2017 is definitely Belle’s year! More than 25 years after the unanimous success of the 1991 animation film, Beauty and the Beast is back on the screens for our greater pleasure. Released on 17th March, Disney newest film stars the beloved Emma Watson and heavily relies on the storyline of its predecessor.
Belle is a brave and smart French villager who dreams of a more exciting life. When her father gets imprisoned by a wicked and terrifying beast, the fearless woman does not hesitate to abandon her freedom to protect her dad. Ready to risk her life by standing up against the cruel monster, Belle manages to gain the respect of the beast. After spending the majority of her time in his company, she discovers a lovable and interesting man hidden behind a frightening mask.
At Festive, we are supporting the fabulous Disney campaign, Dream Big, Princess, which aims at empowering girls by focusing on the exceptional qualities of our favourite heroines. The marvellous personality traits of Disney princesses never cease to inspire us for our range. This year, we have decided to honour the most erudite Disney royal figure of all time by launching new exciting decorations. Our ornaments highlight the ambitious, outspoken and tolerant character distinguishing Belle from other princesses.
In addition to new figurines, we are introducing a magnificent Christmas tree inhabited by Belle decorations, captivating books, and memories taken from the original film.
1. 8cm belle 3D princesses hanging characters (P015695)
2. 8cm belle snowglobe (P008993)
3. 12cm belle princess standing figurine (P015691)
In 2017, Festive Productions is reinforcing its licencing agreements with Disney and Universal. Our new licenced collection, comprising Frozen, Disney Princess, Mickey and friends, and Minions, heavily rely on the current developments undertaken by both entertainment empires.
Not only will princesses Elsa and Anna be back in the second opus of the popularly acclaimed Disney film, Frozen, the two sisters, from Arendelle, will also continue their magical adventures with Festive. Our 2017 Frozen range, including lovely hanging ornaments and twinkling tinsel, will enchant everybody this Christmas.
With the release of Beauty and the Beast in March, the knowledgeable Belle is leading our 2017 Disney Princess collection with her own decorated Christmas tree. This year, Festive is more committed than ever to the Dream Big, Princess Campaign, dwelling on princesses’ qualities to empower young girls. Festive decorations, varying from figurines to baubles, highlight the inspiring qualities of these smart, adventurous, kind, and creative heroines.
What would Disney be without its emblematic characters, Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and Donald Duck? The most famous mouse, accompanied with his lover and friends, will be at the core of our 2017 Disney range, designed to reinforce the traditional spirit of Christmas.
Minions will joyfully enliven this summer as they will return to the new Universal animated film, Despicable Me 3. Minions are also staying in Festive to keep spreading happiness this Christmas. Our Minions decorations will bring incredible laughter and cute cheekiness in 2017.
Mickey Mouse and his sweetheart, Minnie, are the most emblematic cartoon characters created by Disney. These lovely mice have been in the industry for 88 years and they are definitely not leaving anytime soon. Whilst Mickey and Minnie are familiar figures for adults and children, the couple has undergone many physical transformations.
12cm 3D resin characters (P008987)
A decade of changing looks
Mickey and Minnie saw the day in 1928, after Walt Disney lost the rights to use Oswald Rabbit. Abandoned by the majority of his employees, Walt Disney decided to come up with a new cartoon character. He therefore asked his friend Ub Iwerks to design mice.
Made from circles to facilitate smooth movements, Mickey and Minnie made their first appearance in the short animated black and white film, Plane Crazy. At the time, the two mice doubtlessly resembled Oswald with their thin silhouette, bare feet, and globular eyes.
Faced with the commercial failure of Plane Crazy, Walt Disney used his characters in the first cartoon with continual synchronised music, Steamboat Willie. This short successful film marks the official birth of Mickey and Minnie who, back then, had round faces, small black eyes, and shoes. However, the gloves were missing, and Minnie was accompanying her twirling skirt with a hat.
In 1935, Mickey and Minnie featured in their first colour films: The Band Concert for the former and On Ice for the latter. Nevertheless, their appearance remained quite different from the one they now have. Indeed, from 1935 to 1938, they were both quite chubby with pale skin.
