And the winner is… Orlando Edition!

IMG_5022One lucky winner has been selected. As always, thank you to everyone who entered and helped spread the work. Hope to see many of you when I return to Disney World this weekend.

Congratulations to Jason Muñoz on Facebook. You’re the winner of a signed “Rags To Wishes” Deluxe print. Send me your shipping address and I’ll get that right out to you. You can email me at Thanks for playing!

Remember, I’ll be at WonderGround Gallery March 18-20th. Hope to see you there.

PrintWonderGround Gallery is located in the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Spings in the Walt Disney World Resort – Orlando, FL.

Art Giveaway – Orlando Edition

PrintI’ll be heading back to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL for an Artist Showcase at WonderGround Gallery located in the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs. I’ll be at the gallery on Friday March 19th (5:00pm – 8:00pm), Saturday March 20th (5:00 – 8:00pm) and Sunday March 21st (12:00 noon – 3:00pm). Come check out my latest pieces featuring Mulan, Cinderella and Hipster Mickey.

To help get the word out for this appearance, I’m giving away one Cinderella “Rags To Wishes” deluxe print.

Here’s all you have to do to enter…

FACEBOOK – Find the image seen above on my Facebook page and re-post to your friends and followers. Make sure you add me as a friend so I can see your post. Make sure to tag me in your post so I am notified. Also add the hashtag #OrlandoBound – this way I know you visited my site and read this post.

INSTAGRAM – Follow jmaruyama on Instagram. Find the image above in my feed and re-post to your followers. Make sure you include #jmaruyama in your post so I see it. Also include the hashtag #OrlandoBound – This will be my way of knowing you visited my site and read this post.


Winner will receive a signed Deluxe Print






Contest closes at midnight on Tuesday, March 15th. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, March 16th. Prizes ship to U.S. addresses only.  

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs – Walt Disney World Resort – Orlando, Florida


FEB2016_PromoI’ll be returning to WonderGround Gallery on Saturday, February 6th with lots of new art and something completely different. “Rags To Wishes” features Cinderella in her most iconic costumes. “Honorable Daughter” shows the many sides of Mulan. “Cafe Hipster” is the latest addition to the Hipster Mickey line with a new look to the art. And last but not least, I am excited to debut a Hipster Mickey Vinylmation! This 9″ figure features Hipster Mickey complete with his coffee and cell phone. So, come check out all the new art and merchandise. I’ll be signing along side fellow artists Nidhi Chanani and Eunjung June Kim from 11:00am – 1:00pm. Hope to see you there.

To celebrate this big release, I need you to help me get the word out. Share this blog post with your followers on Instagram and Facebook and you can win a deluxe print of either “Rags To Wishes” or “Honorable Daughter”. Here’s all you have to do.

FACEBOOK – Find the image seen above on my Facebook page and re-post to your friends and followers. Make sure you add me as a friend so I can see your post. Make sure to tag me in your post so I am notified. Also add the hashtag #CindyMulan – this way I know you visited my site and read this post.

INSTAGRAM – Follow jmaruyama on Instagram. Find the image above in my feed and re-post to your followers. Make sure you include #jmaruyama in your post so I see it. Also include the hashtag #CindyMulan – This will be my way of knowing you visited my site and read this post.

Contest closes at midnight on Tuesday, February 2nd. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, February 3rd. Prizes ship to U.S. addresses only.  Good Luck!

PS – If you’d like to win the “Cafe Hipster” deluxe print, head on over to the CLOUD CITY CAST Instagram page. Liam and Manoah will have that Hipster Mickey print up for grabs.

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney District® at The Disneyland® Resort

D23 Expo 2013 Wrap-Up

9467464873_f5b1f858e9_bIt’s always a good time attending the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center. Not only are you across the street from the Happiest Place on Earth, but you also get a glimpse of what’s coming up next for all things Disney surrounded by (and in line with) hoards of hard-core Disney fans. Got to meet some great people face to face that I have only known through Twitter. Did lots of shopping (Mickey’s of Glendale, The D23 Dream Store, Matell) – though I never made it into the ridiculously busy Disney Store pavilion. That seemed to be the shop to get into but with a 2-3 hour wait (at least) I just couldn’t find the time. Visited as many panels as I could squeeze in (and actually get a seat for). Hit up all the major pavilions – including Disney Imagineering and the elaborate Tomorrowland display.

Here’s a few highlights from the arena presentations I attended which outlined the coming films from all of Disney’s divisions.


9472446057_28c74787be_bCo-Director Pete Sohn was on hand to present Pixar’s fifteenth release, THE GOOD DINOSAUR. Director Bob Peterson, who talked about the then untitled project at the last Expo, was a no-show this year. The film, set to debut next summer (May 30th), looks terrific. The character designs are charming – lots of personality and humor with a slightly cartoonish look to the creatures. It will be hard to resist the baby dinos they previewed for the D23 audience. A short clip showing the dinosaurs as farmer was just gorgeous. Set to some very Copland-esque music from composer Randy Newman and using no dialogue, the breathtaking piece of animation played like a segment in FANTASIA. Not sure if this was actual footage from the film or a test reel. We were also treated to the lively new Monsters University-themed short, PARTY CENTRAL, which will play before ‘Dinosaur’ in theaters next year.


