It’s dark, mysterious, and sometimes a little steamy. Film Noir has always been a popular cinema genre, spanning more than 60 years. Right in step with the niche, artist Astor Alexander has taken pen to paper and illustrated our favorite Disney girls as Film Noir Princesses. These badass femmes are sleuths, robbers, heist-women, and sometimes, an unknowing victim. Each print (available for purchase on Society6) shows the real personalities of the Disney Princesses, but seamlessly fitting into the Film Noir genre.
The “Noir Princesses” illustration series shows the nitty gritty, yet still stylish Hollywood Crime Drama era (often the 1940s and 1950s, but not exclusive) and often has high contrast black and white film techniques. The melodramatic action can share cynical attitudes, sexual motivations, corruption, self-destruction or other political means. Often times, the endings are not happy. Think about Disney’s Dick Tracy and its high style presentation, as well as some of its action. It’s a perfect contemporary example of the adaptation of the genre.
These gals have a lot of melodrama and plenty of the sexual motivation paired with girl power. It’s interesting the varying casting the girls are in. For example, Jasmine plays the thief and Ariel the head heist-woman. You’ll see the personality of each Princess laid bare, but twisted and twined with the Film Noir genre types. Alexander’s new film titles like “The Long Sleep” or “Beast Hunter” make us want to see these films made. What creativity they would have!
Which of Astor Alexander’s prints is your favorite? With Festival of the Arts happening at Walt Disney World Resort, we’d love to purchase these illustrations and display them in our offices.
Solve the Case & Take Home These Film Noir Princesses
Purchase prints or other items with Astor Alexander’s Noir Princesses here on Society6! You can also follow his new creations on his Instagram or Tumblr. Fan art is amazingly creative and this set would be an instant classic in your home. Find other fan art like tributes to the new cast of The Little Mermaid or the redressed characters we know based on the original concept art.