List of Walt Disney Classics video releases

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This list covers all the Walt Disney Classics (also known as the "Black Diamond" or "The Classics from Walt Disney Home Video") titles released from 1984 to 1994 and strangely, 1996, as well as similar releases.

Part of the Classics series (1984-1994)[edit]

Season One (1984-1988)[edit]

The original logo from the series was nicknamed the Cheesy Black Diamond.

December 1984[edit]

Disney was initially reluctant to release any of their animated classics that had only seen theatrical release on video, as it might put them at risk of losing reissue revenue. Robin Hood was picked as the first Classics release because at the time, the film itself was considered weaker in terms of story and animation compared to the other titles. Its disappointing performance in its 1982 reissue was also cited.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
228VS/BS Robin Hood USA 1973 83 min Standard version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color December 3, 1984
  • Earliest copies were printed in July 1984.
  • Very early copies, prior to October 1984, started with a preview for The Sword in the Stone; which was meant to be the next title released in the Classics line, although copies printed after had no previews at all.

February 1985[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
228VS/BS Robin Hood USA 1973 83 min Standard version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color February 1985
  • This issue ends with the "Walt Disney and You" promo.

July 1985[edit]

Due to Pinocchio making less money than expected during its 1984 theatrical reissue, Disney took a chance and released the film to video the following year instead of The Sword in the Stone like they had initially planned to. The video release quickly became one of the best-selling videos of the year, opening up further possibilities for the Walt Disney Classics line.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
239 V/B Pinocchio USA 1940 87 min 1984 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color July 16, 1985
  • Copies prior to early July 1985 started with a trailer for The Black Cauldron which contains rare footage not seen in the final cut.

November 1985[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
24 V/B Dumbo USA 1941 63 min 1972 or 1976 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color November 5, 1985
  • This release uses the 1984 (1983 internationally) "Neon Mickey" WDHV logo.
  • Copies prior to August 1985 begin with the MPAA rating bumper and the 1954 Buena Vista logo, while copies printed after omit them.

March 1986[edit]

After a year-long delay, The Sword in the Stone was finally released to video. This was the first release in the Classics line to contain trailers for other video title releases; video releases under the Walt Disney Home Video label from March and April 1986 advertised this release. This practice would be repeated for the video release of Sleeping Beauty later in 1986.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
229 V/B The Sword in the Stone USA 1963 79 min Original or 1983 theatrical version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color March 25, 1986
  • Copies prior to early February 1986 start with the 1984 (1983 internationally) "Neon Mickey" WDHV logo, while copies printed after start with the 1984 Cheesy Black Diamond logo.
    • Copies printed between early February-mid March 1986 use the regular 1984 Cheesy Black Diamond logo variation. However, on copies printed after mid March 1986, the logo freezes for 10 seconds before it fades out.
  • Copies prior to mid March 1986 end with the "Walt Disney and You" promo, while copies printed after omitted it.
  • Opens with a trailer for The Journey of Natty Gann.

May 1986[edit]

Alongside the Classics release of Alice in Wonderland, Disney launched the Wonderland Sale, releasing Alice and several of their catalog titles in cardboard slipcovers.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
36 V/B Alice in Wonderland USA 1951 75 min 1974 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color May 28, 1986
  • Copies prior to early April 1986 start with the 1984 (1983 internationally) "Neon Mickey" WDHV logo, while copies printed after start with the 1984 Cheesy Black Diamond logo, which freezes for 10 seconds.
  • This is the only Classics title to come in a cardboard slipcover.

June 1986[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
36 V/B Alice in Wonderland USA 1951 75 min 1974 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color June 14, 1986
  • This issue uses a standard clamshell.
    • This issue does not have the UPC barcode anywhere on the case cover.
    • This issue still uses the second version of the May 1986 print master.
239 V/B Pinocchio USA 1940 87 min 1984 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color June 14, 1986
  • This issue is bracket no. 239-2 and has the UPC barcode.
  • This issue still uses the second version of the original July 1985 print master.

October 1986[edit]

Sleeping Beauty made its video debut this month, introducing a new timeline for the Walt Disney Classics series. High-priority releases would release in the fall of every year, with several updated re-releases scheduled throughout the year as well.

