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Barbour celebrates 125 years with Father Christmas-inspired campaign

The heritage and lifestyle brand, Barbour has launched its 2019 Christmas campaign, this year taking inspiration from the popular children’s book Father Christmas, originally written and drawn by author and illustrator, Raymond Briggs.

Capturing the spirit of Christmas, ‘Thanks Mrs C’ follows Father Christmas through the decades as he delivers presents with the help of his old faithful Barbour wax jacket which protects him from countless adventures along the way. 

It brings to life the world of Father Christmas in a sentimental and heart-warming story that celebrates Barbour’s 125th anniversary and the longevity of their iconic wax jackets.

Inspired by the Raymond Briggs book and iconic 1991 animated special, Father Christmas, this year’s film tells the tale of Father Christmas in his Barbour waxed jacket which has seen him through 125 years of Christmas Eve present drops.

The film explores how the jacket has picked up scuffs and scrapes over the years but has always kept him warm and dry.

Flashing back to 1894, Father Christmas is gifted a new waxed jacket by Mrs C who gave it to him as a replacement for his old jacket which had become worn out over the years. We then see Father Christmas delivering presents on Christmas Eve in three different decades, the 1930s, 1960s and 2019 and the challenges he has to overcome delivering presents.

The end of the film sees Father Christmas sitting at home after another busy present drop with a hot cup of tea, thanking Mrs C for her thoughtful gift which has looked after him for the last 125 years.

Award winning 2D animation studio, Illuminated Films, produced the animation for the film using computer assisted animation, compositing and special effects software TV Paint. 

“Thanks Mrs C” was directed by Dave Unwin, director of the original 1991 animated special, along with Art Director, Loraine Marshall and a number of leading British animators. Working closely with the team at Illuminated Films, Barbour’s integrated creative agency, Thinking Juice, one of the UK’s top ten independents, came up with the narrative of ‘Thanks Mrs C’ and the creative elements of the campaign.

The agreement was brokered by The Copyrights Group, a Vivendi Company, who has been the licensing agents for Father Christmas for nearly 30 years.

Rachel Clarke, SVP licensing and retail UK at The Copyrights Group, said: “We are thrilled to once again be partnering with Barbour for this new Father Christmas project. We are really looking forward to seeing the campaign come to life.”

Paul Wilkinson, global marketing and commercial director, added: “For our 125th anniversary year, we wanted to do something special for our Christmas campaign.  Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas is a much loved children’s book and it has inspired our film, which as well as capturing the spirit of the festive season in a humorous tale, also allows us to demonstrate the sustainability of our iconic wax jackets which, if rewaxed regularly, will last a long long time.”

The Barbour Father Christmas ‘Thanks Mrs C’ film will be live to watch from November 4 2019 via Barbour’s YouTube channel and Facebook.

A special limited-edition Father Christmas pin will be given away with every Barbour purchase in selected stores and online. 

Check out the animation here.

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent some six years with both ToyNews and Licensing.biz, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@bizmedia.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobHutchins3 if ranting is your thing...

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