In 2007, to help promote the first Year of A Million Dreams at its parks, Disney partnered with world famous photographer Annie Leibovitz to create the Disney Dream Portraits series. The first series featured celebrities Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella, David Beckham as Price Phillip, and and an Alice tea cups themed shot with Beyonce, Oliver Platt, and Lyle Lovett.
There have been five or series more series released since then which I’ve chronicled over on its own Dream Portrait side-blog.
Today’s photos continue this popular series featuring, and, feature some of Hollywood’s funny guys. First, Russell Brand is presented as the villain from Peter Pan, Captain Hook. The caption reads, “Where every moment leaves you hungry for more.”
Next is one that I think will become a favorite of mine – The Hitchhiking Ghosts from Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion. Comedians Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Jason Segel a featured as Phineas, Ezra and Gus. The caption reads, “Where you can go on the ride of your afterlife.”
Sadly, Disney has only released these in a small format for now. You really need to see these full screen to get all the detail that Leibovitz puts into the scenes. Alas, I think you’ll have to wait until they hit the stands in magazines for larger versions.
Fans have been clamoring to have these photos produced as posters. Hopefully that will happen, it also occurs to me that there are now enough Dream Portraits and supporting materials to publish a book. Someone get this done ASAP.
As Disney Parks invites guests to Let the Memories Begin, spectacular new images were unveiled today featuring the work of acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz. The portraits star Penelope Cruz as Belle and Jeff Bridges as the transformed prince from Beauty and the Beast, Queen Latifah as the villainous Ursula from The Little Mermaid, and Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen with Alec Baldwin as the Spirit of the Magic Mirror from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The three Disney Dream Portrait images are the latest to be commissioned by Disney, which debuted the successful series of celebrities set in Disney fantasy settings in 2007. These are the first new images to debut since 2009 and the first to include Disney villains.
Penelope Cruz and Jeff Bridges appear as Belle and the transformed prince, recalling the final scene from Beauty and the Beast. The celebratory moment’s tagline reads, “Where a moment of beauty lasts forever.”
“After the incredible response of Disney fans to Annie’s amazing work, we couldn’t be more excited to share these stunning new images,” says Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Annie has captured Disney experiences that evoke nostalgia and transport viewers to faraway magical places which is why they have generated so much enthusiasm and affection.”
Asked by Disney Parks to continue lending her vision to the successful campaign, Leibovitz has created inspired images of Disney fantasy come to life. Her photographs for the campaign embody the captivating, narrative style indicative of her world-renowned work. Each image features a scene with well-known celebrities transformed into the role of famous Disney characters.
As the Spirit of the Magic Mirror, Alec Baldwin joins Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In the dark depths of her lair, the Queen has summoned the mirror’s spirit through wind and darkness to reveal the identity of a lovelier maid than she. The tagline reads, “Where magic speaks, even when you’re not the fairest of them all.” “I’ve wanted to work with Annie my entire career,” says Wilde. “I was overwhelmed when I heard I could have this chance. This is such a great idea; to pair some of the most iconic characters from all our childhoods with the photographer who is so good at capturing icons, and that’s why I think this Disney-Leibovitz collaboration works so well together.” she added.
Queen Latifah comes ashore as the Sea Witch, Ursula, from The Little Mermaid. The tagline reads, “Where memories take hold and never let go.” “I was excited about doing this project,” says Queen Latifah. “Villains get to have all the fun!”
The portraits will appear as a special insert in the April issues of O — The Oprah Magazine, People en Español, Real Simple, Essence, and InStyle as well as the March 28 issue of People.
Visit the Disney Parks Blog, the official blog for the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line for more information.
As the Spirit of the Magic Mirror, Alec Baldwin joins Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The tagline reads, "Where magic speaks, even when you're not the fairest of them all."
Queen Latifah comes ashore as the Sea Witch, Ursula, from The Little Mermaid. The tagline reads, "Where memories take hold and never let go."
Penelope Cruz and Jeff Bridges appear as Belle and the transformed prince, recalling the final scene from Beauty and the Beast. The celebratory moment's tagline reads, "Where a moment of beauty lasts forever."
With her long blonde hair and big icy eyes, no character would have been more suitable for Taylor Swift. The singer became Rapunzel for the Disney Dream Portrait series. The new portrait is captioned Where a world of adventure awaits.
Taylor posedin the fascinating Disney Princess' shoes photographed by the great Annie Leibovitz.