You Can Own This Ridiculously Cool AT-AT Barbecue

AT-AT Grill
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Pardon us for saying so by your grill is lame. Oh, you’ve got the Blazemaster 8000 Titanium Ultra Plus? That’s cool, is it an AT-AT? Because from now until forever if your grill isn’t an AT-AT then your grill is lame. That’s the stake Alex Dodson has thrown in the ground when he welded (with fire and his hands) a near pitch-perfect replication of an AT-AT only it’s a goddam grill.

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Yes. That’s fire surrounding it. Badass. (Burned by Design)

Alex runs Burned by Design, a euphoria for folks who like grills to be shaped like things that aren’t grills. According to his site, the approximate size of this particular grill is L47 x W20 x H39 and is “handcrafted in mild steel using 4mm precision cut laser profiles to capture that movie detailing.” It’ll run you a cool $1,712.22 which really isn’t that bad considering it’s a grill that looks like an AT-AT! From Star Wars! It gives you full permission (it doesn’t really) to yell “Burgers will be ready at-at 2:00!” Or “Who wants some Hoth Dogs???” Those 2 lines are worth the price alone. Check out this in-depth video Sr Dodson posted to Facebook in which he gives us every possible angle we could ever hope for. He’s also included a cut in there to show off his sick editing skillz:

This isn’t Alex’s first foray into the Star Wars universe. Check out this ridiculously cool fleet of wood burners:

Darth Vader Wood Burner
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death star wood burner
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Falcon wood burner
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stormtrooper wood burner
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Alex Dodson, you have our respect. Of all the innovations to modern grilling, this has to be our favorite.

Fan Artist Creates Baby Jar Jar Binks and All Is Forgiven

Baby Jar Jar Fan Art
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Fandom is what makes a movie into something different. It’s more than a few hours of escape in a theater. It’s what turns a regular day in early May into a somewhat annoying day for amateurs to proclaim their love when you’ve been living the life for years. And one true marker of fandom is fan art.

Leonardo Viti has taken fan art into another dimension. He specializes in 3D character development and most recently made the loathsome gangster Jabba The Hutt pretty adorable as an infant. His latest masterpiece shows an even more reviled Star Wars character in a new light. You don’t have to be much of a Star Wars fan to know everyone hated Jar Jar Binks, the low-point of the much-maligned Phantom Menace. The middle trilogy had its many flaws, but even its devil’s advocates wouldn’t defend Jar Jar Binks.

But c’mon, he would be cute as a baby, right?


Taking an existing character and reimagining it as a baby is always a surefire success. “The Mandalorian” developed the template with The Child, the proper name for Baby Yoda.

And, by George, he’s done it again. It’s hard to look at Baby Jar Jar with the same venom many hold for his character. It’s simple to imagine the little guy without the weird walk, ludicrous accent, and questionable politics. We might even be able to accept Baby Jar Jar if he was voiced by Morgan Freeman.

It would’ve been hard to imagine any version of Jar Jar Binks that wouldn’t immediately elicit a sigh, but dangit, you can’t stay mad at a baby Jar Jar. It’s not his fault he’s going to grow up to leave a mark on one of the greatest space operas of all time. It’s not his fault George Lucas molded his destiny to become Space Goofy.

If anything could salvage Jar Jar, it’s the baby treatment that turned The Child into Disney’s biggest breakout merchandising hit of the year. At the very least, you have to admit he does look adorable.

Woman Pranks Parents by Slowly Replacing Photos With Crayon-Drawings

Family Photos Become Crayon Drawings
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After countless weeks of quarantine, chances are you’ve grown weary of your living quarters, and are actively seeking ways to break free from its monotony. Sure, you could paint an accent wall, shuffle some furniture, put a succulent on the window sill. You could even stick your dad’s belongings to the ceiling to see how long it will take him to notice. The living room is your oyster.

Or, in the case of graphic designer Kristen Vogler, you could sneakily replace all the family photos with terrible crayon drawings.

“Sneaking these masterpieces up was not easy,” Kristen wrote in a Facebook post. “I had to hide in the bathroom clutching the frames multiple times.”

