It is hard to imagine what might have come of Dragon Ball had Akira Toriyama made it with Disney. The Dragon Ball series is known more for its tough battle than musical numbers, but the anime is theatrical enough to float a solid Disney film if need be. No, really — there’s already a Disney film out there that suits Dragon Ball, and one fan figured out how to make the crossover work.
As you can see below, a fan took to Reddit to share their spot-on Disney take of Dragon Ball Z. The artwork, which was posted by Shella Shinnz, shows what would happen if Beauty and the Beast because Bulma and the Oozaru Beast.
The artwork is pretty self-explanatory but impressive enough to warrant a solid explanation. Fans can see that Belle has been traded in for Bulma as the blue-haired heroine rocks the princess’ iconic dress. As for the Beast, the dour creature has been traded in for Vegeta’s Oozaru form, and his fangs are way more terrifying than anything Disney could have cooked up.
Of course, the mash-up does not stop there. All of the Beast’s little friends have been exchanged for anime characters such as Zen-Oh, Jaco, and Evil Buu. And, in lieu of a rose, Vegeta was cursed with the Four-Star Dragon Ball of all things.
Oh, and yes — this crossover does give Gaston’s role to Yamcha. Just take a moment to imagine that switch-a-roo and then laugh over it.
Does this Dragon Ball, Disney mash-up work for you? Which animated classic would tell Goku's story the best? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB to talk all things comics, k-pop, and anime!
Dragon Ball Super currently airs its English dub on Adult Swim during the Toonami programming block Saturday evenings at 9:30 p.m. It is also available to stream on Funimation and Amazon Video. The Japanese language release of the series is complete, and available to stream on Funimation, VRV, and Crunchyroll.
If you want to catch up with the English dub, the first 52 episodes of Dragon Ball Super are now available to stream on FunimationNOW, VRV, and available to purchase on Amazon Video as well. The 52 episodes span the full range of what has aired in the North America and covers the "Battle of Gods" arc, "Revival of F" arc, the "Universe 6" arc, and bringing the series right up to the current TV airings of the "Future Trunks" arc.