Familius | 26 Mind-Blowing Bento Boxes

You’ve seen literature-inspired cakes and Jelly Belly mosaics, but have you heard of the latest trend in the world of food art? They’re called “bento boxes”, and they’re pretty awesome.

A traditional Japanese bento holds rice, meat, and pickled or cooked vegetables. Sounds like an ordinary lunchbox to me. Okay, the way most people put them together, sure. But there isn’t anything "ordinary” about the elaborate kyaraben style (“character bento”) boxes some parents put together. So as school kicks off and lunchtime with it, take a look!

1. Gotta Eat ‘Em All

Pokemon bento box

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We’ll start off our list with a long-standing childhood favorite.

2. Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin and Hobbes bento box

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Never has lunchtime been so humorously sentimental.


3. Fire Mario

Fire Mario bento box

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If my
little brother had this to look forward to every day, there’d be a lot more "lets-a-go!"-ing in the morning.

4. Spa

Spa bento box

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Not to spoil your appetite, but does this remind anyone of Yzma from “The Emperor’s New Groove”?


5. Storm Trooper

Storm Trooper bento box
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The dark side of the bento box.


6. Where the Yummy Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are bento box

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Now that's wild!


7. Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo bento box

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A little frightening, sure, but it probably tastes great.


8. My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro bento box

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To see a Totoro is a rare thing. But to see a Totoro bento box this incredibly done? Even

9. Wall-E

Wall-E bento box

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Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the fact that Eve is a boiled egg?

10. Nintendo DS

Nintendo DS bento box

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For the kid who can’t keep his hands away from his DS during school.



PAC-MAN bento box

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Everyone’s favorite cherry-chomper makes his first appearance as a slice of cheese!


12. GhostBusters

GhostBusters bento box

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Who you gonna eat?


13. Angry Birds

Angry Birds bento box

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Check out the red bird! Apparently there’s a lot you can do with a miniature wheel of Babybel cheese.


14. Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh bento box

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And piglet too!


15. The Simpsons

The Simpsons bento box

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Who needs donuts when you’ve got a bento box?


16. Spongebob Squarepants

Spongebob Squarepants bento box

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If you can figure out what his pants are made of, let me know.


17. The Muppets

The Muppets

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I can’t possibly decide if Kermit’s design is more clever or Animal’s! Look at the detail!


18. Wallace and Gromit

Wallace and Gromit bento box

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“Cheese, Gromit! We’ll go somewhere where there’s cheese!”


19. Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs bento box

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I’m about to gobble these piggies up big-bad-wolf style.


20. Toy Story Aliens

Toy Story Aliens bento box

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You've lifted your fork to take the first bite, when all of a sudden... “The claaaaaaaaw.”

21. The Nightmare Before Lunchtime

Nightmare Before Christmas bento box

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Seaweed is such a useful tool when it comes to bento box design!


22. Bambi

Bambi bento box

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The ingredients are a little more American here, but they get plenty of points for sheer craftsmanship.

23. Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket

Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket bento box

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If this incredible artist can carve up an apple to look that realistic, just imagine what she could do with a Jack-o’-lantern!


24. Sackboy

Sackboy bento box

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This has got to be one of the cutest lunches ever assembled.


25. Sony Gaming Controller

Sony controller bento box

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Gaming never looked so good.


26. And finally…

GeekNation bento box

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… thank you,
GeekNation.com. For this.

Don't forget, lunch-makers all, that these take a significant amount of preparation and practice to assemble, so don't pressure yourselves. Should you feel inspired, however, don't be afraid to give bento a shot! Your child, we're sure, won't object to a delicious surprise come lunchtime.

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