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.
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!
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
The Budsies Market is all about celebrating creativity and empowering artists to launch their own plush toy lines
Q: Why did you create the Budsies Market?
We believe independent artists can create stuffed animals that are more unique, adorable, and cuddly than the mass produced plush pumped into your local retailer. Our market empowers creatives around the world to launch their own huggable stuffed animal lines, while we take care of all the behind-the-scenes production and fulfillment magic. Having made over 40,000 custom stuffed animals for artists young and old, we’ve seen the most amazing designs and can’t wait to share them with the world.
Q: Why do campaigns have quantity goals?
The minimum threshold lets us keep the price of the plush affordable.
Q: What happens if I pre-order a plushie that doesn’t reach the minimum order?
Anyone who pre-ordered your item will receive a full 100% refund within 5 business days of the end of the campaign.
Q: How do I get a stuffed animal made of my own design? (or my child’s design)
You can order your very own custom stuffed animal at Budsies.com. Once your plush is produced, please reach out to us at [email protected] to set up your own campaign on our Market.
Q: What is the return policy?
If the plushie is damaged, lost, or doesn't meet your expectations, you can send it back to us within 12 business days and we'll refund you in full.
Q: What if I have to cancel my order?
If you have any issues, questions or concerns, please contact us at [email protected]
We'll send you a reminder as promised.
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*Order placed today are guaranteed to ship in time for domestic US Postal Priority Mail holiday deadline.
International orders are shipped via First Class Mail so delivery date cannot be guaranteed. Capacity is an estimate subject to change (impacted by daily order volume, difficulty of orders, and our design team, among other factors).
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