John Lewis’ Top 5 Christmas Advert Countdown

Ever wondered why you always feel the urge to cry into your eggnog while tuned into John Lewis’ Christmas adverts?Celebrating the 10th year anniversary of John Lewis’ annual Christmas advert we decided to create a top 5 countdown of the publics favourite episodes that made them shed a few tears and really get them in the festive spirit for Christmas!

5. The Bear and the Hare (2013)

The small scene shows the bear, a miserable and gloomy character, make an appearance at a Christmas celebration full of dozens of different animals preparing the immense tree for the annual festival. The rabbit had dragged his best friend along in hope of discovering his inner festive spirit and revive him of his era of despondency. But it didn’t work. So the bear dismally sashayed back to his cave of woe and began to rest once again in preparation for the seasonal hunt ahead. A year went by and the rabbit returned with the perfect gift for the bear – an alarm clock. As the other animals continued their merrymaking, the no longer independent bear ascended over the snowy terrain, the rabbit saw him and beaming smiles surrounded the bear as he joined the celebrations. Everyone was happy…

Price

The approximate budget for the advert was a staggering £1,000,000, this included the amount of work that went into it , the people they hired and the campaign to outreach the advert.

Music

Lily Allen – Somewhere Only We Know (a cover of Keane’s original song)

Release Date

November 8th 2013

4.Buster the Boxer (2016)

What is the perfect present that everyone will love? Simply a trampoline. In this almost humorous commercial a lonesome boxer dog named buster became envious of the foxes, badgers, squirrels and hedgehogs who were all leaping boisterously on a new bought gift – the trampoline. The next day as the crisp climate of Christmas cockcrow awoke the family, the little girl seemed eternally thankful for the gift, but as the doors were open and Buster was set loose, he was the one who seemed obliged as he imitated the animals from the night before.

Price

The price for this advert was once again approximately £1,000,000 however they invested a further £6,000,000 into the advertisements for it to be showed on TV.

Music

One Day I’ll Fly Away performed by Vaults (originally by Randy Crawford)

Release Date

November 9th 2016

3. The Long Wait (2011)

This was a game changer in the world of Christmas advertisements. John Lewis’ competition were left behind as they reversed the typical convention of children only wanting gifts, not giving them. Anticipation increased as the boy continuously studied the clock, impatiently waiting for Christmas to arrive. Once the day arrived, the boy woke up at the break of dawn and disrupted his parents slumber. At this point, the impression the whole video had given us was that the boy couldn’t wait to open his presents, however this was not the case as he pulled out a gift for his parents as the video finished with the sentence ‘For gifts you can’t wait to give’. I bet you weren’t expecting that.

Price

The budget was slightly under the usual budget at about £800,000 with a similar £6,000,000 outreach campaign.

Music

Slow Moving Millie – Please, Please, Please Let me Get What I Want (originally by The Smiths)

Release Date

November 11th 2011

2.Monty The Penguin (2014)

This heart-warming video was a video which explored the imagination of a little boy, the directors literally brought a stuffed toy to life. It began with a boy who was best friends with a penguin, the more time he spent with him the quicker he realised that his best friend felt lonely and dreamed of love. As it came to Christmas morning the boy covered his penguins eyes and surprised him with what he wanted. It ended with the sentence ‘Give someone the Christmas they’ve been dreaming of’.

Price

£1,000,000

Music

Aurora – Half The World Away (a cover of Oasis’ original song)

Release Date

November 9th 2016

1.Shadows (2007)

The original John Lewis Christmas advert was voted the best, possibly due to its wonderment from the surreal complexity of the creation. But it looked so simple? They used workers of John Lewis in an assembly line to combine an obscure mixture of products in a carefully balanced pile such as lava lamps, satchels, lamps and Mac computers which cast a shadow on the wall behind of a woman walking with a dog. The final sentence concluded the first advert with ‘Whoever your looking for this Christmas’, implying they provide products suitable for everyone. The very imaginative concept definitely deserved its place at number one!

Price

A reported £6 million in total.

Music

Prokofiev: Rome & Juliet – Suite No.3, Op.101 – 5. Aubade” by Loris Tjeknavorian 

Release Date

November 7th 2007

This Years New Advert – Did it live up to the hype?

It lived up to the expectations but did it live up to the hype? No. The way the advert was perceived by the audience was not as John Lewis directors intended. The monster ‘Moz’ underneath the bed was supposed to represent all of the problems that the year has created such as distraction and annoyance (which was clear to see by how the monster negatively impacted the child) and proves to show when Christmas time eventually comes all his problems disappear. The imagery was not very clear and not particularly realistic because which six year old kid often suffers with all of these mid-life dilemma’s?  Here, take a look and see what you think…

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