Late last week, Acme Archives revealed some of the art being released later this week at the Disney D23 Expo, including naming a few of the Expo exclusives. Among the collection of art, shown below, is a 25th Anniversary tribute to Pixar Animation Studios by artist Dave Perillo. Perillo most recently caused a stir at the San Diego Comic Con with his Muppets piece and SDCC exclusive variant, which had no problem selling out. Like SDCC, there will be a D23 Expo exclusive variant of the Disney/Pixar piece, which prominently features Luxo Jr. in the upper left-hand corner.
Other show exclusives include a Winnie the Pooh lithograph and a special variant of a ‘vintage photo’ featuring Walt Disney paired with Mickey Mouse.
All of the announced pieces and their respective artists can be found in the gallery below. At this time, edition sizes and prices are not known. Acme Archives, who participated in the 2009 Disney D23 Expo, can be found once more in the Disney Dream Store.
Disney artist Robert Olszewski has announced that he will be releasing a few new items at the Disney D23 Expo beginning on Friday, August 19. Among his new pieces will be a 2011 D23 Expo PokitPal (pictured) available exclusively to D23 members for $19.95.
Also being introduced at the Expo is Gallery of Light entries ‘Baby of Mine‘ inspired by Dumbo and ‘Talk to Crush‘ from Finding Nemo, both of which will retail for $85, Olszewski Miniature Disneyland Main Street, USA addition ‘Pinocchio’s Daring Journey,’ which will retail for $425 and an Heirloom Boxes Collection – Paper Clip Series entry, Sleeping Beauty Maleficent which will retail for $30. Olszewksi will also be displaying a new Fantasyland platform.
Olszewski will be on hand to meet attendees and sign his purchased art at the Disney D23 Expo Welcome Center on Friday, August 19 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am and Sunday from 3:30 – 5:30 pm.
Third time and every other time’s the charm for Mondo and Tom Whalen. Mickey’s Service Station pays homages to the 1935 classic short in which Pegleg Pete (who sports the pegleg for his last time) drops his car off at Mickey’s service station to find the source of the squeaky part — in under ten minutes of course.
Created in partnership with Sideshow Collectibles, this 18″x24″ print will retail for $45 and will be limited a print run of just 370 pieces.
It will go on sale this Friday, May 27, 2011 at MondoTees.com at a random time. Those interested in purchasing the poster are advised to follow @MondoNews on Twitter for the sale announcement as the Mondo prints have been known to sell out completely in seconds.
Promising more details on the official Disney Parks blog soon, the Disneyland Resort has announced that on June 25, 2011 from 9 am – 11 am, internationally renown custom car designer and builder Chip Foose will be on hand at The Disney Gallery to celebrate the release of his art inspired by Disney/Pixar’s Cars.
Foose will release four paintings which include characters from the films such as Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater, Doc, Ramone and Flo enjoying the sites of the Disneyland theme park. The images will be available to purchase in a variety of formats including original art, limited edition giclees and deluxe prints. Also debuting will be two hand-painted custom Vinylmation™ figures featuring the artwork of Chip Foose.
Created in partnership with Sideshow Collectibles, this 18″x24″ follow-up to the Steamboat Willie print will retail for $45 and will be limited a print run of just 325 pieces.
It will go on sale this Thursday, May 5, 2011 at MondoTees.com at a random time. Those interested in purchasing the poster are advised to follow @MondoNews on Twitter for the sale announcement as the Mondo prints have been known to sell out completely in seconds.
Whilst on vacation at Walt Disney World in 1978, John Lamouranne was inspired to paint an egg for his daughter for Easter, portraying images such as the Monorail, the Contemporary Resort, Cinderella Castle and Disney characters. After honing his new craft, he made the natural leap to crafting whole bodies of personalities using eggs as his base as his art. Today, he is known as the ‘Egg Man.’
His art was recently featured on The Telegraph, including the Toy Story 3 display, and his spot-on caricatures of celebrities (both real and fictional) and fondness for Disney immediately grabbed hold of our attention and imagination. We were especially eggcited when John agreed to share some of his favorite Disney egg art with us, which we proudly present in our gallery below.
Because most other real eggs are too fragile, only goose eggs are used when their size is a match. Ceramic and wooden eggs fill in when other sizes are needed, although ‘Egg Man’ has been known to use real ostrich and emu eggs on rare occasions as well. The Toy Story piece, which he counts among his favorite projects, contains one real goose egg which forms the body of Rex. The entire piece took about seven hours to build.
