'Adventure awaits' by Wieden & Kennedy for Lurpak

Thinkboxes March/April Winner 2014

This month’s winner, from Arla Foods’ Lurpak Cook’s Range, uses imagery evoking space exploration to champion a pioneering spirit in home cooking.

 The spot, “Adventure awaits”, takes as its soundtrack Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra. A voiceover, which borrows from the rhetoric of motivational speeches, builds dramatic tension, and unusual close-ups of foods suggest another-worldly landscape. The voiceover declares: “Tonight we choose adventure” as gas jets ignite to mimic rockets firing into space, and the ad ends with the line “Venture forth with Lurpak’s new Cook’s Range.”

Wieden & Kennedy worked with the client from the start of this innovation project, ahead of the ad brief. Laurence Fischer, vice-president global BSM – Lurpak, Arla Brands, says: “We researched more ‘emotional’ insights and what bigger purpose our Cook’s Range could fulfil. The target audience, foodies, are driven by a restless need for experimentation, and our range could be a trusted partner for kitchen adventures.”

Laurence Fischer

It was very unexpected. Nothing in our brief pointed to this and we were a little scared, to be honest. The creative team felt it could push the brand into a new territory, which we all want for it. So we took the leap.

Laurence Fischer Vice-President Global BSM, Lurpak Arla Brands 

Client Lurpak; Ad agency Wieden & Kennedy; Creative team Dan Norris, Ray Shaughnessy, Sam Heath, Freddie Powell, Hollie Walker; Production Blink; Director Dougal Wilson

Other ads on the podium

Waitrose: When you own something, you care a little more (2nd)

  • Creative agency BBH London;
  • Creative team Martha Riley, Richard Glendenning;
  • Clients Rupert Thomas, Rupert Ellwood, Joanne Massey, Libby Langridge;
  • Production companies Park Pictures;
  • Director Tom Tagholm

Vodafone: The call (3rd)

  • Creative agency Grey London;
  • Creative team Vicki Maguire, Jonathan Marlow
  • Client Suzie Rook;
  • Production company Academy;
  • Director Marcus Söderlund

Also shortlisted

Anchor Cheddar: The glorious nothing days

  • Creative agency CHI & Partners;
  • Creative team Matt Searle, Sarah Levitt;
  • Client Louise Goodyear;
  • Production company Somesuch & Co;
  • Director Kim Gehrig

Cravendale: Barry the Biscuit Boy

  • Creative agency Wieden & Kennedy; 
  • Creative Dan Norris, Ray Shaughnessy, Sam Heath, Max Batten, Ben Shaffery;
  • Client Harriet O’Regan
  • Production company Blink
  • Directors Andrew Thomas Huang, Joseph Mann

A view from a Thinkbox Academy member on this month's picks

Danny Brooke Taylor

There are some wonderfully natural moments in these ads… the moment the egg takes a giant leap on to the floury lunar landscape for Lurpak.

Danny Brooke-Taylor Founding Partner, Lucky Generals



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