Crazy Magic

EditorTVCs, News Make a Comment

AUCKLAND, Today: Toyota New Zealand has released the next phase in their In Crazy We Believe campaign supporting Emirates Team New Zealand, created by Saatchi & Saatchi.

The new content features a remake of Gnarls Barkley’s hit Crazy by NZ recording artist Ladi6.

The images that accompany the song are a combination of existing Emirates Team NZ sailing footage, graphics and typography that explain Toyota’s reasoning for backing ‘a bunch of sailors’ for 29 years.

Toyota NZ GM Andrew Davis said: “Toyota has always had the ability to use Kiwi ingenuity while turning crazy thinking and design into innovative results.

“For this project we wanted the same and used our partners at Saatchi & Saatchi, the production team and Ladi6 to bring a bit of their crazy magic to life and we couldn’t be more delighted with the result.”

Saatchi CCO Steve Cochran said: “There were a number of factors that influenced this work. The song for starters. It’s a stonker, and we felt privileged that Gnarls and the other writers agreed to let us use it.

“The ambition of our interpretation by Ladi6, under the direction of Mahuia, was to not lose any of the tempo or groove of the original version but to build on it to make it bigger and more cinematic.

“The visual style of the video has also been adopted for an out-of-home campaign, with large-format billboards from JCDecaux.”

“Expecting people to read words on screen while listening to a song with its own lyrics can be tricky, so we used TV show opening title sequences as an inspiration.

“Mardo [Fish & Clips] had the idea of subtly paying homage to the original brilliant Gnarls music video, which brought the mirrored symmetry aspect to the visuals.

“We also needed to use existing footage, which was much the same as other sponsors and media organisations were using, so he wanted to treat it in a way that made it look different and more uniquely ours.”

The video content was created by director and motion graphics artist Mardo of Fish & Clips in collaboration with composer and producer Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper of Franklin Road Studios.

The visual style of the video has also been adopted for an out-of-home campaign, with large-format billboards from JCDecaux.

Along with 60, 30 and 15 second video edits, radio and out-of-home, the campaign also includes a full-length version of Crazy by Ladi6 that will feature on music playlists at cup events and venues during the America’s Cup.

  • More campaign imagery here


Client: Toyota New Zealand
Creative Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi NZ
Media Agency: Starcom
Production company: Mandy VFX
Director: Mardo El-Noor
Executive Producer: James Moore
Producer: Steen Bech
Editor & MOGFX: Mardo El-Noor
Audio Production Company: Franklin Road
Arrangement and Production: Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper
Vocals: Ladi6
Sound Post: Shane Taipari
Executive Music Producer & Licensing: Jonathan Mihaljevich
Photography / Video footage: Emirates Team New Zealand

Share this Post