Disney re-releases movies every seven to eight years, and with this comes sharper graphics and new promotional artwork for Disney movies. A lot changed between today's DVD and blu-ray covers and the original posters for Disney movies, with extra sheen and gloss added to give these films more of a contemporary look. After all, some of these films came out in the 1940s, so it makes sense their original posters look a little lo-fi compared to animation techniques you see today.
Disney basically set the standard for animated movie posters as it did with animation itself, and these posters definitely show that distinction to be true. Scroll down to see a comparison of original Disney posters to their current DVD covers. As would be expected on list of Disney film posters, some of Disney's best animated films appear on this list.
Actors: Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton, Herman Bing, Ken Darby, + more
Initial Release: 1941
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Samuel Armstrong, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, Norm Ferguson, + more
Actors: Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Frank Welker, + more
Initial Release: 1996
#43 on The Best Movies of 1996
Actors: Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, + more
Initial Release: 1989
Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
#28 on The Best Animated Films Ever
Actors: June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton, Jimmy MacDonald, Lucille Bliss, + more
Initial Release: 1950
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi
#37 on The Best Animated Films Ever