Saare Jahaan Mein Achcha… Happy Dent humaara!

02 Dec,2015


By A Correspondent


In these intolerant times, playing with the lyrics of an ever-so-popular nationalistic song, may be the wrong thing to do. But, heck, this is celebrating what appears to be a significant achievement for India. The McCann Erickson Mumbai creative for Happy Dent Teeth Whitening Gum titled “Happy Dent Palace” is in Gunn Report’s 20 Best Commercials of the 21st Century.


The results were based on a public pulled on who voted on a list 30 candidates with provision made for other nominations, The Gunn Report has been able to select the Reel of The 20 Best Commercials of The 21st Century So Far (here!). The reel complements the much-viewed Gunn Report collection of The 100 Best Commercials of The 20th Century.


Sharing the honour equally, the 20 ads (from 2000 to 2015) and their creators are:


BGH Silent Aircon, “Dads in Briefs”, Del Campo Saatchi & Saatchi, Buenos Aires

Budweiser, “Wassup/True”, DDB, Chicago

Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, “Gorilla”, Fallon, London

Canal+, “Closet”, BETC Euro RSCG, Paris

Canal+, “The Bear”, BETC Euro RSCG, Paris

Chipotle, “Back to the Start”, Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles

Dove Self Esteem Fund, “Evolution”, Ogilvy & Mather, Toronto

Guinness, “noitulove”, Abbott, Mead, Vickers, BBDO, London

Happy Dent Teeth Whitening Gum, “Happy Dent Palace”, McCann Erickson, Mumbai

Honda, “Cog”, Wieden & Kennedy, London

Honda, “Grrr”, Wieden & Kennedy, London

John West Salmon, “Bear”, Leo Burnett, London

Metro Trains, “Dumb Ways to Die”, McCann, Melbourne

Nike, “Tag”, Wieden & Kennedy, Portland

Nike, “Write The Future”, Wieden & Kennedy, Amsterdam

Old Spice, “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like”, Wieden & Kennedy, Portland

Peugeot 206, “The Sculptor”, Euro RSCG MCM, Milan

Sony Bravia LCD TV, “Balls” Fallon, London

Volkswagen Golf DSG, “Kids On Steps”, DDB, Berlin

Volvo Trucks, “Epic Split”, Forsman & Bodenfors, Gothenburg


Needless to say, Prasoon Joshi, chairman, McCann Asia-Pacific, and CEO, McCann Worldgroup India is ecstatic. Really feels good, he said in response to a text.


Commenting on the 20 Best Commercials of the 21st Century So Far, Donald Gunn, Founder of The Gunn Report says, “We’re delighted that the participation was high, the result of which is a reel selected by our industry of iconic, game-changing and much loved commercials produced during the last 15 years.”


“Not only do these commercials stand the test of time, but they have also influenced changes in brand communications. As such, we hope that they will bring inspiration and learning taking our industry to new creative heights,” added Donald Gunn.


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