Chicken Licken

When love is tough, Love Me Tender®

Agency: Joe Public

Chicken Licken - When love is tough, Love Me Tender®

Chicken Licken - When love is tough, Love Me Tender®


Johannesburg, 14 February 2023, Modern love is complicated. That’s why Chicken Licken, South Africa’s most loved chicken brand, made love feel easy again with one simple solution: the Love Me Tender® Burger. Introducing, ‘When love is tough, Love Me Tender®’

The campaign launched with a film, all about love. The true story of St Valentine is a little sketchy, thus Saint Valentine was transformed into Baba Valentino – Chicken Licken claimed the most iconic ‘patron of love’ as their own. This was to showcase how his lineage has solved the problems of love, through the ages.

As a narrator explains, Baba Valentino ‘The First’ taught Cupid how to shoot. From then on, over several generations, the Valentinos invented the stuffed bear, arranged the first bouquet of flowers for nervous suitors and even made the mix tape, putting an end to corny pickup lines.

But then came the era of ‘ama 2000s’ when love got complicated. Baba had to take a different approach, using the Love Me Tender® Burger as a solution in the minefield that is modern love.

A radio campaign forms part of the story and tells more ama 2000 relationship stories, along with all their confusing complexities. And of course, positioning Love Me Tender® as the simple solution to it all.

Adam Weber, Executive Creative Director at Joe Public said, “We loved creating and sharing this story of the Valentinos and their legacy. It’s just about poking a little fun at the usual Valentine’s clichés and establishing the Love Me Tender® Burger as the next delicious icon of love.”

During February, the Love Me Tender® Burger will be served in limited-edition packaging in four select stores, with the choice of one of eight free Valentine’s Day cards, with a suitable twist. An on-campus competition gives customers the chance to win an exclusive ‘Love Me Tender® Candle-lit Dinner Experience’ for two – along with the bells and whistles, including their outfits, make-up and ride to a Chicken Licken store.

The 2024 Love Me Tender® TVC was directed by Katlego Baaitse, the award-winning Art Director turned Film Director from Spitfire Films. With a passion for storytelling, he was the perfect fit to tell the tale of the Valentino family.

This professional campaign titled 'When love is tough, Love Me Tender®' was published in South Africa in February, 2024. It was created for the brand: Chicken Licken, by ad agency: Joe Public. This Integrated medium campaign is related to the Food industry and contains 2 media assets. It was submitted about 2 months ago by Whitlock: Deborah of Joe Public.


Brand: Chicken Licken®
Client: Chantal Sombonos van Tonder
Agency: Joe Public
Group Integrated Chief Creative Officer: Pepe Marais
Integrated Chief Creative Officer: Xolisa Dyeshana
Integrated Executive Creative Director: Adam Weber
Integrated Art Director: Raphael Janan Kuppasamy
Integrated Copywriter: Bernice Puleng Mosala
Integrated Group Account Director: Kelly Bardon
Integrated Account Director: Sonwabile Mkize
Social Media Manager: Kamohelo Moeti
Agency Producer: Wendy Botha
Production Company: Spitfire Films
Director: Katlego Baaitse
First Assistant Director: Adriano Franco
Executive Producer: Liesl Lategan
Producer: Hloni Ntsooa
Post Supervisor: Ed van Blerk
Director of Photography: Rory O'Grady
Stylist / Costume Design: Melissa Maxted-Henderson & Samantha Constable
Editor: Ryan Norwood-Young
Colourist: Kyle Stroebel
VFX Company: Chocolate Tribe
Animatronics: Jaco Snyman
Audio: Sterling Sound
Sound Designer: Lorens Persson
Voice-over Artist: Mpho Popps Modikoane
Post-production Online: Chocolate Tribe


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