Hipsters Forever

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Excited to announce that I will be returning to WonderGround Gallery in June! Hipster Mickey and Minnie join in on the 60th Anniversary Celebration at the Happiest Place on Earth in the latest addition to the Hipster Mickey line “Hipsters Forever”. Even this cool couple can’t resist a new fireworks show in front of Disneyland’s iconic Sleeping Beauty castle.

“Hipsters Forever” will be available as a limited edition canvas and deluxe print. It will debut at the gallery on Saturday, June 13th. I’ll be there from 11:00am – 1:00pm. Come by and say hello!

Stay tuned for another art giveaway. Details will be announced soon!

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA.

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May The 4th Be With You

Happy Star Wars Day 2015! It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan. With a new season of Rebels out in June, Episode VII: The Force Awakens due in December and Rogue One planned for 2016, there’s much to be excited about. This year, I chose to pay tribute to Rey and her weird, ice cream bar-shaped speeder. Can’t wait to find out more about who she is. Skywalker? Solo? Time will tell.

May the force be with you… always!

The Oscars – 2015

PrintBest of luck to Disney’s Big Hero 6 and Feast at the Oscars on Sunday night. Big Hero 6 has been nominated for Best Animated Feature along with How To Train Your Dragon 2, Song of The Sea, The Boxtrolls and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. An impressive list of nominees and a rare year without a Pixar film in the mix. Feast has been nominated in the best Animated Short category along side The Dam Keeper, Me and My Moulton, A Single Life and The Bigger Picture.

The Academy Awards air live this Sunday on ABC.

Star Wars Awakens At WonderGround Gallery

MayTheForceBeWithYou_FINAL_REVISED[1]Disney’s WonderGround Gallery has made so many of my dreams come true. Working with Disney characters, seeing my images sold in the gallery and having my artwork featured on Disney pins are all goals achieved thanks to the great folks at WonderGround and Disney. And now I am so grateful to them for making yet another dream of mine come true.

This January, I will have new Star Wars art featured in the gallery. Star Wars has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. The films, toys and spin-offs have entertained and inspired me since first seeing A New Hope in theaters in 1977. With new films on the horizon and Star Wars mania working itself into a frenzy once again, I am honored to be able to pay tribute to these timeless characters with my artwork.

I will be appearing at Disney’s WonderGround Gallery on Friday and Saturday – January 16th and 17th from 6-8pm. Read about the event on Disney’s Blog.

This just also happens to be the weekend of Disney’s Star Wars Half Marathon. So, if you’re in town for the race, drop on by the gallery Friday and Saturday to check out all the new art and merchandise.

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

‘Hipster’s Life’ Debuts At WonderGround Gallery

DisplayHad another fantastic signing event at Disney’s WonderGround Gallery. The latest in the Hipster Mickey line – A Hipster’s Life For Me – debuted at the gallery this past Saturday, November 8th. Disney was kind enough to invite me back for a special appearance to celebrate this new release. In addition to the deluxe prints and canvases, there was a new men’s shirt, Hipster Mickey mini-buttons, a new Castle Coffee Break spiral journal and a Date Night Compact!

It’s always a pleasure to meet the Disney fans who come out to the events. I am so appreciative of your efforts to be at the gallery when I visit. Thank you for your kind words and generous support!

Thanks also to the great staff at WonderGround for everything you do – including providing me with a Mint Julep! What a treat.

A few merchandise notes…

  • DATE NIGHT deluxe prints are back in stock.
  • World of Evil Deluxe prints are expected back on the shelves soon.

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WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA.

Mickey and Minnie Disney Pins

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I am super excited for these WonderGround Mickey and Minnie pins! They will be available August 28th at both Disneyland and Disney World. This is a limited release. Read more about availability here.

Summer Art Giveaway

SUmmerArtGiveawayI can’t think of a better way to kick off summer than with a visit to WonderGround Gallery! I’ll be at the gallery Saturday June 21st  from 11am – 1pm with “A Perfect Summer” – my latest Mickey and Minnie piece! I’ll be joining fellow artists Pascal Campion and Whitney Pollett for an artist showcase on the first day of summer.

I need your help to get the word out so I’m giving away signed deluxe prints to two lucky followers – one from Facebook and one from Twitter. This is for shipping within the U.S. only! Winners will be determined through a random drawing.  I will draw a name to see who gets first pick. The deluxe prints up for grabs are shown above – “A Perfect Summer”, “Castle Coffee Break” and “Happiest Hipster On Earth”. All will be signed and sent to the winner.

