I know that advertising isn’t typically the most original creative media, but I’ve noticed a more obvious pattern lately. First this one from Aflac using some classic characters in an all animated commercial:
Then I caught this attempt from Alltel (whose ads I already despise) using ersatz renditions of the 60’s stop-motion Santa:
And just this evening I discovered that even Big Lots has joined the retro Christmas Special party with this (one of two!) mixed-media number:
Come on, guys. Either the same bird whispered in the ear of all three firms, or they got the same sneaky ad agency. Either way it feels like the perfect storm of ad-theme overload to me.