Toyota: Serious Play by Saatchi & Saatchi & Burrell Communications

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Toyota wants people to race and play in its new 2019 Avalon model, according to a new campaign, ‘Serious Play,’ that dares drivers to experience adventure, spontaneity and playfulness.

The campaign, according to a release, drives home the notion that the completely redesigned Avalon – designed, engineered and assembled in the US – has everything drivers need to get more out of life. The fully-integrated campaign was developed between two of Toyota’s agencies of record, including Saatchi & Saatchi and Burrell Communications.

Two of the campaign’s national 30-second TV spots, ‘Let’s Race’ and ‘Trojan Horse,’ were directed by renowned director Craig Gillespie, most recently known for the award-winning film I, Tonya. In ‘Let’s Race,’ a man is seen driving his Avalon through his suburban neighborhood, racing against everything from kids on bikes to squirrels running. Then, it opens up to the highway where he drives against a racing boat, finally challenging a passenger jet getting ready to take off. In ‘Trojan Horse’ a couple pulls up to fancy restaurants and gatherings, their Avalon giving them ins to places they might not normally go. As they flee a wedding they weren’t invited to, the man starts the Avalon from his Apple Watch as they drive away smiling. Both spots are tagged with “Play just got serious.”

A third 30-second spot, ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ was created by Burrell and directed by Daniel Azancot. In it, a man calls for his wife, but sees a packed suitcase with a postcard on it that says ‘Catch me if you can.’ He gets in his hybrid Avalon and races through the city and on to a coastal highway, where he catches up to her for a romantic weekend.


Agencies: Saatchi & Saatchi, Burrell Communications

Directors: Craig Gillespie, Daniel Azancot

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Added 20 June 2019
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