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#26696 - 06/18/03 11:37 AM cool link
Trainwire Offline

Registered: 03/15/02
Posts: 364
Loc: Strasburg,PA,USA
Friend of mine sent me this link about Honda of UK.

Rube Goldberg fans of the world unite!


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#26697 - 06/18/03 11:48 AM Re: cool link
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA
Great TW!

I'm a bit skeptical of some of the items in that sequence not needing a bit of help along the way though. ... drinking my half-full cup of coffee ...


#26698 - 06/18/03 07:19 PM Re: cool link
Sandro Offline

Registered: 12/30/01
Posts: 449
Loc: Stoney Creek, ON, Canada

We forgive you, as everybody thinks this is fake, but it is real. No trick photography here.

For those who care, here is the official story from Honda....

Pure Genius

This is the new Honda commercial in the UK. There are no computer
graphics or digital tricks in the film, everything you see really
happened in real time exactly as you see it.

This film took 606 takes. The crew of engineers spent weeks shooting
night and day. The film took three months to complete and is two
minutes in length.

This is fast becoming the most downloaded advertisement in Internet
history. When the ad was pitched to senior executives, they signed off
on it immediately without any hesitation. They commented on how amazing computer graphics have gotten, they fell off their chairs when they were
told it was for real.

There are six and only six handmade Accords in the world. To the horror
of Honda engineers, the filmmakers disassembled two of them to make the
film. Everything that you see in the film are parts from those two cars.

Oh, and about those funky windshield wipers. On the new Accords, the
windshield wipers have water sensors and are designed to start doing
their thing automatically as soon as they become wet.

Turn up the sound, click on the following link and enjoy.

#26699 - 06/18/03 08:46 PM Re: cool link
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA

Thanks for the extra info. I can sure believe it took 606 takes to get that string of events right!

I can imagine something like that would drive most people crazy, but I think I'd personally enjoy the challenge. (without a deadline of course)


#26700 - 06/18/03 09:47 PM Re: cool link
Bjarney Offline

Registered: 04/10/02
Posts: 2561
Loc: West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
At three months, I would have been a slobbering idiot.

#26701 - 06/18/03 10:31 PM Re: cool link
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8540
Loc: SI,New Zealand
I can't understand how them tyres climb that ramp like that, it looks un-natural.
Cool ad though,
Thanks Train-Wire!.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#26702 - 06/18/03 11:07 PM Re: cool link
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA

That part didn't seem right to me either. It seemed like they started moving faster too. After watching it again I have to go back to my pessimistic view here. I don't see how the tires could roll uphill like they do.


#26703 - 06/19/03 12:31 AM Re: cool link
pauluk Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
I've seen this commercial on TV here a couple of times.

Wouldn't the tires rolling up hill depend upon just how much energy was imparted at the bottom? They'd gave to be very liughtweight though.

The sequence with the muffler rolling over is interesting too. If it's genuine, then I wonder whether they fitted weights inside provide the necessary balance and inertia?

#26704 - 06/19/03 08:25 AM Re: cool link
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA

One of the Tires seems to speed up and after it hits the one in front of it, bounces back and then continues uphill again? There would have to be a heck of a spin on the tire to do that I think, wouldn't there? I just don't see where it could come from.


#26705 - 06/19/03 09:13 AM Re: cool link
rat4spd Offline

Registered: 03/11/03
Posts: 32
Loc: Waterloo, Ia
For the tire skeptics, they added weights to the inside of the rims, on the upper portion. Large weights infact, and when triggered, gravity pulling them down causes tire to roll almost impossibly upwards. Just counterweight action. I wondered about that until I read an explantion on the directors (I think) website.

Bill- That's why the tire bounces back (against the pull of the counterweight, storing up a little more energy) then rolls back uphill.

[This message has been edited by rat4spd (edited 06-19-2003).]

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