The 1990s have often been hailed as a "Golden Age" for Walt Disney Animated Pictures. The so-called "Disney Renaissance" of this period included movies like The Lion King, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and Mulan, amongst many others! These films' enchanting songs, engaging plots and endearing characters have earned them a special place in the hearts of many Disney fans.
Of course, part of the charm of any Disney movie—whether it's from the 1990s or not—is the wide range of adorable non-human characters that are a staple part of the plot. Sometimes, these creatures feature as sidekicks, such as Mushu in Mulan and Abu in Aladdin. In other cases, animals make up pretty much the entirety of a movie's cast—just look at The Lion King. No human characters were required to make it a totally outstanding movie! Forget the Disney Princesses—the animals and magical creatures of these movies are often the true stars!
But what if these non-human characters were turned into people after all? Disney fans across the world have pondered this question, and some have even ventured to provide us with an answer. A multitude of fan art exists that depicts popular non-human Disney characters as living, breathing people. Since many of us grew up watching 1990s Disney movies, this especially popular group of films has received the "human edit" treatment more than most! Here are just some of the amazing human interpretations that fans have created of your favorite non-human characters.
25 King Of The Pridelands
This stunning image created by Sakimichan on DeviantArt presents a unique interpretation of what everyone's favorite regal lion would look like if he was a human. Now, we arguably do already have some idea what the creators of The Lion King intended a "human" Simba to look like, thanks to the Broadway musical of the same name. While Simba is still technically a lion character, the staging makes no attempt to hide the human behind this animal character. From this, we can infer some things about "Human Simba"—his painted markings, for example, and his usually totally ripped physique.
However, this image brings something to the table that we've never seen before. It shows a version of Simba that's predominantly human but still has some lion-ish touches. Look at those sharp teeth, for example—and the tail! Human Simba's nails have grown out to resemble claws, and those ears definitely look to be quite cat-shaped. Still, this Simba is ultimately a man and not a feline. Many of his human touches suit his character superbly, too! His flowing red hair is definitely reminiscent of film Simba's mane, for one. Plus, the touch of the lion tattoo on his arm is really neat. All in all, this is an interpretation of the character that we can really get behind!
24 A Real-Life Dragon
Have you ever wondered what Mushu—aka, the tiny dragon who's the comedic star of Disney's Mulan—would look like if he was a human! Well, wonder no more—we've got you covered! This image by MBGraphixDE on Tumblr hits the nail on the head. The detail is once again excellent—the red hoodie and yellow T-shirt perfectly mimic Dragon Mushu's colors! His human version has got a cheeky smile that reminds us of the original character, and the rest of his facial features definitely have a Mushu vibe about them! Sure, as far as we can see he doesn't have the long dragon tongue...
But to be honest, that would look kinda creepy on a human.
Another great thing about this human interpretation of Mushu is the fact that it actually pays tribute to Mulan's 1990s origins! Have you noticed what Mushu is listening to? It's not a modern-day bit of kit, but a tape recorder that was frequently used back when the movie was released! It's great to see this artist think of the character's roots, even while they're presenting a totally new interpretation of him. Plus, we're glad that little Cri-Kee is still a part of human Mushu's life. Best friends forever!
23 Friends Forever
When it comes to non-human characters, Woody, Buzz, and their Toy Story friends are pretty unique in the Disney universe. When the movie was made, most non-human Disney creations were either animals or mythical creatures like dragons. Bringing sentient toys into the fold was a pretty innovative idea—unless you count Pinocchio, but then he did become a real boy in the end! Anyway, while Woody and Buzz are definitely anthropomorphic toys, they're clearly a little bit short of being actual human beings in Toy Story.
However, this creation by CinnamonPipo on DeviantArt—who's sadly now deactivated their account—changes all that! It imagines what Woody and Buzz would look like if they became human, and the result is pretty cool. For one, we love the fact that their original cowboy and spaceman outfits have been given a more casual twist. Buzz's hoodie-and-jacket-combo really does look like his space suit, while Woody's slightly understated cowboy hat still fits his character pretty well. Both of these guys also have little facial touches that relate to their film alter-egos: Buzz's swirly pattern on his chin, for example, and Woody's neat hairstyle. Somebody should make this into a TV show: the adventures of an astronaut and a cowboy just trying to make their way in the world. We already have the concept art right here!
