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These Brazilian Artists Reimagined ‘Game of Thrones’ Characters as Disney Ones And Some People Were Losing It

It’s been almost one year since the Game of Thrones series finale, and if you were one of the millions of fans of the cult HBO series, then it’s likely you’re hankering for more tales from Westeros. While the prospect of remaking the final season is unlikely, despite a petition garnering a massive 1.7 million signatures, perhaps this Disney-inspired version of the fantasy drama will temporarily satisfy your hunger for more.

Yup, it’s true. Your favorite ‘Game of Thrones’ characters are now Disney illustration.

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Brazilian artists Fernando Mendonça and Anderson Mahanski have reimagined characters and scenes from Game of Thrones as if they were in an alternate Disney World Studios setting. The animators, who work for the South American country’s Combo Studio, not only turn the characters into cartoons but also insert some of the beloved — and despised — personalities into scenes from our favorite childhood classics.

In the illustrations, we see Jamie Lannister and Brienne of Tarth dancing romantically and resembling Belle and the Beast from “Beauty and the Beast.” We also spot Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen riding on a dragon that bears semblance to Jasmine and Aladdin flying on a magic carpet in “Aladdin.” Then there’s a night walker gleefully twirling in a winter-blue setting, appearing as a blend of Cinderella and Elsa.

“Look I’ll show you … How I burn this world,” reads the caption of Combo Studio’s post about the illustrations from April, when the animation house released the images. The quote, which is presented with Aladdin-inspired art of Jon and Daeny, merge the two fantastical worlds together.

OK…so maybe to some a mashup of the often violent and sexual GOT with Disney is kind of weird.

While some might find the Rated R violence and sexual activity of Game of Thrones too obscene for a Disney makeover, the mash-up is more fitting than you might first believe. Disney’s greatest animated films are filled with monarchs, dragons, witches and mythical journeys. Princesses realize their might as evil foes, ahem Cersei, try to capture them. It almost feels like Disney sagas were inspo for some of the gory scenarios that make up the eight-season series — albeit with less blood and nudity.

But, for the most part, fans of the series are into it.

“Man, this is wonderful,” one commenter said in Portuguese on Instagram. “Love it,” added another.

This isn’t the first time the the Brazilian team have taken characters and turned them into illustrations.

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The Rio de Janeiro-based illustrators, who are behind animated Brazilian series like Super Drags and GadgetGang in Outer Space as well as the documentary “Luz, Anima, Ação,” have turned esteemed characters and celebrities into illustrations before. Mendonça, for instance, has also cartoonized Daryl Dixon from AMC’s horror drama series The Walking Dead, Captain Jack Sparrow from the fantasy films “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Fiona Goode from the anthology horror series American Horror Story, and Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder from the crime drama series The Killing as well as celebrities like Beyoncé and Elvis, among many more.

Mendonça isn’t the only pop culture buff in the duo, though. His partner Mahanski has also animated famed TV characters and artists, including Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw, the “Sound of Music’s” Maria von Trapp as well as a few illustrations of the pop icon Madonna.

The team is also not the first to merge ‘Game of Thrones’ with Disney films.

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Back in 2014, artist Sam Tsui, also known as DjeDjehuti on DeviantArt, meshed the “Magical World of Disney” with the “Wonderful World of Westeros” to create 13 illustrations of the series’ women characters as Disney princesses.

In the project, Cersei Lannister took on the role of Aurora; Daenerys became Elsa, Catelyn Stark reemerged as Cinderella; Olenna Tyrell was reimagined as Grandma Fa; Sansa Stark became Rapunzel; Margaery Tyrell starred as Belle; Shae transformed into Snow White; Meera Reed was depicted as Tiana; Ellaria Sand was represented as Jasmine; Brienne of Tarth was illustrated as Mulan; Arya Stark was drawn as Lilo; Melisandre became Ariel; and Ygritte was portrayed as Merida.

If you’ve already re-watched Game of Thrones for the third time and have gone through all your mental rewrites of the final season, thinking through this kid-friendly version might be more indulging than you think. Sure, the battles wouldn’t be as gruesome and the brothels will likely have to be swapped for a more PG activity, but think about how delightful, rather than harrowing, the phrase “winter is coming” could be. The possibilities are endless — after all, both worlds are fantasy. 

Read: We Recast 9 Disney Princesses As Latinas And The Results Are Beautiful

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Disney Just Announced That We Won’t Have To Wait For The Pandemic To End In Order To Watch Mulan— Thank The Ancestors!

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Disney Just Announced That We Won’t Have To Wait For The Pandemic To End In Order To Watch Mulan— Thank The Ancestors!

