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innocent's Little Drinks Have Big Environmental Dreams in Cheery Spot

Mother and Blink show how big dreams can save the planet for animated campaign

innocent's Little Drinks Have Big Environmental Dreams in Cheery Spot

innocent drinks launches Little Drinks, Big Dreams – a new brand platform designed to connect a new generation of drinkers with its ongoing mission to make great-tasting healthy drinks, using the best of nature and with no added sugar, that help people and the planet.

In its new TV ad, created by Mother London, launching across Europe from 19th May, innocent shows audiences how its big dream to help the planet, and people live well and die old, and for communities to thrive has never been more relevant. innocent’s Little Drinks, Big Dreams campaign hopes to inspire audiences to take action, no matter how small, for a healthy, happier planet, showing how collective, positive action can drive big change.

The scene is set through a cheerily ironic song accompanied by simple animations – created in collaboration with artist and illustrator Matt Blease – designed to be both entertaining and thought-provoking. The storyline acknowledges while the need for change is becoming more urgent, innocent has the ability to inspire people and businesses to play their part in a more positive future.

The simple, gently self-mocking film sets out to show how environmental awareness needn’t be a chore. It tells the story of a man and his aquatic sidekick, Otter, as their boat is hijacked by revellers so intent on celebrating the mess they are making that they don’t see a giant waterfall approaching. Everyone sings gleefully about “messing up the planet” until they all find themselves facing certain doom and hanging off the edge of a cliff. This stark metaphor for planetary peril is allayed swiftly when the loveable Otter and his ukulele signal a change in the song. The second half of the film takes us to a better place where the characters change their ways and “get fixing up the planet!”. 

As the original purpose-driven drinks brand, innocent has always been at the forefront of sustainable business, balancing commercial success, creating tasty healthy drinks with community activism  – whether knitting hats to tackle loneliness for Age UK, building a new carbon-neutral 'Blender' in Rotterdam to produce juices and smoothies, equipping 1.5 million school kids with seeds and tools to learn about growing food through its Big Grow, or leading this year’s national campaign for the Better Business Act in Parliament.

The brand’s new visual identity – as seen in the TV ad – is accompanied by a poster campaign that shares more of innocent’s big dreams and highlights how the little drinks company is achieving them. This includes giving 10% of profits to charity to help combat world hunger and being a good business partner to nature by committing to be fully carbon neutral before 2030, as well as initiatives to safeguard biodiversity across thousands of hectares of farmland worldwide – and never, ever adding sugar to its products. 

Douglas Lamont, CEO of innocent drinks, said: “The launch of innocent’s Little Drinks, Big Dreams is an important moment for us. It gives us a platform to talk about the many fantastic initiatives within the company – from carbon reduction to recycling, sustainable farming and helping people and communities – sharing information and what we’ve learnt along the way and hopefully inspiring others.

“This year is shaping up to be a major opportunity for UK businesses to look beyond the pandemic towards the sort of world we want for ourselves and future generations. innocent is determined to play its part in that conversation – whether through our role in the Better Business Act coalition, or our ongoing B-Corp commitment. innocent’s Little Drinks, Big Dreams is both a marker of where we stand and a way of showing where we’re going.”

Kirsty Hunter, group marketing director of innocent drinks, said: “Since we launched in 1998, we’ve believed in doing business the right way. And we know our drinkers are just like us. They’re optimists who believe that collective action can help our planet and communities thrive. 

“This year we wanted to continue to inspire people to take those small actions that can make a big difference. At a time where our world is facing so many challenges, it felt like the right time to shout about what we do. Little Drinks, Big Dreams reminds audiences that they too can be recycling activists and climate changers alongside us. By talking about our products and our mission as one, we hope we can raise a smile and spark action, no matter how small.”

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Creative agency: Mother

Strategy: Mother

Creative: Mother


Production Co: Blink

Director: Alex Grigg

Illustrator: Matt Blease @ Breed London

EP: Bart Yates

Head of Business Dev: Clive Olamiju

Producer: Melissa Venet


Sound Studio: Wave

Engineer: Jack Sedgwick

Producer: Beth Tomblin


Music Company: Pitch & Sync

Co-Founder: Simon Robinson

Head of Music: Rebecca Leon

Sound Designer: Ben Hauke


Post House: Envy

Producer: Rebecca Townsend

Production Consultancy

Production Consultancy: Murphy Cobb

Production Consultant: Jonathan Smith

Transcreation Agency

Transcreation Agency: Creative Drive

Managing Producer: Peter Burgess

Account Director: Nadine Hagenow

Producer: Sinead O'Malley

Delivery Agency

Delivery Agency: BEAM


Illustrator: Matt Blease @ Breed London

Photography: Colin Campbell at Gill Turner

Post for Retouching and DOOH Animations: Wellcom

Category: Fruit Juices , Soft Drinks

Genre: Animation