Previous releases in the series were re-issued at this time.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
24 V/B Dumbo USA 1941 63 min 1972 or 1976 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color October 14, 1986
  • This issue uses the 1984 Cheesy Black Diamond logo, which freezes for 10 seconds, in place of the 1984 (1983 internationally) Neon Mickey.
36 V/B Alice in Wonderland USA 1951 75 min 1974 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color October 14, 1986
  • Has the UPC barcode.
  • Still uses the second version of the May 1986 print master.
228 V/B Robin Hood USA 1973 83 min Standard version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color October 14, 1986
  • This issue reuses the second version of the original December 1984 print master.
  • This issue is bracket no. 228-2.
  • Went into moratorium on April 30, 1987.
229 V/B The Sword in the Stone USA 1963 79 min Original or 1983 theatrical version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color October 14, 1986
  • Same print master as the third version of the original March 1986 video release, except this issue reverts back to the regular variant of the 1984 Cheesy Black Diamond logo.
  • Still uses the same bracket number as the original March 1986 video release.
239 V/B Pinocchio USA 1940 87 min 1984 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color October 14, 1986
  • This issue uses the dark red warning screens and the video dealer announcement bumper.
  • This issue is bracket no. 239-2.
  • The 1984 Cheesy Black Diamond logo on this issue freezes for 10 seconds before it fades out.
  • Went into moratorium on April 30, 1987.
476 V/B Sleeping Beauty USA 1959 75 min Original theatrical version G Technirama 1 N/A Color October 14, 1986
  • Uses the dark red warning screens and the video dealer announcement bumper.
  • Technically the first title in the series to use the UPC barcode on the top right of the back cover.

October 1987[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
024 Dumbo USA 1941 63 min 1972 or 1976 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color October 6, 1987
  • This issue uses the regular 1984 Cheesy Black Diamond logo variation.
  • This issue is bracket no. 024-4.
036 Alice in Wonderland USA 1951 75 min 1974 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color October 6, 1987
  • This issue uses a standard clamshell.
  • This issue uses the fade-short variant of the 1984 Cheesy Black Diamond logo, following the slide-showed variant of the red-orange FBI warning screens.
  • This issue is bracket no. 036-3.
229 The Sword in the Stone USA 1963 79 min Original or 1983 theatrical version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color October 6, 1987
  • This issue lacks previews and uses the fade-short variant of the 1984 Cheesy Black Diamond logo, following the slide-showed variant of the red-orange FBI warning screens.
  • Some copies still come in the October 1986 case cover.
476 Sleeping Beauty USA 1959 75 min Original theatrical version G Technirama 1 N/A Color October 6, 1987
  • Uses the red-orange warning screens and the fade-short 1984 logo.
  • Went into moratorium on March 31, 1988.
582 Lady and the Tramp USA 1955 75 min Standard version G CinemaScope 1 N/A Color October 6, 1987
  • Went into moratorium on March 31, 1988, due to a royalty lawsuit by singer Peggy Lee.

Season Two (1988-1992)[edit]

Starting with Cinderella, Disney updated the on-screen Walt Disney Classics logo. The new logo opened with the same animation of Sorcerer Mickey that the standard WDHV logo of the time used, but this time, the background turns from black to gradient black and light blue, and the spark forms yellow text reading “Walt Disney” on the top and “CLASSICS” on the bottom in front of a shiny black diamond. This gradient background variant exclusively appeared on the 1988 retail video release of Cinderella, though it later appeared on the 1991 video release of The Making of Fantasia, released during this season, and 1992 demo VHS releases of The Rescuers and Beauty and the Beast, released during the following season of the series. The 1988 prototype logo is also seen on some French Canadian releases from the following season, excluding Aladdin and The Fox and the Hound.

Starting with Bambi, the Shiny Black Diamond logo was updated to include a plain dark blue background in place of the gradient background. In addition, the diamond lacks some of the shine it had in the prototype logo.

October 1988[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
024 Dumbo USA 1941 63 min 1972 or 1976 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color October 4, 1988
  • This issue is bracket no. 024-5.
  • Still uses the October 1987 print master.
036 Alice in Wonderland USA 1951 75 min 1974 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color October 4, 1988
  • This issue uses a standard clamshell, with bracket no. 036-5. The bracket number on this issue is likely a typo, as this issue is the fourth video release of the title.
  • While the case cover variation for this issue, with the updated bracket number, started appearing as late as May 31, 1988, the print master newly updated for this issue started appearing as late as mid July 1988, almost two months later.
  • Still opens with the slide-showed variant of the red-orange warning screens, and the fade-short 1984 logo variation. Afterwards, it has a strange freeze-frame still of the blue MPAA rating bumper and retains the 1954 Buena Vista logo, taken directly from the original 1981/1982 video release. Most copies still used either the October 1987 case cover, the October 1987 print master, or both, however.
229 The Sword in the Stone USA 1963 79 min Original or 1983 theatrical version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color October 4, 1988
  • Same print master as the October 1987 issue, except the red-orange FBI warning screens on this issue are the regular variant. Some copies of this issue still had the former intact, though.
410 Cinderella USA 1950 76 min 1987 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color October 4, 1988
  • Opens with a theatrical trailer for Oliver & Company.
  • Went into moratorium on April 30, 1989, due to a royalty lawsuit by Ilene Woods.
  • Demo copies have the 1984 logo, while retail copies have the prototype 1988 logo variation.

