For the love of Archiekins, this is simply divine.
Self-taught artist André Manguba found artistic inspiration through two of our favorite things: The CW's hit series Riverdale and Disney characters. The reimagined versions of Jughead, Bettie, Archie, Veronica, Cheryl, Toni, F.P., and Alice are utterly breathtaking. Of course, Manguba's sketches are particularly interesting when you consider which iconic Disney couple he’s assigned to each Riverdale ride-or-die pairing. Scroll down to check out the amazing artwork. You won't regret it!
1. Archie and Veronica as Hercules and Megara
This makes sense since Archie Andrews is kind of a god-like figure at Riverdale High. Not only is he a star athlete, student-body president, part-time brooding musician, and an all-around hottie, but Archie is also pure muscle and loyal to a fault. Meanwhile, his main squeeze, Veronica Lodge, is no damsel in distress. This fashionable diva prefers to lead rather than follow and has sass for days.
2. Bettie and Jughead as Rapunzel and Flynn Rider
Riverdale's resident bad boy, Jughead Jones, is no stranger to falling into trouble in the name of journalism and the Serpents. Betty, his greatest ally and partner-in-crime, also has a knack for getting tangled into dark, twisted mysteries. Together, Bughead has gone on epic adventures and found a new home with each other. No murderous family member or supernatural entity could keep this duo apart. They are the ultimate end goal and we are so here for their epic romance. Long live Bughead!
3. Toni and Cheryl as Moana and Ariel
Toni Topaz is no wallflower. She's a fierce warrior who's loyal to her crew of Serpents. From driving a motorcycle to fighting for justice, there isn't anything that can hold Toni down. She's an empowered, modern-day princess who can throw a killer sucker punch when the time calls for it. Not one to be outdone, Cheryl Blossom has quickly become one of the most memorable TV redheads of all time. She's got a mesmerizing mane, a razor-sharp tongue, and is swimming in money bay-bay. Together, Toni and Cheryl are a formidable force on land and sea.
4. F.P. and Alice as Beast and Belle
Who else would be the misunderstood Beast with a heart of gold? F.P. Jones may look like a real tough guy, but he's got an ooey-gooey center filled with unconditional love and diehard loyalty. If you stick around long enough and nurture him like the delicate rose that he is, you just might catch a glimpse of the prince he's hiding inside. Luckily, Alice Cooper has seen this side of F.P. because she's the ultimate caretaker. From her wealth of knowledge and flare for drama, Alice always fights the good fight and then gets the guy at the end.
5. Veronica and Betty as Elphaba and Glinda
Okay, so this is a bonus fanon pairing which emphasizes how Veronica and Betty's characters are often represented in the Archie Comics. Surely, Veronica is the drop-dead-gorgeous bad girl while Betty is the goody two shoes. Fortunately on Riverdale, both leading ladies are a complex mix of good and bad which reinforces the notion that women are dynamic, deeply-layered individuals who shouldn't be unfairly categorized by society.
What do you think of these sketches? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.