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His Snow White and the Seven Dwarves one is a lovely image and idea, even if it doesn't have that much to do with what actually happens in the story.
posted by Flashman at 3:18 PM on April 7, 2012


That's very pretty. I loved the Bambi and Snow White art, and the Pinocchio one made me smile!
posted by gemmy at 3:34 PM on April 7, 2012


Peter Pan is fantastic. Sleeping Beauty and Lion King are essentially the same.
posted by jeather at 3:36 PM on April 7, 2012


Yeah, the Snow White design is the highlight, easily. That's actually one of the first poster redesigns I really, genuinely like... AND that could actually work.

A few of the others fall prey to the "it's pretty, but what does it have to do with the movie?" problem of minimalist poster designs. For instance: okay, I see what you did there with connect the dots. But that makes it a poster about connect the dots, not the movie. If a poster is going to be minimal, it's even MORE important to ensure that its few elements relate directly to the movie in some way.

A few other notes: Pinocchio has a very iconic silhouette; why use the guy from road signs and bathroom doors? Why is the Little Mermaid's tail a ship? And why is her ship-tail more important to the poster than her actual head? Alice in Wonderland... a movie about poker, maybe?

I might just not get it, though. Are they not supposed to be plausible movie posters? I agree that most real movie posters are awful. They could be done way better. But they ought to still work as posters.
posted by gilrain at 3:39 PM on April 7, 2012 [11 favorites]


(I feel that came off a little harsh. I like a lot of the designs, but not as posters. I could see them as, say, collector's edition DVD covers, or something where the target audience is understood to be already familiar with the movie.)
posted by gilrain at 3:42 PM on April 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Those posters are amazing! What do you call yourselves?

We're... The Aristocats!"
posted by bpm140 at 3:48 PM on April 7, 2012 [10 favorites]


(I feel that came off a little harsh. I like a lot of the designs, but not as posters. I could see them as, say, collector's edition DVD covers, or something where the target audience is understood to be already familiar with the movie.)

That would be your Criterion?
posted by hal9k at 3:48 PM on April 7, 2012 [5 favorites]


No Song of the South? No Poster for Old Yeller?
posted by hal9k at 3:52 PM on April 7, 2012


Why is the Little Mermaid's tail a ship? And why is her ship-tail more important to the poster than her actual head? Alice in Wonderland... a movie about poker, maybe?

The point is to combine multiple symbols of the story into one image. So the Mermaid's tail serves double duty as the ships hull from . . . that dude she marries. The suits from the cards are reminiscent of the Queen's face (maybe? Not sure if I'm reading that one correctly). What else is there to get?
posted by Think_Long at 3:52 PM on April 7, 2012


I'm pretty much with gilrain on several of these, although I think "redesigned movie posters" are generally not meant to be, y'know, real posters in the sense of promotional materials. They're just art.

I really don't see anything interesting about the Alice one, unless there's some clever juxtaposition that I'm totally missing. No teacups, not even a rabbit silhouette? And yeah, Sleeping Beauty and the Lion King are, while pretty, not all that interesting either. And Pinocchio without the iconic nose and/or pointy hat is just the AIM guy. Buh?
posted by Gator at 3:53 PM on April 7, 2012


Poster for Old Yeller?

That one is totally a trickle of blood running out from behind a barn.

BAM! MINIMALISM!!
posted by drjimmy11 at 3:53 PM on April 7, 2012 [9 favorites]


hal9k: That would be your Criterion?

Yeah, exactly.
posted by gilrain at 3:54 PM on April 7, 2012


Thank you for your comments! The designs are just meant as a bit of fun as opposed to actual design proposals for the films in question! I felt that most, if not all of the films are so widely known as to negate the need to convey key plot points!
posted by rowansm at 3:56 PM on April 7, 2012 [4 favorites]


Yes, the Alice one is intended to portray the face of the Queen of Hearts!
posted by rowansm at 4:02 PM on April 7, 2012


rowansm: The designs are just meant as a bit of fun as opposed to actual design proposals for the films in question! I felt that most, if not all of the films are so widely known as to negate the need to convey key plot points!

