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Thomas Kinkade Disney Dreams Collection

Updated on September 29, 2011

Thomas Kinkade Disney Dreams Collection

Thomas Kinkade's expanding relationship with Disney has been nothing short of fabulous. When Thom was asked to paint the Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland for their 50th anniversary, a new era in Thomas Kinkade fine art was established. After the success of "Disneyland 50th Anniversary" the idea to paint Cinderella's Castle for the 35th Anniversary of Disneyworld emerged. "A New Day at Cinderella Castle" solidified Thom's place in Disney history and from there the relationship grew and Thom has been given full access to the archives at Disney.

With this new access Thom was inspired to paint many of the classic movies that we all grew up with. His panoramic interpretation of each movie incorporates every aspect of the films to bring out the true magic of Disney.

The Disney Dreams Collection includes classics such as "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," "Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love," "The Lion King," and "Sleeping Beauty." There are twelve images slated for the Disney Dreams Collection which will likely be completed in the next 2.5 years.

Snow White Discovers the Cottage
Snow White Discovers the Cottage

Snow White Discovers the Cottage

Disney Dreams Collection I

"Years ago, a fifty cent purchase changed my life. As a seven year old boy I purchased a matinee ticket and stared in wide-eyed wonder at the magical world of Walt Disney's classic film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." I was especially charmed with the whimsical woodland cottage that housed the seven dwarfs - it was as though my fascination with cottages suddenly was awakened! It wasn't until I traveled to England and the rest of Europe in my early twenties that I discovered that such dwellings actually exist in the real world. For me, the charms of the old world are akin to the fairy tale magic I first discovered in the early Disney features.

With this in mind, you can imagine my delight when Disney recently opened their archives to me as I prepared for my first-ever series of images inspired by classic Disney moments.

In my current work, Snow White's world is alive with color. The Prince's castle where Snow White will eventually discover happiness looms majestically in the distance, while a foaming waterfall and fanciful animals remind us that Snow White is at peace with all of nature. I studied the work of early American illustrators to recreate the fairy tale look of the tree trunks, forest stones and woodland pathways. Of course, I also included my iconic colorful flowers which festoon the scene with hopeful reminders of spring.

I hope that Snow White Discovers the Cottage will be a fairy tale come true for Disney and Kinkade collectors everywhere."

- Thomas Kinkade

FUN FACTS:

1. Snow White Discovers the Cottage is the first image in a new series entitled, Disney Dreams Collection.

2. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, based on the European fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, originally premiered in 1937 and is the first feature-length animated film with optical sound in movie history. It's also the first Walt Disney Animated Classic.

3. Thom has hidden a total of seven N's in Snow White Discovers the Cottage, as a tribute to his wife Nanette.And, to honor this new collection of Disney favorites, there are also seven Mickey silhouettes hidden in the image.Why seven? One for each Dwarf!

4. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs became a major box-office success. For a time, it was the highest-grossing film in American cinema history. Adjusted for inflation and subsequent releases, the film still registers one of the top ten American film moneymakers of all time. The film received a standing ovation at its premiere from a star-studded audience that included such celebrities as Charlie Chaplin and Shirley Temple, among many others.

5. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has been ranked by the American Film Institute as the greatest animated film of all time!

6. Thom worked on this masterpiece, Snow White Discovers the Cottage, for two and a half months, spending hundreds of hours to create a timeless fairytale image. This first image in the series honors two of Thom's greatest ideals - home and family - and the spiritual sense of the destiny that we all possess - returning home. Snow White has just found her true family and safety, and is at peace with nature. Thom has also included a tortoise in the image as a symbol of wisdom.

Pinocchio Wishes Upon a Star
Pinocchio Wishes Upon a Star

Pinocchio Wishes Upon a Star

Disney Dreams Collection II

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"My Disney Dreams Collection celebrates great moments from Walt Disney films. I call these paintings "narrative panoramas" because each painting tells the entire story of the film in one image.

For my painting Pinocchio Wishes Upon a Star we see Pinocchio upon a hillside overlooking the setting of his adventures. In the foreground we see Honest John, the symbol of temptation, and in the mid-distance we see Geppetto's workshop where Pinocchio was formed. We see Stromboli's puppet stage with the maestro himself holding court, and the seaport village in the distant where Pinocchio first learned of Pleasure Island. To the right we see Pleasure Island, aglow with the festivities of another day's merriment and Monstro the whale preparing to engulf Geppetto's sailing vessel. Butterflies and sparkles lend magical accents as the Blue Fairy and Jiminy Cricket look on.

My prayer is that my Disney Dreams will make dreams come true for all who see these enchanted paintings."

