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

It’s been almost three months since the Game of Thrones series finale, and if you’re 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

Broadway’s ‘Frozen’ Is Getting A New Elsa And Ciara Renée Will Be Playing The Beloved Character

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Broadway’s ‘Frozen’ Is Getting A New Elsa And Ciara Renée Will Be Playing The Beloved Character

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What do Idina Menzel, Caissie Levy, and Caroline Bowman have in common? They’re all Broadway actresses that have portrayed Elsa from “Frozen.” They also happen to be all white. Well, that’s all about to change!

Afro-Latina actress Ciara Renée will be playing the role of Elsa in “Frozen” on Broadway.

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Frozen made its Broadway debut in 2018 and was played by Caissie Levy. Idina Menzel was the voice of Elsa in the animated film. Now, an Afro-Latina has scored the coveted role. 

Renée will be playing Elsa, and McKenzie Kurtz will be making her Broadway debut as Anna. Renée and McKenzie will take over the roles. Caissie Levy and Patti Murin end their run as Elsa and Anna respectively on Feb. 16. Renée was previously in the Broadway show “Big Fish” as the Witch as well as “Pippin.”

“Here it is! It’s official! I’m joining the cast of @frozenbroadway as Elsa alongside this bright new star, @mckenziekurtz! And I am incredibly grateful! This is an opportunity to expand minds, open hearts, and empower folks with the power of LOVE! I can’t wait to get started!”

While we’re still getting to know the 29-year-old, we are learning so much about this extraordinary actress who is pretty amazing at showing her biggest supporters lots of love in return.

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Renée, who is half Black and half Puerto Rican, thanked her friends, family, and supporters by giving them exact instructions on what to do when they come to see her show on Broadway. 

“I just want to extend my heartfelt gratitude for all the support and love I received yesterday. It was honestly overwhelming. Thank you, thank you,” Renée said in a video on her Insta-story. “I am so thrilled to be playing Elsa.” 

“But I wanted to set down some ground rules about people coming to see the show,” she said. “I am always so grateful when people come to see the show, people I know, people I don’t. But it isn’t my favorite thing to know when you’re coming. So, if you’re someone I know well, and we have each other’s phone number and you live in New York City, please do not tell me when you’re coming. Please come and text me at intermission or at the end of the show, which is preferred, and I will make sure to put your name on the list. I will check it right after the show.”

She also gave instructions to those she doesn’t know all that well. “If we don’t know each other well or talk super often or you’re from out of town, please do let me know when you’re coming because I want to make sure that I get to see you. For everybody else, I will 100 percent do my very best to Stage Door [where actors meet fans after the show as they exit the theater] as much as humanly possible. I know people come from all over the world to see Broadway and I want to be there as much as I can. If I am not there, please know it’s for a reason. I may not be feeling well, or something is pulling me away, I don’t know what it is, but I will always do my best to Stage Door because I love meeting you all and I am so honored that you would come to see our shows.”

We just love how precise and in control she is about meeting friends and fans. That kind of gratitude will definitely take her far in Broadway and Hollywood. 

Aside from her work on the stage, Renée has also appeared in several television shows.

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The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native and 2013 graduate of Baldwin Wallace University has appeared in Facebook Watch’s series “Strangers,” Netflix’s “Master of None,” CBS’s “Big Bang Theory,” and on the CW’s superhero series “Legends of Tomorrow,” “Arrow,” and “Flash.”

If you haven’t heard Renée’s stellar voice, here’s a clip of the actress singing Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold.”

Congrats on this new role, Ciara! We can’t wait to see her show on Broadway! Will you be going?

READ: The New Cinderella Remake Tapped Camila Cabello To Play The Princess And Billy Porter To Be The Fabulous Godmother

Throwback: Remember When Disney Tried To Trademark Día de los Muertos?

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Throwback: Remember When Disney Tried To Trademark Día de los Muertos?

