Becoming Indiana Jones

This weekend I stumbled onto a showing of the first Indiana Jones movie and immediately cancelled all plans in order to spend the afternoon following one of my cinematic heroes on his quest. I have a love for these movies (except for the last one that, much like the third Godfather and all the new Star Wars movies, I enjoy pretending does not exist) since my father rented them when I was young. And it’s full of things to love: history, mythology, action, Harrison Ford and one really awesome hat.

Now that I’ve begun my own journey into the promotional products industry, I found myself taking a closer look at Indy’s gear. After all you have an entire generation that grew up idolizing Indiana Jones and what better way to give a nod towards youth than by adding some Indy inspired gear to your everyday.

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“Cars 2” Inspired by Success of Promotional Products, Not Critical Acclaim

Welcome to this week’s edition of “Trending Topic Tuesday,” where we share our take on what’s going on in the world and what promotional products would appropriately (or inappropriately) market the subject matter.
cars 2 promotional products
According to movie critics, the 2006 animated film Cars was not much of a success – at least not for Disney-Pixar, which put out 6 movies before the release of Cars and never received anything lower than a 91% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. According to that site, Cars only managed to please 74% of critics and 80% of audience members. It wasn’t a failing grade, but it also certainly wasn’t the sort of feedback Disney-Pixar was used to getting.

However, while Cars-inspired promotional products earned Walt Disney Co. more than $8 billion in retail sales of everything from toys to toothpaste and bed frames to bubble gum, a sequel was produced (along with 300+ new Cars 2 branded toys and other items). Despite the fact that the movie has received positive reviews from a mere 33% of critics and 66% of audiences, making it the first Disney-Pixar film to be deemed a “rotten tomato,” Disney expects its Cars 2 promotional products to surpass the $2.8 billion in sales that Toy Story 3 earned last year. Counselor magazine notes that this would make Cars 2 “the largest branded merchandise program ever related to a single movie release.”

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