What kid in America hasn’t found themselves swept away into the cartoon reality of a classic Disney movie? It’s almost a rite of passage for all children for the past fifty years or so. The characters in these movies speak to kids of every age, looming large in pop culture. To their audience, Disney characters are real, they just don’t look like it.
Now, one Helsinki-based artist, Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen, has bridged the gap between these celluloid titans and the real world. He’s taken Disney character fan art and created a long list of stunningly realistic Disney characters. From Aladdin to Gaston, Ursula to Alice, Jirka Vinse has re-imagined these beloved characters as deeply detailed real-world models.
Ever wondered what Belle might look like with a little more texture? Have you considered whether it’s possible for Captain Hook to maintain that maniacal gleam even in the real world?
Well, here’s your chance.
Jane, 'Tarzan'Photo: Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen / Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen
Tarzan’s Jane has retained the precocious curiosity that gets her involved with the titular ape man.6,528913Is this realistic?
Esmerelda, 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'
Free-wheeling Esmerelda is drawn as a coy enchantress, a perfectly fitting presentation for the Romani woman.6,198889Is this realistic?
Jasmine, 'Aladdin'Photo: flickr / CC0
These are the deep brown eyes of a woman who would have zero problems taming a wild tiger.6,8301,055Is this realistic?
Cruella de Vil, '101 Dalmations'
There’s clear evil in the eyes of Cruella de Vil, a woman who’s greatest joy is donning the freshly skinned fur of an innocent animal.5,9341,050Is this realistic?