adam&eveDDB brings Famous Five back for GWR
The ‘Five Get There First’ campaign is the fourth to feature the Enid Blyton characters for the brand
13 June 2023
Adam&eveDDB is bringing the Famous Five back to screens for their first new adventure on Great Western Railway since 2020.
The 60” TV ad, went live on June 12th with media planning and buying handled by the7stars, and saw GWR specifically promoting the benefits of train travel over using the car for the first time, using the characteristic humour and warmth of the Famous Five.
The ad, called ‘Five Get There First’, begins with Uncle Quentin and Aunt Fanny waving goodbye to the children as they all set off for a day at the beach – Quentin and Fanny in their car and the Famous Five on the train. “Last one there is a rotten egg,” calls out Uncle Quentin as he speeds away.
Uncle Quentin and Aunt Fanny have a terrible journey with traffic delays, followed by farm vehicles spilling mud onto the windscreen. With their view obscured, they accidentally crash through a barn - picking up a chicken - before careering their way through the streets of a quiet seaside town.
Meanwhile, the children have a far more peaceful journey, complete with lovely views, conversation and delicious cups of tea. By the time Quentin and Fanny arrive, their car is close to breaking down, and the children have already been there for some time. Finally reunited, Uncle Quentin and Aunt Fanny resolve to start travelling by train as well.
The ad brings to life the four key benefits of train travel – speed, sustainability, comfort and socialising – in an amusing way and celebrates the experience of train travel and the ways it is better than travelling by car. It aims to reignite the passion and excitement of rail travel around GWR’s beautiful destinations in the South West and South Wales in the post-Covid world.
The campaign, which is the fourth to feature the Famous Five, includes out-of-home and digital out-of-home, press and online. GWR is also seeking to inspire travellers to try out new trips working with influencers to uncover the “Hidden Gems” on its network through a series of Instagram content, showcasing the lesser-known but highly-enjoyable activities, destinations and venues across the South and South-West.
Commenting on the new campaign, Amanda Burns, Sales & Marketing Director at GWR, said, “This latest adventure – our first new Famous Five story since 2020 – is all about celebrating the experience of travelling by train and how it can deliver a level of comfort, speed, sustainability and socialising that you just don’t get by taking the car.
“We’re proud to continue to produce distinctive advertising campaigns that stand out in a crowded travel market, and hope ‘Five Get There First’ inspires people to travel with GWR and experience our world-class destinations for themselves.”
Ben Tollett, Group ECD at adam&eveDDB, said, “We couldn't be prouder to present yet another high energy caper from the Famous Five. This time the gang race to the beach, whilst Aunt Fanny and Uncle Quentin find trouble in taking the car.”
Zoe Bond, Client Lead at the7stars added: “We’re delighted to bring GWR back to TV screens, with big spots including Martin Lewis Money Show, Paul O'Grady’s Elephant and Long Lost Family. Our multi-channel approach also sees OOH showcasing the different benefits of taking the train, with supporting print and digital aimed at driving consideration of train travel. All inspiring the better way to brilliant adventures with GWR!"
Head of Sales & Marketing: Richard Pennant-Jones
Senior Brand & Campaigns Manager: Chloë Ravat
Marketing Executives: Matt McTighe, Shanice Midda, Ben Davies
CEO: Tammy Einav
CSO: Martin Beverley
Group MD: Miranda Hipwell
Group ECD: Ben Tollett
CDs: Matt Woolner & Steve Wioland, Frances Leach, James Gilham & Graham Cappi
Senior Content Creative: Matt Osborne
Planning Director: Stuart Williams, June Fong, Henry Bilson
Senior Planner: Kit Owens
Business Director: Flemming Lerche
Account Director: Ben Durston, Scarlett Aldridge
Account Manager: Jono Shaw
Joint Head of Integrated Production: Sally Pritchett
Producers: Richard Bailey, Kreepa Naisbitt, Charlotte Ellison, Lucy Trower, Hazel Corstens, Adaeze Ndakoji
Project Manager: Becky Faloju
Print Illustrators: Painting Practice
Print post-production: King Henry
Legal Team: Tom Campbell, Trine Odin
Business Affairs Manager: Gemma Davies
Production Company: Merman / Not to Scale
Director: Guy Manwaring
Executive Producer: Spencer Dodd
Animation Director: Headless
Producer: Maud Beckers
Character Designer: Kristian Antonelli
Concept Art/Matte Painting: Adrian Garcia, Ananda Arán, Athena Productions, Miki Montlló
Post Production House: Glassworks Barcelona
VFX Supervisor: Javier Verdugo.
2D Compositing Supervisor: Carlos de la Sotilla.
2D Animation Supervisor: Pablo Navarro
Colour Grading: Dani Granado
Producer: Anna Gispert, Celeste Lozano
Sound post production: 750mph
Audio engineer: Mark Hellaby
Audio Producer: Kirsten Troy
Music licensing company: Theodore Music
Music track: Milo’s Adventure
Music composer: Michael Patti
Music Publishing: Audiomachine
Planning team: Zoe Bond, Emma Burton, Caroline Gunning, Georgia Pickford and Bethan Corlett
Strategist: Chris Gilfoy
AV: Meg Chapman
Programmatic: Matt Rogerson
Display and audio: Toby Barnswarda, Isaac Atite and Max Emin