Ever since Disney bought out Lucasfilm three years ago, fans have been making wisecracks about how Princess Leia is a “Disney Princess” now. Since then, the fan-made mash-ups between Walt’s animated heroines and those from a galaxy far, far away have been coming out on a fairly regular basis. Most of these mashups, however, have lazily involved the Disney princesses holding a blaster or lightsaber, or worse, wearing the slave Leia outfit. While some of these are pretty cool, how about making the Disney Princesses really conform to Star Wars tropes for a change. Would that be so bad?
Now a Brooklyn-based illustrator by the name of Will Varner, who is an art director and in-house illustrator at BuzzFeed, has gone and done just that, creating an awesome series of illustrations featuring the Disney Princesses in true Star Wars garb. For starters, we’ve got everyone’s
most hated character favorite aquatic gungan, Jar-Jar Binks, working the whole “under the sea” Little Mermaid look, clearly a mashup that was destined to be. There’s also Belle from Beauty and the Beast as Chewbacca, and Cinderella as C-3PO, looking a little like Rosie the robot maid from The Jetsons.
Other mashups in this series that seem like no-brainers are Jabba’s green-skinned dancer Oola from Return of the Jedi as Rapunzel from Tangled, and The Clone Wars‘ Ahsoka Tano as Mulan. Some are a little more out of left field (Aurora from Sleeping Beauty as Jabba the Hutt? Pocahontas as an Ewok?? Uh, sure, why not?), but are no less awesome for it.
You can check out all of Varner’s Disney Princess/Star Wars mash-ups in the gallery below.
IMAGES: Will Varner