September 1989[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
024 Dumbo USA 1941 63 min 1972 or 1976 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color September 28, 1989
  • This issue still uses the October 1988 bracket number and the October 1987 print master.
  • New case cover artwork.
229 The Sword in the Stone USA 1963 79 min Original or 1983 theatrical version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color September 28, 1989
  • This issue still uses the October 1988 print master and reuses the original March 1986 bracket number.
  • New case cover artwork.
942 Bambi USA 1942 69 min TBD G Academy 1 N/A Color September 28, 1989
  • Opens with a theatrical trailer for The Little Mermaid.
  • Went into moratorium on March 30, 1990.

February 1990[edit]

Two permanent availability releases in this batch were re-issued at this time with slightly updated tape labels, coinciding with the prebook of the standard-wave video release of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
024 Dumbo USA 1941 63 min 1972 or 1976 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color February 13, 1990
  • Just like the September 1989 issue, this one still uses the October 1988 bracket number and the October 1987 print master.
229 The Sword in the Stone USA 1963 79 min Original or 1983 theatrical version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color February 13, 1990
  • Just like the September 1989 issue, this one still uses the October 1988 print master and reuses the original March 1986 bracket number.

May 1990[edit]

For the first time, Disney releases a film from their animated canon to video less than a year after its theatrical release with the 1990 VHS counterpart of The Little Mermaid. The VHS counterpart sells insanely well, convincing Disney to pursue this release strategy for their other upcoming films.

"The Black Cauldron" was originally going to be released on video at this time, but due to the success of the former, the video release of the latter had to be pushed back to 1998, four years after this series was discontinued and replaced with the Masterpiece Collection.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
913 The Little Mermaid USA 1989 83 min Original theatrical version G Matted 1.66 1 N/A Color May 18, 1990
  • This was the only time the film's original end credits were intact.

September 1990[edit]

Starting with the video release of Peter Pan, Disney would further integrate their Classics line with their theatrical releases, placing behind-the-scenes trailers for their upcoming films during their opening previews. This month of 1990 was also when The Little Mermaid was released on LaserDisc. These releases went into moratorium on April 30, 1991.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
913 The Little Mermaid USA 1989 83 min Original theatrical version G Matted 1.66 1 N/A Color September 21, 1990
  • This issue was also released on LaserDisc.
  • This issue of the title still uses the original May 1990 print master.
  • Some copies use either the vertical sticker-label or the vertical ink-label, while most copies use the oversized Betamax-style horizontal sticker-label.
960 Peter Pan USA 1953 76 min 1989 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color September 21, 1990
  • Opens with a behind-the-scenes trailer for The Rescuers Down Under, and a video trailer for The Little Mermaid.
  • Canadian copies of the VHS counterpart use the oversized Betamax-style horizontal sticker-label.

May 1991[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
1122 The Jungle Book USA 1967 78 min 1990 theatrical version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color May 3, 1991
  • Opens with a behind-the-scenes trailer for Beauty and the Beast, and a video trailer for The Rescuers Down Under.
  • Released only nine months after its last theatrical re-release on July 13, 1990.
  • The earliest copy of this release was printed on January 31, 1991.
  • Although this release uses the 1990 theatrical re-issue print transfer of the film, the 1990 WDP logo is completely omitted.
  • Some copies have a vertical sticker-label.

July 1991[edit]

Alongside the re-issue of Robin Hood, three permanent availability titles were being re-promoted at this time, with newly updated print masters, which began appearing as late as early June 1991.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
024 Dumbo USA 1941 63 min 1959 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color July 12, 1991
  • This issue has the 1989 Shiny Black Diamond logo. Some copies reused the October 1987 print master, though.
  • This issue was in honor of the film's 50th anniversary.
036 Alice in Wonderland USA 1951 75 min 1974 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color July 12, 1991
  • This issue has the 1989 Shiny Black Diamond logo. Some copies reused either the October 1987 or October 1988 print master, though.
  • This issue was in honor of the film's 40th anniversary.
229 The Sword in the Stone USA 1963 79 min Original theatrical version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color July 12, 1991
  • This issue has the 1989 Shiny Black Diamond logo. Some copies reused the October 1988 print master, though.
1189 Robin Hood USA 1973 83 min Standard version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color July 12, 1991
  • Opens with video previews for The Jungle Book and The Rescuers Down Under.
  • Has the fade-short 1989 Shiny Black Diamond logo variation.
  • This issue was possibly to ride on the coattails of Warner Bros.' Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
  • Some copies may have a vertical sticker-label.

