Burgundy….your new favorite color

by mbethard

We’ve seen it before – the well-known TV anchorman we’ve grown up watching on the news turns into a product pitchman. But a fictional TV news anchor? Don’t act like you’re not impressed. I’m talking about the partnership between the Dodge brand and Paramount Pictures – the much-anticipated film ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.’

If you haven’t yet seen the new spots, you are in for a treat. If you don’t see them all, you’ll be in for a laugh for some time to come. There are 70 different spots featuring Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy, starring as the pitchman of the new 2014 Dodge Durango.

During Chrysler’s ad briefing this week, Chief Marketing Officer of Chrysler Group LLC Olivier Francois explained that it’s a “unique way to showcase the cutting-edge technology of the Dodge Durango in a completely unexpected approach that is fresh, funny and culturally provocative.”

The humor lies in the fact that Ferrell delivers the pitch in the character of Ron Burgundy, an arrogant anchorman straight out of the 1970s, which means he has a bit of a different take on the many features of the Dodge Durango.

In one spot, Burgundy completely ignores the advanced technology of the 2014 Dodge Durango and instead concentrates on what fits nicely in the glove box.

In another spot, see him discuss the Dodge Durango’s 360 horsepower with a single horse:

That’s just two of the commercials. Another spot made its big debut on the ballroom floor during this week’s episode of “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC. It depicts how Ron Burgundy humorously takes his frustration out on a couple of ballroom dancers and flawlessly ties dancing into a television commercial for the Dodge Durango. And, he does it not once, but twice in the two-part spot that aired during Monday’s most-watched show.

What’s next? More of the 70 spots will roll out in the coming weeks. All of them can be viewed on the BurgundyDodge.com website, as well as FunnyorDie.com. Additional video content will span social media channels, including the Dodge Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, tumblr, Pinterest and more. They won’t all roll out at once, so check back often. The spots will help build anticipation for “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”

Seventy spots may sound like a lot, but with a talented actor and comedian behind the wheel, the ads rolled off Ferrell’s tongue totally unscripted and ad-libbed. That’s a lot of content and a lot of humor.

The spots will air through the end of the year.

The movie arrives in theaters Dec. 20.

The 2014 Dodge Durango is at Safford of Fredericksburg now.

SAFFORD Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Fredericksburg

5202 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA

540 898 7200 / 888 544 8122

*post courtesy of ChryslerLLC