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Californian illustrator gives the Disney princesses a film noir makeover

Freelance illustrator Astor Alexander has created movie posters that reimagine iconic Disney princesses as they would be in a 1940s film noir production.

And the more I think about it, the more brilliant I realise Astor’s idea to be. The stereotyped lead female character of the film noir genre is the femme fatale – the ‘spider-woman’, the ‘man-eater’ – the attractive and sexually enticing yet cunning, manipulative and power-hungry character. Quite a stark contrast to the female protagonists at the heart of Disney’s child-focused empire.

Suddenly, Astor has us envisioning a Belle from Beauty and the Beast wearing a detective’s badge and a handgun, suggesting this woman looking for a lot more than love.

While The Goddaughter depicts cigarette smoke trailing from the mouth of Cinderella, whose dress – while still giving a clear view of those iconic glass slippers – is positioned in a way that I don’t think would have been endorsed by Walt or be quite likely to be given an all-ages movie classification rating.

This is not the first time the Californian illustrator has played with the film noir style. Speaking with Nerdist, Astor explains that he likes how almost anything can be adapted to fit the style, even if it wouldn’t work so well as a story.

However, when it comes to the Noir Disney princesses, he thinks a little differently: “The Noir Princesses would totally work as a Cinematic Universe, though – Disney, call me.”

I hope they do, Astor, I hope they do.

Arabian Heist

Beast Hunter

Artist's depiction of Beauty and the Beast on a film noir poster.

High Seas Robbery

Artist's depiction of a Disney princess on a film noir poster.

The Lady from Henan

Artist's depiction of a Disney princess on a film noir poster.

Miss White and the Unlawful Seven

Artist's depiction of Snow White on a film noir poster.

Pocahontas, Private Eye

Artist's depiction of Pocahontas in a film noir poster for 'Pocahontas: Private Eye'.

Shadows of New Orleans

Artist's depiction of a Disney princess on a film noir poster.

The Goddaughter

Artist's depiction of Cinderella on a film noir poster.

The Long Sleep

Artist's depiction of a Disney princess on a film noir poster.

For more, check out Astor Alexander’s portfolio or follow him on Instagram.

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