Chipotle's Swipe at Big Food Nabs Both Cyber and PR Grand Prix at Cannes

'The Scarecrow' Depicts World in Which 'Crowbots' Run Food Industry

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Sep 12, 2013

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Following up on the success of their 2012 Cannes Grand Prix winner "Back To The Start," Chipotle and CAA Marketing released a new short film that takes an ultra-critical look at Big Food in order to highlight its own sustainably-sourced ethos. The film is accompanied by an interactive game.

Set to a haunting cover of the song "Pure Imagination" (from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory") performed by Fiona Apple, the film was produced by Moonbot Studios (whose work includes the Oscar-winning "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore)". It revolves around a sad-looking scarecrow who lives in a scary, somewhat Tim Burton-esque world in which the food industry is dominated by the evil Crow Foods. This is a world in which food is labelled as "100 per cent beef-ish", we see chickens being injected and glimpse unhappy cows being milked by machine, while sinister robotic crows fly around threateningly. The scarecrow eventually picks a fresh pepper off a bush, and starts off on a mission to collect fresh food. The film culminates in the strapline "cultivate a better world," with Chipotle branding only appearing at the very end.

The downloadable game, for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, will feature the same characters. Players fly through the city of Plenty to transport confined animals to open pastures, fill fields with crops at Scarecrow Farms, and serve wholesome food to people at PlentyFull Plaza, while avoiding the menacing Crowbots. Chipotle will be giving away up to one million buy-one-get-one free offers to consumers who successfully play it.

Both will be followed by a a series of four, TV show-length comedic films, titled "Farmed and Dangerous," that Chipotle will post online next year, again taking a swipe at Big Food.

The campaign took home the PR Grand Prix at Cannes this year. Read the story for details

It also took one of three cyber Grand Prix along with Pharrell's 24 hours of Happy and Volvo's 'Live Tests' Read the story formore about the winning work.

For more of the goings on at Cannes, tune into Creativity's "The Best of Cannes."