- Thomas Kinkade

FUN FACTS:

1. Pinocchio is the second release in Thomas Kinkade's Disney Dreams Collection.

2. Thom has placed a total of 25 N's in Pinocchio Wishes Upon a Star as tribute to his love for his wife Nanette, as well as in celebration for his 25 years as a published artist.

3. Thom has incorporated many hidden Mickeys in Pinocchio Wishes Upon a Star. Can you find them all?

4. Take a look at the far right side of Pinocchio Wishes Upon a Star and you will see Pleasure Island, as well as the whale, Monstro!

5. Thom has recreated a fanciful scene in this painting, based on original sketches that the movie backgrounds were based on.

6. The natural bridge featured in this work is not in the movie, but Thom placed it in the painting as a symbol of the passage of time.

7. Thom has incorporated important characters from the movie into Pinocchio Wishes Upon a Star. Is that Honest John and Gideon coming up the walkway? Can you spot the Blue Fairy, which per Thom, is a symbol of hope? Jiminy Cricket is also somewhere in the painting. Can you find him?

8. Thom has placed the letter "W" in Pinocchio Wishes Upon a Star as tribute to his daughter, Winsor.

9. Thom placed over 300 hours of work in Pinocchio Wishes Upon a Star. Make note of all the detail in this painting, including the cobblestone road. This is without a doubt one of Thom's most detailed works.

Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland
Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland

Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland

Disney Dreams Collection III

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“As the third piece in my Disney Dreams Collection, Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland promises to be my most exciting work yet! The Peter Pan story presents the wondrous fantasies of youth: secret island hideaways, visions of mermaids and pirates, and the irresistible urge to fly high above the world. I am powerfully aware of the tug of youthful dreams – one might even say that as an artist I strive to stay constantly connected with the wide-eyed wonder of childhood.

As with the first two paintings in my twelve piece Disney Dreams Collection (affectionately referred to as the “Disney dozen” by diehard collectors!), I try to tell the whole story in a single image – what I refer to as a “narrative panorama”. We see Neverland in the distance, just below the “second star to the right”, an enchanting land rising above the clouds. As the full moon bathes the scene with its silvery light, the clouds take shape, if only in our imagination, as characters from the adventure – Captain Hook, Smee, the Lost Boys and the ubiquitous ticking crocodile. Below us we see London, its lights twinkling with a radiant glow, as the eternal waters of the Thames flow off to distant horizons.

For me, the central character of the story will always remain Tinker Bell, the enchanted fairy princess who makes the entire journey of imagination possible. As the bells of Big Ben begin to toll in the evening air, won’t you grab a handful of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust, and join me on the adventure of a lifetime? As Peter Pan put it, ‘Come on everybody, here we go…’”

- Thomas Kinkade

FUN FACTS:

1. Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland is the third release in Thomas Kinkade’s Disney Dreams Collection.

2. Thom has placed a total of 25 N’s in Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland as tribute to his love for his wife Nanette, as well as in celebration for his 25 years as a published artist.

3. The clock tells the time of 8:02 — in the movie when Peter and the Darlings land on Big Ben, it is 8:04 — but Thom took artistic liberty and changed it in celebration of the year he and Nanette married: 1982.

4. Thom has incorporated many hidden Mickeys in Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland, including a Mickey balloon seller in the city. Can you find them all?

5. Take a look at the upper left of Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland and you will see Neverland, complete with an Indian encampment, Captain Hook’s pirate ship, the Mermaid lagoon and more!

6. Thom has created another Disney Dreams Collection narrative panorama — going beyond a single scene and telling the whole story through his inspiration from the original Disney sketches that the 1953 movie was based on.

7. The sailboat on the horizon is a tribute to Walt Disney himself. Walt loved being on boats – and Thom imagines that Walt is on this ship, sailing off on new adventures beyond Neverland!

8. The clouds represent the transition from the clearly detailed city of London below to the gossamer world of childhood dreams and fantasy — and Neverland— above. Where “time is never planned!”

9. Remember in the story that as the children return to London they look back to find the sailing ship “disappearing” in the clouds? What and who else are hiding in the clouds in Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland? Can you find Captain Hook, Smee, and the Lost Boys? Do you hear the Crocodile ticking?

10. There’s also a tribute to the two previous Disney Dreams Collection “stars”! Can you find Snow White and Pinocchio?

Cinderella Wishes Upon a Dream
Cinderella Wishes Upon a Dream

Cinderella Wishes Upon a Dream

Disney Dreams Collection IV

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"Cinderella Wishes Upon A Dream, fourth piece in my popular Disney Dreams Collection, has given me the chance to push the limits of my ability farther than I ever have. Hundreds of hours of detailing were required to capture a setting magical enough for a princess and her charming prince. On the towering mountain in the distance we see Cinderella’s castle, a vision inspired by the movie. Coming down from the castle road we see Cinderella’s horseman and coach, galloping towards the sleeping village below.

