Most of us grew up with Disney characters. We'd anxiously await the release of the next video tape and then imagine ourselves in worlds with singing dwarves, tiny glass slippers and fairy godmothers, while poison apples, wicked stepsisters and sinister spinning wheels loomed on the horizon. Now, through the eye of Annie Leibovitz, the oft-remembered, animated scenes are getting further life through edited photography and celebrity re-creations.

The famous photographer was nabbed by Disney as part of their Year of a Million Dreams campaign. Her job -- to create an on-going series of photographs that use notable names to re-create the Disney scenes we know and love. So far, she's doing one hell of a job. The first celebrity to sign on is Scarlett Johansson, who took on the glass slippers for Cinderella's midnight run. Beyond being visually striking, what makes these pictures pop is the mixture of actual photography and digital flair. The actress was shot running down the steps of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial in New York, and the the rest was re-created. It makes me wonder if a live-action film would work using this technique, because it looks pretty damned great!

The other two classics to come out in this group are Alice in Wonderland and Sleeping Beauty. Alice was recreated on Leibovitz's farm with the help of teacups from Disney World and the likes of Beyonce Knowles as Alice, Lyle Lovett as the March Hare and the great casting of Oliver Platt as the Mad Hatter. For Sleeping Beauty, the photographer used the scene where the Prince fights Maleficent, with David Beckham as the Prince fighting off the flames of the dragon, which stands beyond the frame. Plans for future images include Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid -- and I'm sure that Snow White will follow as well. To see the pictures now, you can check out the full article for USA Today, which includes of list of the magazines the images will be published in.