Monday 4th November 2019

Barbour Launches New Christmas Campaign Inspired By Raymond Briggs

Leading heritage and lifestyle brand, Barbour has launched its 2019 Christmas campaign which this year is inspired by the popular children's book Father Christmas, originally written and drawn by author and illustrator, Raymond Briggs.

Capturing the spirit of Christmas through a witty and charming tale, '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.

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 have 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 said "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."

Iain Harvey, producer at Illuminated Films, comments "The vision that Barbour shared with us for this fantastic campaign complements the brand of Raymond Briggs' iconic Father Christmas. The character is part of British heritage for so many families every Christmas and to celebrate 125 years with Barbour is certainly an exciting moment in the character's own timeless history. For us at Illuminated Films, having recently celebrated 25 years, we can't imagine what the next century will envisage!" 

The Barbour Father Christmas 'Thanks Mrs C' film will be live to watch from 4 November 2019 at 17:00 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.  For further information, please visit www.barbour.com.

 

To watch the exclusive Barbour Christmas film, follow the link below: 

 

www.barbour.com/uk/press-christmas-preview

 

 

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