Art & Fashion

When Fantasy Meets Reality: This Guy Photoshops Himself Into the Everyday Lives of Cartoon Characters

As children, many of us dreamt of what it would be like if we could go on exciting expeditions with friends that we made in a make-believe world. Our young imaginations ran wild with adventures and elaborate storylines. Most of these fantasies were inspired by our favorite movies that we saw on repeat back in the day.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

Growing up, we sadly start realizing that the magic wasn’t real. However, one artist refused to let ‘growing up’ take away his imagination. Luigi Kemo Volo is the Italian illustrator who decided to bring back those imaginary friends from his favorite childhood cartoons and include himself in the magical world of Disney’s everyday life. The Naples based graphic designer uses his talent to make us believe that our world is full of enchantment once more.

What Do You Say We Float Down the Stream Like Old Times?

We’re sure you all remember who this big guy is from the 1967 film, The Jungle Book? He’s the furry signing bear-friend we all wished we had as a friend when we were young. With Luigi’s artistic skills, he was able to bring him to life the way our youthful imaginations would have it. 

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

This photo really takes us back to the “simple bear necessities.” Who better than to convince Luigi to sit back and take in the views a bit then the fun-loving, free spirit that is Baloo. If only we could have a mentor like him, maybe we would all be a little less stressed out.

“It’s Brilliant, Genius, I Say”

For those of you who don’t recognize this villainous lady, she’s quite a handful! And those of you who know exactly who she is and what she’s capable of, Yzma made it through to the human world and is on the loose! She is one of the best antagonists from the Disney film, Emperor’s New Groove of Disney’s 2000’s movies.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

The evil sorceress is known for always getting up to mischief; she’s either trying to take over Emperor Kuzco’s throne or serving someone sludge as an evil, malicious prank. So, it’s exciting to see her in a playful mood displayed above- This is a very different look for her, and we love it.

Luigi, That’s the Rabbit Hole to Wonderland

Alice and Luigi actually have a lot in common, you see. They both, as Alice famously said, “imagine about six impossible things before breakfast.” Using their surreal imagination to escape their mundane and practical lives, the sky is certainly the limit for this pair.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

Alice is the protagonist of Disney’s 1951 animated film Alice in Wonderland. Her curiosity and yearn for something new lead her to a mysterious realm, Wonderland. On that note, Luigi doesn’t fall down a rabbit hole, but he creates his own imaginative world, too!

Whack-a-Monster!

Flotsam and Jetsam are villainous Antagonists from Disney’s 1989 film, The Little Mermaid. They are often seen following orders from their wicked queen, conquering her enemies in all shapes and forms. We aren’t quite sure what Luigi could have done to Ursula, but stepping on her babies’ heads could mean trouble. 

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

Luigi was smart in keeping their heads apart and we will tell you why. The unique thing about these evil minions is that if they put their white eyes together (as in next to one another), it forms a crystal ball – creating a portal that Ursula can use to view the outside world within her layer.

Cruella Doesn’t Stand a Chance

Oh, who remembers watching this movie, sitting back and dreaming of having your house filled with 101 Dalmatians? If we knew that all it would take to achieve this is a graphic design degree, we would probably all have done that just like Luigi did!

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

We are so grateful that Roger and Anita met the way they did, crashing into one another leading to a world of crazy events afterward. If they hadn’t, none of us would have been blessed with their presence and Luigi wouldn’t have been able to share them with the world.

Carl, Up, Up and Away We Go

Well, flying up into the sky with a house looks like an absolute adventure. Up is a 2009 comedy-drama film, and who wouldn’t want to spend the day with the Carl and Wilderness explorer Russel? Luigi picked the best characters to spend the day with here. 

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

Now, it hasn’t been confirmed if the artist and his newly-found friends made it back from their little trip. However, Luigi decided to help the 78-year old Carl tie a thousand balloons to the roof of the house to live out his life dream of traveling to South America to complete a promise he had made to his wife.

Ohana Means Family

The Animated comedy-drama 2002 film Lilo and Stitch will go on in our hearts forever and clearly Luigi’s too. Even if you’re not a die-hard fan of the movies and series, or if you haven’t yet seen it, know that you are never too old to watch it. You never know, you too could land up spending a day on the beach with Lilo and Stitch too.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

The whole story behind Lilo is that she’s, unfortunately, a young orphan. She lives on the island of Kauai with her big sister called Nani. But that’s not all the family she has, she has unconventional members too, including aliens like Stitch and Luigi.

