Whenever possible I like to use film props as the basis for a Blu-Ray special edition cases, and for WALL-E I thought I’d use a simple but striking prop seen briefly in the film, the recolonization manual (or Manuel, as the captain called it). It’s a cool-looking book with an illuminated leaf emblem on the cover.
Initially I thought this would make for a neat iPad cover, but it’s size and thickness is more appropriate for a disc case. I also thought a WALL-E robot would be ideal for a Blu-Ray case, but that would be a bit too big in my opinion (much like the R2D2 one I made a few years ago).
The leaf emblem would light on command via button, and would be powered by a replaceable battery. This design has only one disc, but additional flaps could be included to up the disc count to as many as 3.
It’s been a looong time since I posted a Blu-Ray case design (October 12th!), apologies for that. There was once a time this blog was quite popular for those. I chalk it up to not really buying packaged media anymore.
This is a case designed to hold a plethora of Marvel films that constitute The Avengers, both the team and their respective solo outings. It is based on the Helicarrier, which is the Avengers and SHIELD’s flying fortress (I’m sure you knew that).
This massive case is designed to hold at least 30 discs. Adding more trays to the main hull can grow that number to 50. Enough room for all your Marvel superhero movies (though I’d prefer something like this instead).
This is a really basic version of the Helicarrier. If I had more reference I could go to town making it look more authentic, but this should give you the rough idea. I feel like Doc Brown apologizing that it is not to scale.
One feature would be removable “wings”, which would act like individual cases. Very handy not just for everyday use, but it would make for smaller packaging if this became a product. Wouldn’t want a huge box hogging up all the shelf space at Best Buy.
Speaking of the size, I know it’s pretty big (the biggest I designed), but it’s not completely out of reason. I estimate 26″ long, 16″ wingspan, and 12″ tall.
This is a case designed to hold all current and future Avenger films. But what really bums me out for these films and other franchises that appear to be here for the next several years (e.g. Game of Thrones), is that releases a few years from now might not be issued on Blu-Ray or DVD. It’ll be sort of weird to have an incomplete collection.
Ideally, I would just sell this with the lone Avengers film. That would keep the cost down and allow people to populate it with the other superhero films they already own. There is ample room for superhero video games, that is for sure.
Anyways I hope you liked this Blu-Ray case design! Check out the other Blu-Ray designs I have made.
Originally I was going to make an aquarium box set for Finding Nemo, but it seemed a bit overkill. Then I thought it would be better to keep the design similar to the already-released Pixar Blu-Ray films for a nice uniform look.
I thought the aquarium would still be a fun theme, so I applied that design to the standard Blu-Ray case.
How it works: The plastic case itself would be all clear plastic except for the top cap section. There would be an outer sleeve that is a clear cel, and would only have the title, green border, spine art, and back details (region info). Instead of a booklet, an inner clear cel sleeve would be used, and it would feature several characters. Finally the disc would feature some plant life and a few other characters.
The idea is to make this look like a frame of multiplane cel animation, with all the different characters looking like they are floating in space.
Like other Disney Blu films, this would have a removable cardboard outer sleeve. The booklet could reside behind the discs for the most optimal appearance, though I don’t think this design needs a booklet – all the relevant info could be placed on the back or cardboard sleeve.
Finding Nemo has yet to be released on Blu-Ray, which is weird because the film holds the crown as the greatest-selling DVD of all time. I’d like to think this film would floor people in HD.
If you like this check out the Incredibles Blu-Ray design one from last year.
The title pretty much explains it all. DuckTales Piggy Bank. For those who are fans of the show, you’ll recognize this piggy bank as Scrooge McDuck’s coin vault, or coin swimming pool* – depending on who you ask.
This one feels like such a huge no-brainer – it has to exist. If anyone could alert me to it’s existence, that would be much appreciated. But as far as I can tell, it doesn’t. And that’s a little surprising – I don’t often feature Disney stuff here, as they cover all the bases.
I don’t mean to be so merchandise-centric in this blog, but creating these items is a lot of fun and certainly holds my attention. Also I don’t mind venturing into kid-friendly fare, even if it’s a more nostalgic venture like this DuckTales item.
Now about the water tower from Animaniacs…
*Seriously, how did Scrooge not get seriously injured diving 50 feet into a large pile of coins? He should have suffered Wile E. Coyote-like injuries.
One of the most wanted Blu-Rays for many is Disney/PIXAR’s The Incredibles. This film is yet to be released in HD format, though rumors speculate a Spring 2011 release date. UPDATE: According to many outlets, an announcement of a Spring 2011 release of The Incredibles has been confirmed by an announcement in the Toy Story 3 Blu-Ray release.
In anticipation of this, I have created a special collector’s tin that comes in the form of Mr. Incredible’s “retired” blue and black uniform.
I will admit, it feels like I am cheating as I essentially turned the display case Mr. Incredible used in his study into a Blu-Ray case.
In similar fashion to my BTTF Flux Capacitor Blu-Ray case, this is an enclosed tin making up the front cover of the package. The front cover could also be flat with a sunken-in cavity for the display area, but I prefer this layout.
I was a little hesitant at first to create this, as Seinfeld once released a DVD box set with that awful shirt prominent. Who wants to buy clothes, I thought to myself. What won me over was how great the display case and uniform looked in the film. It looks like a headless action figure – with the mask floating.
Speaking of action figures, that is exactly what this case would call for. A plastic, single mold (non pose-able) action figure. I would make an optional head for Mr. Incredible, for those who would prefer that. And because it’s just an action figure, you’re looking at a $5-7 premium towards the case, making it an attractive and affordable collector’s edition.
If there is one knock against the case, it is that it represents a lone hero instead of the family foursome the film revolves around. I don’t think that will deter fans of the film!
UPDATE (Jan 10/2011): I updated the art. Here are some new pics: