A story about One Sweet World
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Ben & Jerry's
One Sweet World
Messages of fear and hatred are on the rise, but Ben & Jerry’s One Sweet World was a counter-narrative designed to encourage ice cream lovers to choose unity over division. And they came to us to create a manifesto animation to launch the campaign.
Messages of fear and hatred are on the rise. The divisive mantra peddled by politicians and the media is reaching fever pitch. It's breeding resentment and dividing our society more than ever before. Ben & Jerry’s wanted to create a counter-narrative; one of hope, not hate. One of unity, not separation. It’s why they created One Sweet World, a campaign to encourage ice cream lovers to choose unity over division. And they asked Nice and Serious to create a manifesto animation to launch the campaign.
In the wake of recent political affairs, there was a powerful and poignant story to be told. But it needed to be told in a way that only Ben & Jerry's could do. So we created a parallel universe inhabited by flavours. The story is told through a Cherry who seeks to unite Coneville, a town dominated by the divisive Lemon Party.
We worked with an all-star team of designers and animators to create an intricate, crafty world that felt right for the story and for the Ben & Jerry’s brand.
We realised music was key to the success of the concept - it needed to help tell the story of a sour world turned sweet. So we collaborated with Adelphoi and singer / songwriter Ben Cocks to write an original track with a delicate vocal and an uplifting build towards the end.
We feel that the story speaks to a growing group of people who are disenfranchised from politics and want a new, inclusive narrative for society.
The animation was used as the manifesto for One Sweet World. It helped Ben & Jerry’s set the context for the campaign in a creative way. The animation was launched on Ben & Jerry’s social media channels across different European markets, with a reach of tens of millions of fans. The video also formed a key part of a press release to help elevate the One Sweet World campaign to influencers and key media outlets.