Samsung's musical extravaganza stars dancing aliens, cat memes and foldable phones

The mobile giant's Unpacked event kicked off with a cinematic short film promoting 'Open to That' platform

Published On
Aug 18, 2021

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Samsung’s Unpacked event this week unveiled new smartphones and accessories designed to take on Apple’s mobile ecosystem. No room for the close-minded here. A two-minute cinematic spot from Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam serves as a product showcase and drives home a new brand philosophy: "I’m Open to That."

Unfolding like a musical number in a Broadway show (or one of Samsung’s new foldable phones), the spot dives headfirst into the weird with a man in a grizzly bear suit. Strumming an old tree branch, he kicks off a medley chock full of plushie animals, living memes and tiny worlds seemingly ripped straight from the mind of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

He morphs into a zombie, and then a woman, before continuing the song-and-dance routine, across what appears to be the world's biggest soundstage.

The lyrics serve as sidelong references to the tech capabilities. Open, like an unfolded screen, not open, like a phone without privacy controls, you see? A few product shots do get squeezed into the quick cuts (this debuted at a launch event, remember?) before the big finale—a chorus line followed by a slow fall through space.

Credits

Date
Aug 18, 2021
Client :
Samsung
Agency :
Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam
Corporate SVP Head of Marketing :
Stephanie Choi
VP Global Brand Marketing :
Matthew Leem
Brand Director :
Jessie Song
Senior Brand Manager :
Ahra Cho
Brand Manager :
Saebin Park
Managing Director :
Blake Harrop
Executive Creative Director :
Eric Quennoy
Executive Creative Director :
Mark Bernath
Creative Director :
Zeynep Orbay
Creative Director :
Mohamed Diaa
Art Director :
Zeynep Orbay
Art Director :
Sandra Nicolas
Copywriter :
Mohamed Diaa
Head of Broadcast Production :
Joe Togneri
Executive Producer :
Endy Hedman
Group Account Director :
David Newsome
Account Director :
Yulia Prokhorova
Account Executive :
Bliss Zhawi
Head of Planning :
Martin Weigel
Planning Director :
Thom Dinsdale
Head of Comms & Digital Strategy :
Elsa Stahura
Project Manager :
Caroline Koss
Project Manager :
Mirke Sipsma
Director of Business Affairs :
Michael Graves
Production Company :
Iconoclast
Director :
Alaska
MD+EP :
Jean Mougin
EP :
Guy Rolfe
Producer :
Molly Pope
DP :
Todd Martin
PD :
Carolina Emiliozzi
AD :
Tony Fernandes
Choreographer :
Edson Soares da Silva Junio
Stylist :
Sergei Yordanov
Editorial :
Final Cut
Editor :
Sam Bould
Producer :
Frankie Elser
Music and Sound :
String and Tins
Music Composition :
Auburn Jam
Music Supervision :
Laura-Leigh Smith
Music Supervision :
Mike Bamford
Sound Design and Mix :
Joe Wilkinson
Additional Sound Design :
Lawrence Kendrick
Audio Producer :
Laura-Leigh Smith
Post Production :
Nash Production
VFX Supervisor/Creative Director :
Cirilo Bonazzi
VFX Artist :
Alice Villela
VFX Artist :
Andre Neumann
VFX Artist :
Caique Veloso
VFX Artist :
Cirilo Bonazzi
VFX Artist :
Diego Ruiz
VFX Artist :
Luiz Fernando Tavares Alves
VFX Artist :
Rafael Jimenez
VFX Artist :
Renata Prado
VFX Artist :
Thiago Cora
CG Lead :
Fagmario Rodrigues
CG Artist :
Alex Ferreira Simões
CG Artist :
Fagmario Rodrigues
CG Artist :
François Puren
CG Artist :
Jesiel Almeida
Coordinator :
Gabriel Bittencourt
Producer :
Flavia Gannam
Colour Grade :
Osmar Junior

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