Uglydoll is a brand based upon a series of plush toys created by Sun-Min Kim. The toy line and brand began as an idea from a long-distance letter exchanges between the creators David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim.

Uglydoll
Uglydoll logo.svg
Product typePlush toys
OwnerUgly Industries Holdings
CountryUnited States
IntroducedFebruary 14, 2001
MarketsWorld

The Uglydoll line was launched on February 14, 2001, and was awarded the Specialty Toy of the Year award by the Toy Industry Association in 2006.[1][2]

OriginEdit

 
David Horvath, a co-creator of Uglydolls, at the 2012 Free Comic Book Day
 
Sun-Min Kim and David Horvath, the creators of Uglydolls, at the 2012 Free Comic Book Day

Uglydoll started with a letter Horvath wrote to Kim after she had to move away due to an expiring student visa. The letter had a cartoon of his character "Wage" at the bottom with the words, "Working hard to make our dreams come true so we can be together again soon" next to it.

As a surprise gift, Kim sewed a doll of Wage and sent it to Horvath in the mail. Horvath showed Wage to his magazine publisher friend Eric Nakamura, owner of the Giant Robot magazine and store, who thought Horvath was pitching him a product and immediately ordered a few more for his shop. Horvath wrote to Kim asking her to sew more while sending emails with stories about Wage, Babo, and Ice-Bat's first-ever adventure, soon to become Chilly Chilly Ice-Bat.[3]

Over the years, numerous collaborative art shows and conventions have been held at Giant Robot, Los Angeles.[4]

The Uglydolls were created in 2001 and included Babo, Cinko, Ice Bat, Jeero, OX, Target, Tray, Wage, Wedgehead, and many more doll characters.[5]

In mediaEdit

FilmEdit

In May 2011, it was announced that Illumination had acquired the rights to Uglydolls to make an animated feature film. Chris Meledandri was set to produce, with a screenplay from Larry Stuckey. The original creators, David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, were set to executive produce.[6] However, the project never came to fruition.

Four years later, in 2015, the American magazineVariety reported that an animated film based on Uglydolls would be the first family and animation project produced by STXfilms.[7] The movie released on May 3, 2019.

The film features the voices of Kelly Clarkson as Moxy (whose appearance is from the original Ugly Doll named Gorgeous, with Moxy's appearance being completely different), Pitbull as Ugly Dog, and Nick Jonas as Lou. They all perform original songs for the film.[8][9] Wanda Sykes, Gabriel Iglesias, Blake Shelton, Wang Leehom, Janelle Monáe, and Emma Roberts are also in the cast.[10] Animation is produced by Reel FX Creative Studios.[11]

TelevisionEdit

In May 2018, Hulu signed a deal with STX Entertainment to produce an Uglydolls animated series. Hulu will also gain SVOD rights to the animated film. The animated series will consist of 26 episodes each season.[12]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Uglydolls Win Specialty Toy of the Year – Plastic and Plush". www.plasticandplush.com. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "Toy Industry Association 2006 Award Winning Products and Nominees. List of awards". toyassociation.org. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Gary Ham (January 14, 2019). "Marsham Toy Hour: Season 4 Ep 2 - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly with David Horvath". Marsham Toy Hour (Podcast). Gary Ham. Event occurs at 0:16:59. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  4. ^ "Uglycon 2016". GiantRobotStore. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "uglydoll - Everything2.com". everything2.com. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike (May 26, 2011). "Chris Meledandri's Illumination To Turn Uglydoll Into Animated Film". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  7. ^ Lang, Brent (May 28, 2015). "STX Entertainment Plans Uglydoll Film, Launches Family Division (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  8. ^ Dave McNary (March 13, 2018). "Pitbull Joining STX's Animated UglyDolls Movie". Variety. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  9. ^ McNary, Dave (August 29, 2018). "Nick Jonas Joins STX's 'UglyDolls' Movie". Variety.
  10. ^ "Uglydolls Official Movie Website". Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  11. ^ "Why Hollywood Can't Stop Making Films About Lego, Emojis, And Angry Birds". Cartoon Brew. August 14, 2017. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  12. ^ Musnicky, Sarah (May 23, 2018). "STX's Uglydolls Franchise Gets Animated for Hulu". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved May 23, 2018.

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