Johnsonville Imagines the Humor and Horror of Everything Becoming Bratwurst on Father’s Day

Droga5 whips up Bratfast in Bed

How do you create the perfect Father's Day? By turning everything around Dad into bratwurst.

That's the lesson of Johnsonville's new "Bratfast in Bed" spots from Droga5. The ads debut online today and will be promoted on social media in the run-up to the June 21 holiday.

The occasionally surreal ads, which were cut in 30- and 65-second versions, imagine what it would be like for Dad to wake up to his family serving him one of his favorite foods, a brat on a roll, with sausages popping up in the most unexpected places. Or is he just dreaming?

Rather than cut up the different scenes, Droga5 stitched them together to keep viewers watching and build drama in the process. "It's basically sausage Inception," said group creative director Scott Bell, referring to the 2010 Christopher Nolan movie about layered realities. "It's one man's journey."

To counterbalance the weirdness—at one point, dad's fingers turn into sausage—the agency cast a normal-looking dad, wife and son. That contrast helped turn the initial straightforward scene into a head fake for the stranger bits that follow. M ss ng p eces' Ray Tintori was the director.

The new ad comes a month after Droga5 launched its "Family" campaign for Johnsonville, which asserts that odd mixes of people become families when they eat sausage together. The tagline is a bit odd too:  "We don't make sausage. We make family. And sausage."

One inspiration for the campaign, Bell said, was a piece of Homer Simpson wisdom: "You don't make friends with salad."

So what would Homer think of the new ad?

"Homer would just love to sit down on Father's Day," said Johnsonville vp of marketing Fabian Pereira, "and sit back and enjoy."

Or maybe, more simply, the yellow-faced dad would see the brat and say, "Mmmmm."


Group marketing director: Jim Mueller

Senior grilling brand manager: Ron Schroder

Agency: Droga5

Creative chairman: David Droga

Chief creative officer: Ted Royer

Group creative director: Scott Bell

Senior copywriter: Ryan Raab

Senior art director: Dan Kenneally

Chief creation officer: Sally-Ann Dale

Head of broadcast production: Ben Davies

Executive broadcast producer: Jesse Brihn

Senior broadcast producer: Verity Bullard

Broadcast producer: Rebecca Wilmer

Global chief strategy officer: Jonny Bauer

Group strategy director: Aaron Wiggan

Senior strategists: Candice Chen, Nick Maschmeyer

Communications strategy director: Brian Nguyen

Group account director: Dan Gonda

Account director: Chris Einhauser

Account manager: Kate Tyler Monroe

Senior project manager: Amy Blitzer

Interactive production company: Sneakers Agency

Creative director: Christopher White

Production Company: m ss ng p eces

Founder, executive producer: Ari Kuschnir

Partners, executive producers: Brian Latt, Kate Oppenheim

Director: Ray Tintori

DOP: Rob Leitzell

Head of production: Dave Salzman

Producer: Drew Houpt

Editorial: m ss ng p eces

Editor: Sam Zimman

Assistant editor: Will Kanellos

Producer: Orlaith Finucane

Color: The Mill

Colorist: Aline Sinquin

Sound: One Thousand Birds

Mixer: Calvin Hunting Pia