Following the success of Andrew Tarusov’s series of 1950’s pin-up inspired Disney Princesses, the California-based artist decided to transform the Princesses’ enemies into racy vintage models. The results are pretty awesome.
Tarusov has been in the industry for 10 years, and his work has been in publications such as Rolling Stone and Maxim.
The Little Mermaid – Ursula
Ursula is an all time favourite Disney villain. She’s empowered, determined and really smart. If you get on the wrong side of her you’ll end up in her vast collection of poor unfortunate souls. The original Disney adaption of The Little Mermaid based the aesthetics of the antagonist on Harris Glenn Milstead’s drag queen, Divine.
You can see the qualities Ursula possesses that would make her a brilliant icon within the LGBT community. Tarusov’s interpretation of the sea sorceress draws similarities to the curvaceous blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe, which really suits her.
However, the one issue I do have with vintage Ursula is how much she has been slimmed down. In the film, the sea witch embraces her fuller figure. She doesn’t give a shit about her face and neck all blending into one and it is great. In the vintage artwork her wobbly bits have been cut off which gives her a much more svelte physique, but her scary sidekicks Flotsam and Jetsam are still scary and just as sassy as Ursula. So all can be forgiven.
The Rescuers Down Under – Madame Medusa
This one’s for the proper hardcore Disney fans. Remember the film The Rescuers Down Under? Well this Jessica Rabbit style villain was the diamond-obsessed pawn shop owner who forced poor little Penny to go into caves and search for the world’s largest diamond. Remember that scene where she peels her false eyelashes off and you literally shudder with disgust?
This image couldn’t be any more different from that scene. Medusa looks completely different to the original design. Her hair and make-up are clean and under control. She has a tight and pert figure. Her boobs are not grazing the floor and her clothes actually fit. She looks approachable.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the fact that she has two pet crocodiles: Brutus and Nero! Although, there is a hint of bestiality here, which is a bit strange…
The Evil Queen – Snow White
The Evil Queen is one of Disney’s most prominent villains. She got her notoriety in their first colour animation in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. She is an iconic Disney villain and was voted the 4th most evil Disney character. In Walt Disney’s interpretation of the Wicked Queen, she is very slim, oozes elegance and is an imperial beauty. Apart from the obvious lack of clothing, there’s not much difference between Tarusov’s interpretation and Disney’s very own.
Fun fact: in the original fairy tale her name was Queen Grimhilde, but Disney doesn’t even acknowledge that. Then again, they’ve never really been known to stick to the original material. I’d be interested to hear the Mirror’s answer when she asks who’s the fairest of them all…
Sleeping Beauty – Maleficent
I’m not really sure if this racy pin-up interpretation is based on the villain from Sleeping Beauty or the live action film Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie. Maleficent the evil fairy was voted number one in Disney’s top 30 bad guys, and she is a complete bad-ass. I’m a sucker for the classics, but Disney’s most recent version of Maleficent has a stronger back-story and is much more interesting than the 1959 Sleeping Beauty version.
The original fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty involves Aurora being raped and there are connotations of rape in Maleficent, which reflects the rape culture within our society. We learn the entire back story of why she curses Aurora when she is a child and it all makes sense. In the film, we see her being drugged by someone she loved and thought she could trust, and he then massacres her wings to take them back to the king.
Angelina Jolie confirmed this was, in fact, a metaphor for rape. Maleficent is a really important villain when it comes to empowerment for women and surviving trauma. In Tarusov’s images, she looks like she could survive anything you throw her way.