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After months of delays and waiting, Disney has announced that Mulan fans will no longer have to wait for a major theatrical release to see the live-action version of the animated classic. On Tuesday the Walt Disney Company revealed that the film will no longer seek a major theatrical release and that the blockbuster’s debut will take place on the subscription streaming service, Disney+.

To see the movie, customers will need to pay an additional $29.99 on top of the cost of the monthly subscription for Disney+

“In order to meet the needs of consumers during this unpredictable period, we thought it was important to find alternative ways to bring this exceptional family-friendly film to them in a timely manner,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek explained in a statement according to Variety. “We see this as an opportunity to bring this incredible film to a broad audience currently unable to go to movie theaters.”

The company has said that it plans to release Mulan in theaters in areas where Disney+ is not available to audiences.

According to Variety, “The decision to put Mulan on premium video-on-demand further emphasizes the studio’s increased reliance on Disney Plus at a time when most of their business — from theme parks and cruises to movie theaters and retail stores — have been crippled by the pandemic. Research, Chapek says, suggests that bringing a high-profile release like Mulan to homes “will act as a fairly large stimulus to sign up for Disney Plus.”

Mulan had been originally scheduled for a theatrical debut on March 27 and was meant to be Disney’s biggest theatrical release for the year.

Disney shelled out a $200 million budget and in early March the studio set up a lavish red carpet premiere at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Days later, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Disney to postpone the movie’s release. The movie’s debut was then pushed back several times before Disney announced last week that they would indefinitely remove it from the release calendar. Fortunately, they’ve changed their mind and Mulan will debut on the streamer’s new platform on September 4, 2020.

Disney’s latest version of Mulan stars actress Yifei Liu as the titular character based on the legend of a female Chinese warrior who disguises herself and takes her father’s place as a soldier.

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Nathalie Emmanuel’s Story Of How Emilia Clarke Defended Her Against A Male Costar On The “Game Of Thrones” Set Is Girl Power

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Nathalie Emmanuel’s Story Of How Emilia Clarke Defended Her Against A Male Costar On The “Game Of Thrones” Set Is Girl Power

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There’s no denying that “Game of Thrones” actress Nathalie Emmanuel is beloved by her fans.

As you might remember, those exact fans rallied behind her just a year ago when the series killed off her character Missandei in the final season. At the time, Missandei (who had come so far from her days as a slave in the series) saw her end when she was put back in chains and had her head chopped off. The death sparked a backlash that lambasted the series for maintaining its racial blind spots and doing Emmanuel’s character dirty. At the time, even Emmanuel’s co-star Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) reacted poorly to the death. Clarke who had previously admitted to having a close friendship with Emmanuel told Entertainment Weekly that she was shocked “because it comes out of f—king nowhere… I’m flabbergasted. Absolutely never saw that coming.”

So it’s no surprise that when speaking with British Vogue in a recent interview, Emmanuel shared an empowering anecdote that happened between her and Clarke.

Speaking about her experiences making the HBO hit, Emmanuel recalled an instance when Clarke defended her after a male colleague commented on her “revealing” costume.

“In my first season, my costume was pretty revealing and there was an incident with a supporting actor who made a comment about it on set,” she told British Vogue. “I mean, typical — and Emilia straightaway had my back. It got handled.”

Emmanuel went onto add that she instantly connected with Clarke on the “male-dominated set” when she came on in its third season.

“Emilia and I got on like a house on fire from the beginning,” she continued. “When I joined the cast, she had already been shooting ‘Game of Thrones’ for a few years, and she was definitely ready to have some female energy around her. She and I always looked out for each other… If you’re the only girls on a male-dominated set, it bonds you in a certain way.”

In a separate interview in 2019, Emmanuel described her relationship with Clarke as one filled with learning and love.

“Emilia, as a friend and colleague, is just such a joy,” Emmanuel said during the interview. “I really have thoroughly loved working with her. I loved learning from her. And we just check in with each other every so often.”

“She’s such a beast. As a woman, she really picks herself up and keeps going,” she added. “She’s really inspiring, I’m so proud of her.”

Speaking about the death of her GOT character, Emmanuel, who now stars in “Four Weddings and Funeral,” said fan reactions to her character’s death was important to her.

“It definitely caused me to reflect a lot more — about race and diversity more generally,” Emmanuel explained. “At the end of the day, if there’s ever a show on the level of ‘Game of Thrones’ again, representation has to be part of the conversation from the beginning. That way, there’s no single person who has to represent every other person of color.”

Speaking about being a character of color, Emmanuel said that “It’s a conversation I used to have a lot with Jacob [Anderson], who played Grey Worm, the only other major non-white character in the series. We were always really conscious of how much our being part of ‘Game of Thrones’ mattered to people. It made us really protective of Missandei and Grey Worm.”

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