Mom Said, “No Puddles in the Bed.”

This little fellow named Olaf brought happiness to many of our hearts in 2013. No matter how old the viewers were. Even though this isn’t an iconic old-school film, we’re pretty sure at least 90% of you have sung, “Let it go, let it go,” while in the shower or driving home from work.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

Anyway, meet Olaf. He adored warm hugs and was sprung from Elsa’s magical powers. He absolutely loves making friends and found that Luigi was the best to cuddle with.

So, You’re Lady Stood You up Too, Huh?

Oh, Lady and the Tramp. The 1955 animated romantic film that touched many hearts and lives and will remain an iconic movie for a long time! This film was viewed and adored by many generations and was the birth of spaghetti kisses. 

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

Presently, we aren’t 100% sure where Lady is in the picture displayed above, but it does seem like both Luigi and the Tramp (A very undeserved name), were ditched by their ladies or decided on a boys night out. Nonetheless, we’re happy they had company.

“Beautiful, Real Jungle Harmony”

Do you remember watching the Jungle Book, wondering if you could be like Mowgli, who became family to wild animals? Once he even expressed how much he loved being a bear. Baloo went on to tell him, “That’s my boy, and you’re gonna make one swell bear- well, you even sign like one.”

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

It seems like Mowgli isn’t the only human boy who has had the privilege of floating down the stream and Baloos belly. The big and friendly bear is generally known for his laid back and gentle nature. So, if you play your cards right, you could be next to hitch a ride.

E.T., Go Home Man!

Now, get ready to have your minds blown away. According to die-hard fans, our whole lives have been a lie. Apparently, the famous catch-phrase was misunderstood, “E.T. phone home.” It has allegedly always been “E.T. home phone,” because he never knew how to speak English. But no worries, Luigi is working on teaching him everything he needs to know.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

After E.T was stranded on earth, he was befriended by a young human boy named Elliott. The boy and his two siblings enjoyed spending time with their alien friend, but he had to return. However, don’t worry, it seems though E.T is now visiting other selected humans around the globe- you could be next.

A Codfish on A Hook

Captain Hook is the main antagonist of Disneys 1953 film, Peter Pan. And If you really need us to jog your memory, he is a bloodthirsty commander of the Jolly Roger, and he also happens to be one of Neverlands’ worst nightmare.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

As clearly displayed above, he abandoned sailing the rough and high seas so that he can get revenge on Peter Pan for cutting off his hand and feeding it to crocodiles. We know that’s a severe blow, but look, Mr. Hook, Luigi is not your guy!

“Welcome to the Urban Jungle”

Boy, does urbanization look good on Slash! Zootopia is a 2016 action-comedy animation movie with a powerful and essential message all the while remaining fast and funny enough for younger children to watch and still be entertained. 

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

As we know, Slash is a humble and friendly Sloth who, despite his slow pace is still as helpful as ever. Not only is he super warm-hearted, but he’s quite intelligent too which is exactly why Luigi brought him over to our world.

I Feel Inside Out

Regardless of the morbid look, Luigi and Sadness really sell this cuddle session well, and we want in! Inside Out is a movie based on the five emotions a little girl deals with while struggling to cope with her new life. This little blue girl displayed bellow is one of those emotions, Sadness. As you can see, Luigi clearly having a particularly sad day.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

But, no worries, not only is sadness gloomy, but she is also the voice of reason. None of the other emotions such as Fear, Joy, Anger, and Disgust ever understood the point of her being. But luckily for her, she has found a new friend named Luigi who by the looks of it, could use a snuggle.

Say Hello to My Little Friend

Ratatouille is a Walt Disney film that was released in 2007. The concept of the movie happens to be quite different from other Disney films that we’ve seen over the years. But it’s just as good and as entertaining as the rest. Who doesn’t want to watch a Rat Masterchef?

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

It looks like Luigi made the right decision having Remy the small rat-chef come and help him make dinner. You’d think one would need some sort of magical sense to cook the way Remy does, but no, he possesses a powerful sense of smell, which enables him to understand various ingredients in food.

