You may or may not have heard of Uglydolls, the latest ugly sensation that’s sweeping the nation. And in news that can probably be filed under “inevitable,” the aptly-named dolls are going to be made into an animated movie from Universal.
Larry Stuckey, writer of Meet the Fockers, will write the screenplay based on stories by Uglydoll creators David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim. Here’s producer Chris Meledandri on the Uglydoll phenomenon:
“”I remember the immediate appeal and connection that the characters had for me. They are simple in design, expressive in personality, and once I got to know David and Sun-Min, I learned there was a mythology and a world behind this. The personality and level of wit reminded me of the illustrated work I saw from Matt Groening before he did‘The Simpsons‘. The characters have a cult following, and they’ve been very restrictive in where and how they’ve sold them. It has been a small cottage industry, but it seems just right for us in terms of the potential for a growth curve. Most importantly, the strength cuts to the heart of our strategy, which is, to start from the perspective of characters we feel have unique appeal to audiences, regardless of age.”
Well, there you have it. What’s your favorite Uglydoll? I like the ugly one! (Deadline)