John Lewis launches Christmas ad campaign 'Moz The Monster' via adam&eveDDB, London

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Set to a cover version of The Beatles' song 'Golden Slumbers', performed by Elbow; directed by Oscar winning director Michel Gondry 
 
John Lewis has launched its much anticipated 2017 Christmas advertising campaign 'Moz The Monster' on johnlewis.com, social media channels and in its shops across the UK.  

The commercial, via agency adam&eveDDB, London, was first shown tonight on British TV at around 9.30pm on Channel 4 and at approximately the same time it was broadcast on all Sky's own channels. 

Set to a cover version of The Beatles' song 'Golden Slumbers', recorded by British band Elbow, the two minute spot tells a heartwarming story of a little boy called Joe, who is kept awake by a 7ft imaginary Monster called Moz who is living under his bed. The two form a friendship and play together every evening, but staying awake through the night starts to take its toll on Joe, who can hardly keep his eyes open during the day.  For Christmas, Joe receives the perfect gift of a night light which helps him finally get some peace and quiet from Moz, and a good night's sleep. Just as you think the ad has come to a close, Joe turns the light back off and hears the familiar rumblings of his friend and is reminded that he can bring Moz back any time he thinks of him. 

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Moz The Monster was created by adam&eveDDB and was directed by French director Michel Gondry who is best known for his feature films Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep and The Green Hornet. He has also directed legendary music videos for Bjork, Daft Punk, the White Stripes and the Rolling Stones. 
 
Michel is represented by production company Partizan and is well known for directing one of the most awarded commercials of all time - Levis Drugstore. More recently he has been directing commercials for Gap, Nike, Coca Cola, Pandora and Apple.
 
Says Craig Inglis, John Lewis's Customer Director: "This year's Christmas campaign brings to life the power of children's imaginations and the joy of  great friendships.  Moz and Joe's story is magical and heartwarming and I'm sure it will be loved by all of our customers, young and old." 

Adds Michel Gondry: "When I told my ex girlfriend I was doing the next John Lewis Christmas film she said: You have big shoes to fill, this John Lewis commercial must make people cry, don't forget.  Last week I showed it to her and she cried. Phew."

The 'Golden Slumbers' track will be included in Elbow's 'Best Of' album which will be released on November 24th.  Says Guy Garvey, lead singer of Elbow: "This project was such a pleasure. Michel Gondry and the song did all the work for us. We are really proud to be involved."

In addition to watching the advert people will be able to enjoy Moz and the story in a number of different ways.  At the John Lewis flagship shop on Oxford Street visitors will be able to see and hear what's thought to be the world's first farting and snoring window as Moz plays in the rooms in Joe's house. 

On Facebook people will be able to have fun 'mozifying' their face using their Facebook camera, and in 10 shops customers will be able to create their own monster selfie at a Monster Maker station. 

A recording of actress Sally Phillips reading the Moz The Monster story will be available for download from johnlewis.com, Sky boxes and Google Home. Google Home customers will also be able to personalise their story choosing their own sounds effects. 

This Christmas John Lewis has chosen Barnardo's as its charity partner and will make a donation to the charity from the sale of Moz cuddly toys and mugs.

1 Comments

The Judge said:

I liked the penguin one better.

I smell a formula at play with this one. I dear say that the magic might have gone. It ticks too many boxes.

The problem is, once you start having a successful run of things everyone wants to get their hands on it. This smells like it has had too many hands on it.

Tragically, I enjoyed the Sainsbury's Christmas commercial. But then again, I'm a sucker for a sing-song.

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