How to star in your own Toy Story: Have you ever dreamed of being Mr Incredible or a Disney princess? See how a new app turned writers into Pixar portraits
Surely every little girl and boy dreams at some point of being a Disney heroine or hero? Thanks to the wonders of technology, in true Disney fashion, dreams really can come true.
Following hot on the heels of popular transformation apps and filters, the current trend sees users able to see how they would look in the computer-animated style of a Disney-Pixar character (Buzz Lightyear and Rapunzel eat your hearts out).
Brooklyn Beckham and brother Cruz are among the fans using the ‘Cartoon 3D Style’ filter on social media platform Snapchat, which lets users exchange photos and video messages.
So, how would YOU look in Disney guise?
A host of well-known faces gave it a whirl. Here are the results.
I WANTED PRINCESS CHIC BUT LOOKED LIKE DOPEY
Having won my first acting award, aged 15, playing Cinderella’s evil stepmother, I had high hopes that when I was Disney-fied I’d finally get the role I had actually dreamed of playing all those years ago — Cinders.
For too long I had always been cast as the evil witch or the cruel stepmum, now was my time to unleash my inner Disney fantasy me.
So what a disappointment to discover that even after this state-of-the-art, super-new high-tech Disney makeover, I still didn’t make it to princess status. I was imagining the long, blonde hair and blue eyes of Cinderella, or the serenity and exquisite loveliness of Sleeping Beauty, perhaps even the feistiness and fellowship of Snow White and her companions.
Instead, I end up looking like one her dwarfs. Worse still, it’s the dumbest of them all. Yes, I look like Dopey as this image manages to make me look simultaneously both fearful and gormless. Hi-ho humbug!
FROZEN IN TIME? I’M ALL FOR IT
This cartoon version of me is rather pleasing. Oh, those big eyes and that cute nose! Since I have quite a big straight nose, this is an improvement. Here, I also look about 20. The face reminds me of Anna in Frozen. I was dreading looking like the wicked Queen in Snow White.
This winsome creature flatters me too much. But there is something there which does remind me of my younger self. Is this wishful thinking?
MY NECK WAS JUST LIKE E.T.’S
As a 50-year-old, the most harrowing aspect of this transformation was the four and a half hours spent trying to do it.
The image itself was traumatic in a different way: doe-eyed yet scrawny-necked — Jenna Coleman meets E.T.
I’d wanted to be a Disney villainess, but the app wouldn’t respond to anything remotely negative by way of expression. Millennial friends said I looked like Mother Gothel, who locks away the heroine in Rapunzel film Tangled. I had achieved villainess status after all.
FROM HERO TO WEEDY LOSER
Yikes! Who is this weedy little creature? The gormless smile, the guileless monobrow, the pencil-thin neck.
I won’t lie, I was hoping for something a little more, well, you know — macho. Someone with a stiff back, a granite jaw, a hero’s quiff you could set your watch to. Buzz Lightyear, perhaps. Or good ol’ Woody at the very least.
Instead, I appear to have ended up as Alfredo Linguini, the hapless loser in Ratatouille. Just goes to show we all think we sing like Sinatra until we hear ourselves played back. Still, the hairline’s holding firm at least.
DELIGHTED WITH THIS VISION
My goodness! I always thought that if I were a Disney character I’d be Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio (my wife says I’d be Grumpy from Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs). But this is better! I’m delighted with the charming vision before me, who looks so sweet.
Showing it to my wife, she says I look ten years younger — and that it’s no wonder Disney is so successful if it can work such magical transformations as this. She had thought to enter me into that show 10 Years Younger In 10 Days, but now she doesn’t need to. When you wish upon a star…
TECHNO WIZARDRY TOOK OFF AT LEAST 60 YEARS
I’m astonished that anyone would waste time making themselves look like a bland, prettified Disney character. Not that I have anything against Disney — but my memories and favourite characters go back further than the Frozen look created for me.
I don’t recall Snow White looking quite so blank and wide-eyed — and there was no way to turn myself into either of my favourite characters: Bambi and Dumbo the elephant.
I suppose I should be grateful that the techno wizardry took off at least 60 years — not a wrinkle in sight. But the cartoon doesn’t look remotely like me. The hair appears unkempt, which mine never is. The eyebrows are thick, black and rather unattractive, and the eyes far too wide and innocent, but at least it got the specs right — the only hint of my character that felt remotely accurate.
Apparently, this is a popular game for youngsters to play. I just wish girls would stop seeking to iron out their personalities and aim to look like themselves rather than a Disney cartoonist’s idea of what makes a good-looking woman.
I HAVEN’T A CLUE WHO THIS IS
i had high hopes for my Disney face — but I was faintly alarmed by the way an app could autotune my profile into something that would not frighten the horses.
It smoothed my selfie into a Cluedo piece; swan-like as opposed to chicken neck, full as opposed to sunken cheeks, button as opposed to beaky nose.
Having seen my Disney face, I have to say it confirms my dislike of all these cartoon filters — people putting on bunny ears and cat’s whiskers and so on.
I’m afraid I find it twee, childish and narcissistic, but maybe I’m just too old to find it all remotely amusing.
I’ve never liked the look or idea of plastic surgery on the face — and I’m afraid I don’t like cartoon surgery either!
THIS FACE IS LIKE A CARTOON KARDASHIAN
My first thought on seeing my Disney face? Lay off the Botox! I look like my entire head has been Frozen (get it?).
But then that’s the thing about Disney women: it doesn’t matter how strong they are, they all look like cartoon Kardashians. Huge eyes, rosebud mouths, slightly vacuous blow-up doll expression.
That said, my picture has managed to capture the colour of my hair and eyes —which is actually a bit spooky.
Cartoons are by their very definition one-dimensional beings, pared down sketches of humanity. Then again, perhaps this is just the next evolution in the obliteration of reality, brought about by the internet. After all, on Instagram people already filter themselves practically to oblivion; perhaps turning yourself into a cartoon is not such a big leap after all.
AT LEAST THEY’VE GIVEN ME MORE HAIR THAN I HAVE
I have measured out my parenting years in Disney Pixar films. My eldest was born after Toy Story 2 but before Finding Nemo, the youngest in time for Wreck-It Ralph. They have grown up as the pixels have got smaller.
I’ve fallen asleep in Wall-E, I’ve had my heart broken by Up and my ears assaulted by Frozen. So I was pumped by the idea of being turned into a character. The result, however, makes me look not like a superhero but one of those hapless neighbours with a timid cat that gets saved by one of The Incredibles.
Pixar is brilliant at capturing people on the margins, the ones who need rescuing. It turns out I’m one of those. Still, at least they’ve given me more hair than I have in real life.
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