As you know, we’re fans of 1963’s The Funny Company.
While the show only ran for a single season, it was nonetheless popular enough to release some pretty sweet merchandise. Today Retroville showcases some cool Funny Company SWAG.
First, this storybook entitled Super Chief in the Big City. In it, the gang goes out for a fun day on the town, where Super Chief’s unique speech patterns lead to shenanigans ahoy.
No Jasper, the entire Funny Company is not here. One member curiously absent from this book is club treasurer Merry Twitter. She’s the only member of the central cast to be be passed over in this manner. What happened? Was the author not a Merry Twitter fan? Or was there a one day sale at the Burger Barn and she had to take advantage of it?
Next, another book, Shy Shrinkin’ Violette, with resident creep Belly Laguna creepily lurking in the background.
Keep an eye out for the sequel, Baron Bad-Touch and his Stolen Ice Cream Truck of Wonders.
Next, a Funny Company Attache case.
Show up at your next Weekend Warriors paint ball retreat with this bad boy. I dare ya.
Next, a Funny Company jack-in-the box.
Oh look, the Jack is Super Chief. Does it emit a loud train whistle sound that causes your ears to bleed? If not, total waste of money.
Finally, a Shrinkin’ Violette doll.
Clearly, the show’s producers considered Violette to be the media darling of the show; given also that the later episodes depicted the gang venturing to Hollywood for the purpose of making Shrinkin’ Violette a movie star. (Violette was cute and all , but I thought Jasper N. Park, Merry Twitter and Terry Dactyl were more interesting characters, just sayin’. Where’s the Terry Dactyl plushie?)
The Powers That Be made missed a huge opportunity here. They could’ve come out with a big Funny Company clubhouse play set…
…Complete with little plastic figurines you could play with a la the Amiibos…
Or Disney Infinity.
-Now if someone were to make a Disney Infinity style Funny Company toy box game, then I’d be happy.
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“Clearly, the show’s producers considered Violette to be the media darling of the show; given also that the later episodes depicted the gang venturing to Hollywood for the purpose of making Shrinkin’ Violette a movie star.”
Typical. Even in 1963, people always bend over backwards for the blondes. I think that if The Funny Company had ran for at least one more season, there would been more merch for it, although I have to admit that the show had a pretty good amount for just one year in production.
Personally, I’d like for someone to make a replica of The Funny Company’s clubhouse. It’s a decent design, structurally speaking.