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Never Grow Up: A Disney Art Show

On March 7, 2014, the House of Mouse teamed up with the undisputed leader of limited edition screenprinted movie posters for one of the best shows in the history of the hobby. The Oh My Disney/Mondo collaboration, Nothing’s Impossible, took place in Austin, TX during SXSW and drew crowds of enthusiastic fans and collectors, many of whom camped out overnight for a chance to get their hands on the beautiful artwork. They were not disappointed; over two dozen talented artists — some well known, some up-and-coming — were paired with a wide variety of Disney properties (both animated and live-action), and the result was a stunning display of alternative posters for beloved movies. It was a fun, memorable day at the gallery. Check out the video recap:

With around 30 posters to choose from, it was difficult trying to narrow down the selection without completely breaking the bank. Olly Moss made an iconic Jungle Book poster with a timeless feel. Rich Kelly nailed one of my childhood favorites, The Sword in the Stone. Aaron Horkey put a comically realistic spin on Ratatouille. Animated movie poster virtuoso Tom Whalen tackled not one, but four classics with posters for Aladdin, The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles. Anne Benjamin slayed Snow White, Swedish Sci-fi guy Kilian Eng drew us into his Black Hole, and Jay Shaw delivered a quirky poster for The Cat From Outer Space. There were activities for the kids and beer for the big kids and the vibe was enchanting. Here’s a look at some of the mentioned posters:

 

This Friday, April 28th, at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Mondo and Disney are teaming up again — this time with an assist from Cyclops Print Works — for Never Grow Up, the sequel to Nothing’s Impossible. Once again, there is much to look forward to. Check out the list of participating artists:

Martin Ansin
Marc Aspinall
Oliver Barrett
Florian Bertmer
Jonathan Burton
Becky Cloonan
Nicolas Delort
Craig Drake
Joe Dunn
Laurent Durieux
Mark Englert
James Flames
Brandon Holt
Josh Holtsclaw
Rich Kelly
Dan McCarthy
César Moreno
Randy Ortiz
Dave Perillo
Phantom City Creative
Paul Pope
JC Richard
Jessica Seamans
Benson Shum
Stan & Vince
Matt Taylor
Ken Taylor
Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Tom Whalen
Teagan White

Wow! Or as my main man fox Robin Hood would say, “Oo-De-Lally!” (Speaking of Robin Hood, it was the one movie I was looking forward to that wasn’t represented in the first show. Here’s hoping for a gorgeous print at Never Grow Up). Mondo obviously didn’t have any issues putting together a murderer’s row of killer artists to put their spin on their favorite Disney movies. There’s plenty of talent returning and lots of interesting additions that should make for an exciting show. If you’re not familiar with these folks, give ’em a google and be prepared to be swept away.

A few of the new pieces have already been revealed. Check out James Flames’ take on the queen of all animated features, 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs:

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Lovely poster! Interesting concept (check), excellent use of color (check), splendid title treatment (check), clever placement of the Mondo and Cyclops logos (bonus points). This is top-notch work and I can’t wait to see it in person and pick one up at the show. Well done, Mr. Flames.

Keep an eye out as more posters will probably be revealed leading up to the show. Mondo has been updating the list here.

I look forward to checking out the art, congregating with friends, chatting with artists, and having a few beers at the show on Friday. Doors open at 3pm, but the party will start hours (days?) beforehand as fans and collectors plop down their lawn chairs and camp out in anticipation. Never Grow Up has big shoes to fill after the success of Nothing’s Impossible and I’m looking forward to seeing what Oh My Disney, Mondo, and Cyclops Print Works have up their sleeves. Gonna be a fun one!

There will be a special “Mondo Clubhouse” Kids Party on Saturday, April 29th, from 10am to Noon featuring Disney-inspired treats, face painting, a photo booth, and other activities. The show will run through May 13th during regular hours (12pm – 6pm) at the Mondo Gallery (4115 Guadalupe Street in Austin, TX).

Check out the rest of the Never Grow Up reveals:

Fantasia by Becky Cloonan

Bambi by Laurent Durieux

Pinocchio by Jessica Seamans

101 Dalmations by Jonathan Burton

 Aladdin by Matt Taylor

Big Hero 6 by Ken Taylor

Lilo & Stitch by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell



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