Do you believe in kismet? Or, if not the sweeping hand of fate, do you think that there is such a thing as a really, really special coincidence that happens at the most ideal time? I know I do! This week, I was doing some virtual desktop cleaning—it’s much easier to clear out, clean up, and empty old computer files than actual file cabinets—when I came across the image of an absolutely adorable plush pal. I didn’t recognize it as any I’d blogged about, and my curiosity was piqued. So, putting on my investigative “cub reporter” hat, I let my e-mail account and my keyboard unlock the mystery of who was that adorable pet: it was a Bellzi.
During the July 4 holiday week—some companies are closed for extended weekends; others just for the formal one-day holiday; others seem to have shuttered their doors for six whole days in a row—it’s nice to contemplate what does the Declaration of Independence mean, and what does it have to do with teddy bears and other ursine affairs. In actuality, America has much to do with the beloved teddy bear, and even though Germany seems to be lauded as the birthplace of the cuddly bear toy (Steiff quickly springs to mind as Number One), the teddy bear concept originated in America.
I guess there is something to be said about having a face that only a mother could love, or in the case of UglyDolls, a face that only a collector (or a stuffed-animal enthusiast) could adore! Since they burst onto the scene in New Jersey—a state that has often been the punch line of a million unflattering jokes—the UglyDolls proved to be an unstoppable force. Conquering the plush-pal market—they were manufactured by GUND—the UglyDoll characters were the “brain children” of David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim. Since their debut in 2001, the UglyDolls have sprung up as huggable critters, wind-up toys, flash drives (they are very forward-thinking), and all other manner of mementoes. Now they are about to tackle their greatest challenge: a Hollywood motion picture.