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Since my journal needs an update i thought hey, why not posting this here, too. This is an art site after all and should be interesting to you as well.

I am someone who might be called a "cineaste" - because it's true. I friggin' LOVE movies. I love watching them, collecting them, doing research, listening to audio commentaries and learning about the backgrounds. And i always had a soft spot for animated motion pictures. Still do. Disney is awesome, so is Dreamworks and the not so wellknown ones.

Lately i went through my DVD-Collection once more and...i just realised again how MUCH i despise the awful covers that go along with most of the animated movie DVD releases. Especially when i recall the original theatrical posters - which are all (design wise) of sheer BRILLIANCE, full of power and emotion and actually dignify the movie's content. Not to be compared with the cheap DVD covers. Little comparison for you to see what i mean - because i felt like doing one.

movie poster comparison


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Note: The DVD Covers i featured here are the newest copies (because the newest are among the worst) and i gladly own some of the older copies (like Titan A.E. or Nimh where they more decent (although still bad) DVD cover artworks)

I really wish people would just keep the awesome posters as covers and don't design some shitty new ones - how great would that be for the collector nerds of us. Okay, yes, i KNOW why they do it: Animated movies, they are, so children are the main target - and most children want cheerful, colourful, happywappy cutesywootsie covers, end of story - i see that, i see that. But still....aaaarh. I want to cry whenever i look at the Prince Egypt DVD (which doesn't represnet the excellent movie AT ALL) and compare it to that EPIC theatrical poster they had back then. Hrsn. Or why can't they publish a special collector's edition with awesome theatrical posters only?

Funny though - unlike the DVDs most Soundtrack covers still feature the theatrical movie posters. Which is awesome but still....can someone explain WHY? Because it makes no sense.

(and DAMN, i need to design a new Journal Skin. Because this one makes no sense as well.)
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carpenoctem410 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Die Poster die du da zeigst sind aber auch alles Teaser Poster - und die sind IMMER schöner als die finalen Poster, auf denen dann Unmengen an Charakteren und Text draufgequetscht werden. Und Teaser Poster sind immer großartige Kunstwerke. Allein dieses Mulan Poster is einfach zum Abknutschen schön. Oder das von Quasimodo inmitten seiner Glocken. Wow! und dann diese hässlichen DVD Cover, da stimm ich dir zu. Da könnte man weinen ^^°
Da feiere ich die Pixar Steelbooks oder die neuen Ghibli Veröffentlichungen! Leider besitze ich davon noch keinen einzigen *le gasp*
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Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Teaserposter verehre ich allgemein, und das nicht nur bei Disneyfilmen. Der Grad an Epik und Schönheit ist bei denen einfach stellar, wie man im Englischen so schön sagt.

Und ja, ein Hoch auf die Pixarsteelbooks in der Tat - nicht zuletzt, weil man bei denen diese verfluchten FSK-Flatschen abziehen kann (die hasse ich mindestens genauso wie die Coververgewaltigungen. Das Dumme bei Disney ist, dass Wendecover bei denen praktisch nicht vorhanden ist. Gah. First World Sammler Probleme.)

Und die neuen Ghibliversionen habe ich auch schon gesehen. Fuck. ich finde es ziemlich stylisch und nett in seiner Minimalistik. Musste natürlich erst dann veröffentlicht werden, als ich gerade meine Special Edition-DVD-Ghiblisammlung komplettiert hatte, Ffffff. Allerdings spiele ich eh schon länger mit dem Gedanken, mir sämtliche Animationsfilme nochmal auf Blu-Ray nachzuholen. Allein schon der Qualität wegen.
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carpenoctem410 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Disney hat dazugelernt. Mittlerweile kann mans abziehen. Hab mir die Arielle Collector's Trilogie Edition geholt 8D

