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Publicis Groupe Taps into a Child's Perspective of Lockdown for Kellogg's Back to School Campaign

K1, a customised Power of One team from Publicis Groupe and Nexus' smith & foulkes tell the tale of lockdown through childlike animation

Publicis Groupe Taps into a Child's Perspective of Lockdown for Kellogg's Back to School Campaign

The latest TV campaign for Kellogg’s follows the adventurous story of a young boy’s experience of lockdown with his father as he prepares to return to school. 

The campaign has been created by K1, a customised Power of One team from Publicis Groupe which brings together the best in creative and digital expertise from Leo Burnett and Digitas. 

Opening with an animation sequence and the boy enthusiastically declaring 'well, that was the longest break ever!', the 30 second film goes on to show what he got up to with his father over lockdown, from playing football to homeschooling and talking online with his grandparents (on mute). 

The film then transitions into live action and the two enjoying a bowl of Kellogg’s cereal, the boy ready to leave for school before reassuring his Dad that they will ‘still do breakfast’, finishing on the Kellogg’s tagline: ‘Whatever you do, we do breakfast’. 

Directed by Oscar-nominated duo Smith & Foulkes, the boy’s imagination is also brought to life by the colourful, hand-drawn style of Argentinian animator Dante Zaballa. 

A real father and son were cast in the advert to ensure safety during the shoot and to give a real-life element to the story, helping Kellogg’s reconnect with other parents across the nation as they prepare for the reopening of the schools in early September.

Christine O’Brien, European brand director at Kellogg’s, said: “We felt that as the nation navigates this unique time, we needed to acknowledge the anticipation felt by families as they prepare their children to return to school. Kellogg’s cereals play a large part in the lives of households, and the new commercial reflects our ambition to bring fun to the breakfast table.”  

Emma de la Fosse, ECD for K1 added: “We wanted to show that the return to school in September is going to be just as big a deal for parents as it is for kids and thus bring some humour and levity into the story.” 

‘Perfect Back to School’ is a multi-brand ad for Kellogg’s cereals. The ad will premiere on ITV during The Voice Kids and will run from 23rd August 2020 for two weeks. Media planning and buying is led by Carat. 


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K1 ECD: Emma de la Fossé

EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Charlie Wilson

COPYWRITER: Emma de la Fossé, Charlie Ditchfield

ART DIRECTOR: Charlie Wilson, Connor Stephen

ACCOUNT TEAM: Jessica Lyons, Alex Light

AGENCY PRODUCER: Javré Dow

BUSINESS LEAD: Lauren Martin

PLANNER: Amelia Redding

MEDIA BUYING AGENCY: Carat

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Nexus Studios

DIRECTOR: Smith & Foulkes

ILLUSTRATOR/ANIMATOR: Dante Zaballa

Category: Breakfast , Food

Genre: Animation , Dialogue , People