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Honda’s Floating Alien Hydrogen Child Heads Want You to Buy a Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle

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Sometimes, you really have to wonder about advertising choices that sometimes are made.

Without any more context, I give you floating child heads.


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Ok, so here’s your context—this advertisement is part of a marketing campaign to promote Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell, which runs off of hydrogen, in a process which creates energy and produces only water as a by-product. The Clarity FCV started deliveries to California drivers in December.

So, knowing this, the child heads bobbing around in space with orbiting flashes of light are supposed to be like hydrogen atoms, with their single electron gently orbiting their microscopic noggins.

Honda Floating Child Head

Look, I react with everything!

Then, by having the children sing (very well, actually), and with the application of vigorous special effects, Honda said that the ad created a “musical atomic galaxy” that was inspired by the company’s “Blue Skies for our Children” environmental mission.

Most likely, this is targeted at California consumers, since hydrogen fuel cell vehicles aren’t really available in other states due to lack of refueling infrastructure.


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Honda Floating Child Head Field

Floating child heads: the exclusive property of California

Honestly, I was most distracted by the Uncanny Valley-ness of seeing little child heads clearly bobbing back and forth on a fixed point, which only reminded me of the sudden, jerky moves of possessed people in horror films.

Beyond that, I was also distracted by pondering the implications of the children being the hydrogen and oxygen atoms. First of all, combining oxygen and hydrogen is a bit of an explosive affair. Second, to form bonds, the atoms share electrons. Third, once the exploded extremity-sharing floating alien child-head triplets are formed, they are then dumped on the road behind the Clarity FCV.

Should…should we be fighting for water molecule rights?

News Source: Honda

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    Daniel Susco is a native of the Dayton-Cincinnati area, and has written on a multitude of subjects. He can discuss Shakespeare, expound on Classical Mythology, and even make witty jokes about Pliny the Elder (More like “Pliny the Rounder,” right?). In his free time, Daniel enjoys reading, cooking, woodworking, and long walks on the beach (just kidding – sunburn is no joke). See more articles by Daniel.