An artist reimagined Disney princesses to reflect on these dark times
2017 has been a rough one. Yet despite all the doom and gloom in the air, you wouldn’t think it would be so rough that fairy tales have been impacted. But you’d be wrong.
At least according to the genius who created “Alt Disney” illustrations.
Tom Ward is a U.K.-based artist who decided to depict iconic Disney characters as they might be in 2017, dealing with smart phones, gay rights, pollution, body image and more.
First up is Cinderella, whose perfect man apparently turned into a vegetable when there’s a smartphone around. Reminds me of my marriage!
Cinderella’s guy isn’t the only one addicted to technology. Wherefore are thou, King Arthur? Oh, busy texting. My bad.
Then there’s Pinocchio, who, judging by his nose in this selfie, is clearly lying about his filter usage.
There’s a series of images that indict the modern-day treatment of animals. It’s not fun to see beloved characters in captivity, is it?
After years of questionable treatment – of himself, his mother, and plenty of other animals – by Big Circus, Dumbo has a tough decision to make…
The studio’s famous heroines aren’t faring too well either.
Jasmine is unhappily domesticated:
Ariel’s beloved ocean is besieged with pollution:
And poor Alice is too frustrated by healthy eating to bother going down the rabbit hole!
Ward paints a pretty bleak picture, making it clear that he feels the same way about this rough year as we do. But he’s channeled his feelings into these brilliant subversions of characters we know and love, tweaking them just enough to provide commentary on the state of the world.
And it’s not great.
Thankfully, at least one change is positive, as Gaston and his “friend” Le Fou found a cause they believe in.