Nobody can deny how popular and popularized remakes and re-imaginings are among artists. We’re sure you have seen characters from Disney, Marvel, and Harry Potter re-imagined and illustrated in new contexts such as gothic, vintage, hilarious face swaps, and classy characters. Who doesn’t love watching their favorite characters re-imagined into new and different styles? Duh!! They are modernized and depicted in a variety of contexts by talented and skilled fandom artists.
Ever imagined what if the main lead or hero was replaced? What if today’s hit movies were made back in the 1990s? There are many famous artists who make our dreams come true by visualizing the characters in a new look. That’s why we came across one of the most famous artists named “Tyron Handy” who joined this fandom artist team. He altered the ethnicities of well-known characters to make them look more attractive and changed their skin color.
As Tyron mentioned in one of the articles, his goal with this project is to raise public awareness of how mischaracterized black people are in cartoon characters, shows and movies. We have seen the shows that do highlight black people are filled with stereotypes, prejudice, and racial discrimination, and they’re usually just the “best friend” of the leading character. Well, we all agree!! We’ve seen few black characters playing the main role in any movie either it’s Hollywood or Disney movie.
Let’s see, if these characters were all black, how would they look? C’mon scroll down and have fun!
1. It looks better this way. No?
Tyron faced mixed reactions from the public. The reactions to the artist’s work ranged from disapproval to outright hostility, with some accusing him of “keeping racism alive.” Though this project shows a lack of representation of black people in media, and many agree here. Some of them are pleased that Tyron is addressing these issues and believe that children would benefit from seeing themselves in media in a more positive light. Tyron is being asked to star in his own animated series by a growing number of people.
2. Black Beauties!!
3. She looks like a queen!!
The artist told: “What inspired me was I had rarely seen any black cartoon characters on TV. Most of them were the main character’s token black best friend or overexaggerated stereotypes. So for fun, I just started reimagining some of my favorite cartoon characters as the black versions of themselves and most of my redesigns took off. It was cool to see a lot of positive reactions toward my artwork.”
4. Simpsons – Black version!
5. Hey Bravo Handsome!!
“My goal is to create my own original black characters and cartoon series and hopefully inspire more black artists to create their own. My comic series Apple Dapple Tactics was created out of boredom. I never really planned to do much with it, but after the first skit went viral on Twitter, I delivered. Currently I’m working on making longer skits that feel more like mini episodes and posting them on my IGTV and YouTube page. I hope to get the series one day on a streaming platform like HBO Max, Hulu, or Netflix. It’s always been my dream to see my characters come to life on the screen.”
6. She looks hot.
7. We love how the artist is adding diversity to his artwork.
Tyron stated: “There wasn’t a specific goal I set for making my cartoon reimaginings. But I guess if there was it was just simply to see the reaction of people seeing these redesigns for the first time and hopefully inspiring others to make some of their own and or make more original black cartoon characters. My main goal is to post more of my original cartoon characters starting now with my comic series Apple Dapple Tactics.”
8. Little Mermaid!!
9. Family Guy!!
“I’ve been drawing for as long as I could remember. My daily routine as a kid consisted mainly of me watching cartoons all day and drawing my favorite cartoon characters. I’m self-taught if I see something once I can draw it perfectly from memory at any time.”
10. Kim looks so gorgeous here.
11. Raven’s the best!
“Growing up I rarely seen any black cartoon characters on TV. And the ones I did see were mostly always the token black best friend of the main character or a small role side character. I started my illustrations as fun what-if scenarios to see some of my favorite cartoon characters looking more like me.”
12. They should’ve changed the fairies too.
13. Wow! Kim never looked so attractive.
According to the artist: “The reactions from people were mixed lol. But way more positive reactions than there were any negative. The reactions from my followers are what motivates me the most to continue creating more.”
14. Love how this illustration captures the richness of human diversity.
15. Oh, hey Pikachu!
Tyron once said: “It’s not perfect but I can see there is more of an effort than there was when I was younger. I’m hoping they continue to do better and maybe one day I will be one of the main ones helping with that.”
16. Batman and robin.
17. The famous, Adam’s family.
“Yes! I’m trying to focus on my original cartoons more. Right now I’m working on creating longer skits for my comic series Apple Dapple Tactics and making them feel more like mini-episodes. I’m hoping to one day get the series picked up on HBO max, Hulu, or Netflix. And I have plenty more original cartoon ideas I will reveal soon.”
18. OMG! Ed, Edd & Eddy!
19. Their expressions tho!
“The support from my followers is what keeps me going the most. I used to be very hesitant with showing my artwork to people before I started posting anything on social media. But I always receive mostly positive responses and that just makes me more excited to share more with my followers.”
21. Ferb rocking the haircut!
Here’s some advice from the artist if you want to start creating your art: “I would say always challenge yourself with your art. Don’t be afraid to learn from others. And focus on finding your style and perfecting it and always have fun creating.”
22. Wait!! Why is Belle still white?
23. Teen Titans!
Tyron told more about himself: “I was a shy and awkward kid growing up. Lived in a lot of rough communities. Art was my escape it kept me focused and out of a lot of trouble. If it wasn’t for art I would most likely be a completely different person.”
24. We’re in love with his tracking suit.
25. This version looks better.
27. Favorite so far!
28. Look at Grim’s dread.
30. Love Roxanne!
Which of these illustrations did you like the most? Do let us know in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you!