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Annie Leibovitz Does Disney

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Disney theme parks have again enlisted Annie Leibovitz and a slew of celebrities, including Olivia Wilde and Alec Baldwin, seen above as Snow White's evil queen and her magical mirror, to recreate the company's iconic characters for an ad campaign.

The guys over at Comics Alliance don't seem too impressed with the latest offering:

There's a great idea underneath all these photographs. The Annie Leibovitz of many years ago would have executed what should have been impossibly beautiful live-action Disney images with aplomb. But what Disney failed to notice was that the Annie Leibovitz of today is more of a delegator of post-production processes...

Check out some more images, including Queen Latifah as Ursula from The Little Mermaid, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Queen Latifah as Ursula.

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Jeff Bridges and Penelope Cruz as Beauty and the Beast.

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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony as Jasmine and Alladin.

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Gisele and Mikhail Baryshnikov as Wendy and Peter Pan.

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  1. The last two pictures are several years old; Disney has used Leibovitz before.

    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 4, 2011 1:37:44 PM


  2. You're totally right, Ryan. My mistake! Good looking out.
    Andrew

    Posted by: Andrew Belonsky | Mar 4, 2011 1:44:20 PM


  3. The last picture screams "He's climbin in yo window, snatchin yo people up."

    Posted by: Johnny | Mar 4, 2011 1:46:11 PM


  4. @Ryan, This is an annual undertaking. Disney picks random celebrities and puts them in live action shoots of their movies and Annie photographs them. The top 3 are the ones from this year.

    Posted by: RafiD'Angelo | Mar 4, 2011 1:48:52 PM


  5. Tinkerbell is Tina Fey.

    Posted by: Drew | Mar 4, 2011 2:17:44 PM


  6. I have to agree with Comics Alliance. The photos are a bit lame, and poor choices for the actors portraying the characters. It does seem random. Beauty & The Beast, and Peter Pan especially. The Ursula pic is the exception. Disney has been doing this for years now. The concept has run it's course.

    Posted by: Critifur | Mar 4, 2011 2:32:12 PM


  7. the first set she shot, a couple of years ago (and i have an actual print of one of 'em because i was lucky enough to find some just lying in a drawer in the office) was a lot better. these ones look way too cut & paste or something.

    the quality of the first set isn't there-at least as it appears on my monitor.

    Posted by: alguien | Mar 4, 2011 2:36:41 PM


  8. Mikhael Barishnikov as Peter Pan? Blech. Peter Pan . . . a boy who never grew up . . . should look like a boy, not like Mick Jagger on crystal. Jeez.

    Second rate work, all around. Only Beauty & the Beast is half-way decent.

    Posted by: mwdavis | Mar 4, 2011 2:56:38 PM


  9. Peter Pan should have been Ellen Degeneres and Portia as Wendy

    Posted by: Eric in Chicago | Mar 4, 2011 3:26:00 PM


  10. Amid all the razzing, I do have to say that I like Latifah as Ursula.

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Mar 4, 2011 3:28:14 PM


  11. They have only done this once before, this is not an "annual" event.

    Posted by: Travis | Mar 4, 2011 5:03:05 PM


  12. Yeah, most of these fall flat with me. I did like David Beckham as Prince Philip from the previous round of ads.

    Posted by: Jeff | Mar 4, 2011 7:00:00 PM


  13. Look up Rachel Weisz as Snow White. It's beautiful!

    Posted by: Michael W. | Mar 4, 2011 7:03:40 PM


  14. I think they look fine, they combine the photo realism of the celebrity while acknowledging the illustrated style that Disney is known for. Its got a campiness but I think it works. As for this age-ism people are bitching about, newsflash, Disney is a company that promotes adults feeling like a kid again. They weren't concerned about literal look-alikes. Im sure quite a few fans of certain Disney films identify with characters and scenes that look nothing like them.

    Posted by: Toto | Mar 4, 2011 10:11:40 PM


  15. All those sucked, especially Ursula. Try somebody like Maggie Gallagher to play that appropriate role.

    Posted by: Scott | Mar 5, 2011 8:54:03 AM


  16. They're Disney alright. Sleepy and dopey.

    Posted by: christopher | Mar 5, 2011 12:14:38 PM


  17. My favorite is still ScarJo as Cinderella.

    Posted by: SKOC211 | Mar 6, 2011 9:38:52 PM


  18. Zac Efron played Peter Pan in middle school--THAT would've been dead-on casting, even a few years later. I think a lot of these are pretty cool nonetheless. (The Scarlet Johanssen one as Cinderella is breathtaking.)

    Posted by: Dback | Mar 6, 2011 9:40:01 PM


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