22 Ants No More
A Bug's Life was one of Disney-Pixar's biggest 1990s hits. Following the adventures of an intrepid ant named Flik as he tried to save his colony from evil grasshoppers, the movie introduced a whole circus troupe of loveable characters who made us all a lot more wary of squishing bugs. Of course, at this point in time no Disney movie was complete without a love story woven into the plot, and so the pairing of Flik and Atta was born. He was a mere worker ant; she was a princess. Can I make it any more obvious? Theirs was a reverse Cinderella story that ultimately had a happy ending, even if Flik was a bit of an idiot for most of the movie.
This wonderful piece of artwork by KimberlyColors on DeviantArt imagines what this cute couple would look like as humans. Frankly, it's nothing short of totally adorable. Atta looks every inch the princess in her lilac gown that corresponds perfectly with her color in the movie! For his part, Human Flik definitely looks like a slightly scatter-brained genius who ultimately has a good heart, even if he forgot to brush his hair this morning. It's a match made in heaven!
21 The Bodyguard
Rajah the tiger may not play the biggest role in the plot of Disney's Aladdin, but he's still one of the best-loved animal characters out there thanks to his friendship with Princess Jasmine. He's fiercely protective of his BFF and isn't afraid to chase away her unwanted suitors. He's definitely got Jasmine's back! Considering the lonely life the princess leads behind the palace walls, it's a good thing she's got kind, affectionate Rajah to keep her company. How anyone would manage to train a tiger to be that docile is beyond us, but hey—that's Disney logic for you.
But what would Rajah look like if he was the human BFF of Jasmine?
According to Chacckco on DeviantArt, he'd be totally ripped, for starters! We really like how Rajah's tiger origins shine through in this interpretation of his character: his sideburns represent the fur he has on his face really well, and he's certainly got the rugged look of a highly dangerous big cat. He's also pulling the incredibly grumpy face that probably happens whenever Jasmine has yet another terrible potential husband who needs to be forcibly removed from her presence. Human Rajah definitely looks intimidating enough to be able to pull off that job with aplomb!
20 The Sidekicks
While most of Pocahontas' plot deals with the conflict between the title character's Native American tribe and the colonialists who threaten their way of life, one slightly more amusing rivalry also features to provide some comic relief. The animals of each side of the conflict also decide to join the fray—or at least, Percy the Dog decides to share his master Governor Ratcliffe's opinion of the native inhabitants of Virginia! He takes quite the dislike to Meeko the Raccoon, Pocahontas' animal buddy. While the two become friends in the end after Percy realizes that his master isn't actually a very nice guy, these two creatures spend most of the movie engaging in petty squabbles.
By the looks of things, these human versions of Percy and Meeko share the same traits as their animal counterparts! In this artwork by Nadetha on DeviantArt, Meeko quite clearly wants to be best buds with a somewhat reluctant Percy. Meeko's outfit is a cute homage to his raccoon origins, while Percy seems to be wearing a formal shirt—he's got high standards, just like his doggy version! Despite the grimace on Percy's face, we're sure he'll warm to Meeko in the end. After all, the latter just looks so happy to have made a friend!
19 Hakuna Matata
Timon and Pumbaa are arguably the most iconic pair of characters in the entire Disney universe. Even if, by some horrible twist of fate, you've never managed to watch The Lion King, you'll probably know who these two are—and you'll have heard of their Hakuna Matata mantra! While a meerkat and a warthog may seem like an unlikely duo to become BFFs, The Lion King proves that it's actually a match made in heaven. Timon and Pumbaa do a pretty good job of raising young Simba when he shows up in their jungle, and they remain loyal to their adoptive son even when he becomes the King of the Pride Lands.
