Banana the Gorilla

Banana the Gorilla

Banana, the macho gorilla, acts, goes on adventures, and fights crime in his spare time. He will also help you through challenges, big and small. 

Fun Facts About Banana

  • He's a mascot: Banana is one of three mascots for Banana-Dragon productions
  • He's an actor: Banana and the other mascots have been featured in some pretty epic films
  • He loves to travel: Banana has been all over the world, through galaxies and beyond


Designed by: Tomasz Drezek

Shipped within approx. 6-8 weeks of end of campaign
13% of 100 goal funded

The story behind Banana the Gorilla

What inspired the creation of Banana?

Ever since I was a kid, my family has had a tradition where they give a stuffed bear to a new kid that is born into the family. This tradition was inspired by a bear from Poland named Wojtek, who was enlisted in the military to help fight alongside the soldiers. So, giving a stuffed bear was my Dad’s way of reminding the family about this great story. When my brother was born, however, my dad goofed and bought a gorilla, mistaking it for a bear. My little brother loved him anyway, and named him “Bananas”. So, I created my own version of Bananas.

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What makes Banana special?

He’s not just any gorilla, he’s a trusted sidekick and mascot of Banana-Dragon Productions—a film production company that I run with J.J. Pardo and Chandler Macocha. Banana, along with our two other mascots - Dinokhan and Hyphen-bot - are where we got our name from. All three of them mean a lot to us and accompany us on all of our adventures.

What makes Banana such a good companion?

Banana represents overcoming challenges and accomplishing goals. When we were trying to make our first feature film, I was sad and things weren't going well. It was honestly the first time I ever felt like maybe filmmaking wasn't for me. Then my little brother brought Bananas into the room. He placed Bananas on my head and then gave me a hug. It was in that moment that all the positives in my life started to overcome the sadness—the strength of Wojtek the bear, remembering the goofy mistake my dad made by buying a gorilla instead of a bear, my little brothers love—all of this snapped me out of my sadness and made me ready to face any challenge head on!

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You can also read the spotlight on Banana-Dragon Production and their mascots on our blog.

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Plush Details

Size: Available in 16”

Materials: Super-soft plush with hypoallergenic polyester plush filling

Turnaround Time: Once the campaign reaches it’s preorder minimum, the plushies will be produced and shipped within 6 - 8 weeks.

Please note: There may be reasonable variances between mass produced plush and sample shown

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Anyone who pre-ordered your item will receive a full 100% refund within 5 business days of the end of the campaign.

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