I was checking out the great movie site Cinematical.com the other day and spied a post about the latest Disney Dream Portrait, this one capturing the spirit of “The Little Mermaid” and featuring Oscar-nominated actress Julianne Moore as Ariel and Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Michael Phelps as a merman.
Disney commissioned famed photographer Annie Leibovitz to do the Dream Portraits series for its Year of a Million Dreams campaign. She has photographed several actors, sports figures and other celebrities, often in unusual combinations, recreating beloved scenes from Disney animated classics.
Some of the earlier photos in the series feature Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella, Rachel Weisz as Snow White, tennis titan Roger Federer as King Arthur from “The Sword in the Stone,” soccer star David Beckham as Prince Phillip from “Sleeping Beauty” and Jessica Biel as Pocahontas.
Under the unusual combinations category, for her “Alice in Wonderland” shoot, Leibovitz cast Beyonce Knowles as Alice, Oliver Platt as the Mad Hatter and Lyle Lovett as the March Hare. Now, there’s a combo you don’t see every day.
For “Peter Pan,” she assembled the even more unlikely trio of Russian dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov as the boy who wouldn’t grow up, supermodel Gisele Bundchen as Wendy and funnywoman Tina Fey as Tinker Bell.
Here are a few videos (it is the Video Spotlight, after all) that show the behind-the-scenes process of creating these fantastic photos. You can see some of the photos at www.disneyparks.com/dreamportraits.