Viral of the year: Tourism Australia creates spoof Crocodile Dundee sequel

Dec 4, 2018 | Australia and New Zealand, Online advertising, Online video, Viral and buyrals

It was casting choice that baffled the world: US comedy favourite Danny McBride playing the son of Mick “Crocodile” Dundee in a reboot of that the iconic 80’s film. But it was all an elaborate hoax to promote Australian Toursim.

YouTube trailers for Dundee: The Son Of A Legend Returns Home had viewers laughing and scratching their heads in equal measure: What was McBride doing playing the American son of Paul Hogan’s classic outback maverick alongside Aussie A-listers Chris Hemsworth, Margot Robbie, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe?

Tourism Australia went to a lot of effort to keep the hoax a secret until its reveal at the Super Bowl. Many thought it was a real movie.

The teaser trailer pretended it was an actual movie, coming to cinemas in 2018.

We now know the trailer was all part of a cheeky ad campaign from Tourism Australia to encourage Americans to come Down Under after it aired during the Super Bowl.

The move was part of a strategy to target high value, or high spending travellers, rather than targeting the mass market.

Tourism Australia has invested $36m in the campaign, which is the tourism body’s largest investment in the US market since Paul Hogan, the original Crocodile Dundee, fronted the iconic Come Say G’Day ads more than 30 years ago.

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