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.
High Seas Robbery
The Lady from Henan
Miss White and the Unlawful Seven
Pocahontas, Private Eye
Shadows of New Orleans
The Long Sleep