Beauty and the Beast and the Problem With Photoshopped Movie Posters

Beauty and the Beast and the Problem With Photoshopped Movie Posters

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The upcoming live action remake of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is one of the most anticipated movies of the coming year. So far just about everything has been pitch perfect in terms of casting, set design, and music choices but if there is one area where I’m finding myself a bit disappointed it’s in the poster.

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It’s not an ugly poster, not by any means. In fact I actually liked it at first glance. But it’s got some problems, some of which have less to do with the poster itself. First of all, I like the idea of the poster. It’s clearly meant to an homage to the John Alvin artwork for the original movie.

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For Disney to have commissioned an homage to the original says that they really do want fans of the original to like this. But the problem is that, at a second glance, there is some laziness in the execution of their concept. First of all, the edges of the figures are too hard. They immediately make the image look photoshopped, which betrays the rest of the painterly qualities that they’ve clearly tried to give the image. That brings me to my next point: If you’re going to try and make a painterly image then why not simply have the image painted, be it digitally or traditionally? The artwork that we currently have here is a half measure. They want that classic Disney look but the execution looks lazy.

 

Speaking of classic Disney, and this is probably a minor gripe on my part, am I the only one who misses the “Walt Disney Pictures Presents” portion of the logo? It just adds that little bit of formality to the picture, like it’s a product they’ve crafted and put out with pride. Instead it literally seems like they’ve just slapped the Disney logo on it and put it out the door.

 

At the end of the day, it’s a poster. It’s not the film itself, but sometimes a movie’s marketing campaign can speak volumes to a company’s pride in their product. The original Beauty and the Beast is still the only animated film to have ever been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Not Best Animated Picture, but Best Picture of any kind. That makes it important, so to see them fumble the ball with the poster makes me wonder just how seriously they’re taking it. Then again, I’m old school and they’re the ones who just made $5+ billion in the past year so what do I know?

Star Wars Trilogy Blu Ray Giveaway!

Star Wars Trilogy Blu Ray Giveaway!

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Now that Star Wars belongs to Disney the dreams can already start for a full, unedited Blu Ray of the original trilogy but unfortunately Fox still retains the Blu Ray release rights so we could still be in for a long wait before we get a release like that (though I wouldn’t consider it impossible). But I figured I’d at least do something to celebrate the newfound home for the galaxy far far away so to do just that we’re announcing the Star Wars Trilogy Blu Ray Giveaway! All you have to do is check below for details on how to enter. And if you don’t feel like entering then you can always just pick it up here!

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Disney Buys Lucasfilm and Announces Star Wars Episode VII!

Disney Buys Lucasfilm and Announces Star Wars Episode VII!

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This is probably the biggest bit of news I’ve reported for Cotygeek. After George Lucas announced that he was leaving Lucasfilm and was getting out of big budget movie making (and possibly movie making altogether) Disney has announced that they have just bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion and that they are putting Star Wars Episode VII into production pretty much immediately. The seventh installment is being eyed for a 2015 release.

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about this. I know the prequels should have washed away my desire for more Star Wars, but the fact that George Lucas is being reported to have absolutely no involvement in these new flicks has me flat out giddy. Disney’s handled the Marvel movies very well and has treated the properties with more respect than I had given them credit for so maybe Star Wars is back where it belongs. No word yet on whether or not Mark Hammill will have any involvement but a fanboy can always keep his fingers crossed. I’m too excited to continue writing at this point so I’m just gonna run around in circles screaming at the top of my lungs.