Two-Time Academy Award Winner Audrey Hepburn Returns To The Red Carpet Sunday Night
DOVE® Chocolate is rolling out the red carpet this Sunday, Mar. 2, for its newest Television ad, which features Audrey Hepburn and is airing during the OSCARS® "Red Carpet Live" on ABC. The ad for DOVE® Dark Chocolate uses 3D computer-generated technology to recreate Hepburn's classic style and infectious smile - over two decades after her death.
The ad shows a Hepburn touring an Italian town by bus, which gets stuck in a traffic jam. Out her window, a handsome stranger in a convertible tempts her to leave the bus and ride with him instead. She accepts the offer, playfully hops into the backseat, and as they drive away, she rewards herself with a bite of a DOVE® Dark Chocolate bar.
"We cast Audrey Hepburn for this new ad because she's timeless and truly embodies the DOVE® Chocolate consumer," said Roy Benin, Chief Consumer Officer, Mars Chocolate North America. "Hepburn possesses a spark in her eye and radiates the confidence to make choices that are more enjoyable to her."
To recreate Hepburn's appearance and gestures, the visual effects team at Framestore, in partnership with the BBDO network, used her entire feature film catalog and all available photographs as references. Many scenes required frame-by-frame hand animation techniques to ensure the model was authentic from every possible angle.
Hepburn's children, Sean Ferrer and Luca Dotti, encouraged the use of their mother's image and likeness in the ad, which originally launched last year in the UK to promote Galaxy chocolate bar. It turns out that Hepburn had a love for chocolate her entire life. Ferrer said, "Our mother loved rewarding herself with a piece of chocolate, but it always had to be dark chocolate."
The tagline – "It's not just dark. It's DOVE®." – reinforces that DOVE® Dark Chocolate is unlike any other dark chocolate experience.
The new TV commercial will air on Networks such as MTV, Adult Swim, A&E, Bravo and Lifetime reaching Adults, ages 18 to 49, throughout 2014. For more information about DOVE® Chocolate and to view the new TV ad, visit www.Facebook.com/DoveChocolate.