There’s a lot going on in the world right now, and it has all of us on edge. The news just keeps coming and making us more and more anxious, and it doesn’t seem like the bad stuff will ever end. That’s why it’s more important than ever to find the little things that bring us joy, and to pour our excitement into what they can’t take away. And if there’s one thing all of us are currently counting down the days for, it’s the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
The game, set for release on Nintendo Switch on March 20, has all of us chomping at the bit. We can’t wait to escape to a virtual deserted island and build our own community. That sounds especially soothing at a time when so many of us wish we could run off to somewhere remote, free from the worries of the world. The game truly could not come soon enough. And with Animal Crossing on the mind, so many people online are using their excitement to create some brilliant artwork in anticipation. We’re especially in love with this Polly Pocket-inspired Animal Crossing art from Brittnie Marcil.
If you aren’t a child of the ’90s then you might not be familiar with Polly Pocket. The Mattel toy line featured a miniature character named Polly who came with pocket-sized sets including homes, castles, schools, churches, theme parks, and more.
It was essentially inviting you into a mini world where your imagination could blossom—and this Animal Crossing art makes great use of the theme.
The art features characters like Isabelle and Tom Nook lounging around or going about their day. There’s an aquarium with sharks, a sewing shop, apple trees, a campfire, a place to fish, and more. We’ve never wanted to escape into a fictional place—or toy—so much. It’s the perfect, quaint little spot. Full of color and joy, free from the worries of the world. And it has us even more excited for Animal Crossing: New Horizons than before.
If you’re a fan of Marcil’s art, you’re in luck! “Animal Crossing Polly Pocket” is available for purchase on her Inprnt shop here. An 8×8 print runs for $15, and a 12×12 for $20. There’s more Polly Pocket-inspired artwork on her site, and more Animal Crossing prints, as well. She also does art for fandoms like Harry Potter, Sailor Moon, and Star Wars (including a Baby Yoda print!), and all of it is bright, colorful, and absolutely delightful.
In stressful, sad times, it’s art and games and fandom that will bring us collective joy and get us through rough spots. Art through the lens of childhood nostalgia is also a great escape. We’re grateful for artists like Brittnie Marcil and everyone else promoting their hard, inspirational work right now, and letting us in on their talent. It’ll carry us through the next several months… or at least until March 20, when Animal Crossing: New Horizons is finally available.
Featured Image: Brittnie Marcil