Coolabi celebrates 40 years of Bagpuss with new licensing deals

Coolabi is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its iconic brand Bagpuss with a raft of new licensing deals including plush, apparel and more.

Partners showcasing the new range for 2014 include the likes of Intelex and PMS International for plush, Digital Giving for charity fund raising t-shirts and Hype Associates for greetings cards.

Also signing with the brand celebrating its fourth decade this year are Heroes for Kids with a range of cake toppers, cards and table cloths, IndigoBlu for rubber stamps, Serif for digital cards and Immediate Media for its compilation magazine, Blossom.

Furthermore, marking the milestone anniversary, the original 13 episodes of Bagpuss have been digitised and given a HD makeover for release later this year.

Fans will be able to see the revised episodes at selected cinemas throughout the year following a deal signed by Collabi with Picture House Cinemas.

A collection of new DVDs and book titles will also launch later this year.

Fran Huxley, licensing consultant, Coolabi, said: "Bagpuss has remained a much loved character for 40 years and we are thrilled that so many new partners have come on board to help celebrate the brand’s anniversary.

"Fans of the series will be excited by the broad range of new product available at retail and we look forward to launching the new DVDs and books later this year."

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