Steve Jobs Narrates Unaired “Crazy Ones” Ad

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Apple’s famous “The Crazy Ones” commercial from 1997 featured the voice talent of Richard Dreyfus. Another version of that ad, however, was created with Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, although that version was never aired.

The iconic ad was part of Apple’s well received “Think Different” campaign and the Steve Jobs version shows his passion for the company he helped create.

The unaired version of the ad came to light following the death of Mr. Jobs on Wednesday. Mr. Jobs was 56 years old at the time of his passing and received tributes from the likes of current Apple CEO Tim Cook, Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, and President Barak Obama.

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canadianMacGuy

steve himself, now lives among the crazy ones. maybe someone should revise this ad to include steve jobs.

Lee Dronick

steve himself, now lives among the crazy ones. maybe someone should revise this ad to include steve jobs.

Append the photo of Steve that is currently on the Apple home page.

BurmaYank

If you liked this tribute, you might also like this one:

The Crazy One ? A Steve Jobs Tribute”, By Carin Bondar | Scientific American, October 6, 2011

Lee Dronick

If you liked this tribute, you might also like this one

Yes

BurmaYank

In @VERN SEWARD’s Column, “A few Words About Steve Jobs”,

I thought when Apple announced the iPhone 4S, the ?S? might have stood for ?speed? due to the new A5 chip.
Then perhaps it was meant to mean ?Siri? since the new phone was the only version with Siri on it.
Now I know, the iPhone 4S is really the iPhone 4S(teve).”

Yes!  Absolutely!  The “iPhone 4 Steve”

Thank you, Phil, for that wonderful idea.

This comment by thinkman (@Macworld.com/Oct 5, 2011, “Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs dies at 56” by Philip Michaels), so thoroughly & deeply expresses the feelings and thoughts of my own grieving:

“I’m not a man who prays ordinarily, but I prayed in my heart, everyday, that Steve Jobs would last forever! He has been my hero for decades; a true one-of-a-kind!

A world without Steve Jobs?... unthinkable. What a journey he took us all on. I think the “reality distortion field” he was so often pegged with was actually a “reality field”, that not everyone got. Maybe they will now!

He saw what could be, and got us there!

R.I.P., Steve”

Gareth Harris

Here is a version of “Think Different” from Youtube
with Steve’s voice AND PICTURE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEPhLqwKo6g

Lee Dronick

Thanks Gareth. Did you do that video?

Gareth Harris

Sorry, hairy sir, I can’t take credit.

Lee Dronick

Sorry, hairy sir, I can?t take credit.

Well I am hirsute, gray, but groomed, as it may be smile

iJack

If you liked this tribute, you might also like this one:

That made me downright misty.
I guess it’s been coming for the last 24 hours.

FlipFriddle

Me too. That’s one of my favorite ads of all time. It’s genius.

RonMacGuy

Can someone name who each person is in order for me? I know the obvious ones but given my young age there are several I don’t know. grin

Lee Dronick

Can someone name who each person is in order for me? I know the obvious ones but given my young age there are several I don?t know.

I am pretty sure that it goes like this

Albert Einstein
Bob Dylan
Dr. Martin Luther King
Sir Richard Branson
John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Buckminster Fuller
Thomas Edison
Cassius Clay/Mohammed Ali
Ted Turner
Maria Callas
Mahatma Gandhi
Amelia Earhart
Alfred Hitchcock
Martha Graham
Jim Henson
Frank Lloyd Wright
Pablo Picasso
? I don’t know who is the young girl at the end

iJack

Someone handy with FC Pro X should add Steve’s image to this video. He’d be in good company.

Oh, and one more thing; I much prefer Steve’s voice to the one with Dreyfuss’ voice.  It’s calm and soothing.  He should have done more VOs on the Apple commercials.

Lee Dronick

Here is a link to some details about the commercial http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=436198 It includes a list of the people featured in the ad.

iJack

Here is a link to some details about the commercial…

When you click on the link in “The original commercial can be seen here: http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/redlightrunner/thinkdifferent.mov,” it automatically downloads the Dreyfuss version to your Mac as a .mov.  Now if I could just find a way to download the Steve-voice version…

Lee Dronick

iJack, it is a .mov file so we should be able to bring into QuickTime or iMove and append Steve’s photo to it. I have to run errands and won’t be able to try it until later.

iJack

Well, the .mov file is the Drefuss version.

I thought it would be cool to have and keep the SJ-voiced version, but with Steve’s image, perhaps replacing the little girl at the end.  Something like the image currently on Apple’s front page.  It would extend the original by a few seconds, but since the dialog is complete, a short length of silence wouldn’t hurt, given the circumstances.

Lee Dronick

iJack, I poked around a bit on the web and all I could find are Flash versions of the video. I understand that there are ways to download and convert those, but I haven’t gotten into it.

iJack

Oh well.  It was just a thought.  I download Flash movies once in a while, and I’m pretty sure that QT 7 Pro (I kept it for this very purpose) can convert/“save as” just about any format, to just about any other format.  And even though it’s not being supported any longer, VisualHub may be even better.  http://visualhubmac.gooofull.com/

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