Once, when we were just a junior Jalopnik, chilling in our dorm room at 2:00 am with only a flashlight and 17 bags of mushrooms (just kidding, mom), we decided to stage "Beowulf" in shadow puppetry. Unfortunately, a semi-serious retnal injury — via an errant forefinger during Grendel's entrance scene — doomed the show to an early closing. We're reminded of that sad night by this German ad for Volkswagen's Phaeton, created by Hamburg agency Grabarz & Partner Werbeagentur. Bravo, VW, for fulfilling our artistic aspirations so deftly.

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