I’ve seen many artists try to recreate iconic pairings from Disney cartoons in their own, unique artistic style, but this is by far one of the best ones I’ve seen in a long time. Here’s how South African artist Thaakirah Jacobs reimagined 6 iconic relationships from Disney cartoons in her own, unique and beautiful style.
What I love most about the art of Thaakirah Jacobs is her attention to detail in every one of these pictures. Everything from the designs of the shirts to the way the characters are standing is a direct “pull” from the classic cartoons. Sure, a lot of credit goes to Disney for giving us fleshed out characters, but at least as much credit goes to the artist for noticing them and depicting them so clearly in her illustrations.
Here we have the recognizable red color palette from the Mulan cartoon as well as well as the iconic way in which Li Shang is holding Mulan.
Of all the illustrations from this little series, the one that depicts Ariel and Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid are my favorite. Here, too, I like all the little details. First, there’s the nautical theme of the shirt worn by Ariel and the anchor logo worn by Prince Eric. Then, of course, there’s the fork — a reference to one of the most memorable scenes from the cartoon when Ariel doesn’t know what it’s used for.
And just look at the way they’re both looking at that fork. They’re clearly laughing at something from their past, a moment from early on in their relationship that meant a lot to both of them.