What we didn't know is that Kia planned on basically turning her into a cartoon character.
Melissa McCarthy's CGI double goes through hell in this Kia ad
The basic premise of the ad—most ways of saving the environment are hard, but driving the 40-plus-mpg Kia Niro isn't—is clever enough. And seeing the delightfully charismatic McCarthy enthusiastically bop her way through one failed attempt at eco-activism after another would be entertaining...if Kia didn't feel compelled to show her (or rather, her computer-generated stunt double) suffering enough blunt force trauma to make Wile E. Coyote feel sorry for her.
Honestly, we at The Drive kind of felt like Kia missed an opportunity by not hiring Robert de Niro to hawk the Niro.
MAN: Hey look, honey, it's the Niro!
DE NIRO: You talkin' to me?
Boom. Better commercial. (No offense, Melissa. You're great.)
P.S. Let's be honest, Kia knew exactly what it was doing with this shot.