Aardman showcase simplicity in new spot for Dacia

ardman has teamed with popular car brand Dacia and creative agency Publicis for its latest video – Simple is Smart.

The spot features an animated drive through a paper pop-up city to demonstrate the simplicity of the Dacia line-up. Shot in a single camera movement through CGI, it follows a car driving around buildings and trees, up above pop-up skyscrapers, in and around a test bay, through a police car chase before finally dashing off into the sunset. The Dacia story is explained right from the rigourous testing of the model through to the on the road price, and presents the Dacia ethos in a perfect environment of simplicity, a key Dacia band value.

The spot also showcases Aardman’s signature approach of graphic styling and flowing choreography. Danny Capozzi, Director, Aardman, explains: “We wanted to create a really smooth journey with the Dacia vehicle in a subtly textured landscape with very realistic stop motion lighting that picked out paper creases and edges to make the models and props within the environment very tactile.”

Capozzi continues: “In a monotone world, you can really focus on the performance of the car and the animation instead of being distracted by the backgrounds and unnecessary items around it. We kept the props to an absolute minimum to keep things simple and clutter free, perfectly matching Dacia’s brand philosophy, and I think this made the commercial a lot stronger for it.”

No stranger to Dacia, Aardman has previously worked with the car brand for its range of primetime sponsorship idents on TV channel Dave.

Commenting on the latest work with the studio, Louise O’Sullivan, Head of Dacia UK, said: “It’s been great to once again work with Aardman on this latest film promoting our philosophy that simple is smart. It’s been wonderful to see this message come to life and the Aardman team managed to capture the essence of Dacia and sum it up in 72 seconds of clever animation.”


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