This time last year, Tyson was working on a holiday project for Warner Brothers. He was commissioned to create some promotional art for the movie “Christmas Vacation”. Not only was it a huge honor to get to work on such a fun campaign, but it was personally very exciting since this movie is one of our family favorites!
And now that Christmas is once again upon us, we are starting to see the art come out on seasonal merchandise. It started when we spotted the T-shirt in the most recent Target ad.
When Tyson does artwork for this type of promotional project, he never knows exactly how it is going to be used. He was thrilled to see how they designed the shirt with the illustrated car on it; the color and print look amazing.
We also heard that there are ornaments on the market too. We found this mini set also at Target.
However, my favorite find is this ornament that looks like a family crest. The execution of it is brilliant. They used the artwork of the family car and placed it on a faux wood block with carved squirrels. There’s something about it that is very Griswold-esque!
I was just telling a friend that it would be so great to own the glass moose mugs that they drink eggnog from in the movie. And then, this week I found them at Urban Outfitters. However, I never dreamed that they would be packaged in Tyson’s artwork.
In addition to the full landscape and light border, Tyson recreated the Griswold home…
… the advent doorway and infamous squirrel and smoking santa…
… Santa and his sleigh…
… the station wagon with the Griswold Family Tree…
… and of course, Eddie’s RV. Now don’t go falling in love with it!
Warner Brothers also used the illustration of the Griswold car to create line art for a holiday mug.
There still are a few other illustrations that Tyson did that we have yet to find. However, we would love to hear if you come across one of these items or something else when you are doing your holiday shopping. You just never know what might turn up.
Please note that we were in no way compensated for this blog post. Also, we do not receive any of the proceeds from the purchase of this merchandise. Actually buying any of the products mentioned should be to “get yourself something REAL nice” and not to support our studio. Thanks!