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A man, a martini, and a lot of microphones.: Another Sign of the Zombie Apocaplyse, Perhaps?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Another Sign of the Zombie Apocaplyse, Perhaps?

I'm not quite sure what to file this one under, but fresh off the heels of Tiger Woods's less than spectacular Nike ad, we get this.

Orson Welles to narrate upcoming animation.

The interesting and exciting part for me is that the narration is considered to be the last professional recording of Welles, and literally sat on a shelf for over twenty-five years. Quite frankly, it was one of those little legends that turned out to be true.

On the other hand, the use of deceased celebrities in new media doesn't often end well. Just ask folks who thought it was a good idea to "resurrect" Orville Redenbacher and produce one of the creepiest commercials I've ever seen. From my own experience, the first national commercial I was ever in used this same technology to bring back Frank Sinatra from the grave for the NBA's "Live it Live" campaign back in 2002. I still shudder a bit whenever I see that one on YouTube. It was definitely a great PR campaign, but it was just a little too eerie for me.

I'm just thankful that Mr. Welles is merely providing a voiceover for the upcoming production.

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