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13 Iconic Characters Reimagined in Different Eras

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Plenty of artists have thought about how their favorite pop culture characters would be like if they lived in drastically different time periods. Here's what a few of them have come up with.

1. Star Wars in Biblical Times

DeviantArt user xearsIII’s "Star Wars in Manuscript" series is impressive because it portrays the characters of Star Wars in Biblical times, as though they were painted during Medieval Times.

2. Masters of the Universe in Medieval Times

When you really want to celebrate Medieval art, though, it’s hard to beat Jason Hernandez’s panel painting depicting the story of He-Man and Battle Cat defeating Skelator. In case you’re wondering what Magister Mundi Sum means, it’s Latin for “I am Master of the Universe.”

3. The Avengers in Feudal Japan

While DeviantArtist genesischant’s take on Loki as a mythological Japanese demon is particularly well-suited to the troublesome character, I’m quite partial to his take on Samurai Iron Man. All in all, the entire group of Feudal Avengers is well thought out and quite clever.

4. Star Wars in Edo Japan

There are actually quite a few artistic takes on Star Wars characters living in the Edo period and it makes sense –George Lucas based the original stories largely on the samurai stories of filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. While there are plenty of takes on Samurai Star Wars characters, artist Steve Bialik’s are particularly fun because they not only imagine the characters in the style of ancient samurai warriors, but because the pieces themselves strongly resemble the artwork of that time period. He’s done at least a dozen of these images, so you really ought to check out his site, but until then, here’s his depiction of Princess Leia and Jabba the Hutt.

5. Wizard of Oz in 16th Century China

Talk about not being in Kansas anymore. Artist Billy Nunez set The Wizard of Oz in China. The Scarecrow is dressed like a rice farmer, the Tin Man looks like a warrior, and the Cowardly Lion is a tiger instead.

6. Star Wars in Victorian England

Vader may be evil, but he’s still a gentleman, which is precisely why he agreed to pose in this fantastic photograph with Boba Fett, Yoda, and Chewbacca. I particularly like that artist Terry Fan determined that Victorian-Era Chewy would wear a monocle.

7. Star Trek in Victorian England

Still can’t get enough scifi from the Victorian period? Then check out Rabittooth’s take on the cast of Star Trek from the time of Jules Verne. When you think about it, it is highly illogical. 

8. Transformers in the Victorian Era

Talk about more than meets the eye (or in this case, the monocle). DeviantArt user BrianKesinger imagined what the Transformers would look like if they were instead Victorian Transmogrifiers, and the result combines steampunk sensibilities with nostalgia for some of the best toys of the '80s.

9. Mario in the Late '70s

Ready to rebel against the tyranny of Bowser? Well, here’s your chance with the Punk Super Mario Bros. game you never knew you wanted. I really wish Butcher Billy’s creation wasn’t just art, but was actually a playable video game.

10. Star Wars in the '80s

DeviantArt user DenisM79 asked himself what would happen if the characters of the Star Wars universe were actually high school kids when the movies were released. The result is a hilarious series featuring Imperial bullies, Yoda the gym teacher, and a Princess Leia who simply refuses to take her headphones off no matter where she goes.

11. Game of Thrones in '80s and '90s

What would the cast from Game of Thrones look like if they were instead transported to the mid-80s or early-90s? Artist Mike Wrobel knows and those who follow the show will probably agree that he has done a fantastic job of taking the characters and transporting them to the times of Back to the Future and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

12. Mad Men in Modern Times

While most of these artworks feature the characters themselves, the designers from Shutter Stock decided to portray only the office objects that the characters of Mad Men use every day and how they would change if the show was set in modern times. The resulting "Mod Men" series shows that you don’t need to show an iconic character to make a powerful piece of art showing a difference in time periods.

13. The Shining in Modern Times

This comic, by Josh Mecouch, might not be as artistic as many of the others on this list, but it does make a good point about just how critical time periods can be to a story. After all, if The Shining took place today, Jack very well may have found a good distraction from his madness and murderous thoughts.

See Also:

10 Pieces of Fan Art That Ask “What If Things Ended Differently?”

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11 Times Mickey Mouse Was Banned
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Despite being one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved characters, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Mickey Mouse, who turns 89 years old today. A number of countries—and even U.S. states—have banned the cartoon rodent at one time or another for reasons both big and small.

1. In 1930, Ohio banned a cartoon called “The Shindig” because Clarabelle Cow was shown reading Three Weeks by Elinor Glyn, the premier romance novelist of the time. Check it out (1:05) and let us know if you’re scandalized:

2. With movies on 10-foot screen being a relatively new thing in Romania in 1935, the government decided to ban Mickey Mouse, concerned that children would be terrified of a monstrous rodent.

