Tim Walsh and Peggy Brown have launched an Indiegogo campaign with the goal of creating a film about John Spinello, who invented the classic game Operation. The movie, entitled Buzz Heard ’Round the World: The Inventor of Operation and the Power of Play, would pick up on the life of Spinello, who back in 1964, sold the patent to Operation to a toy development company for only $500.
Toyland, a new documentary that takes an in-depth look at how toys and games are invented, was just accepted into the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the longest-running documentary film festival in the U.S. This is the film’s ninth festival. The documentary is also being supported by the National Toy Hall of Fame, housed at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y.
Toyland was directed by Ken Sons (Knuckleball, Special O’Laughics), and Tim Walsh, author of Timeless Toys and designer of the game Blurt!, served as creative consultant for the film. For more information, visit www.toylandmovie.com and check out the trailer above.