September 1991[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
1142 The Rescuers Down Under USA 1990 77 min Standard version G Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color September 20, 1991
  • Opens with a video trailer for The Jungle Book.
  • The earliest copies of this release of the title were printed in April 1991.
  • Very early copies prior to mid May 1991 use the shadowed variant of the red-orange FBI warning screens.
  • Copies printed after mid May 1991 use the regular variant of the red-orange FBI warning screens.
  • Select copies printed between mid June-early August 1991 use the 10-second cut-in variant of the red-orange warning screens.

November 1991[edit]

Disney releases another one of their "untouchable" animated films to home video with the 1991 video release of Fantasia. The VHS counterpart was one of the highest-selling VHS releases of all time and was sold both as an individual tape, and as a Deluxe Collector's Edition boxset with a bonus release detailing the making of the film and other bonus features.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
1132 Fantasia USA 1940 120 min 1990 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color November 1, 1991
  • Went into moratorium on December 21, 1991, after only 50 days.
  • The VHS counterpart of this release omits the in-credit Buena Vista text in the closing credits, while the LaserDisc counterpart retains it.
  • The warning screens used on this release is an 8-second fade-in/out variant; each one of the screens is only about 3-4 seconds.
  • The Walt Disney Home Video is on the bottom of the front tape label if it is a horizontal ink-label.
  • Copies of this release that came in Deluxe Collector's Edition boxsets do not come in any case and have a gold yellow horizontal sticker-label, while standalone copies come in black clamshells and have either a horizontal ink-label, or a gold yellow vertical sticker-label.

January 1992[edit]

The print master newly modified for the following re-issue in this batch started appearing as late as mid-late December 1991, the week when Fantasia went into moratorium. This re-issue was one of the few Disney video releases that marked the debut of the newer green warning screens, headlined by the launch of the Walt Disney Studio Film Collection.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
1122 The Jungle Book USA 1967 78 min 1990 theatrical version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color January 21, 1992
  • This issue was in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary.
  • Same print master as the original release from May 1991, except on copies of this issue with the horizontal ink-label, the red-orange warning screens were replaced with the green warning screens. Copies with the vertical sticker-label still had the red-orange warning screens intact, though.
  • Went into moratorium on April 30, 1992, after only 100 days.

February 1992[edit]

The following titles were re-issued at this time with slightly updated tape labels, in horizontal ink, to coincide with video releases of the final batches of volumes of the TV series, TaleSpin and The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and the concert program, Sebastian's Party Gras. On these re-issues, the diamond logo on the top left of the front tape label says "Disney's CLASSICS" if it is a horizontal ink-label. These label variations began appearing as late as late January 1992.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
24 Dumbo USA 1941 63 min 1959 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color February 28, 1992
  • This issue still uses the July 1991 print master.
36 Alice in Wonderland USA 1951 75 min 1974 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color February 28, 1992
  • This issue still uses the July 1991 print master. Some copies reused either the October 1987 or October 1988 print master, though.
229 The Sword in the Stone USA 1963 79 min Original theatrical version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color February 28, 1992
  • This issue still uses the July 1991 print master. Some copies reused the October 1988 print master, though.
  • The title header on the front tape label is taken directly from the case covers on the original March 1986 release and the October 1986 re-issue if it is a horizontal ink-label.

Season Three (1992-1994)[edit]

Starting with this season of the series, the lilac bumpers are introduced; typically, those bumpers used the Laser LET font and the stock music piece "Great Ovation" from the Bruton Music library; though on Beauty and the Beast, two of the bumpers instead used "Fanfare to the Modern Man 3" from the aforementioned music library.

Starting with the second version of 101 Dalmatians, a third variation of the 1988/1989 Shiny Black Diamond logo was created, with the color slightly tinted to blue. Starting with the retail VHS release of The Rescuers, an unofficial fourth variation of the logo was created. Due to deterioration of the master recording, the unofficial fourth variation has bass heavy distorted audio.

Titles released in the series in the limited availability wave prior to October 1992 went into moratorium on April 30, 1993, while titles released in the wave from March to October 1993 went into moratorium a year later in 1994.

