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New Debonairs Pizza TVC celebrates SA's fondness for being 'happiiii'

Debonairs Pizza is celebrating South Africa's fondness for being 'happiiii' during the festive season with a new TVC from FCB Joburg for its current value deal, the Festive Deal.
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It’s the star of the new television campaign that taps into a South African idiosyncrasy: We can be ‘happy’ during the 11 months from January to November but, when we hit December and the start of the festive season, the livelier, more exuberant phrase ‘happiiii’ comes to the fore.

And the number of times you can introduce the phrase into the conversation is directly proportional to how ‘happiiii’ we all are!

Debza, Debonairs Pizza’s animated spokesperson, kicks off the running joke, or colloquialism, in the ad devised by creative director Mbeu ‘Snooze’ Kambuwa, copywriter Marvin Mpanda and art directors Naledi Manama and Kabelo Mabaso.

He surprises everyone around the sunny lunchtime table, and wakes the snoozing grandmother, with his hearty rendition of the phrase before summing up what every South African is feeling: “Because we could all use some happy this year.”

Watch how Debza does it here: 

“With the Festive Deal, Debza and Debonairs Pizza are bringing back the joy and helping South Africans end 2020 on a high,” said Debonairs Pizza’s marketing executive, Toni Joubert. “Time with family and friends has never been as important as it is now, and Debonairs Pizza wants to be part of it. The Festive Deal is our way to do that.”

“We didn’t want to make an ad that directly referenced lockdown or Covid-19,” added Kambuwa. “Instead, we set out to show our resilience as a nation; that in some way or form, we will still salvage a part of our year, and we will laugh. We will be happy.”

The campaign comprises a 30-second, 20-second and 10-second TVCs, a six-second roll for YouTube, a squeeze back for Soccer Zone and five bumpers for inclusion in select programmes on Mzansi Magic.

Shot by Morgan Dingle from Your Girlfriend, it features post-production by Fuelcontent and Produce, and an original track composed by Myles McDonald at Hey Papa legend. The campaign flights until we stop being ‘happiiii’ and revert to simply being ‘happy’.


Client: Famous Brands
Brand: Debonairs Pizza
Marketing Executive: Toni Joubert
Brand Manager: Rirhandzu Manganye
Creative agency: FCB Joburg               
Group Account Director: Natalie Noels
Account Executive: Tshepiso Sibeko
Creative Director: Mbeu Kambuwa
Copywriter: Marvin Mpanda
Art Directors: Naledi Manama and Kabelo Mabaso
Traffic Manager: Karen Peterkin            
TV Production: Sindi Hirchowitz             
Media Planners: The MediaShop                      
Production Company: Your Girlfriend
Director: Morgan Dingle
  • Offline – Morgan Dingle
  • Grade – Terry Simpson
  • Online – Sam Alessandri
Post-production: Fuelcontent
Audio post-production: Produce
Music Composition: Myles McDonald at Hey Papa legend

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