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- The cover of anime film Space Thunder Kids DVD contains rather high quality drawings of things that have nothing to do with the very sub-standard animation.
- Many comic book covers from the 1980s onward are basically ten years ahead of the interior in terms of color complexity.
- The covers of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 comics are near-photorealistic renditions of the actors, while the actual comics are much less detailed and much more stylized. Though there are also variant covers drawn by the interior artist, which give a more realistic image of what's inside.
- The covers of newer Monica's Gang comics are more beautiful and well-detailed in terms of tracing and shading than anything you will find inside it.
- In general, a lot of old video game covers using original artwork succumb to this, as the games were incapable of such visuals. It wouldn't be until the seventh generation of consoles that they started truly looking like the boxart if they were using a realistic art style.
- The Mega Man 1 box art for the NES and the cover of the PC version of The Secret of Monkey Island, both of which feature far more advanced graphics than the actual games do. Interestingly as both series developed and graphics improved, Mega Man was made to look more like the in game graphics and the Monkey Island characters were made to look more like the cover art.
- Basically all Disney works have this, but it especially applies with their low budget Direct-to-Video films.
- The Disney Princess merchandise combines this with outright Costume Porn.
- The 2003 Strawberry Shortcake series.
- Happily Never After and Space Chimps have covers that are designed exactly as the films are. However, the sequels' covers have the exact same design style as the first film while the animation of the film itself is on par with Video Brinquedo.
- Recess has this on some of the covers of their videos and DVDs.
- The 1994 VHS cases of Doug and Rugrats
- Alice in Wonderland did this with the opening credits, showing art that showed a lot of detail not apparent in the film proper. One included the overskirt on the queen's dress being trimmed with ermine (which is reflected in some of the merchandise and mascot costumes), when it looks like white piping in the movie.
- This◊ is promotional art for an episode of The Simpsons titled "Bart Sells His Soul", and this◊ is what the episode actually looks like.