In his series of digital paintings ‘Popped Culture’ he takes well know characters from children’s television and film, and puts them in darker, more adult situations. He even provides some background information for most pieces. See the best work from the series below.
“Your childhoods belong to me now” – Dan Luvisi
Donald The Duck
Your childhoods belong to me now.
Painted this in about 7 hours or so for fun.
Bert and Ernie – My Brother’s Keeper
Well here’s the story. I imagined Bert as a marinet who left his little brother behind for the Vietnam war. Over the years, Ernie started to turn into a junkie without his brother’s guidance, falling into the wrong crowd and dealing/using with the wrong people–thus making some very bad mistakes.
Until Bert returned, leaving one war, only to fight another for his brother.
Oh man, Ernie. What a psycho. Enjoy :*)
Once a famous baker, Cook unfortunately lost his teeth due to an abusive addiction to cookies. Disfigured and lost, Cook couldn’t fight the addiction and began mixing flour and other illegal substances as a quick hit.
Soon after he made product and began slanging on The Streets, bringing in customers from all over.
This was until The Bird found out, and soon would send out a hit on Cook’s head. A task that Bert and Ernie would have to take.”
“It only took two weeks after the arrival on Earth for the human’s to realize they wanted no part in cleaning the trashed planet.
Wall-E (not-shown), the new found hero and leader of the human race, expressed that he would help rebuild the earth for the humans. As he was no longer a junk-bot, the Buy and Large bots turned Wall-E into a full fledged mech to help rebuild the cities.
Eve, Wall-E’s love bot, helped him with this daunting task and over the years they created a utopia for the lazy and obese human beings. But as the humans became more comfortable, they soon turned the loving robots into mechanical slaves, putting the other Eve and Wall-E bots back to work.
The vile humans became abusive, dominating and inconsiderate, overworking and destroying the bots by the day. Hundreds of thousands of Eve and Wall-E’s friends were killed by the people they were trying to protect.
Wall-E and Eve soon found themselves now back on the other end, being controlled yet again. Wall-E had his orders and was too introverted to talk to them.
However, Eve would not stand for it, and it would be here where the war of the robots began.”
To Infinity and Beyond
As Buzz’s final moment came before him, he glared into the black abyss, only capturing one last one thing: a promise he made his son:
“I will always protect and watch over you. To infinity and beyond.”
Buzz was an all American hero. He worked for the Star Command Army and had been recently promoted to Staff Sgt, leading the young and brave through interstellar wars against the evil alien terrorist, Zurg.
While deep in space, Buzz’s ship was pulled into a worm-hole caused by his arch-nemesis Commander Zurg. Buzz tried everything in his power to turn his ship around, but to no avail. At this point, Buzz and his crew only had one option: abandon ship.
As the ship took more damage, the rescue pods began to deplete. Buzz allowed each member to escape as he tried to give them every last minute–until finally, it was too late.
Buzz, and his cruiser, were pulled into the worm-hole, and was never seen or heard from again. Buzz was announced dead by Star Command and the world mourned for the hero that saved over two hundred lives that day. He would leave behind his beloved wife, daughter and son.
However, Buzz did not die that day. He awoke to find himself still trapped into his own ship. All in tact, and still in his suit, he tried to escape but realized he was imprisoned, bound by wires.
This would be the first day of Buzz’s new life, cast away into another dimension from Zurg’s worm-hole, Buzz was no longer the human he once thought he was.
For now Buzz was wrapped away as an action figure, and on his way to a birthday party for a young boy named Andy.
Buzz’s very own son.
Wreck It Ralph
“After Ralph saved Sugar Rush, his new role as a ‘Good Guy’ was headed in the right direction. Putting the Wreck-It lifestyle behind him reminded Ralph how much better it felt not to use his massive-hands to solve problems for once.
But not everyone was happy, especially Ralph’s self-bettering group member, M.Bison from the Street Fighter fame. Bison was furious with Ralph, considering him a traitor for how he forgot the gang of videogame villans he once called ‘friends’.
In return, Bison sent out his two henchmen, Vega and Balrog, to enter Ralph’s world and kidnap his friends, Fix-it Felix and Vanellope.
After Felix and Vanellope were kidnapped and brought into Bison’s realm, Ralph knew what he had to do. Ralph was forced to turn back into what he was always known for: a Wrecker.
