All Mariah Carey wants for Xmas is… Walkers

No, not those kind of Walkers, the hungry ones you find on AMC’s The Walking Dead.

We are talking chips here (known in the U.K. as crisps) that the diva has set her eyes, heart and stomach set on. And there’s a problem, as so does an Elf extra.

With the global megastar celebrating the 25th anniversary of iconic anthem, All I Want for Christmas Is You?, Walker Crisps has launched its biggest ever Christmas campaign featuring Carey.

The campaign, created by AMV BBDO, features Walkers core & limited edition festive flavors, notably Pigs in Blankets.

Taking place on the set of a music video, the ad opens on Mariah singing All I Want for Christmas Is You wearing a sparkling red festive dress as the cast and crew sing along.

The shoot wraps, and as Mariah walks through the set generously handing out increasingly humorous presents, including a framed painting of Mariah herself riding a winged unicorn, she says: “I love Christmas. It’s a magical time. A time for giving, a time for caring, a time for sharing.”

What follows is a real dilemma for our megastar as she reaches for the final pack of Walkers Pigs in Blankets at exactly the same time as a Christmas elf. Christmas may be a time for sharing, but not when it comes to Walkers crisps.

A polite tug o’ war ensues, and Mariah decides to use her famous high note to get the elf to drop the bag, winning the crisps for herself. The narrator says: ‘Walkers, too good to share.’

The 60-second ad was directed by multi-award-winning music video director, Joseph Kahn, who has worked previously with Mariah Carey, as well as countless other celebrities, from Britney Spears and Lady Gaga to Eminem, giving it an extra special touch. Watch below:

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Wayne Newton, head of marketing at Walkers, said: “It doesn’t get more Christmassy than Mariah Carey singing All I Want for Christmas Is You and that’s exactly what’s in our new advert. As well as entertaining the nation with our trademark humour, the campaign brilliantly launches our festive flavors for the season. This year is one of the biggest yet for Walkers, with our new campaign, limited edition flavors and huge on-pack promotion – we hope consumers will love it.”

Carey added, “I had a lot of fun filming this commercial with Walkers. I’ve always loved their crisps from my trips to the UK and everyone knows I love feeling festive, so it was the perfect collaboration for me – it’s also a great way of celebrating the 25th anniversary of All I Want for Christmas Is You!

The spot launched in a Twitter Spotlight takeover throughout Saturday, November 2nd (starting at 12:01am for 24 hours) to build conversation, and then will be followed up by the TV debut during the X Factor finale in the evening.

The campaign is a truly multi-media spanning TV, VOD, digital, social, and on-pack promotion.

Carey will be appearing on promotional packs of Walkers up until Christmas, alongside a promotion that gives consumers the chance to win all they want for Christmas.

Shoppers will have the chance to win top prizes every hour, including game consoles, designer headphones, cash and even festive socks.

Credits
CLIENT: Walkers
   HEAD OF MARKETING: Wayne Newton
   MARKETING DIRECTOR: Fernando Kahane
   MEDIA & DIGITAL LEAD Ian Maybank
   BRAND MANAGER: Nick Day
   DIGITAL BRAND MANAGER: Stephen Sharifian

CREATIVE AGENCY: AMV BBDO
   CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER: Alex Grieve
   CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER: Craig Mawdsley
   SENIOR STRATEGY DIRECTOR: Olivia Stubbings
   MANAGING PARTNER: Brenda Frixa
   SENIOR BOARD ACCOUNT DIRECTOR: Leona McNally
   ACCOUNT DIRECTOR: Rachel McEwen
   CREATIVE PRODUCTION PARTNER: Anita Sasdy
   CREATIVE PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Frankie Burwell-Wright

MEDIA AGENCY: OMD UK

PRODUCTION COMPANY: UK – Caviar; US – Supply & Demand
   DIRECTOR: Joseph Kahn
   PRODUCTION CO. PRODUCER: Nicola Doring

INTERACTIVE: AMV Interactive
   INTERACTIVE PRODUCER: Rosie Denton
   INTERACTIVE CREATIVE: Kalle Everland

EDITOR: Scott Cato at The Quarry

GRADE: Tom Mangham

POST-PRODUCTION COMPANY: The Mill

BUSINESS AFFAIRS: Michelle Holmes, Senior Business Affairs Manager

SOUND ENGINEER: Parv Thind

AUDIO POST-PRODUCTION: Wave

HERO TALENT: Talent Republic

SOURCE: AMV BBDO

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