Who greenlit the monkey?

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Check out the Dodge Tent Event spot that’s been running on TV as of late:

Required driving shots, expected beauty shots…yeah, yeah, yeah. And then…a monkey. Of course! Why wouldn’t there be a monkey?
Perhaps I’ve missed some trend toward monkeys in advertising, or maybe there’s a huge subtext I can’t fathom. Granted, it’s slightly entertaining, even funny, to use a monkey in general.
What I am having trouble with is how that additional bit in the commercial will lead to incremental sales. Does it really engage people and get them out to the event? Perhaps if the spot committed to a visit with the monkey at the event, it would make more sense. Seems like this might be a case of creatives being shocking for the sake of awards rather than building sales for their client.

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Chaney Given

Chaney is a talented and accomplished designer and illustrator, who has expanded his skill set to include motion graphics and video editing. With nearly a decade of experience, his client work includes Waterstep, Baptist Health, the Archdiocese of Louisville Catholic Schools, First Harrison Bank, and many more