Air New Zealand says its extending "its creative licence" with its inflight safety videos. The airline released its latest video, Safety in Hollywood, today and its head of global brand, Jodi Williams, said it was continually trying to achieve "cut through" while still fulfilling the education role for passengers. "The challenge is how to continue to make them entertaining, how do you continue to attract people and new ideas," she said. All videos needed to be vetted by the Civil Aviation Authority to ensure they met safety regulations. Williams said whenever it made a safety video it had to think about what's going to get noticed and routes it wanted to focus on. "For this one we wanted to have a strong link to one of our key destinations In the latest video the airline teamed up with Hollywood actress Anna Faris and New Zealand actor and comedian Rhys Darby. The video, shot at Warner Bros. in Los Angeles, explores several different Hollywood film genres as Darby tries to convince the star of the hit TV show Mom and the Scary Movie films to play a role in Air New Zealand's new safety video with him. Safety in Hollywood was filmed at four different sets over two days with some of the filming locations seen in movies such as Jurassic Park, Casablanca, Singing in the Rain, War of the Worlds and TV series True Blood. More than 20 extras were also involved, including Chester the Chihuahua, who has appeared in Transformers and Grey's Anatomy. Williams says Warner Bros had helped to produce the airline's Hobbit inflight safety videos, and it was "fantastic" to work with Darby and Faris in Hollywood. "Anna and Rhys make a great comedic duo and really bring this safety video to life, entertaining customers while at the same time imparting key safety messages," says Williams. Faris spent time in New Zealand during 2011 for the movie Yogi Bear but while on an American television show to promote the movie, the actress said Kiwi men had shouted obscenities at her in public and demanded she show them her breasts. Williams said Faris made no reference to that.
Anna and Rhys make a great comedic duo and really bring this safety video to life, entertaining customers while at the same time imparting key safety messages."She was very professional, a lovely lady." While other airlines were now making quirky and creative safety videos, Williams said Air New Zealand's were now world famous and people anticipated their release. "The interest in them has been phenomenal and collectively they've attracted more than 83 million views online and featured in international news outlets." Faris says it's been"exciting and an honour" to follow in the footsteps of acting legends like Betty White, the All Blacks and the cast of The Hobbit.