updated: This post will be updated with the latest Walmart Black Friday video.
Office Space is back in the office water cooler discussion again.
Twenty-three years after it became a cult classic about workplace frustrations, the ever-relevant Office Space crew has been brought back to life by Walmart.
In an ad campaign leading up to Black Friday on Nov. 25, Walmart revived the 1999 movie with Initech regulars.
There’s smug Gary Cole back in his role as the mug-holding Bill Lumbergh, manager of Initech. Frustrated code worker Samir Nagheenanajar (Ajay Naidu) also returns. There’s also Michael Bolton — the real one, not the character played by David Herman — And there’s Lawrence (Diedrich Bader), the handyman known to put in the drywall in Las Colinas.
Best of all, there’s Nina (Kinna McInroe) putting callers on hold with her pert “Thanks for calling Initech, Nina speaking, just a moment.” And, the overly perky female temp (Jennifer Jane Emerson) offers: “Oooh! Looks like someone’s got a case of the Mondays!”
Walmart is expanding its Black Friday approach, reminding shoppers that many of its sales and bargains are showing up online at the start of the week instead of Wednesdays and Black Friday. The ads will be shown in episodic fashion each Monday in November. Here they are, in order:
“What better way to shine a light and bring attention to Mondays than the movie Office Space,” said Lea Ciskowski Shackelford, Walmart’s senior manager of global communications.
The movie has strong Texas connections. Former Garland resident Mike Judge directed and filmed parts of Office Space in Dallas and Austin. Judge also played the role of Stan, the flair-obsessed manager at Chotchkie’s.
Jennifer Aniston and former Garland resident Mike Judge share a scene in “Office Space”.(20th Century Fox / 20th Century Fox)
Judge was inspired by animated short films he saw at the Inwood Theater, he told Sportsradio 96.7 FM/1310 The Ticket (KTCK-AM) in a 2015 interview. He went to the Richardson Public Library and checked out books on animation.
“The first thing I ever finished animating was called Office Space, and it was Milton with a stapler,” Judge said. “I animated it right there in Richardson. I did it all in my house with a little Bolex movie camera.”