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Since Disney Plus launched on November 12, people have been swept up in all the family-friendly chaos, indulging in a long list of classic Disney favorites. While the streaming service also plans to offer new original content, the company is definitely taking advantage of our generation’s lust for nostalgia, providing exclusive access to the Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, and National Geographic franchises (and reminding us how much Disney dominated our youth with films like The Lion King, The Cheetah Girls, and Gotta Kick It Up). Honestly, the list of iconic feel-good films is outrageously long, and it’s easy to understand why everyone’s so excited.

But it’s no secret that Disney’s wholesome image has been blemished by a long, varied history of controversy and criticism. While Disney has been accused of sexism and plagiarism numerous times, one of the most notable topics of discussion in recent years has been the company’s tendency to racially stereotype its characters, a propensity that is  especially notable in early Disney films (though many scholars and film critics argue that this has carried into the 21st century, despite Disney’s attempts to be more culturally sensitive).

On many occasions, Disney has acknowledged the racist nature of its older animated films, like Dumbo, The Jungle Book, and The Aristocats. In the descriptions for several programs on Disney Plus, there is a brief warning about the “outdated cultural stereotypes” contained within each film, and while several people view this disclaimer as a sign of progress, Disney has been criticized for making a bare minimum effort toward addressing the problematic elements of its past.

And speaking of the company’s past, how could we forget the time that Disney tried to trademark the term “Día de los Muertos” / “Day of the Dead”?

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Back in 2013, Disney approached the US Patent and Trademark Office with a request to secure “Día de los Muertos” / “Day of the Dead” across many different platforms. At the time, an upcoming Pixar movie with a Día de los Muertos theme (read: the early stirrings of Coco) was in the works, and Disney wanted to print the phrase on a wide range of products, from fruit snacks to toys to cosmetics. Por supuesto, Disney received major backlash for trying to trademark the name of a holiday—what is more culturally appropriative than claiming ownership over an entire celebration? Especially one with indigenous roots?

“The trademark intended to protect any potential title of the movie or related activity,” a spokeswoman for Disney told CNNMexico at the time. “Since then, it has been determined that the title of the film will change, and therefore we are withdrawing our application for trademark registration.”

But prior to withdrawing their application, Disney received extensive backlash from the Latnix community. Latinos all over social media expressed their disdain for Disney’s bold and offensive attempt to take ownership of the holiday’s name, even starting a petition on Change.org to halt the whole process. Within just a few days, the petition had garnered 21,000 signatures.

Although Disney didn’t acknowledge whether the online uproar had influenced them to retract their trademark request, they were clearly paying attention. Lalo Alcaraz, a Mexican-American editorial cartoonist, had expressed open disdain at what he called Disney’s “blunder,” creating “Muerto Mouse”—a cartoon criticizing said blunder—in response.

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This wasn’t the first time Alcaraz had criticized Disney with his cartoons. After the trademark fiasco, Disney definitely caught wind of Alcaraz’s position, and in an effort to approach the upcoming Día de los Muertos movie with sensitivity, the company hired him to work as a cultural consultant on the film.

Although several folks celebrated this development, Alcaraz was widely denounced for collaborating with Disney—many people called him a “vendido,” accusing him of hypocritically selling out to the gringo-run monolith against which he had previously spoken out. But Alcaraz stood his ground, confident that his perspective would lend valuable influence to the movie and ultimately prevent Pixar from doing the Latinx community a disservice.

“Instead of suing me, I got Pixar to give me money to help them and do this project right,” Alcaraz said. “I was let down because I was hoping people would give me a little bit of credit for the stuff I’ve done; to give me the benefit of the doubt.”

And, sin duda, Coco emerged as one of the most culturally accurate films that Disney has ever produced. Employing an almost exclusively Latino cast and crew, Coco seamlessly captured the beauty, magic, and wonder of Día de los Muertos, depicting the holiday with reverence and respect. And after becoming the top-grossing film of all time in Mexico, it’s safe to say that Coco helped Disney bounce back from its trademark mishap, even if more controversy is bound to emerge in the future.