Here’s how to enter your name in the drawing.

FACEBOOK

  • Follow me on Facebook.
  • Find the post that mentions this giveaway -  “Summer Art Giveaway”
  • LIKE the post
  • SHARE it with your followers.
  • Leave a comment so I can see your name! (Make sure you do this!)
  • I will randomly select a  name from those who follow ALL the steps! Make sure to “share” the existing post. Creating a new post will not show up on my timeline and I can not track the activity.

TWITTER

  • Follow me on twitter (@jmaruyama).
  • Find the tweet that mentions this contest (there may be more than one but it will have “Summer Art Giveaway” in the tweet.
  • FAVORITE* the tweet (Make sure you do this).
  • Retweet to your followers.
  • I will randomly select a few names from those who follow all the steps. Please make sure “@jmaruyama” is in the tweet or I will not be able to track it.
  • This is for shipping within the US only.
  • You can enter on both Twitter and Facebook.
  • Contest closes at midnight on Thursday June 19th.
  • Winners will be announced on Friday, June 20th. I will contact you for your shipping information.

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

Dapper Day 2014

DapperDarlingPrint2014_4x9FrontA3WEB800Dapper Day recently held another one of their super-stylish soirees at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. I designed a few new characters for some really cool new merchandise created just for the event. This year’s character swag included iPhone cases, a scarf, a pocket square and lots of buttons.

Dapper Day is a tradition that grows larger every year. Beyond the fun of visiting the parks in your finest, the Dapper Day folks had a whole host of fantastic and fashionable things to do at The Grand Californian hotel including the Dapper Day botique featuring vendors selling vintage fashion.  There was a slideshow from the master of all things retro, Charles Phoenix, who presented a special edition of his vintage Disneyland show. That particular presentation sold out days before the event.  My favorite feature was the sketch station, where you could have your look captured in style by actual fashion artists. What a great idea.

The celebration continues tomorrow (Sunday March 9, 2014) at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. The Fall soirees takes place Friday September 12 at the Disneyland Resort (Anaheim, CA), Saturday September 20th at Disneyland Parc (Paris, France) and  Satruday September 27th in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL).

Just added, The Walt Disney Family Museum in conjunction with Dapper Day will host an after-hours party in celebration of their Mary Blair exhibit.

Visit the official Dapper Day site to read more about this fabulous event and to purchase some of the merchandise available in the shop.

WonderGround Gallery Event

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I found my way back to WonderGround Gallery this past weekend and it was fantastic as always. In addition to the great new merchandise, we were fortunate enough to be joined by Starbucks right there inside the gallery. What a great way to kick of the latest Hipster Mickey piece! As part of the promotion, these talented Baristas would fill your cup when you purchased the new Castle Coffee Break mug. It was surprising what they were able to create using the rather amazing Verismo™ system. My thanks to them for keeping me fully caffeinated over the two day event.

As always, the staff at WonderGround were terrific and they pulled out all the stops for this event. Small cafe tables and chairs were put up outside the gallery for guests to enjoy their Starbucks concoctions. They set up some great displays with the new merchandise and filled entire wall with my work – both new and old. So much of what these Cast Members do goes unseen. I am so grateful to them for their efforts to make me feel comfortable and make these events run smoothly. The staff is always so enthusiastic about my work and share that excitement with the guests in the gallery. They are so good at what they do!

We had a fantastic turn-out for both days – even on Super Bowl Sunday. And the rain stayed away just long enough to get through all the signings. We even sold out of all the Small World of Cute deluxe prints by Sunday afternoon! More stock is on the way and should be in the gallery shortly. My sincere thanks to everyone who came out to get the new artwork and products. I never tire of meeting these friendly guests. Everyone is so generous with their compliments for my work and I am always grateful for their kind words. A few of you made some long trips to attend the event and I can’t thank you enough for the effort.

I’ll be updating the WonderGround Product Info page on my website soon and will include all the new art and merchandise available. It’s such a thrill to work with these characters and with this gallery. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for the opportunity. I had such a great time meeting guests and signing my work. Hope we can do it again really soon.

UPDATE: The new “Castle Coffee Break” artwork featuring Hipster Mickey and Minnie is now available through Disney Store website. You can purchase deluxe prints and the limited edition giclees online.

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA.

 

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.

Pixar

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.

JONAS RIVERA, PETE DOCTER

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.