John Lewis Advertisement Holiday 2013It always seems that Christmas ads start showing up earlier and earlier. This one just might make it worth it… A beautifully animated tale of a bear who hibernates through Christmas every year. Until his best friend comes up with a brilliant, touching idea.

“The Bear And The Hare” comes from UK retailer John Lewis, and tells the story of “The Bear Who Had Never Seen Christmas.” (The full story is even available on iPad and Android.) Lily Allen sings a beautiful rendition of the Keane song “Somewhere Only We Know.”

The commercial uses a unique animation style that combines traditional 2D hand-drawn animation, stop frame, and 3D model made sets.

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