At one time or another, Nicolas Cage may have sat back and wondered how his instantly recognizable visage ended up being Photoshopped onto so many things on the web. It’s a phenomenon that’s run and run but still, when done well, never fails to make us chuckle.
Take these 20 slices of an alternate reality where the actor appears as some of the best-known Disney and DreamWorks characters around, for example: they’re so bizarre that they’re downright hilarious. And Cinderella never looked so much like an ugly sister as she does here.
19. Princess Jasmine – Aladdin (1992)
Nic Cage may have been a master of magic in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, but he never took a wild animated carpet ride in that movie. This redresses the balance – and, judging from that wink, he seems pretty comfortable up there in Princess Jasmine’s outfit, too.
18. Tiana – The Princess and the Frog (2009)
In Disney’s 2009 feature The Princess and the Frog, protagonist Tiana turns unexpectedly into a frog by kissing a prince-turned-amphibian. In this version, though, the lucky gal is already somewhat changed even before the smooch – and in an even more unnerving way.
17. Ariel – The Little Mermaid (1989)
In 1996, Cage was in The Rock; now, though, he’s on a rock. We’d also wager that being Ariel is also way less stressful than trying to stop a terrorist attack, so no wonder he made the swap.
16. Shrek – Shrek the Third (2007)
Nicolas Cage has purchased several luxurious properties during his time in the limelight. “Luxurious” isn’t a word we’d use, though, for Shrek’s modest swamp-set residence, so no wonder the actor looks a little apprehensive about being turned into the grumpy, green ogre.
15. Snow White – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Sure, close your eyes before kissing someone – but not before you even spot that your Snow White has turned into Nicolas Cage. Judging from his downcast expression, the prince here learned his lesson a little too late.
14. The Seven Dwarfs – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Snow White seems awfully pleased for someone who has just woken up to a septet of small and scary Cages. She must be a fan of the “You Don’t Say” meme.
13. Princess Aurora – Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Neither sleeping nor a beauty he may be, but Nicolas Cage can still charm the birds from the trees. And that red cape is totally a good look for him, too.
12. Belle – Beauty and the Beast (1991)
In Disney ’s 2004 action flick National Treasure, Cage plays a historian on a perilous treasure hunt – no mean feat. Grabbing the enchanted rose as Beauty and the Beast’s Belle, then, should be a total cinch by comparison, right?
11. Pocahontas – Pocahontas (1995)
There’s not much of a Spirit of Vengeance in Pocahontas, so that role doesn’t seem like a natural fit for Ghost Rider star Cage. What is an excellent fit, though, is that tan-colored dress: it could almost have been tailor-made for him.
10. Mulan – Mulan (1998)
We never knew a Mulan/Cage mash-up could be so… alluring. And that ladykilling playboy vibe is definitely given a boost by the Hugh Hefner-style robe he’s got on.
9. Buzz Lightyear – Toy Story (1995)
Nicolas Cage’s dreams of playing Superman were dashed when a mooted, Tim Burton-directed project for which he was in line never took off. Being Buzz Lightyear, then, may be a poor substitute – but at least it’ll mean he can still fly to infinity and beyond.
8. Anna – Frozen (2013)
Cage, of course, swapped his face with John Travolta’s in 1997 blockbuster action film Face/Off. Looking at this unnerving image, it seems like Frozen’s Anna asked him to do that again – and who could say no to a princess?
7. Peach – Finding Nemo (2003)
Finding Nemo’s pink starfish Peach is super-cute in the 2003 animated favorite. A quick Cage-over later, though, and she’s the stuff of nightmares.
6. Lottie La Bouff – The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Lottie La Bouff is always pretty in pink in The Princess and the Frog. And Nicolas Cage is just as enamoured with the color, too, judging by the manic glee with which he spins.
5. Russell – Up (2009)
Nicolas Cage’s characters have seen a lot of action, but no adventure as remarkable as the one young Russell takes in Up. No wonder the actor’s up for the balloon ride.
4. Maleficent – Maleficent (2014)
We thought that Maleficent couldn’t get any scarier. Then we saw this, and realized she really could.
3. Simba – The Lion King (1994)
Cage revealed in 2011 that he has branded his individual acting style “Nouveau Shamanic.” Yes, really. When morphed into Simba from The Lion King, though, he looks more like a shaman’s practical joke.
2. Woody – Toy Story 3 (2010)
Nicolas Cage isn’t afraid of slinging a gun on the big screen. Perhaps that’s why he looks so at home here as the Toy Story franchise’s affable cowboy Woody.
1. Flik – A Bug’s Life (1998)
In 2012 Nicolas Cage was rumored to be in the frame to play Thomas Edison in an upcoming movie about Nikola Tesla – something that may still come to be. Training for the role by playing another notable inventor in A Bug’s Life’s Flik, then, may actually be a good place to start.