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MiraLAX's Animated Spot Brings 'Gutlightenment' to Occasional Constipation

Energy BBDO led the campaign to modernise the brand and refresh views on the embarrassing topic

MiraLAX's Animated Spot Brings 'Gutlightenment' to Occasional Constipation

The brand defies conventions by leaning into the feelings of irritability and frustration that arise from occasional constipation, helping consumers see gut health in a whole new light. Through an innovative set of vocabulary calling out how constipation can lead to a bad mood, the new bold and empowering campaign talks about an embarrassing topic in a refreshingly playful and relatable way.

A diverse cast of five modern, animated characters, created by Flavor Studios, shows that digestive backups can make any person irritable, or ‘Crankypated,’ like one of MiraLAX’s female characters says. It’s the first step in humanising the problem of constipation, showing characters that are cool and interesting but also reflect how people truly feel when they deal with a backed-up gut. 

“As words like ‘hangry’ have become more popular in pop culture, we wanted to highlight gut health in a similarly playful and easily understood way” says Energy BBDO ECD, Susan Treacy.

By highlighting how the product works naturally with the water in your body, the campaign puts MiraLAX in a special category. “Our focus is to generate awareness on the emotional impact of constipation, bringing MiraLAX into a broader wellness space, speaking to constipation sufferers who avoid taking laxatives that have aggressive ingredients with harsh side effects,” says Teresa Gonzalez-Ruiz, vice president marketing – nutritionals and digestive health.

The work will run on TV – starting July 6th – and digital/social media including Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest and Twitter. The campaign is the first one created in partnership with creative agency Energy BBDO, since the agency was awarded the MiraLAX business at the beginning of this year. Work featuring the other four characters will launch over the coming months.

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Client: Bayer

Title: Crankypated


Agency: Energy BBDO

Chief Creative Officers: Pedro Pérez, Josh Gross

Executive Creative Director: Susan Treacy

Creative Directors: Gloria Dusenberry, Manuel Torres, Jeff Cenna

Art Director: Allie Salzman

Senior Designer: Andrea Langley

Copywriter: Lucy Butka

Junior Copywriter: Madeline Stoiber

Head of Integrated Production: John Pratt

Executive Producer: Jeff Davis

Producer: Chris Totzke

Executive Director of Music: Daniel Kuypers,

Music Producer: Nick Maker

Music Busniess Coordinator: Karolina Barej

Client Service Director: Katie Clow

Account Supervisor: Serena Lignel

Assistant Account Executive: Jackson Dunn

Group Strategy Director: Jason Parker

Strategy Director: Elizabeth Brown

Junior Strategist: Antoinette Iacullo

Visual and Editing

Visual Effects and Editorial Company: Flavor (LA)

Executive Producer: Darren Jaffe

Producer: Wendy Umanzor

Creative Director: Jason Cook

Designers: Ella Yoon, Mack Neaton

Animators: Jason Carpenter, David Do, Andy Becker


Audio Company: Another Country (Chicago)

Executive Producer: Tim Konn

Producer: Louise Rider

Sound Designer/Mixer: Jordan Stalling

Audio Assistant: Brett Rossiter


Original Music Composition: Squeak E. Clean Studios (Chicago)

Composer: Rob Barbato

Creative Director: Justin Hori

Executive Producer: Chris Clark


Media Agency: GroupM (New York)

Category: Beauty & Health , Treatments

Genre: Animation , Dialogue