April 1992[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
1263 101 Dalmatians USA 1961 79 min 1991 theatrical version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color April 10, 1992
  • Copies prior to late January 1992 lack previews at the beginning and end, and open with the 1989 logo, while copies printed after open with a behind-the-scenes trailer for Aladdin and the 1992 clean logo, and close with video trailers for The Great Mouse Detective and Beauty and the Beast.
  • The Buena Vista logo is intact at the end of the film, and transitions into the closing trailers and bumpers on post-late January 1992 printings.
    • Copies prior to early February 1992 use this logo twice, while copies printed after fix the error.
  • The earliest copy of this release was printed on December 31, 1991.

July 1992[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
1360 The Great Mouse Detective USA 1986 74 min 1992 theatrical version G Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color July 17, 1992
  • Opens with a theatrical trailer for Aladdin, and closes with video trailers for The Rescuers and Beauty and the Beast.

September 1992[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
24 Dumbo USA 1941 63 min 1959 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color September 18, 1992
  • On this issue, the warning informations on the front tape label are slightly altered if it is a horizontal ink-label. Most copies reused either the February 1990 or March 1992 tape label, though.
  • This issue still uses the July 1991 print master.
1360 The Great Mouse Detective USA 1986 74 min 1992 theatrical version G Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color September 18, 1992
  • This issue still uses the original July 1992 print master and the second version of the original July 1992 tape label.
  • Has the prototype slipcover-style Proof of Purchase tab label variation, which began appearing on this issue as late as mid August 1992.
1399 The Rescuers USA 1977 76 min Original theatrical version (Edited) G Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color September 18, 1992
  • Opens with video trailers for Beauty and the Beast and The Great Mouse Detective.
  • The "Feature Presentation" bumper on this release of the title is on a navy blue background, making this title the only release to use this variation of the bumper.
  • This release was transferred off of the original 1977 theatrical release negative.
    • The nudity frame is nowhere to be seen on this transfer.
  • The earliest copies of this release were printed in April 1992.

October 1992[edit]

The following newly released title in this batch was technically the first one in the series with the Proof of Purchase tab label printed above the back cover.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
1325 Beauty and the Beast USA 1991 84 min Standard version G Matted 1.66 1 N/A Color October 30, 1992
  • Copies printed after early July 1992 open with theatrical previews for Aladdin and a scrapped Sleeping Beauty reissue, and a video preview for Pinocchio; and close with a video preview for 101 Dalmatians.
  • Copies prior to mid June 1992 open with theatrical previews for Aladdin and a scrapped Sleeping Beauty reissue and close with the Pinocchio preview, before the 101 Dalmatians preview, while copies printed between mid June-early July 1992 entirely lack the Pinocchio preview.
  • The earliest copies of this release were printed in May 1992.
  • Copies prior to late October 1992 have the prototype slipcover-style Proof of Purchase tab label variation, while copies printed after have a regular variation.
  • Copies that came in Deluxe Collector's Edition boxsets were packaged in black clamshell cases, while individual copies were packaged in white clamshell cases.

February 1993[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
36 Alice in Wonderland USA 1951 75 min 1974 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color February 12, 1993
  • This issue uses the green warning screens. Some copies reused either the October 1987 or July 1991 print master, though.
1142 The Rescuers Down Under USA 1990 77 min Standard version G Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color February 12, 1993
  • This issue uses the green FBI warning screens and the 1989 BDC logo and lacks previews at the beginning and end. Some copies reused the second version of the original September 1991 print master with previews, though.
1189 Robin Hood USA 1973 83 min Standard version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color February 12, 1993
  • Lacks trailers and still has the fade-short 1989 BDC logo variation.
  • This issue was in honor of the film’s 20th anniversary.
  • Still uses the July 1991 horizontal ink-label.
  • The red-orange warning screens were replaced with the green warning screens on this issue.

