Ad Nut commends the US AARP for including a member of squirrelkind in this political spot. It's a wise choice, as Ad Nut's brothers and sisters are intelligent, industrious, charismatic and—it goes without saying—attractive as all heck.
That said, the performance of this 'Charlie' character seems, well...a bit stiff.
Because it's a stuffed animal, for crying out loud!
Agencies and production houses would do well to remember that Ad Nut is surprisingly literate—and available for starring roles. Unfortunately, there's a long-running tendency in the industry to use squirrel substitutes insteads of the real thing. To wit:
- Biscuit brand employs flying squirrel (!) to deliver breakfast goodness
- Clever creatures make excellent financial advisors
- No one ever got fired for using cute CGI critters
Of course, there are welcome exceptions. Here's a squirrel in a speaking (well, screaming) role:
And here's one in a cameo (starting at about 1:10) in one of the industry's most hallowed productions, the John Lewis Christmas ad:
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