Of course, two figures as famous as Timon and Pumbaa are a pretty obvious choice for artists who are looking to humanize some Disney characters. This interpretation by Nandomendonssa on DeviantArt, however, is truly a cut above! They've managed to perfectly encapsulate both of their personalities and somehow make both characters look like a favorite but also slightly eccentric uncle. The slightly portly Human Pumbaa has an endearing quality about him, and his upturned nose perfectly harks back to his warthog roots. Timon, on the other hand, is the perfect counter to his pal and looks every inch a smooth-talker. The details on his shirt that look a bit like meerkat markings are a really neat touch too! Hakuna Matata all round.
18 Things Are Getting A Bit Goofy
It may not be the most memorable 1990s Disney film out there, but it'd be wrong to ignore A Goofy Movie when we're looking for some animal characters to humanize. Goofy is one of the best-loved and most iconic Disney characters of all time, after all! Even though there are some mysteries surrounding him—for example, is it ethical for an anthropomorphic dog to own Pluto the dog as a pet?—you can't help but love this wacky fellow. Goofy has been entertaining us all with his silly antics and Southern drawl since the 1930s.
It's time to show him some appreciation!
In this artwork, DeviantArt user Istrovchanka imagines what Goofy would be like if he was an actual human rather than just a human-like dog. Although he looks younger than we expected—like a child, in fact, while Dog Goofy is old enough to have a son himself—we still think this interpretation of the character is super cool. Replacing Goofy's floppy ears with some floppy hair is a simple yet effective touch, as are his ever-present huge front teeth! Human Goofy certainly looks like a pretty happy chap, which is once again authentic to his Disney version. It's hard to even look at this picture without cracking a smile! This artist has certainly done their job well.
17 Brothers Until The End
Now would be a pretty good time to bring up the fact that The Lion King is actually a very human story. Yes, it features a cast entirely made up of animals, but its plot is based on Shakespeare's Hamlet—a play that focuses on the lives and losses of people. To briefly summarize: young Hamlet finds out that his evil uncle "got rid of" his father—aka the King—and has to run away. He returns to confront said uncle. Things end in a less happy way than in The Lion King. Anyway, the point is that Scar and Mufasa are based on two warring human brothers, making their lion forms even more interesting to turn back into people. Do you go Hamlet-inspired when humanizing these characters, or still to more authentic Lion King vibes?
Well, in this image Mushstone on DeviantArt seems to have done a bit of both. Mufasa and Scar both look distinctly European, suggesting a throwback to Hamlet. However, their color schemes also fit their lion counterparts quite well, Mufasa's flaming red hair and golden cape certainly remind us of his mane and fur—and the amazing mustache is a worthy addition to his face. Scar's outfit, on the other hand, harks back to the green color palette of his "Be Prepared" sequence. His glinting green eyes communicate his jealous nature, and his jet-black hair definitely resembles a mane. So many layers of meaning are at play here—it's great!
16 That's Mr. And Mrs. Potato Head To You
In the first Toy Story movie, poor Mr. Potato Head was a lonely soul who wanted a female companion to share his life with. Every Christmas and birthday, he would pray that Andy or his sister was gifted a Mrs. Potato Head to make all of his dreams come true. Well, at the end of the movie, it finally happened—and in Toy Story 2, we saw Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head expand their burgeoning family! No, there weren't any baby potatoes crawling about the place—instead, the couple chose to "adopt" the three alien toys who'd started life in the Claw Machine. Sure, it was an unusual family setup, but what does it matter? They're all happy!
In this image, an anonymous artist (let us know if it's you!) explores what the Potato Head clan would look like if they were humans. Mr. Potato Head looks exactly as we'd expect: like that grumpy neighborhood dad who trudges out in his slippers to yell at the kids who run on his pristine front lawn. He's joined by the sicky-sweet Mrs. Potato Head, who definitely looks like a wannabe "cool mom" who's got a heart of gold. She's nice enough for the two of them, and perfectly balances out her husband's generally moody demeanor! It turns out that their "alien" kids are just triplets who love to cosplay. Well, either that or this ordinary-looking suburban couple actually did come across aliens somehow... Scandal time!
