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AI Takes the Director's Chair: Toys 'R' Us and Motorola's Bold Leap into AI Video


Toys 'R' Us and Motorola's Bold Leap into AI Video
Toys 'R' Us and Motorola's Bold Leap into AI Video

In a bold move that signals the dawn of a new era in advertising, two major brands have recently unveiled commercials created entirely using artificial intelligence. Toys 'R' Us and Motorola have taken the plunge into the world of AI-generated content, showcasing the potential of this technology while also stirring up controversy and debate.


Toys 'R' Us: Resurrecting a Legacy with AI

Toys 'R' Us, the iconic toy retailer that has seen its fair share of ups and downs, has made headlines with its groundbreaking use of OpenAI's Sora, a text-to-video AI tool. The 66-second spot, which premiered at the Cannes Lions advertising festival, tells the origin story of the brand and its founder, Charles Lazarus. 


The ad takes viewers on a journey through time, from a 1950s bicycle shop to a fantastical dreamscape where the brand's mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe, comes to life. While the commercial has garnered mixed reviews, with some praising its innovation and others criticizing its uncanny valley aesthetics, it has undeniably captured attention and reignited conversations about the brand.



Motorola: AI Fashion on the Digital Runway

Not to be outdone, Motorola has launched its "Styled With Moto" campaign, using generative AI to create outfits inspired by the brand's "batwing" logo and the colors of its new Razr folding smartphones. The campaign features a 30-second video showcasing AI-generated fashion designs worn by virtual models on digital runways.

Motorola's approach combines fashion and technology, positioning its smartphones not just as communication devices but as fashion accessories in their own right. The campaign extends beyond the video, with AI-generated portraits and collaborations with content creators, demonstrating the versatility of AI in marketing.



RunwayML Gen-3 Alpha: Setting New Standards

While Toys 'R' Us and Motorola have made waves with their AI-generated commercials, the recent release of RunwayML's Gen-3 Alpha model marks a significant leap forward in AI video generation capabilities. This model, now generally available (though with a paid subscription), offers unprecedented control and realism in AI-generated videos.

Gen-3 Alpha allows users to create hyper-realistic video clips from text, image, or video prompts, featuring complex transitions, precise key-framing, and expressive human characters. The model's capabilities far surpass its predecessors, Gen-1 and Gen-2, in terms of speed, fidelity, consistency, and motion.



The Future of AI in Advertising

As we approach the end of 2024, it's becoming increasingly clear that AI video models are on track to produce near-flawless content that may soon be indistinguishable from traditionally produced videos. This rapid advancement raises both exciting possibilities and serious concerns for the advertising industry.


While these AI-generated commercials have faced criticism, they've also generated substantial buzz. In today's media landscape, where attention is a precious commodity, even controversial content can benefit brands by keeping them in the public eye.


However, the use of AI in advertising isn't without risks. As litigation against AI companies over training data and copyright issues continues, brands embracing this technology may find themselves in legally murky waters. It's crucial for companies like Toys 'R' Us and Motorola to ensure they have proper indemnification agreements in place with the AI providers they're working with.


Despite these challenges, the potential of AI in advertising is undeniable. As the technology continues to improve, we can expect to see more brands experimenting with AI-generated content, pushing the boundaries of creativity and efficiency in marketing.


AI video is here, and it's transforming the advertising landscape. Whether this transformation will be a boon or a bane for the industry remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: the way we create and consume advertising will never be the same.


 


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