Sure enough, over the course of 12 days, she swapped them out one by one. Her commitment to the bit is impressive, to say the least.

“The beginning, just a normal photo wall of memories.”

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“Day 1. The first crayon drawing is placed, bets were made on how many photos and how long it would take them to notice.”

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“Day 2. After FaceTiming with my grandparents (the subjects of my first crayon replica) for an hour near this wall, I decided to add another piece while my parents took a walk.”

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“Day 3. Up to three crayon artworks now and still not even a glance. That door on the left? It’s used multiple times a day.”

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“Day 4. Thought I would get caught today. I had been posting on Twitter about my progress and my mom chose today to try to start a twitter account to talk to John Krasinski about Some Good News but luckily her account was locked.”

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“Day 5. At this point it was getting harder to pick photos I thought weren’t noticeable plus I felt like I smelled like crayons constantly.”

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“Day 6. After getting a ton of rain for days I was needing to get sneakier to be able to add these to the wall. I think today I convinced my mom to go for a run before it rained haha.”

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“Day 7. Today was a twofer with these classic Christmas photos. At this point I was starting to think I should have guessed based on weeks and not days for how long it would take them to notice.”

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“Day 8. I legit did not think I would get this far, but here we are.”

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“Day 9. Only three left to go before my work is complete. I should probably take a moment to apologize to my art teachers. You tried really hard to teach me to draw people, and this is what I’ve done.”

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“Day 10. Happy Easter. My mom was nice enough to hide Easter eggs for me, in return I did this to the photo of her first born.”

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“Day 11. I almost got caught hanging this one up. Had to hide in the bathroom but they still didn’t notice.”

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Kristen’s mom and dad caught on to her shenanigans by day 11, unfortunately. But thankfully she caught the moment on video.

“Day 11 – 7 hours later. I heard the initial “wait… what” and went running over in time to capture this moment. I like to think they noticed because I replaced my senior photo and of course they look at the picture of their favorite daughter the most right?”

She was too deep to give up now. On day 12, she finished the job.

“Day 12. I needed closure, Kerri wanted to be included.”

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Pranks don’t get much more wholesome than this. Bravo.

We applaud Kristen for the strides she’s made in interior decorating, and wish her and her crayon family the best in health and sanity.

Click here to check out her Facebook page for Kristen Vogler Design!

Mom Makes Most of Quarantine With Incredible Sidewalk Chalk Art

Casey Drake Sidewalk Art
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We’re all doing the best to cope with this unprecedented spell of boredom in our own little ways. Some people are making shot-by-shot recreations of terrible 80s music videos, while others have crafted a parody trailer for The Mandalorian.

But Casey Drake, an immensely talented mom from Orlando, Florida, is reframing the situation as an opportunity to make art that spreads cheer to the world outside. Her canvass? The sidewalk.

Here she is hard at work on a rendition of C3-PO and R2D2.

Some serve as helpful reminders. This Dorothy, for example.

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Also, this Batman.

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She depicts classic Disney characters living their best lives.

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A major theme is toilet paper, so naturally, we get Doc Brown delivering his iconic catchphrase from Back to the Future.

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Our personal favorite is this hilariously slanderous depiction of Joe Exotic from Netflix’s true crime miniseries, Tiger King.

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Currently, she’s working her way through the 5 Stages of Quarantine, as portrayed by characters from Pixar’s Inside Out.

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We’re truly stoked to see what immaculate sidewalk art Casey comes up with next. Make sure to follow her at caseydrakemakes on Instagram!

These Bootleg Movie Posters are Way Better Than the Licensed Ones

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As important as they may be, movie posters are generally pretty boring. Typically just some headshots of cast members or a cooky visual joke to make them memorable, the advertisements rarely convey much about a film itself.

Interestingly, starting back in the 70s, some not-quite-legal theaters in Africa (specifically, Ghana) preferred to avoid the licensing costs for these movies by showing bootleg versions and, as a result, had to hire local artists to help advertise what’s playing.

Twitter user ‘Retr0Joe’ described the artful practice in a tweet, followed by some of his favorite examples:

“Some artists had no reference to what movie they [were] drawing,” he wrote, “so some just guessed…”

The result is usually something colorful, grotesque, or completely absurd (and often all three).

