Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Zombies are everywhere – TV, movies, books, video games and now toys

The hit television show “The Walking Dead” is further proof that zombies are hot right now.
AMC’s zombie-apocalypse series, based on a popular comic book franchise, is bringing in big ratings for the cable network. It was renewed for a second season after just two episodes.
A sequel to the comedy-horror movie “Zombieland” is in the works, as is a film adaptation of the book “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”
In video games, the comical “Plants vs. Zombies” by PopCap Games has proven to be a hit on PCs and mobile devices. It joins more hard-core games like the “Resident Evil” series of survival horror games by Capcom.
Now, a toy company has come out with a line of zombie animal plush toys for kids. The ZombieZoo toys are the work of children’s author and illustrator Neecy Twinem.
The ZombieZoo family of creatures includes Boo the black cat, Stich the pig, Muck the monkey, Rob the rabbit and Toxic the snake. The plush toys are 12 to 15 inches tall, made of soft fleece, and have a “loveable ‘Frankenstein’ quality of stitching adorning their bodies and over-sized heads,” according to a press release.
Lovable zombies? Who would have thought that?

Photos: ZombieZoo toys (top) and still from "The Walking Dead" (below).

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