• Mr. Toy
  • Chai Hecht
  • Black List Comedy Drama Hit List Set Up 2016
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Details
Market December 6, 2016    Sold December 6, 2016
Actor Jim Carrey
Producer Adam Kolbrenner
Agent Jon Cassir, Matt Martin (CAA)
Manager Adam Kolbrenner (Madhouse)
Loglines
The true story of Marvin Glass, a brilliant, charismatic, self-loathing, paranoid, demanding man - and probably the greatest toy inventor of all time. STEVE JOBS meets A BEAUTIFUL MIND by way of WILLY WONKA.
A toy inventor rushes to make money in the hopes of spending a peaceful life with his family but instead becomes entangled in the toy business, simultaneously building a massive company and receding further from his dreams.
A toy inventor, wanting only to get rich quick and spend life painting, instead becomes mired in the toy business, building an empire while sacrificing his relationships.
Format
Film
Hour-Long Serialized
Genres
Comedy, Drama, Historical, Biopic, Business, Character Study, Film, Non-Fiction, Work Related, Workplace
Pages
109
Rated
R
Budget
Medium
Lead
M White 40 Average
Similar
The Founder, Steve Jobs, The Aviator, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
When
1950s Chicago/Twenty years with flashbacks/forwards to other decades.
Where
Evanston, IL, Chicago, various houses and apartments, mansion, New York, toy convention, labs, Grant Park, hotel, office building (MGA), art school, airplane, train.

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Synopsis
MARVIN GLASS (6) is given a gift by his mother on Christmas Eve, 1920. However, before he can see what’s inside, his father storms into the house, takes the gift and burns it in the fireplace, saying, “no toys.” Marvin later makes his own improvised toy puppy out of various materials, but when his father finds it, he breaks it.

The two go on a walk, and Marvin’s father admires the architecture of a local church as an example of meaningful work. He then places a gun in Marvin’s hand and asks him if he wants to be a man. Nervously agreeing, Marvin’s father again says men don’t play with toys.

However, during this interaction, a scene of magical realism begins where Marvin’s father begins to fade, except for his teeth, which, now disembodied, chatter. We jump to the present day where a title sequence outlines the creation of the first Yakity-Yak Chattering Teeth toy.

Twenty years later (1940), Marvin (late 20s), paints a portrait of a nude woman in a class, the model posing awkwardly in the middle of the room. Another artist dismisses Marvin’s skill. However, afterwards, Marvin catches up with the model, DOROTHY (20s), and introduces himself.

We then cut to...
Reader 1 Comments
OVERALL (STRONG RECOMMEND)
“Mr. Toy” provides a fascinating look at the life of revolutionary toymaker Marvin Glass as he navigates the toy business and his family life. While trying to make enough money to sustain a simple life as an artist and a family man, Marvin Glass becomes entangled in the toy business and in his own mind, which leads to loss and alienation. The cast of characters is unique and colorful. The conflict is rich and multifaceted, including both external and internal conflicts. The writing offers incredible visuals uncommon to a run-of-the-mill biopic....
Reader 2 Comments
OVERALL (RECOMMEND)
“Mr. Toy,” while adhering the conventional archetype of a troubled genius constructing a business empire at the expense of his own soul, this archetype is executed incredibly well, with well-articulated character driven values and a keen sense of structure and conflict centered around a well-crafted and humanistic look at the inner-workings of Marvin Glass. The contradiction of Marvin’s life, that his fortune and success come from toys, the very thing he disdains, is a powerful basis for internal conflict, and as his success eats away at his core relationships, a tone and dialogue arises that is both dark and cynical, but ultimately reconciliatory and human in its complexity. While pacing is relatively slow in order to build up the necessary exposition informing Marvin’s internal conflict and arc, and some logical vagueness exists around certain scenes in the external through line, these shortcomings are largely inconsequential framed within the values of character and internal conflict that the narrative explicitly lays out. Again while “Mr. Toy” is hardly original in this particular type of character driven narrative, feeling in many ways a period rehashing of “Steve Jobs” for example, this narrative in and of itself is written with clear vision, slotting well within this sort of established subgenera....