Six Pix: Walt Disney

Six Pix presents a sextet of movie posters representing a particular actor/director/genre. You pick the one you feel is visually the most artistic or best sums up the film.

This time we highlight Walt Disney films. (Specifically, these are pre-1960 animated features from the Disney studios—all original posters, not reprints from subsequent re-releases.)

Walt Disney Posters: A look At The Art of Disney Movie Posters

Included are: Pinocchio (1940); Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937); Fantasia (1940); Dumbo (1941); Bambi (1942); and Sleeping Beauty (1959).

Disney’s impeccable animations are translated beautifully on these posters. There’s gorgeous coloring on Disney’s debut feature, Snow White. Pinocchio, the puppet who wanted to be a boy, is surrounded by the characters he encounters in life. And the sublime woodland painting of Bambi reflects his gentle nature. But, for me, Dumbo has it all. The graphics on the poster successfully mimic the circus-like atmosphere which is Dumbo’s milieu.

Which one do you think is the winner? Should I have included something else? Tell me about it below! (And please feel free to suggest future topics.)

  • Stacy B

    I think Snow White represents the quintessential Disney fo rme. The castle in the background, the colors, the whole mood just radiates Disney.

  • Wayne P.

    Dumbo is the first movie I remember seeing at the age of 4 in 1960 and its still my fave!  Theyre all great pics though, but who says (only)… when Pigs fly!?

    • Kathy

      Great poster and great music, especially “When I see an elephant fly” and “Pink Elephants on Parade”.  Incidentally this was all done without computer animation.

      • Wayne P.

        Thanks Kathy, I had forgotten about the music to Dumbo and the story…it was essential…just like all the great scores from the Disney pics over the years…they pioneered animation from the 5-glass refraction lense camera to create lifelike 3-D for Snow White to CGI years later…I also love claymation ala Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run, etc…its all good!

  • Ldcole Eagle

    Although I still like them all, I still like the first movie I remember seeing, Fantasia, the best. Even so, I agree that Dumbo has the best overall poster. How does the new Fantasia poster compare with the original one?

  • Hank Zangara

    I love all of these films, and there’s no way to pick a best movie out of tis group.  

    But the best poster?  Clearly PINOCCHIO.  In the other posters, the central characters are small, and many are cluttered.  True, Dumbo evokes the circus, but it’s so busy, your eye doesn’t know where to look first, and the type is difficult to read at a glance.   And that’s all you have to grab the attention of someone walking past the theater — a glance.  By contrast, the Pinocchio poster is bold, easy to read, and the central character is clearly introduced to the viewing public presumably for the first time.

  • Caulos

    I agree with Stacy B, Snow White is the best for that reasons. The best movie is Pinocchio, for sure.

  • R-higginbotham

    These a all graphic disasters.For their period, though, when cramming as much information
    as possible was  common, and most importantly, highlighting WALT DISNEY as brand name, it probably was effective. But as posters, they are all cluttered and ugly.

  • DIRK

    SNOW WHITE for its pure artistry and the Iconic Disney Castle!

  • Gordon S. Jackson

    Of those chosen, I would definitely go with “Bambi.”  It’s gets its info across without being too busy and cluttered.  That said, my personal favourite (altho a little cluttered) is missing – “Song of the South.”  But then again, so is the movie and you don’t want to get any of us started on that again, lol.

  • Emily

    I agree with Stacy B and Dirk. Snow White.

  • John Small

    Of the posters shown I’d say it’s a toss-up between Snow White and Fantasia (which is my favorite movie of the two). But in picking a personal favorite Disney poster I’d have to go with Tarzan, followed by the animated version of Robin Hood.

  • Daisy


  • Roger Lynn


    • Tom

      @ Roger Lynn : I think that somehow the Japanese own this fine, now deemed politically incorrect, film.  That’s a sad state of affairs now isn’t it ?

      • Wayne P.

        Amazing, if true…wonder if theyre showing the flim over there with subtitles? But theyd probably sell us a copy or two!  Now that I think about it, of my two original copies…my first one, since sold away, did have Japanese subtitles on some parts ;)

      • BillinFla

         No. The film is, was, and always has been owned by the Disney organization. There were home video versions released during the VHS era in both Japan and the United Kingdom. The film is currently sitting in the Disney vault because the company is afraid of backlash from people who object to the film’s non-politically correct material.

        • Bryan Ruffin

          Non-politically correct?! In this day and time? The best I can tell, pretty much anything goes! With that said, what difference is a CARTOON going to make?

