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wagamama Unleashes Dinosaur Vegamama on the World to Launch Plant-Based Mission

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New film from Uncommon is inspired by Japanese anime genre ‘Kaiju’ meaning ‘strange beast’

wagamama Unleashes Dinosaur Vegamama on the World to Launch Plant-Based Mission

To celebrate wagamama becoming the UK’s first high street restaurant to make 50% of its menu plant-based, Uncommon has launched a new campaign featuring a colossal rubber dinosaur who’s hungry for vengeance, angry at the state of our world.

Since opening in 1992, wagamama has championed positive eating and living, leading the way with more plant-based choices, like being the first UK casual dining brand to launch a vegan menu in 2017. Among other dishes, wagamama has pioneered vegan dishes such as Watermelon Tuna, Vegatsu Curry, and most recently the ‘Short Rib’ Ramen.

Eating less meat and dairy has been proven to be one of the most impactful actions we can all take to limit the effects of climate change; by eating more plants we can collectively make a big difference to the health of our planet.

wagamama believes eating more plants is key to the solution in helping our planet and that’s why this month, they’re launching a whole host of new plant-based dishes — giving plant-based dishes equal share on their menu.

Uncommon have marked the occasion with their first film work for the brand since announcing their creative partnership earlier in the year.

The new film centres around an unlikely protagonist, Vegamama — a rubber dinosaur on a mission to right our wrongs and help heal our planet. We open in present day, with the title card 'Our Planet is Burning' as our camera flies over the outskirts of a city that’s seemingly polluted with both smog and noise. Suddenly, Vegamama rises dramatically through the tarmac of an abandoned carpark — she’s angry and wants her revenge on the world after all the harm we’ve caused.

We follow Vegamama on her vegan-righteous rampage before the film crescendos as Vegamama comically shoots off her bionic arm to explode an off-shore oil rig.

But all hope is not lost. Turns out, profound change is possible, but it starts with choices — big and small, to live more sustainably. We cut to a guy on the street, still eating ramen in front of a wagamama restaurant amidst the chaos. He calms Vegamama by telling her that he understands her anger, but that eating more plants is a powerful way to help our planet. Vegamama considers this for a moment, before shrugging an “OK!” in a sort of anti-climactic, agreeable fashion.

Vegamama gets up and dusts herself off, before taking a large chomp out of a nearby billboard, announcing wagamama’s brand new 50% plant-based menu. Vegamama slowly walks into the distance into the water, like she’s entirely lost interest in destroying humanity.

The film was directed by RiffRaff’s Vedran Rupic who meticulously crafted Vegamama’s presence to feel scary but cute all at the same time — in the style of Japanese film genre ‘Kaiju’. Rupic took influence from 50’s-70’s cinematography and saturated colour palettes to create a nostalgic feel in a modern world. The film is also set to the charmingly offbeat original composition by Gustav Jennefors titled ‘Vegamama’s Theme’.

After initial concepting in Photoshop, the Vegamama suit was modelled in 3D and clay, before being brought to life using foam, latex, and sophisticated animatronics, giving her the ability to move her face and eyes.

The body was sprayed with latex and sculpted foam to get the authentic Kaiju texture. After the whole body was assembled, Vegamama was meticulously spray-painted.

The studio’s first project for the restaurant chain: Kintsugi Benches — saw wagamama place its iconic Japanese benches in key cities as lockdown eased, serving up free cups of fresh Green Tea, and encouraging people to take a moment to sit at the bench and open-up with one another about how they are really feeling — mending what needs mending. The studio later went on to create the Daily Mail cited and eyebrow raising new product: The Katsu Smoothie.

The call to action is to ‘Eat the world you want to see’ — whether that’s finding a new go-to vegan side or choosing to eat meat-free for half the week. Ahead of the United Nation’s COP26 climate conference on 1st November, wagamama is also rewarding customers who pledge a small choice for big change by signing up to their Plant Pledge here.

The campaign will run on TV, Cinema, Online and Social and will be supported by OOH executions later in the year. Stay tuned.


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Client

Client: wagamama

Creative

Creative Studio: Uncommon

Production

Production Company: RiffRaff

Director: Vedran Rupic

Executive Producer: Tom Berendsen

Producer: Christian Kuosmanen

DOP: Nico Poulsson

Post-producer: Henning Szpiro Eriksen

Colourist: Julien Alary

Editor: Elias Nilsson

Online editor: Stefan Ekman

VFX lead: Ulf Lunden

VFX artists: Magnus Jonsson, Emil Eriksson, Pär Olsson, Zafer Fanari, Håkan Ossiann, Anders Nyman, Viktor Johansson & Lars-Gunnar Thorell

VFX coordinator: Sofia Frennesson

Matte Painter: Pär Olovsson

Music: Gustav Jennefors

Sound design: Erik Olsson

Sound studio coordinator: Felicia Bjurefors

SWEDEN TEAM

1st AD: Daniel Andersson

PM: John Horn

1st AC: Simon Mortensen

2nd AC: Alexander Toma

Gaffer: Luisa Fanciulliacci

Gaffer assistant: Per Anders Nilsson & Pierre Wernäng

Key grip: Sebastian Saury

DIT: Olof Bäckström

Production designer: Christian Olander

SFX: Niklas Hermansson, Simon Krümmel, Pernilla Fisher, Oskar Wallroth, Kicki Öman & Fia Reisek

VFX supervisor: Ulf Lunden

Post producer: Henning Lind Eriksen

Pyro technician: David Peter

KIEV TEAM

Executive Producer: Sasha Bevko

Producer: Val Petyshkin

Production Manager: Vova Altsybeev

Unit Manager: Iegor Pogrebniak

Production Coordinator: Andrew Birch

1st AD: Masha Verboliuk

Production Designer: Max Halushka

Stylist: Dasha Filshina

MUA: Kate Maksimova

Casting On Set: Evgeniy Krivosheev & Yulia Tolkacheva

Food Stylist: Alexandra Gordeeva

1st AC: Sergey Kolesnik

Script Super: Maryoha

Gaffer: Vova Akulov

Key Grip: Artem Pilipchuk

Sound: Sergey Verdes

SFX: Olga Markova

Playback: Vitaliy Bear

Location Manager: Vitaliy Batyshchev

Genres: Action, Storytelling

Categories: Restaurants, Retail and Restaurants

Uncommon, Tue, 12 Oct 2021 10:00:21 GMT