JC Penney Believe The Aviator with Real Love

JC Penney‘s Christmas commercial this year has a young girl building her dream, accompanied by John Lennon’s acoustic version of “Real Love”. Janice is inspired by both a Santa Claus truck and snowballs from the boys in her street to get into action. She heads down to the junk yard with her tricycle to start on her secret project. The rest is pure inspiration… “Today is the day to believe. Merry Christmas”.

Girl in JC Penney Aviator television commercial

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The Aviator was created at Saatchi & Saatchi, New York, by chief creative officer Tony Granger, creative directors Michael Long and Kerry Keenan, art director Lea Ladera, copywriter Sara Rose, music producer Ryan Fitch, head of music licenscing Rosemary Ryan, head of integrated production Colin Pearsall, and agency producer Bruce Andreini.

Filming was shot by director Fredrik Bond via MJZ, with executive producer Lisa Margulis, line producer Line Postmyr, director of photography Alwin Kuchler and production designer Jeremy Hindle.

Editing was done by Russell Icke via Whitehouse, with executive producer Corina Dennison and producer Melanie Klein.

Sound was designed by Judson Crane at Fluid, New York, and mixed by Philip Loeb at Sound Lounge, New York.

The visual effects team at The Mill, New York, included colorist Fergus McCall, VFX creative director Angus Kneale, VFX producers Bethan Thomas and Dan Roberts.

Real Love Music

The track, “Real Love”, written by John Lennon, was released posthumously by the surviving Beatles in 1996 as a single and on the Beatles Anthology 2 album. The version used in this commercial has John Lennon singing solo with piano, a track found on his 2004 Acoustic album and on his 2005 album, Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon.

Lyrics for Real Love

All my little plans and schemes
Lost like some forgotten dream
Seems like all I really was doing
Was waiting for you

Just like little girls and boys
Playing with their little toys
Seems like all they really were doing
Was waiting for love

Don’t need to be alone
No need to be alone
It’s real love
It’s real, yes it’s real yes it’s real love
It’s real

From this moment on I know
Exactly where my life will go
Seems like all I really was doing
Was waiting for love


Thought I’d been in love before,
But in my heart I wanted more
Seems like all I really was doing
Was waiting for you