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Jell-O, CP+B Give Young Boy an Unfortunate Comb Over

Men with comb overs look hapless. Little boys with comb overs look creepy. To see the difference, please watch the latest Jell-O television spot, appropriately titled “Comb Over.”

In the forty-five-second ad built by CP+B, a balding father whose depressing life resembles a deflated balloon schools his son on the importance of the little things, like a cup of Jell-O pudding. In turn, we see some surreal daydream where the son, still about six years old, goes through a day in the father’s life, only now he has a giant cone head and a comb over. If you ever wanted to know what the male offspring of Lord Voldemort and Francis Dolarhyde (Manhunter version, not Red Dragon) would look like, here you go. Is that not the definition of creepy, a little boy who somehow resembles two fictional psychopaths all because of a comb over? Still, the commercial’s surrealist twist manages to make it stand out in an otherwise standard concept. It’s almost sweet, if not for the whole hapless/depressing/pitying reaction that comes along with comb overs.

Credits after the jump.

WORLDWIDE CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER: Rob Reilly

EVP / EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR(s): Tony Calcao

VP / CREATIVE DIRECTOR(s): Andrew Ure, Matt Denyer

ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR, ART DIRECTOR(s): Josh Gross

SENIOR COPYWRITER(s): Noah Will

VP / HEAD OF VIDEO, INTEGRATED: Chad Hopenwasser

VP / EXECUTIVE INTEGRATED PRODUCER: Aymi Beltramo

PRODUCTION COMPANY & CITY: Smith & Jones Films Los Angeles, CA

DIRECTOR: Ulf Johansson

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: John de Borman

LINE PRODUCER (PRODUCTION CO): Nicola Sims

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER (PRODUCTION CO): Philippa Smith

EDITORIAL COMPANY & CITY: NO6 Santa Monica, CA

EDITOR(s): Kevin Zimmerman

ASSISTANT EDITOR: JC Nuñez

EDITORIAL EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Crissy DeSimone

EDITORIAL PRODUCER:  Kendra Desai

POST PRODUCTION COMPANY & CITY: Method LA Santa Monica, CA

LEAD COMPOSITOR(s): Claus Hansen, Noah Caddis

VFX SUPERVISOR: Rob Hodgson

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Robert Owens

POST PRODUCER: Paula S. Jimenez

GRAPHICS / ANIMATION COMPANY & CITY: Buck

MIX COMPANY & CITY:  Lime Studios, Santa Monica, CA

AUDIO ENGINEER: Mark Meyuhas

AUDIO ENGINEER’S ASSISTANT: Matt Miller

MIX PRODUCER: Jessica Locke

MUSIC COMPANY & CITY: Beacon Street Studios Venice, CA

COMPOSER(s): Andrew Feltenstein, John Nau

MUSIC PRODUCER:  Leslie DiLullo

TELECINE COMPANY & CITY: Company 3, Santa Monica, CA

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