For the 6th year in a row, IGA is kicking off the holiday season with a traditional Christmas tale, Mr. Beaver’s Yule Log, with creative agency Sid Lee. This year’s tale highlights an essential theme of the holiday season: the importance of sharing and the feeling we get when we do so, with a grandfather telling Mr. Beaver’s story to his grandchildren.
"The Christmas tale is an original way for our merchants to give back to the public, by doling out a little happiness to families in Quebec and New Brunswick," says Carl Pichette, Senior Vice-President Marketing, Full Service, Liquor, Fuel & Convenience at Empire. "The current economic context is putting additional pressure on food banks, especially as the holiday season approaches. Our story has inspired our IGA merchants to act in solidarity with their communities with The Yule Log of Generosity, allowing consumers to enjoy an iconic holiday dessert while directly contributing to La Guignolée," he concludes.
Yule Logs available for purchase at IGA to benefit people in need To make this wonderful story of sharing a reality, IGA and Sid Lee are launching a new initiative: the Yule Log of Generosity, the first ever Yule Log payable 100% by donation to La Guignolée, to help feed families in need. IGA is stepping up support of La Guignolée by adding Mr. Beaver's Yule Log to holiday season fundraising initiatives in grocery stores. The creative agency sweetened the tale by connecting it to other initiatives in this year's storytelling universe. In stores, Mr. Beaver will be inviting customers to celebrate the holidays with his Yule log, and above all, help them experience the real pleasure of sharing.
"The Christmas tale has held a significant place in the hearts of the agency's artisans for many years now. It’s an occasion for our entire team to get together and have fun. More than ever, the notion of sharing is essential, and we wanted to bring it to the forefront through storytelling. We decided to go even further by developing other initiatives to reinforce this important trait, one that Mr. Beaver discovers himself in the tale," says Jonathan Lavoie, Creative and Innovation Director at Sid Lee.
The creative agency continues to collaborate on the animation of the Christmas tale with Tonic DNA, a Montreal-based animation studio, and with Circonflex for music and sound. In addition to airing on television until December 30, in Quebec and New Brunswick, the short film, Mr. Beaver’s Yule Log, will be available in French and English online, on IGA Vive la bouffe’s social channels and at IGA.net starting November 2. Yule Logs of Generosity will be available exclusively at IGA stores and online at Voilà par IGA until November 29, 2023. For more information about La Guignolée, visit the community section of the IGA website.
This professional campaign titled 'Mr. Beaver’s Yule Log' was published in Canada in November, 2023. It was created for the brand: IGA, by ad agency: Sid Lee. This Film medium campaign is related to the Retail Services industry and contains 4 media assets. It was submitted 28 days ago.
Client - IGA - Carl Pichette, Caroline Duhamel, Chloé Daigneault-Paris, Chloé Bouchard, Anick Lacroix,
Amélie Amyot, Sarah Gagnon, Marie-Christine Morel, Josiane Bégin and Marie-Eve Deslauriers
Agency: Sid Lee
Executive Creative Director: Alex Bernier
Creative Directors: Alex Bernier, Jonathan Lavoie, David Allard
Creative Team: Quentin Fachon, Simon Caspar, Krissi Campbell
Creative Collaboration: Francis Lévesque, David Lambert, Julie Desrochers, Maxime Paiement
Executive Producer: Carolyne Goyette
Producer: Joannie Tellier
Production Coordinator: Elisa Hernandez Riveiro
Group Account Director: Thalie Poulin
Account Manager: Priscilla Marullo
Account Executive: Nadia Gilles
Strategy Director: Nicolas Naulevade
Strategist: Corinne Blair
3D PRODUCTION: Tonic DNA
Director: Kun Chang, Fabien Fulchiron
Executive Producer: Stefanie Bitton
Senior Producer: Frédérique Parenteau
Project Manager: Stefen Lamontagne
Production Coordinator: Fanny Desseaux
Illustration & Design: David Goldstyn, Ana Eskildsen, Cindy Foucault, Phoebe Mao, Isabella Ceravolo,
3D Supervisor: Fabien Fulchiron
Modeling and Rigging: Flooul Studio & Kippcase Studio
Modeling, Texture and Lighting: Fabien Fulchiron, Lisandre Thériault-Brunet, Ariane Ouimet,
Animation Supervisor: Wiley Townsend
3D Animators: Cindy Foucault, Gabriel Fazzioni, Wiley Townsend & Studio Nebula
Compositing Supervisor: Marc-André Bourgoin
Compositing: Marta Grasso, Marc-André Bourgoin
Colourist: Benoît Côté
AUDIO & MUSIC: Circonflex
Music: François-Pierre Lue, Olivier Girard, Paul-Étienne Côté
Sound Design & Mix: Frédéric Laurier