A new television commercial Coca Cola has produced for its new Coke Life product is drawing rave reviews from pro-life people because it celebrates the gift of life and the joys of parenthood.
The ad shows a young couple with a positive pregnancy test and tracks them through the growth of their baby into toddlerhood and the ups and downs and crazy fun of having a baby. The ad concludes with a second positive pregnancy test and the father, drinking a Coke, initially looking outraged and quickly his surprise turns into sheer joy.
During the ad, a song plays saying, “You don’t know what it’s like to love you.”
Blogger Jeff Beer shares his thoughts about the ad:
This new ad by Santo Buenos Aires and director Pucho Mentasti for Coke’s natural Argentine concoction gets past all the ooga-ooga-boo-boo cutesy baby talk and right down to some of the uglier parenting realities. Individually, these moments can appear terrible and make you wonder how and why humans have kept on making more humans. You can see it in the Dad’s face.
“Having children is not just life’s most important moment, but the ultimate test to connecting with your best side,” says Santo executive creative director Sebastian Wilhelm. “Coke Life is a new kind of Coke. We’re just starting to build this brand, setting up its world, its tone of voice. We were aiming for ’emotional comedy’ [with this ad]. The kind that makes you smile and weep at the same time.”
After all the screams, stains, and sleeplessness, the spot also artfully illustrates how the cumulative effect of all this chaos is actually, and somewhat inexplicably, love and joy.
Makes you want to hug a kid. And hide your record collection.