3. In 1929, a German censor banned a Mickey Mouse short called “The Barnyard Battle.” The reason? An army of cats wearing pickelhauben, the pointed helmets worn by German military in the 19th and 20th centuries: "The wearing of German military helmets by an army of cats which oppose a militia of mice is offensive to national dignity. Permission to exhibit this production in Germany is refused.”

4. The German dislike for Mickey Mouse continued into the mid-'30s, with one German newspaper wondering why such a small and dirty animal would be idolized by children across the world: "Mickey Mouse is the most miserable ideal ever revealed ... Healthy emotions tell every independent young man and every honorable youth that the dirty and filth-covered vermin, the greatest bacteria carrier in the animal kingdom, cannot be the ideal type of animal.” Mickey was originally banned from Nazi Germany, but eventually the mouse's popularity won out.

5. In 2014, Iran's Organization for Supporting Manufacturers and Consumers announced a ban on school supplies and stationery products featuring “demoralizing images,” including that of Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Sleeping Beauty, and characters from Toy Story.

6. In 1954, East Germany banned Mickey Mouse comics, claiming that Mickey was an “anti-Red rebel.”

7. In 1937, a Mickey Mouse adventure was so similar to real events in Yugoslavia that the comic strip was banned. State police say the comic strip depicted a “Puritan-like revolt” that was a danger to the “Boy King,” Peter II of Yugoslavia, who was just 14 at the time. A journalist who wrote about the ban was consequently escorted out of the country.

8. Though Mussolini banned many cartoons and American influences from Italy in 1938, Mickey Mouse flew under the radar. It’s been said that Mussolini’s children were such Mickey Mouse fans that they were able to convince him to keep the rodent around.

9. Mickey and his friends were banned from the 1988 Seoul Olympics in a roundabout way. As they do with many major sporting events, including the Super Bowl, Disney had contacted American favorites to win in each event to ask them to say the famous “I’m going to Disneyland!” line if they won. When American swimmer Matt Biondi won the 100-meter freestyle, he dutifully complied with the request. After a complaint from the East Germans, the tape was pulled and given to the International Olympic Committee.

10. In 1993, Mickey was banned from a place he shouldn't have been in the first place: Seattle liquor stores. As a wonderful opening sentence from the Associated Press explained, "Mickey Mouse, the Easter Bunny and teddy bears have no business selling booze, the Washington State Liquor Control Board has decided." A handful of stores had painted Mickey and other characters as part of a promotion. A Disney VP said Mickey was "a nondrinker."

11. Let's end with another strike against The Shindig (see #1) and Clarabelle’s bulging udder. Less than a year after the Shindig ban, the Motion Picture Producers and Directors of America announced that they had received a massive number of complaints about the engorged cow udders in various Mickey Mouse cartoons.

From then on, according to a 1931 article in Time magazine, “Cows in Mickey Mouse ... pictures in the future will have small or invisible udders quite unlike the gargantuan organ whose antics of late have shocked some and convulsed others. In a recent picture the udder, besides flying violently to left and right or stretching far out behind when the cow was in motion, heaved with its panting with the cow stood still.”

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Samsung’s Star Wars Vacuums Offer Everything You Want in a Droid
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Hate housecleaning but love Star Wars? Samsung’s got the solution. In anticipation of December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the newest film in the Star Wars saga, Samsung has transformed a limited number of its VR7000 POWERbot robot vacuum cleaners into two familiar faces from George Lucas’s legendary space opera: a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader (which comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and a remote control).

In order to create a unique device that would truly thrill Star Wars aficionados, Samsung consulted with fans of the film throughout each stage of the process. The result is a pair of custom-crafted robo-vacuums that fill your home with the sounds of a galaxy far, far away as they clean (when you turn Darth Vader on, for example, you'll hear his iconic breathing).

“We are very pleased to be part of the excitement leading up to the release of The Last Jedi and to be launching our limited edition POWERbot in partnership with Star Wars fans,” B.S. Suh, Samsung’s executive vice president, said in a press statement. “From its industry-leading suction power, slim design, and smart features, to the wonderful character-themed voice feedback and sound effects, we are confident the Star Wars limited edition of the VR7000 will be a big hit.”

Be warned that this kind of power suction doesn’t come cheap: while the Stormtrooper POWERbot will set you back $696, the Darth Vader vacuum retails for $798. Who knew the Dark Side was so sparkling clean?


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