Disney princesses and properties receive Tim Burton treatment

in Artwork, Disney, Marvel, Movies, Star Wars, Television, What If

Now that Tim Burton has returned to direct Disney movies (“Dumbo), what would other animated classics look like under his command? Enter Andrew Tarusov and his version of some classic characters from the Walt Disney Company, Burton style.

Weird, whimsical and deliciously dark themes pervade these peculiar pictures. From Marvel superheroes to familiar faces of children’s fairy tales, Tarusov even includes a few other pop culture icons in his imagery.

Andrew Tarusov Disney art

Imagine Jack Skellington moving past Christmastown and taking over Walt Disney Studios.  Along with classic Disney characters, properties like Star Wars and Marvel morph into creepy cool versions in the style of Tim Burton.  These re-imagined renditions are the work of Russian artist Andrew Tarusov.

Andrew Tarusov

The 33-year-old artist relies on his ten-year tenure in the film industry to fuel his passion for pin-up, comics and animation. Now residing in Los Angeles with his wife Tarusov has worked with publications like “Cosmopolitan,” “Maxim,” “Rolling Stone,” “Time,” “USA Today” and MTV.

A Darker side of Disney

While Tim Burton may have just directed a live version of “Dumbo,” these other iconic animated amazements depict Burton’s darker style. In addition to the images below, Tarusov also crafted Burtonesque images of Aladdin and Jasmine, Dumbo, Ariel, and “101 Dalmations.”

Andrew Tarusov Bambi

Andrew Tarusov Beauty and the Beast

Andrew Tarusov Sleeping Beauty

Andrew Tarusov Lion King

Andrew Tarusov Pinocchio

Macabre Marvels

Imagine if the Avengers returned to Disney+ as a new animated series directed by Tim Burton. Whimsically macabre impressions of just such a collaboration, created by Tarusov, give us a glimpse into this realm.  Heroes like Wolverine, Thor, Spider-Man, Iron Man and Hulk appear as if they were part of a twisted tale told by Burton.

Andrew Tarusov Hulk

Andrew Tarusov Iron Man

Andrew Tarusov Spider-Man

Andrew Tarusov Thor

Andrew Tarusov Wolverine

The Force of Fear

Turning to the dark side, Andrew Tarusov transforms Star Wars heroes and villains into spooky, stylized selections seemingly sliced from the mind of Tim Burton. Oh, what fun an animated series in this style could be!

Andrew Tarusov Rey BB8

Andrew Tarusov Darth Vader

Andrew Tarusov Han Solo and Chewbacca

Andrew Tarusov Kyto Ren

Source and images: Andrew Tarusov’s Website and Facebook page
(note, as Mr. Tarusov is also a pin-up artist, some content on these sites/pages may not be suitable for all audiences)

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    Jack Crack

    Are people really going to keep doing a story on the “What if Tim Burton designed Disney Characters?” drawings evey time he has a new film released? Yes, we’ve seen them…years ago! They’re clever, yes, but not really with Burton’s current style so they’re not really valid. Oh well, can’t wait for a post like this again when the next Tim Burton film is released. ?

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