15 Khan, Mulan
When Mulan first leaves home to take her father's place in the Chinese Army, she only has her faithful horse, Khan, to keep her company. Just like many Disney animals, he has plenty of personality, and can be a bit cheeky at times! Who can forget him falling about in fits of laughter at Mulan's very first attempt to "act like a man"? Despite his sass, Khan is ultimately there to support Mulan through thick and thin and is her ultimate companion on the field of battle. As for his relationship with Mushu... Well, the two certainly could be on better terms. It probably doesn't help that Mushu kept referring to Khan as a cow.
Wrong four-legged animal, dude!
This humanized version of Khan is another creation by Chacckco on DeviantArt. Boy, does he look majestic in this form! Like, he's pretty imposing as a horse too, but I REALLY wouldn't want to meet this Khan on the field of battle. Of course, Khan is predominantly a war horse, so it's not surprising that his human counterpart would also be a fierce soldier. His long hair is a nice nod to the long mane that many horses have, and the Imperial armor is incredibly realistic to that portrayed in the film. All in all, we kinda wish this version of Khan had cropped up in Mulan himself!
14 The Boss Himself
As the sinister God of the Underworld, wise-cracking villain Hades spent most of Hercules trying to defeat the eponymous hero and seize control of Mount Olympus. The first stage in this plan is making baby Herc mortal—something that Hades almost achieves. Almost, but not quite! One last drop of godly blood is left in Hercules, giving him his super-human strength. Try as Hades might, he just can't defeat his heroic nephew.
To be fair, that's no way for Hades to be treating his family!
Now, here's an interesting idea for you: what if it was Hades that became mortal and not Hercules? What would the ruler of the Underworld look like if he had to take on a human form? Well, Gabisakura on DeviantArt has an answer for us! This artwork is a comparison piece of the traditional Disney Hades and his human counterpart, and the effect is really cool. Human Hades may not have flames for hair anymore, but he does have wavy locks that almost look like miniature black strands of fire. Hades has the smart-casual style of a salesman who knows that you're putty in his hands, and still wears his infamous smirk even when he's just a regular guy. Does anyone else now kinda want there to be a Hercules spin-off where Hades goes undercover on Earth? Make it happen, Disney!
13 Rescue Aid Society
The Rescuers series of movies may not be as well-known as other Disney creations, but they're still super-cute. The premise is simple: a group of mice runs an organization called the Rescue Aid Society that tries to locate and save kidnapping victims from across the world. In the first movie, hapless janitor mouse Bernard teams up with Hungarian super-spy Bianca to rescue an orphan girl named Penny. An albatross named Orville provides airborne transport for the two mice, with his brother Wilbur taking over in the second film While the original Rescuers film was released in the 1970s, its sequel—The Rescuers Down Under—hit our screens in 1990s. This makes it a perfect candidate for our humanized artwork collection!
This piece by Gnomkolin on DeviantArt is a super faithful representation of what Bernard, Bianca, and Orville would look like as humans. Bianca is, as ever, effortlessly glamorous. Like, that purple ensemble would still pass as high fashion even today! Her combination of brains and beauty shines through in her dainty features and knowing look. Bernard, on the other hand, looks refreshingly ordinary! He and Bianca contrast each other perfectly—and everyone knows that opposites attract! As for Orville... I doubt many people would feel safe getting into that plane. At least he has good intentions...
12 A True Princess
Now, we can't talk about human versions of The Lion King characters without including Nala. While we now know that the human behind this character in the live-action Lion King will be Beyonce, many Disney fans are still coming up with their own unique concepts for Nala! It's easy to see why: she's a kinda crucial player in the story! Even if you leave out the fact that she's Simba's love interest, this awesome lioness risks everything to try to defeat Scar alongside her childhood buddy. She isn't afraid to stand up to Simba when he tries to shirk his responsibilities and convinces him to do the right thing. If it wasn't for Nala, the Pride Lands may never have been wrestled from Scar's evil hold.
As for this human Nala—well SimpaticasX2 has created a version of the character who's equal parts beautiful and fearsome! You know that she's a capable warrior who shouldn't be messed with, but that she's also full of kindness and compassion. The gold and orange combination of her outfit is incredibly striking and a little bit regal—is this Nala after she's settled down with Simba and become Queen of the Pride Lands? Either way, this bright and bold image perfectly encapsulates both the essence of the character and the generally colorful world of The Lion King.
