Duracell Brings Santa Back in a Heartwarming Christmas Film directed by Geoffroy Barbet-Massin from Mill+ Paris Team
Crafted by Wunderman Thompson and directed by Geoffroy Barbet Massin through Mill+ Paris, this charming animated advertisement for Duracell showcases the iconic Bunny mascot rescuing Santa from a Christmas power outage.
This campaign marks the brand's inaugural festive venture in half a decade, with the previous one 'Don't Forget Duracell this Christmas' also directed by Geoffroy Barbet Massin in 2017. Over the past decade, The Mill Paris has diligently maintained the Bunny's visual identity, ensuring consistency and authenticity across all global media channels, including television, digital platforms, social media, and DOOH. The campaign has successfully garnered a substantial 1 million views on YouTube.
Titled "Bunny Saves Christmas," the narrative unfolds with Santa's sleigh soaring above a snowy forest. The red-nosed reindeer, responsible for lighting the way, experiences a power failure, resulting in a dramatic crash to the ground.
Fortunately, the Duracell Bunny swoops in just in time to replace the conventional batteries in Rudolf's nose with Duracell Optimum batteries. Instantly, the reindeer's nose lights up, casting an even brighter glow across the forest, ultimately getting Santa back on track.
It's time to take a peek behind the scenes of the project, set to the rhythmic backdrop of "Run, Run, Run" by the music group Headkeyz. Director Geoffroy Barbet Massin and Hugues Allart, Head of Mill+ Paris, and Executive Producer of the project, are here to share more details below.
Behind The Scene
Music : Headkeyz "Run, Run, Run"
I am thrilled to once again have the opportunity to create Duracell's Christmas film from scratch, five years after their last campaign, which I also directed. This bunny has been a part of our studio for 8 or 9 years, and being able to contribute as both an animator and director on this project has been fantastic. Our goal is to transport the audience into a magical world and remind them of the enchantment of Christmas. I cannot take all the credit; I am supported by the entire animation team and Mill+, the integrated production team at The Mill. At The Mill, we take pride in having a diverse range of artistic talents, both in visual effects and production. This diversity of expertise allows us to handle projects in their entirety, from scriptwriting to production to visual effects – a complete team with complementary skills and undeniable creative strength
Geoffroy Barbet-Massin, Director
Making an animated film is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding production experiences for a producer. There are numerous stages and options between a script and a final film. While the design of the characters (physiological characteristics, shape, definition of behavior, etc.), the 2D animatic of the film, and the creation of the music are undeniably major creative areas for conveying the message and emotions, production design is a key factor in the success of a film. Similar to biology, you need to create the optimal environment that aligns with the communication objectives and the artistic project, highlighting creative ideas. If you succeed in creating this fertile environment and managing it with vision and conviction, you exponentially enhance the project's potential by giving it a distinctive dimension. The result is an original piece of work that comes to life.
Hugues Allart, Head of Mill+ Paris & Executive Producer
Agency : Wunderman Thompson
Director : Geoffroy BARBET-MASSIN
Production : Mill+ Paris
Executive Producer : Hugues Allart
VFX Studio : The Mill Paris
Executive producer : Fabien LECLERC
VFX producer : Marie-Cécile JUGLAIR, Kahina LAMBLIN
CG supervisor : Vincent CONI, Alexandre CORCOY
VFX Coordinator : Mathilde COHEN-SELMON, Milan VICET, Alexandre DUPOUY
Modeling & Environnement : Xin PANG, Stéphane DUFOURNIER
Generalist : Vincent CONI, Alexandre CORCOY, Guillaume THEBAULT
Matte Painting : Alexia FERY Fur : Marion RESPAUD
Rigging : Marine SISNAKI, Agathe DE CACQUERAY
Animation : Pamella NABAIS, Tristan DOMENJUS, Ferdinand BOUTARD, Alban LELIEVRE, Geoffroy BARBET-MASSIN
FX : Felix GUGLIELMI
Lighting : Guillaume DADAGLIO, Guillaume THEBAULT
Compositing : Vivien EBRAN, Killian ROY
Grading: Nicolas GAUTIER
Grading assistant: Violette MADRID
Behind The Scene – Music : Headkeyz “Run, Run, Run” (The Cage & The Crown – Chapter 1)