          • Hank Zangara

            It’s not the animated parts they’re worried about — it’s the live action scenes depicting a poor black family after Emancipation.  (NOT as slaves as is sometimes rumored.) An intelligent viewer with an historical context could appreciate it on the same level as Gone With the Wind I suppose, but many others would cringe and probably even complain.

            Which begs the question:  Why doesn’t Disney at least take the outstanding animated segments and at least put those out on DVD?  No one ever complains about the characters in the Splash Mountain ride.


    Pinocchio (1940

  • smoky

    Song of the South had the best poster.

  • N Debrabant

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

  • Elaine Dudzinski

    The Pinocchio poster grabs my attention due to the design. Snow White and Fantasia also are eye grabbers. I love the Fantasia poster due to it’s lettering, blue colors, and the huge Walt Disney logo. It really pops.

  • Grim Reaper

    Bambi. I like it’s simplicity best. It’s not all cluttered up as the other posters are. 

  • Ron Phlegar

    My pck is BAMBI. It is simple and straight-forward,
     introducing all of the main characters exactly as they appear in the film..

  • Armrooster

    Pinocchio is my choice because it’s more picture than the others, although, they’re all great.

  • Lane Crockett

    Where is Cinderella and Peter Pan? Peter Pan is my favorite.

  • RSVProductions

    Uhm-m…”Bambi” is a buck, not a doe, so ‘she’s’ a ‘he’, dumb-ass!

    Graphically – not personally – speaking, “Snow White” is the clearest design. It grabs your eye in the center and then let’s your ‘seeing’ of the composition spiral outward. Very clean. Very tasteful.

    • Bryan Ruffin

      I have always had a hard time with that same thing! They called it “Bambi”, clearly a feminine name, but then it comes up with a rack hunters drool over! Talk about mixed signals.

      • Hank Zangara

        Bambi’s gender is signalled early on, in the scene where the animals are admiring the newborn Prince of the forest.  Bambi’s mother says, “I think I’ll call him Bambi.”  

  • Jo

    Bambi, is my choice with Dumbo close behind.  I must admit though I find the all good, but one the best was from movie Song of the South.  It was colorful and beautiful and not among those shown. 

  • Calif.Sunshine

    Bambi  and  then  Snow White…….the first two films I saw as a child, maybe
    that’s why these are best = good memories.

  • Ben

    I like bambi myself.Of course,they are all beautiful in that they represent the pre-jewish era of disney ownership when the company produced genuinely wholesome family entertainment reflecting the christian values that once bloomed in the united states,not the post-jewish disney trash of today with its anti-white and pro-miscegenation themes.

    • BillinFla

       Wow. Just wow! Antisemitism is not now, nor has it ever been a “Christian value.” You do realize that Jesus himself was Jewish? And you’re talking about “miscegenation” in 2012? You want to forbid people from different ethnic backgrounds from marrying each other? Really?

      What is “anti-white” or “anti-family” about “The Little Mermaid” or “Beauty and the Beast?”

      I find nothing “wholesome” in the attitudes displayed in your post.

      • Ben

        I didnt say “anti-semitism” was a christian value.Jesus was not a jew.Thats a popular myth.And yes,i am opposed to racial mixing just as many other whites and non-whites are.I believe it is genetically destructive to our people(caucasian)as we are less than 10% percent of the world population.You can verify it yourself,but supremacist world jewry(zionist)are seeking the demographic and political minoritization of our people.Is it a coincidence that jews support liberal non-white immigration into white homelands,like the united states? And when i say that the disney company,founded by gentile walt disney,is now under jewish ownership and has changed its content,even if only in a deceptively implicit or subtle way,i`m speaking the truth.Disney had a long battle with jews in hollywood who did not like his european christian brand of entertainment nor his intrusion into their domain nor his popularity which threatened to undermine their anti-european christian agenda.Believe it or not,a former jew,who is now an orthodox christian monk made me aware of jewish control of disney and hollywood and how they use it to corrupt the values,beliefs and behavior of america`s gentile population including our children.

  • Lenore Salinger

    Of the six posters given to choose from, I like ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ the best.  The artwork is worthy of hanging in a museum.

  • Pacerdad

    Sleeping Beauty.

  • BillinFla

    Snow White. Beautifully balanced composition, muted coloring, a classic.



  • Schuyler V Johnson

    Dumbo is the best

  • Olddog864

    None.  The mother dies in every one

    • Jim in WA

      Dumbo’s mother was very much alive at the end of the picture I watched…

    • BillinFla

       There is no mother in Pinocchio or Fantasia. And not only is Dumbo’s mother alive at the end of the picture, so is Sleeping Beauty’s.

  • OdilonDoCarmo

    All the six are astonishings ! Can’t choose one. Loveliness are present in each of them in all senses.