Debrief: Kit Kat: Bachchas rock it

07 Feb,2013

By Anil Thakraney


Nestle Kit Kat has extended its ‘Take a break’ idea. While earlier they made birds and squirrels dance, this time little babies perform a rock concert. Naturally, it makes the commercial look cute… dancing, jiving babies always do that.


In the ad, our chap, who looks like a trainee lab technician, takes a break from training, and finds himself outside what looks like a crèche. As he starts consuming his Kit Kat, the babies get performing for him, with all the accompanying moves and shakes of a rock concert. The man is zapped, but as soon as the choc is finished, the babies return to their usual selves.


You cannot not like this commercial simply because you cannot not like crooning babies. So it’s a very safe idea, and it should work for Kit Kat in terms of the brand recall. Also, dancing babies are a rage on the internet videos, so am pretty sure the brand manager would be hoping to exploit that medium as well. All in all, here’s a commercial that can’t go wrong.


However, there’s a technical problem: Obviously, working only with live action footage wouldn’t have been possible in this case… getting babies to perform as a rock band must have been a nightmare. Therefore, some amount of animation becomes inevitable. Sadly, that’s where the commercial falters. The effects are a bit tacky, the babies’ actions don’t look real at all. This takes away from the overall impact. The Kit Kat creative team should not have allowed this to happen, they ought to have asked for more monies, if that was the problem.


Aside from that, it’s an enjoyable ad. And hopefully these rockers aren’t Kashmiri babies, else Kit Kat can expect a fatwa announcement. 🙂


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Rating: (On a scale of 1-5): 3. Cute idea. Needed some finesse.


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