch-up for the last few years. Add to great advertising some bold business moves, and Dell could yet find the pathway to long-term profitability. Credits and a behind-the-scenes clip after the jump.

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Y&R Resurrects NHL History in Time for Stanley Cup Playoffs

With the NHL playoffs looming, Y&R has launched the 2011 version of its History Will Be Made campaign, which like last year’s installment, will likely tug at hockey fans’ heartstrings. The 2010 effort, featuring legendary playoff moments from some NHL greats like Bobby Orr, was dubbed one of the most successful campaigns in the sport’s history, driving more than 302 million TV viewers to the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, in turn making it the most watched in 36 years according to the NHL PR machine.

The first pair of spots will debut on March 13 during the broadcast of the Chicago Blackhawks vs Washington Capitals game and 20 additional spots will appear April 13, the first day of the playoffs, through the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final with a new spot each day, highlighting a key moment from the previous night’s games.

Check out credits and the two other ads from the 2011 “History” launch  after the jump.
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