disney japan edits

Mickey as a samurai? Minnie as a geisha? It works surprisingly well.

We’ve seen some great fanmade Disney/Japanese crossovers before, but never before have we come across ones that were actually created by an artist working within Disney itself.

Instagram user johnram27 is a Disney story artist and theme park designer who, in his spare time, apparently enjoys creatively editing Disney and Disney-inspired characters into traditional Japanese pictures from the 19th and early 20th century.

Here’s a sampling of some of his work.

▼ Ah yes, all the classical nature motifs: blooming flowers,
the full moon… and Tinkerbell.


▼ “Tokyo? Sorry, never heard of it.  Now if you’re looking for Edo,
on the other hand….”


▼ “A ha a ha! We sure did slice them up good, didn’t we?”


▼ Donald acting just like himself and not even
making an attempt to fit in by changing his clothes.


▼ Taking a mini stroll through some sakura.


▼ Two good friends heading off to school in their awesome uniforms.


▼ Who knew Mickey could make such a killer irezumi?


▼ At least the elephant is trying to be a samurai and not a ninja.


▼ “Guys, I don’t know what happened here, but whatever it is, I didn’t do it.”


▼ Click to see animated smoke bring this scene to life.


▼ Or click here to see animated mist make
this Edo-period Disney villain ready for his theme song.


▼ There are also a few pictures from modern-day Japan that show off the best…


▼ …and the worst of riding the train in the city.


If you want to see more cool Japan/Disney crossovers, then check out johnram27 on Instagram. Who knows, maybe someday one of the pictures may show up in a Disney film or park ride, and you can take pride in knowing that you were on that bandwagon way before it was cool.

Source: Instagram/johnram27 (h/t Kotaku USA)
Top image: Instagram/johnram27