SERIES #1: Alternate Classics Launch Titles...
The first seven Classics titles (everything from the 1984 release of Robin Hood to the 1987 release of Lady and the Tramp) to me form the "first wave" of titles in that line, so I designed a few covers that I think would fit in with that era.
Snow White would be from fall 1984. In that alternate history, Walt Disney Home Video begins the Classics line with Snow White, not a "test the waters" title like Robin Hood. This would also be fresh off of the film's 1983 theatrical re-release, the poster for that re-release was the one I used for it. Really, any of the above (again, barring The Black Cauldron, which came out in summer 1985) could be the title that kicked off the Classics line in late 1984...
The Fox and the Hound's cover comes from the original 1981 North American theatrical poster. It's an older cover design of mine, hence the rough edges and such. The early Classics editions usually used the heading "Walt Disney's", since 6 of the 7 first titles were Walt-era productions. Robin Hood was not, hence the cover having "Walt Disney Productions'" for the heading. Since that was already on the Fox and the Hound poster, I figured I'd keep it there.
The Jungle Book's cover is sourced from the 1984 theatrical re-release poster. That summer 1984 theatrical re-release of the 1967 classic was so huge, that a follow-up video release in another timeline with this artwork would've made sense, I think. I went and designed a cover using the film's original theatrical poster, which definitely looks very 60s-ish. I made two different covers because I found two international posters (UK/most of Europe on the left, Italy on the right) that I really liked, and wanted to make those the spine-to-back artwork.
Of course, as us Disney VHS collectors all know, the earliest Classics releases came in black padded clamshells. The spine artwork on those would have the Classics diamond at the bottom, and no diamond profile of a character. So I did variants using that style, and that common 1986-and-onwards style (where the diamond is on the top!)...
The Black Cauldron's cover comes from the film's UK quad poster. Another early design of mine, it's also a bit rough around the edges. It was a bit tough for me to get everything in while eliminating the typical movie poster text, all without Photoshop!
Pinocchio uses artwork that came from a publicity still, that was also used for the late 80s UK VHS cover art. The logo is one that resembles the one used in the film itself.
Dumbo's artwork comes from the 1976 theatrical re-release poster.
Lady and the Tramp's comes from a work of publicity art that was also used for the picture disc edition LP of the film's soundtrack. Lady's head in the diamond on the spine comes from a mid-1950s comic book tie-in.
The Black Cauldron cover uses the original North American theatrical poster, and the spine uses the soundtrack's cover artwork. The font for the spine comes from the UK quad poster. Bambi's artwork is from a European re-release poster from around the 60s/70s, with the spine using a background from the film itself. The font for Bambi resembles the one in the film, but is a relatively new render.
SERIES #2: ALTERNATES
Basically, alternate covers for films that were actually Classics editions in the late 80s and early 90s...
The Great Mouse Detective uses the original North American theatrical release poster, the spine uses a background from the film itself, and the logo comes from the 2010 Mystery in the Mist Edition DVD. (and Blu-ray too...)
The Rescuers cover uses the 1989 theatrical re-release poster, which was actually used for the demo tape of the film's actual Classics release from 1992. Why they didn't opt to use that artwork in the end, I don't know. They ended up using a remade version of that poster for the cover.
The Little Mermaid cover uses the 1997 theatrical re-release poster.
Aladdin's cover uses the original European poster.
SERIES #3: NON-CLASSIC TITLES
The films that never got Classics editions...
Snow White - 1994 Masterpiece Collection cover, logo used in the film itself...
The Aristocats - early 90s UK theatrical re-release poster
Oliver & Company - 1996 theatrical re-release poster
The Lion King - original North American theatrical poster, Simba head comes from 2003 DVD cover
Pocahontas - original North American theatrical poster
The Hunchback of Notre Dame - original North American theatrical poster
Hercules - theatrical poster, Hercules head from original North American theatrical poster
Mulan - quad poster (UK?)
Tarzan - original North American theatrical poster, Tarzan head from another NA poster
The Emperor's New Groove - 2005 DVD cover
Atlantis: The Lost Empire - original North American theatrical poster
Lilo & Stitch - 2009 DVD cover, Stitch head from original North American theatrical poster
Treasure Planet - original North American theatrical posters, Jim head comes from 2003 DVD cover
Brother Bear - European poster, Kenai head from original North American theatrical poster
Meet The Robinsons - publicity still
Bolt - European poster
The Princess and the Frog - original North American theatrical poster, Tiana head from another NA poster
Tangled - European poster
Winnie the Pooh - original North American theatrical poster
Wreck-It Ralph - first cover is the North American teaser poster, second cover is the Japanese poster
Frozen - European poster, Elsa head from publicity artwork
Big Hero 6 - Background from the teaser, character vectors are from publicity artwork
Zootopia - Original North American theatrical poster, Judy head comes from publicity artwork, spine comes from the French poster
Moana - Original North American teaser poster, Moana head comes from publicity still
SERIES #4: MASTERPIECE COVERS
Pinocchio's cover comes from the 2003 UK DVD and VHS cover. Fantasia's artwork comes from artwork made in the mid-90s(?)...
SERIES #5: PIXAR AND LIVE-ACTION FILMS