Over the last century, Disney has entertained us all with a whimsical collection of Disney princesses, heroines, heroes, villains, princes, and mythical creatures. For many of us, Disney has always provided an imaginative form of escapism, and these animated characters are all part of the magical experience.
With the advent of advanced technology, the Disney characters on the big screen look a lot more realistic than they used to. Still, this talented artist, Jirka Vinse Jonatan Vaatainen has taken us to the next level of realism. He has blessed us with reimagined illustrations of Disney characters as real modern-day people. So, let’s glimpse at all our favorite characters that have been brought to life like never before.
The Enchanting Princess Jasmine
One of our favorite Disney heroines of all time has to be Princess Jasmine. In the iconic movie Aladdin, the spirited princess had grown weary of the Palace rules and wanted to marry someone who she loves, rather than just any old prince. Thankfully she meets Aladdin, who woos her with his magic carpet.
As the sixth princess in the franchise, Jasmine was also the first non-European heroine and was praised for bringing some racial diversity to the genre. While we have seen Jasmine before, this artist has breathed life into her in the most realistic way. With her exotic, middle-eastern features, trademark jet black hair, wide eyes, and red genie-inspired crop top; she looks just how we would reimagine the exotic heroine star to look like.
Moana, The Real Tribal Princess
As the daughter of a Tribal Chief, Moana won us all over as a headstrong, fearless, loving, adventurous and bright-eyed soul. As she finally summons the courage to set sail on an ocean adventure, she has to use her wits to overcome the fierce beasts and impossible challenges Disney throws in her way.
In the animated adventure, the 16-year-old heroine Moana is known for her distinctively slender but muscular and athletic built. She also has darker skin, long wavy black hair, wide almond-shaped eyes, and shell accessories. The illustrator has really brought the iconic character to life in all her glory, and this is just how we’d hope the real actress would pose for a photoshoot.
The Bold and The Beautiful Belle
Another beloved Disney heroine on our list is Belle from The Beauty and The Beast. In the animated tale, the strong-willed and braved heroine yearns for adventure. That is until her father is imprisoned by a beast, and she offers to take her father’s place. Eventually, she falls for the beast, despite all his flaws.
As a sign of the times, this movie was inspired by the women’s rights movement. So Belle personified a new kind of feminist, strong and adventurous heroine. In this illustration of Belle is perfect. With her heart-shaped beautiful face, captivating eyes, rosy cheeks, low-ponytail, and blue sleeveless dress, she’s just like her spirited and beautiful Disney persona.
The Dashing Prince From Snow White
Interestingly the dashing prince from the 1937 movie classic, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs was the very first realistic male human character that Disney animators attempted to bring to life. It was a challenging task back in the day, so he had a minor part in the movie. Thankfully, he still arrived in time to rescue Snow White and save the day.
In this reimagined picture, the charming prince is portrayed with the same short, dark hair, a floppy fringe, big blue eyes, a royal blue tunic, and a royal red cape. With his wide eyes winning smile and royal dress, he looks like a realistic Hollywood heartthrob that was born to save the day.
King Triton, The Merman Father of Ariel
Another beloved Disney Dad on our list in King Triton, the ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantica in The Little Mermaid. The all-powerful King is the father of the heroine of the tale, Ariel. And while he is well-meaning, he’s also a little feisty and over-protective.
Just like in the animated adventure, King Triton is brought to life here as an elderly muscular merman, with long silvery-white hair and a matching mustache. While he looks a little more serious than the animated version, we have to credit him for his attention to detail. The King looks all-powerful and we love his epic sea-shell inspired gold crown.
Aladdin The Heartbreaker
In the iconic Disney tale, Aladdin is introduced as the loveable, charming but poor hero who spent his youth surviving on the streets with his monkey sidekick. He then stumbles on a magic lamp which reveals a wish-granting genie. Together they embark on an adventure to win over his love Princess Jasmine.
This illustrated version really brings the loveable and wide-eyed, Middle-eastern hero to life in all his glory. The artist really has thought of everything to the last detail, From his trademark black, floppy hair, charming brown eyes, muscular build, Fez hat, and traditional “street rat” clothes, he makes Aladdin look like a real-life heartbreaker.
