Have you ever heard of the term ‘Disneyfication‘? We bet you didn’t.
To describe the commercial transformation of a society to resemble the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, based on rapid Western-style globalization and consumerist lifestyles, sociologists since 1959 have been using this term ‘Disneyfication‘.
A 22-year-old Dutch illustrator, Isa Bredt gave it another meaning. In her vocabulary, ‘Disneyfication‘ is a mode of transport, one that gets animals into the animation world. With her project, Pet Disneyfication, she transformed people’s pet photos into illustrations a-la Disney style. The facial features, the expressions; all of the critters in Bredt’s series have a look like the stars of the next Walt Disney movie.
She has been in love with drawing since she was very young, but only started considering it as a career at the end of high school. These thoughts led her to study illustration and animation but she quit her program during the third year to pursue pet portrait work. “Pet Disneyfication is something I did very sporadically in my free time for about 5 years. I started because I was and still am a big fan of both drawing animals and the old Disney style.”
“I am just a very big fan. The Lion King is my all-time favorite movie, I used to watch it daily as a child. I adore the old animal movies; Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians, the Aristocats.” She started the pet Disneyfication on Reddit, “There was a subreddit where you could offer free art to people. I wanted to practice the Disney style, so I offered free drawings for people who would send me pictures of their pets.”