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Unhappily Ever After

Jeff Hong reimagines Disney princesses in the real world

May 07, 2014 | By Staff Writer

There has been a recent trend of subverting the innocence of Disney. Many artists have attempted to highlight the underlying issues in Disney movies that perpetuate ideas like misogyny and oppression. Jeff Hong’s series Unhappily Ever After reimagines Disney characters in the real world away from the fairy godmothers and fairy dust. Hong has worked on various Disney productions including Hercules, Tarzan and Mulan. Unlike in the movies, Mulan battles the pollution in China, Tiana encounters discrimination and Ariel struggles in an oil spill. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Hong says “The idea just popped in my head to put Disney princesses into environments that they wouldn’t be associated with… 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.”

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