While initially singular in purpose, the unforgettable works of art from underground movie clubs have begun to attract worldwide attention for their bizarre uniqueness (and hilarious inaccuracies).

“They’re not just film posters – they’re 2m-high, one-off, original oil paintings,” says Karun Thakar, collector and curator behind African Gaze, an exhibition showcasing film posters from Ghana.

But if you want to own one of these massive, often surreal posters for yourself, you’ll have to beat other collectors to them.

Currently, an authentic Ghanaian movie poster can fetch several hundreds of dollars on eBay, but where else are you going to find a poster for 1999’s crime drama “Ghost Dogs” featuring Forest Whitaker fighting a literal group of weaponized ethereal dogs with a samurai sword?

(Photo by Brian Chanklin / Poster by Heavy Jay)

Move Over Baby Yoda, Baby Jabba Is Here

Baby Jabba The Hutt
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Baby Yoda is a pop culture phenom. The breakout star of “The Mandalorian” on Disney+ has played a huge role in making fans excited about the future of Star Wars. Baby Yoda has been a Christmas cookie, a cocktail, and has fans eagerly awaiting his appearance at Build-A-Bear.

Disney CEO and Chairman even tried to claim Baby Yoda as a Green Bay Packers fan, which didn’t exactly play out the way he hoped when the Packers were absolutely throttled (Force-choked?) by the San Francisco 49ers.

Honestly, we’re probably hitting peak Baby Yoda, before the internet tide starts to turn against the overexposure of the little guy. But can there be a cuter baby Star Wars character than Baby Yoda?

(This is an obligatory aside for all the nerds that want to yell “He’s not really Yoda!”. Yes, that is canonically correct, he is simply referred to as “The Child” on the show, but let’s not kid ourselves, everyone knows who we’re talking about when we say Baby Yoda).

One Star Wars fan says yes, and even produced a 3D rendering to prove it. And in his mind, he’s come up with an even cuter miniature Star Wars figure: Baby Jabba.

 

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The little Jabba is really happy for all the love he received 🙏 Here is a short turntable video 😊

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You can check out the full project on his ArtStation page.

Jabba the Hut became most famous for his turn as a leading figure in the criminal underworld of Star Wars in “Return of The Jedi”, but Lucas eventually plugged him into the newer version of “A New Hope” as well. He’s an evil figure who eventually imprisons most of the cast, before a daring escape engineered by Luke Skywalker (sorry for the 40-year-old spoiler!).

Before people freak out, this is just a fan rendition, and there are no known plans for a Baby Jabba in the show. I’m not saying people wouldn’t sign up for a full-fledged Baby Star Wars, but that’s not what this is.

Still, I’ll admit, the fan did a stellar job of making a Baby Jabba pretty adorable. So what if his species doesn’t have quite the nobility of the Yodas (yes, I know that’s not their species name), and if he’s probably the offspring of some sort of villainous gangster, he’s still pretty cute! Chunky babies are always the cutest, and nothing in the Star Wars world is gonna be chunkier than a Hutt.

Artistic Husband and Wife Illustrate Life as New Parents

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Welcoming your first child into your life is a wonderful, difficult, and absolutely life-altering experience, and in the days of social media, few parents have to be reminded to document their growing baby day-by-day. Instead of photos, though, one couple has been recording their wide array of new experiences with gorgeous and highly relatable comics.

Yehuda and Maya Devir, the artists behind the popular “One of Those Days” series, finally welcomed their first child into their life in April 2019 after facing difficulties in getting pregnant (which they also documented). Little Ariel, who Yehuda call Yehuda called his daughter “the most hilarious and adorable creature [he’s] ever seen,” is clearly having a massive impact on their lives (no surprise).

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“She is a very easygoing girl and happy all the time,” he told HuffPost. “She certainly sets a high standard for her siblings to follow.”

Despite their overwhelming love for their daughter, the Tel Aviv-based couple definitely recognizes the difficulties a new child brings and the shifting dynamic of their relationship as a result.

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“Of course, there is less time to be with each other alone, and our attention needs to be shared between three people now, while also running a business,” Yehuda continued. “It is very complex, but we are still getting used to the changes.”

