Toymaker Funko has acquired the Bath, U.K.-based animation production studio A Large Evil Corporation for which it paid approximately $4 million. Here, it may be noted that since 014, the two companies had been working together on animation projects including a series of Marvel-themed CG animated shorts that released last year. Founded in 2006, Evil Corp will now operate under the name of Funko Animation Studios.Evil Corp founders Guy Thomson and Seth Watkins will now operate as general managers.
Funko has teamed up with candy dispenser company PEZ to create a line of dispensers featuring the toy company’s Pop! art style. Featuring Pop! heads on varying dispensers, the line will be available in the US and Canada in the first half of 2018. It will be sold by Funko with PEZ serving as the licensee. The dispensers will be sold in a collector window box meant for display and the characters will be announced in the coming months. In another development, Funko has launched another episode from its second season of animated shorts along with Marvel and A Large Evil Corporation that it bought out earlier this month.The newest short entitled Time to Unwind is available now on YouTube. The second season, that has in all eight episodes features Marvel superheroes and villains like Tho
Toy maker Funko has acquired the U.K.-based animation production studio A Large Evil Corporation for a cost of approximately $4 million. Since 2014, the two companies had been working together on animation projects including a series of Marvel-themed CG animated shorts that came in last year. Founded in 2006, Evil Corp will now operate under the name Funko Animation Studios. Studio founder Guy Thomson and Seth Watkins will officiate as general managers.
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