I have to admit that when Vinylmations first appeared in 2008, I wasn’t sure what to make of them. The faceless Mickey Mouse with crazy patterns representing everything Disney were a little… odd. But they grew on me, and as I began to see the face of Mickey in everything Disney I started my own little collection. Picking up Vinylmations that had special meaning to me — commemorating events or just a special Mickey message.
For those who don’t know, Vinylmation is a brand of 1.5″, 3″, and 9″ vinyl collectibles sold at Disney theme parks, select Disney Stores, and the online Disney Store. The name Vinylmation is a combination of the word Animation and Vinyl. They are highly collectible and also widely traded — much in the same way pin trading is done at Disney Parks and online.
While Vinylmations have traditionally been decorated to represent various Disney characters and themes, a new trend has erupted with Create Your Own — a series of blank Vinylmations.
And now Vinylmations have entered the big time, with their very own short film – Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story.
Because not a word is spoken during the 38-minute film, I wasn’t sure how my girls (2 and 5) would react. But the story and animation are so profound (as is my girls’ love for all things Mickey), they didn’t even seem to notice. They sat, glue to the TV, throughout the entire film. My littlest even called out, “Oh no, Mickey,” “Where is Minnie going?” and other such questions during the movie — completely following the story.
And what a story. Presented in beautiful stop-motion animation, the short tells a story of acceptance. In a world where all Vinylmations are decorated and colorful, “blanks” who have been mistakenly not colored are rounded up to be “fixed.” But two open-hearted Vinylmations see things differently, and set out to escape their fate of being “designed.” They want to be their own design.
The movie follows Blank’s journey to rescue Bows and the other blank Vinylmations. Ultimately they are not only successful in changing their own fate, but also in changing the way the world looks at blank Vinylmations. And a new Vinylmation is created, the Create Your Own.
Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story is available exclusively through Google Play. Watch a trailer below, and download Blank: A Vinlmation Love Story to your computer via Google Play.
Before the film’s release, cards featuring numbered frames from the movie were available for dedication, and my sweet husband had this one sent to me.
While the physical card is no longer available, you can share a frame from the film with friends via a free e-card from Disney. There are 12 frames to choose from (including the one I have and the images in this post). You can send your Vinylmation digital greeting card here.
After watching the film, and falling in love with the film, fans I decided to let my girls use their imaginations to “Create Their Own” Vinylmation. To print your own Vinylmation coloring page, right click on the image below and save it to your computer.
Tip – when you print the Blank Vinylmation Coloring page, select 2-6 copies to be printed on one page. I did two per page for this project, but six per page gives you a good size too if you want to color a lot of Vinylmations.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.