Robin Williams, the man behind my laughter filled childhood. He was the man who made me fall in love with imagination. His passing away came as a shock and the reason for it is even more heart-breaking. After much venting on my social media platforms, I reckoned this is the perfect way for me to pay him a humble tribute.
Here’s a list of four of my favourite Robin Williams commercials.
1. Apple i-Pad ‘The Verse’ commercial
An abstract commercial by nature, the various shots in the ad that celebrate the passion of the human race. The commercial features various things that people do with the i-Pad. These abstract shots are brought to life by the iconic scene from ‘Dead Poets Society’ which starred Robin Williams. This monologue, which is used as a voice over in the ad, went on to become one of the most popular scenes performed by the legend. Here’s the transcript:
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer: that you are here; that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?
Here’s the ad:
2. The Snickers commercial
In the well-known “You are not you when you are hungry” campaign from Snickers, Williams played the role of a hungry coach. The ad truly celebrates his usual excited self which was core to his personality.
3. The Sky TV commercial
The commercial from Sky TV features a little boy who unpacks his giant Christmas gift to find a surprise. To his disbelief, a lifelike robot, played by Robin Williams, comes out of it. The commercial in itself isn’t the best there is, but Robin Williams does a brilliant job in it.
4. The Illinois Bell Phone Center commercial
This vintage, entertaining TV spot was for the Illinois Bell Phone Center Store. It featured the then unknown Robin Williams as the mischievous young husband. His funny voices in the commercial are quite delightful.
There are a lot more ads that he has featured in but these felt like the perfect compilation for a tribute to the legend. May his soul rest in peace.