Are most titles with a preceding possessive name valid or just an invalid advertisement?
Following up on another closed thread which @Michelle marked as solved, regarding improper capitalization of the word "the" occurring after a possessive name (where "The" SHOULD be capitalized but the editor won't let it be), I have a different question on such possessive titles. Using the same example title:
where onscreen "The Storyteller" is very large in the center of the screen, and "Jim Henson's" is in smaller type on a separate line above it...
Is the whole thing really a valid Alternate Title (AKA) for IMDb purposes? Or should it even be listed as the Original Title?
More good examples are Disney movies (and TV series and video games), where the original poster showed (for example):
THE JUNGLE BOOK
again with "Walt Disney" in smaller type above the title,
or for rereleases, including DVD covers, and even remakes and video games:
THE JUNGLE BOOK
where "Disney's" in much smaller, tiny really, above, and in their trademark logo script,
and in many cases ONSCREEN this way as well.
The possessive name would seem to be merely an advertisement, and not part of the title.
Yet I see this frequently on IMDb, and it's proliferating, perhaps getting out of hand. Perhaps all possessive titles should NOT include the possessive part on IMDb, definitely not on the Original Title, and perhaps not as an Alternate Title AKA either.
My thinking is such possessives would be invalid as a title, except in very rare cases. Despite (or contrary to) the guidelines under https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/titles/title-formatting/G56U5ERK7YY47CQB#
An exception would be if the filmmaker clearly wanted the possessive name to be part of the title, or the film is commonly referred to with the possessive name to avoid confusion with other movies/series with the same title (with no name).
But if the name is only used to advertise (like the frequent "Disney's" I see), it shouldn't be included.
1 year ago
This is covered in the same page you linked to.