Everybody loves Disney. So when our favourite princes and princesses are fused with pop culture icons, it’s definitely going to be a good day.
Greek artist Gregory Masouras is doing exactly that. His witty and brilliant Photoshop work swaps celebrities and other cultural icons for Disney characters, and the result is everything.
The project, entitled #AnimationInReality, began in 2014 when Greg spotted a cloud that looked a lot like a Batman logo. Checking it out from the lens of his new iPhone, inspiration struck and the series was born.
Pocahontas as @iamNaomiCampbell wearing a Vogue print look from the #VersaceSS18 #VersaceTribute collection @versace_official. Photo edit by @GregoryMasouras Photographed by #StevenMeisel Artistic Director: @Donatella_Versace Art Director: @FerdinandoVerderi Styled by @kjeldgaard1 Make up: @PatMcgrathreal Hair: @GuidoPalau Casting Director: @pg_dmcasting #AnimationInReality #Versace #NaomiCampbell #donatellaversace #Pocahontas #Disney
There are no holds barred when it comes to who Greg turns into a cartoon – from former First Lady Michelle Obama, to athletes, models and actors, even the lead characters of your favourite TV shows (Frozen‘s Elsa as Khaleesi, anyone? I mean, I’m dead).
And when you look at the artwork, it’s almost hard to tell the Disney guys and girls are not real people! The melding of photography and animation is absolutely seamless, which is a testament to Greg’s artistic vision and Photoshop skills.
Although the work mainly portrays female subjects (thank you, Greg, for the representation), there are a few princes who make an appearance. One particularly droolworthy image comes in the form of a GQ cover where three boxer-clad models with abs of steel are gifted with the perfect visages of Prince Charming, Hercules and Prince Eric.
Not to be creepy, but yum!
Greg’s whole series is delightful, not only inducing smiles and fuzzy feelings, but also a powerful reminder that at the end of day, we can all be whoever we want to be, and no goal is unattainable.