As Cinderella and her prince cross the stone bridge over the lover’s reflecting pool, we pause to enjoy the numerous details that make this scene so inviting. Cinderella’s many friends are here. The whimsical mice with their charming antics can be found dotted around the scene (see how many you can count!). Cinderella’s other tiny helpers; the colorful birds of the kingdom have built a nest in the tree house hidden in the foliage. Flowers glow in abundance, while overhead the stars twinkle radiantly. The entire scene seems aglow with the magical blessing of the Fairy Godmother, who rides atop a splendid rainbow at the top of the painting. The stone statue in the garden at the lower right suggests Cinderella’s years of drudgery, yet the sparkling gown she wears reminds us that dreams really do come true. Lucifer the cat is busy tormenting the playful mice, while the stepmother and stepsisters look upon the sweethearts with amazement and perhaps a hint of joy. The king and his duke, fashioned as weathered chimney pots in my painting, gaze with delight at the goings on. I’ve put tributes to my earlier Disney collection – Snow White, Pinocchio, and even Peter Pan and Tinker Bell can be found by a patient viewer. This is proof positive that for Cinderella’s deepest wishes to come true, she’ll need a little help from her friends!"

- Thomas Kinkade

FUN FACTS:

1. Cinderella Wishes Upon A Dream is the fourth piece in Thom’s Disney Dreams Collection.

2. Thom has placed a total of 25 N’s in this work as tribute to his wife Nanette, as well as in honor of his 25 years as a published artist.

3. The title, Cinderella Wishes Upon A Dream is based upon the Cinderella movie’s central song.

4. The path shown in this image carries us from the stepmother’s house down into the village, and finally to the castle.

5. You will find many exciting things in Cinderella Wishes Upon A Dream, such as Cinderella’s dog, three antique hot air balloons and dozens of figures – including Snow White, Pinocchio, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell! Can you find them all?

6. Take note of Cinderella’s coach, frozen in time. The clock shows a moment before midnight. Has it stopped?

7. Cinderella’s castle can be seen in the distance, and the Fairy Godmother can be seen riding atop the splendid rainbow.

8. The stone statue featured in the garden area on the lower right of Cinderella Wishes Upon A Dream suggests Cinderella’s years of drudgery. The sparkling gown she wears reminds us that dreams really do come true.

Bambi's First Year
Bambi's First Year

Bambi's First Year

Disney Dreams Collection V

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“When I set myself the goal of creating the twelve epic paintings for the Disney Dreams Collection, I knew it would be a vast undertaking. After all, each painting in the series presents not just a scene from a classic Disney feature, but a vision of the entire movie in one image – what I like to call a “narrative panorama”. In my Bambi painting, I wanted to present a broad look at the events of Bambi’s young life, along with the suggestion of his destiny as the newly crowned prince of the forest.

To suggest the moment of Bambi’s empowerment, I positioned him on a rocky precipice overlooking the terrain of his kingdom and the four seasons of his first year. Below him is an image of his own self at a younger age, representing the spring of his life. Surrounding the young Bambi we see the animals of the unspoiled forest – Thumper the rabbit, Flower the skunk, Mole, Otter, and at the left, Bambi’s first love Faline and her protective mother. These gentle animals are reminders that even a prince depends on the loving care of friends and family. If you look closely, Bambi’s self-sacrificing mother can be seen, as though emerging through the mists of memory, as a half hidden image upon the distant mountain. Truly, a mother’s love, like the spirit of the mighty mountains, will guide a son forever.

The lightning and rains at the left of the composition create a visual transition to the second season of Bambi’s life: summer. Further back, below the majestic mountain in the distance, we see a suggestion of Bambi’s winter world, a whimsical season in the movie featuring the playful antics of Bambi and friends in a frozen wonderland.

Bambi’s autumn is the season of his maturity. At the right of my composition we see the fall colors ablaze above the young adult Bambi, as the wisest and mightiest creature of the forest, the old stag, looks on approvingly through a rising mist in the afternoon light.

The central theme of Bambi is the cycle of the seasons and the ongoing flow of life. Waterfalls and rivulets abound in the Bambi movie, suggesting the unstoppable life force, and in my painting we see these cascades just beyond a misty rainbow. Truly, water flows through the world like life itself – a timeless reminder that despite the passing seasons, nature thrives and a new generation is born.