True Love Accepts You No Matter What You Look Like

Sleeping Beauty is a classic Disney film from 1959 that filled the homes and minds of many children around the globe. Up until today, almost every child knows who Princess Aurora is. Okay, to be totally honest, we were today-years-old when we found out that Sleeping Beauty was not her actual name!

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

Nonetheless, this iconic lady was named after the Roman goddess of the dawn because she filled her parents and other people’s lives with light. Later, she was cast under a sleeping spell only to be awoken by a knight’s true love’s kiss. However, after Luigi is done, that’s probably not going to happen.

“Suck it, Bipeds!”

Everyone meet Hank. This is not his preferred vibe, helping Luigi but If you’re puzzling about where you recognize him from, he’s from Finding Dory. We were introduced to him when he embarked on a heroic mission to help Dory and other fish escape humans and get back to the ocean.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

Hank hardly has a sense of humor, which he probably lost along the way with his other tentacle. What we don’t understand is why he is helping Luigi with his morning routine? It’s not like the octopus likes people- or anyone for that matter.

Eh, Hercules Lied, Smoking Is Good for You

Many of you probably know, but Hades, the ruler of the Dead, and the Underworld is a massive thorn in Hercules’ side. The dark lord is always looking for some kind of trouble and it looks like he might have a special, evil plan for Luigi. Doesn’t the artist know he has a major anger management problem?

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

So, whatever Luigi is doing to keep him cool, he’s doing an excellent job at it. Hades has a mood detector, which could be beneficial for his company. When Hades is in a good mood, his hair remains blue, but when angered, his hair changes to a flaming red color. And that’s your key to run.

Friends That Steam Together, Stay Together

In the first movie, the big blue guy named Sully was a top scarer of Monsters, Inc. He is generally afraid of humans due to their rumored toxic touch that could possibly kill even the biggest monsters in their world. Sulley believed this and was terrified.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

One day, he met a human girl named Boo, who had made her way into the world of the monsters. Of course, he was instantly hesitant, but he eventually became her protector and took on a fatherly role. Well, Luigi, Sulley now has access to your door and will be visiting a lot more after realizing us humans are awesome.

Just Chillin’ With My Bae

After rudely removing Ariel’s bathing suit top with a fishing hook, it seems she managed to forgive Luigi. As we know, she spent a great deal of her young life, wondering what it would be like to walk on the land where people do.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

And at the age of 16, she unexpectedly became deeply infatuated with a young and handsome human prince named Eric and sacrificed all things dear to her for the chance of being with her one true love. So our question is, does she now have her eyes set on another human?

The Magic Carpet Just Through Me Off

Abu and Luigi together? This could be interesting. This adorable monkey we all wish we had as a friend. You might know him from Disney’s 1992 animated film, Aladdin. He is a mischevious monkey and Aladdin’s loyal partner-in-crime, and we wouldn’t have him any other way!

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

However, Aladdin steals food and stuff for survival purposes, unlike Abu, who takes for his unshakable urge of stealing whatever catches his interest, be it food, riches, or anything. This always leads him to quite a lot of trouble, so we recommend Luigi keep that eye on him.

I Am Baymax, Your Personal Healthcare Companion

Baymax is the name. He is a personal healthcare companion, and we are sure many people wish he was actually real. He came from Walt Disney’s 2014 animated film called Big Hero 6. The movie has a big white balloon as an inflatable robot that was created by Tadashi Hamada. 

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

Following his creators passing, Baymax was inherited by Hiro Hamada with who he became a member of the superhero team known as Big Hero 6. But as we can see, his fighting days are over and have succumbed to sitting on the couch with Luigi and eating popcorn.

Rise and Shine, Luigi!

Simba the lion charmed our hearts as the lovable cub before blossoming into a majestic adult. The Lion King remains to be one of the people’s favorite Disney movie to date, with its exciting soundtrack and emotional drama. And if there’s one guy who understands that, it’s Luigi.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

Here, Luigi appears to have been woken up by the curious cub, having jumped on his head during his beauty sleep. But no one could stay mad at those big puppy eyes for too long. We wish we were so lucky to have Simba jumping on us in the morning!