 

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It’s OK It’s okay when she cries in your hands It’s okay that she only wants her mom It’s okay that you can’t put her to sleep It’s okay that you still don’t understand your status It’s okay that you don’t have that connection, that everybody is talking about It’s okay that you still don’t understand your job definition It’s okay that you don’t make her laugh It’s okay that you’re tired It’s okay that you’re angry It’s okay that things don’t work out for you It’s okay to ask for a hug It’s okay to share your partner with everything you go through, even if it doesn’t seem so manly It’s okay that your life has changed It’s okay that your plans have been canceled It’s okay that you have no time for anything It’s okay to feel weak It’s okay to be moody It’s okay to feel lonely It’s okay to ask for help It’s OK… Shop: www.yehudadevir.com Support us: www.patreon.com/yehudadevir #judedevir #mayadevir #arieldevir #oneofthosedays #ilovemyfamily

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In an Instagram post back in August, Yehuda posted a comic titled “It’s OK” where he revealed some of the emotional hardships and concerns that accompany fatherhood:

It’s okay when she cries in your hands
It’s okay that she only wants her mom
It’s okay that you can’t put her to sleep
It’s okay that you still don’t understand your status
It’s okay that you don’t have that connection, that everybody is talking about
It’s okay that you still don’t understand your job definition
It’s okay that you don’t make her laugh
It’s okay that you’re tired
It’s okay that you’re angry
It’s okay that things don’t work out for you
It’s okay to ask for a hug
It’s okay to share your partner with everything you go through, even if it doesn’t seem so manly
It’s okay that your life has changed
It’s okay that your plans have been canceled
It’s okay that you have no time for anything
It’s okay to feel weak
It’s okay to be moody
It’s okay to feel lonely
It’s okay to ask for help
It’s OK…

Fortunately, while Ariel is definitely the main focus of their attention, she also provides tons of creative inspiration for their art.

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“Our comics are based on our real life, so she’s certainly added quite a bit of interest,” Yehuda said. “We just have to extend the day by a few hours so we have time to be with her as well as create.”

Check out some of our favorite pieces from these artistic new parents below. Also, you can follow them on their website, Facebook, or Patreon.

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Download This Free Baby Yoda Coloring Book Right Now

Free Baby Yoda Coloring Book
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Baby Yoda has effectively taken over the world with his big adorable eyes, tri-fingered hands, and uncontrolled force powers, so it’s a bit surprising that Disney has yet to release any official merch featuring the little green fella.

Thankfully, artists around the world are filling that void with their own BaYo creations and some of them are pretty damn great.

One that we found particularly adorable was a coloring book called “This is the Way,” illustrated by Martin Gee at the request of Vulture. Inspired by some of his most popular scenes in The Mandalorian, this Baby Yoda is ready to be colored and brought to life in all of his cartoonish glory. Plus, it’s free!

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You can find him doing all of the most iconic Baby Yoda activities, like harnessing the power of the Force:

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Sipping on that meme-able bone broth:

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Forcing an entire live space frog down his gullet:

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Attempting to consume knobs and levers in Mando’s ship:

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Testing out his adorable resting bitch face:

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And, of course, just hanging out with his best pal:

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If you want to grab all of the printable PDFs for yourself, you can get them here. Hopefully, it makes the long wait for season two a little more manageable.

Awesome Baby Yoda Street Art Is Popping up All Over the World

Baby Yoda Street Art
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The cult status of The Mandalorian’s Baby Yoda is nothing to take lightly. Hell, the little guy is out-trending actual presidential candidates so it’s really no surprise that he’s being represented in street art across the globe.

From France to the United States to Australia, everyone’s favorite green force-user is showing up to brighten people’s day in the most unlikely of places.

Sock Grafitti, for example, created this incredible mural in France, showcasing incredible detail in Baby Yoda’s adorably giant eyes.

Even businesses are getting in on the hype. Hotel Madrid in Milwaukee features a head-to-toe shot of a grinning BaYo front and center underneath their sign.

The hotel commissioned for him to be added leading up to their Gremlins holiday takeover, an event where they thought the little green fella would fit in nicely.

