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Creators Behind the Cerveza Cristal ‘Star Wars’ Advertisements Replicate on the Viral Sensation

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Cerveza Cristal!” That now-iconic jingle has been ringing throughout the recognized web for months now. If you someway don’t have any context behind what you simply learn, right here’s the sauce behind the viral sensation.


In 2003, a Chilean beer firm launched an advert marketing campaign, splicing snippets of Cerveza Cristal branding seamlessly into airings of the unique trilogy on tv. For instance, in A New Hope, when Obi-Wan Kenobi goes to open a chest containing Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber, the madmen behind these advertisements select to showcase the Jedi Master grabbing a chilly one adopted by a catchy “Cerveza Cristal” tune.



The manufacturing firm behind the advertisements was Efex! They created about 15 commercials on the time. What they couldn’t predict was finally go hilariously viral on Twitter/X and throughout the web over twenty years later. Ignacio González, a director at Efex! on the time, and others spoke with The Guardian to unpack how the advertisements got here to be and Lucasfilm’s finally anticipated response.


As with any good commercial, the purpose was to face out. For no matter motive, González and others noticed Star Wars as a superb entry level.


“I seemed for cuts within the movie to make the advert break, moments the place actors reached for one thing or seemed over at one thing. I by no means touched or intervened with the movie itself.”


González says they shot the aforementioned Obi-Wan Kenobi spot on a price range of $10 in a closet. CCU, Cerveza Cristal’s father or mother firm, authorised it, they usually have been off to the races. González stated:


“I heard that some Star Wars purists have been searching for me, and I don’t assume it’s as a result of they preferred it. [laughing] But, I’d say 99% of individuals have been fascinated by it and understood the humour, it was very inventive on the time.”



The advertisements would acquire notoriety, sweeping worldwide promoting awards. But it was then that Lucasfilm would take discover. To what must be no person’s nice shock, they didn’t fairly like their family-friendly model being related to beer. They filed a criticism, arguing that viewers have been led to consider there was a connection between the 2.


Ultimately, Lucasfilm received the case, and the advertisements ceased to air on public tv. If there’s a silver lining, the council ruling on the case stated no copyright legal guidelines have been infringed upon. Vladimir Fuentes labored on the marketing campaign as an account supervisor for OMD, a media company. These Cerveza Cristal advertisements have been additionally made for tv airings of James Bond, Gladiator, and extra. Although Lucasfilm was the one studio to talk up, CCU pulled all of the advertisements. Fuentes says their purpose was completed, so why push it additional?


“We didn’t have any dangerous intentions by appropriating the appear and feel of the movie, we solely wish to stand out throughout the advert break… Why search for issues with different studios? The fact is the influence was already made, and we determined to cease in good religion.”


Stand out, they did. And they stood the take a look at of time. In March 2024, viral memes and edits littered the web (together with our personal). Surprisingly although, Felipe Saráh Tornero, Cerveza Cristal’s present advertising supervisor, says there hasn’t been any noticeable uptick in gross sales. Folks, this was once a correct society. Stop making your memes and go assist the trigger.


Nate makes use of his love for Star Wars and films on the whole as a manner to deal with the ache of being a Minnesota sports activities fan. When he is not on the theater, you possibly can normally discover Nate studying a comic book, listening to an audiobook, or enjoying a Mario online game for the 1,000th time.

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