Grandma Gets Her Life Back in McDonald's Spots for Buttermilk Crispy Tenders

Spots Show 'Grandmas' Enjoying Virtual Reality and Stand-Up Comedy

Published On
Oct 06, 2017

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McDonald's new campaign for its Buttermilk Crispy Tenders is based around the premise that they're so good, Grandma can get a new lease on life, freed up from having to make homemade ones.

A series of 15-second spots, directed by Brian Billow of O Positive for We Are Unlimited, sees grandmothers enjoying a variety of new activities: having a massage, trying out a virtual reality headset, lazing in a pool, completing a jigsaw puzzle of a hot young guy and doing stand-up comedy telling jokes about millennials. In longer spots, such as the one seen here, Grandma sarcastically bemoans the fact that she no longer needs to spend her time slaving in the ktichen.

McDonald's is one of a number of brands recently to show people breaking free from the stereotypes of old age; the ads remind us somewhat of Mother's ads for Sun Life insurance from the U.K.


Oct 06, 2017
U.S. Chief Marketing Officer:
Morgan Flatley
Senior Director, Brand and Marketing Content:
Julie Wenger
Manager, Brand and Marketing Content:
Ivonne Loza
Supervisor, Brand and Marketing Content:
Ariane Mendel
Marketing Manager of Digital Campaigns and Content:
Emily Charron
Marketing Supervisor, Social Content and Engagement:
Stephanie Servin
Manager, US Marketing and Planning:
Keishon Williams
We Are Unlimited
Chief Creative Officer:
Ari Weiss
Chief Creative Officer:
Toygar Bazarkaya
Creative Director:
Mark Wegwerth
Creative Director:
Chris Cole
Creative Director:
Vic Sanchez
Creative Director:
Jon Morgan
Art Director:
Rachel Bottlinger
Jessi Pelzel
Kristen Walters
Chief Production Officer:
Jon Ellis
Senior Content Producer:
Ross Greenblat
Group Business Director:
Melanie Behling
Account Director:
Sarah Stahurski
Account Supervisor:
Taylor Knowles
Senior Vice President, Partners and Platforms:
Justin Hood
Production Company:
O Positive
Brian Billow
Executive Producer:
Ralph Laucella
Director, Photography:
Larry Fong
Grant Gustafson
Heather Richardson
Audio Post:
Another Country
Audio Engineer:
Pete Erazmus
Executive Producer:
Tim Kohn
The Mill
Luke Morrison
Flame Artist:
Randy McEntee
Senior Producer:
Erica Hilbert
Burrell Communications
Vice President, Group Creative Director:
Rebecca Williams
Art Director:
Mark Oosthuizen
Dave Linne

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