Minnie gel window cling (P008988)
Redesigned mice during Moore’s era
About 10 years after the creation of Mickey and Minnie, Fred Moore was asked by Walt Disney to redesign Mickey and Minnie due to their declining popularity. The couple no longer interested audiences who preferred to follow the adventures of other cartoon characters, such as Bugs Bunny.
By 1940, Mickey and Minnie were completely developed and looked like the mice we know nowadays. Their white skin was replaced by a Caucasian tone, and their body became pear-shaped. Their eyes turned into small white ovals with black irises. Their ears were made more realistic and mobile. Mickey was portrayed with his iconic red shorts, yellow shoes and white gloves; Minnie was represented with a huge bow between her ears, a flapper dress and oversized heels.
49cm printed satin Christmas stocking (P008990)
Modernisation sprinkled with nostalgia
After 1940s, the image of Mickey and Minnie did not change a lot. Only minor modifications occurred, such as different outfits, and added eyebrows which rapidly vanished.
In 2004, CGI animation was used, in Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas, to give a fresh and contemporary look to Mickey and Minnie. The 3-D animated TV series, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse was released in 2006 in a strategy to keep up with the young public increasingly captivated by computer generated images. Following this modernisation project, a video game featuring a more mature and mischievous Mickey (Epic Mickey) was released. Such developments were implemented to easily integrate Mickey and Minnie in today’s popular culture.
8cm printed decoupage shapes (P009069)
Along with this innovation process, a wave of nostalgia spread in the Walt Disney Company in 2013. Old versions of Mickey and Minnie made a noticeable come back, with their white skin, thin bodies and big black eyes.
The latest trends concerning Mickey and Minnie proves that both characters, who serve as Disney mascots, keep renewing themselves without forgetting their roots, satisfying all generations. Mickey and Minnie still have long days ahead.
Festive 2017 showrooms (for trade only) have just opened in Cwmbran. Featuring enchanting displays and unique products, our new showrooms are perfect to get a glimpse of what the festive season will look like in 2017.
Our visual merchandising team, led by Joanne Thomas, has produced a wonderful Christmas story, divided into various original themes, including Christmas Jubilation, Arctic Ice, Orelia, and Nordic Forest. Not only do Festive displays celebrate British and Scandinavian culture, they also praise the polar magic and the luxurious essence of Christmas.
In addition to our themes, 3 main trends are taking over the new year: Playful and its comical decorations, Harmony promoting well-being, and Cosmic focusing on micro and macro science.
Along with Festive-designed decorations, our 2017 collection features adorable Disney products (Mickey and friends, Disney Princess, and Frozen). The cheeky minions are also staying in Festive next year!
To book a visit, please contact your local Field Sales Manager, or Festive Productions Head Office.
‘Let it go, let it go.’ How many times have you heard those three little words in the last years? If your answer is never, then you missed the Frozen-mania. Released in 2013, the Disney film has known an incredible success worldwide. Indeed, Frozen is now the ninth highest-grossing film, just before the Minions. Disney has even confirmed that there will be a sequel.
The theatrical triumph of Frozen has impressively spread through the cultural life. This cultural assault has taken various forms. Here are some examples: more and more new-borns are named after the character of Elsa; video games featuring characters from the film have been released; Frozen products, such as figurines, mugs and towels have profitably invaded shops; and our company, Festive, has created a range of decorations based on the franchise, which has been a real success.
The Frozen–mania has well and truly developed in our society, and many reasons can be given to explain this global phenomenon. Here are some:
The catchy songs
The Frozen soundtrack is unanimously liked by the young public. The majority of the songs featured in the film are highly memorable. Once they are in your mind, they rarely leave. This is the case of the epic ‘Let it go’ which could be heard everywhere in 2014 and 2015. The screenwriter of the animated film, Jennifer Lee, even apologised to parents forced to listen to the hit sung by their children.
The large range of characters
Frozen revolves around characters with very different personality traits, giving children the opportunity to identify with at least one character. Whilst boys might not feel very close to Elsa or Anna, they are likely recognise themselves in Kristoff, the solitary iceman. This large cast also urges children to engage in role-plays.
Sisterhood and feminism
By focusing on the tumultuous but unbreakable relationship between Elsa and Anna, Frozen adroitly shows that family should always come first. The film also advocates endless support and loyalty between siblings, which is a positive message for young children who tend to imitate the behaviour of their favourite characters.