11 One Of A Kind
This piece of artwork puts a refreshingly new spin on Aladdin's Iago in two pretty interesting ways. Not only is Iago now a human rather than a parrot, she's now also a female character! In the original movie, Iago is the henchman of the evil Jafar, assisting his master in his evil plan to marry Jasmine and take control of the Kingdom of Agrabah. He's a small red bird with a short temper and a low tolerance for anyone who challenges Jafar. Of course, being a parrot, he knows how to mimic human voices, but is also intelligent enough to be able to talk all by himself.
He's greedy, selfish, and looks out for himself first—even above Jafar.
This female version of Iago—created by Ravennrichards on DeviantArt—has many features that relate to the original characters. For one, there's the feather that she wears in her hair—it's a simple touch, but an effective one! Then there are her clear similarities in personality to her parrot counterpart. She's clearly concerned for her own wellbeing above anyone else's and looks faintly annoyed at the idea that this could be challenged. Would this version of Iago turn over to the "good" side as the character does in Aladdin's sequels? Only if it somehow benefits her, of course!
10 One Big Happy Family
To be honest, we're kinda glad that DeviantArt's Tora20 didn't try to draw all of the 101 Dalmatians puppies as humans for this bit of concept art, for their own sake! Can you imagine how long that would have taken? And how would you manage to make that many small children all look totally unique and like individuals? Basically, with a lot of time and effort. Anyway, while the original animated 101 Dalmatians obviously isn't a 1990s film, the live-action version is—so we can include this adorable piece of art in our collection!
When humanizing Pongo and Perdita, it almost looks like this artist based them on the Roger and Anita of the live-action film. Perdita especially looks like her human owner, with her short blonde hair and dainty facial features! It's also pretty neat that Perdita has blonde hair while Pongo's locks are jet-black—is this a reference to the light-and-dark coloring of Dalmatian dogs? Most probably! The puppies—or children, as they are in this case—also relate to their dog counterparts in pretty cute ways. They all seem to wear dots or splotches of some kind, whether it's a deliberate part of their clothing or just a bit of dirt! We also love how Patch still has his unique facial marking, and Lucky wears his name on a T-shirt. It makes the kids easier to identify, for sure! You'd need that if you had quintuplets...
9 Don't Mess With Her
Considering just how popular The Lion King became after its 1994 release, it was inevitable that Disney would continue Simba's story in a sequel. The Lion King II: Simba's Pride may have been a direct-to-VHS release, but it wasn't half bad as sequels go! It introduced a whole host of exciting new characters—including Zira, a dedicated follower of Scar before his defeat upon Simba's return. Zira planned to brainwash her son, Kovu, into overthrowing Simba and re-establishing her group's control over the Pride Lands. She's one of Disney's most sinister villains due to her pure hatred of Simba and willingness to use her own children as pawns in her plans.
This human interpretation of Zira by DeviantArt's Nezuewe sums up her character pretty well. She still has a couple of her feline features—her piercing red eyes, for example, and her sharp fangs. She also clearly has the sadistic side that leads to her evil plan being hatched—you only have to see the crazed look in her eyes to realize that. Her dusty blonde hair is pretty much a perfect match for the color of her coat as a lion. Human Zira's sharply angled chin and cheekbones also echo her lioness form's facial design. All in all, this artist has done a pretty good job of creating a very human villain while still incorporating the temper and ferocity of her animal form. Honestly, it's kinda terrifying.
8 Keeping Tarzan Grounded
Who can forget the animal stars of one of Disney's last movies of the 1990s, Tarzan? As we see the eponymous young boy growing up in the jungle following the demise of his parents, numerous quirky animal characters appear on the scene to help him through. He's adopted by a family of gorillas, and makes both a friend and a rival in his adoptive sister Turk! Then there's Tantor, a young, incredibly neurotic elephant who quickly becomes the best friend of both Tarzan and Turk. This trio gets up to all sorts of hijinks, and are always there to support each other.