Ralph then entered the realm of Street Fighter, as Bison had hoped, and for what felt like years, fought his way through any of the fighters that Bison sent his way. From the Alphas, to the Turbos, and even the Marvel Vs.Capcom collection. Over the years, Ralph fought and defeated any of the challenges that opposed him. He also lost great friends, such as his mentor and leader, Ryu.
But as many obstacles Ralph went through, he would not stop until he found and defeated M.Bison.”
“After Boo was saved, Sully and Mike realized they no longer required scares for cash, thus forcing Mike into a new line of business; comedy.
As Mike continued his stand-up routine with the children in hopes for laughs, Sully partied and wasted money that he didn’t have. The problem is: the world didn’t care, it was Sully, a hero and role model. And everyone loves Sully. Everyone but the one living in his shadow.
Mike was tired of it. Tired of lowering himself to telling jokes, only to hurt himself in the process over, and over again. Mike decided to have a talk with Sully about it, but was continuously avoided. Angered, Mike followed Sully one day, only to realize he was headed for the home of Mike’s girlfriend, Celia.
Mike rushed home, shocked to find the two talking. His anger got the best of him and he attacked Sully. Out of defense, Sully struck Mike, catching his one-eye. Out of confusion and anger, Mike launched his nimble body into Sully, peircing him with his horns, killing him.
As Sully laid dead on the floor, Celia screamed, blaming Mike for the death of him. She then told Mike that he wanted to surprise him with a new job, and was just talking with her to help surprise him.
Devastated, and now wanted by the Monster City Police, Mike ran. He had to go where no one could ever find him, so he travelled to the old Monster’s Inc factory. Mike opened one of the Doors, and was transported to Earth to live amongst the humans, banishing himself from Monstropolis.
This is where Mike was broken, and dwelled on the city streets, among those that looked down upon him.
To this day, no one knows what happened to Mike, and no one ever will.”
Grand Theft Otto – Lenny and Carl
“Once Otto was hired as the getaway driver, Krusty knew that if this heist was to be pulled off, they would need muscle as well.
Krusty suggested to head of his gang, Homer, that they enlist two of his personal drug runners, Lenny and Carl, otherwise known as Krusty’s Kocaine Cowboys. Both hustlers had been distributing Krusty’s Koke through the Krusty Burger front for years now, and had help Krusty bring in hundreds of thousands from off shore accounts over the months.
Before they ran Krusty’s drug distribution Lenny and Carl had sold and distributed drugs in Russia for years prior. Krusty had been on tour in Europe, and was introduced to both off-stage. He quickly realized their potential and set both of them up in Springfield, both with luxurious homes and rides.
However, not much was known about the two. Rumors of Lenny being in the Russian mafia flew around Springfield once he settled, and his tattoo’s didn’t help. Carl didn’t speak much, but everyone knew that when he did, you had better shut your goddamn mouth and listen.
The two kept a low profile, only making moves when they were required. This is why Krusty hired them. He trusted both, and for a reason, one Homer wouldn’t be able to understand.
Because if this heist was to truly be accomplished, it would require Homer’s son Bart.”
Grand Theft Otto – Homer
“If they were to pull off Krusty’s heist, they were going to need a distraction, and Bart was best at that. Homer thought it was a stupid idea, but the money was too good to say no.
The next day, Bart and Otto arrived at Homer’s house and readied up. They were to meet Lenny and Carl at the Springfield Bank where they robbery was supposed to take place.
Bart walked into the bank, and immediately began his stint, taking the security guards by surprise. And then Homer took over, bashing both in the head with his rifle and walking in, commanding every one to get down.
As the duffel bags were filled with cash, Lenny and Carl went to the larger safe in the back. Homer watched guard, as Lenny and Carl finished their gig. After they destroyed the civilian’s cell phones and took out the phone lines, the group left.
Homer rushed to Lenny’s car, pushing Bart in. As he went to hand the duffel bag to Lenny, he was stopped with a cold Duff beer, courtesy of Lenny
“Hey Homer, you’re gonna need this.”
Boom. A gunshot went off, straight into Homer’s leg. Homer dropped to his knees, as Lenny pushed him over. In the back of car, Bart struggled as Carl tried to contain him.
“We don’t need the money, we got what we came for.” The car drove off, speeding away as Homer regained his strength.
Chief Wiggum’s police sirens grew louder as Homer got up, awaiting his final demise. He leaned up against a parked police car, taking out a loaded .45 pistol and cracked open his beer. As he took a sip, the rest of the boys in blue surrounded him, guns armed.
Homer smiled and said one final word.
