Volkswagen Gets Sketchy in Homage to 'Take On Me'

Deutsch L.A. Pays Tribute to A-ha Video in New Spot

Published On
Sep 17, 2013

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Comedic master David Shane gets behind the lens for Deutsch L.A.'s newest Volkswagen spot, an '80s retro film that begins with an animated sequence featuring a Volkswagen driver racing a bunch of biker dudes, backed by the classic song, "Take on Me," by A-ha.

As you can imagine, the animation takes inspiration from the tune too -- and the ad was created in the same method as the track's original rotoscoped video. The action was first filmed, then animated, making for a different process than the typical shoot since lighting and sound didn't come into the picture. But as anyone who has been brave enough to croon that new wave song during a spirited karaoke session knows -- it's not an easy tune to sing.


Sep 17, 2013
Brand :
Client :
Agency :
Deutsch-Los Angeles
Director :
David Shane
Executive Creative Director :
Michael Kadin
Creative Director :
Mark Peters
Director, Integrated Production :
Vic Palumbo
Executive Integrated Producer :
Jim Haight
Interim Chief Marketing Officer :
Wayne Brannon
Vice President, Marketing :
Kevin Mayer
General Manager, Marketing Communications :
Justin Osborne
Advertising Manager :
Jeff Sayen
Advertising Specialist :
Chanel Arola
Group Creative Director :
Matt Ian
Associate Creative Director :
Ryan Scott
Director, Content Production :
Victoria Guenier
Executive Producer :
Marc Grill
Production Company :
O Positive
Line Producer :
Ken Licata
Editor :
Jim Haygood
Assistant Editor :
Dylan Firshein
Executive Producer :
Michael Raimondi
Producer :
Joe Ross
Post Production :
Company 3
Colorist :
Beau Leon
Animation :
Passion Pictures
Head of Production :
Anna Lord
Executive Producer :
Alex Webster
Producer :
Matt Saxton
Director :
John Robertson
Visual Effects :
Flame Artist :
Todd Iorio
Flame Artist :
Seth Silberfien
Musical Artist :
Music Publisher :
Warner Brothers Records
Music Publisher :
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Audio Post :
Mixer :
Mark Meyuhas
Producer Assistant :
Matt Miller
Producer :
Jessica Locke

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