Walt Disney Home Entertainment: Release the Disney Afternoon-era Shows on DVD
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The Disney Afternoon was a syndicated block of animated shows produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, which originally aired between 1990 and 1997. In the seven years the block aired, it featured a number of popular shows, both original to the block and previous created shows, including:
-Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985-1991) - Final 48 episodes
-Ducktales (1987-1990) - Final 25 episodes
-Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers (1989-1990) - Final 14 episodes
-TaleSpin - (Region 2 & 4 Releases)
-Darkwing Duck (1991-1992) - Final 39 episodes
-Goof Troop (1992-1993) - Final 25 episodes
-Bonkers (1993-1994) - All 65 episodes
-Aladdin: The Series (1994-1996) - Proper volume sets for all 86 episodes
-Gargoyles (1994-1997) - The final 13 episodes
-The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show (1995) - All 13 episodes
-The Lion King’s Timon and Pumbaa (1995-1999) - Proper volume sets for all 85 episodes
-Quack Pack (1996) - Proper volume sets for all 39 episodes
-Mighty Ducks (1996-1997) - All 26 episodes
In addition to these fourteen shows, there was other animation from WDTA produced during this era. This included shows, specials and extended cuts of pilot episodes:
-The Wuzzles (1985) - All 13 episodes
-Fluppy Dogs (1986)
-Sport Goofy in Soccer Mania (1987)
-DuckTales: The Treasure of the Golden Suns (1987) – The movie cut
-The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988-1991) - Proper volume sets for all 50 episodes
-DuckTales: Time is Money (1989) - The movie cut
-Super DuckTales (1989) - The movie cut
-Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers: To the Rescue (1989) - The movie cut
-TaleSpin: Plunder and Lightning (1990) - The movie cut
-Darkwing Duck: Darkly Dawns the Duck (1991) - The movie cut
-Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too (1991) - The tv special in its original version
-The Little Mermaid: The Series (1992-1994) - Proper volume sets for all 31 episodes
-Raw Toonage (1992) - All 12 episodes
-Marsupilami (1993) - All 13 episodes
-Gargoyles: The Heroes Awaken (1994) - The movie cut
-Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh (1996) - The tv special in its original version
-Mighty Ducks: The Movie (1996) - The movie cut
-A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving (1998) - The tv special in its original version
All together, these 18 animated shows and 13 animated specials represent the original years of production at WDTA, and arguably the finest animation to ever come out of WDTA’s studios. Many of these shows went on to win many awards, including Emmy Awards, and were featured prominently on a number of “Best of” lists, including in recent years.
These shows fueled merchandise frenzies filled with actions figures, t-shirts, back packs and comic books, including re-launched comics from just a few years ago for Darkwing Ducks, Gargoyles, DuckTales and Rescue Rangers. In the early 1990’s, there was even a whole section of Disneyland dedicated to these shows, including a live stage show.
These shows have been translated into multiple languages and shown in countries all over the World, including, but not limited to, the former Soviet Union, Germany, Finland, Sweden, India, Hungary, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
Years after a select number of VHS releases, Disney started releasing a number of these Disney Afternoon series on DVD in either multi-disc volume/season sets, or in single discs featuring a few episodes each. Without fan-fair or much advertising, sales of the sets depended heavily on word of mouth. As a result of “lack of interest,” these releases were dropped, without much of a fair shot.
We, as a collective body of fans, urge Walt Disney Home Entertainment to finally release these treasured classics onto DVD in their entirety. We want to enjoy these series, either through the more preferred method of a standard retail DVD, as with most of the original releases, or simply via a Disney Movie Club Exclusive release or the DVD-on-Demand program. The reasons for denying fans access to the entirety of these shows are unfounded, and must come to an end.
If Walt Disney Home Entertainment properly markets and advertises these shows and does not have overly high list prices (two problems that plagued the original releases) we know they will perform better than previous releases. There is a strong fan base for these shows and if you give us the opportunity, we are ready to demonstrate with our pocket books how beloved these shows still are. Thank you.
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