MTN DEW® Zero Sugar Ad Says New Formula Is As Good As the Original, Maybe Even Better

Jan. 29, 2020

MTN DEW® Proves That MTN DEW® Zero Sugar Is "As Good As The Original" With Super Bowl Ad That Reimagines Classic Movie, The Shining

  • On February 2, the brand is introducing an iconic character from the film to star in social content. Tony, Danny's invisible friend who talks to him through his finger, will take center-stage in various Super Bowl commentary and conversations through Instagram stories. DEW NATION and fans of The Shining will be able to follow along on social with the hashtags #MTNDEWZeroSugar and #TheShining.
  • On Super Bowl Sunday, the brand will launch an augmented reality Snapchat filter allowing fans to superimpose themselves into the twins scene in the DEW commercial, which makes reference to the famed and creepy twins from The Shining. Fans across the nation can thrill their followers with the filter, which will launch and be available on game day and beyond.
  • Lastly, The Shining twins live on in popular culture as memes and MTN DEW will tap into their notoriety with a TikTok initiative native to the platform. The #AsGoodAsTheOG Challenge will make creative use of the "twin" tool and dance challenge to rally TikTok-ers to participate.

PURCHASE, N.Y., Jan. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- MTN DEW® will showcase MTN DEW® Zero Sugar, the newest offering from the beverage brand, in a thirty second in-game advertisement during Super Bowl LIV on February 2. The television commercial kicks off an omni-channel marketing campaign that touts the tagline "As Good As the Original, Maybe Even Better," and puts a twist on a scene from the classic Warner Bros. Pictures horror film, The Shining. The ad features actors, Bryan Cranston and Tracee Ellis Ross in a fun re-imagination of the famous "Here's Johnny" scene from the film.

"DEW launched a Zero Sugar product for the first time ever this January and we're using our Super Bowl spot to tell fans it's 'As Good As the Original, Maybe Even Better.' We partnered with two major Hollywood actors to help us tell that story on one of the world's biggest stages," said Erin Chin, Senior Director, Marketing, MTN DEW. "We hope fans will enjoy the unexpected humor and fantastic casting of Tracee and Bryan."

"Heeeere's MTN DEW Zero!"

Watch Bryan Cranston as Jack Torrance, and Tracee Ellis Ross as his wife, Wendy Torrance in the MTN DEW Zero Sugar Super Bowl commercial HERE. Both actors brought their comedic persona to the ad, with the intent of bringing laughs to a scene that has terrorized audiences for decades. This modernized MTN DEW version of the story, further showcased how some things really can be as good as the original.

Audiences first saw a hint of the creative through a teaser posted on MTN DEW Instagram (watch HERE), with a fresh take on The Shining's ominous typewriter scene.

The 30-second ad was first revealed on Instagram by Tracee Ellis Ross.

MTN DEW to Dominate the "Second Screen" During the Game

Surrounding the big game, MTN DEW is bringing elements from the TV commercial to consumers through Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok.

Tony is not the only character from The Shining to make a special cameo, MTN DEW-style. Meet: the twins.

MTN DEW will make a charitable contribution, matched by Bryan Cranston, to FilmAid, a 501C3 organization, that harnesses the power of film to inform, educate and inspire vulnerable communities around the world.

MTN DEW Zero Sugar

MTN DEW Zero Sugar is a great-tasting beverage that offers fans all the bold charge and flavor of the original MTN DEW, now with zero sugar. The thirst-quenching beverage is arguably As Good As the Original, Maybe Even Better. It is available for purchase across retail stores nationwide.

Fans can watch the full Super Bowl spot on MTN DEW social channels and follow the conversation online @MountainDew.  Additionally, a 60-second version of the commercial will be released via the MTN DEW YouTube channel after the Super Bowl -


MOUNTAIN DEW®, a product of PepsiCo North America Beverages, is the No. 1 flavored carbonated soft drink in the U.S. With its one-of-a-kind citrus taste, MOUNTAIN DEW exhilarates and quenches with every sip. In addition to the original MOUNTAIN DEW and DIET MOUNTAIN DEW®, the permanent DEW® product line includes MTN DEW ICE™, MTN DEW® KICKSTART™, MOUNTAIN DEW CODE RED®, MOUNTAIN DEW PITCH BLACK®, MOUNTAIN DEW VOLTAGE®, MOUNTAIN DEW WHITE OUT®, MTN DEW® Label Series and new MTN DEW® ZERO SUGAR. For more information, check out or follow on Twitter @mountaindew.

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