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20 Iconic Original Disney Posters VS. Today's Re-Release Covers 

Mariel Loveland
Updated October 12, 2018 2.4k votes 315 voters 12.1k views 20 items

List Rules Vote up the Disney movies whose posters changed the most over the years.

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.

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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20 Iconic Original Disney Posters VS. Today's Re-Release Covers
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Actors: Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton, Herman Bing, Ken Darby, + more

Released: 1941

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Samuel Armstrong, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, Norm Ferguson, + more

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The Aristocats is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20 Iconic Original Disney Posters VS. Today's Re-Release Covers
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Actors: Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers, Sterling Holloway, Nancy Kulp, + more

Released: 1970

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

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Snow White and the Seven... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 Iconic Original Disney Posters VS. Today's Re-Release Covers
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Actors: Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald, Adriana Caselotti, Moroni Olsen, + more

Released: 1937

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen, William Cottrell, + more

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20 Iconic Original Disney Posters VS. Today's Re-Release Covers
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Actors: Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, + more

Released: 1989

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

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