CUDDLY TOY SPIDER IS SET TO MAKE ITS CREATOR A MILLIONAIRE IN JUST 30 DAYS
An animator who created a cute animated spider to help people with arachnophobia is set to become a millionaire after launching a soft toy version of his viral creation. Joshua Slice from California who has worked on Pixar and Disney’s Zootopia and Big Hero 6 first posted a video of Lucas The Spider online six months ago, and now his videos have had more than 100 million views. The cute creation has melted hearts as he chats about the predicaments of being a spider, including having too many eyes, prompting Joshua to make a soft toy version. After launching the Lucas plushie on Teespring, a platform for independent sellers, he received 40,000 pre-orders in 10 days and is expected to rack up more than 60,000 during the 30-day pre-sale period, generating at least $1.2 million. The money will go towards a college fund for his five-year-old nephew who provides the voice of Lucas and is also his namesake.