Matthew Broderick‘s “Ferris Bueller” Super Bowl commercial for Honda got a ton of attention. It was fun to watch the seemingly ageless Broderick recreate his iconic eighties character. What was even more fun? Searching for easter eggs in the piece.
We’re sure you’ve spotted some of them, but here is the complete official list, courtesy RPA, the ad agency that made the spot, courtesy of EW.
In the talent agents office: On a shelf there’s an electric orb just like the one in Cameron’s room and a chair with a horse silhouette like the one in Ferris’ room. On the desk are the trophies that Principle Rooney had in his office as well as antacids and pens lined up, while the three white-out bottles are
a reference to the ones on Rooney’s secretary’s desk. There is a toy Ferrari in a glass case on the agent’s desk (Remember the one they took from Cameron’s dad?) The framed child’s drawing on the agent’s cabinet was the same picture on the fridge in Ferris’ house. The agent is holding a baseball, which is a reference to the foul ball Ferris catches at the Cub’s game. The agent’s name, Walter Linder, was in the reservation book at Chez Quis in the film. As for the name of the company where the agent works, Rozman, Peterson
& Frye is a tough one: Ferris’ mom’s
coworker was named Barbara Rozman, Sloan’s last name was Peterson, and
Cameron’s last name was Frye.
In Matthew Broderick’s hotel: The dog looks remarkably like the Bueller dog and the red phone is the same one from Ferris’ room.
In the Honda: The rabbit’s foot key chain is a reminder of Ferris and Cameron rubbing good luck charms when their car pulls up to the one Ferris’ dad is in. The name on the dashboard screen when Broderick makes a call is
Grace, Rooney’s secretary’s name. Grace’s phone number — 312-555-2800 —
contains both the area code for Chicago as
well as the street address for the Bueller house, minus the 555. The car’s license plate — SOCHOIC — refers to “so choice.
Outside the car: A flower delivery man, like the one in the film, played by Louie Anderson. There is a store window with a mannequin wearing the Ferris vest and one wearing Cameron’s cauduceus shirt, a sign for Chez Quiz, a guy in a trench coat and playing the Clarinet, which is the outfit Ferris wore when he picked up Sloan.
On the roller coaster: The guy sitting behind Broderick is wearing a Red Wings jersey like Cameron’s.
In the natural history museum: A man in the background is wearing
Ferris’ vest and beret and a woman wearing the Ronda t-shirt worn by one
of the members of the dance troop in the film’s parade scene. The
walrus scene is a reference to Ferris’ line about
the Beatles. “I could be the walrus. I’d still have to bum rides off
At the races: There’s a man holding a tiki glass like the one
Ferris drinks out of in his backyard. There’s also a guy wearing flip-up
shades like Rooney’s.
At the Chinese parade: There’s a girl on the sidewalk wearing Sloane’s
white fringe jacket, three construction workers dancing on the
sidelines, and a man wearing the same “HONORED GUEST” from the film.
At Chez Neuf: The valet stand has the same logo as the parking garage in
the movie. The name of the restaurant refers to the nine times Ferris
missed school in the movie.
How many of these did you catch? Yeah, we got about 5. “Life (and this commercial) moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”