Compare the Market's meerkats return in new TVC

11 February 2020

Creative Agency: VCCP

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Australia’s favourite head business-kat Aleksandr and his trusty head of IT Sergei are taking the 'Long Walk Home'.

Insurance comparison service Compare the Market has launched its second chapter of its new campaign to the nation on Sunday night with a new TVC.

The TVC – ‘Long Walk Home’ – follows on from the meerkats’ great escape from the confused possum catcher.

Australia’s favourite head business-kat Aleksandr and his trusty Head of IT Sergei find themselves lost in the Australian bush after their big chase.

While Aleksandr is still rattled that he was mistaken for a possum, Sergei trembles at the creatures they encounter, including giant spiders, snakes and hungry crocodiles.

After a poorly chosen egg for breakfast, our furry friends are chased off a rockface by an angry emu, leaving viewers on a cliff-hanger… literally!

Christopher Catchpoole, acting chief marketing officer for Compare the Market, says the second instalment in the trilogy of ads maintains the entertaining storyline of the meerkats’ latest adventure, whilst subtly reminding people of the importance of comparison.

“Our goal is to engage all Australians, at any stage in their life, around the impact that comparing can have to their finances," Catchpoole says.

"We hope to position Compare the Market as the first choice when considering both their insurance and household needs.

"By celebrating the importance of comparison in an engaging way, we want to show consumers how easy it can be to compare products side-by-side, and show the perils of not doing the research before purchasing!

“We ultimately want to be first-to-mind when it comes to people’s finances. We’d like Aussies to recognise that comparison doesn’t have to be dry or boring and that it does indeed pay to compare. In addition to saving time and money, the satisfaction and confidence gained by making an informed choice is well worth it."

Paul Sharp, creative director for VCCP Sydney, says that the second instalment keeps viewers entertained, and curious to find out the fate of the meerkats.

“The chance to create a connected, episodic story within a campaign is a rare thing," Sharp says.

"In this chapter, we leave audiences asking themselves the big questions: Will Aleksandr and Sergei find their way to safety? Will they give up and start living like actual possums? Why haven’t I compared my insurance yet?”

Compare the Market offers consumers over 1,000 products to choose from, across more than a 100 brands, through 12 different categories. 

Passion - Melbourne
EP – Graham Pryor
Producer – Megan Plane
Colourist – Fergus Rotherham @ The Editors
Online Editor – Tom Marley and Adrian Oostergetel

Passion - London
Director: Dave Scanlon
Producer: Anna Cunnington
Head of Production: Mike Turoff
Head of CG: Jason Nicholas
VFX Supervisor: Dave Walker
CG Co-ordinator: Charlotte Harris & Roxanne Sibilski
Head of Animation: Aldo Gagliardi
Editing: Gus Herdman @ TRIM
Tracking: Hulahoop VFX
Sound: Ben Leeves @ Jungle Studios

Agency: VCCP Sydney
Senior Account Director: Edward Hughes
Senior Account Manager: Daniel Wood
Producer: Sue Hind
Creative Director: Paul Sharp
Writers: Dane Van Veen, Kate Allen, Gary Dawson
Executive Planning Director: Kim Feitelberg

Acting CMO: Christopher Catchpoole
Brand and Campaign Manager: Karen Gear
Brand and Campaign Specialist: Carolina Perez Rebolledo

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