The magical kingdom gets a makeover! Teen artist transforms Disney’s most beloved animal characters into people
Alaina Bastian, a teenage artist from Provo, Utah, created the illustrations for her Deviant Art page
- Characters she humanized include Simba and Nala from The Lion King as well as Baloo and Bagheera from The Jungle Book
A young illustrator and dedicated Disney fan has used her artistic skills to morph her favorite animal characters into humans.
Teenage artist Alaina Bastian from Provo, Utah, created the animations for her Deviant Art page s0alaina and later posted them to Bored Panda, explaining that she wanted to ‘humanize’ the characters by using ‘their unique personalities’ as inspiration for their appearances.
‘As an aspiring artist I have always loved Disney. My favorite [artistic trend] has been seeing Disney animals portrayed as humans!’ the young artist told Seventeen.
A new look: Teenage artist Alaina Bastian from Provo, Utah, has imagined several beloved Disney animals as human beings in a new image series
Look familiar? The young artist, who posts her work on Deviant Art, aimed to use the unique personalities of the characters for her interpretations
True to time: Alaina was also careful to stay true to the eras and countries in which the films were set
‘I’ve loved all the artists’ renditions of these characters. But I began to notice that there was a loss of key features of the characters that made them less recognizable.’
With that in mind, Alaina writes on her Bored Panda post, she went about drawing the characters ‘in the styles of their movies’ to keep the renditions more realistic to the tales she was revamping.
Among the beloved films she covered were Lady and the Tramp – where she imagined the privileged Lady as a woman with curly auburn hair and a gold dress and the stray mutt Tramp as a strapping grey-haired man in suspenders – and The Lion King, whose lead characters Simba and Nala are imagined in a similar manner to the musical based on the film.
Bit of a borrow: Alaina took some inspiration from the costumes for The Lion King musical in her humanized versions of Simba and Nala
Final result: Panther Bagheera and bear Baloo are turned into a pair of Indian buddies hanging out in the woods
For her version of the Aristocats main characters, Duchess and Thomas O’Malley, Alaina ran into difficulties over the latter’s ‘bulky build’, but ended up drawing a strapping, broad-shouldered redhead in a straw hat fawning over the platinum blonde-haired Duchess, whose locks are cut short in a curly 1910s bob.
Given that 1967’s The Jungle Book is based deep in an Indian forest, Alaina gave Mowgli’s guardians Baloo and Bagheera a distinctly South Asian look with Baloo in a small vest – not unlike the one worn by Abu in Aladdin – and Bagheera in a sort of Nehru jacket and turban in dark colors.
Computer animation movies were not out of bounds for the young artist either, who also created the John Travolta-voiced dog Bolt and his cat companion Mittens into emo teens.
A different vibe: The characters from 2008’s Bolt are imagined as emo teens in Alaina’s renderings
Strange cast mates: The characters of Tantor (L) and Terk (R) from 1999’s Tarzan were also transformed to look human
Out of the rain forest: Alaina thought that some of the existing humanized versions of Disney animals were ‘missing key features of the characters that made them less recognizable’
Terk and Tantor, the gorilla and elephant from 1999’s Tarzan are morphed into a young African woman with an upwards-sweeping hairstyle and a hulking man in just a strip of cloth and a wisp of hair on his head.
Another movie ‘humanized’ by the artist was Oliver and Company, whose characters Dodger, Oliver, and Rita were turned into a pair of shaggy-haired adults and a baseball cap-wearing kid.
In another combination post, Alaina took on the horses from several popular Disney films – each with their own unique personalities despite many of them not having the ability to talk. Included in this illustration is Samson from Sleeping Beauty, Pegasus from Hercules, Frou Frou from Aristocats, and Khan from Mulan.
The young artist, who hopes to one day score a job doing character design at an animation company like Disney or Dreamworks, added to Seventeen that she has a few other renderings up her sleeve, including ones of Bambi as well as Minnie and Mickey Mouse.
Horsing around: Alaina also humanized famous Disney horses including (l-r) Samson from Sleeping Beauty, Pegasus from Hercules, Frou Frou from Aristocats, and Khan from Mulan
Oliver and Company characters Dodger (in red scarf), Oliver (in orange), and Rita (second from left and far right) were turned into shaggy-haired adults and a little boy in a baseball cap.