12 Apr Illustrator Gives Goku An Old-School Disney Makeover
You may not recognize it, but Son Goku is getting up there at an age. This character was created by Akira Toriyama in 1984, and the hero has become one of the most recognizable characters in the history of entertainment. Now, 34 years later, Goku is becoming more and more popular by the day. So it was around the time that one of the artists character’s illustrators paid homage to his age with a lovely sketch.
Son Goku, it is time you tried out some old-school animation aesthetics for yourself.
Recently, the illustrator of Dragon Ball Super came to Twitter to give Goku some makeover. The artist posted a simple sketch of Goku, and its back design has had fans rethinking the earliest days of Disney animation.
As you can see above, black and white drawings re-imagine a very minimal Goku. In fact, the hero is only really recognizable thanks to his spiky hair and jumpsuit. His arms bulge and his muscular frame has been streamlined into a toned body similar to Goofy. And, if you check out the hero’s thumbs up, you will see his hands have been relegated to meaty little sausages.
Looking at the drawing, it is hard not to think back to some of Disney’s beginning animation style. When Mickey Mouse debuted in 1928, Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks thrived off minimalistic designs. The cute mouse was given an exaggerated body, black button eyes, and loose line art. That same aesthetic has been applied to Goku in this Toyotaro art, and fans can only wonder how guys like Piccolo and Majin Buu would fare with the cartoon-ish style.