Just like there’s always money in the banana stand, there’s always creativity to be found in fans of creative things. In honor of the fourth season of the groundbreaking comedy series Arrested Development‘s upcoming DVD release, a contest was held for fans to create the art for the packaging. Lots of great entries were received via the contest’s Tumblr page, but in the end, just like Highlander or Buster Bluth’s hands, there can be only one. Creator Mitch Hurwitz chose the winner himself, and that person is Chad Malone, a graphic designer from Tennessee. For winning, he received $1,000 cash and his artwork will be on DVD boxes from here to Timbuktu (or wherever such products are sold) when the set is released December 16th, 2014. Behold, below is the official winning entry.
Minimalist but pretty darn cool, this artwork gives you the overall gist of who all the main characters are and what they’re about this season without overdoing it. For example, GOB’s chest hair and headset microphone, George Sr.’s newfound hippie nature, and Tobias’…well, whatever Tobias does or wears is weird, so that one’s pretty easy to recognize. Of his win, Malone said “I consider winning this contest to be one of my greatest personal achievements. Everyone knows that I’m a huge fan of the series. Entering this contest was NOT a huge mistake!”
For funsies, have a look at some of the other entries that were among the group of finalists. As you can see, they’re all different and clever and exhibit the tone and craziness of the series itself. Personal fave would be the “Showstealer Pro” photoshop job, because of hilariousness. Note: none of the below images are official show artwork; we’re simply sharing them with you all.
The fourth season of Arrested Development will be released on DVD, complete with Chad Malone’s winning artwork, December 16th, 2014. Special features on the set include featurettes such as The History of Arrested Development, Working with Two Directors, a behind-the-scenes look at Tobias’ Fantastic 4 musical, and lots more, as well as In Character features on Tobias, Barry Zuckerhorn, Herbert Love, Rebel Alley, Buster, George, Oscar, and Michael. Right before the holidays, this is just in time to give it to your own dysfunctional family.