Tic Tacs Are Little Adrenaline Junkies in The Martin Agency’s Charming Ads

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Voice-Over | 0 comments

They’re tiny hard candies that may be small enough to fit between your thumb and forefinger, but they’re still packed with adventure, says a fun new campaign from The Martin Agency.

Anthropomorphic Tic Tacs experience Hollywood-level excitement in four 30-second web spots, featuring miniature worlds wherein mints wear human garb and enjoy human experiences, like cage diving with sharks, riding barrels over the top of waterfalls, jumping classic sports cars over the Grand Canyon and piloting rocket ships to Mars.

Part of the brand’s clever “Go Little” positioning (almost like a modern-day version of “Think Small”), the clips are completely ridiculous, and thoroughly enjoyable—stupid and carefree, yet somehow on message.

The writing is clear and simple, with appropriately minor bits of suspense built into each spot. (Will the diminutive green daredevil stick the landing, or explode against the cliff face?) The visuals don’t disappoint, either, with charming detail on all the bite-sized models and inviting backdrops. (The spots were directed by Jeff Boddy of Martin’s in-house production company HueCry.)

And that’s not to mention the cheesy, retro-TV-style intros. “In a big world … dare to be little,” barks the voiceover. Meanwhile, even the campaign’s name, “Little Adventures,” is aptly on-the-nose. (Stories filmed in miniature are often adorable when done well. See also: McCann New York’s amusing work for French Toast Crunch.)

Overall, the point is clear, without having to say it in so many words: Tic Tacs, the heroes in these stories, are, perhaps counterintuitively, packed with flavor. The real question, then, becomes: If eating one is tantamount to space travel, what happens when you pour a dozen into your mouth?

CREDITS
Client: Tic Tac
VP of Marketing: Todd Midura
Marketing Director: Dan Cutchin

Agency: The Martin Agency
Chief Creative Officer: Joe Alexander
Group Creative Director: Danny Robinson
Associate Creative Director: John Szalay
Senior Designer: Todd Hippensteel
Copywriter II: Mark Habke
Executive Broadcast Producer: Letitia Jacobs
Associate Broadcast Producer: Emily Goodman
Junior Broadcast Producer: Nicolette Steele
Business Affairs Supervisor: Suzanne Wieringo
Senior Production Business Manager: Kelly Clow
Group Account Director: Darren Foot
Account Supervisor: Stephanie Brummell
Account Executive: Lauren Dushkoff
Project Manager: Hayley Soohoo
Senior Community Manager: Ari Sneider
Planning Director, UX Strategy: Meg Riley
Planning Director, Strategic Planning: Elizabeth Cleveland

Production Company: HueCry
Director: Jeff Boddy
Creative Director: Magnus Hierta
Executive Producer: Joe Montalbano
Producer: Colleen Hopkins
Production Coordinator: Abbey Reddington
Storyboard Artist: Timo Prousalis
Assistant Editor: Andrea De Leon
Designer: Shannon Rollins
Animators: Liam Ward, Timo Prousalis, Andrea De Leon
Set Design Company: Nix + Gerber
Set Designers: Lori Nix Kathleen Gerber

Live-Action Shoot: The Branching
Executive Producer: Lucas Krost
Producer: Alexandra Krost
Director of Photography: Thomas Bingham
Production Coordinator: Adela Satrova
1st AC: Tony Summerlin
2nd AC: Jack Payne
Media Manager: Rex Teese
Gaffer: Chris Thompson
Key Grip: Mike Flinn
Swing: Patrick McLynn
Production Assistant: Alex Delarosa

Offline Postproduction House: Running with Scissors
Head of Production – Brian Creech
Editor – Danny Reidy

Online Postproduction House: Running with Scissors
Colorist: Drew Neuhart
Flame Artist: Chris Hagan

Music Company: Tiny Lion
Composer: Tiny Lion

Mix company: Rainmaker
Mixer: Mike O’Conner

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