What Your Favorite Disney Characters Would Look Like As Humans

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If you've ever wondered what your favorite animals from Disney films would look like as humans, we're stoked to say that the day has finally come. 

Artist Pugletto created a series of stunning illustrations on her Tumblr page, and they are way more than impressive. Who knew animated characters, especially animals, could be transformed so easily?

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The young animator from Wisconsin was very frustrated that there wasn't any diversity of the Disney animals because there wasn't any variation of ethnicity in any previous adaptations.

According to Pugletto, "I was actually scrolling through Deviantart one day and just got really frustrated about the amount of Simbas with white skin and flowing red hair. The way I see it is The Lion King is a story that takes place in Africa... [so] I reimagined the characters as humans the way they would look if they were from Africa."

Because the animals talked and had very human characteristics and personalities, it wasn't a stretch to turn some of the most famous Disney animals into their human adaptations. "The project went from alleviating my frustrations to employing diversity where there was a blatant absence of it," she said.


In an effort to preserve the true ethnicity of each character, she dug into the culture, time period, and location. She did her research before she started working on the characters to give them the most lifelike and plausable adaptation.

She also portrayed each animal in the race most predominant of each character's original culture, and followed the normal tones and colors of their native clothing.

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Pugletto added, "I try not to be very typical about it, but I mostly try to ensure the characters themselves retain similar angles and structures."

It's no surprise that what originally started as an art blog blew up into a social media phenomenon, with each drawing getting thousands of reblogs. 


With a new take on the human Lion King characters, she gained vast attention on social media. In response, she said, "People liked it so much, I went ahead and took some liberties with other animal characters from my childhood."


She took it a step further by reimagining a universe with minorities, a trait that Disney sadly lacks.


"Disney fans come from all over, and there are plenty of us who grew up without many cartoons made in our image. I wanted to take iconic characters and forge something that could reach out to more people," she expressed.

I applaud her for making these drawings of Disney animals diverse. I'm a Disney lover through and through, but I must say that I'm excited to see more races and skin colors being celebrated.

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Editor's Note: This article was originally posted on June 2015 and was updated with the latest information.​

Cassandra Rose is a writer with a focus on entertainment and trending topics.