Way back in 2004, I started a website called Toytoons. One of the first toy reviews I ever did was based on Sun-Min Kim and David Horvath's plush UglyDoll series. It was one of the reasons I got into the indie/designer toy scene in the first place. (Also, I think Alita Friedman needs some major recognition as she busted her tail for UglyDolls) You can check out the 36 pages of UglyDolls posts I have on Plastic and Plush - going back to 2005.
Now, 15 years later, the film version of these unique creations is being shown on the silver screen. And while I haven't yet seen the movie, it appears the film's message is similar to what David + Sun-Min have been conveying for years. In today's climate, a little positivity is a good thing.
For those of you who have been following Plastic and Plush for a while, you might recall all of our Uglydolls coverage throughout the years. Well, David + Sun-Min's creations are making their way tot he big screen in 2019. And the official trailer recently launched itself upon the world.
STXfilms has announced that Kelly Clarkson has signed on to star in Uglydolls, the animated feature film based on the plush doll franchise. Clarkson, with more than 25 million albums sold since winning the first American Idol, is set to voice the lead character of "Moxy" and also perform original songs the feature.
She will be joining another singer - Pitbull - in the voice cast (he also will contribute original songs). Look for this long-awaited film to be released on May 10th 2019.
Hulu is further expanding its library of family programming, inking a deal with Robert Simonds' STX Entertainment for the Uglydolls franchise. The deal includes a 26-episode series order of Uglydolls to be developed and produced as an animated kids series for Hulu, as well as the exclusive SVOD rights to the upcoming animated feature film following its theatrical run. Hulu will be the streaming home to both the series and the film in the U.S., with STX retaining the international rights.
STXtv will take on the dual role of studio and producer for the new animated kids series, which will be based on the animated feature Uglydolls already in the works at STXfilms for a 2019 theatrical release.
STX Entertainment and Hasbro are joining forces in advance of the upcoming UglyDolls movie. STX has high hopes for the whimsically unconventional line of plush dolls and it's enlisting Hasbro to be its global toy licensee. UglyDolls first hit store shelves in 2001, the brainchild of David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim.
Throughout their decade-plus history of adorable ugliness the toys have been more a novelty item than a mass-market commodity. STX wants to change that by working with Hasbro, one of the world's largest toy manufacturers. Prior to the deal, Horvath and Kim had handled manufacturing of the dolls before tapping Gund, a maker of plush products, to create the items. That pact with Gund has expired. The UglyDolls movie opens in 2019 and is being directed by Robert Rodriguez ("Spy Kids").
STX is a relatively new player in Hollywood. It launched in 2014 and has produced such movies as "Bad Moms," "The Gift," and the upcoming Amy Schumer comedy "I Feel Pretty." Along with its films, the company is backing such TV programs as "Valley of the Boom" and also recently announced it is doing a virtual reality show with Rodriguez and Michelle Rodriguez.
"When Robert Simonds conceived of STX over three years ago, the idea was to build a global media company with entertainment properties that could seamlessly move across all platforms," said Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms, in a statement. "In UglyDolls, we have exactly that - a universally appealing brand with the potential to reach a massive audience on every screen and experience, and a meaningful way into animation. It is incredibly exciting to take this next big step with a company of Hasbro's global reach, experience and influence to bring the 'Uglyverse' to longtime fans and new audiences."
"UglyDolls is a brand with deep history and tremendous equity, and we are thrilled to work with STX to bring the Uglydolls story to life in all new ways via rich storytelling and immersive play experiences," said Samantha Lomow, Senior Vice President of Hasbro, in a statement.
The UglyDolls brain trust also praised the pact.
"Our roots are deeply intertwined with a profound love for the toy industry," said Horvath. "We've been fans of Hasbro's toy lines for ages, and are great admirers of their creativity and aesthetic sensibility. We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Hasbro and STX Entertainment on the UglyDolls franchise."
In addition to the upcoming feature film, STX has UglyDolls projects in the works across the company's multiple divisions, including its television, virtual reality, and games arms.
David + Sun-Min and the folks at Uglydolls have announced their 2017 San Diego Comic Con Exclusives. Not only will fans of the Uglydoll plush line be excited, but they'll be collaborating with Cartoon Network and Adventure Time. The OX as Finn and Jeero as Jakewill be available to pick up at Booth #3245. Plus, they'll be showing off four new Uglydoll characters - Two, Popo, Big Cheese, and OX Bat.
Toy Art Gallery has announced the release of the Sunshine Edition of David Horvarth and Sun-Min Kim'sUglydoll Mini Monsters. The Sunshine Edition features eight Uglys - Babo, Jeero, OX, Wage, Batty, Target, Ice Bat, and Wedgehead - cast in bright yellow soft vinyl.
The set of eight figures will be available beginning today (September 23rd 2016) at Noon PST and run $60.00. You can also purchase them individually for $10.00 each.
The folks from Uglydolls have announced the 2016 San Diego Comic Con exclusives that will be available at Booth #3245. You'll be able to pick up the limited edition Uglycorn Ox and Uglycorn. (If my memory serves me correctly, versions of Uglycorn have been an SDCC exclusive over the past several years) There will also be some limited Uglydoll x Sanrio plush clips available at the show.
Toy Art Gallery has announced the first painted release of David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim's Uglydoll Mini Monsters. The Power Pink Edition features the eight Ugly favorites - Babo, Jeero, OX, Wage, Batty, Target, Ice Bat, and Wedgehead - cast in a glitter-infused pink soft vinyl with blue and silver spray and hand-painted detailing.
The Power Pink Uglydoll Mini Monsters will be available as individuals ($15.00 each) and as a specially-priced set of all 8 pieces ($75.00) beginning today (Wednesday June 22nd 2016) at Noon PST.
Toy Art Gallery has announced the next release of David Horvarth and Sun-Min Kim'sUglydoll Mini Monsters - Glittery Pink Edition. The series of eight 2-inch tall Uglys includes Babo, Jeero, OX, Wage, Batty, Target, Ice Bat, and Wedgehead. Each Glittery Pink Uglydoll Mini Monsters is cast in bright pink vinyl embedded with glitter.
They will be available as individuals ($12.00 each) as well as a specially-priced set of all 8 figures ($72.00). Look for them to drop at TAG beginning today (Thursday June 2nd 2016) at Noon PST.