Man Utd sign Honey Monster

By EMMA HALL, campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 29 August 1997 12:00AM

Young & Rubicam has transferred the Honey Monster from Newcastle United to Manchester United for its latest Sugar Puffs ad.

Young & Rubicam has transferred the Honey Monster from Newcastle

United to Manchester United for its latest Sugar Puffs ad.



In the new spot - filmed at the Stadio delle Alpi in Turin - the Honey

Monster plays a key role in a match between United and a top Italian

club.



The drama begins as Peter Schmeichel, United’s goalkeeper, tackles the

Italian striker, Ravioli, conceding a penalty and injuring himself at

the same time.



The Honey Monster steps in, pulls on a goalkeeper’s shirt while refusing

Schmeichel’s offer of a pair of gloves, and goes on to save the day -

and the penalty - with a spectacular diving ’scorpion kick’, reminiscent

of the one performed at Wembley by the Colombian goalkeeper,

Higuita.



Manchester United team members rush to congratulate the Honey Monster

but he is more interested in eating a bowl of Sugar Puffs.



Schmeichel, whose leg is now in plaster, sees his team mate tucking in

and asks, ’Hey, where’s mine?’ The Honey Monster throws him a box of

Sugar Puffs, but Schmeichel fumbles and spills the cereal as the Honey

Monster laughs: ’You’re dropped.’



The spot finishes with the Honey Monster and Schmeichel pictured

together on the front of the Italian sports newspaper, Gazetta dello

Sport, with the headline: ’Mama Mia Monster!’



Mark Williams at Tony Kaye Films directed the 30-second spot, which will

break during Coronation Street on Sunday. It was written by Paul Catmur

and art directed by Anita Davis. Media buying is through MediaVest.



In two previous Sugar Puffs spots, Y&R portrayed the Honey Monster

playing for Newcastle and acting alongside the team’s then manager,

Kevin Keegan.



The Honey Monster has also starred in commercials with the boy-band,

Boyzone.



Y&R handles all Quaker cereal brands, including Hot Oat Crunch and Quick

and Hearty.



This article was first published on campaignlive.co.uk

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