A Theatrical Take on Mother Gothel
As the evil antagonist from Tangled, Mother Gothel proved to be a powerful influence on the plot. After the wicked crone stumbled on a magic flower, it unlocked the key to her eternal youth and beauty. When the powers are transferred to her daughter Rapunzel, she locks her up in a tower. This does seem strange, but Gothel claims she was protecting her from the outside world.
Just like her animated alter-ego, this realistic portrayal has been crafted to perfection. With her theatrical pose, this represents her drama-queen personality as she acts up to get her wicked way. With her long black curls, youthful looks for her age, sinister side-eye, and curvaceous appearance, this is just like we would expect the drama queen to look like.
The Real-Life Man-Boy, Tarzan
Sometimes referred to as Ape Man, Tarzan is the hero of the legendary Disney tale, Tarzan. In the movie, Tarzan is rescued as a baby by a gorilla and grows up in Africa with his new jungle family. Along the way, he proves to be a wild and brave character but still carries some ape-styled tendencies with him into adulthood.
After growing up in the wild, Tarzan had to learn to survive from the monkeys. So, his wild and adventurous nature is reflected in his appearance. In this wildly realistic interpretation, Tarzan is athletic, tall, handsome and tanned with long hair and a distaste for clothes.
Vanessa, The Angelina Jolie of Temptresses
In the Disney classic, The Little Mermaid, Vanessa personifies the human version of the evil villain, Ursula. As the epitome of a “mean girl,” the wicked temptress tries to charm the handsome Prince Eric, and take him away from his true love, Ariel.
Just like her sly animated character, the illustrated Vanessa looks just as mischievous as we would imagine. With her long black wavy hair, enchanting Angelina Jolie-inspired eyes, red lipstick and corset dress, she looks ready to tempt any prince that crosses her path.
Captain Li Shang, The Chiseled Warrior
In the epic movie Mulan, Li Shang is the brave son of General Li, who is the head of the Chinese army. When he is appointed as the Captain, he has the weight of China on his shoulders and has to defend his country. He then proves to be a pretty brave, powerful, fierce and no-nonsense warrior.
While Li Shang initially holds some exaggerated opinions on masculinity, he then meets Mulan, who provides the yin to his yang and changes him. So, just like his warrior persona in the movie, Jirka has captured his essence perfectly. We are presented with a life-like muscular, tanned Chinese fierce warrior softie with his hair tied up in an epic man-bun.
The Modern-Day Prince Eric Heartthrob
In the timeless Disney classic, The Little Mermaid, the dashing Prince Eric is the hero of the seaside kingdom. When the adventurous Prince embarks on a sailing voyage, he is rescued by a mysterious girl with an enchanting voice. This turns out to be none other than Ariel, the beautiful mermaid, and princess of the underwater kingdom.
In the movie, Prince Eric plays a dreamy, hopeless romantic who will do anything to woo Ariel. And in this illustration, Prince Eric looks like a modern-day royal heartthrob. With his tanned skin, muscular and chiseled appearance, animated eyes, floppy hair, and winning smile, we’re sure he could win Ariel over in a heartbeat.
Nakoma The Pocahontas Model
In the Disney classic Pocahontas, Nakoma plays the childhood friend of her tribal pal, Pocahontas. Unlike her mischevious bestie, Nakoma is portrayed as the voice of reason, who tries to stop her friend from going off and breaking the rules.
Much like her animated double, the reimagined Native-American character has a tanned complexion, a black bun with bangs, brown eyes and red lips. She’s also staying true to her tribal roots by sporting a buckskin crop top. This characterization is just too realistic. It could be a real model posing for a Pocahontas themed-shoot.
The Ever-Charming Flynn Rider
In Disney’s classic hit Tangled, Eugene Fitzberg, is better known as his alter-ego, Flynn Rider, and plays a charming, quick-witted and loveable rogue. While he’s used to using his wit and charms to get ahead in life as a thief, he soon has a change of heart when he meets Rapunzel, the lost princess of Corona.
