Client: Barbour
Date: Nov 2019
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Barbour returns to Raymond Briggs once again, opting for ‘Father Christmas’ over ‘The Snowman and The Snowdog’ in ‘Thanks Mrs C’ heartwarming animation.

Briggs first wrote ‘Father Christmas’ in 1973, which was adapted into an animated special in 1991. The book tells the tale of Father Christmas, presenting a dramatically different modern interpretation of the character. He is far from joly, an alcoholic and lives in a normal house with the usual tasks involved with his delivery on Christmas Eve.

To revisit the book and animation, Barbour has brought back its original director Dave Unwin to reimagine the story.

The Christmas spot - ‘Thanks Mrs C’ - follows Father Christmas through the decades, as he delivers presents with the help of his Barbour wax jacket.

Marking 125 years of Barbour, the film begins in 1894, as Santa receives a gift from Mrs Claus - a waxed jacket to replace his old jacket that had become a little threadbare.

To highlight the longevity of its wax jackets, the animation visits Santa in three different decades - the 1930s, 1960s and 2019. And while the children may grow up and homes change, his one constant is the Barbour jacket that helps him overcome the difficulties of delivering presents.

The animation ends with Father Christmas in the comfort of his home after another busy present drop. As he sits with a cup of warm tea, he thanks his wife for her thoughtful gift she gave him 125 years ago that has looked after him over the years.