The softer (and harder) sides of Disney's heroes, by David Kawena

image: Aladdin from the “Disney Hereos” series by David Kawena

Wow. Have you seen these? Especially all you people out there who are into dudes? They’re David Kawena’s digital art series “Disney’s Heroes” — the once-G-rated male leads of the Magic Kingdom re-imagined with a lot fewer clothes. So naughty, yet still kinda sweet. He’s done recent live action heroes like Zac Efron in High School Musical and Orlando Bloom in Pirates of the Caribbean, but the best are his realistic renderings of Disney’s 2D animated characters like Aladdin and Hercules. (Become a free member of to see his full official gallery with all the naughty princes and their peens, or just Google him to see the blogs who’ve swiped most the pics.) There’s not much info out there on this artist, since apparently he likes to keep his private life private. Disneylicious (“a site about the world, the art and the culture of Disney”) did an exclusive extended interview with Kawena earlier this year, but it’s all very vague. No juicy questions like, “What’s the plan with the Princesses series you’re going to do next — you say it’ll be different, but will it be just as risque?” “Has Disney tried to sue you yet? ‘Cause, come on, you can see Tarzan’s pubic hair!” And of course, ”What’s your sexual orientation?” (It may seem obvious — he’s also really, really into Madonna — but check out his evasion to the question in this smaller email interview with Gemini Art.) Actually, the mystery kind of adds to the appeal of the work. Make of it what you will (i.e. apply your own pubescent fantasies to it).