Tim Burton started his career as an animator for Disney back in the 80s, but found himself fired when the studio deemed his dark gothic style a bit too weird.
What would Disney classics look like had the Edward Scissorhands director had his way with them?
That question has been answered in spectacular fashion by Russian-born artist and animator Andrew Taruson.
Taruson has given ten Disney favourites a special Burton-style spin. His latest artwork was released through Taruson’s Facebook page and has quickly gone viral.
Everything from Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs to Pinocchio and Bambi have been reimagined in Taruson’s new poster images.
Expect skeletal figures, sunken eyes and plenty of spiders and bats that bring to mind Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride.
Tarusov revealed that Bambi was the first poster he designed, as he was able to put together its artwork “fast and easily” by sketching out then digitally colouring through Photoshop.
“I love how Burton’s style looks vintage, chic, and cute all at the same time,” Tarusov told HelloGiggles. “His work is often marketed as ‘horror’ movies. But at the same time, it’s not a horror… It could be any genre.”
Particularly striking is Tarusov’s take on The Lion King, which mimics the iconic poster for Nightmare Before Christmas by having Simba held aloft against the moonlight.
His haunting version of Pinocchio – hollowed out eyes staring forlornly at Jiminy Cricket – is pure nightmare fodder.
This isn’t Tarusov’s first venture into daring Disney artwork. He previously re-envisioned Disney princesses and Marvel heroines in a set of risqué, NSFW pin-up poses.
You’d think Disney’s lawyers would have had a field day – but as yet he’s been able to get them published without incurring the House of Mouth’s considerable wrath.
Get a look at all ten of Taruson’s Disney/Burton posters over on his website.