Frozen, through its two main characters, Elsa and Anna, conveys important feminist ideologies. Whilst the elder sister is depicted as an independent and powerful individual, the younger sister is portrayed as a brave and smart woman. By undermining traditional stereotypes usually associated with femininity, both princesses are good role models for girls.
Humour is omnipresent in the film. Olaf, the adorable and irreverent snowman accompanying Anna on her captivating adventures has the extraordinary ability to make viewers laugh with his silly desire to live during summer. Also, the brief romance between Anna and Franz is explicitly mocked. Anna’s feelings, which appear out of the blue, are hilariously questioned by Elsa and Kristoff who do not believe in love at first sight.
Elaborated plot with enjoyable twists
The plot of Frozen is engaging and full of twists. Suspense is kept until the very end and nobody can predict how events will turn. Huge revelations are made throughout the film. Frozen does not deliver a simple plot and dares challenging its young public with a complex content. For example, whereas Elsa appears to be the villain at the start, she actually turns out to be a lost girl with low self-confidence who is trying to fit in society.
Frozen advent calendar (P009009)
2 asstd Frozen large signs (P009014)
Frozen decoupage tree topper (P009005)
Plus & satin printed Elsa and Anna stocking (P009011)
Princesses have never been more alive than today! Emblematic figures have now their own Hollywood films, such as Cinderella (March 2015) and Beauty and the Beast (March 2017). They also appear on TV series, like Once Upon a Time (ABC, 2011) and Tangled (Disney Channel, 2017). Walt Disney Productions keeps creating princesses, making sure they convey positive values and speak to the mainstream public as well as minorities. This is the case of Moana, brave Polynesian princess and Eleanor of Avalor, adventurous Latina princess, who are ready to take over 2016.
In 1937, the world had the incredible chance to welcome the first Disney princess, Snow White. Plenty of other princesses have then followed, including Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, and Rapunzel. In 2000, faced with the mass adoration accompanying each princess, The Walt Disney Company decided to launch a media franchise grouping all the royal figures. Since, Disney Princess has been extremely lucrative. This campaign has also reinforced the fabulous popularity of the Disney heroines amongst girls aged between 3 and 12, who like imitating their favourite princess. This phenomenon is far from being new. Disney princesses, since their creation, have always affected the life of those looking up at them. These royal figures play a significant role in the identity construction of girls and teenagers as they have the amazing power of influencing the way girls see themselves and women in general.
This impact has been seriously taken by The Walt Disney Company which launched an ingenious brand campaign, named ‘Dream Big, Princess’, in 2016. This campaign courageously encourages customers to see beyond tiaras, magnificent dresses, and glass slippers. ‘Dream Big, Princess’ wants to modernise the image of Disney princesses by dwelling on their wonderful heroism, their gentle nature, their endless curiosity, and their taste for adventures.
Here are the amazing personality traits of the princesses inspiring Festive for its decoration items: Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White.
Ariel, from The Little Mermaid (1989), is a true adventurer who wants to explore the human world as she struggles to fit into the ocean world. Throughout the film, she never gives up her dream to integrate the human universe. She is a strong individual who knows what she wants and she is ready to make the hardest sacrifices to reach her objectives. Not only does Ariel teach girls that giving up is not an option, she also shows that being strong-willed is very important in life.
The famous mermaid displays an infinite curiosity. To be part of the human world, Ariel is eager to learn everything about this mysterious and fascinating realm. Instead of being scared of the unknown, she fully embraces it. The marvellous sea creature encourages girls to fearlessly take risks in life.
Ariel is also a brave young woman who does not hesitate to save the life of a prince she does not know. The courageous mermaid urges her admirers to help others.
Belle, the tolerant and outspoken princess
Belle, lead character of the film Beauty and the Beast (1991), is a smart and ambitious princess who has a strong passion for books. Belle reads to escape her oppressing life in a village where nothing really happens. Books give her the opportunity to immerse herself in captivating stories and learn about the outside world. The clever villager encourages her fans to be brainy. Thanks to her, girls realise that books can be their best friends to succeed in life.
