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Amazon Christmas ad - Joy is made / Snowglobe (2022) 2:30 (UK)

Amazon today launches its 2022 global Christmas advert, directed by Academy Award® winner Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Love and Thunder). Telling the story of a child’s affection for a festive snow globe and a father’s plan to create joy for his child by making a life-size version of this prized possession, the ad explores the idea that during the festive season, ‘joy is made’.

 

The full-length ad opens with a father and daughter in their house at Christmas, and we quickly learn the little girl doesn’t like to be parted from her much-loved snow globe. As the father comes to realize the importance of the snow globe to his child, he is inspired to do something very special. With a little help from the community and the purchase of a simple paper shredder on Amazon which is speedily delivered, the father sets out to create a life-size version of the child’s favorite toy. 

“We’re constantly inspired by the inventive spirit of Amazon customers and we wanted to tell a story with a different view of generosity and giving at Christmas, and the joy from doing something special for someone you love," said Ed Smith, EU GM of Marketing at Amazon. "We’re happy to play a small part in the creation of that joy, but the hero of the story is a father's love for his child.”

 

The advert, produced by advertising agency Lucky Generals and production company Hungry Man, was directed by Academy Award® winning writer, director, and actor Taika Waititi. Originally from New Zealand, Waititi's recent credits include Thor: Love and Thunder and Thor: RagnarokJojo Rabbit, indie films Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do in the Shadows, Boy, and the Oscar® nominated short film Two Cars, One Night

 

The father is played by New Zealand-born Australian actor Jared Turner and the child is played by Anouk Christiansen.

 

The song featured is “You Hold Me Up”, a new release by US Indie artist The Bones of J.R. Jones. Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Jonathon Linaberry created the original track as a way of showing support beyond just conversation to a friend who was going through a tough time.  

 

“We were inspired to collaborate with Taika Waititi on this year’s TV advert. The passion he had for telling the story of a relationship between father and child, with his trademark charm, and the casting choices he knew would deliver that story, was paramount,” said Jo Shoesmith, Head of Global Creative, Amazon.

Amazon Campaign Team

Jo Shoesmith – Head of Global Creative 

Claudine Cheever – VP Global Brand and Fixed Marketing

Walter Frye, Global Director of Brand Marketing

Ed Smith – GM Integrated Marketing, EU

Laura Downey – Global Head of Campaigns: Amazon Brand

Maite Molling – Sr. Campaign Manager, EU

Roxanna Martinez – Sr. Campaign Manager, US

Tiffany Carley – Creative Program Manager, US

Shareen Kern – Creative Program Manager, EU

Vanessa MacAdam – Senior Creative Producer, US

Melissa Somoski – Sr. Content Acquisition Manager, Music Licencing

Madeline Nelson – Head of Indies Label Relations

 

Agency & Production 

Creative Agency – Lucky Generals

Director – Taika Waititi 

Production Company – Hungry Man 

Managing Partner – Matt Buels

Producer – Hannah Stone

Production Services – Curious Film 

DOP – Mike Berlucchi 

Editing House – Cabin Edit limited 

Editor – Chan Hatcher & Randy Baublis

Post Production – Black Kite 

Colourist – George Kyriacou

VFX – Guillaume Weiss V

Sound House – No.8 

Sound Engineer – Sam Robson

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