Fair enough. Let me reiterate how much I like the Snow White poster. Using the vase illusion with the apple core was a brilliant idea.
posted by gilrain at 4:04 PM on April 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


The proper title is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, by the way. (Dwarves is a Tolkien invention, although one that has become commonplace.)
posted by SPrintF at 4:04 PM on April 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


These scared the hell out of me. By which I mean that I like them.
posted by sweetkid at 4:06 PM on April 7, 2012


Thank you. I will change the spelling on the design for future publication!
posted by rowansm at 4:07 PM on April 7, 2012


All of these are beautiful, but I'd agree that the Snow White and Peter Pan ones are the most brilliant. I'm glad that you allowed the Peter Pan one to be a little busier than some of the others - it works in the story's favor.

Meanwhile, I think there's something more to the Sleeping Beauty one than we're giving it credit for. It might not have the "cleverness" of the design of some of the others, but it conveys tone and an idea of the scope of the story serenely well.

Kudos!
posted by Navelgazer at 4:07 PM on April 7, 2012


The Peter Pan poster is pretty awesome.
posted by Lina Lamont at 4:12 PM on April 7, 2012


The Bambi one gave me chills! And the Snow White... That apple... I kind of want a tattoo of that.
posted by mochapickle at 4:25 PM on April 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Colour Bambi's eyes red on the image, and you have a horror movie poster!
Love your alternative concepts, very well done.
My favourites are the Little Mermaid and the 100 Dalmatians
posted by seawallrunner at 4:39 PM on April 7, 2012


i thought they were boring. I get it, but they weren't profound or surprising. Seemed uninspired and more concerned with the style.
posted by Liquidwolf at 4:56 PM on April 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


My favorites are the Snow White and the 101 Dalmatians posters. I want to like the Alice in Wonderland one but I can't understand why the Queen of Hearts has the clubs card on her head.
posted by fuse theorem at 5:19 PM on April 7, 2012


Thank you. The clubs card is meant to double as her crown...
posted by rowansm at 5:20 PM on April 7, 2012


I love snow white and peter pan. Lion King is pretty funky too. Pinocchio is missing something; I guess the iconic shape of the puppet himself. Or maybe just his nose for the I?

Oddly enough, I actually prefer the mini cropped Bambi version at the top - the main one makes me feel like I'm about to be charged by a pissed off Great Prince.
posted by ArkhanJG at 5:56 PM on April 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


I had the same thought about the cropped Bambi. Subtler than "giant-deer-head-with-glowing-eyes-BAMBI."
posted by Gator at 6:06 PM on April 7, 2012


I was reluctant to use Pinocchio's nose in the design as I felt it was too obvious a choice! I was trying to convey adult Bambi's rage, evident in a couple of scenes later in the movie when he's not so cute... I appreciate all your comments though!
posted by rowansm at 6:09 PM on April 7, 2012


...the main one makes me feel like I'm about to be charged by a pissed off Great Prince.

Wait, didn't this exactly happen in Bambi, though?

That is to say, this redesigned poster for Bambi evokes exactly the memory I have of watching the movie when I was a kid.
posted by odinsdream at 6:13 PM on April 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Peter Pan one is amazing. I agree with most of the comments for the rest, though, "But what have these got to do with the movie?"
posted by crossoverman at 6:25 PM on April 7, 2012


I didn't even notice the faces in the Snow White one the first time I looked - cool/duhhhh! I also liked Peter Pan and Bambi quite a lot.
posted by naoko at 6:27 PM on April 7, 2012


so awesome. Really love the snow white sleeping beauty ones, also wondered why pinnochio didn't have the nose......
posted by slapshot57 at 6:46 PM on April 7, 2012


I'm kind of burnt out on the whole minimalist reimagining thing but some of these are beautifully composed - the Lion King and Bambi in particular.
posted by EatTheWeak at 6:50 PM on April 7, 2012


The Snow White one was the major standout for me, of that bunch. I popped back over here to enthuse about it, but I see several of you already are, so let me just add to the chorus: the Snow White design just leaps off the screen.