Kermit – Drive
“After years of family friendly shows such as the Muppet Babies, The Muppet Show and the Muppet Movie, Kermit and the gang decided to opt for something new and more adult. The idea would be for them to begin parodying more mature genres, such as dramas and crime films.
Their first would be “Drive.” “
No Country For Old Muppets
“After the success of their first parody, Drive, the Muppet gang decided to dive into another.
Tired of performing the same routine comedy roles, Fozzy Bear wanted to try something new. He suggested portraying the role that was brilliantly captured by Javier Bardem, as infamous hitman Anton Chigurh in the Coen Brother’s crime-drama, No County For Old Men.
Gonzo was not pleased that he would have to die, again.”
Jake The Snake – Adventure Time
Tigger took a long sniff of the open air, having been nearly fifteen years since the last time he was able to breath such. Outside of the Ashwood County Prison was a greying seven-foot tall bird, who was not only fatigued from his job, but tired of seeing old friends come and go through the iron-box.
The large bird’s name was Owl, and he had run Ashwood’s police unit since he could remember. However, Owl had retired ever since a young boy named Christopher Robin went missing. But as the years passed, a deep promise lingered with Owl, and the reason he stood at the gates of Ashwood County Prison was due to that very fact.
Tigger slowly bounces over to Owl, his tail weak and scarred from years of prison brawls. Owl smiles, giving a quick glance at the prison, and then back at the withered, striped giant. “It’s been a long time, Tigger. Glad to see you stayed alive in there.”
Tigger doesn’t flinch, his jet-black eyes stuck on Owl’s oval saucers. He goes to release a feisty rebuttal, but holds it back in, only replying with one question: “Why’d you come here, Owl?”
Owl smiles, but it is not one summoned from happiness. “Oh Tigger,” he says, placing his feathers on the beast’s shoulder. “I came here to tell you that we have finally found Christopher.”
. . .
Hours later, Tigger sits with Owl inside of his tree-carved manor. Tigger looks at the old photos, reminiscing of the younger years spent in Ashwood’s vibrant forest. Owl interrupts, as he places a cup of coffee in front of Tigger. Tigger reaches for it, but then combines whiskey from a flask.
“Still on the juice?” Owl asks, as he watches Tigger close the cap, swooshing and mixing the two liquids together.
Tigger looks down at the bottle, a dark history behind it. He places it behind him, back into his pants pocket. Ignoring the question, he bargains another. “You said you found Christopher? Where is he, Owl?”
Owl sighs, lifting a folder and placing it down in front of Tigger. “I don’t know if words would do it justice. Look for yourself, kid.”
Tigger pauses, now not wanting to travel down the rabbit hole. He finally opens the folder, only to find what nightmares are made of inside, displayed through horrific photographs. He quickly closes the folder, pushing it away with his free hand. “It can’t be. Goddammit Owl, who did this?”
Owl sits, taking the folder away from him. “We found Christopher’s body three years ago. He was twenty five, living alone just twenty miles outside of Ashwood. Kid was suffering from schizophrenia they said, lost contact with a lot of his close friends, eventually dropping down into narcotics. We believe he began selling the dope he was using. Ended up working with some bad people, who worked for even worse.”
Tigger is now pissed, the flask is back out. “Get on with it.”
Owl smiles, knowing Tigger’s inner rage. “The friends he was hanging with, worked for your old friend.”
Tigger freezes. An image passes by his eyes. “But he died in the explosion…”
Owl tosses a folder in front of him. On it, the label reads “THE BEAR”
“So you thought,” Owl says. “He reappeared several years after you got put away. We figured he faked his death at the Great Honey Pot Robbery. Word is Pooh and his Pals have made a return, and they’re taking out anyone that steps into Ashwood’s territory.”
Tigger opens THE BEAR folder, revealing photos of the one responsible for such nightmares. This is no yellow bear he once knew. This is the Devil. He looks back at Owl, closing the folder.
“So what now?” Tigger says, closing the folder. He now drinks strictly from the flask.
“That’s why I released you. I want you to find and locate Pooh and his Pals and take them out one by one.” Owl says, now his eyes as serious as Tigger’s. “This job is off the grid, you hear me? You and I are the only intel on it, and it stays that way.”
Tigger sits for a moment, before standing up and making his way to the wooden leaf-shaped door. He pauses, looking back at Owl.
“After all of these years…” Tigger asks as he holds the door open. “Why me?”
Owl smiles, sipping his coffee. “Because hunting is what Tiggers do best.”
The prince of darkness – Mickey Mouse. Painted in Photoshop.