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Brazilian Wildlife Represents Olympians in BBC’s Brilliant Rio 2016 Spot

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Editors' Choice: RKCR/Y&R and Passion Pictures’ Derek Picken & Niklas Rissler head to the Tijuca Rainforest for animated stunner

Brazilian Wildlife Represents Olympians in BBC’s Brilliant Rio 2016 Spot
RKCR/Y&R is launching this year’s campaign for the BBC’s coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August. The campaign aims to excite, inform and inspire ahead of this year’s spectacle and is coupled with the BBC’s unrivalled editorial, multi-platform offering in the build-up and throughout the games.

The strength, agility and skill of Olympic athletes is absolutely astonishing. The sprinters explode from the blocks as fast as jaguars and the swimmers zip through the water like otters. It feels only fitting that the strength of the athletes is brought to life by the host nation’s exotic animals, against the backdrop of the luscious and vibrant Tijuca Rainforest, before they gradually transition to the human world over the course of the animation. The campaign, which includes trail and titles, has been produced by the award-winning animation house Passion Pictures, who also produced the BBC’s London 2012 Olympic Games campaign. 

To the rousing track ‘Not Gonna Break Me’ by highly acclaimed British artist Jamie N Commons, we see the sloth take on gymnastics, the armadillo clap its hands in chalk for the clean and jerk, as well as the powerful jaguar crack its neck and form up for the 400m, all before they transform into their heroic and spectacular human athlete counterparts. This will continue into the titles for the campaign throughout the games. 

The campaign will launch Sunday 10th July, on BBC One – one of the biggest days of sport across the summer for the BBC – off the back of the Wimbledon Men’s finals.  Three cut downs, radio and social follow in the build-up to the opening ceremony on the 5th August.

Charlotte Lock, Director of Marketing & Audiences, Media & North at the BBC, said: “The Olympics is a spectacle of elite athleticism and Rainey’s creative analogy with the finest athletes of the Rio Rainforest has given us a stunning and original take on the games.   We can’t wait to see it play out across platforms, giving audiences plenty to enjoy and get involved with.”

Mark Roalfe, Chairman and Creative Director at RKCR/Y&R, added: “We’ve set the bar pretty high with our work on the Olympics with BBC Sport in previous years, so humanising animals felt like a fresh and interesting approach to differentiate ourselves from all the activity around Rio 2016.”
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Brand: BBC

Post Production / VFX

CG: Jason Nicholas (Head of)

VFX Supervisor: Neil Riley

Production Company

Director: Derek Picken, Niklas Rissler

Executive Producer: Ryan Goodwin Smith

Producer: Jen Coatsworth

Production Company: Passion Pictures

Production Manager: Suzanne Forward


Music Supervision: Native

Sound Design: Jungle

Sound Engineer: Chris Turner

Creative Agency

Art Director: Psembi Kinstan

Copywriter: Alice Burton

Creative Agency: RKCR/Y&R

Executive Producer: Ryan Goodwin-Smith

Producer: Keeley Pratt, Hatty Middleton

Genres: Animation, Visual VFX, Action, Scenic

Categories: Media and Entertainment, TV and Radio

VMLY&R London, Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:16:50 GMT