Cool Stuff: Tom Whalen's 'The Jungle Book' Print

Cyclops Prints has teamed with Disney to release a screenprint for the Walt Disney Animation classic The Jungle Book. Created by artist Tom Whalen,

who we've featured many times in the past

, the print focuses on the classic characters. Hit the jump to see the full Tom Whalen The Jungle Book print and read a quick interview with the artist.

Tom Whalen The Jungle Book Print

The 9 color serigraph features a varnish finish with authenticity seal, printed on 36x24 conventry rag vellum 320 gsm in a numbered edition of 285. The print will go on sale on April 15th 2016 at 12 PM PST at

cyclopsprintworks.com

. There will also be some other releases on that day, and you can follow @cyclopsprints on twitter to find out about them and see printing process photos.

Peter Sciretta: What is your personal connection to The Jungle Book?

Tom Whalen: Unlike a slew of other Disney films, I didn't have a strong connection to The Jungle Book when I was young. In fact, I believe my viewings leading up to this project may have been the first times that I saw the entire film. That said, it was liberating to go in with a blank slate instead of being nostalgically influenced by the (many) iconic scenes in the film.

Peter: Your composition has a strong focus on the characters, what can you tell me about this design?

Tom: Watching the supplemental features on the DVD, I learned that Walt Disney placed a strong focus on character design and animation over story for this film. It was a showcase for the amazing design, colors and movement that the characters exhibit. I wanted my poster to reflect that focus.

Peter: I also love that you used the tagline "a swingin safari of laughs" from the comic book, which I remember having as a kid. Why did you choose this over the more obvious theatrical tagline?

Tom: There are a few iconic taglines associated with The Jungle Book, but I think this one best fits the vibe of the artwork.

Peter: Have you seen the new movie yet?

Tom: Unfortunately, no! I'm hearing great things and I'm hoping to check it out this weekend.

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Peter: I also recently saw you previewed a cool Star Trek anniversary print, what can you tell us about when and where people can get that?

Tom: Thanks. I'm honored to be part of CBS' 50th anniversary celebration and travelling art show. It was a blast to work on an official print of the Enterprise, one of the most amazing ship designs ever. I will have screenprints of my piece available in early summer. You can drop me a line here to get on the waiting list:

http://www.strongstuff.net/contact/

Peter: And of course, what are you currently working on that you're allowed to tell us about?

Tom: Oh, man! SO much fun stuff in the pipeline. I can't really give details on anything, but I am currently cranking on an exciting gallery show with a few amazingly talented folks. The announcement should be forthcoming in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!