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Boyfriend Surprises Girlfriend with Sweet "Disney-fied" Valentine's Day Gift

For Valentine's Day, Brian Flynn wanted to surprise his girlfriend Manini with an extra-special gift. The couple loves Disney movies, and so Flynn contacted an illustrator named Dylan Bonner to “Disney-fi” them into the famous animated films. “I want our relationship to be as epic and timeless as the animations we grew up on,” Flynn shares in an Imgur post.

Flynn sent Bonner a ton of pictures of him and Manini so that the illustrator could get the resemblance just right. In all these illustrations, the couple replaces the male and female characters. Bonner's handiwork has them in some iconic scenes, like Aladdin showing Jasmine the world on a magic carpet ride, and the water splashing against Ariel in The Little Mermaid.

The illustrator did a fantastic job of capturing their likenesses and staying true to the classic Disney style. Flynn was blown away by the quality and can't wait to give this sweet gift Manini. He writes, “It's been a secret for 3 months, and I can't wait to show her!”

Above: Tangled


Beauty and the Beast

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid #2


The Happy Couple

Brian Flynn Imgur post
Dylan Bonner Tumblr and Deviant Art page
via [Distractify]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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