DAVID reviews

14 November 2017

Waitrose: A black and white issue.

by Jason Stone


Waitrose: “Snowed In” - 90s

Waitrose's Christmas commercial ticks most of the boxes you hope will receive an affirmative mark at this time of year, but you can't get away from a rather strange decision. While the scenario is a good one which lends itself to a depiction of the cosiest of Christmas meals, the decision to stay in black and white leaves the food itself looking unappealingly short of warmth.

It's a pity as there have been few seasonal commercials featuring snow this year and - as much as we know how unlikely it is that the day itself will be marked by any of the white stuff falling from the sky - it's a shared fantasy to picture a snowswept landscape as we draw back the curtains on the 25th.

It's famously said of a stopped clock that even it is correct twice a day... and it turns out the opposite is true too - even the most perfectly-calibrated machine is off-kilter once in a while. adam&eveDDB's firm handle on Christmas advertising is a little loose for once but we feel certain it's an aberration rather than a malaise.


Creative Agency: adam&eveDDB Ⓟ Ⓦ
CCO: Richard Brim
Creative Director: Ben Priest
Creative: Matt Gay
Account Director: Abi Robinson
Account Manager: Kathryn Armstrong
Planner: Martin Beverley / Hugh de Winton
TV Producer: Kreepa Laxman
Ass't Prod (Agency): Laurelle May
Film Production: Academy Films Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Martin de Thurah Ⓦ
Producer: Medb Riordan
Executive Producer: Simon Cooper
Cinematography: Niels Thastum
Post Production: Alex Fitzgerald / Kirsty Ratcliffe @ The Mill Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Sam Ashwell @ 750MPH
Music Supervision: Sean Craigie-Atherton / Sian Rogers @ Siren Ⓦ
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