Feb 24, 2012

Video: 170,000 Bouncy Balls Going Down a Hill in San Francisco

created at: 02/23/2012

I am completely and utterly obsessed with this video. It's actually an advertisement for the Sony Bravia TV from 2005 [Edit: I had originally said this was from 2010, but was kindly corrected by a number of astute readers], however I never saw it, so it's new to me (and hopefully some of you). 

created at: 02/23/2012

Here's the premise: 170,00 bouncy balls are bounced down a hill in San Francisco, creating a cascade of colorful chaos. It's truly a beautiful site to behold (slow motion helps). And for all you skeptics out there that are thinking it's just CGI: take a look at the video at the end of this post that shows how this super ball stunt was done.  



And this video shows the making of the bouncy ball commercial:

Now if you'll excuse me, I think I'm going to go buy some bouncy balls and drive my co-workers insane.


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Anonymous on Dec 23, 2014:

What happened to the frog?

martin on Feb 27, 2012:

I updated this post to reflect the correct year of the advertisement. Sorry if my error riled anybody up too much.

Anonymous on Feb 27, 2012:

As already mentioned, it was from '05/'06 perhaps a quick wiki search next time if you're gonna post an article about an old advert...

martin on Feb 25, 2012:

The song in the background is 'Heartbeats' by José González (it's on his album titled 'Veneer').

Anonymous on Feb 25, 2012:

Any idea what the name of the artist and song being played in the background of the commercial are?

martin on Feb 24, 2012:

Thanks for the clarification, Cal. I had never seen it before and was just going by the date it was uploaded to YouTube.

Cal on Feb 24, 2012:

2010? Try 2005. That commercial is seriously old, but it's still pretty nifty to watch.