One of the reasons we, as humans, are so delighted by the imagination of Walt Disney is because the idea of finding “Happily Ever After” feels good. While it is possible for each individual to find a suitable significant other, secure work that pays well and affords freedom, and grow a healthy, loving family, it is rare in the modern world.

Anger, greed, fear, and selfishness have led to war, famine, suppression of freedoms, and psychological warfare being waged on the masses. As a result, most people are prone to react rather than respond, and that makes the task of creating a happy ending more challenging than ever.

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One individual who desires to explore this reality while, at the same time, assessing the collective’s tolerance levels, is José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros. The Mexican visual artist, who specializes in pop culture, imagined bright and colorful Disney characters as real-life people in the modern world. The result, as you may imagine, is disturbing and impactful.

According to Bored Panda, Rodolfo put the characters in unorthodox situations to explore the general theme of “loss of innocence.” Belle of Beauty and the Beast, for instance, battles an eating disorder. The princes, on the other hand, find true love with each other. Lady from Lady and the Tramp is shown as a dog, going to the bathroom. And on, and on, and on….

With the controversial artwork, Rodolfo “wants to raise the issue of what would happen with our classic characters if they were flesh and blood and were confronted by a frenetic and excessive world of fame, how many of them would prove to be susceptible to the excesses of drugs, alcohol, harassment or vanity?” As his website states, he does this by capturing “images, once morbidly circulated by the media, and proposes a novel way of looking at them.”

”In his work the legendary heterosexual happy endings have been deemed outdated and have lost their exclusivity. The disenfranchised will finally encounter an ending they’ve yearned for, beyond any bias or phobia.”

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