Unhappily Ever After: A Telling Art Series Showing Disney Characters Placed in Today’s Context
A majority of kids in the west -including me- grew up with Disney’s films as the almost exclusive point of reference for ‘Kids Entertainment’. Let’s not forget that for a long time, Disney was pretty much alone until Dreamworks, Pixar (without or with Disney), Studio Ghibli and others either emerged or broke through international markets.
Jeff Hong’s Unhappily Ever After is an interesting work series that uses familiar figures from Disney’s films and makes a strong statement showing the environment those characters would likely have to face in our current world. A world where Pocahontas works in a casino, Ratatouille is tortured, Bambi is a trophy, and Belle is subjected to social pressure. Interestingly enough, Hong has not produced yet a provocative piece where the central character is ‘the prince’.
Check a selection of Hong’s work below, see all his work and follow him on Tumblr here:
[thanks to Premiere]