March 1993[edit]

Select re-issues in this batch have the Proof of Purchase tab label variation with the text in all caps that goes by the words, "PROOF OF PURCHASE" on the left center, the title on the top right, and the catalog number on the bottom right, while the other two re-issues in this batch have the variation that goes by the title on the left center, the words, "Proof of Purchase" on the middle center and the stock number on the right center. Permanent availability releases in this batch remained in stock until July 31, 1994.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
24 Dumbo USA 1941 63 min 1959 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color March 26, 1993
  • This issue still uses the July 1991 print master; some copies reused the September 1989 case cover.
  • Permanent availability release.
36 Alice in Wonderland USA 1951 75 min 1974 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color March 26, 1993
  • This issue still uses the February 1993 print master. Some copies reused either the October 1988 case cover, the October 1988 or July 1991 print master, or both, though.
  • Permanent availability release.
239 Pinocchio USA 1940 87 min 1962 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color March 26, 1993
  • Copies printed after mid January 1993 open with a theatrical preview for The Nightmare Before Christmas and a video preview for Aladdin.
    • Copies prior to February 1993 use a strange reverb-like variant of the theatrical preview, while copies printed after use the regular variant.
  • Very early copies, prior to mid January 1993, solely open with the Aladdin preview.
    • The earliest copy was printed on December 31, 1992.
  • On this issue, the 1960 Buena Vista logo and the opening titles are freeze-framed.
  • Went into moratorium on April 30, 1994.
1142 The Rescuers Down Under USA 1990 77 min Standard version G Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color March 26, 1993
  • Still uses the February 1993 print master.
  • Slightly resized case cover variation with the Proof of Purchase tab label, though some copies still used the original September 1991 case cover; such copies reused the second version of the original September 1991 print master.
1189 Robin Hood USA 1973 83 min Standard version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color March 26, 1993
  • Just like the February 1993 issue, this one was in honor of the film's 20th anniversary.
  • Slightly resized case cover variation with the Proof of Purchase tab label. Such copies still used the July 1991 case cover variation, however.
  • This issue still uses the February 1993 print master.
1360 The Great Mouse Detective USA 1986 74 min 1992 theatrical version G Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color March 26, 1993
  • Just like the September 1992 issue, this one still uses the original July 1992 print master and the second version of the original July 1992 tape label.
1399 The Rescuers USA 1977 76 min Original theatrical version G Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color March 26, 1993
  • Same Proof of Purchase tab label variation as on "Pinocchio."
  • This issue still uses the original September 1992 print master.
  • Went into moratorium on April 30, 1993, after only 35 days.

April 1993[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
1189 Robin Hood USA 1973 83 min Standard version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color April 30, 1993
  • Just like the February and March 1993 issues, this one was in honor of the film's 20th anniversary.
  • Still uses the March 1993 case cover. Such copies still used the July 1991 case cover, however.
  • Same print master as on the February 1993 issue, except on this issue, the fade-short 1989 BDC logo was replaced with the 1988 prototype logo. Some copies still had the former intact, however.

October 1993[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
1662 Aladdin USA 1992 90 min Standard version G Matted 1.78 1 N/A Color October 1, 1993
  • Opens with a theatrical preview for The Lion King and a video preview for Pinocchio.
  • Copies prior to July 1993 have the “Coming to Theaters” bumper before the “The Lion King” preview on-screen, while copies printed after omitted it.
  • Some copies, most notably those printed between May-August 1993, have the black-background “The Original Animated Classic!” flap on the front cover artwork, while other copies omitted it.
  • Went into moratorium on April 30, 1994.

March 1994[edit]

The following title in this batch was the final one released in the Classics line.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
2041 The Fox and the Hound USA 1981 83 min Standard version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color March 4, 1994
  • Copies printed after February 1994 with a theatrical trailer for The Lion King and a video trailer for The Return of Jafar.
  • Copies prior to February 1994 only open with the trailer for The Lion King.
  • The earliest copies of this release were printed in October 1993.
  • Went into moratorium on April 30, 1995.

Popular demand re-issues (1987, 1991-1995)[edit]

These re-issues accommodated the lack of stock in select video stores, most likely bargain discount stores.

October 1987[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
228 V/B Robin Hood USA 1973 83 min Standard version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color October 6, 1987
  • This issue reuses the second version of the original December 1984 print master.
  • Remained in stock until December 31, 1987.

May 1991[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
913 The Little Mermaid USA 1989 83 min Original theatrical version G Matted 1.66 1 N/A Color May 3, 1991
  • This issue of the title still uses the original May 1990 print master.
  • Remained in stock until July 31, 1991.

May 1992[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
1122 The Jungle Book USA 1967 78 min 1990 theatrical version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color May 27, 1992
  • Depending on whether the vertical sticker or horizontal ink label is used, this issue still uses either the original May 1991, or January 1992 print master.
  • Remained in stock until April 30, 1994.

