The Aflac Duck.

AFLAC Duck

The Aflac Insurance Duck is voiced by Gilbert Gottfried and created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.The duck concept and all of the commercials to date have been created by Kaplan Thaler Group, an advertising agency based in New York City. Struggling to come up with a concept to make the big but relatively obscure insurance company’s name memorable, one of the agency’s art directors stumbled upon the duck idea while walking around Central Park at lunchtime uttering, “Aflac, Aflac.” He soon realized how much the company’s name sounded like a duck’s quack. The Aflac Duck character has now starred in more than 30 commercials.(source: Wikipedia)

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  1. I love the Aflac duck. I was surprised to learn he’s voiced by Gilbert Gottfried, even more surprised to know that Henson is behind the duck himself! 😀 Have you seen the barnyard ad? I like that one. (Psh, I like them all.)

    Our Aflac agent told us that originally, Aflac was to be pitched by Ray Romano. At the time, “Everybody Loves Raymond” was a huge hit and they thought for sure that Romano would be a perfect spokesman. Apparently, the head honcho making the ad decisions preferred ducks. I’m SO glad.

    (I’ve got two plushie Aflac ducks. Who wants a plushie Ray Romano? :P)

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