Henry The Fox Returns In Engine’s New TV Ads For Old Speckled Hen
Long-standing brand character returns in beer campaign
03 May 2022
Engine has created a new TV campaign for Greene King Old Speckled Hen featuring the leading premium ale brand’s spokesman Henry the Fox, bringing to life his wit, charm and unique world view to underline the unique flavour beer curious drinkers can discover right under their nose.
Designed to target 35-55 year old drinkers, the campaign taps into an audience who like to broaden their horizons when it comes to food and drink and position OSH as an ale that truly rewards that curiosity with brilliant and refreshing flavour. To do this, we created a campaign to champion the benefits of being more curious in life and place OSH shoulder to shoulder with the rich rewards you reap as a result.
Because it is only through asking questions, deviating from the beaten track, and challenging your assumptions that you are able to gain new perspectives and enjoy a richer tapestry of life experiences.
In the new two 30-second animated ads, ‘Fox of the World’ and ‘Try Everything Once’, Henry is in the pub reminiscing about things good and bad he has experienced as a result of his curiosity – a Taiwanese meat cleaver massage from a monkey, for example, a rap battle with a rat, eating a Carolina Reaper chili, and licking a cane toad.
On weighing up his experiences, Henry then advises on which were worth it and which were worth skipping to discover the refreshing and unique taste and Old Speckled Hen. The creative idea underlines the beer’s positioning as a tasty, desirable and refreshing beer that rewards curiosity with its delicious, unique flavour.
The ad was directed by directing duo Rick & Mario, a.k.a. Red Knuckles, who specialise in beautifully crafted 2D, 3D and stop motion characters and environments, through Partizan.
Henry the Fox first appeared in Old Speckled Hen advertising in 1994 and was last featured in 2020.
The ad, which also runs in a 20-second version, ends with the line: ‘Old Speckled Hen – curiosity has its rewards’
The new work breaks Easter, running from April 18 for four weeks on Sky, Channel 4, ITV and VOD.
David Spencer, Marketing Controller at Old Speckled Hen says: "We're very excited about the new campaign we've created with Engine. We want to raise Old Speckled Hen's profile among UK beer drinkers, showing what a distinctively delicious pint it is - one that, once discovered, truly rewards your curiosity. Engine have developed two hilarious new adventures for our mascot, Henry the Fox, that do just that. The TV spots will entertain millions of beer drinkers nationally, while the complimentary outdoor campaign will amplify brand visibility in a key sales period".
Steve Hawthorne, Creative Director at Engine, said: “As a fox of the world, Henry is the perfect brand ambassador for Old Speckled Hen. He is curious to try new things and it has been a joy to bring some of those to life in these films. I think we could all do with being a bit more ‘Henry’ from time to time and hopefully, this work will encourage people to do just that.”
Production Company: Partizan Studio
Executive Producer: Duncan Gaman
Directors: Rick Thiele, Mario Ucci (Rick & Mario)
Producer: Pedro Lino
Production Manager: Mercedes Vidal Breard
Production Assistant: Jade Duncan-Knight
Producer: Victoria Doran, Bradley Woodus
Creative Director: Steve Hawthorne
Creatives: David Newbold, Paul Hancock
Strategists: Laura Sammarco, George Poynter
Account Management: Richard Williams, Harriet Pinnington, Kelly Mahon
Sound Studio/Engineer: Munzie, Grand Central Recording Studios
Composition: Manjinder Singh Thind