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18 February 2019

Animal House II

by Andrew MacGregor

The Times/The Sunday Times: “Politics. Tamed.” - 40s

This 40" ad for The Times and The Sunday Times transforms the House of Commons into a den of - and by no means limited to - snakes, sheep, and vultures. We would make a joke along the lines of "So what's new?", but we'll leave that to the reader.

Also left to the viewers' discretion is choosing which real-life politician to pair with their animal counterpart. Given Westminster's ongoing unrest, it shouldn't be too difficult naming an ostrich with its head in the sand or a pack of hyenas cackling at their beleaguered opponent.

Tying this impressively rendered creature feature together is a rendition of ‘Talk to the Animals' from Doctor Dolittle. While translating MPs' rigmarole may seem like an impossible task, The Times and its sister paper - represented here by the lion and unicorn which bear their logos - claim they have the requisite smarts.

Film Production: Framestore Pictures Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: William Bartlett
Producer: Polly Du Plessis
Cinematographer: Thomas Hole
Art Department: Nick Ellis
Editor: Eve Ashwell ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ @ The Assembly Rooms Ⓟ Ⓦ
Post Production: Helen Hughes (Exec Prod.) @ Framestore Ⓟ Ⓦ
VFX: Josh King (Snr Prod.) / Suzanne Jandu (Head of 2D) @ Framestore Ⓟ Ⓦ
Compositor: Chris Baker
3D VFX: Dave Watson
Sound Design: Jungle Ⓟ Ⓦ
Audio Mix: Ben Leeves
Music Production: Native Ⓟ Ⓦ
Voiceover: Jason Isaacs

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