US – Ryan Reynolds’ quick-witted ad agency has rolled out a comedic campaign for sugar-free biscuit brand HighKey.
In the campaign by Maximum Effort, an agency founded by Ryan Reynolds, the actor takes the part of Sugar Panda, an animated bear that communicates the cautionary tale of a high-sugar diet. In the campaign films for the sugar-free snack, Sugar Panda’s dishevelled appearance and foul-mouthed demeanour deviate from the traditional brand mascots employed by high-sugar food brands, showcasing the negative health effects of a sugar addiction in a playful fashion.
Alongside the campaign, Maximum Effort has announced the partial ownership of HighKey as part of the agency deal, a strategy that will continue to be employed with its clients. ‘We like relationships that have a deeper level of investment, structurally and emotionally,’ says George Dewey, president of Maximum Effort.
Straight-talking brands like Maximum Effort are adopting defiant, anti-authentic voices that cut through the noise of the crowded marketing world.