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Karen Cunningham Explores ‘The Wonder of Why’ for Thomas & Friends

Thomas Thomas Films director teams with Brave to launch super cute spot for Mattel

Karen Cunningham Explores ‘The Wonder of Why’ for Thomas & Friends

As any parent knows, children just love to ask ‘why’, often more than 300 times a day. The new campaign for Thomas & Friends and Brave celebrates that endless curiosity. Directed by Thomas Thomas' Karen Cunningham, the spot focuses on those every day conversations that anyone who spends a lot of time with children will recognise. 

Great casting was central to the spot and director Karen worked with families all over the country, shooting them in their favourite environments to create a real sense of authenticity. As a director Karen is known for really bringing children's performances to life by encouraging them to use their own imagination and language to shape the spot. Cunningham "immediately loved the script as it was not about the toys or the product, but about the imagination and how creative play shapes the people that children become".

Karen Cunningham has an extensive body of work including Cannes-winning ‘Imagine the Possibilities’ and ‘Dream Gap’ for Barbie as well as spots for Uncle Ben's, Unicef, Save the Children and the Ad Council.

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Advertiser: Mattel

Brand: Thomas & Friends

Global Marketing Director: MEGAN PASHEL

Production Company

Production Company: Thomas Thomas Films

Executive Producer: Philippa Thomas

Director: Karen Cunningham

DOP: Callan Green

Producer: Chris Gill Chp


Edit Company: FINAL CUT

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: Brave

Creative Director: Liam Fenton

Producer: Amber Clayton

Production Assistant: Emma Eaton

Category: Media and Entertainment , TV and Radio

Genre: Comedy , Documentary , People