But what would Turk and Tantor have looked like if they'd been human, just like Tarzan? Well, S0alaina on DeviantArt has given us an idea! Both characters' facial features are pretty much identical to their animal counterparts—if you get rid of Tantor's trunk and give Turk a nose, of course! It makes sense that Tantor, being a literal elephant, would translate into a pretty bulky and tall guy. His nervous yet affable personality is still visible in his slightly panicked eyes. As for Turk, you do not want to mess with this woman! She looks like she isn't going to take any of your nonsense. Appearance wise, you've got to love her Mohican-esque hair—t exactly mimics her gorilla version's tuft of hair! It's perfect!
7 He's Pretty Wise
Now, this human version of The Lion King's Rafiki is interesting because it goes against the portrayal of the character in the Broadway production. When the show's producers were looking for a human counterpart to represent this wise baboon, they decided to make the character female! A number of women have now portrayed Rafiki on-stage, and it doesn't look like this gender-swap is going to be reversed any time soon. Of course, when it comes to fan art, everyone is totally allowed to express their own interpretation of a character. We're not criticising DeviantArt user SnowyAngel15 for making Rafiki male: in fact, it's refreshing to see another new perspective on the character!
For one, this Rafiki is really easy to link to the animated character.
Adding face paint that looks like a baboon is a genius touch, and beautifully links together the two versions of this character. It's also satisfying to see that Human Rafiki still has his trusty staff. Presumably, he'll still use it to whack Human Simba over the head to illustrate a point. Characterizing Rafiki as an older man really adds to the idea that he's a wise and knowledgeable character, almost like the village elder who dishes out harsh truths to the younger members of his community. Yep—that definitely sounds like it's accurate...
6 Toys No More
Woody, Buzz, and the Potato Head family aren't the only Toy Story characters who've received the human treatment. In the case of Rex, Hamm, and Slinky Dog, the transformation is arguably even more impressive! While all of the previous toys mentioned at least slightly resembled humans, this artist had the task of transforming animal toys into some living, breathing humans. Still, they've pulled it off! Once again, though, we're not sure who created this amazing piece—if it's you, we want to credit you!
This piece captures the looks and the personality of these three characters pretty much perfectly. For starters, you have Rex, a towering T-rex of a guy who's kept his love of the color green. Plus, he's still as addicted to video games as his character was in Toy Story 2! I think we can all relate to that. The attention to detail with Rex is pretty amazing—did you notice that his boots have little marks to make them look like dinosaur feet?
Hamm and Slinky have equally accurate visual portrayals, with both of their human hairstyles cleverly replicating their respective animal ears. Slinky looks as glum as his character can often be, while Hamm is ever the wannabe-boss with his coffee and his newspaper. Is Human Hamm as good at storing money, though? We need answers!
5 Three Peas In A Pod
Scar may have been the main villain of The Lion King, but his hyena lackeys were actually pretty terrifying too. He had a whole army of them, which didn't help—what hope would his fellow lions have against dozens and dozens of these perpetually laughing creatures? Then there were the specific threats of Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed. Okay, well, maybe not Ed—he seemed to be a bit out of it for most of the film. Shenzi and Banzai, however, caused serious trouble for Simba and co. They even turned on Scar at the end, when it became clear that he couldn't win the battle against Simba! These hyenas were pretty nasty pieces of work.
However, if you thought these guys were sinister in their animal forms, just look at this artwork by Pugletto. Whether it's the flames in the background or the crazed looks in Shenzi and Banzai's eyes, there's something seriously creepy about the human forms of these villains! Even Ed with his permanently vacant expression looks pretty threatening. The hyenas' personalities have been summed up perfectly here. Shenzi is a clear leader, Banzai is ready to do her bidding and Ed... Nobody knows. You wouldn't want to run into these guys in a dark alley, whatever they're up to in this image.
4 Monkeying Around
DeviantArt's Chacckco seems to have been quite prolific when it comes to drawing Disney animals as humans! First, we saw Rajah, then Khan, and now we get a human version of another Aladdin character! Abu the monkey is the titular character's best friend and, at times, becomes his literal partner in crime. They had to learn to survive on the streets of Agrabah together, and their bond is consequently pretty strong. Even though Abu gets a little bit jealous when Aladdin starts to pay Princess Jasmine some attention, he's always there to save the day when his buddy gets into trouble.