Friends That Mask Together, Stay Together

Who didn’t fall in love with Jack Black as Po in Kung Fu Panda? He was adorably naive yet determined to become as good of a fighter as those he looked up to. With Master Shifu’s help, he exceeded everyone’s expectations. He showed us that will and determination can overcome weaknesses.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

Luigi knows a different side to Po, of course. Here they are chilling at home together with Luigi wearing a charcoal face mask. Why he’s got one on isn’t exactly clear. Is he trying to look like his panda friend or simply exercising some tender loving care alongside him?

Mermaid and Man Were Never Meant to Be Friends

Ariel is many little girls’ favorite character. She is young, free-spirited, and passionate – for better or worse. We’ve seen her less than happy with Luigi earlier on in this article, but here she seems a little more at peace. Not for long it looks like, as she’ll probably have something to say about her portrait.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

We wonder what happened between Luigi and Ariel that put so much animosity between them? Luigi isn’t drawing the little mermaid as we’re used to seeing her, but rather more menacing looking. We hope they’ll soon set aside their differences and learn to get along.

He’ll Lose an Eye If Pinocchio Starts Lying

Pinocchio came out all the way back in 1940 and is firmly considered an animation classic. Based on the Italian story by Carlo Collodi, it was the second animated production to come out of Disney. And in this particular image, Luigi’s made sure to include the whole motley crew.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

Luigi appears to be hard at work on his illustration pad and, lucky for him, Pinocchio, Geppetto, Figaro the cat, and Jiminy Cricket are letting him work in peace. Of course, they are all crowded around him, but who can blame them. They’re probably curious about what photoshop idea he’ll think of next!

There’s More Than Just Snakes up This Tree

The animated version of The Jungle Book came out in 1967, featuring the lovable wild child, Mowgli. Having been raised by wolves, he’s wise to the ways of the jungle. But he must decide whether or not to leave his home and live amongst humans when a man-eating tiger threatens him with his life.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

We’re seeing Luigi in a different environment than usual. He’s not in bed or in his illustration studio, but up a tree with Mowgli, King Louie the orangutan and Kaa the snake. In this situation, Luigi is busy at work but the rest seem to just want to play. What did he expect when he climbed that tree with them?

I Didn’t Order This!

Some of the best sidekicks a girl can ask for, Jaq and Gus accompany Cinderella in her eponymous Disney animation. They are two little mice who, naturally, make enemies with Lucifer the cat. Cinderella rescued them from mice traps, and they show their gratitude by doing her favors as and when.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

Luigi looks a little lost for words when he finds Gus (also known as Octavius) in his coffee mug. Jaq (also known as Jacques) stands on his shoulder and laughs on. As the larger of the two, it looks like poor Gus has gotten himself wedged in the opening – now that is awkward…

“How Do You Run From What Is Inside Your Head?”

Who could forget the Cheshire cat in the 1951 animation Alice in Wonderland? He’s mischievous grin has likely haunted all of our imaginations since childhood, as has his eery singing voice. And if you remember, he was lying on a tree when he met Alice in the woods.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

Luigi has kept the Cheshire Cat in the tree for this quick selfie. Is it just us, or does it look like the stripey feline is a part of his imagination? If he’s following you around during your daytime stroll, it might be a good time to take a few personal days.

A Cross-Dimensional Titanic Moment

We’ve known Daisy Duck as long as we can remember, having been introduced to us in 1940 as Donald Duck’s girlfriend. She’s got to be one of the most feminine characters in Disney’s universe – she has ruffled tail feathers that resemble a skirt and long, fluttering eyelashes.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

It looks as though she’s cast Donald Duck aside for illustrator Luigi, however. She spreads her arms open and looks back at him suggestively, mimicking the famous Titanic scene with Rose and Jack embracing on the bow of the ship. The vessel is considerably smaller, but we doubt that’s going to get in their way.

He’ll Grant You Three Wishes

The multi-talented actor, comedian, and voice over artist Robin Williams voiced Genie in 1992’s Aladdin. The story of a thief falling in love with Princess Jasmine is not one we’ll soon forget. Neither will we forget Genie’s performance as the funny, witty, blue goofball.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

Luigi gets to know him up close and personal in this image. Genie’s mucking around with the illustrator, grabbing the top of his head and jaw while he pulls a face. We would have thought the Genie would be a bit bigger, but then again he might be. He squeezes into a tiny lamp, after all.