October 1992[edit]

These re-issues were in Disney's "A Beauty of a Gift" Christmas promotion and remained in stock until December 31, 1992.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
239 Pinocchio USA 1940 87 min 1984 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color October 30, 1992
  • Reuses the October 1986 print master.
410 Cinderella USA 1950 76 min 1987 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color October 30, 1992
  • Reuses the October 1988 print master.
913 The Little Mermaid USA 1989 83 min Original theatrical version G Matted 1.66 1 N/A Color October 30, 1992
  • Reuses the May 1990 print master.
942 Bambi USA 1942 69 min TBD G Academy 1 N/A Color October 30, 1992
  • Reuses the September 1989 print master.

May 1993[edit]

These re-issues remained in stock until July 31, 1994.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
1142 The Rescuers Down Under USA 1990 77 min Standard version G Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color May 5, 1993
  • Still uses either the March 1993 case cover or the original September 1991 case cover and either the second version of the original September 1991 print master, or the February 1993 print master.
1263 101 Dalmatians USA 1961 79 min 1991 theatrical version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color May 5, 1993
  • This issue still uses the third version of the original April 1992 print master.
1325 Beauty and the Beast USA 1991 84 min Standard version G Matted 1.66 1 N/A Color May 5, 1993
  • This issue still uses the second version of the original October 1992 case cover, in addition to the third version of the original October 1992 print master.
1360 The Great Mouse Detective USA 1986 74 min 1992 theatrical version G Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color May 5, 1993
  • This issue still uses the March 1993 case cover and the original July 1992 print master and the second version of the original July 1992 tape label. Some copies reused the first version of the tape label, however.
1399 The Rescuers USA 1977 76 min Original theatrical version G Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color May 5, 1993
  • Still uses the March 1993 case cover and the original September 1992 print master.

May 1994[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
239 Pinocchio USA 1940 87 min 1962 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color May 31, 1994
  • Still uses the third version of the March 1993 print master.
  • Remained in stock until January 13, 1995.

May 1995[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
2041 The Fox and the Hound USA 1981 83 min Standard version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color May 31, 1995
  • Still uses the second version of the original March 1994 print master.
  • Remained in stock until August 31, 1996.

Not part of any special video collection, but packaged in video boxsets and advertised in video inserts with the Classics logo (1988-1989)[edit]

October 1988[edit]

Because only four titles in the Classics line were available at this time, these titles were advertised in a promotion sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. In addition, some copies of these releases were packaged in a video boxset that was part of the promotion.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
023 Mary Poppins USA 1964 139 min Standard version G Academy 1 N/A Color October 4, 1988 TBD
091 The Three Caballeros USA 1945 71 min 1960s theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color October 4, 1988 TBD

September 1989[edit]

These titles were advertised in an insert booklet for the "Bambi" video release.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
016 Bedknobs and Broomsticks USA 1971 117 min Standard version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color September 28, 1989
  • This issue marked the first time that the film was permanently available on video, only two years after the previous release from May 1986 went into moratorium.
023 Mary Poppins USA 1964 139 min Standard version G Academy 1 N/A Color September 28, 1989
  • Tube-shape clamshell cover variation.
091 The Three Caballeros USA 1945 71 min 1960s theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color September 28, 1989
  • Tube-shape clamshell cover variation.
    • The "Walt Disney's" header on the front cover on this issue is shifted from the left to the middle.

Not part of any special video collection, but advertised in video inserts and retail labels as the "Disney Classics" (1991-1993)[edit]

Excluding DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, these titles were re-promoted as the "Year-Round Classics."

March 1991[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
1082 DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp USA 1990 74 min TBD G TBD 1 N/A Color March 15, 1991
  • Opens with video trailers for The Jungle Book and The Rescuers Down Under.
  • Over the Sorcerer Mickey WDHV logo, Brian Cummings says "Coming from Walt Disney Home Video." The logo plays in full.

May 1991[edit]

These re-issues coincided with the Classics video release of "The Jungle Book".

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
010 Pete's Dragon USA 1977 128 min Standard version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color May 3, 1991
  • Some copies may have a vertical sticker-label.
  • The Buena Vista logo is completely omitted on this issue.
  • Some Canadian copies reused the 1985 print master.
016 Bedknobs and Broomsticks USA 1971 117 min Standard version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color May 3, 1991
  • On this issue, the first second of the 1986 Sorcerer Mickey WDHV logo is cut off. In addition, half a second of the opening theme to the film is cut off. This was likely due to an editing goof-up.
023 Mary Poppins USA 1964 139 min Standard version G Academy 1 N/A Color May 3, 1991
  • The original Buena Vista logo looks tall and skinny on this issue.

