Some Feel DDB Berlin Copied Idea For VW Frog Ad, Want Apology

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Some time ago, Danish comedians Wulffmorgenthaler created a comic strip that showed a frog being carried away by a fly stuck to his tongue. Earlier this year, DDB Berlin let loose a Volkswagen commercial that showed yes, frog being carried away by a fly stuck to his tongue. The usual pissing match has ensued. Some think DDB should apologize. See the strip here. Watch the ad here. What do you think?

by Steve Hall    Dec-18-06   Click to Comment   
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials   

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Absolutely not. Unless someone at DDB admits they saw the strip, there's no reason to think that two people couldn't come up with the same riff on such a classic scene from our world.

Quit bitching. Your comic wasn't even funny.

Posted by: anon on December 18, 2006 12:50 PM

Absolutely not. Unless someone at DDB admits they saw the strip, there's no reason to think that two people couldn't come up with the same riff on such a classic scene from our world.

Quit bitching. Your comic wasn't even funny.

Posted by: anon on December 18, 2006 12:50 PM

A fly lifting a frog out of the water by itís tongue ... A "situation" people would JUST come up with? NOT!

This is so surreal and the connection is obvious.

Absolutely yes.

Posted by: Jeff on December 19, 2006 3:52 AM

It's a small world people get the same ideas. Specially a frog hanging on to a fly. Come on here! It's blatant. They were clearly inspired by the strip. Cool to see people backing the comedians. Bloggers like those two guys at LashleyWorld will do some serious damage to the image of DDB, if they don't respond in some way. That strip is viewed by more than 500.000 people each month. Most of them are directed over to the blog, where they are mocking DDB! I think it is dangerous to underestimate the power of the blogosphere.

Posted by: Andy on December 19, 2006 10:23 AM

It's a small world people get the same ideas. Specially a frog hanging on to a fly. Come on here! It's blatant. They were clearly inspired by the strip. Cool to see people backing the comedians. Bloggers like those two guys at LashleyWorld will do some serious damage to the image of DDB, if they don't respond in some way. That strip is viewed by more than 500.000 people each month. Most of them are directed over to the blog, where they are mocking DDB! I think it is dangerous to underestimate the power of the blogosphere.

Posted by: Andy on December 19, 2006 10:25 AM

Sure looks to me like the ad lifted the idea from the strip. But then, maybe the comic strip lifted it from somewhere else. And you can't really prove either assertion, can you? As the author of the book of Ecclesiastes said 2,000 years ago, "there is nothing new under the sun."

Posted by: Paul on December 25, 2006 10:49 PM

reminds me of Gary Larson.Look at this, I bet that was the inspiration: http://www.worth1000.com/entries/247500/247759KPro_w.jpg

Posted by: Ali on January 6, 2007 6:56 AM







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