“Disney Unhappily Ever After” Series: Unhappy Disney Characters in the Real World.
New York- based animation storyboard artist Jeff Hong got his start working on classics like “Hercules,” “Mulan,” “Tarzan” and “The Emperor’s New Groove.” Since his time at Disney, however, he has re-imagined the fate of characters had they actually lived in, you know, the real world.
Hong’s series “Disney Unhappily Ever After” pictures some of your favorite heroes affected by social, political, environmental and economic consequences, showing us what happens when fantasy meets reality.
“The idea just popped in my head to put Disney princesses into environments that they wouldn’t be associated with,” Hong told The Huffington Post in an email. “Once I started putting them together, I realized a lot of social issues that are always important to me could be woven in as well. I think that’s what has made it really successful and a bit controversial as well, so I’m glad it has started debates and discussions on the issues of racism, animal abuse, drugs, etc.”
Examples include red-haired ariel, the little Mermaid, emerging from the sea covered in a polluted sludge, not quite unlike the unfortunate images of underwater creatures cloaked in slime from oil spills; the ‘drink me’ potion notorious from the adventures of Alice in Wonderland has led her down a tragic path of drug abuse and narcotic dependency; the lovable bambi is mounted in an ostentatious living room as a hunting trophy. The irony inherent in the illustrations makes a sad case for modern culture, and dissolves the delusion of wonder and awe reinforced throughout Disney features.
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“Disney Unhappily Ever After” Series: Unhappy Disney Characters in the Real World:
Beauty is everything for this belle of the ball. (Photo by Jeff Hong)
Mulan takes precautions to avoid pollution in China. (Photo by Jeff Hong)
Alice is desperate for another fix to take her back to Wonderland. (Photo by Jeff Hong)
Poor Pooh gets a taste of deforestation. (Photo by Jeff Hong)
Race is an issue for Tiana from Princess and the Frog. (Photo by Jeff Hong)
Dumbo faces up to life at the circus. (Photo by Jeff Hong)
Remy from Ratatouille comes in handy for testing products. (Photo by Jeff Hong)
These dalmatians just want a new home. (Photo by Jeff Hong)
Bambi is stuffed and turned into a wall trophy. (Photo by Jeff Hong)
Chicken Little reconsiders his choice of restaurant. (Photo by Jeff Hong)
The Little Mermaid finds herself washed-up in oil. (Photo by Jeff Hong)