The Bambi poster is very cool, but I can't imagine taking kids to that! It's a neat poster, but a rotten sales job for a kids' movie. :-)

I didn't realize how good the Peter Pan one was at first -- I didn't see the clock as being two different things on my first pass through, so I thought it was just okay. I was much more impressed after it was suggested that I look at it again.
posted by Malor at 6:57 PM on April 7, 2012


I really like these. Peter Pan and Snow White are my favorites.
posted by SarahElizaP at 6:57 PM on April 7, 2012


I would rather watch some of these movies than the originals.
posted by euphorb at 7:12 PM on April 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


I like how the Pinocchio one makes me expect GLaDOS to make an appearance.

After you pass this test and get out of this whale, there will be cake. Actually, you can't have any. This is because you are not a real boy and don't have a functional gastrointestinal tract. That is unfortunate. I hear the cake is very delicious.
posted by King Bee at 7:20 PM on April 7, 2012 [5 favorites]


Wonderful work.
posted by juiceCake at 8:29 PM on April 7, 2012


Alice in Wonderland... a movie about poker, maybe?

Lewis Caroll, aka Charles Dodgson, was a mathematician, and a very good one. His fascination with cards is of absolutely no wonder, and less likely a nod to gambling as it is to recreational mathematics, in which he was an acknowledged expert.
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:46 PM on April 7, 2012


I really enjoyed this set. Snow White is my favorite, and I really enjoyed the "Oh!!" moment I had after staring at the Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland posters for a few minutes.

Just beautiful!
posted by ladygypsy at 8:47 PM on April 7, 2012


Slap*Happy: Lewis Caroll, aka Charles Dodgson, was a mathematician, and a very good one.

Mmhm, I know that. Big Lewis Caroll fan. I was trying to point out that a movie poster ought to have characters from the movie on it. As it turns out, the suits are supposed to imply the shape of the Queen of Hearts, which I didn't see.
posted by gilrain at 9:00 PM on April 7, 2012


I think the Alice in Wonderland one is by far the best, but I think the thing that prevents me from connecting with the rest of the posters is the muted quality of the color schemes. It doesn't sell the stories for me at all, and there is a bit of a disconnect between the visual storytelling in each poster compared to what each movie is actually about. Nice to see different interpretations I guess.
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 9:33 PM on April 7, 2012


Yeah, I kind of feel like there's not much thematic connection between the movies and the posters. I thought sleeping beauty and the lion king were the best. The Bambi poster would work for a horror movie.
posted by delmoi at 10:00 PM on April 7, 2012


Just to clear up the claims that there isn't much thematic connection between the posters and the films...

The Snow White poster features Snow and her prince, having kissed to break the curse of death inflicted by the wicked queen with the apple, also shown in the design!

The Lion King poster features Simba, looking back at some of the animals in his kingdom, having returned there to overthrow Scar, the entire scene set inside the profile of his father Mufasa, who he also looks back upon, for approval, if you will.

The Alice design features the face of the Queen of Hearts, composed of the four card symbols, which feature heavily in the film as the queen has an army of playing cards. She is Slice's main nemesis in the film, and I felt that putting Alice or the march hare in the design would be too obvious a choice.

The Sleeping Beauty design features Sleeping Beauty silhouetted with her castle, with the moon doubling as her closed eye. A more literal interpretation this one, but still conveying the films core elements I feel!

The Bambi design has the infamous scene of Bambi's mothers death set as a backdrop to the face of Bambi as an adult. As an adult Bambi is angry at humankind for the killing of his mother, but also at the deer with whom he fights with later in the film in competition for the affections of his suitor, hence why he looks quite terrifying in the design!

The Little Mermaid film opens with a ship in a storm which Ariel views from afar and which eventually results in her meeting, and falling in love with, Eric. Hence the design features a ship in rocky waters in the distance with Ariel in the foreground, depicting the opening scene of the film.

The Peter Pan design shows the world of Neverland, including the pirate ship and the crocodile swallowing the clock that gave him his nickname, 'Tick-Tock', and to the right the skyline of London where Peter meets Wendy et al.

Pinocchio features the young puppet freed from his strings, running to pursue his dream of becoming a real boy, which is the main plot point of the film! I felt that using Pinocchio's nose as a design feature would again be too obvious a choice.

The Aristocats is a film featuring aristocratic cats, so in my design I have tried to dissect that simple concept and visualise it in equally simple terms.

The 101 Dalmatians design is the least plot based design but I think it's a neat idea and none of the designs are intended to sell the movies they depict, more offer fans of the movies who are already more than familiar with the plotlines something fun to look at!

