Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Custom Classics Covers


So recently, I've been making custom Disney VHS covers. Covers of films that never existed, I decided to somewhat add to the alternate histories I've posted and am currently writing. If you saw my last update, you'll know started with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and what a mid-80s era video release of it could've looked like…

The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs mid-80s cover from that said update is still not completed, neither is the latest one I've made, but…


Anyways, a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs videocassette release might've looked like this had it been released in 1984. I used the common 1986 spine template here, so the "real" 1984 Snow White spine would look like this…


That all being said, I think a 1984 VHS of Snow White would use the 1983 re-release poster as the main cover, or artwork that is very similar to it. Very rarely does Disney ever do a cover depicting a character not smiling, and as we can see here, Snow White herself is petrified on that poster! Even when theatrical posters have non-smiling main characters, Disney often makes changes for the home media artwork…

Next up, here's a mid-80s VHS cover of The Fox and the Hound that I whipped up!


Since The Fox and the Hound didn't see a theatrical re-release in North America until 1988, I simply used the original theatrical poster much like I did for the crumby-looking custom cover I made back in 2009. Since the Classics covers didn't use "Walt Disney's Classic"/"A Walt Disney Classic" until 1988, the "Walt Disney Productions'" heading fits. The 1984 video release of Robin Hood also uses that, being the only post-Walt animated classic released on video prior to 1988. The second post-Walt film to get a Classics release was The Little Mermaid in 1990, the first to don the "A Walt Disney Classic" heading.

More to come, more to come…

UPDATE: 7/6/2014

The Jungle Book! An alternate cover will also be coming…


Of course, I used the film's 1984 re-release poster and made some modifications. The logo on the original poster was brown and it didn't mesh well with the foliage on the top of the image, the brown simply blended in and it was a bit difficult to see. So instead, I used the logo that appeared on the original 1967 poster.

Update: 8/13/2014

Forgot to upload these covers, all of which I created prior to heading of to Walt Disney World on July 25th…


This one has a true 1984-early 1986 design, with the black clamshell and the spine design… The only minor flaw is the stock number. The Black Cauldron would logically hit video sometime after late 1985, when Disney stopped using "VS" or "BS" to indicate whether it was VHS or Beta, and instead settled for just "V" or "B". It should realistically say 272V…


How about that? A minimalist Wreck-It Ralph VHS cover! I used the 1994-era template here, similar to the VHS of The Fox and the Hound.


I have always wanted to see what a Classics cover of The Lion King would look like…

Update 10/27/2014: Whipped all of these up recently…


That's right, Walt Disney Animation Studios' latest got the Classics treatment!


With Hercules and the next few, I went the 90s epic poster route.




The Princess and the Frog got posters similar to the 90s ones, so this epic one here was very fitting. But it's very Walt Disney Classics-esque thanks to the background artwork.


Worked off of the Japanese poster for this one, since the American ones didn't entirely suit the Classics style.


Also a little tricky considering the lanterns and how the heading doesn't quite mesh well with them...


The Great Mouse Detective's American marketing was quite minimalistic, with stark white posters featuring the characters and some text. For the spine, I simply used one of the film's Victorian backgrounds... Though I didn't find a good vector of the film's logo, from the 80s or any promo materials, so I settled for the Mystery in the Mist font.


Another epic poster, and definitely unusual for a Classics cover, but…


Had to go the Robin Hood 1991/101 Dalmatians route for this one…


A tough one considering the actual size of the poster image, but I managed…





All of these were super-fun to do, and being more recent films, I had a lot to work off of this time around. That poster for Brother Bear was never used in America, most of the American posters weren't to my liking for the covers. Not that they're bad posters, but I felt the one I used was the best to work off of.

7 comments:

  1. Love that there's a blog for this. I love these movies, and have been collecting them. The black diamond Classics certainly are special for their timeless VHS clamshell covers alone, aren't they? Interesting read. I've always wanted to see/make custom covers of the films that never made it to that line, including Snow White and Lion King. I'll be sure to bookmark your website. :)

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  2. Very fun stuff! Though to be honest, I've always imagined a Black Diamond Classic VHS cover of "Frozen" would've had Olaf on the diamond profile on the spine...

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  3. You know what, that "Wreck It-Ralph" vintage cover actually looks cute. Seeing as how its story started in the 80s before the Great Disney Management Shift and the beginning of the Classics line, I might use that.

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  4. And you know what, I'd like to request something. Mind if I use that Wreck-It Ralph Black Diamond cover for my thumbnail on Fanfiction.Net?

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  5. Maybe you should do this for Pixar too. You like them.

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  6. For Pixar films, I'd have the header on the front read "Disney & Pixar's Classic". On the spine, I'd have the Classics diamond, then "Disney/Pixar" below it, then the title, then the profile diamond.

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  7. OK, I decided to do a Wreck It Ralph "Bonus" Classics playlist on Youtube minus the Paperman and Wreck-It Ralph movies, but has several vintage video game commercials plus the three game trailers from the film.

    The order on my VHS is: 1980 Blue F.B.I. warnings (they're not in my playlist because I can't find them), the 1978 "Neon Mickey" Walt Disney Home Entertainment logo with Walt's signature, the shortened Walt Disney Animation Studios logo, Paperman (the last two are not present in this playlist), a Disney Channel bumper to start commercials, and then a series of video game commercials from Atari up to 2015. The commercials are coming to an end when the three in-film game commercials play going back in time (Hero's Duty, Sugar Rush, and Fix-It Felix Jr, in that order), and then the teaser trailer for the actual film. The teaser is the final commercial in the bonus stuff; it's followed by the "Special Previews" bumper from Beauty And The Beast, and then the lilac-blue Feature Presentation bumper plays. It's followed by the 1989 Sorcerer Mickey Walt Disney Classics logo, the 2011 Disney movie logo, the film's custom-made Walt Disney Animation Studios logo, and then the movie. After the film's end credits is the silent Walt Disney Animation Studios logo, the "kill-screen" Disney logo, and then the Walt Disney And You promo.

    I have a second playlist that also starts with the 1980 blue F.B.I. warnings, but they're followed by the 1986 Sorcerer Mickey Walt Disney Home Video logo, then the shortened Walt Disney Animation Studios logo which goes into Paperman. After Paperman ends, the 2000 filmreel Feature Presentation bumper plays, and it's followed by the 1984 "Cheesy Diamond" The Classics: Walt Disney Home Video logo, then the 2011 Disney movie logo and the film's custom Walt Disney Animation Studios logo, then the movie.

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