I believe Bambi’s First Year is the most breathtaking subject in my Disney Dreams Collection to date. I attempted to capture the sublime beauty of the forest, combined with the wonderful charm of the forest animals and their playful everyday activities. I hope as you look at Bambi cresting the ridge of his domain, you too will feel empowered to live your best life and to count on a season of new beginnings, even when the challenges of life confront you. Truly for Bambi, and for us, life goes on.”

- Thomas Kinkade

FUN FACTS:

1. Bambi’s First Year is the fifth release in the Disney Dreams Collection. The other four releases in this collection – Snow White Discovers the Cottage, Pinocchio Wishes Upon A Star, Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland, and Cinderella Wishes Upon A Dream – have proved to be a tremendous success!

2. Thom has included five hidden N’s in Bambi’s First Year, representing the 5th piece in the Disney Dreams Collection. It is the second release in 2010, as well as the second release in the Epic Eight masterpieces scheduled to release in 2010.

3. The central theme of Bambi, the cycle of life, is represented in Bambi’s First Year, by the flow of water. We see rain which causes snow on the mountains and rivers on the hillside which eventually join with other rivers and cascade over thunderous waterfalls. The element of waterfalls is an effective symbol of the on-going life force of nature.

4. The rainbow at the lower center of the composition suggests that Bambi, as he is perched on the ridge, is perhaps viewing vision of his early life as seen through the reflective light of memory. The detail and flowers in Bambi’s First Year suggest the innocence and resplendent beauty of spring.

5. Thom has pictured Bambi three times in the image, representing Bambi’s participation in various seasons. The spring world of Bambi as a young deer is seen on the lower left, the summer world of storms and lightening which transitions to the winter world of the high mountains, and Bambi as the playful participant in the joys of snowfall. To the right is “autumn world”, the moment of Bambi’s eventual empowerment. Make note of the great stag in the distant, silhouetted against the rising mist of an autumn forest. Bambi looks over the scenes of his first year and like the butterfly above him, has emerged from the chrysalis of youth into the empowerment of a young adult.

6. The mountain in the distance of Bambi’s First Year features the suggestion of the face of Bambi’s mother. Thom intends this element to suggest that the mother is in essence the guiding spirit to Bambi’s life – or in the visual terms of the painting, the “spirit of wilderness”, and as such resides on the towering mountain that is always in view.

7. As is the case with all of Thom’s Disney Dreams Collection, his intention with Bambi’s First Year is to create a panoramic image that suggests the element of the Bambi story and to expand the world in which the characters live to new epic proportions. The mood and drama of this painting is the best one in the collection so far.

Beauty and the Beast Falling In Love
Beauty and the Beast Falling In Love

Beauty and the Beast Falling In Love

Disney Dreams Collection VI

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"Of all the Disney love stories, Beauty and the Beast is perhaps the most poignant. Beast’s true identity is a charming prince who is discovering love in the form of the beautiful Belle. In my painting, I memorialize that magic moment when they first begin to discover their love for each other. Many of the characters from the movie are present, including Belle’s father, Maurice - an eccentric inventor who soars overhead in his homemade flying machine. In the distance, we see the village that is a central setting for many of the film’s most important moments. At lower left, we see the evil Gaston leading his parade of angry townspeople in search of the Beast. As in the movie, the wonderful characters of Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and of course, Lumiere, feature prominently in the foreground.

As with every piece in my Disney Dreams Collection, I attempted to portray a panorama of the entire movie, rather than an individual scene. My desire is that the viewer’s eye would wander around the painting making discoveries in every corner of the image. A tradition in my Disney Dreams Collection is hiding characters from earlier paintings in the current piece and Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love is no exception. See if you can find Snow White, Tinker Bell, the mice from Cinderella, Pinocchio, and if you look carefully you’ll even see Bambi cautiously creeping around the corner of some foliage in the distance below the Castle. Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love represents, in my mind, my highest accomplishment so far in the Disney Dreams Collection. It is filled with detail…all encompassing over 600 hours of studio time.

The crowning achievement and the central discovery in the image is the sweeping sense of romance that is at the core of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. Here truly is unconditional love in its purest form. I hope you sense that love every time you look upon Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love."

-Thomas Kinkade

FUN FACTS:

1. Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love, is the sixth image in the Disney Dreams Collection.

2. As with the other images in the Disney Dreams Collection, Thom created a narrative panorama with Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love to encompass the entire movie in one dramatic scene.

3. Characters from many of the past Disney Dreams Collection images are hidden in this latest creation. Can you find the hidden characters?