While I can’t wait to see ‘Dinosaur’, I am even more excited by what I saw for Pete Docter‘s INSIDE OUT. Docter is quickly becoming my favorite of Pixar’s directors. His film’s are notable for their high concept and big heart. For me, his work defines the Pixar appeal. An animatic was shown of just one scene of the 2015 film and it killed. The concept, which sounds more confusing when described, becomes crystal clear and completely accessible the minute you see the interplay between characters. If this little glimpse is any way representative of what the rest of the film will be, I think it could be one of Pixar’s very best. Character designs for this look terrific – lots of personality and a great voice cast that includes Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader and Phylis Smith (The Office).9472384319_de7c6ebf9e_b

Saw the first 10 minutes of Pixar’s first television special – TOY STORY OF TERROR. It pays homage to the cinematic devices of all the great horror films and looks to be a lot of fun. I love these characters and I’m so happy to see them have a life beyond Toy Story 3. Combat Carl looks to play a large part in this one. Another television special is set to follow this one.

(For complete Pixar coverage from the Expo, please visit THE PIXAR TIMES)

Walt Disney Animation Studios

FROZEN looks wonderful and I can’t wait to see more of this one. All the snow and ice effects will guarantee the film looks great but will the relationship between the two leads make for an intriguing story? So far so good. Having songs from the writing team behind Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon can’t hurt. The sunny tune from Olaf the snowman (Josh Gad) previewed at the Expo certainly made me warm-up to this comedic side kick. I wasn’t completely sold on the film based on the teaser clip released earlier this year. But that’s the same thing I thought about TANGLED months before its release and I ended up adoring that film. There are definitely aspects of TANGLED in the clips we saw for FROZEN – particularly in the chemistry between Kristin Bell‘s Anna and Alan Tudyk‘s Duke characters. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Much will be riding on Idina Menzel‘s Elsa – she has quickly emerged as one of the more interesting characters in this highly anticipated film from what little we’ve seen. As often the case with Disney films, the strength of this feature will be determined by its villain. Attendees also got to see the truly fantastic Mickey Mouse short GET A HORSE. It will play before FROZEN and should not be missed.

BIG HERO SIX – This looks intriguing. Like last year’s fantastic WRECK-IT RALPH, this one is a bit of a departure for a Disney animated feature. Based on a comic book, the film possess a great style – a little dark and futuristic in a BLADE RUNNER sort of way. It takes place in the fictional San Fransokyo – a mash-up of a glowing Tokyo and the rolling hills of San Francisco. Character designs look great, most prominently the squishy robot that looks to play a big part in the story. Definitely want to see more.

ZOOTOPIA – Anthropomorphic animals are certainly nothing new to Disney animation. Like the storybook settings in CHICKEN LITTLE, the characters of ZOOTOPIA inhabit a world made for animals by animals – rabbits live in Burrow Borough, mice live in Little Rodentia, etc . We’ve seen this visual puns and gags approach to environments before so let’s hope the story brings something interesting.

Disney Studios (Live Action)

SAVING MR. BANKS (December 20, 2013) – The more I see of this film, the more excited I am to see it. Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson look great as Walt Disney and P.L. Travers respectively. The extended clip shown at the Expo was well received. While everyone is curious to see Hanks as Disney, Thompson’s fussy take on Travers is the real star of this one. Can’t wait to see it in theater this Holiday season.

ANGELINA JOLIEMALEFICENT (July 2, 2014) – Angelina Jolie (Left) cast as one of Disney’s most popular villains is, in itself, intriguing. It will be her performance that drives this re-imagining of the Disney classic as seen through the villains POV. The footage shown for the film looked predictably dark and CG heavy, but it was the horns everyone wanted to see. Those few glimpses of Jolie in full costume were enough to make me want to see the film. Let’s hope the back story stands up to this very intriguing villain. Jolie showed up to talk about her role and said it was her brother who called her the moment he learned of the project in development to make sure she applied for the job!

MUPPETS MOST WANTED (2014) – The film looks hilarious. Seems they went for more laughs this time around. An extended clip showed a little song and dance with star Ricky Gervais and an evil Kermit (paying dual roles this time). Tina Fey and Modern Family’s Ty Burrell round out the human cast in addition to several cameos.

CINDERELLA (March 13, 2015) – I have to admit, I wasn’t that excited about a live-action re-make of CINDERELLA. But once I heard Cate Blanchett was cast as the step mother, the project became immediately more interesting. Add Helena Bonham Carter into the mix and there’s much to look forward to in this Kenneth Branagh directed take.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII (2015) – While Lucasfilm was formally welcomed into the Disney family, there was no news to report for this one. Not a single new image was shown and no formal announcements were made. While Disney certainly doesn’t need to promote this highly anticipated sequel, it might have been nice to do something – anything – while their legions of fans had gathered. Come on, J.J. – how about a pre-taped message? One piece of concept art? While it will be almost painful to see how every little thing released for this film is scrutinized over the next few years, bringing out – say – Mark Hamill might have been an easy way to appease the hungry masses without spoiling any of the fun.

For my take on Brad Bird’s TOMORROWLAND, head on over to The Pixar Times and read my article and all the other great coverage of the Expo.