Seen+Noted: Cadillac pays homage to Edward Scissorhands in Big Game ad via Leo Burnett

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Seen+Noted: Cadillac pays homage to Edward Scissorhands in Big Game ad via Leo Burnett

Cadillac’s electric future is illuminated with a “slice” of nostalgia from Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands” universe, in a new commercial debuting in the fourth quarter of this year’s big game via Leo Burnett Detroit.


The new spot stars Timothée Chalamet, as Edward Scissorhands’ son, Edgar, and Winona Ryder, reprising her role as Kim, who is also Edgar’s mother.

“It’s rare when a work you’re proud of continues to live on and evolve with the times, even after 30 years,” said Tim Burton, who directed the original 1990 film and approved the concept for the new ad. “I’m glad to see Edgar coping with the new world! I hope both fans and those being introduced to Edward Scissorhands for the first time enjoy it.”


In the spot, Edgar, who has inherited his father’s shears for hands, finds many of life’s tasks difficult. To make them a little easier, Kim presents him with a new Cadillac LYRIQ — the brand’s first all-electric vehicle. Not only does he have his own transportation, but the LYRIQ is also equipped with the Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance feature, allowing him to confidently let go of the wheel when the system is engaged, and the vehicle is on an enabled road.

Says Melissa Grady, chief marketing officer, Cadillac: “We love the creative concept of Super Cruise and the LYRIQ opening up Edgar’s world and bringing confidence to his daily life. At a time when people are looking for an escape from the challenges of the past year, it was a privilege to revisit the beloved story of Edward Scissorhands in a fresh, modern way and showcase Cadillac’s electric future during the biggest game of the year.”

Super Cruise will be available on the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, CT4 and CT5, as well as the upcoming LYRIQ. It is the only system that provides true hands-free driving on more than 200,000 miles of enabled roads in the U.S. and Canada. Recent enhancements include Lane Change on Demand functionality, which will allow the hands-free system to change lanes on the highway when requested by the driver and certain conditions are met.

As the brand’s first all-electric vehicle, the all-new LYRIQ will lead Cadillac’s charge over the next decade to redefine American luxury with a new portfolio of EVs, while also establishing a leadership position through new thresholds of technology integration. LYRIQ is driven by GM’s all-new modular Ultium platform, offering a GM-estimated range of more than 300 miles on a full charge.

In addition to Super Cruise, LYRIQ’s technology integration will include a massive 33-inch-diagonal advanced LED display and a customizable user interface3 designed to deliver a flexible, high-end user experience3. Cadillac LYRIQ will go into production in the first half of 2022.

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Agency: Leo Burnett Detroit
Global CCO: Liz Taylor
Creative: Robert Clifton Jr., Matt Cramp, Matt Turnier, Jason LaFlore
Account: Emily Shahady, Brian Phelps, Maggie Decker
PM: Aaron Lambrix
Strategy: Chris Bridgland, Steve Lampert, Ted Gott
Cross Channel Strategy: Dayna Elconin
Agency Executive Producer: Patrick O’Brien
Consulting Producer: Bob Samuel

Production Co.: O Positive
Director: David Shane
Executive Producers: Ralph Laucella, Marc Grill
Head of Production: Devon Clark
DP: Jeff Cronenweth
Production Designer: Maia Javan
Costume Designer: Melissa Des Rosiers

Editor: Gavin Cutler
Sound Designer/Mixer: Sam Shaffer
Assistant Editor: Megan Heard
Executive Producer: Gina Pagano
Colorist: Tim Masick

Executive Producer: Larissa Berringer
Senior Producer: Jamie Hoskins Smith
Production Coordinator: Alex Roesch
Executive Creative Director: Aron Hjartarson

Executive Producer / Music Mixer: Gerard Smerek
Music Arranger: Dan Zank
Head of Production: Michael Yessian
CCO: Brian Yessian