Disney film posters get the flat design treatment

Flat design gets everywhere these days. Websites, logos, and now film posters.

Many children grow up with Disney’s iconic tales, flipping through story books and seeing them come to life on the silver screen. While Disney as a brand has a reputation of being grand, opulent and high on detail, the magic of these stories transcends lush visuals—a fact that has been made exceedingly evident with the release of a collection of minimalistic posters of beloved Disney tales.

Seen on DeviantART, French artist Citron Vert uses negative space and simple color palettes to create representations of everything from Pinocchio and Sleeping Beauty to The Lion King and Mulan. Her work shows that sometimes a simple approach can indeed be whimsical, and — in true Disney spirit — just as magical.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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The Sword in the Stone

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The Little Mermaid

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The Lion King

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The Jungle Book

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Tarzan

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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Oliver and Company

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Hercules

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Alice in Wonderland

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Sleeping Beauty

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Mary Poppins

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Beauty and the Beast

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Lady and the Tramp

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Bambi

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Peter Pan

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Lilo & Stitch

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Dumbo

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Aladdin

  • http://www.letsnurture.co.uk/ ilesh Raval

    wow that was really cool Disney collection looks like you worked hard on graphic design but i found “Beauty and the Beast” is not as cool as it should have to be other wise awesome collection.

  • Hawaiian Guy

    As someone who lives in Hawaii and loves Disney, Stitch is representing the wrong island. It should be the island to the left, Kauai.

  • Dee Snider

    I’m sorry, but these are just awful.

  • Eclectic

    I am all for the minimalist and flat design movement, but in my opinion it’s not really necessary everywhere. The original Disney posters are fine and the flat design posters make it too abstract.

  • blablasphemy

    Marry Popins was awesome

  • Polly

    Crap!

  • http://www.martinorton.com Martin Orton

    Even though I think not all of these posters do justice to the original Disney posters, I love flat design :)

  • designcouch

    These are really quite terrible; and most of them use the exact same convention (hide a smaller character in the legs of a larger one) – and not even to good effect.

    Flat design has its place (it’s great for simplifying/cleaning up cluttered interfaces) but Disney is a company known for lush visuals, and this simplification/flattening is totally un-necessary.

    • Autumn Elizabeth

      I agree, they def. leave the viewer wanting for better design. But I think it’s still possible to have a “lush” and “flat” design. Check out this gal. Would be PERFECT for flattening Disney designs.

      https://www.behance.net/gallery/16495771/The-Grand-Budapest-Hotel-Flat

      • designcouch

        Those are great, and a much more suitable use for flat design. However, Anderson’s movie actually incorporated a lot of the concepts of “flat” design into its marketing materials and even its cinematography, making it much less of a leap than something like, say Mary Poppins.

        I’m a firm believer that shoehorning the latest design fad into literally every area of the design world is incorrect at best; use them where they fit, but aim for your designs to be timeless. Otherwise, your work will be dated the moment that the next fad arrives.

  • Tim

    Because I am an illustrator and because you posted these here, I’m going to give a critique.

    The Peter Pan one is decent – actually really clever. The Lion King is also good and well drawn.
    The rest of these are really bad, sorry to say. Most are poorly drawn with imperfect curves (look at the city for Mary Poppins and the wings on… well, everything). It looks like the artist needs to spend a lot more time on the actual illustration and clean everything up. Obviously, a computer was used to create these. For God’s sake use the tools to make nice curves! Nothing looks worse or stands out more in flat vector artwork than poorly drawn edges.

    However, that won’t help the concepts…
    The whole animal shape within an animal shape is overused. You can pretty much do that for every Disney movie if you want to.
    You can’t even tell what’s going on in the Tarzan poster – what are those shapes?
    I have no idea what’s going on in the Sleeping Beauty image. Her alternate image on the Deviant Art page is much better.
    The black shapes in The Lady and the Tramp image are drawing all my attention and focus.
    Alice in Wonderland looks like it should be the poster for Aladdin.
    For a standalone poster (or any artwork like this) to be successful, you have to be able to recognize what the images are without having seen the movie first. Sorry, but these all need to be reworked.

    Also, this post really doesn’t relate to anything web design at all. The site is called WebDesignerDepot. Not saying you shouldn’t have fun once in a while, but the art should still be somehow related to web design.

    I’m not trying to be negative here, but when all kinds of blogs are posting artwork like this and just trying to get Google hits on people searching for thing Disney related, it kind of bothers me; especially when the artwork is not good.
    I hope the artist can take these comments as if she were in university and submitting them for review. If more time is spent and the concepts reworked on some of them they could be nice.

  • irot

    Some posters are great, others were shoehorned and it notices. and many were repetitive (Bambi, Lion King). As always, one graphic tendency, as popular as it becomes, doesn´t fit for all graphic design needs.

  • http://www.daverobertson.me Dave Robertson

    I don’t think they’re bad, but the execution and concept could be improved.

    Take a look at these – better all round: http://rowansm.tumblr.com/Disney

  • Kevin

    This is such basic Adobe Illustrator it actually hurts to look at. Bleh!

  • borysses

    Terrible…