I’ve had this idea for a while and finally decided to start working on it. I was super annoyed at how there was no consistency of design among the Disney dvd covers, (different case heights and widths, nothing lines up, etc) so I decided to make my own.
The basic idea is to feature either concept art or an animation drawing on the front with the title, and then subtle flourishes of design on the back related to the film. I also put the original year of release on the spine because, dammit, that’s the way it should be.
I hope to do all 53 eventually, but for now I just started with a handful. I think it will look pretty nice when its done.
The last picture is my Lion King design which I haven’t printed out yet. (I need a smaller case first.)
I made this because no one ever knows what studio made what film.
Consider this a primer on feature film intellectual property ownership in Hollywood. It’s by no means comprehensive, but it’s got all the major players on there. I limited it mostly to U.S. production houses, so I don’t think I left anyone out.
You might need to download it to see everything.
I really wish everyone knew this stuff so people would stop asking for Shrek products at the Disney Store.
I’d like to see you hand draw full feature length films without ever recycling frames.
Pretty sure these were intentional throwbacks and homages. You don’t recreate entire scenes and not expect someone to notice.
This was done entirely to save money. In the 70s, Disney was not doing well financially and was cutting corners, mostly in the animation department. (Most of the execs thought the company’s future was in live action films.)
This was also before the concept of home video was in most peoples’ minds. The only time people got to see these movies was during a theatrical run. No one noticed the recycling until the 90s once everyone had them on VHS.
Hell, they even recycled some animation for Beauty and the Beast. It wasn’t until about 1990 that the animation budgets were high enough to allow them to do entirely new animation for every film.