With the acquisition of the UK-based production company A Large Evil Corporation, Pop culture specialist Funko has expanded its animated content operations. Known as Evil Corp, the Bath-based animation and design studio has been producing short videos for Funko since 2014. Now, it will operate under the name of Funko Animaton Studios. Evil Corp’s founders, Guy Thomson and Seth Watkins will stay on as general managers. “Since 2014, we have produced the majority of animated product videos with this innovative and fantastically creative studio and we are excited to move this function in house,” said Brian Mariotti, CEO of Funko. “We have seen first hand how well received these shorts are from our fans and we look forward to continuing to produce these high calibre product videos wh
Marvel and Funko have got together for the third season of their hit CG short titled Tick Tick Smash while they have just released the third one. The short features Funko Pop versions of the Hulk and Black Widow teaming up in order to escape a secret Hydra Bunker laden with traps. The hilarious short emphasizes the distinct difference between the Hulk and Black Widow’s respective approach to superheroics with the latter being primarily all about grace and stealth, The former lacked both but made up for it through sheer indestructibility. The gist is that while the Hulk isn’t exactly the guy one would bring to a stealth mission, his indestructible body means that he doesn’t need to be stealthy anyway as he’ll just steamroll everything in his path.
As Disney’s Cars and Universal’s Despicable Me head towards their release dates on June 16 and June 30 respectively, the two aren’t just looking at ticket sales. They hace prepared their licensing programmes both hinged on keeping the flame alive for young fans. For Disney’s Cars 3, that involves a licensing push across every category from toys to soup. “Some of our toy licensees include Mattel, Sphero, Thinkway, Funko and Lego,” reveals Josh Silverman, EVP of global licensing at Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media.” In addition, we’re looking to reach new audiences through collaborations on the apparel and accessories side, with brands including Members Only, Illest, New Balance and New Era, just to name a few,” he adds. On the consumables side, licensees include Campbell
Marvel and Funko as a part of collaboration have developed a series of animated shorts to help bring Marvel’s most popular superheroes and villains to life. The first video to launch in the series is Spellbound, and the rest two would be follow in the coming weeks. Spellbound, sees Spider-Man and Iron Man fighting Thor’s brother Loki, though the trickster’s mind-controlling scepter proves to make the battle more difficult. “Telling Marvel stories in the Funko Pop! aesthetic is a special kind of magic unlike anything we’ve ever done. These shorts are both hilarious and action-packed – and irresistibly adorable too,” said Cort Lane, SVP of animation and family entertainment at Marvel. “Really, I think all audiences will love them.” The next two animated shorts are set to roll out late