Growing up, Flynn was inspired by the tales of a rich, chivalrous, arrogant and charming, adventurer. And his physical appearance mirrors these qualities. With his floppy hair, dashing features, suave, arrogant expression, and undeniably charming smile, the artist brings the character to life in the most realistic way.
The Legend of Hercules
In the animated Ancient-Roman adventure, Hercules, we are introduced to the son of Zeus who embarks on a journey of self-discovery. While he is blessed with strength and power, he’s also a little awkward, over-confident and innocent at first. So, he sets out to become a true hero and prove his place among the gods.
As his legendary reputation proceeds him, we would expect Hercules to impress us with muscular might. And that he does. In this realistic characterization, Hercules looks as bulked up as they come, with bulging muscles, a Roman warrior outfit, and strawberry blonde hair. As he stares into the distance, he looks like he’s ready to go on an epic journey too.
Prince Adam, The Handsome Beast
As the male protagonist in Disney’s 1991 movie, Beauty and the Beast, Prince Adam doesn’t usually look like this. You see, the prince was cursed at birth by a cruel Enchantress and forced to live his life as a disfigured beast. It was only when he learned to love another person that he could be set free.
So it’s only after his long and tangled love-story with Belle, that he can be released from his curse and look more like this handsome beast, the real Prince Adam. In this realistic depiction of the prince, we’re greeted by a tall and slender young prince, with tanned skin, long hair and modelesque looks. We couldn’t have reimagined it any better than this.
Ursula The Drag Queen Sea Witch
Another influential Disney Villain on our list is Ursula, the wicked sea witch from The Little Mermaid. After being banished from the kingdom of Atlantica, Ursula seeks her revenge and tries to reclaim her power. She then uses the heroine, Princess Ariel, to advance her evil plans.
The sea witch was known as a power-hungry and devilish underwater creature. Interestingly, her character’s appearance was inspired by a drag queen, and she had a theatrical personality to match. So just like her animated persona, this artist has added realistic touches like the silvery hair, wide, curvaceous figure, theatrical makeup, and evil witch smile.
The Spellbinding Jafar From Alladin
In Disney’s 1992 action film, Aladdin, Jafar plays the power-hungry villain of the fantastical tale. As the trusted and loyal advisor to the Sultan, Jafar seeks to gain control of the throne and hypnotize the Sultan with his trademarked magical snake.
Beneath his exterior charms, we are slowly introduced to his evil side as he tries to quash anyone who gets the way of his path. His villainous nature is embodied in his appearance. With his extravagant red and black robes, Sultan-style hat, goatee, wicked side-eye, and no-nonsense demeanor, this life-like portrayal is priceless.
The Evil Queen From Snow White
In the classic 1937 Disney feature, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, the Evil Queen made history as the very first Disney villain. After becoming envious of Snow White and her undeniable beauty, the queen famously disguised herself as an old lady. She then tempted Snow White to take a bite of her poisonous apple.
While the Evil Queen is portrayed as attractive in her purple and red regal gown, she’s icy as they come. So the artist has perfectly captured her icy expression here, and unfeeling face. With her pale skin, red lips, regal clothes, and crown, she looks like she’s cooking up her next icy plan.
Ariel The Flame-Haired Siren
In the 1989 animated musical fantasy film, The Little Mermaid, the heroine Ariel won us all over as a bright, beautiful, independent and adventurous mermaid. As the princess of the underwater kingdom, we all got swept away as she took us all on her singing adventures with her fish Flounder.
Of course, Ariel also meets the handsome human, Prince Eric on her travels. So, just like her animated alter-ego, this life-like illustration depicts Ariel in the most enchanting way. With her long, trade-marked flamed-hair, realistic human features, this vibrant mermaid looks like a real-life Disney starlet.
Zeus, The Wisest King of The Olympian Gods
In the legendary 1997 feature hit, Hercules, Zeus is a mythological Olympian god and ruler of Mount Olympus. He’s also the father of Hercules and possesses great powers, including the ability to control the weather and create a storm when he needs to.
While he is an all-powerful figure, Zeus is also pretty warm, easy-going, and wise. He can also be fierce when he needs too, just like a true Disney leader. In this Zeus-inspired realistic illustration, we can see his stocky, muscular body, silvery hair, beard, and wise-all knowing smile, just like we would expect.
