Laura Cooper
Laura Cooper

8 Extreme Disney Princess Mashups

Laura Cooper
Laura Cooper

The group of characters now known as the Disney Princesses as a brand are a money-making machine for Disney. For internet artists and comedians, their iconic clothing and colors that make them so recognizable to little children also make them a tempting trope for blending with just about anything—the more ridiculous, the better. Here are a few examples of making some random group of things into recognizable Disney Princesses.


Finnish DeviantART member Hapuriainen reimagined Disney Princesses as Pokemon trainers and drew them in anime style. That proved to be so popular that she did more, and more, until there was an entire series of Disney characters in this style.

Then she gave some of them additional clothing and accessories! See Ariel, Snow White, and Belle.


DeviantART member TortallMagic, Cherie Potter, uses the character Olaf from the movie Frozen as a starting point for many different mashups. She dresses him as everyone from Santa Claus to Game of Thrones characters. The list includes the Disney princesses, of which there are now 17 illustrations.


A couple of years ago, the internet went wild for sloths. Phillip Light used the animal’s distinctive features, namely the face, claws, and their tendency to lie flat and move slowly, in his version of 11 Disney Princesses.


Buzzfeed illustrator Jen Lewis drew Disney Princesses as Minions, comical characters first seen in the movie Despicable Me, which is not a Disney film. She immediately apologized for them.


More recently, Lewis considered the recent mania for anything related to Donald Trump as a sign that he’d make a good Disney Princess. See all nine of them.


Laura Cooper is the artist behind the webcomic XP. She also does commissioned art. One of her side projects is Velociprincesses—Disney Princesses reimagined as Velociraptors. On the surface, that could be just another of many Disney Princess mashup ideas, but her quotes that go with each dino-princess are priceless. There are a dozen in all.


Anna Hezel and Gabriella Paiella of Lucky Peach dressed up hot dogs as Disney Princesses for a joke post, a sort of commentary on the silliness of the trend of mashing up Disney princesses with anything. And a lot of folks thought it was funny. But then Disney Princess fans started recreating them at home, and they became a hit all over again for a different reason! They’re both cute and silly, and a fun project to share with the kids.  


Kevin Bolk looked for the most uninteresting thing possible to make a statement about the mashups. He ended up “reimagining” Disney Princesses as piles of rocks! It struck a chord: he got 44,000 comments on the post, and those were just Tumblr members.


Gemma Correll has several more ideas for Disney Princess mashups in case someone wants to do a whole series. My favorite is the Prokaryotic Microorganisms.

See also: 20 Artistic Takes on Disney Princesses and 10 Downright Dangerous Disney Princesses.

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Success of Black Panther Inspires Disney to Donate $1 Million to Youth STEM Programs
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Disney/Marvel Studios

Since opening in U.S. theaters on February 16, Blank Panther has already defied industry expectations more than once. The blockbuster now holds the records for biggest February opening, biggest standalone Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, and highest-grossing film featuring a black cast. To celebrate the film's groundbreaking success, Disney is donating $1 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Fortune reports.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America is a nonprofit organization that provides after-school programs to young people from low-income households. They offer kids a place to build their athletic, artistic, and leadership skills, but Disney's donation will go specifically toward funding STEM programs (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

The technology of the fictional African nation of Wakanda plays a central role in Black Panther. Shuri, T'Challa's sister and the head of all things tech in the film, has been praised for potentially inspiring young women to take an interest in STEM. "It is thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film," Robert A. Iger, Disney's chairman and CEO, said in a statement. "So it’s fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in underserved areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America will use Disney's generous donation to help establish STEM Centers of Innovation in cities across the U.S., including Atlanta, where much of the movie was shot, and Oakland, California, the hometown of Black Panther director Ryan Coogler. Ten additional cities, from New Orleans to Chicago, will also be getting STEM centers of their own.

The donation is sure to make a huge impact on communities around the country, but it's just a fraction of what Disney is set to make from the film. According to some projections, it won't be long before film surpasses the $1 billion mark at the global box office.

[h/t Fortune]

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How Did the Super Bowl's 'I'm Going to Disney World' Slogan Originate?
Paul Hiffmeyer, Disneyland Resort via Getty Images
Paul Hiffmeyer, Disneyland Resort via Getty Images

It’s a Super Bowl tradition as recognizable as catchy commercials, lengthy halftime shows, and mounds of leftover guacamole, but how did the famous "I'm going to Disney World" and "I'm going to Disneyland" slogans make their way to (almost) every big game since 1987?

The idea for the slogan itself can be credited to Jane Eisner, the wife of former Disney CEO Michael Eisner. In 2015, he recounted the story behind the tagline to Sports Illustrated:

"In January 1987, we were launching Disneyland’s Star Tours, an attraction based on Star Wars. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, my wife, Jane, and I had dinner with George Lucas, as well as Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, who had just become the first people to fly around the world without stopping. It was late and the conversation hit a lull as we waited for our food. So I asked Dick and Jeana, 'Well, now that you’ve accomplished the pinnacle of your aspirations, what could you possibly do next?' Rutan responded, without hesitation, 'I’m going to Disneyland.' And of course I go, 'Wow, that’s cool! You made the right choice.' But my wife interjects: 'You know, that’s a good slogan.'"

Around this time, the NFL playoffs were well underway, with the New York Giants and Denver Broncos set to face each other at Super Bowl XXI. What better time to unveil this new marketing slogan than at the biggest TV event of the year? Once Eisner decided on a time and place to debut the phrase, the teams’ two quarterbacks, Phil Simms and John Elway, both received identical offers: $75,000 for the winner to say "I’m going to Disney World" and "I’m going to Disneyland" to a Disney camera as they ran off the field after the game. This would then be used in a commercial with Disney World or Disneyland being shown depending on where it aired. (This is then oftentimes followed by an actual trip to a Disney park within the next few days, where the spokesperson takes part in a parade in his team's honor). 

Simms was hesitant at first, but once he heard Elway agreed to it, he was on board. The NFL also signed off on Disney’s plan, so now it was up to the company to find a way to get their cameras on the field before all-out madness could erupt. Tom Elrod, Disney’s president of marketing and entertainment in 1987, told Sports Illustrated:

"We wanted it to be authentic, but that meant being the first camera on the field, in the most frenetic environment you could possibly imagine. We’d be competing with broadcast crews and journalists and hangers-on and teammates, just to have some guy look into a camera and say, 'I’m going to Disney World.' It’s wild if you think about it. That first year, I don’t think anyone thought that was achievable."

It’s a good thing the reluctant Simms changed his tune about Disney’s offer, because his Giants beat Elway’s Broncos 39-20. Not only was Simms awarded his first Super Bowl win and the game’s MVP award, he also got a cool $75,000 for uttering two simple sentences (though he had to say both sentences three times each, just to be sure). 

The tradition has carried on ever since, except in 2005 for Super Bowl XXXIX and in 2016 for Super Bowl 50, when no commercials aired (though Super Bowl 50's winning quarterback, Peyton Manning, went to Disneyland anyway).

The slogan now extends beyond football, having been uttered by everyone from NBA players to Olympians and American Idol contestants. And even if they don't wind up in a commercial, chances are a championship team will still be greeted by a Disney park parade, like the one thrown for the Chicago Cubs in 2016. 

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