Ad Nut
May 31, 2019

Toy Story 4 has a secret Chinese character that is not Duke Caboom

It's a Toy Story micro movie. It's a toy donation program. It's also JD's China Children's Day campaign.

Ahead of Children's Day on 1 June, JD worked with Walt Disney, which is ramping up for the release of Toy Story 4, to launch a series of special co-marketing promotions and a children's toy donation program in China.

JD’s own mascot, Joy the dog, will be 'starring' in Toy Story alongside Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear.

Well, not quite. It's a Toy Story micro movie called “再遇玩伴" ('A new story for your old toys') co-presented by Pixar and the online retailer. Ad Nut was informed this represents the first time Pixar has produced a side project with an external character.

Such fun! Merchants selling on JD want in too, but they only get co-branded Toy Story merchandise, like the flower cleansing balm from L’oreal below, featuring Hamm the pig in a pile of balm.

Walt Disney and JD are also turning this into a charitable campaign while they're at it.

Together with China Charities Aid Foundation for Children (CCAFC), the duo initiated a used-toy donation project with the same theme as the micro movie. Urban consumers can donate their unwanted toys to children living in China's remote areas through the JD Giving Platform, and JD Logistics will pick up and deliver the toys after cleaning, disinfecting and repackaging them.

Ad Nut thinks this is a clever way to showcase JD's logistics in the donation process.

Come to think of it, Ad Nut is a bit tired of being a static squirrel (well, mostly), and believes Woody should have a new sidekick other than Slinky Dog. Can Campaign strike up a deal with Toy Story 5? 

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