Gaston, The Greediest Villain
In the epic 1991 Disney hit, The Beauty and The Beast, Gaston played the Disney Villain that was so easy to hate. Aside from his egotistical, arrogant and chauvinistic attitude, he was also ruthless and greedy. He then tried to force the beautiful Belle to marry him, and we’re glad she saw his true colors.
Just like his on-screen persona, this illustration captures the wicked essence of this iconic Disney Villain perfectly. While he is tall, muscular, with a double square chin and long black hair, he also has an evil eyebrow game and a snarling smile. We couldn’t have reimagined him better ourselves.
The Playboy Prince Naveen
In the animated Disney musical fantasy film, The Princess and The Frog, Prince Naveen was always portrayed as the irresistibly charming and handsome hero. He was a little spoilt, privileged and vain, and was briefly turned into a frog. Thankfully, he was also pretty romantic and had to learn to change his ways to win over the princess.
In this illustrated version, the prince stays true to his Disney roots. With his preppy appearance, irresistibly handsome face, dark and exotic skin, and charming smile; he looks just like we’d expect a real prodigal exotic womanizing prince to pose.
A Fierce Pocahontas
In the animated hit, Pocahontas, the heroine is born with a strong, free will and a courageous spirit. Although she’s the daughter of a Native American tribal chief, the spirited heroine is not afraid to go against her tribe. Eventually, she meets the settlers and embarks on a forbidden relationship with the settler, John Smith.
Interestingly, the Disney Princess was modeled on a real historical figure, and her design was based on her voice actress, Irene Bedard. So, the artist has restored the animated heroine back to her human form. With her fierce pose, trademark long jet-black hair, and tribal outfit, she looks like a catwalk-inspired version of her animated persona.
Aladdin’s Long-Lost Father, The Silver-Foxed Thief
In the animated hit, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, we were introduced to Alladin’s legendary long-lost father, Cassim. He did initially have good intentions when he left his family to search for a better life. But, alas, when he returned to the kingdom, he couldn’t find them. So naturally, he became the King of the Thieves.
In the movie, Aladdin is finally reunited with his father. But their relationship is pretty complicated as Cassim is still tangled up in his thievery. So just like his animated alter-ego, Cassim is portrayed as lovable, good-intentioned Disney dad, with dark, exotic skin, and George Clooney-style silver fox hair.
Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother
In the classic tale of Cinderella, Lady Tremaine plays the cold-hearted, Wicked Stepmother of the story. Motivated by jealousy of her step-daughter’s beauty and grace, the bitter socialite makes it her mission to make Cinderella’s life a misery.
This illustrated portrait of the classic Disney villain really captures the essence of Lady Tremaine perfectly. With her scaped back greyish hair, sharp features, pursed lips, regal dress and sinister, disapproving expression, she looks like she’s scouring the room for her next step-victim.
Peter Pan and His Boyish Charms
With his zest for life, ability to fly, childlike curiosity, and boyish charms, we all got swept away by Peter Pan and his Never Land adventures. He has since become a cult pop icon for eternal youth. And we secretly wish we could stay young forever, just like Peter Pan.
Peter Pan is also young at heart because he’s an immortal pixie. So, in this realistic portrayal, he looks just like the curious and wide-eyed pixie that we all know so well. With his scruffy hair, arched eye-brows, pixie ears, and iconic green frayed outfit, he’s like a real-life Peter Pan.
The Purest Snow White
In Disney’s first animated feature-length movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the young princess really was the “Fairest Of Them All.” While she’s instinctively kind and pure, her Wicked Stepmother, The Evil Queen has a sinister plan for her. So she tries to escape her wrath and finds a cool cottage filled with seven friendly dwarfs.
Just like her Magic Mirror describes her, this realistic portrait has really nailed her look. With “lips red as the rose, hair black as ebony and skin white as snow.” The beautiful heroine has been brought to life in the most enchanting, authentic and realistic way.