Another domestic work of art, this time in Charlotte, NC, highlights a big, bright, and colorful Baby Yoda surrounded by purple energy and popping off a yellow background.

Baby Yoda Street Art in NODA – Charlotte, NC. from r/StarWars

He’s even been spotted in Melbourne, Australia, expressing his love for chicken nuggets (clearly, not a quote from the show, but a statement we can get behind, nonetheless).

The artist, who goes by the name lushsux, received so much positive feedback from the piece that he’s since thrown up a couple of other Baby Yoda pieces, too – the first, highlighting Sir Elton John and the beloved soup-sipping version of the little green alien:

And the most recent featuring Keanu Reeves, begging the question: Is it possible to love two creatures this much?

Even with the first season of The Mandalorian slowly approaching its finale, it doesn’t look like Baby Yoda hype is going to die off anytime soon, and now he’s being immortalized even further with these amazing art pieces.

Are you caught up on all of Baby Yoda’s adorable shenanigans on The Mandalorian? Check out our recaps of the most recent episodes here.

Grandma and Grandson Are Best Friends and Viral Photoshoot Veterans

Ross Smith and Pauline "Granny" Kana
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Family photos are notorious for being cheesy, poorly staged, and just bad overall. Fortunately, a special grandmother-grandson duo is redefining the game and kicking out some unforgettable family pics to their now millions of fans.

Ross Smith, 27, and his 93-year-old grandma, Pauline “Granny” Kana, began posting short videos on Vine over 6 years ago. One particular vid featured Ross getting savagely blocked by Granny while playing basketball, which went subsequently went insanely viral and launched the duo into internet stardom.

Even with the decline of Vine, the duo has continued making videos and doing hilarious photoshoots, which has earned them an astounding 2.7 million followers on Instagram and 900k subscribers on YouTube.

We’ve compiled a number of our favorite parody costume shoots from Ross and Granny for your viewing pleasure. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Clearly, family holidays are even more special for this pair who plan something costumed and ridiculous for nearly every single one of them. It’s also hard to tell who’s enjoying it more.

In addition to posting amazing photographic content like this, Ross and Granny also film comedy sketches, mini-documentaries, Granny’s words of wisdom, and sometimes just typical updates to let us know Granny hasn’t kicked it yet.

Sometimes, they’ll even visit conventions to heckle folks walking around. Check out Granny’s shenanigans at this bodybuilding event:

If you need more quality content from this iconic pair, check out their posts on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

Comic Buff Dad Creates Marvelous Cosplay Ensembles for His Son

Logan Cosplay with Dad
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One of the best parts of being a parent is introducing your kids to all of your decades-worth of nerdy hobbies and interests. Seeing their little eyes light up almost feels like rediscovering it for yourself. Plus, you can finally be the cool parent who indulges them like your parents never did.

For example, Logan’s dad is not only a huge comic book buff but an incredible artist and cosplayer, too. And who gets to reap the benefits of his nerddom? That’s right: Logan.

The star of their Instagram account, Logan shines as the model for his dad’s amazing comic and pop culture costume designs. He even accompanies him to conventions where people can’t get enough of the pint-sized cosplayer in his incredibly detailed get-ups.

His most recent and one of the most impressive ones to date is Mando from The Mandalorian in full beskar armor:

On top of relevant Star Wars costumes, Logan has sported plenty of other elaborate ensembles that would make any nerd worth their salt perk up and take notice.

Here are some of our favorites:

Red Hood

Cyclops

Magneto

Spider-Man

Gambit

Deadpool

To go see more of Logan and his dad’s awesome work, check out their Instagram or maybe just attend your local Comic-Con – they’ll be the ones drawing all the adorable attention.

Artist Reimagines Keanu Reeves as ‘The One’ for Every Disney Princess

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Disney princes set a pretty high standard for guys nowadays with their strong jawlines and being, you know, royalty and all. There’s also the small matter of providing their princesses with the everlasting, unconditional true love of a Disney classic (do we need Disney+ for reference and/or inspo? Probably). But if there’s one human who can match that ridiculously high bar, it’s Keanu Reeves.

