• Jan 30, 2007
This spot is as amazing as the fact that the Phaeton actually made it into production. Of course, its run didn't pan out (at least in the U.S.), but you have to admit the Phaeton's a hell of a car no matter the badge on the grille. This commercial is truly incredible, as well. The expressiveness, detail and natural-looking motion these shadow puppets achieve just boggles the mind. Actually, it makes us wonder if it was a real spectacular feat shot in a single take with many talented performers who had rehearsed it until they were doing it in their sleep; or if it was a digital creation. Either way has its challenges, but we're more impressed with the former, so that's the story we'll continue to tell ourselves.

Video after the jump

[Source: YouTube via Fresh Creation]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      this commercial is great, and perfectly describes the car. there was some video floating around some time ago that showed in detail the factory where the phaeton is made, and how it was made. it really is handmade, and the attention to detail in the manufacturing is incredible. it's too bad it wasn't too popular in the US; i guess people couldn't get past the badge to see the car. the phaeton has made my list of "awesome used cars to buy".
      • 8 Years Ago
      Being from that part of the world, I know that shadow puppeting is taken seriously. I'ts not digital; note the imperfections, like the eye changing on the swan/goose, etc. Probably plenty of editing and overlays, though.
      Tom andrews
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey Everyone...check out this web site, barbaraterry.com
      http://barbaraterry.com/
      This lady is a total car expert and really has it going on!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Actually, it makes us wonder if it was a real spectacular feat shot in a single take with many talented performers who had rehearsed it until they were doing it in their sleep."

      Are you serious? I love this creation they did, I really do, but if you think it was physically possible to do it in that way you may also think George Lucas used real lightsabers...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not convinced about the car, but I'm sure as hell gonna try to entertain the kids with my own personal shadow puppet show tonight! I give them about a minute before they beg for the TV!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with hank!

      Piech is the guy responsible for the Pheaton, the ugly Passat and the even more ugly Jetta! VW needs to restyle these cars, chop chop!