A Jazzier Princess Tiana
In The Princess and The Frog, the heroine Tiana is a talented cook from New Orleans during the Jazz Age. In the feature film, Tiana dreams of opening her own restaurant and she’s even willing to kiss a frog prince to try and achieve it. Sadly, in a cruel twist of fate, she then becomes spellbound and a victim of a curse. So she sets out on a quest to find the cure.
As the ninth Disney Princess, Tiana was also the first African-American Princess in the franchise. The story was also loosely inspired by the New Orleans chef Leah Chase, without the magical frog part. So, just like her animated persona, this illustrated version is a perfect portrayal of the 19-year-old, tall, slender heroine, with wide eyes, a bright smile and colorful yellow garbs.
Princess Jasmine, The Exotic Supermodel
As one of the most beloved Disney Princesses of all time, this artist loved Princess Jasmine so much that he illustrated her twice. This realistic and full-bodied version of the Aladdin star was reimagined first in 2011. And every detail of the exotic, free-spirited heroine has been crafted to pure perfection.
This take on Jasmine is much closer to the animated version of the Arabian Princess. The beautiful, slender and tanned heroine is pictured with long, wavy jet-black hair, enchanting eyes, and her signature blue crop-top, and puffy pants. She looks just as graceful and poised as her animated persona.
A Special Fairy Might Be Near, Tinkerbell
Tink is one of the sassiest fairies Disney ever created and has been a favored character since 1953. If any of you need your memory jogged, Tink is always flying towards the screen with her little wand on hand, joining in on Peter Pan’s exploits in the magical land of Neverland.
Just like in her animated version, Tinker Bell is portrayed perfectly with a tiny, hourglass-shape, fair-skin and big blue eyes. Just be careful to not make her angry, as her little face turns bright red, like that of a traffic light. That’s really why she is the feistiest and most stubborn fairy of them all.
The Hopelessly Romantic Prince
In the legendary 1959 animated hit, Sleeping Beauty, Prince Philip played a brave and courageous Disney hero. He made us all swoon when he defied and subtly manipulated his father to let him marry the woman that he loved, rather than just any old princess. He then made us laugh with the epic line, “You’re living in the past, this is the 14th century.”
Interestingly, the Prince was one of the first realistic animated human males in the franchise. In this portrait version, the hopelessly romantic prince has been given a modern makeover. Every detail has been captured, from his slim but built physique, fair skin, brown romantic eyes, and chiseled modelesque features, just like we would have reimagined him.
The Big-Hearted Princess
In the icy animated adventure, Frozen, Princess Anna plays the younger sister of Elsa. After a childhood rift, the sisters separated and Anna is left without human company or love. Despite her fate, she remains optimistic, and a little socially awkward, but still has a lot of love to give.
In the movie, when Anna is finally reunited with her sister, the big-hearted heroine sets out to repair the bond between them. She’s also fearless as she sets out to confront the spirits of the forest. This is one of the most realistic illustrations in the series, and looks just like a modern-day child Princess Anna, complete with big blue eyes, long platted hair and regal winter clothes.
A Convincing Captain Hook
In the 1953 animated feature film, Peter Pan, Captain Hook sets out to get his revenge on Peter or causing him to lose his hand. He also fed it to a crocodile, which was a little severe. While we can almost sympathize with this evil pirate, he still plays the part of a menacing and cunning villain pretty well.
Although we can all agree that Dustin Hoffman made a legendary Captain Hook in the epic Spielberg hit Hook, this reimagining is pretty convincing and much closer to the villain from the animated hit Peter Pan. He also looks much more sinister with his hook nose, snarling smile, a strong eyebrow game, trademark hat, red garbs, and signature hook.
Tarzan’s King Hearted father, John Clayton
Tarzan’s parents are a mystery to Disney viewers. If any of you remember, they displayed a loving and close new family unit during the start of the movie, when they embraced one another after they were all out of harm’s way from their burning ship. We don’t know about you guys, but we clearly remember the moment Tarzan picked up this picture frame of his family once he grew up, it was quite emotional.
In the animated adventure, Tarzan’s dad, John, was a very kind but observant and robust man. And in this illustration, the kind Disney dad has been given a modern makeover. The artist kept his trademark rounded mustache that blends into his side-burns, but he looks much more modern than ever before.
