New York- based animation storyboard artist Jeff Hong got his start
working on classics like "Hercules," "Mulan," "Tarzan" and "The
Emperor's New Groove." Since his time at Disney, however, he has
re-imagined the fate of characters had they actually lived in, you know,
the real world.
Hong's series "Disney Unhappily Ever After"
pictures some of your favorite heroes affected by social, political,
environmental and economic consequences, showing us what happens when
fantasy meets reality.
"The idea just popped in my head to put
Disney princesses into environments that they wouldn't be associated
with," Hong told The Huffington Post in an email. "Once I started
putting them together, I realized a lot of social issues that are always
important to me could be woven in as well. I think that's what has made
it really successful and a bit controversial as well, so I'm glad it
has started debates and discussions on the issues of racism, animal
abuse, drugs, etc." (Source)
Although this is looking into all Disney Characters, not just the Princesses, it is interesting to see how people interpret 'unhappily never after'. As I am creating a Publication of alternative endings for the Disney Princesses, it is good to see what else is out there. These images are all based on the characters being forced into the real world and how different their endings would be if they were real. This is something that I want to get across when making my publication, apart from I want my endings to be in the film, but I want them to be more realistic, and something that could happen rather than the current endings where everything fits together, and they all love happily ever after.