Undoubtedly one of the more complex pieces, however, is that of a single 4″ tall goose egg. On its shell, John has hand-painted six homages to Walt Disney World: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Cinderella Castle, Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Big Al from Country Bear Jamboree and, of course, Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney himself. That egg is currently available for sale, complete with glass case, on eBay.
The good news is that many of the ‘Egg Man’s’ work is also available for purchase today via his eBay store. The bad news, however, is we’ve already purchased the Toy Story 3 one.
For more information on John ‘Egg Man’ Lamouranne, sample images of his egg art and to order custom egg art, visit his official website at iamjohntheeggman.com.
All images courtesy of and © John Lamouranne.
Disney Gallery to Feature Art of Mary Blair as Part of ‘Small World’ Celebration; Exhibit Opens May 13
The Disney Gallery, located at the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, has announced that beginning May 13, it will the art of famed Walt Disney Imagineer, Mary Blair. Blair is best known for her designs that inspired the ‘it’s a small world’ attraction which is celebrating its 45th year inside the Disneyland park in 2011.
The art represents a collection that has been never before been displayed in public, instead remaining inside the Walt Disney Studios Archive, until now. In addition to the art that inspired the globally loved attraction, the exhibit will feature Blair’s work on Disney animated films such as Cinderella, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland as well as Disney Parks contributions such as the tile murals for Tomorrowland, ‘ Adventure Through Innerspace,’ Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort and the never-realized Western River Ride.
We first mentioned the celebration which is uniting all facets of the Walt Disney Company back in January. In addition to the new exhibit, Disney Living and Nordstrom have debuted a line of infant clothing inspired by never-before-seen art by Blair. Disney Publishing Worldwide will also be releasing a series of childrens’ books inspired by the attraction and Blair’s art, beginning this summer and offering additional titles during the Holiday period.
The painting marks the 7th entry into Kinkade’s ‘Disney Dreams’ series which includes previous releases Snow White Discovers the Cottage, Pinocchio Wishes Upon A Star, Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland, Cinderella Wishes Upon A Dream, Bambi’s First Year and Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love.
Kinkade’s tributes to Disney will also be featured in a 2012 wall calendar now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
On April 22, 2011, the opening day for Disneynature’s newest Earth Day film, African Cats, Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood will be holding a special opening day reception in honor of Disney animator Andreas Deja.
Deja, the current resident specialist for the animation of Mickey Mouse, was the supervising animator of some of the most memorable Disney villains: Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, Jafar in Aladdin and Scar from The Lion King. He also animated Roger Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, King Triton from The Little Mermaid, the title character from Hercules, Lilo from Lilo & Stitch and Queen Narissa from Enchanted. In addition,he is the supervising animator for Tigger in the upcoming Winnie the Pooh.
In honor of African Cats, Deja has produced a stunning series of original art work directly inspired by the film. Andreas has long been known for his beautiful gestural drawings and paintings of big cats that capture their spirit of wildness and innate nobility. The collection of art will be on display in the lower lounge of the El Capitan for the entire run of the film (April 22 through May 16, 2011).
Patrons of the 7:00 pm performance of African Cats are invited to join Deja for the opening reception beginning at 4:30 pm at the theater. Best of all, there is no additional charge to attend the event, you just need a ticket for the film which can be purchased in advance online at the theater’s website.
Also on display at the theater for the film will be an educational exhibit featuring fun information about lions and cheetahs, how researchers study lions and cheetahs in the wild and what The Walt Disney Company is doing to protect African cats and their savanna home all developed and written by educators at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Prior to each performance of African Cats, the Wildlife Learning Center will showcase a handful of live, exotic animals in a presentation titled ‘Exotic Animals From Around the World,’ on the theater’s stage. The ‘Animal Guys’ from the WLC have rescued more than 70 different species of captive-born wild animals and make it their mission to get children excited about the natural world around them. The Wildlife Learning Center also wants to help educate a generation of children to value their natural heritage, to value the environment, and to value all living things.
Actor Jeff Bridges will have his original painting inspired by the world of TRON auctioned off in order to benefit Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America.
The painting, which is acrylic on Plexiglas, measures 46.5″ x 70.5″ and will be available for bidding beginning April 20 from Disney Fine Art. In addition to the auction, a limited edition serigraph, hand numbered and signed by Bridges, will be available for sale in order to benefit the charity, which is receiving 100% of the proceeds from the auction.
As a dedicated artist across various mediums, Bridges has been praised for his eclectic work of fine art, photography and music in addition to his acclaimed film career.
‘As the national spokesperson for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, Jeff Bridges’ commitment to others is exemplary,’ said Bill Shore, founder and executive director of the hunger non-profit. ‘This donation is another example of how important the work of ending childhood hunger is to Jeff and one of the many reasons we feel honored to be working with him.’