Und so groß is meine Sammlung wegen mangelnder Kohle noch nicht. Da kann ich getrost auf Blu-Ray sammeln. :)
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Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh oh oh. Oh ja, die Collectors Edition steht auch noch an (vorzüglich deshalb, weil da ENDLICH die richtige Synchro von '89 drauf ist. Hätte nicht gedacht, dass das ganze Gebettel der Fans Früchte tragen würde, mir war danach Regenbögen zu heulen vor Freude. Disney lernt in der Tat dazu)
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carpenoctem410 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Ich hab die alte Synchro einfach nur in mich aufgesaugt :heart:
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Svalde Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Ugh, I also hate when the Japanese movies covers are changed. Japanese covers are usually minimalistc and peaceful-looking and the american contraparts are more actiony and badass for some reason.
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Skreechie Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe it's because the DVD-covers appeal more to children? When my little sister wants a new DVD it's because she's seen a character on the cover she likes, whether it's the princess or just the cat. The movies are childrens movies after all.
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dinodvdnu Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Did you ever see the initial Warner Brothers cover-art for 'The Fountain' with the two heads of Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz with bright and annoying colors? It was so awful Aronofsky said he pushed for the UK poster as an alternative, which they ultimately went for, thankfully.
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Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
The Fountain actually is my Number One favourite film and i happen to own any copy/cover-variation that exists. And yes - i know which one you mean. It's just as horrendous as some trailers that i've seen for this movie.
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sweetstrawberryblood Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I agree
200% <3
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M-Lee08 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I didnt think it was that bad till I see them side by side. Why did they go threw all that work to make the posters and not use them more. UGGGH that is a shame. The closest one I saw to the poster was Land Before Time. Secret of Nyhm the VHS featured the movie poster would couldn't the dvd.
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Bluari Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Arghhh! Why!? xD Why is this hapenning... Can't they just take the poster for a dvd cover. This is absolutely... intriguing, that all animated movies share the same fate.
I just had the same topic with my friend about Balto cover.
Thanks for sharing this x3
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RevlisAnna Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student General Artist
All of Amblin's movies have the absolute WORST cover art. It's a real shame. The Secret of Nimnh(Nihmn Nimn....whatevs) is a beautiful picture, in my opinion. These are clear examples of what happens when an artist tries too hard to advertise something good.
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K9spot Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I've always noticed how on the DVD covers the characters look NOTHING like they do in the actual movie, I thought Treasure Planet was the worst. I never realized that the original posters wouldn't look like that and now it makes me mad, because I have my favorite scenes in mind when I grab the DVD and when the person looks all weird, half the time it sort of sours it and I just end up putting some of my favorite movies back on the shelf.
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RevlisAnna Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student General Artist
I always flip the movie over and look at the back :XD: The shots from the movie that are usually on there tend to ease the pain. A little.
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K9spot Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student General Artist
I do the same thing! ha
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Neutral-mind Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Wow. Never saw the posters before. They're beautiful.
But... Aagh!... AAGH!... AAAAAAAAAGGGGGHHH!!!!!!
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Squeekii-Jellybean Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
They had such awesome covers for VCR video tapes (often the same or similar to the theatrical posters) and I do not see why they can't do the same thing for DVDs.
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BlightOfClouds Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
I liked the other Anastasia poster where she's holding the pendant and gazing out into adventure. But now it's all like PRINCESS OMG SPARKLY :D)))
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Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
THIS. All these years i wanted to buy the copy you mentioned and then they replaced it with that princess bullshit. SHAME.
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BlightOfClouds Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student General Artist
I just discovered that if you get an old VHS copy from a thrift store and pull some artist magic you can probably put the cover on your DVD copy.
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dinosaurcow Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
oh. my. gosh.
I haven't even seen most of the original theatrical posters before,
and now I see how much stupider DVD covers are =__=
this changes so much...
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TwoToTango Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I agree. A hundred million billion percent. The fuckery is simply unacceptable.
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Caileagh-Faoileag Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Writer
I have a few of those movies on VHS that seem to have the theatrical poster as a cover, rather than the DVD covers you've compared them with. The ones I can think of from the top of my head are The Land Before Time and An American Tail. I think covers can sometimes vary from country to country, too, and different editions.
(But I have to admit, a lot of those theatrical posters look well more epic than the DVD covers).
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TheIngramAssassin Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
That's... Actually rather sad.
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Saria29 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That WOULD be awesome. I mean, I don't think most of those are *too* awful (at least The Little Mermaid is a pretty cheerful movie, so giving it a cheerful cover isn't as jarring as the Secret of Nimh poster... though I think my least favorite is the Anastasia one. Such a derp-face.), but it would be nice to have the more epic covers. Especially for the movies that ARE really epic, like Prince of Egypt and The Lion King. And oh my gosh, the Treasure Planet poster. I'm not really crazy about that movie, but that's pretty.
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ConnorCat Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Yeah I'm also noticing that the release covers are much more colorful and bright. I guess they want them to look happy even though quite a few of those movies are surprisingly grim, eh?
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Farael-Hikari Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Now that you mention it... I remember I printed the poster from How to Train Your Dragon to replace the DVD cover. I couldn't bear the utter ugliness...
Seriously, why do they do that? :shakefist:
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Farael-Hikari Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Ow. Double reply. Sorry about that...
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Farael-Hikari Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Now that you mention it... I remember I printed the poster from How to Train Your Dragon to replace the DVD cover. I couldn't bear the utter ugliness...
Seriously, why do they do that? :shakefist:
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Morzone Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like the signature you have there. Also I love your work..
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Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :)
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DupleSnowflake Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
It's interesting how the dvd covers are all zoomed in on characters. My guess is that the marketing team assumes the kids know these characters, so as soon as they see their faces on the dvd cover, they're gonna go crazy! For some posters the silhouette or extreme zoom-out is very different (Little Mermaid, Princess and the Frog) but for others, I don't mind seeing characters from the front and in detail rather than a silhouette in the distance.
-Though when they changed "The Nightmare Before Christmas" cover to just Jack's head... well, I wasn't that impressed.

