Charming Illustrations Reimagine Disney Animal Characters as Humans

What would animal characters from animated Disney films look like if they were human? Art student Alaina Bastian has imagined some of these scenarios in her charming series of illustrations called Humanized. Taking into consideration the visual style of each animated film, she replaces the creatures with their similarly-drawn Homo sapiens counterpart.

Bastian went to great lengths to ensure that her updated personalities retain the attitudes of their predecessors. “I have enjoyed others' illustrations of this concept,” she writes on Bored Panda. “But I noticed that most of these versions lacked character consistency thus making them not quite as believable and lovable.” To make the shift from animal to human seamless, she designed the new characters to have the same essence–in both body language and facial expression–as the original designs.

Bastian intends to continue Humanized, and we're looking forward to seeing her future interpretations.

Above: Lady and the Tramp


Lion King

Oliver and Company


Jungle Book


Disney Horses (Left to right: Samson from Sleeping Beauty; Pegasus from Hercules; Frou Frou from The Aristocats, Khan from Mulan)

Alaina Bastain: DeviantArt | Instagram
via [Bored Panda]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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