Bravery perfectly defines Belle. First, by heroically abandoning her freedom to protect her father, the French princess shows she is ready to put her life at risk to save the ones she loves. Secondly, she is not afraid of standing up to the cruel and frightening beast. Belle shows it is important to be outspoken in life. By being honest and frank, Belle earns the respect of the beast. She urges girls to be loud when something is wrong and unfair.
Most of all, Belle is tolerant. She does not judge books by their cover. Although the Beast terrifies her at the start, she makes the effort to go beyond superficial appearances. And she ends up discovering a lovable man. Belle encourages girls to be open-minded in life.
Cinderella, the gentle and determined princess
Cinderella, from the eponymous film (1950), is a young woman who is not afraid of working under horrible conditions. Despite the cruelty of her stepmother, Lady Tremaine, and her stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella, Cinderella keeps serving them in a gentle way. She does not even nurture a revengeful plan. Cinderella shows that hard work and kindness always pay at the end. She teaches girls that being gentle with everybody is the best attitude to have in life. Her fairy-tale proves there is no need to stoop to cruelty or revenge.
Cinderella is full of determination. She does everything she can to attend the ball and meet the prince. And even when problems occur, she keeps having faith. Cinderella urges her adorers to always believe the best is to come in life. The optimistic princess promotes the can-do attitude.
Rapunzel, the creative and curious saviour
Rapunzel, heroine of the film Tangled (2010), is a real artist. Confined in a lugubrious tower, Rapunzel spends her time painting real masterpieces. The talented princess shows girls that they are able to create, invent and innovate.
Curiosity is a great part of Rapunzel’s personality. She dreams of escaping her solitary tower to explore the outside world. The brave princess flees when the opportunity comes and discovers a wonderful world. Rapunzel proves that taking risks always pays in life.
Rapunzel is a saviour as she does not hesitate to save the life of the audacious Flynn. The princess with very long hair confirms that girls can be heroines.
Snow White, the cheerful and affectionate nurturer
Snow White, main protagonist of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937), loves taking care of people. Snow White has a maternal power on people. Even when she is faced with ungratefulness, Snow White keeps acting with kindness, and it becomes impossible for the grumpiest person on Earth to resist her charm. She teaches girls that altruism and affection engender love.
Snow White is constantly in a good mood. Nothing seems to make her angry. She enjoys life at its fullest and does her best to make everybody around her happy. The princess who likes singing, encourages girls to generously bring joy in the life of others.
Just as the new year is starting, Festive will be gearing up for the popular Harrogate Christmas and Gift trade show that we love to attend. Harrogate International Centre is hosting the Christmas and Gift 2016 show from Sunday 10th to Wednesday 13th January, 9am – 6pm Sunday to Tuesday and 9am – 4pm on Wednesday. Festive Productions will be there with our new theme of wholesale Christmas decorations, ‘A Picture Perfect Christmas’.
What’s on our stand at Harrogate Christmas and Gift 2016?
In January 2015 we took our showpiece Mini on the road as part of our ‘Home for Christmas’ theme. We even commissioned a toy Mini with a tiny Christmas tree on top, to match!
This year our theme is called ‘A Picture Perfect Christmas’ and the stand will include wonderful Scandinavian decorations – an endearing range of characters known as Christmas Gonks, with masses of woolly hair and big noses that peak out from under their knitted hats. Alongside traditional style decorations with a folk inspired twist, these wooden and felt designs are proving to be a popular alternative to the norm.
We are also looking forward to revealing a spectacular range of Christmas lights for both indoors and outdoors. In particular, ‘Look no Plug’ is the Festive brand of Christmas lighting that is battery powered and fully weatherproof, guaranteed to last the whole of the festive season.
And of course, Festive will be revealing our very latest licensed designs – a range of brand new wholesale Christmas decorations from our latest collaborations. For more details on just which licenses, you will have to visit our stand! Oh OK, here’s a sneak peek…
Mickey and Friends
A showcase of brand new, design led Christmas decorations, featuring the loveable characters everyone knows!
Creating a magical world of dream princesses with our new line of Disney Christmas decorations.
Disney’s Frozen – NEW FOR 2016
Following the overwhelming popularity of 2015’s Disney Frozen range, we have created a whole new line for 2016…
Why Festive loves Harrogate Christmas and Gift 2016
As Christmas and Gift say themselves, “the UK are busily predicting ‘must have’ products for Christmas” and in this industry it starts in January.
