How Animation and Music have won the 2016 Christmas Ad Battle

At this festive time of year, around the world, Christmas adverts are rife. We’ve looking into some of the top adverts this year that bring together some of the most creative aspects of the industry that we teach right here at JMC Academy, including Songwriting, Animation and Film Production. 

We've focused on some big- brand companies to take a look at just how prominant Animation is in the future of Film & TV. 

Which is your favourite? Vote now to the right of this page!


Well known actor, presenter of American show 'The Late Late Show' and Carpool Karaoke legend, James Cordon takes the stage for this musical Animation. Pulling on the heartstrings of viewers, food chain Sainsbury’s focus on the desire to be with family at Christmas time. Don’t miss the behind-the-scenes video which delves into how exactly they created this Animation master-piece. 

Behind the Scenes

John Lewis

Department store John Lewis has had perhaps one of the biggest hits for Christmas Adverts this year introducing Buster the Boxer dog. Always a smart idea bringing animals into the adverts. 


With the improvement especially of HairWorks Animation, we are seeing a lot more Animated animals being added to the mix, demonstrated in this food retail stores story of the traditional robin flying home for Christmas. 

Stella Artois

Reminding us that Stella was originally brewed for the holidays, they bring the idea of 'Christmas saving something' through their well- animated Reindeer. 


Working perhaps off the back of Blockbuster Hit ‘Sausage Party’, Aldi has instead opted to base their advert on an Animated Carrot – Kevin.


Heathrow Airport

Closely linking to well known character Paddington Bear, Heathrow has also based their Christmas advert on the idea of ‘coming home’, focusing on two bears as they take flight back to the UK. 

Nomatter which advert you may chose as your favourite, I think it is safe to say that this year, Animation has definitely won in the battle of Christmas Ads.

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