McDonald’s new campaign by Leo Burnett India features real life toy collectors

The iconic Happy Meals at McDonald’s have always been associated with joyful memories of yummy food and a special toy! Moreover, with each passing year, the fan base for these toys has been growing across age groups!

With this in mind, McDonald’s for the first time ever, has introduced an irresistible offer - ‘Make Any Meal a HAPPY Meal’! Customers can now make any meal a Happy Meal, by adding a toy for Rs.35/-. Inspired by the hundreds of entries McDonald’s received for the biggest Happy Meal fan search, the campaign focuses on ‘kids of all ages’ – a unique search for the biggest Happy Meal Toy collectors in India!

Speaking about the initiative and campaign, Seema Arora Nambiar, Senior Vice President – Strategy, Innovation & Capability – McDonalds India said, “Since the launch of the iconic Happy Meals in India in 1997, it has grown in popularity. The toys that our customers have collected bring back the happy memories created over food. We wanted to celebrate the emotional connect that our customers have with the brand through their Happy Meal toys, which is why we have featured a real life Happy Meal toy collector and his story in this ad film!”

The new digital campaign – ‘Toys are for kids of all ages’ brings to the fore the heart-warming story of Sunil Chawla, a 35 year old man, based in Bangalore. Sunil has, over the years, collected over a whopping 300 Happy Meal toys! McDonald’s India, along with its creative agency Leo Burnett India, decided to bring Sunil’s story to the world. The film shows Sunil speaking fondly about how his obsession with the Happy Meal toys began. He describes how possessive he is about them, how, over the years he’s made sure to travel far and wide just to complete his toy collection and how, today, he proudly owns hundreds of toys procured painstakingly over the years and has no intention to stop anytime soon.

Speaking about the new campaign for Happy Meal, Rajdeepak Das, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett, South Asia said, “There is a child in all of us, and we keep indulging this child with its favourite treats however old we may be. McDonald’s has just made it easier for everyone to embrace this child. We don’t stop liking toys, for instance, just because we grow up, do we? The joy of collecting toys knows no age. This simple idea got us to the story of Sunil, and we knew it was a story that our consumers would instantly resonate with.”

The new campaign employs digital and social media as touchpoints.


Client: McDonald’s India

Creative Agency: Leo Burnett India

Chief Executive Officer, Leo Burnett, South Asia & Publicis Communications India: Saurabh Varma

Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett, South Asia: Rajdeepak Das

Chief Strategy Officer, Leo Burnett, South Asia: Dheeraj Sinha

Executive Creative Director: Prajato Guha Thakurta, Sachin Kamble

Creative directors: Archit Gadiyar, Vinit Sanghvi

Creative Team:  Pratik Khara, Saurabh Sood

Executive Director and Branch Head – Mumbai: Rakesh Hinduja

Vice President: Aditi Mahale

Account management: Sunaina Jagwani

Production House: Prodigious

Head – Prodigious India: Vandana Watsa

Producer: Anup Das, Rajdeep Rahi

Film Director: Kevin Lobo, Vikrant Yadav

Editor: Krishna Shukla

Mediums used: Digital


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