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INVNT responds to UN COVID-19 call to action

By The Drum Network, Staff Writer

April 21, 2020 | 3 min read

The global brand storytelling agency INVNT has submitted two pieces of creative to the United Nations (UN) global call-out, in a move designed to help the organisation translate its key Covid-19 public health messages into engaging and informative work that resonates with people across different cultures, languages, communities and platforms.

Responding to the UN’s myth-busting health message, the 'Captain Co-rid: #RealHeroesStopTheSpread' animation campaign follows the adventures of an everyday Aussie who swaps a uniform of khaki and cork hats for his superhero get up when his comrades need him most.

Captain Co-rid educates the public at rapid fast rates and calls on them to become everyday heroes— and villains — like him, by helping him communicate myth-busting messages faster than coronavirus can spread.

The work represents a collaboration between INVNT, who identified the opportunity, devised the core campaign idea, and wrote the script, Melbourne-based animation studio Viskatoons led by Peter Viska, who brought Captain CO-RID to life visually, provided script writing support, animated the script and identified a suitable voice over partner, and voice over and audio production specialists Abes Audio, who provided sound design and recorded the script.

Responding to the UN’s public health message of personal hygiene, specifically respiratory hygiene, 'The Box of Home Heroes: Every Tissue Can Stop the Spread!' creative takes the form of a craftily designed tissue box which features heroic characters and respiratory hygiene practices localised in Aussie slang, to inspire the public to become heroes in the fight against Covid-19.

The tissue box surface was chosen because the UN recommend the use of tissues for good respiratory hygiene, and because tissue boxes tend to be prominently displayed on kitchen benches, coffee tables and bedside tables — ensuring they act as a practical and unmissable in-home reminder for people to adopt good respiratory hygiene practices. Every Australian household would receive a complimentary box of tissues — a welcome gift given they are a scarce commodity in our current climate, and the campaign can live on through partnerships with key supermarket chains, who would stock the tissue boxes throughout the duration of the pandemic.

“INVNT is aligned with a number of charities because we are passionate about doing good work, and about doing work that does good for others. So, the opportunity to respond to the United Nations’ global creative call out was a must for us. The coronavirus has had a dramatic impact on countries and lives across the world, and we want to do our bit and lend our support wherever we can,” explained INVNT chief executive officer, Scott Cullather.

Adam Harriden, executive creative director, INVNT added: “We are really proud of both pieces of work, which highlight that when creatives from different backgrounds and specialties collaborate, amazing things can happen. “Both responses draw on the idea that to be a true hero, we need to be villains too, by joining forces to kill the coronavirus. They have also been designed with a global lens, and we see the work evolving accordingly.

“The Captain Co-rid script and character can be localised so that he or she resonates with viewers in-region, and we can translate the on-box tissue messages and partner with local manufacturers and supermarket chains on the production and distribution of the tissue boxes, with donations going to the UN or its affiliated organisations in different countries or regions.“


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