PASADENA, Calif - January 8, 2020 -Thinker-Tinker, Inc., an innovative tech startup from Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars, today announced plans to develop its inaugural line of DreamWorks Trolls interactive plush.
The innovative line of plush character collectibles will connect to an immersive mobile app experience, enabling fans to bring their favorite DreamWorks Trolls characters to life, and together, create music through the power of rhythm, remixing and endless play.
“We are excited to collaborate with Thinker-Tinker and introduce an all-new way to play with some of the franchise’s most beloved characters,” says Tracy Warshauer, Vice President of Toys and Hardlines for Universal Brand Development. “Thinker-Tinker’s original learning plush, Octobo, was the inspiration for this unique collectible line of plush, and the DreamWorks Trolls collection will take the creativity to an entirely new level.”
“We are honored to be building this product with the DreamWorks Trolls franchise,” says Yuting Su, CEO of Thinker-Tinker. “Our mission is always focused on designing better and more engaging learning opportunities when it comes to screen time for kids. The DreamWorks Trolls project is a whole new interactive experience, and we are so excited to launch this product for the mainstream consumer market.”
The new DreamWorks Trolls collectible interactive plush line from Thinker Tinker will launch Fall 2020. For more information and sign up for exclusive updates please visit:thinker-tinker.com/pages/musicstars
AboutTrolls World Tour
Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return in Trolls World Tour, an all-star sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2016 musical hit. In an adventure that will take them well beyond what they’ve known before, Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) discover that they are but one of six different Trolls tribes scattered over six different lands and devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock. Their world is about to get a lot bigger and a whole lot louder.
A member of hard-rock royalty, Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom), aided by her father King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne), wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let Rock reign supreme. With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy and Branch, along with their friends — Biggie (James Corden), Chenille (Caroline Hjelt), Satin (Aino Jawo), Cooper (Ron Funches) and Guy Diamond (Kunal Nayyar) — set out to visit all the other lands to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who’s looking to upstage them all.
Cast as members of the different musical tribes features one of the largest, and most acclaimed, groups of musical talent ever assembled for an animated film. From the land of Funk are Mary J. Blige, George Clinton and Anderson Paak. Representing Country is Kelly Clarkson as Delta Dawn, with Sam Rockwell as Hickory and Flula Borg as Dickory. J Balvin brings Reggaetón, while Ester Dean adds to the Pop tribe. Anthony Ramos brings the beat in Techno and Jamie Dornan covers smooth jazz. World-renowned conductor and violinist Gustavo Dudamel appears as Trollzart and Charlyne Yi as Pennywhistle from the land of Classical. And Kenan Thompson raps as a hip-hop newborn Pop Troll named Tiny Diamond.
Trolls World Tour is directed by Walt Dohrn, who served as co-director on Trolls, and is produced by returning producer Gina Shay. The film is co-directed by David P. Smith and co-produced by Kelly Cooney Cilella, both of whom worked on Trolls.
About DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation (DWA), a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, within NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation, is a global family entertainment company with feature film and television brands. The company’s deep portfolio of intellectual property is supported by a robust, worldwide consumer products practice, which includes licensing, and location-based entertainment venues around the world. DWA’s film heritage includes many of the world’s most beloved characters and franchises, including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Trolls andThe Boss Baby, and have amassed more than $15 billion in global box office receipts. DreamWorks Animation’s television business has quickly become one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality, animated family programming, reaching consumers in more than 190 countries. Creating a diverse array of original content in a variety of formats and delivering deep, fully immersive worlds served up with compelling characters, the studio has garnered 25 Emmy® Awards since inception in 2013.
About Universal Brand Development
Universal Brand Development globally drives expansion of the company's intellectual properties, franchises, characters and stories through innovative physical and digital products, content, and consumer experiences. Along with franchise brand management, Universal Brand Development's core businesses include Consumer Products and Games and Digital Platforms based on the company's extensive portfolio of intellectual properties created by Universal Pictures, Illumination, DreamWorks Animation and NBCUniversal cable and television. Universal Brand Development is part of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.www.universalbranddevelopment.com.
About Thinker-Tinker, Inc.
Based in Pasadena, Calif., Thinker-Tinker was launched out ofComcast NBCUniversal’s LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars in 2018. Thinker-Tinker creates a character-based learning platform that can turn any character into an interactive plush companion that parents feel comfortable putting into their kids' hands. Their award-winning, Octobo, interactive plush learning toy, was first launched on Kickstarter in 2018 and began shipping in 2019.