'Disney Unhappily Ever After' is a series of images created by New York-based animation artist Jeff Hong, that explores the life of some of the most beloved Disney characters from a real world perspective, with very grim results.
While Hong's intention was initially to portray beloved Disney characters in environments where they wouldn't normally be seen, as the concept began to take shape in his mind, the opportunity to put the spotlight on different social issues affecting the world today started to become more apparent. The clever real life photos and Disney characters mashup illustrate the major discrepancies that exist between the idealized Disney world and the real world.
The successful yet controversial photos from the 'Disney Unhappily Ever After' series puts a strong emphasis on potential ecological disasters.
Mulan is portrayed wearing a mask to protect herself from pollution. Ariel from the 'The Little Mermaid' isn't trying to find love in Jeff Hong's series. Instead, she's desperately trying to save her life after an oil spill, being forced to leave her home behind. Winnie The Pooh is also portrayed losing his home, as a result of deforestation.