The feeling of living in a bubble, being separated from loved ones, has been all too common during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Capturing the emotions that come with isolation, Air Canada has released a new holiday spot that shares a message of togetherness for the first holiday that many Canadians may spend together in two years.
The video, which features a mix of live action and animation – a first for Air Canada – shares a story about two people who are separated by glass snow globes.
It marks a return to storytelling for Air Canada, as the airline finds ways to “emotionally connect its brand to Canadians who haven't been able to travel in nearly two years,” the company said in a news release on Wednesday (Dec. 8).
With enchanting Canadian music by Forest Blakk's I Saw Love and Cœur de pirate's Comme des enfants, the respective English and French-version soundtracks transport viewers throughout the video.
Snow globes come to life
The story begins with an Air Canada employee (played by a real Air Canada pilot) bringing a snow globe home for her son to add to his collection.
Through his imagination, the snow globe comes to life, and two strangers from different snow globes meet.
The viewer follow along as their affection grows and learn why being together is so special.
"This year's holiday brand spot, 'Tis the season to believe', was inspired by the universally shared experiences and emotions felt over the course of the pandemic. But this piece is also inspired by the resilience and power of love and determination that has brought us back together," said Andy Shibata, vice-president, brand, Air Canada. "Slowly but surely, family and friends have been able to safely reunite and share beautiful moments together again, and we feel very fortunate to play a small part in their journeys back to one another."
The spot will be shared in multiple forms, including an extended version for Air Canada's owned channels.
In addition, a 60-second version will be shown in cinema, 60-second and 30-second versions on television across Canada, and 30-second and 15-second versions on social media and digital platforms.
Watch Air Canada's new holiday video here!