Thursday, November 4, 2010

Candyland Fun

I really like the game Candyland. Here are some redesigns I'm doing for a project:

Mr. Mint
Queen Frostine
Lord Licorice
I tried to make him less girly, I swear. He may have to go through another round.

You might be able to tell these were based on the 1985 version, which is what I grew up with. The game's changed since then!

1985 Lord Licorice:Lord Licorice now:

1985 Queen Frostine:
Queen Frostine now:
Except she's not Queen Frostine anymore, she's Princess Frostine. I can imagine younger girls love her pink dress. I'm kinda fond of the old version though.

Anyway, redesigns are ok. Hasbro has been changing Candyland every few years. Here's the original 1947 game board:
Cool, huh? I love the tagline, "A Sweet Little Game for Sweet Little Folks."

And now, they're making a movie of Candyland! REALLY! I think it sounds awesome. Perusing the internets I found these fan-made movie posters:
^^I really like that one. Tim Burton seems a natural fit for this, doesn't he. Still, it's Kevin Lima (Tarzan and Enchanted) that Universal is having direct it. I'm intrigued to see how it turns out.

Oh! I wanted to mention--Nate Stout, curator of Shoebox of Dreams, has interviewed me on his blog! Thanks Nate! I feel like a rockstar. #^_^#


Megan K. Bickel said...

Cool! I'm a big fan of CandyLand too. Why did Queen Frostine get a demotion to Princess?

Andrea said...

I love your redesigns.
I concur. The 1985 designs are the best. The blue dress on Frostine is so much more majestic. Hm.

Morgan said...

Mr. Mint horrifies me to no end. What does he want? Why does he dress this way?? What is he searching for with those piercing, inky eyes?

lilli said...

the old ones are better... you should do one of princess lolly, she's my favorite.

lilli said...

the old ones are better... you should do one of princess lolly, she's my favorite.

Scott said...

Well I'm glad Nate interviewed you, because I had so much fun looking at your blog. I also thought it was fun to see your link to Nasan Hardcastle's work...because I met a conversed back and forth with him awhile back...great talent.

Mary Poppins is one of my favorites as well. Wish I had time to do your speed painting idea...sounds like so much fun, but I'm focusing heavily on animation at the moment. The things Nate is doing on the blog are pretty cool. If you ever want to stop by and give us pointers. That would be great.

Cool characters, by the way! Love looking at your experimentations!

Heather Dixon said...

Thanks everyone so much! And yes, Princess Lolly is next on my list. MWAHAHAHAA.

@Megan - I think she was demoted to princess b/c "princess" is more appealing to little girls than "queen." Princess does not rhyme with "Frostine", though...which is a cryin shame.

Heather said...

Oh, I used to love Candyland until the boy made me play it with him like ten times a day for a few months earlier this year. Still getting over the Candyland burnout. But I'm with you about the old Frostine.

Jen Daiker said...

I love this!!!! These are amazing! Such talent! I of course have to follow now!!!

Megan K. Bickel said...

I left an award for you on my blog today!

And really, shouldn't we tell little girls to aim higher? Go for Queen, girls! Don't stop at princess! : )

Brodi Ashton said...

Your designs would make me want to play the game again. They are so good!

nikkimantyla said...

Frostine's not the only demotion, though! Lolly's no longer a princess at all. Plus, does Princess Frostine look really old to anyone else? In the eighties one the white hair looks awesome, like the albino girl in The Last Unicorn (tell me you've seen that movie!), but in the new version Frostine's hair looks gray. A gray-haired princess is sort of odd; just sayin'.

Love your redesigns! More, please!

Christina C. said...

I fondly remember this game! I used to play it all the time when I was a kid. I can't believe they changed it so much. I like the original designs so much better than the new ones they came up with for Frostine and Lord Licorice.

And a movie? Cool!

Robert said...

Happy to see that the 1947 version was forward thinking in its candy choices. Also glad to see there wasn't stuff like the Hard Tack Savannah or Mince Meat Pie Plateau, although I guess "Crooked Old Peanut Brittle House" gets pretty close to the "nostalgic" feel of some of the world's first junk foods.