I'd also like to stress that these designs were created more for adults than kids, so if they seem darker in theme then that is why!
posted by rowansm at 10:53 PM on April 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


Sorry, that wasn't meant to be a rant! Some perfectly valid points have been raised in this thread which I will bear in mind when creating designs in future. I just felt like the purpose of the designs was misunderstood by some people!
posted by rowansm at 10:55 PM on April 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Not to be combative, but I didn't misunderstand the purpose of the designs. I definitely got where you were coming from. However, speaking just for me, I don't agree with some of the choices you made stylistically.

I do like the Alice design; I just don't connect with the other posters in the same way for reasons I'll share with you personally if you wish. You did a nice job and it's good to see "local" artists' work being touched on here.
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 11:07 PM on April 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hey, yes, I'd love to hear your thoughts in a private message, if you can spare a moment of your time to do so. Thanks!
posted by rowansm at 11:10 PM on April 7, 2012


I like most of the posters, but I seriously can't see the Queen's face in the Alice poster. (To add to the symbolism of the Snow White one, whether it was intentional or not, the heart-shaped apple seeds brought to mind the part where the queen demands Snow White's heart and the woodsman brings back the heart of a stag instead.)
posted by purplecrackers at 11:23 PM on April 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


I just felt like the purpose of the designs was misunderstood by some people!

I appreciate you taking the time to explain what you were going for. I didn't notice the faces in the Snow White one, which is now equal with the Peter Pan one as the best of the bunch.
posted by crossoverman at 11:25 PM on April 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


I did have doubts as to whether people would see the Queen's face in the Alice poster, so I took a risk with that one and dont blame you for not seeing beyond the card suits! Though thankfully for everyone that can't see it there's a person that deems that design their favourite!
posted by rowansm at 11:35 PM on April 7, 2012


Really could have used a spoiler warning on this thread.
posted by desjardins at 12:37 AM on April 8, 2012


delmoi: " The Bambi poster would work for a horror movie."

So then it's a perfect fit.
posted by radwolf76 at 1:31 AM on April 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


My favourite is the 101 Dalmatians one. Should be getting more love!
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars at 1:59 AM on April 8, 2012


I'm kind of an idiot, because I thought the profile of Ariel in the Little Mermaid one was a muscular arm, reaching up all menacing like from the sea floor. And the Pinoccio one looks kind of like the title frame from The Time Tunnel!

Snow White is def my favourite, but I found them all very interesting, and liked them.
posted by thylacinthine at 4:29 AM on April 8, 2012


101 Dalmations worked for me because it's style seemed to gel with the style/time period of the movie. A lot of the posters are gorgeous and with little enough strict visual connection to the Disney versions that they could be used for other productions. Like that "Peter Pan" poster would be gorgeous for the stage show.
posted by thivaia at 6:17 AM on April 8, 2012


My only first stylistic suggestion is to use fewer exclamation points!

Peter Pan's poster is awesome, but I don't know how I feel about the font . Mostly, they're all really cool.
posted by meows at 8:22 AM on April 8, 2012


Well, they're all very nice designs. Very pretty, in fact.

But, none of them really convey any feel for the actual movie. In many cases, they seem to communicate exactly the opposite of the personality of the film. They're mostly yet another slice off the seemingly endless "pick-out one isolated aspect of a popular film and build a minimalist poster around it" loaf o design that's all the vogue.
posted by Thorzdad at 9:48 AM on April 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


This has turned into another rough creative crit at Sterling Cooper Draper Metafilter.
posted by roger ackroyd at 10:31 AM on April 8, 2012 [4 favorites]


Count me in as another burnt-out by minimalist movie posters. I really like the Peter Pan one, but the rest leave me cold. And maybe it's just a result of the Hitchcock-minimalist-poster style, but most of them feel like they could be horror movie posters to me.
posted by Gordafarin at 2:46 AM on April 9, 2012


I really enjoyed these and especially loved the font choice for several of them, namely Peter Pan, The Aristocats, Snow White, Alice and Pinocchio. My favorites were Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Bambi (loved the scary feeling it had) and Snow White.
posted by triggerfinger at 8:51 AM on April 15, 2012


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