Podcast: the story behind Cadbury Gorilla

In the second of a series of podcasts for Cannes Lions looking back at classic ads, CR editor Patrick Burgoyne talks to Phil Rumbold and Laurence Green about THAT drumming simian

A drum kit, a gorilla and some classic Collins – it was the commercial that puzzled a nation, outraged quite a few in the business and sold an awful lot of chocolate. In this second episode of a new podcast series under Cannes’ Thank You Creativity initiative, Phil Rumbold, who was the marketing director of Cadbury at the time, and Laurence Green who was a partner at ad agency Fallon, discuss the idea behind Gorilla, why it almost never made it on air and the effect it had, both on Cadbury and on the advertising industry.

And here’s a reminder of the commercial itself:

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