Family Explores Nostalgia and Togetherness in Touching Toyota Christmas Ad
Toyotathon is back for its 38th year with a 100-second holiday commercial that showcases a family’s multi-generational story. 'R+S' premiered Tuesday night, November 28th, on NBC during 'The Voice' in an isolated pod, with no other advertising or promotional spots surrounding it. This 100-second spot comes at a time when most networks are reducing commercial time.
"The Winter holiday season seems to get longer every year with retail advertising starting earlier than the year before. Of course we have retail ads just like our competitors, but we believe it's also important to remind customers of the true meaning of the holiday season," noted Ed Laukes, group vice president, Toyota Marketing, Toyota Motor North America. "Through proprietary research, we identified a way to break through the clutter with an emotional message and resonate with consumers. In addition, the 100-second spot was shot in a style similar to This is Us, and because the ad has context, we believe the relevance will increase the impact of the spot given it will air in an isolated pod between The Voice and This is Us."
“The natural connection with Toyota’s new creative and such a powerful night of family viewing illustrates the power of contextual messaging which still reigns king,” said Linda Yaccarino, Chairman, Advertising Sales and Client Partnerships, NBC Universal. “Engaging, emotional creative combined with the unparalleled environment of television is the ultimate platform for a marketer to reach audiences at scale and enhance the consumer experience.”
'R+S' unfolds like a film as it tells a family’s multi-generational story using a much loved family tree as the centrepiece. The narrative starts with the grandparents as a young couple and the tree bares their initials, “R+S.” The story continues decades later after the tree has fallen from natural causes. During the holiday season the grandparents visit their daughter’s home to find a framed picture of themselves as a young couple in front of their special tree. As the rest of the family hides in anticipation, they see the inscription of their initials “R+S” on the table and quickly realise its their beloved tree.
The spot features a real family of actors including grandparents, their daughter and her husband and children. The director, award-winning cinematographer, Lance Acord, filmed in central California and cast a family from the same area. “The story comes to life because it represents real families. The central point of the narrative, the tree, is also a metaphor for life and the underlying theme of a matriarch passing on the torch from one generation to the next,” said director Lance Acord.
Acord directed the spot in a way that makes the viewer re-experience the holidays from another family’s lens and carries that emotion with them to their own family festivities. Fostering the true meaning of the holidays, togetherness, Toyota tugs at the viewer's heartstrings by focusing on the family’s story to create a relatable, emotional experience during the hectic holiday season.
“R+S” premiered on NBC with the special 100-second airing before moving to top theatres nationwide for in-cinema play in National CineMedia (NCM)’s Noovie pre-show on over 20,600 movie screens from December 1st-28th. A mix of :30 and :60 versions of “R+S” will air on television December 10th-24th.
Strategic Planner: Brittany Berman
Senior Copywriter: Craig Lederman
Project Manager: Katie Wood / Jon Cindric
Music Supervisor: Kristen Hosack
Management Supervisor: Lauren Messina
Head of Content Production: Sara Seibert
Group Account Director: Ginger Christensen
Executive Producer: Pamela Parsons
Executive Creative Director: John Payne
Director of Integrated Production: Lalita Koehler
Director of Business Affairs: Linda Daubson
Creatives: Scott Wracher, Cynthia Brown, Nick Miller, Eric Cavanagh
Creative Director: Leo Circo
Creative Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi
Copywriters: Richard Beahm
Content Producer: Antonietta Croft
Communications Director: John Lisko
Chief Strategy Officer: Mark Turner
Chief Creative Officer: Jason Schragger
Business Affairs Manager: Katie Banghart/Erin D'Angelo
Associate Creative Director: Chip McDonald
Art Director: Brian Morgan
Account Supervisor: Charles Paterson
Account Director: Nicole Timerson
Producer: Remy Foxx
Executive Producer: CL Weaver
Editor: Shane Reid
Edit Company: Exile Editorial
Edit Assistant: Cutler Gray
Post Production / VFX
Telecine: Ricky Gausis
Producer: Pravina Sippy
Finish: Matt Motal @ Arsenal Creative
Production Company: Park Pictures
Line Producer: Caroline Kousidonis
Head of Production: Anne Bobroff
Executive Producer: Scott Howard/Jackie Kelman Bisbee
Director: Lance Acord
Category: Automotive , Cars