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Robot Brothers 'Purr and Grrr' Go Job Hunting in ŠKODA Spot from Frederic Planchon

Academy Films director teams up with Fallon London and Freefolk on heartwarming ad for the all-electric Enyaq iV SUV

Robot Brothers 'Purr and Grrr' Go Job Hunting in ŠKODA Spot from Frederic Planchon

ŠKODA has launched a new UK TV ad for its highly-anticipated all-electric Enyaq iV SUV; a car that signifies a bold new era for the Czech car company. Billed as the most important model ever introduced in the brand’s 126-year history, ŠKODA has partnered with Fallon London – a creative agency that sits within Leo Burnett – to produce a skilfully crafted 60 second animated TV ad that tells the story of how the Enyaq iV was ‘created’.  

Developed to showcase the car’s two distinct sides – eco-conscious and dynamic design – Fallon brought this duality to life by way of a heart-warming story of a human family who adopt two young baby robots.  As the story develops, the siblings’ personality differences become apparent – ‘Purr’ (the first sibling) is gentle and caring, while ‘Grrr’ (the second sibling) is impassioned and creative.  

After finishing school and leaving home, we see them try (and fail) at a variety of jobs - their two characters never quite in sync with each other until they stumble in to the ŠKODA factory. Here, their differences are embraced as we see Purr and Grrr, work in harmony to create a car that complements their personalities and the best of both worlds; the Enyaq iV.  

Directed by award-winning director, Frederic Planchon (of Academy Films), with post-production and animation led by Freefolk and in collaboration with Fallon, the film illustrates the car as an SUV for people who want the environmental benefits of driving electric without compromising on distinctive design.  

Kirsten Stagg, head of marketing ŠKODA UK, comments: “The campaign beautifully dramatises the two sides of our all-electric SUV; a striking looking, design-led car that is kind to the environment. It’s the most important car in our history and we set ourselves bold ambitions for both creativity and memorability for this launch. Working with Fallon, we were able to bring-to-life this next step in our Driven by Something Different creative platform and the new era of electromobility for ŠKODA.” 

The advert continues the evolution of the brand’s ‘Driven by Something Different’ campaign, which began in 2017 with Sir Bradley Wiggins – seen as a pivotal new chapter for ŠKODA in the UK – and continued with renowned UK artist Paloma Faith (from 2018 to 2020).  

Chaka Sobhani, CCO, Leo Burnett and Fallon London said: “This was one of our most creatively ambitious campaigns to date for ŠKODA, both in terms of creating a big, beautifully crafted story that really brings to life the differences of the Enyaq iV, but trying to do that in lockdown. With the help of the phenomenal Frederic Planchon, we hope we’ve created a story full of heart and humanity that shows the magic that can happen when two opposing forces come together. We’re very excited to introduce Purr and Grrr to the world.” 

Alongside the 60 second TV ad, 30 and 20 second versions have been created. The multi-million pound campaign will be supported by VOD, OOH and digital activity. Media is handled by Omnicom Media Group’s PHD who have secured a unique partnership with Channel 4 that includes ad break takeovers where Purr and Grrr will build the Channel 4 logo across six different idents. TV spots will also run across a plethora of channels including during major sporting events this summer. The Multi-media campaign will also involve social media (Ogilvy), e-CRM (RAPP), digital (Tribal Worldwide), data (Merkle) and retailer marketing (ITG).  

The Enyaq iV is ŠKODA’s first purpose-built battery electric car, which launches in UK showrooms on 18 June 2021. 

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Credits

CAMPAIGN TITLE: Robots

ADVERTISING AGENCY: Fallon London

CLIENT: ŠKODA UK – Kirsten Stagg, Peter McLeod, Stephanie Sharp

CCO: Chaka Sobhani

EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mark Elwood

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Graham Lakeland

CREATIVE: Gareth Butters

DESIGNER: Phil Bosher / Will Rees

PLANNER: Olly Markeson

BUSINESS LEAD: Liam Hopkins

ACCOUNT TEAM: Tegwen Tucker (AD), Harry Glynn (AE)

AGENCY PRODUCER: Larissa Miola

MEDIA BUYING AGENCY: PHD

MEDIA PLANNER: Laura Gee

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Academy

DIRECTOR: Frederic Planchon

PRODUCER: Lucy Gossage

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Simon Cooper

EDITOR: Sam Rice Edwards @ The Assembly Rooms

POST-PRODUCTION: Jason Watts & Harin Harani @ Freefolk

COLOURIST: Paul Harrison @ Freefolk

POST PRODUCER: Fi Kilroe & Cheryl Payne @ Freefolk

AUDIO POST-PRODUCTION: Ben Leeves & Luke Isom @ Jungle

COMPOSER: Theo Vidgen @ Air Edel

MEDIA BUYING AGENCY: Omnicom Media Group’s PHD

Category: Automotive , Cars

Genre: Storytelling , Visual VFX