Cinderella You Are as Lovely as Your Name
Cinderella’s story, a story that gave all young women something to believe in as a child. Being one of Disney’s many great characters, after the death of her father, she was forced to work as a scullery maid by her wicked and evil stepmother. Despite the cruelty she encountered, she managed to remain good, kind-spirited, and internally beautiful!
In the legendary animated hit, Cinderella is kind to all, including her little mice friends. She has faith that if you were to always keep on believing, your wishes would come true! In this portrait version, the beautiful heroine looks like a modern-day Cinderella star, with her flawless skin, strawberry blonde hair, piercing blue eyes and modernized nightgown.
Searching for a Kingdom to Rule, Prince Hans
In Frozen, A villain we all hate to love, Prince Hans. Hans was the 13th last born son who was burdened with the inability to assume his place on the throne in the Southern Isles. Understandably, Hans was desperate for power and recognition, which would drive him to consider the unthinkable.
If you recall, Hans formed a coup to have Queen Elsa, the Snow Queen, murdered so that he could be wed to Elsa’s sister Anna and rule the Kingdom. So, just like in the animated tale, the villainous Prince has been brought to life in the most realistic way, with auburn hair, freckles, signature sideburns, plotting eyes, and his trademark grey blazer.
The Young and Handsome English Explorer, John Smith
One of our favorite “happily-ever-after” characters is John Smith, who is a well-known English explorer for all his exploits, oh, and let’s not forget, he’s a soldier too. Unfortunately, when John first arrived in the New World, he had some prodigious views on Native people.
Luckily, with the help of his newfound love, Pocahontas, his views on Native Americans changed. So, even though this picture makes him look as good looking as ever, he did back then too! With his longish blonde locks, modelesque looks and dreamy eyes, we can totally understand why Pocahontas fell for him.
See the Finest Girl in France, Esmeralda
From the lovely Hunchback of Notre Dame, Esmeralda, the young and beautiful woman is part of a marginalized group know as gypsies. As we know her, she is a very outspoken humanitarian which is what initially drove her to protect the hunched back bell-ringer.
The verbally powerful, cunning, morale, street-wise lady even went up against the villain who ruled their town, making her a target of an arrest. In this portrayal, she has been brought to life in the most enchanting way. This modernized reimagining captures her brown complexion, raven-black hair, and striking emerald green eyes, just like her animated counterpart.
Pocahontas’ Powhatan Warrior, Kocoum
Another one of Disney’s masterpieces, Kocoum, Pocahontas’ father’s strongest warrior who fought bravely during the battle against the Massawomecks. In his village, he is considered to be very severe and handsome but rarely smiles, even at Pocahontas.
Kocoum has the utmost respect for his Chief Powhatan and genuinely loves Pocahontas despite his sternness. However, later when he sees John Smith, he is consumed by jealousy and rage which inflicted a lot of hatred instead of peace. In this realistic depiction, the chief has been reimagined in the most spectacular way, with his trademarked tribal markings, long jet-black hair, feather and realistic, warrior-like expression.
I Am Jane!
Tarzan’s Disney sweetheart, Jane is known for being charismatic and beautiful. She traveled to Africa to study and learn about Gorillas beside her father. While on an adventure, Jane suddenly met a wild man wearing nothing but a loincloth. He was named Tarzan.
When she first appeared in the jungle, her outfit and looks weren’t adapted for a jungle. However, as Jane grows more attached to the forest, her look and attitude adapt too. This modern-day depiction of Jane is just how we would reimagine her. With her fair skin, long brown hair, blue eyes, and signature yellow top, she’s ready for a jungle adventure.
Chief Powhatan, Father of Pocahontas
Powhatan happens to be one of Disney’s most loved leaders with the kindest of spirits. The chief was once married, but his wife passed on while Pocahontas was only a child, leaving him, with the help of the Willow tree, to raise her alone.
Pocahontas’s dad appears to be middleaged but is still a very respected and mighty warrior having led their tribe into battle various times. So, just like his animated counterpart, this artist has captured the warrior in all his glory, with his muscular physique, unique red tribal markings, a cape made out of buckskin, and warrior stare.
