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Celebrities Turn into Evil Vegetables for Return of ITV's ‘Eat Them To Defeat Them’ Campaign

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‘Prepare for Battle’ is the theme of the ad to get children to eat their veg in the award-winning campaign made by adam&eveDDB for ITV and Veg Power, supported by Sky and Channel 4

Celebrities Turn into Evil Vegetables for Return of ITV's ‘Eat Them To Defeat Them’ Campaign

An army of warrior kids vows to vanquish a legion of evil vegetables in the third major push of ITV and Veg Power’s highly effective ‘Eat Them To Defeat Them’ campaign, with an advert created by adam&eveDDB, supported by multi-million media alliance between ITV, Channel 4, Sky and STV, and funded by 10 food and retail brands. 

The cackles, grunts and groans of the evil attacking vegetables have been hilariously voiced by top celebrities including Emma Thompson, Amanda Holden, Jamie Oliver, Giovanna Fletcher, Stephen Mulhern and Ranvir Singh in a bid to build on previous successes in getting children to eat more vegetables

Called ‘Prepare for Battle’, the campaign carries on the successful strategy of positioning vegetables as an enemy for children to defeat. Since the campaign debuted in January 2019, it has led to sales of over 517 million additional children’s portions of vegetables worth £63m. 

The new hero 60-second spot starts with the news that evil veg are back. We then see kids from across Britain pledging to make their foes ‘wish they were never grown’. In a montage, the kids undertake intense training using everyday kitchen utensils, eventually squaring up against the veg on the battlefield. The first shot is fired, in the form of a fork piercing a terrifying tomato, before all hell breaks loose. As the army charges forth, one of the warriors turns to camera, demanding of her fellow children: “Will you just sit there? Or are you with us?”

‘Prepare for Battle’ launches on Saturday 29th May during ITV’s new show, The Masked Dancer. The Masked Dancer includes a Beetroot character, inspired by the campaign. The Eat The to Defeat them ads will also run in major shows on Sky, Channel 4 and STV, and feature in editorial including Martin and Roman’s Weekend Best, James Martin’s Saturday Morning, Alan Titchmarsh’s Spring into Summer, and ITV Daytime. 

The campaign is set to reach 5.2 million households with children, thanks to donated media from ITV, Channel 4 and Sky, as part of their £10 million commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles for children. 

This year the campaign is rolling out into 1,900 primary schools with veg tasting sessions, posters, teaching aids and games, and into the homes as 500,000 children will be given a vegetable reward chart and sticker pack, alongside a puzzle book co-created and funded by Public Health England’s Change4Life campaign.   

The campaign is funded by 10 major food retailers and brands  -  Aldi, Asda, Birds Eye, Co-op, Lidl, Total Produce, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose. Media agency Essence have planned the off-air media for the campaign, securing pro-bono contributions from advertising and media partners, including Pearl and Dean, News UK, Mail Metro Media, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Verizon, Spotify, Mail Online, Mumsnet, LadBible, Snapchat, Twitter, Acast, JCDecaux, First News, Clear Channel and Ocean Outdoor in a huge drive to encourage children to feel more enthusiastic about eating vegetables. 

A new report, ‘Veg Facts 2021’, being released by The Food Foundation and Peas Please Partnership, reveals that almost a third of children between 5-10 years old eat less than one portion of veg a day. The EAT THEM TO DEFEAT THEM campaign shows how advertising can be used to inspire kids to eat a healthier diet. The situation does not improve with teenagers with only 6% of teenagers aged 11-16 years old currently eating enough veg to hit the recommendations in the Government’s Eatwell Guide. Research conducted by YouGov, commissioned by ITV and Veg Power for the campaign found that 35% of parents worried about their children’s diets during the pandemic.  

Evil Vegetable Cast List

  • Carrot - Jamie Oliver
  • Broccoli - Giovanna Fletcher
  • Pepper 1 - Emma Thompson
  • Pepper 2 - Ranvir Singh
  • Sweetcorn - Stephen Mulhern
  • Tomato - Amanda Holden

Baroness Rosie Boycott, Chair of Veg Power Board, said:  “We are delighted that Eat Them To Defeat Them has returned for its third year and is set to reach even more children across the UK. As our mission is to get the UK eating more veg, engaging with children on this topic is crucial as not only will it improve their health but encourage life-long eating habits.”

