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If Disney made a Mortal Kombat movie Scorpion, Sonya, and more would look just like this spectacular fan art from Ricky Baba

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • November 11, 2022 at 12:57 p.m. PST • Comments: 12

When one thinks of the Mortal Kombat series, with all of its blood, violence, and gore, one typically does not think of Disney. The two entities might be direct opposites by nature, with one being all about ripping off heads and lobbing off limbs and the other a family friendly organization that makes kids' dreams come true.

But for some reason, when you combine these two things together you get something absolutely incredible. A digital artist who has done work for Dreamworks by the name of Ricky Baba has created fan art of popular Mortal Kombat characters like Sonya Blade and Sub-Zero depicting them in the style of a Disney / Pixar film, and the end result is tremendous.

Of the Mortal Kombat kombatants so far, Baba has created beautiful art pieces for the aforementioned Sonya and Sub-Zero, as well as Scorpion and Raiden. Each of them harnesses one of their classic designs, with Sonya taking after her Mortal Kombat 1 (1992) look, and the boys being inspired by their Mortal Kombat 2 (1993) aesthetics.

Sonya's artwork has straight up Disney princess vibes, which totally makes sense as Baba noted that they were watching classic Disney films like Frozen and Tangled at the time the idea sprung up.

"For this one, I was heavily inspired by Disney princesses," wrote Baba on Instagram. "I've been watching Frozen and a bit of Tangled with my kid lately, so those characters have been on my mind. Hope I was able to capture some of that Disney feel with Sonya!"

As for Sub-Zero, Scorpion, and Raiden, these formidable fighters take on a more intense look than Sonya. Ditching the happy-go-lucky Disney attitude, the two ninjas and the thunder god all have a mean scowl on their faces as they prepare for battle.

That having been said, these art pieces still have that bubbly, colorful, and cartoony style to them that you'd see in one of Disney's animated films. They look incredible, and for some reason this style actually suits the Mortal Kombat franchise really well.

Baba's attention to detail is outstanding as well. Though these fighters have a more simplified look than they normally have, close up shots reveal the incredible work that went into these as we see every strand of hair, the fuzzy material of Sonya's top, and even things like tiny bits of lint on her headband.

Though we only have four Mortal Kombat characters to admire here today, it appears as though Baba might have plans to do more. "If I do Johnny Cage next, I might make him look like a Disney Prince but we’ll see," the artist wrote on Instagram.

Ricky's Disney-style Mortal Kombat fan art is so good, in fact, that it caught the attention of series co-creator Ed Boon. The longtime game developer shared them on Twitter saying, "These are pretty brilliant !!"

This isn't the first time a talented artist has depicted legendary fighting game characters in the style of Disney and Pixar. Back in June, MultiVersus character artist Dan Eder put together a piece imagining what Street Fighter's own Chun-Li would look like in such a film.

The Mortal Kombat franchise is celebrating its 30 year anniversary this year, with the official birthday taking place last month. Sonya, Raiden, Sub-Zero, and Scorpion were all a part of the original seven contenders, with Johnny Cage, Kano, and Liu Kang rounding out the cast.

In Mortal Kombat 2, Sonya and Kano would be left off of the playable cast, with newcomers such as Kitana, Mileena, Jax, and Baraka being added in their stead. The two omitted kombatants did make a cameo in MK2, however, being seen chained up in the background of Shao Kahn's stage.

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