4. Thom has also hidden 7 hearts in the image and encourages you to find them!

5. Thom used his creativity to dream up a flying machine that he imagined as being an invention of Belle’s father Maurice.

6. Thom spent over 600 hours in the studio to create the work of art we know as Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love.

7. Beauty and the Beast is considered one of Disney's greatest animated films and is the thirtieth film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.

8. Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

9. The Beauty and the Beast animated film was created with a blend of both traditional and computer animation.

The Lion King
The Lion King

The Lion King

Disney Dreams Collection VII

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"You're Mufasa's boy!" That exclamation is the seminal moment on which this magnificent story of destiny, balance, and majesty turns and is one of my favorite lines in this most moving of tales. Encapsulated in this statement is the affirmation of Simba's rightful position as heir and king. Yet despite his pedigree, Simba, besieged by imagined peccadillos and guilt ridden, leaves the comfort and security of his home to make his own way in life. After all, was it not he whose cavalier behavior caused the death of his beloved father… running made sense and so he fled. Yet Rafiki would argue that you can't outrun destiny…a force whose role is ever present in this amazing journey evidenced by Simba's fortuitous encounter with two unlikely characters that would preserve Simba's life, teaching him to survive in the jungle, and whose friendship and support would eventually pave the way to his long awaited coronation. Moved by his profound love for Nala, and Pumbaa's and Timon's unwavering support, Simba summons the courage to embrace his destiny and take his rightful place at Pride Rock; thus completing the circle of life, restoring balance to the majestic African plains, and establishing himself in the long line of kings whose long departed watchful eyes look down approvingly on his ascension.

As I painted my homage to this amazing story, I could not help but be moved by the intricate interplay between all of the magnificent creatures under Simba's domain. I imagined a lush, colorful, and bountiful African plain rightfully reestablished to its splendor after Simba vanquished Scar and his comedic, yet treacherous, hyenas each now forlorn in their punishment. The multitudes of animals have been summoned to pay tribute to Simba's new baby and their future regent as they wait under a spectacular sky illuminated in great anticipation. The world is as it should be…in harmony and perfectly balanced. Simba's heir is exalted by Rafiki and proudly symbolizes what waits when destiny is embraced, challenges faced, and one summons the courage to stand in the spotlight of providence. I trust that this image will both remind you of this fantastic story and its amazing characters and, most importantly, move you to face the future irrespective of history's impasses knowing that the watchful and approving eye of the King is content as you embrace your place in the circle of life."

- Thomas Kinkade

Finding previous Disney Dreams Collection characters in subsequent Disney images has become a fun part of the Disney Dreams Collection.

Can you find (you may have to see the image in person to see these added details)...

1. Jiminy Cricket

2. Peter Pan

3. Snow White

4. Cinderella's mice friends

5. The Beast from Beauty and the Beast

Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Disney Dreams Collection VIII

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"Sleeping Beauty is my eighth creation in the Disney Dreams Collection, and is the most lavishly detailed of the series that I have painted to date. My painting is filled with the enchantment of the original story. From the woodcutter's cottage where Briar Rose was hidden by the three good fairies to the magnificent castle where Princess Aurora would awaken to "love's first kiss"...and then in the distance we see the climatic fight between the good Prince Phillip and the evil Maleficent in dragon form; I've interpreted the entire story in a narrative panorama for all to enjoy. Of course central to the painting, and as testament to the strength of true love, we see the prince and his awakened beauty in each other's arms as friends great and small gather in celebration of their undying devotion. Whether you are a fan of Sleeping Beauty or simply an unabashed romantic who believes "love conquers all"...enjoy this painting as my gift to you."

-Thomas Kinkade

Thom has not deviated from the fantastic panoramic narratives that he has told so well in the previous 7 Disney Dreams Collection releases. In Sleeping Beauty you will find some of the most beloved and villainous characters from the movie including Aurora and Prince Philip, King Stefan, Maleficent and of course the 3 good fairies Flora, Merryweather, and Fauna.

Look closely to see some of Disney's greatest characters from previous Disney Dreams Collection images...

1. The Beast (sans Belle)

2. Zazu

3. Snow White

4. Gus (Cinderella mouse)

5. Tinker Bell

6. Bambi

7. Gepetto's Workshop

8. 8 Hidden Mickey's Ears

Disney Dreams Link List

You can see each Disney Dreams release at the Original Thomas Kinkade Gallery in Placerville, CA via the links below.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Wonderful lens! I love Thomas Kinkade's work ~ thanks for sharing all the interesting facts! SquidAngel Blessed! B : )

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      siskiyoucowgirl 3 years ago

      Beautiful paintings! They look so pretty. Thanks for sharing them! :)

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