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Bluebird's First Ad in 10 Years Encourages Kiwis to Free the Bird

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A pantry full of penguins burst onto the scene in Bluebird’s latest campaign via DDB Aotearoa

Bluebird's First Ad in 10 Years Encourages Kiwis to Free the Bird
NZ’s cheekiest penguin is back with a new through-the-line campaign for the first time in over 10 years, Free the Bird, from Bluebird via DDB Aotearoa.  

The iconic Bluebird penguin first burst onto TV screens in the 1980’s and has charmingly been encouraging good times over a bag of Bluebird chips since.

Free the Bird encourages Kiwis to give themselves permission to have fun by celebrating the little moments, sharing Bluebird chips with mates, no matter the day or time.



The recently released 45’ spot kicks off with a pantry full of penguins finding entertainment in household items, patiently awaiting their 2021 debut. Suddenly the pantry doors open, light floods in and the iconic Bluebird penguin waddles back onto Kiwi screens.

The army of fun-enablers make a grand entrance at a classic Kiwi BBQ with Bluebird chips in tow – the crowd gather and the good times start.

Says Bluebird Food’s Marketing Manager, Hilary Young “From beaching to BBQing, on a roadie or picnicking with friends, Bluebird has always been there for Kiwis giving us an instant weekend-fun feeling. The Bluebird penguin is integral to the Bluebird brand – the penguins’ light heartedness, fun character and ability to not sweat the small stuff represents just how we feel when we crack open a packet of Bluebird chips. We are thrilled to reintroduce the Bluebird penguin to Kiwis.”  

Says DDB NZ’s Executive Creative Director, Gary Steele “Free the Bird has allowed us to reintroduce the Bluebird penguin in an exciting and modern way. We wanted to give Kiwis the opportunity to Free the Bird and crack into a packet of Bluebird chips across every possible moment, releasing the fun for everyone.”

Bluebird’s Free the Bird is available via TV, cinema, OOH, digital/web, social media, radio and instore.
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Head of Marketing NZ: Hilary Young

Brand Marketing: Patricia Da Silva

Creative Agency: DDB Aotearoa

Chief Creative Officer: Damon Stapleton

Executive Creative Director: Gary Steele

Creative Director: Brad Collett

Senior Creative: Paul Kim

Senior Creative: Graeme Clark

Lead Business Partner: Kate Lines

Business Director: Haylee Killip

Business Manager: Toni Guy

Business Manager: Bambi Villacruz

Executive Planning Director: Lucinda Sherborne

Executive Producer: Judy Thompson

Lead Integrated Producer: Charlotte Glennon

Production Company: Wabi Sabi

Executive Producer: Dan Higgins

Director: Fernando Hart

DOP: Andrew Stroud

Post Production Company: Flux

Post Director: Laban Dickinson

General Manager – Joshua Forsman

Editor: Alex O’Shaughnessy

Music Licensing: Jonathan Mihaljevich, Franklin Road

Music Arrangement: Peter van de Fluit, Liquid Studios

Music and Sound Producer: Tamara O’Neill, Liquid studios

Sound Design: Craig Matuschka, Liquid Studios

Genres: Visual VFX

Categories: Food, Savoury Snacks

DDB New Zealand, Fri, 29 Jan 2021 01:35:43 GMT