Flying Ostrich Finds Moment of Joy in New Cadbury Ad

Johannesburg - Cadbury aims to create a moment of joy with its new ‘Glass and a Half Full Production' Cadbury Dairy Milk TV commercial, created by Saatchi & Saatchi Johannesburg, who came up with the innovative concept of a flying Ostrich.

"The brief was to make people feel the same joy they experience when they eat Cadbury Dairy Milk, so we came up with the idea of using an Ostrich  and thought that an Ostrich , being a bird, would find the ultimate joy in flying, so our Ostrich goes sky diving," says Saatchi & Saatchi Johannesburg's Executive Creative Director, Adam Wittert.

The Reveal

The ad begins with a slow and deliberate reveal of an Ostrich who is walking through a stack of wooden crates. At first we're not sure where he is, or what he is doing. He may be in a warehouse, in the hull of a ship, anywhere. Close-ups then show the Ostrich as determined and very focused.

But on what? It is only revealed that he is in the cargo hold of an airplane when we see the cargo door start opening and at that stage realise he is about to jump out of the plane.

The music, "I gotta be me" by Sammy Davis Jnr, begins to reach a crescendo as he limbers up and begins running towards the open door and the sky beyond. He jumps. This is his big moment of joy - thousands of feet up in the air, flying. He spreads his wings and manages to soar through the sky just like a real bird.

At the very last second he pulls his ripcord and his parachute opens up and we end with the Ostrich drifting along happily under the purple branded parachute and the title, ‘A Glass and a Half Full of Joy'. 

And that, says Wittert, is what the story and the brand are all about. "Eating Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate mirrors the same physical and emotional experience of pure joy."

He points out that Saatchi & Saatchi Johnnesburg ensured that the production was world-class. "From our Director Peter Truckle, to the choice of music, the aerial photography and the animatronic special-effects, we think we have achieved a memorable commercial," he adds. "From a production point of view we pulled out all the stops, including building an exact replica of the interior of the airplane that is featured in the ad."

‘Glass and a half' 

The Cadbury "Glass and a Half Production" concept, which creates stories with a bit of magic, saw the successful Dairy Milk Gorilla TV commercial kicking off the concept more than a year ago, where a Gorilla gets to experience that moment of joy when he gets to play drums to a classic Phil Collins rock song. The ad received high praise both in South Africa and internationally.

"Ostrich takes the campaign to the next level by being rooted in the human truth of being true to who you are, its uniquely South African flavour, and ultimately entertaining execution" explains Mike Middleton, Cadbury marketing director.

He says that the music track, "I gotta be me" by Sammy Davis Jnr, was specifically chosen and is used to great effect in the commercial. "The words to the song and the visuals work together to make a more powerful story," he adds.

World Class

Middleton says that this is a proudly South African production that has been produced to a world class standard. "The idea for the commercial is both powerful and universal, therefore we feel confident that it will appeal to a global audience," he adds.

Saatchi & Saatchi Johannesburg MD, Grant Meldrum, says that the Joburg office worked closely with Saatchi & Saatchi Fallon in the UK. "This ensured that we produced a TV commercial that would have global appeal and, at the same time underpinned the possibilities of achieving pure joy and remained true to the brand's proposition."

TVC Credits:
Advertised Brand: Cadbury
Advert Title: I gotta be me
Advertising Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, Johannesburg, South Africa
Creative Director: Adam Wittert
Art Director: Keisha Meyerson
Copywriter: Bruce Murphy
Illustrator: Bladeworks
Cinematography: Werner Maritz, Peter Samuelson
Director: Peter Truckel
Film Company: Catapult Commercials
Music & Sound Composition: Hey Pappa Legiond, Freqncy


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