Hornet Hosts a “Cuisine Exchange” Party for Kroger’s Christmas

The avalanche of holiday heart-warmers continues with the return of Kroger’s much-loved Kroji characters in a tale directed by Yves Geleyn and Michael Thurmeier at Hornet thru agency Adam&eveDDB New York.

Underscored by the Ed Sheeran track “Photograph”, the film tells the story of a childless couple who host a series of international exchange students whose own food traditions enrich the couple’s life.

Jason Ashlock and Paulo Junger, ECDs at adam&eveDDB New York: “Kroger knows every family celebrates the holidays differently and wanted to welcome all kinds of traditions to the table. That’s what made the idea of a cuisine exchange such a natural fit for the brand. Food truly does connect us all. It was gratifying to see that message come to life with such a high-level of animation craft.”
Kroger Cuisine Exchange holiday ad 2023 by Hornet | STASH MAGAZINE

Kroger Cuisine Exchange holiday ad 2023 by Hornet | STASH MAGAZINE

Kroger Cuisine Exchange holiday ad 2023 by Hornet | STASH MAGAZINE

Client: The Kroger Co.

Agency: adam&eveDDB New York

Production: Hornet
Director Yves Geleyn, Michael Thurmeier
Managing Partner: Hana Shimizu
Director of Production: Karen Lawler
Head of Creative Development: Kristin Labriola
Executive Producer: Alex Unick
Head of Production: Dez Stavracos
Producer Heather: Hardin
Senior Editor: Anita Chao
Assistant Editor: Cole Bannick
Production Coordinator: Karla Palacios
Talent Coordinator: Jon Chun
Storyboard Artist: Camillo Clauser
Designer: Anya Butler, Hannah Kim, Tom Humber,
Art Director: Michael Knapp
CG Supervisor: George Smaragdis
CG Lead: Pakorn Bupphavesa
Comp Lead: Carl Mok
Animation Supervisor: Patrick Porter
CG Generalist: Daniel Lombardi, Nelson Mai, Natalia Perez Melendez, Angeline Rivera, Nick Wergin
Character Modeler: Constance Bensen
Set Modeler: Alex Levenson
Rigging: Chris Hill, Carlos Sandoval
Light/Rendering: Sylvia Apostol, Cody Chen, Grace Hwang, Nicole Noel, Mirelle Underwood
Compositor: Eric Concepcion, Paulo Dias, Peter Fink, Sohee Sohn, Shandy Tam
Animator: Nicholas Christie, Matthew Corsillo, Tania Florit, Hee Jin Kim, Chris Mayne, Meg Oswalt, Matt Parent, Kaitlin Yu