Parisian Love

Posted by Alex

This was easily the best ad of the Super Bowl hands down. It was exciting to see Google’s first Super Bowl advertisement ever (and first TV ad period I think…though there may have been the odd commercial early on). Apparently “Parisian Love” as it’s called was available for viewing well before tonight as part of Google’s Search Stories. Anyway I found it refreshing and clever; a nice change from the rest of the nonsense.

On average I was very disappointed with the quality and originality of the ads. I was surprised how many concepts seemed to double up (not only that, but also play consecutively). Tackling was a surprisingly frequent punch line. Yawn. I think Super Bowl ads peaked sometime back in the late 90’s early 00’s. Cheers to Google for putting out something worthwhile.

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Andrew says:

February 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I didn’t watch the super bowl so I can’t compare it to the other ads and I loved this! But, I wonder how much the story of traveling to Paris while in college and falling in love with a french girl would resonate with your -um- average super bowl watchers.


Brandon Russell says:

February 8, 2010 at 12:16 am

That’s a really good point Andrew. And on top of that, how many of your average Super Bowl viewers were sober enough to read along and follow the story by that point in the game?

Me personally, I missed the spot during the game (due to inebriation) but very much like the commercial.


NAVIS says:

February 8, 2010 at 12:22 am

I’m EXTREMELY bitter my Vikings didn’t make it this year. Curse you Favre…. next year…

The VW one where Stevie Wonder calls the red punch buggy gave me a good hearty laugh.


Scott says:

February 8, 2010 at 2:44 am

Man, when this came on my brother and I were like “why”. Why does google need to advertise? But yeah, pretty clever although he called that they would end up married within the first 5 seconds.

Also, a little part of me died when I heard “Two Weeks” playing in the background of that VW ad, but I guess you couldn’t keep a lid on something as good as Veckatimest for long. I just wish I could have had a little bit longer with it before it was drilled into my head via every outlet imaginable for the next year a’la Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.


Lydia says:

February 8, 2010 at 8:28 am

It seems like in my limited time of actually paying attention to superbowl ads, they’ve become more outrageous but not necessarily more clever. The Google ad was the most clever (and maybe the lowest budget, from the looks of it). They did a great job of doing the most with the least.

Like last year, I actually thought the funniest ads were for Denny’s, although it’s a lost cause because their food is so gross even a free grand slam couldn’t entice me.


Ashley says:

February 8, 2010 at 10:23 am

This commercial brought back really good memories of when me and my high school “BFF” went to Paris, France. We Googled everything French for weeks! This was a joke between us in high school until one day she called and asked me if I wanted to go to France with her for a week! Best vacation I’ve had yet!

… definitely agree with Scott about Two Weeks – good stuff nonetheless!


NAVIS says:

February 8, 2010 at 10:36 am

Scott –

Yeah. Part of me died too when I heard that. Another part of me died when I heard Beirut on a GMC commercial. I’m like half dead at this point.


googler says:

February 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm

it is moving. most impactful message out of the super bowl ads. well done creative lab. who was the writer/ art director?


Ethan says:

February 8, 2010 at 12:55 pm

I agree, definitely the only ad that made an impact for me. Although Andrew, you bring up a really good point, in a room of 12 or so people, I think my girlfriend and I were the only ones who seemed to get it.


Anonymous says:

February 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Scott, Navis – i think the biggest problem is that the phoenix, beirut, etc songs do not match the commercials or product well at all. their target audience is all wrong, i mean what early twenties hipster can afford a mercedes anyway? let alone a brand new VW. not to mention that kind ‘big picture’ advertising isnt going to steal their attention anyway. I think the passion pit songs played with the sprint commercial works however. not really my thing but it works.

Lydia – Dennys actually stepped it up, i ate there the other night and got tons of eggs and whole wheat pancakes. it was delicious. especially at 4am


slofu says:

February 8, 2010 at 10:21 pm

The Google ad works because, like a Salinger story, it gives only details and requires the reader to figure the untold story. And while Google doesn’t need to advertise, a subtle [ironic] Superbowl ad is a show of strength.

[As a kid I used to laugh at TV ads for the electric company- not the TV show, either.]


Teleprompted Anthems says:

February 9, 2010 at 6:26 am

Now, I admit: I spent most of my younger years renouncing the use of independent music to sell products and chastised my once-favorite bands for “selling out,” but I was beyond pumped to hear Grizzly Bear and Arcade Fire the other night. Do you honestly think that it’s going to make the music any better if they keep a lid on it and only allow those of us who are “in the know” to enjoy it? I do agree that you run the risk of driving a good band/song intro the ground by overuse (like Scott’s Phoenix example), but that doesn’t last forever and eventually their 15 minutes will be over and they’ll probably continue making great music the way they did before they were in a VW commercial. When it’s all said and done, a great band gets rewarded for putting out great music and the viewer gets exposed to bands that they might not have heard otherwise. I would infinitely rather hear “Two Weeks” or “Wake Up” or even “1901” 10,000 more times than have a lousy band like the Black Eyed Peas playing every commercial break trying to sell me a new car or a cell phone plan.


M says:

February 9, 2010 at 8:59 pm

I agree that the ads in general were poor, but mostly because the common theme was how women/girlfriends/wives ruined their men’s lives by taking them shopping or telling them to pick up their socks. Really? What? Last I checked, women watch the superbowl too.

Failure abound.