We love Harrogate’s Christmas and Gift because the show is held at the International Centre where the 13,700 square meters of exhibition space is filled with innovative and inspiring displays of every kind, for all the national celebrations. Of course Christmas is the reason we are there, but during breaks we like to visit the stands that showcase Valentine’s, Easter, Halloween and birthdays and weddings.
Cassie Hedlund of Festive says, “Festive has been going to Harrogate for over 25 years and we love it more every year – the show organisers are great!”
The buzz created by the events teams at Christmas and Gift in the lead up to the show always produces a terrific turn out of visitors. The atmosphere on the day is one of anticipation for holidays to come and excitement at the reveal of the latest trends and fashions in wholesale Christmas decorations and gifts.
Cassie goes on to explain the reasons that Christmas and Gift, Harrogate is a favourite of theirs:
“The show has a lovely intimate and truly Christmassy feel, the Christmas lights in Harrogate town are still up which helps set the scene perfectly, to showcase a new Christmas year for Festive.”
For Christmas decoration wholesalers, Harrogate Christmas and Gift cannot be missed!
Where you’ll find us
Look out for Festive at stand C1 in Hall C. We are busy designing the floor plan and showpiece displays and with half of Hall C to fill, we are sure you will fulfil your every Christmas wholesale desire!
Harrogate is a beautiful place to visit with lovely restaurants, bars and hotels. The history and surroundings of Harrogate is gorgeous. And Harrogate Christmas and Gift is a must, for any Christmas wholesaler!
Festive is proud to be the licence holder for Disney’s Frozen Christmas decorations. We have produced an awe inspiring range, all available to display in eye catching units. Produced in 2013 Disney’s Frozen is still the highest ever grossing computer animated film and a firm favourite with audiences throughout the year but particularly at Christmas.
Make sure your shoppers don’t miss out on this captivating range by ordering your Disney’s Frozen Christmas decoration selection soon.
The full range of Disney’s Frozen Christmas decorations is available to view on Pinterest:
The box office figures speak for themselves. This is not just one of the most popular animated films, but the number one most popular. The target audience was initially girls between the ages of 2 and 12, with boys of the same age a secondary target. However, in the two years since release the film has proved immensely popular with audiences of all ages. Frozen has produced a top 5 hit chart single with ‘Let it Go’ and gained an ever growing following on YouTube with numerous parodies and lip sync videos boasting millions of ‘hits’.
A second movie, known only as ‘Frozen 2’ at this juncture is currently under way and whilst there is no official release date yet, the phenomena that is Disney’s Frozen can only continue.
With a following as big and with so many advocates as this, Disney’s Frozen Christmas decorations are set to prove hugely popular for many years to come.
Striking display solutions for Disney’s Frozen Christmas range
The display units have been specifically designed to be compact so as not to impose on your existing point of sale displays or on your shoppers, yet they are spacious enough to contain a sizeable display of spectacular Frozen decorations.
The reinforced cardboard displays are easy to erect and lightweight enough to be repositioned when needed. The first of our units features four shelves to showcase items, space above the top shelf for hanging smaller items and further hanging room down the exterior side panels, this striking display solution is effective on both cost to you and on presentation for your shoppers.
Alongside this shelf-type display stand you can showcase the co-ordinating tinsel from the Disney’s Frozen range, in an equally striking unit:
Extensive range of Disney’s Frozen Christmas decorations
Featuring the familiar and loveable characters of Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven and Hans your display will capitalise on the enduring popularity of the most successful animated movie of all time, with an extensive range of Christmas decorations all in the popular theme of Disney’s Frozen.
Some of the most popular items from the Frozen Christmas decoration range include:
1: Disney’s Frozen Smartie Baubles
2: Disney’s Frozen Princess pack of Christmas Baubles
3: Disney’s Frozen Christmas Figurines
The full range of Disney’s Frozen Christmas decorations is available to view on Pinterest or in this presentation:
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Festive Productions Ltd is a UK Based Seasonal Decoration Company. We embody over 30 years of design, innovation and experience within the seasonal decorative industry.