A Forever Young Wendy
As the imaginative young English girl from the animated feature film, Peter Pan, Wendy wanted to stay young forever, just like us all. Being the eldest of her siblings, she would regularly recount whimsical tales about Peter’s adventures to her brothers. This led her to embark on her own fantastical Disney adventure.
Although Wendy was the eldest child, she also got easily got swept away by her imagination. And this iconic illustration will help keep her young and imaginative forever; as a curious and pretty young English rose, with blue eyes, rosy cheeks, ringlet-styled hair, sporting her trademarked blue nightgown.
Prince Charming Brought To Life
The irresistible, dashing and handsome royal Prince from Cinderella, Charming is one of the most adored Disney Princes in the franchise. After Charming falls for a mysterious maiden at a royal ball, he is left wondering why she suddenly flees the castle. That’s until he finds her glass slipper and sets out on his quest to find his true Disney love.
While Prince Charming made quite an impression on Cinderella, he’s also transcended pop culture and has become a symbol of the perfect fairy tale Prince. So, just like his fairytale counterpart, he has been brought to life in all his glory with a muscular body, handsome face, brown hair, brown eyes. and a dashing cream royal jacket.
The Gothic Mistress of Evil
As the self-styled “Mistress of Evil,” Maleficent showed us all just how ruthless, dark and devious she could be in the animated feature Sleeping Beauty. She really was the personification of evil, especially when she unleashed her evil curse on Princess Aurora.
We have all seen Angelina Jolie’s spellbinding portrayal of Maleficent in the dark fantasy movie series. But this realistic illustration stays truer to the 1959 animated villain. With her pale green skin, long, narrow face, witch-like features, dramatic expression, and signature horn headdress, she’s a vision of villainous gothic elegance.
Rapunzel The Tangled Star
As the lovable Disney Princess from the animated hit Tangled, Rapunzel was known for her long, magical, golden hair. She had a bit of an unfortunate fate, after being locked away in a tower by an evil crone. Luckily, she meets Flynn Ryder who helps her escape and introduces her to the outside world.
While Rapunzel was locked away her whole life, she was no damsel in distress. She is a spirited, determined young lady who wanted to pursue her own dreams. In this illustration, with her slender figure, fair skin, green eyes, long, golden, magical hair, and purple corset dress, she looks much like an aspiring Disney star with dreams of her own.
Hades, The God of the Underworld
In Disney’s 1997 hit Hercules, we were all introduced to Hades, the fast-talking god of the Underworld. Known for his fiery temper, he also has a vendetta against his brother Zeus. So he hatches his evil plan to overthrow Zeus and take over Mount Olympus.
While Hades did have some evil tendencies, he also had a comical side, making him a popular Disney villain. And this artist has breathed life into the mythical villain in the most spectacular way. With his broad humanoid physique, blue-grey skin, flaming blue hair, dark robe with a skull, he looks like he’s plotting against next victim, in a comical way.
Kristoff The Romantic
In Disney’s animated hit, Frozen, Kristoff. Known for being adventurous and free-spirited. He loved working outdoors on his ice-harvester with his reindeer sidekick, Sven. After being orphaned as a child and raised by trolls, he is also initially a loner and wary of humans. Of course, that’s until he meets Princess Anna.
Princess Anna soon wins him over with her warm heart and proves humans aren’t all that bad. He even becomes a hopeless romantic. So just like his Disney counterpart, Hans is portrayed here with his muscular build, blonde hair, brown eyes, and fair skin. With his shy, romantic stare, he’s just waiting to be both be rescued by and to rescue Princess Anna.
Merida The Brave
In the animated feature, Brave, Princess Merida was a rebellious, free-spirited and tomboyish young lady, who wanted to take control over her own destiny. While she loves her family, she had to explore her adventurous side and impressed us all with her fierce and brave archery and sword-fighting skills.
In the animated feature, Merida is a Scottish Princess, with something to prove. In this realistic portrayal, the artist has stayed true to her Disney roots, and brought her to life like never before, with her distinctive ginger, curly locks, freckles, green regal dress, and piercing blue eyes, like she is ready for a real adventure.