The Don Bluth covers are the most laughable too, since they are pretty dark films. Whimsy, whimsy, kiddies! Buy our sh**!
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jukajo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ich krieg auch jedes mal wieder das Kotzen, wenn ich die Cover sehe. Ich wär für Wendecover. Außen das kitschige neue für die Zielgruppe und innen das schöne alte für uns :) ...aber das wird wohl nicht passieren :XD:
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Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Für Wendecover bin ich sowieso zu haben - spätestens seit man sich dafür entschieden hat, das FSK-Zeichen groß und fett vorne aufs Cover zu pappen, damit man diese noch mehr versauen kann. Ich kann ja gar nicht beschreiben, wie SEHR ich die Verantwortlichen dafür hasse.
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Jack-the-Wolf1986 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
also bei den Blu-Ray´s sind 80% der Filme mit Wendecovern versehen, so sollten sie es auch bei DVD´s machen.
Denn wie du sagst, dieses große und fette FSK-Zeichen verschandelt das ganze Cover.
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Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ich weiß nicht, ob das bei den Blu-Rays anders ist, aber speziell was Disneyfilme betrifft, sind die DVD-Cover ausnahmslos OHNE Wendecover. Ich finds unmöglich.
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Jack-the-Wolf1986 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
mhm ich sehe gerade, dass die König der Löwen Blu-Rays auch kein Wendecover haben.
Und auch wenn ich mir meine anderen anschaue ... soviele sind es dann doch nicht, die Wendecover haben, dachte es wären mehr. :hmm:
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jukajo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Boar, FSK-Zeichen... Katastrophe. Mein Patenonkel hat mal so 'ne richtig schicke (und teure) Beatles Collection im Pappschieber bekommen, ganz schwarz und edel, und was steht fett auf der Seite drauf? FSK 0. 0! Da bluten mir die Augen. Wenn das wenigstens noch Sticker wären, die man abmachen kann... aber nein. Wenn ich mir einen neuen Film oder ein neues Spiel kaufe ist auch immer das erste was ich tue zu gucken, ob es ein Wendecover hat :XD:
Bezüglich den Covern: Ich glaub das König der Löwen-Cover ist immernoch mein Favorit. Ich kann bis heute nicht wirklich erkennen wo Nala hinguckt. Ich glaub es sind mindestens 2 verschiedene Stellen :D
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Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Was ich auch ganz schrecklich finde: FSK-Zeichen mitgedruckt auf einem STEELBOOK - völlig unverständlich, warum man gerade bei solchen exklusiven Verpackungen echt keinen Sticker verwenden kann. Ich krieg da immer wieder das Kotzen.
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Shralana Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
What I noticed when I was looking at the covers is that they make the characters stand out more, so that's what you're focusing on, just a big close up on the characters is what they seem to want on the new ones.
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RaptorArts Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
WOW that's ridiculous. They should have used the poster art instead of doign the lame childish dvd artwork. Even though its for kids the movie covers should have been epic. I actually have a couple hundred dvd's im trying to get rid off before xmas. Everything is digital now... I love my dvd collection though.
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animallover1990 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
but i like your journal skin. and i agree with what you have said about the movie posters i think i have a few at home
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Snowy-Ninja Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
I think it maybe because of money i don't know, would it not be cheaper to just photoshop some things together and stick them on a DVD cover? Don't really know but i do agree, its a cryin' shame
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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, I totally agree with you on this
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Emberguard Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012   General Artist
you know, when I was a little kid, I really liked those DVD covers, but know that I'm older, I completely agree with you, those posters are a hundred times better. Perhaps thats because I now am able to appreciate a good piece of art more? And not just the technical aspects of how it's drawn, but also how it's put together. The way it's placed on the page is so much more dynamic and professional then the DVD cases, it's just a completely different style and far more effective as an art piece
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stevethepocket Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OK, I get that DVD covers and posters serve different purposes from a design perspective, even if I'm not savvy enough to know exactly how and why. It would feel a bit weird to see some of those on DVD cases. (Although in the very early days of VHS, they actually did just recycle the movie posters, though that was probably more to save money than anything else. All the early Don Bluth films did that, for example.)

But man... there's still no excuse for the discrepancy in artwork quality. Especially since movie posters get torn down in a couple of months and DVDs get taken home and sit on people's shelves for years. Heck, we have maybe half those movies on VHS and some of those covers are a downgrade even from [i]that[/i]. I've looked at the covers of Disney's DVD reissues and thought, "I've seen fan art on the Internet that was more on-model than that!"

And then there's all the marketing blurbs they cover them with these days. Again, I get that you want to sell people on it when it's sitting on store shelf, but what about when they get it home and it's still covered in advertising? You don't see CDs doing that; if they have any marketing text at all, it's on a sticker on the shrink wrapping. Why not use the fact that they're already sold in throw-away cardboard sleeves as an excuse to have two different designs, one for getting shoppers' attention and one to display proudly on your shelf. All movies should do that. Video games, too.
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ProofrockPilchard Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
You are right; the movie posters are so much better...
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SeeSamSketch Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow! I'm really glad you put that together. It was really interesting.
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torakoh Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Kommt mir das nur so vor oder wird hier in den meisten Fällen versucht, so viele Charaktere wie möglich aufs Cover zu bringen?
Von den Postern kann man ja noch halbwegs ableiten, worum es in dem Film geht. Das geht da wirklich sehr verloren... Schämen sollten sie sich. D:
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