Y&R unveils Focus across Europe

Ford launches the Focus, its replacement for the Escort, this Friday with a pan-European campaign from Young & Rubicam.

Ford launches the Focus, its replacement for the Escort, this

Friday with a pan-European campaign from Young & Rubicam.

The four 60-second commercials are backed by the life-affirming track,

You’ve Gotta Be, by Des’ree, and feature fashionable twenty and

thirtysomethings refusing to accept second best in their day-to-day


The song lyrics, ’You’ve gotta be bad, you’ve gotta be cool, you’ve

gotta be wiser ... you’ve gotta be cool, you’ve gotta be calm, you’ve

gotta stay together ...’, provide an explanatory backdrop to the films.

There is no other voiceover.

Two out of the four films will run in the UK. The first, entitled

’keys’, features a cool-looking bloke searching for a flat. He endures

the sales pitch of numerous landlords as he miserably inspects various

hovels. Later we see him sitting in his new Focus, clearly at home,

admiring the space and calm.

The second ad, dubbed ’school’, opens with a young boy fed up with his

father who is constantly letting him down, even on fun weekends fishing

or kite-flying. The scene switches to the school gates and the boy is

standing forlornly in the rain waiting for his dad to collect him.

A silver Focus pulls up by the side of the road, which the boy does not

recognise. The window lowers to reveal the father’s smiling face. The

boy is entranced by the new car, renewing his faith in his dad.

Two further ads are designed to run in Europe: ’restroom’ features a

young woman spending her day queuing, while ’crowd’ shows a mother and

her small son at a crowded railway station.

The films were directed by Erich Ifergan through the End London. They

were created at Y&R by the copywriter, Dave Henderson, and the art

director, Sam Hurford.

Media planning and buying is through MindShare.


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