Covers Always Lie / Animated Film

  • In The Incredibles, contrary to all the promotional material, Jack-Jack is never shown in the super suit designed by Edna Mode. He does however wear the mask near the very end of the film.
  • Almost all the promotional material for Frozen feature the main cast (Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven and Hans) standing together and smiling cheerfully, making it seem as though the movie is going to be about a team of plucky characters having a fun and magical winter adventure together. The film is actually consistently dark and melancholic, with several arguments amongst the characters; one of the six, Elsa, is depressed and acts out in increasingly desperate ways, making herself the antagonist for much of the movie, and another of the six is actually an outright villain.
  • Due to the mediocre sales of Wonder Woman, the cover artist for the DVD of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse was barred from showing Supergirl in her iconic costume. Instead, an image of a Brainwashed and Crazy Supergirl clad in a Stripperific slave outfit was used. The film's female director was not pleased.
  • The child-friendly cover of the animated Watership Down. (The original cover showed a silhouetted rabbit.)
  • The video cover to Tom and Jerry: The Movie, which depicts Tom chasing Jerry as he usually does (which they barely actually do in the movie) with Droopy in the background and none of the movie's Spotlight-Stealing Squad anywhere in sight, looks like it could be the cover to any Tom and Jerry video. Although the poster showed the evil fat lady storming in the background.
  • The American DVD cover of Help! I'm a Fish seems like it was designed to make the film look like a Mockbuster of Finding Nemo or Shark Tale, when it's actually a decent, Don Bluth-esque, mostly 2D film. Even weirder, the American cover flatly says "Alan Rickman" above the title (the original cover said "Featuring the voices of Alan Rickman and Terry Jones"), making Rickman seem like the lead role. To make matters worse, Rickman's character isn't even shown on the U.S. cover!
  • Similarly, the Chinese animated film Back to the Sea has a cover very reminiscent of Shark Tale, yet the actual animation is a jagged, stylistic, clearly 2-D style.
  • This poster for Beauty and the Beast. It shows Belle in an outfit that she never wore in the film at all, the castle in the background looks absolutely nothing like the one in the film, and the Beast's placement on the cover makes him look like the villain (he's actually the hero).
  • The cover for Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame makes what is widely considered one of the darkest films in the Disney Animated Canon seem like a light-hearted, family-friendly romp. It's not.
  • The second Beano video, Beano Videostars, included Roger the Dodger on the original VHS cover, even though he's not on the actual video. Possibly because his checkered jersey made him too hard to animate.
  • Turtles Forever: the original poster has Tokka and Rahzar, who turn out to be Advertised Extras.
  • The Brave Little Toaster, probably one of the bleakest kids' films ever made, was marketed as a cheerful adventure and had sugary cover artwork. This goes so far that the screencaps on the back of the VHS/DVD are not even from the film. One of them even showed Toaster high-fiving the Master! (In the film, the fact that they were alive was always kept a secret). The artwork on the back depicts the oh-so-serious waterfall scene, except that the title character has a goofy smile on his face after having made it to the other ledge, waiting for his friends to follow suit! (In truth, they all fell before even the toaster could make it across.) Oddly enough, the original poster showed three screencaps from the film, two from the Nightmare Sequence and one from the dark forest scene.
    • To top it all off, if you thought THAT one was bad, the European cover shows the main five characters and the younger master skipping down a yellow road surrounded by twinkling stars.
  • While the cardboard diorama packaged with the DVD of The Thief and the Cobbler has the eponymous cobbler sharing a Magic Carpet ride with the princess, the two of them never do so in the movie.
  • On the DVD cover of A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Lucy clutches Charlie Brown's arm and stares up at him adoringly. Never mind that her horribly cruel tormenting of him is the whole point of the movie, and that she isn't nice to him for a second. The Laserdisc cover made more sense, featuring the same image, but with Lucy having a thought bubble over her head showing a dressing room door with her name on it. Anyone who knows Lucy's character knows that she'd be willing to be nice to someone for the sake of fame & fortune.
  • The DVD for Atlantis: The Lost Empire for some reason showed Princess Kida wearing a dress (her left arm is covered by a sleeve). In the actual movie, she wore an outfit that was very revealing throughout most of the film, and she only wore a dress at the end.
  • The poster for Beavis And Butthead Do America shows them riding motorcycles, which they don't even come close to doing in the movie.
  • The cover for Barbie as the Island Princess shows Ro in her blue peacock dress, but her hair is long and loose, and she is wearing a Cool Crown, when in the movie, her head is bare and her hair is up in an elaborate bun.
  • In Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!, Velma, Daphne, and Freddy never snowboard once in the entire movie, only Scooby and Shaggy do that.
  • The cover art of the Transformers Prime movie Predacons Rising depicts Optimus Prime facing off against Predaking. The two never even meet in the movie.
    • The 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD cover to Transformers: The Movie does this intentionally to avoid the movie's most infamous spoiler. However, it came with an alternate cover depicting the '86 cast who actually play a significant role in the film.
  • Disney's featurette Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Tree shows Piglet and Tigger on the poster, but they don't appear in the film (though Piglet has a cameo in the opening song). They also had designs that are much closer to the original book illustrations, and they ended up getting redesigned for their appearances in the next short Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.
    • Some early VHS releases of this short showed Pooh completely inside the honey tree. This doesn't happen until the end of the short, but even then, he only goes in half-way.
  • The notorious Foodfight! has Mrs. Butterworth, the Vlasic stork, Twinkie the Kid, and Charlie Tuna front-and-center on its cover... all of whom are minor characters at best. The actual main character is depicted as a tiny figure in the lower left. Lampshaded in the The Nostalgia Critic review:
    "Hey look! There's the Twinkie guy! I'm sure he's gonna do something really big and really important coming up. After all, he is one of the biggest characters on the poster, along with these other icons you barely seen in this movie. Hell, Dex and Sunshine are one third of their size! Surely all of them are gonna get together and do something huge in the movie's climax! Like...say nothing, pretty much do nothing....and take a backseat to graphics worse than the 'Money for Nothing' video. And...okay, a lot of you might be shouting "That's phenomenal false advertising in a movie that is absolutely nothing but advertising." But this is incredibly common in even good films. Heck, I once saw a Star Wars poster where the main focus was the mouse droid! [cut to the Star Wars Episode IV poster with a mouse droid front and center. The text below the Star Wars logo reads "Yes, THIS is the One with the Mouse Droid!"] And we all know what a gigantic part he played, right? The movie would've been nothing without him."
  • The 50th Anniversary poster for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for some reason had Snow White wearing a pink dress. In the actual movie Snow White wore a dress with a dark blue bodice with a vertical yellow stripe down the middle, a white collar, lighter blue sleeves with red stripes on them, and a yellow skirt.
  • On the DVD cover for The Christmas Tree, the eponymous Mrs. Hopewell is indoors.
  • On the VHS cover for The Jungle Book, Baloo is seen grasping Kaa by the throat, despite the fact that the two characters never interact.
  • The scene from the DVD cover of The Night Before Christmas never happens in the film: Jeffrey doesn't meet Santa until the end and it's on the streets when he does.

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