We all grew up on Saturday morning cartoons, Happy meal toys, and of course… Disney movies. From the old classics like Bambi, Dumbo and The Jungle Book, to our childhood favorites like Aladdin and Lion King, through to today’s modern classics like Wall-E, Cars 2, and Toy Story 19 - these ‘kids’ stories kick some serious animated butt. While most people are satisfied with the originals, we like to check out how artists are putting their own spin on these cute, cuddly creations. The results are often adorable, funny, bizarre, and sometimes even creepy.
10. Darth Mickey
If this guy controlled the force, it would be lollipops and gumdrops for everyone and no need for a rebellion. This mash-up was created by Edvin Puzinkevich a San Francisco based artist.
9. Dumbo Disney Kawaiicon
Cute? Definitely. The ears, the feathers, the hat… There is no doubt about it, Jerrod Maruyama is the king of cute on Dribbble, which has earned him a few spots on this top 10 list.
8. Evil Queen (from Snow White)
This piece by Kate is one of those iconic images that you instantly recognize as beautiful and evil at the same time. And nothing says evil like people in positions of power giving poisonous fruit to children.
7. Circle of Life
So this isn’t quite a Disney shot, but it is. If you cannot figure out the connection, then we can safely say you are not a true Disney fan. This parody is a combination of Craig Henry’s No Passage, with a twist of Paul Kelley.
6. Buzz Lightyear
Who can forget the first time they saw Toy Story? Well maybe a lot of you, but this piece truly captures the fun, playful side of the Buzz - it almost feels like you can pick him up and start making whoooshing sounds. Kudos to Matt Kaufenberg, he’s got one of Sheriff Woody too.
Courtney Godbey really captures the essence of Rapunzel in this piece. The long flowing hair with big pretty eyes in the lavender gown just scream Tangled 3! or are we on Tangled 4 already?
4. I Love Lamp
This is one of those pieces that could be Disney related, but might not be. Rogie’s simple yet subtle design alludes to the genie lamp we have all grown to know and love over the years. You’re right Rogie, we do love lamp.
3. Pooh Honey Pots
Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh, tubby little chubby all stuffed with fluff he’s…. Jerrod Maruyama returns to our list with these adorable Winnie the Pooh honeypots.
2. Little Mermaid
This piece speaks for itself, and for the talent of its creator Edward Sanchez. Ariel could almost be real, the lighting and texturing is perfect, and the blurry seaweed in the fore and background are the cherry on top.
1. Mickey & Minnie - The Kiss
Jerrod Maruyama has done it again. If you had any concerns that Jerrod is not up for the cute challenge, this should erase all doubt. I mean just check out his cute Star Wars and Little Yoda pieces if you need more proof. Well done Jerrod, you’ve wowed us again!
Bonus Digital Delight: OH BOY!