The original commercial can be seen here:
The following is sourced here:
The campaign was made almost entirely in-house by the team at TBWA
Chiat/Day, Los Angeles:
Lee Clow, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer Worldwide, Account Director
Creative Directors: Ken Segall, Rob Siltanen, Eric Grunbaum, Amy Moorman.
Jennifer Golub, Executive Producer & Director, Art Director
Art directors: Jessica Schulman, Margaret Midgett, Ken Younglieb, Bob
Kuperman, Yvonne Smith, Susan Alinsangan.
Copywriter: Craig Tanimoto.
Dan Bootzin, Senior Editor of the in-house arm, Venice Beach Editorial.
Stock Photo and Film research was carried out by Susan Nickerson,
owner and head stock-footage researcher with Nickerson Research.
In 1998 the television spot won the second annual primetime Emmy Award
for best commercial from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
(ATAS). The ad also won a Belding, a Silver Lion at Cannes. The long
term campaign won an Effie award for marketing effectiveness.
***MY WORDS*** CHIAT/DAY IS PART OF
Stephanie Clarkson has had a desktop image page based on the ad, since
it aired in 1997. She gives biographical details for each of the
people featured in "Think Different #1".
Richard Dreyfuss reads the voiceover:
Here's to the Crazy Ones.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They're not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them,
disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing that you can't do, is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They invent. They imagine. They heal.
They explore. They create. They inspire.
They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or, sit in silence and hear a song that hasn't been written?
Or, gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
We make tools for these kinds of people.
While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world,
are the ones who do.
Think Different #1 featured the following footage:
Albert Einstein, smoking a pipe
Bob Dylan, moving to his harmonica
Martin Luther King, at the end of his Washington speech
Richard Branson, shaking champagne
John Lennon and Yoko Ono singing
Buckminster Fuller demonstrating the Bucky Ball
Thomas Edison thinking
Mohammed Ali dancing for the press
Ted Turner boxing the air with a smile
Maria Callas blowing a kiss
Mahatma Gandhi smiling
Amelia Earhart arriving
Alfred Hitchcock speaking
Martha Graham dancing
Jim Henson puppeteering
Frank Lloyd Wright walking by his home
A child dreaming
A bit of the background
Steve Jobs had just returned to the struggling company, Apple. Jobs
and Lee Clow had collaborated back in 1984 to launch the MacIntosh.
Now was the time to recover the sene of Apple's place in the world of
creative users. The TBWA Chiat/Day team said that Apple should be
aligned with the creativity of personalities and people making an
impact on the twentieth century. The "Think Different" phrase provided
an opportunity to celebrate both the creativity of these people but
also the distinctiveness of Apple in the computing world, responding
to IBM's historic campaign motto, "Think". The campaign was swiftly
approved by Apple, then begun with the television commercial, which
first ran on Sept. 28 1997, followed by the print ads, billboards and