Aldi makes a carrot the star of its Christmas spot

Aldi makes a carrot the star of its Christmas spot

Aldi has launched a whimsical Christmas ad featuring an adventurous carrot, which will also be on sale as a soft toy with proceeds going to Barnardo's.

The ad, created by McCann UK, is set on Christmas Eve and features narration by actor Jim Broadbent in the style of the poem A Visit From St. Nicholas, which begins with the infamous line "T'was the night before Christmas".

It shows a carrot’s struggles to make its way across a room in a bid to meet Santa Claus by waiting by the mince pie left out for him.

After a dangerous journey across a dinner table spread with a traditional Christmas Day feast, it falls asleep by the pie and wakes up to find it has been hung up on Santa’s sleigh as a lure to make the reindeer go faster.

The spot was created by Clive Davis and Andy Fenton and directed by Todd Mueller and Kylie Matulick for Psyop/Stink. UM Manchester is handing media planning and buying for the ad, which debuted earlier today during This Morning on ITV.

Aldi will be selling a £2.99 soft toy of the carrot, which it has named Kevin, in stores from 24 November. Profits will go to the supermarket’s charity of the year, Barnardo’s.

Tony Baines, joint managing director of corporate buying at Aldi, said: "We’ve had an incredibly successful year at Aldi and our Christmas ad aims to celebrate our award-winning products, commitments to fresh, British, quality produce and of course our show-stopping festive range. We hope viewers enjoy watching Kevin The Carrot’s story as his adventures unfold throughout the season."

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