Susie Braun, head of social purpose at ITV, said: “This award-winning campaign is proof that it’s possible to change not just kids’ attitudes but their behaviours around eating vegetables. We are delighted to be driving this huge alliance around Eat Them to Defeat Them for a third year, together getting literally millions more portions of vegetables into kids’ tummies.”

John Hegarty, Veg Power Board, said: “Once again television proves to be the best mass medium for persuasion. After the success of the first spots for ‘Eat them to Defeat Them’ we’ve come back with a follow up, imploring children to join the battle against the evil veg, in an irreverent, funny and compelling commercial. Veg beware!’    

Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, writer and chef, said: “It’s time to defeat those dastardly veg – and eat them again!! It’s been great to be part of the Veg Power team and watch this funny, irreverent and counter-intuitive ad come together, following the success of the first Eat Them to Defeat Them campaign. We know kids are enjoying these spots, and relating to them, and even more importantly, we know many of the kids who are seeing these ads are indeed eating more veg. Long may it continue.”  

Mat Goff, joint chief executive officer at adam&eveDDB, said: “This campaign is important, increasingly urgent, and it works. It’s good to see an ever-growing coalition of partners getting involved and to know that together we are helping to get more veg on more forks and in more mouths.”

Verica Djurdjevic, chief revenue officer at Channel 4 said: “Positively changing kids’ eating habits through a bold TV wide campaign such as Eat Them to Defeat Them demonstrates the real social impact broadcaster collaboration is delivering. We’re delighted to play a role in building upon this amazing momentum and continuing to inspire young people.”

Tim Pearson, managing director, at Sky Media, says: “Encouraging kids to eat healthily goes hand in hand with Sky’s long standing commitment to grassroots sport and helping young people get active. We’re proud to offer the power of TV advertising to support this campaign and help kids lead healthier lives. We can’t wait to see the impact of this partnership grow as it returns for a third year.”

Jason O’Rourke, head of Washingborough Academy (a school participating in the campaign) said: ‘’The EAT THEM TO DEFEAT THEM campaign is one that the whole school community look forward to every year. The impressive resources are really engaging and provide staff with excellent ideas to support learning in the classroom. It is wonderful to see how enthused the children are and how excited they get about the great message of eating more vegetables.’


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Client

Client: ITV & Veg Power

Brand: Eat Them to Defeat Them

Project/Campaign name: Prepare for Battle

Client/s

ITV Head of Strategy and Communications, Social Purpose: Susie Braun

ITV Director of Social Purpose: Clare Phillips

ITV Social Purpose Executive: Amrit Dhadwal

ITV Social Purpose Trainee: Karis Knight

Veg Power CEO: Dan Parker

Veg Power Head of Communications: Jo Ralling

Agency 

Agency: adam&eveDDB

Chief Creative Officer: Richard Brim

Creative Director/s: Christian Sewell, Andy McAnaney

Copywriter: Chloe Pope

Art director: Jessica Morris

Agency producer/s: Persephone Withnell

Planner/s: Sara Keegan

Project Manager: Alice Southam

Joint CEO: Mat Goff

Account Management: Fraser Thomson, Harriet Carter

Business Affairs: Klaudia Jozwicka

Legal: Trine Odin

Design: Tomek Drozdowski

Production

Production company: Agile Films

Executive Producer: Fliss Hutcheson

Producer: Igor Degtiarev

Director: Zac Ella

D.O.P: Murren Tullett

Editing

Editing Company: n/a

Editor: Laurence Halstead

Post Production

Post Production: Agile Studio

Post Producer: Alizée Levrino

VFX Supervisor: Chris Dunleavy

2D Artist: Thomas Dunleavy / Kevin Merien

3D Artist: Chris Dunleavy / Andrius Vizbaras / Matt King

Colourist: Conner Coolbear @ ETC

Music    

Music Supervisor: Sam Ashwell

Audio Post Production: 750mph

Genres: Comedy, People, Storytelling

Categories: Media and Entertainment, TV and Radio

adam&eveDDB, Fri, 28 May 2021 12:34:02 GMT