He’s Not the Dieting Type

In 1997 we were treated to Hercules, the Disney animation that introduced us to a wealth of reinterpreted Greek mythology characters like Zeus, Hades, and Megara. One of the secondary characters we love is Philoctetes, also known as Phil, who is the half man half goat that trained the great hero.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

Life as a Satyr isn’t easy, especially when you’re trying to get someone into fighting shape and they commit themselves to change. This appears to be the case for Luigi, who just can’t give up on the cookies. He’s caught red-handed stuffing his face, while a shock Phil measures his waist and shrieks at the damage done.

Two Sleepy Peas in a Pod

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, released in 1937, was the first full length animated feature film to come out of Disney. In it, we saw Snow White fall victim to her step-mother the queen, before she’s poisoned by an apple and overcome by a deep sleep. Luckily for her, she befriended seven dwarves – Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey – who aided in rescuing her.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

Of course, Luigi befriended Sleepy out of the seven of them. Although, we can’t be too sure that he’s even aware the dwarf is sleeping on his back. We’re assuming he didn’t just let himself in. Depicted as a local mine worker, he’s catching a few Z’s with the illustrator while he has the time.

Have No Worries With Timon and Pumbaa

The Lion King‘s lovable meerkat and warthog are much-loved characters in the 1994 animation film. Hakuna Matata continues to ring in our ears even to this day, and probably for our whole lives. Timon and Pumbaa are the goofy duo that we dream about having as friends.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

Luigi is lucky enough to have had that dream realized, as he sits on his desk with the meerkat and warthog. They’re not giving him much space, but he doesn’t seem altogether that bothered by it. Pumbaa rests his head on Luigi’s shoulder while Timon literally holds on to him by the neck!

He Wants to Study Luigi

You might not remember that this cartoon Seagull, called Scuttle, was in The Little Mermaid, but we’re sure you recognize him. He plays the eccentric supporting character who claims to specialize in understanding human beings, and Ariel often seeks out his advice and “wise words.”

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

Understandably, he’s super excited to be looking at Luigi’s camera. It’s another human object for him to interpret although, he seems a bit confused. We wonder what he’d tell Ariel it did, as he was anything but accurate in the film. Remember when he thought a fork was a hairbrush?

Don’t Fall for the Bait!

Our favorite cartoon clown has to be Krusty the Clown from The Simpsons. He’s the clown who hosts The Itchy and Scratchy Show, Lisa and Bart Simpson’s favorite TV Show. He’s also usually seen as miserable and terribly addicted to cigarettes and has even become one of the main characters.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

We see him in the real world in this image, where he mimics Tim Curry’s Pennywise the Clown in 1990s Stephen King’s It. We’re introduced to the villainous character just like we see Krusty; in the gutter when it’s raining outside. Luigi should know he’s making a big mistake!

Oh, Those Slimy Eels Snitched

The Little Mermaid’s main antagonist, Ursula, is a villainous sea witch. She was banished from Atlantica by her greatest rival, King Triton. The angered sea witch vowed to take the power of the king’s trident, making her the ruler of all the ocean.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

So, to accomplish her goals, Ursula makes deals with unfortunate victims that are covertly designed to advance herself in her own ambitions. Having said that, we aren’t quite sure how Luigi got roped into this situation, but we are confident that her visit is full of mischief per usual.

It Looks Like They Adopted Luigi

Here, the Lady and the Tramp progressed past kissing over a plate of spaghetti into having a little puppy of their own! From the looks of it, it’s taken mainly Lady’s fur coloring but The Tramp’s shape and structure.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

This cute family portrait is joined by Luigi who is right in the middle of everyone. The puppy even sits on his lap as he’s busy sketching away. But dad isn’t too far, even leaning on the illustrator when he’s trying to concentrate. Adorable.

Daddy Was Right About You Humans

Disney’s 1989 protagonist from The Little Mermaid, Ariel, is the seventh and youngest daughter of King Triton. And as many, many of you know, she is Tritons’ most determined children out of all. The red-haired princess grew up with a passionate- and forbidden- admiration for the human world.

Image: Luigi Kemo Volo

She had longed to one-day experience life on the surface, where people walked free- until Luigi had to go and give us humans a bad name by doing this. But luckily, she’s exceptionally spirited, bright and headstrong, she won’t let that stop her from exploring the land.