July 1991[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
010 Pete's Dragon USA 1977 128 min Standard version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color July 12, 1991
  • Some copies may have a vertical sticker-label.
  • Retains the blue MPAA rating bumper and the original Buena Vista logo. Some copies reused the May 1991 print master, though.
  • Some Canadian copies reused the 1985 print master.
016 Bedknobs and Broomsticks USA 1971 117 min Standard version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color July 12, 1991
  • The original Buena Vista logo is restored on this issue.
023 Mary Poppins USA 1964 139 min Standard version G Academy 1 N/A Color July 12, 1991
  • The original Buena Vista logo is in the correct aspect ratio on this issue. Some copies reused either the October 1987 or May 1991 print master, though.

February 1992[edit]

The following titles were re-issued at this time with slightly updated tape labels, in horizontal ink, to coincide with video releases of the final batches of volumes of the TV series, TaleSpin and The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and the concert program, Sebastian's Party Gras.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
10 Pete's Dragon USA 1977 128 min Standard version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color February 28, 1992
  • This issue of the title still uses the July 1991 print master. Some copies reused the May 1991 print master, though.
16 Bedknobs and Broomsticks USA 1971 117 min Standard version G Matted 1.75 1 N/A Color February 28, 1992
  • This issue still uses the July 1991 print master. Some copies reused the May 1991 print master, though.
23 Mary Poppins USA 1964 139 min Standard version G Academy 1 N/A Color February 28, 1992
  • This issue still uses the July 1991 print master. Many copies reused either the October 1987 or May 1991 print master, though.
91 The Three Caballeros USA 1945 71 min 1960s theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color February 28, 1992
  • This issue still uses the October 1988 print master.

April 1992[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
23 Mary Poppins USA 1964 139 min Standard version G Academy 1 N/A Color April 10, 1992
  • Copyright notice added on the back cover on this issue, though some copies still came in the September 1989 case cover.
  • This issue still uses the July 1991 print master. Many copies reused either the October 1987 or May 1991 print master, though.

September 1992[edit]

These re-issues coincided with the Classics video release of The Rescuers. One of them has new case cover artwork and previews for three titles released on video in the Classics series; two are at the start and one is at the end. In addition, the UPC barcodes on the back covers have slightly smaller lines.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
23 Mary Poppins USA 1964 139 min Standard version G Academy 1 N/A Color September 18, 1992
  • This issue still uses the July 1991 print master. Many copies reused either the October 1987 or May 1991 print master, though.
91 The Three Caballeros USA 1945 71 min 1960s theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color September 18, 1992
  • This issue still uses the October 1988 print master.
296 So Dear to My Heart USA 1948 82 min 1964 theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color September 18, 1992
  • Opens with video trailers for Beauty and the Beast and The Rescuers. Closes with a video trailer for The Great Mouse Detective.
  • One of the first releases to use the blue text bumpers, and the only release under the Walt Disney Home Video label to use a "Special Preview" screen in this format.
  • The voiceover during the "Feature Presentation" bumper is taken directly from the 1989 gold text bumper.
  • The 1960 Buena Vista logo is freeze-framed on this issue.

March 1993[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
23 Mary Poppins USA 1964 139 min Standard version G Academy 1 N/A Color March 26, 1993
  • Has the all caps text Proof of Purchase tab label variation where the words, "PROOF OF PURCHASE" are on the left center, the title is on the top right, and the stock number is on the bottom right. Many copies still came in the September 1989 case cover, though.
  • This issue still uses the July 1991 print master. Many copies still used the October 1987 print master, though.

April 1993[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
23 Mary Poppins USA 1964 139 min Standard version G Academy 1 N/A Color April 30, 1993
  • This issue still comes in the March 1993 case cover. Many copies still came in the September 1989 case cover, though.
  • This issue uses the green FBI warning screens and the 1991 gold-text WDHV logo in black background. Many copies reused either the October 1987 or July 1991 print master, though.

Part of the Masterpiece Collection series, but released with the Classics logo (1994, 1996)[edit]

October 1994[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
23 Mary Poppins USA 1964 139 min Standard version G Academy 1 N/A Color October 28, 1994
  • Descriptive Video Service copies use the 1988 prototype Walt Disney Classics logo variation.

February 1996[edit]

Strangely enough, the earliest copies of the 1996 VHS release of “Pocahontas” that were printed before mid December 1995 started with the second variation of the 1988/1989 Walt Disney Classics logo. On copies printed after mid December 1995, this logo was later replaced with the correct logo, which is the 1994 Masterpiece Collection logo.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
5741 Pocahontas USA 1995 81 min Standard version G Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color February 28, 1996
  • The earliest copies of this release of the title were printed in early December 1995.

See also[edit]