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Dum Dums Lollipops Make Life Pop with Endearingly Simple Animations

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Smith Brothers launches a series of animated stories as an antidote to today's turbulent times

Dum Dums Lollipops Make Life Pop with Endearingly Simple Animations

There’s no better time than now for a pop of brightness – an idea at the center of Dum Dums Lollipops’ new advertising campaign that taps into a growing need for an antidote to today’s turbulent times.

In a series of animated stories designed to delight, Smith Brothers introduces a new tagline for the 95-year-old brand, ‘Make Life Pop.’ The line is a play on words that leverages research conducted by Smith Brothers that found that consumers love Dum-Dums because the candy can brighten every day.

“Dum Dums is one of those rare, iconic brands that is already so loaded with positive emotion. Who doesn’t remember rooting around in that bowl and the simple thrill of finding your favorite flavor?” asked Smith Brothers co-founder, Lindsey Smith. “Our job was to keep it simple – remind people what Dum Dums already means to them and then kind of get out of the way.”

In the ads, we see a bundle of Dum Dums lollipops imagined as a bouquet of flowers, a balloon, and other items that charm the giver and getter of the treat. The ads capture the playful nature of the brand that consumers also cited in the agency’s research that led the agency to develop the call to action, ‘Make Life Pop.’ The line will also appear on new Dum Dums packaging.

The campaign includes two animated 30-second spots where a Dum-Dum replaces an object that brings joy during different stages of life. The 30-second spots are cut down into each life scenario as 15-second ads for social. Launching in mid-August, the campaign will run across numerous digital channels and social platforms.

“We haven’t advertised in a while and a lot has changed,” said Evan Brock, director of marketing at Spangler Candy. “That said, our goal with this campaign is to be ourselves and deliver a pop of positivity to kids of all ages.”

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Music Company: Duotone Audio Group

Executive Producer: Ross Hopman (Head of Commercial Music Production), Greg Tiefenbrun (Audio Post)

Audio Engineer: Andy Green

Sound Design: Andy Green


Illustrator: Rob Wilson


Animation Company: Aardman Nathan Love

Executive Producer: Jon O’Hara

Producer: Allison Robinson

Director: Ellen Su

Executive Creative Director: Joe Burrascano (Founder, CEO)

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: Smith Brothers

Chief Creative Officer: Lindsey Smith, Bronson Smith

Executive Creative Director: Craig Seder

Copywriter: Molly Dilts

Founder: Lindsey Smith, Bronson Smith

Designer: Albany Carlson

Executive Producer: Matt Haritan

Account Director: Bianca D’Elia

Project Manager: Kristin Hanne

Genres: Animation, People

Categories: Food, Sweet

The Marketing Standard, Fri, 23 Aug 2019 14:11:51 GMT