Judge Claude Frollo
In the classic feature film, The Hunchback of Notredame, Judge Claude Frollo played a ruthless, Parisian judge who begrudgingly became the caretaker of Quasimodo, a deformed hunchback. Claude had some pretty fierce opinions on sinners, which led him to perform some questionable acts of violence. So he’s seen as one of the most complex and darkest Disney villains of all time.
Just as Claude is a pretty complicated character, he also looks like a complicated man here. The artist has crafted this Disney villain to perfection, with his aging care-worn face, defined wrinkles, thinning grey hair, hook nose, black obe, tricorn hat, and glaring sociopathic stare.
Alice The Wonder Model
In the classic animated Disney tale, Alice in Wonderland, Alice wowed us all with her child-like curiosity and surreal imagination. After letting her curiosity get the better of her, she escapes her mundane life and stumbles on a mysterious and magical dream-world. She then whisks us all away on her Wonderland adventures.
The blue-eyed heroine was based on a classic storybook adventure and was brought to life by Disney. Now Alice has been brought to life once again by this artist, as a curious, adventurous, young wonder child. Just like her fairytale persona, Alice is illustrated as a petite, fair, young, blue-eyed wonder model with her trademark blonde, curly locks, and a blue dress.
Captain Phebus is another complicated character from The Hunchback of Notredame. The war veteran starts out as a henchman for Judge Claude Frollo and vows to assist him in eradicating the gypsies. He then has a change of heart after meeting the spellbinding Esmerelda and switches sides to help fight for the Romani people.
Interestingly in the original novel by Victor Hugo, Phoebus is vain and untrustworthy. But his Disney version is much more heroic. So the illustrator has captured all the finer details of this courageous character, as a muscular Captain, with shoulder-length blonde hair, piercing eyes, and a valiant blue cape.
A Ruler Born With a Power so Great, Elsa
The next best thing to happen to Disney, Elsa from Frozen. Elsa was born with powers so significant to a Kingdom so fair. She was forced to isolate herself and hide her gift from the world because she feared her superpowers were monstrous. However, one day, she “let it go” covering the land in eternal ice and snow.
In this realistic, modern-day version of Elsa, the artist has captured all her icy features perfectly. The tall, slender beauty looks just like we would reimagine her, with those piercing blue eyes, rosy cheeks, trademark long platted locked and icy blue gown.
Thomas, The Coming-of-Age Star
In the 1995 animated adventure Pocahontas, Thomas is portrayed as the loyal side-kick to the future captain, Jon Smith. With his cheerful disposition and loyal attitude, Thomas played a soldier who was also a little naive about life. In the movie, he went on his own journey to learn leadership skills.
This depiction of the loyal, young and inexperienced soldier in the animated movie couldn’t be more accurate. With his trademark reddish hair and eyebrows, boyish looks and charms, this looks the perfect coming-of-age Hollywood actor we hope they would cast for the part.
A Wicked Take on Cruella de Vil
As one of the most memorable Disney Villians ever, Cruella de Vil has now become a cult-pop icon. Just like her notorious name suggests, Cruella plays a bejeweled heiress, with a side of evil. In the movie, she reveals her sinister plan to take the fur from 101 Dalmations, and use them as next seasons’ furry accessory.
While we have seen the animated movie, and Glenn’s Close portrayal, somehow this reimagined Cruella is even more wicked. With her distinctive features, sly side-eyes, sinister smile, trade-marked black, and white hair and furry coat, she looks like she’s ready to steal a few puppies at any moment.
The Kardashian-Inspired Step-Sisters
In the timeless tale of Cinderella, the wicked step-sisters will go down in history as some of the most iconic Disney Villains. In the animated movie, the wicked step-sisters, Anastasia and Drizerella appear as spoiled, selfish socialites who get a kick out of making Cindarella’s life miserable.
Throughout the movie, we are introduced to their softer sides. Still, it looks like the artist Jirka has drawn inspiration for these socialites from the Kardashian clan. Especially the dark-haired Drizella. With their luxurious outfits, bejeweled accessories, and snarling smiles, they could be real-life sinister versions of our favorite socialites.