Johnny Depp Talks to Disney Visitors Through a Mad Hatter Poster

Actor Teamed Up With Disney to Promote 'Alice Through the Looking Glass'

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Johnny Depp surprised and delighted visitors to Disneyland last week by unexpectedly addressing them out of a digital billboard promoting Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass." Live-streaming allowed Depp, in character as the Mad Hatter, to actually view the park visitors and interact with them in real time from an offsite studio.

Branded content company Denizen was responsible for the one-day campaign, in collaboration Disney Parks and Disney Studios. Denizen Co-Founder Joel Jensen explained in a statement how the event was co-ordinated: "Disney liked the poster concept immediately and passed it along to Johnny Depp's team, who also jumped on board right away. We knew it would be a challenge to accommodate schedules, so it was a race to develop or invent a way to create the lagless, high-definition communication we wanted for both sides. In the end, all that hard work paid off."

The idea is similar to an out-of-home campaign for Mucinex created out of McCann New York, in which T.J. Miller, the voice of the brand's mascot Mr. Mucus, interacted in real time and behind-the-scenes with passersby at JFK Airport in New York.

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May 17, 2016
Denizen Company
Director of Photography:
Hal Long
Director of Photography:
Adam Becker
C. Fitz
Carolyn Bratkowski
Agency Producer:
Marissa Gallant
Technical Producer:
Blake Morrison
Production Manager:
Carmen Quiros
Production Coordinator:
Rick Theberge
Production Designer:
Gillas Correa
Nico Bellamy
Michael Darrow
Jordan Branch
Audio Mix:
Michel Tyabji
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