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  • Disney's dazzling 'Dreams' - USA TODAY 1/26/07

    By Annie Leibovitz
    It's a kick: Soccer star David Beckham rides a white stallion
    as Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty.

    By Annie Leibovitz
    Princess bling: Scarlett Johansson's Cinderella
    sports a Harry Winston tiara and a Steuben glass slipper.

    By William Keck
    Janaury 26, 2007

    When it comes to wishing upon a star, Annie Leibovitz has far more influence than Jiminy Cricket.

    The famed photographer's reputation, combined with the allure of Disney, has sent a pop princess to Wonderland, a soccer stud to slay a dragon and an acclaimed actress scurrying slipperless down a staircase.

    PHOTOS: Annie Leibovitz makes Disney dreams

    Recruited by Disney to promote Disneyland and Walt Disney World's Year of a Million Dreams campaign, Leibovitz persuaded her famous friends to dress up as classic Disney characters. The first images in this ongoing series will appear in the March issues of Vogue, Vanity Fair, W, GQ, Conde Nast Traveller, Cookie and The New Yorker.

    "We started by looking at the classic stories —Snow White, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Peter PanSleeping Beauty's Prince. She asked the 31-year-old whether "prince" was an image he would feel comfortable portraying. Not surprisingly, Beckham was game, and the image was photographed near a lake outside Madrid, where he had been playing soccer for the team Real Madrid. The castle superimposed in the background is from Disneyland Paris.

    "I'm the prince, and I'm sort of slaying a dragon, which is something I've never done before, obviously," Beckham says in the Disney press materials. "When I was called about it and asked to do it, I was very honored and really looking forward to it, especially with Annie doing the pictures."

    Says Leibovitz: "It seemed perfect for David Beckham, who is a very masculine hero. Saving Sleeping Beauty came natural to him. He's a determined actor, and he became the Prince when he got on that white horse. He was serious about it. My daughter Sarah wanted to know where the dragon was, and I told her that I had left it out of the frame on purpose. I left figures like that up to the viewer's imagination."

    He describes himself as a "big kid" who loves to go to theme parks. A fan of Disney characters as a boy, Beckham is now enjoying seeing how these characters are perceived through the eyes of the three children (Brooklyn, 7, Romeo, 4, and Cruz, almost 2) he shares with his wife, Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham.

    "The role's reversed now," he says. "It's my sons that love the Disney characters and, you know, it's a big part of their lives; a big part of many children's lives around the world."
    Last edited by ALIASd; 01-25-2007, 08:04 PM.
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

  • #2
    Re: Disney's dazzling 'Dreams' - USA TODAY 1/26/07

    wow... I used to really like her stuff, I wonder if she brought cocaine to these photo shoots?
    See more of my horrible photos (and a few good ones) at my Flickr photostream


    • #3
      Re: Disney's dazzling 'Dreams' - USA TODAY 1/26/07

      Suddenly Cinderella has a lot more interest to me...
      For a couple of reasons.


      • #4
        Re: Disney's dazzling 'Dreams' - USA TODAY 1/26/07

        As a photography student i have a great respect for Annie Leibowitz. She is one of the rare celeb photographers that literally has carte blanche for any idea she has. Unfortunately the real talent behind her recent work is the wardrobe, makeup, SFX and set design people, not her. So many of her photos would not exist or even be noteworthy without these people, and she almost refuses to discuss thier presence in her work.


        • #5
          Re: Disney's dazzling 'Dreams' - USA TODAY 1/26/07

          wow, the cinderella pic is awesomely pleasing to the eyes...
          Will there be screams when the sun sets,
          -=Is It October Yet?=-

          Originally posted by Tinkermonkey
          elly is the ultimate nerdy girl. But she makes it sexy
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          Elly is adorkable.


          • #6
            Re: Disney's dazzling 'Dreams' - USA TODAY 1/26/07

            holy CRAP I am in LOVE with that picture of Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella. o_O! I can't wait for the rest of the shoot (I wonder who'll be Ariel... It would be interesting if they picked Alyssa Milano coz isn't Ariel supposedly based on her?)
            Disneyland Photos:
            01.02.2006 (facebook album)
            02.25.2006 - Totally random trip
            Spring break 2006 - WALT DISNEY WORLD (also has some random spring break pics in)
            08.01.2006 -Club 33 trip!
            My first MC trip report!
            More to come, of course! =D

            Deluxe Annual Pass purchased - 12.09.2006


            • #7
              Re: Disney's dazzling 'Dreams' - USA TODAY 1/26/07

              :clap: I love these pictures! Especially Beckham as Prince Charming and they got the castle right! Scarlett is gorgeous as Cinderella. The Alice picture was just alright. Can't wait to see who they choose for the rest of the characters. This Dreams campaign is a lot better than the cheesy stuff we've seen so far...


              • #8
                Annie Leibovitz to help YoaMD?!


                Anyone see this in USA Today? They've got Annie Leibovitz using A-list celebs to promote Year of a Million Dreams campaign. Think it will help?


                • #9
                  Re: Annie Leibovitz to help YoaMD?!

                  This is already on the front page under "News"


                  • #10
                    Re: Annie Leibovitz to help YoaMD?!

                    D'OH! Sorry about that, don't know how I missed that. Thanks.


                    • #11
                      Stars Play Out Disney Park Fantasies In New Images Unveiled by Annie Leibovitz

                      Disney Parks Press Release

                      Stars Play Out Disney Park Fantasies In New Images Unveiled by Annie Leibovitz

                      You can see the photos and a video at this link

                      Check out my Theme Park Photos at


                      • #12
                        Re: Stars Play Out Disney Park Fantasies In New Images Unveiled by Annie Leibovitz

                        thanks for the photo link.. Cinderella is my new background


                        • #13
                          Re: Disney's dazzling 'Dreams' - USA TODAY 1/26/07

                          I dunno about you guys but I have a new favorite Disney Princess.
                          There is no right or wrong in this debate. It is simply a matter of perspective.
                          -Dr. Strange


                          • #14
                            Re: Disney's dazzling 'Dreams' - USA TODAY 1/26/07

                            Those two picture are WONDERFUL!!!

                            I will have to go out and buy some magazines
                            just to get copies of those Pictures!!!!!!!

                            . . . . . Or do you suppose they will be
                            selling matted prints at the Disneyanna Store
                            on Main Street for $35.00 a pop!?!?!?!
                            Critter Country's a mess ev'r since the Country Bears were kicked out. Ya can't cover pooh with honey and 'spect people ta like it.
                            An Adventurers It's Time to Put the Spotlight Back on Bring Back the REAL Disney Gallery
                            Life for Me! ~ ~ ~ Melvin, Buff, and Max!!! ~~~~ Dump the Dream Suite!
                            Meese-ka Moose-ka Mice-Chatter!


                            • #15
                              Re: Disney's dazzling 'Dreams' - USA TODAY 1/26/07

                              The photos are stunning!!! I can't wait to see more!!! I loved the cinderella one, and I had no idea that it was celebs in the pictures, I couldn't tell.
                              Press today is so concerned with cool vs. not cool that they're starting to forget good vs. bad. I'm not sure I'll ever be "cool", but I will always tirelessly strive to be "great". - Josh Groban


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