Stoner Sloth

"Stoner Sloth" was an anti-cannabis public service announcement series of three videos, created by Australia's New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet in 2015.[1][2]

Stoner Sloth
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AgencySaatchi & Saatchi
ClientNew South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet
Release date(s)2015


Each ad begins with a scenario involving people in public places. As everyone is acting "normal", it is all disrupted by Stoner Sloth, a sloth who reacts slowly while moaning. Stoner Sloth is meant to represent the behavior of a stereotypical stoner and its actions are accompanied by a musical cue of a guitar being weakly strummed. The human characters around Stoner Sloth usually react with disgust or disappointment.


The creative firm Saatchi & Saatchi created the ads which "backfired miserably" and were an "instant and classic fail",[1] according to trade publication Adweek.[3] The agency defended its ads, which cost $500,000.[4] The National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre distanced itself from the campaign.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Nudd, Tim (December 20, 2015). "Australia's 'Stoner Sloth' Anti-Marijuana Campaign Is an Instant and Classic Fail". AdWeek. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  2. ^ Hanson, Hilary (December 18, 2015). "'Stoner Sloth' Campaign Is Peak Anti-Marijuana Absurdity". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  3. ^ Erik Oster (December 21, 2015), "Saatchi & Saatchi's 'Stoner Sloth' Effort for New South Wales Backfired Miserably", Adweek
  4. ^ Duff, Eamonn (December 27, 2015). "Saatchi & Saatchi defends $500,000 'Stoner Sloth' anti-marijuana campaign". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  5. ^ Wahlquist, Calla (December 19, 2015). "'Stoner sloth' anti-drug campaign gets reality check as medical experts walk away". The Guardian. Retrieved April 26, 2017.

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