As for this human version of Abu...
Well, he looks exactly as you'd imagine him to! Just like his monkey version, he's quite a skinny guy—then again, you would be if you'd had to survive on nothing but scraps and stolen bread! He's still wearing his trademark hat and waistcoat, which is incredibly satisfying. It's hard to imagine Abu wearing anything else, really! In this particular sketch, it looks like human Abu is exhibiting the same kind of displeasure that his monkey incarnation had when Aladdin began to neglect him for his new love. Come on, Abu—just be happy for him! You'll get to be best man at the wedding! It's not all bad...
3 Best Parents In The Jungle
Turk and Tantor aren't the only Tarzan animal characters that DeviantArt's S0alaina decided to give the human treatment. In this piece of artwork, she's also transformed Tarzan's adoptive gorilla parents, Kala and Kerchak, into people! One of the main conflicts of Tarzan is caused by this couple's differing opinions of their adopted human "child". While Kala is more than happy to raise the young boy as if he were her own, Kerchak is distrustful of all humans—including Tarzan. While an emotional reconciliation eventually occurs between Kerchak and Tarzan, their relationship is far from friendly for most of the movie.
In this artwork, the differing temperaments of Kerchak and Kala are captured perfectly. Kala looks every inch your typical matriarch—she's kind, compassionate, and seemingly protective of her husband and family. She also doesn't look like someone to be trifled with, though—she's got some arm muscles going on! She's not the only one: Kerchak is pretty buff himself. He seems stoic and very much in control of his emotions, although his softer side shines through in that smile. The two couldn't be more different, but their partnership works: each perfectly balances the other, in both their gorilla and human forms!
2 Star-Crossed No More
If you didn't watch The Lion King II: Simba's Pride and come out of it hoping that Kiara and Kovu remain together forever, you're either lying or wrong. They're the cutest lion couple ever! Like, they battle so much adversity to be together and perfectly balance out each other's flaws. Kiara's bubbly personality brings out the best in the more reserved Kovu, while he knows when to reign his excitable pal in. Sure, Kovu was raised to destroy Kiara's entire family, but he was brainwashed! He realized the error of his ways eventually.
This interpretation of Kiara and Kovu as humans is by DeviantArt user Raineevans, and it's basically perfect. You can just tell that Kiara is a total bundle of positive energy and that Kovu loves it—no matter how much he tries to hide it. His classic cheeky grin is present, as is the scar that he eventually gains in the movie. Kiara doesn't exactly dress like a princess, but to be honest, you wouldn't expect her to: in the movie, she constantly tries to rebel against what's expected of her! Falling in love with the "enemy" was only a small part of that. Whatever crazy scheme she's concocted this time, you can tell that Kovu is happy to come along for the ride. He might even have "fun"—such an alien concept to him!
1 No More Chirping
We've already looked at human forms of Mulan's pals Mushu and Khan, but what about Cri-Kee, her lucky cricket? Well, we say "lucky"... When Mulan is first given Cri-Kee by her grandmother, disaster shortly follows! While the lucky bug is supposed to help Mulan through her appointment with the Matchmaker, pretty much everything that could go wrong does. Cri-Kee later confesses to Mushu that he's actually just a regular cricket, and doesn't have any extra "luck" at all. Saying that, he does manage to get through a lot of very sticky situations.
Maybe Cri-Kee is luckier than he thinks!
This human interpretation of Cri-Kee by DeviantArt user Aniluap McMelody is nothing short of adorable. He's petite just like his bug form, and still has the same violet-and-blue color scheme going on! This Human Cri-Kee looks like he has nothing but good intentions for his friends, even if he's not officially "lucky". His huge bug-eyes and little antennas are incredibly cute, despite not quite being human. Ah well—we'd totally want this Cri-Kee on our side! Although he does look a bit too young to be going anywhere near a battlefield... Maybe he can just wish Mulan good luck from the sidelines, and chill with his buddy Mushu! That seems like a way safer option...
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