The John Wick star has had a sharp rise in pop culture popularity in the last year or so, not only for his success in film and video games but for being an all-around great human being.

Writer and illustrator Crystal Ro paid homage to the raven-haired wonder in a series of images, replacing the classic Disney princes with Keanu and, it might just be me, but I think the princesses look even happier with him.

Cinderella

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Keanu, feeling positively crushed about Cindy’s forgotten slipper, would clear his entire schedule to make sure she got it back and would probably refuse any kind of reimbursement for his labor.

Sleeping Beauty

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Not one to smooch a non-consenting party (he’s a master of the hover-hand technique, after all), Keanu would probably just use his gregarious and lovable personality to awaken Aurora after nonviolently charming his way past Maleficent’s dragon form.

Pocahontas

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While not necessarily a prince, Keanu would be an ideal John Smith. His chill Canadian demeanor could only improve the conflicts in early America.

Aladdin

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Jasmine would sing something about the magic carpet ride being breathtaking and Keanu would undoubtedly respond, “YOU’RE breathtaking!”

Snow White

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Imagine the surprise of waking up to Keanu’s dark eyes and perfectly bearded face after weeks of tending to seven tiny bearded old guys. Talk about an upgrade.

Mulan

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Keanu could put all those years of Matrix martial arts training to “make a man” out of Mulan, no problem. He’d probably still be humble enough to just sit back and watch her save China, too.

The Princess & the Frog

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Let’s be honest. Keanu would nail the role of a frog and just be thankful for the life experience.

Beauty & the Beast

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Already a figurative beast in his own right, Keanu could easily take down Gaston with a few of his action star moves and then spend a relaxing afternoon in his giant library with Belle.

Little Mermaid

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I’m sorry, but I just can’t imagine Keanu getting swindled by a silly sea witch like Prince Eric did. Now, stabbing her with an entire boat, on the other hand…

This ‘Christmas Vacation’ Set Is a Decorative Village You’ll Actually Want

Griswold Christmas Village
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I never really understood the decorative Christmas villages when I was growing up. Don’t get me wrong – that didn’t stop me from pretending I was an enormous god figure, towering over the tiny ceramic community and deciding their wintery fate (even though that was probably not their original purpose).

But there’s finally a little set of Christmas figurines that, not only do I finally understand wanting to show off, but I wholeheartedly endorse: The Christmas Vacation Village, by Department 56.

A Christmas community that reflects the actual chaos and anxiety of the holidays, just about everyone from National Lampoon’s iconic holiday film are represented here: Cousin Eddie, Todd and Margot, Aunts Bethany and Edna, and obviously, all of the Griswolds.

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The centerpiece of the set, understandably, is a hand-painted “Griswold Holiday House,” which is remarkably detailed, right down to the rear-facing window through which someone might fantasize about installing an in-ground pool come springtime.

Sure, there is a severe lack of Christmas lights adorning the exterior, but you don’t want to blow a fuse in your home just for authenticity’s sake.

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Obviously, this set wouldn’t be complete without Cousin Eddie’s RV. “That right there vehicle” even has its own lights, making it a tasteful addition to any shelf or mantle.

Yeah, it costs $60 but considering Eddie traded his entire house for it, I’d say that’s a steal.

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And what would the giant recreational vehicle be without its trusty captain, Cousin Eddie? Represented in the quintessential “Merry Christmas. Shitter was full” pose, the artist even went as far as to paint on Randy Quaid’s chest hair.

Merry Christmas, indeed.

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The set includes a number of other pieces from classic scenes in the film, too, including a “Freezing Our Baguettes Off” vignette featuring the entire family waiting for Clark to turn on the lights, a Clark and Rusty pulling out the comically large ball of tangled lights, Eddie holding a moose mug, and of course, the infamous Griswold truckster with attached tree – the “thymbol of the thspirit of the Grithwold family Chrithmath.”

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There are plenty of figurines and scenes to mix and match, but no matter which ones you choose, they’re bound to be a conversation starter if you find yourself hosting your entire family for the holidays like Clark.

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Plus, it will actually make sense when the kids start playing with these and reenacting scenes, unlike my grandma’s generic “snowy village” back in the 90s. Ugh, boring.