The Classics

Walt Disney Studio Home Media Entertainment released a line up of Videocassettes, Laserdisc’s and VHS Hi-Fi films as the very first Walt Disney Home Media collection. Disney decided to name the series The Classic’s which started  a new wave of home media collecting. There were 20 films released in this very first series which began in December 1984 and ended in March 1994.

The Classics Collection began with the release of Robin Hood on December 6, 1984. The collection started with releases being sold in videocassette and laserdisc form, however Disney started releasing VHS Hi-Fi versions of their films beginning with Sleeping Beauty in 1986. This collection also included two re-releases in the same series with Robin Hood and Pinocchio in 1991 and 1993. This technically means this collection had 22 films in it.

Each film was only available for a short time before going into moratorium and put back into the Disney Vault, in which they are unavailable for several years until re-released again.

Walt Disney Studio Home Media Entertainment followed The Classics with a second series Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection, which started in October 1994.

Walt Disney Classic’s Collection

#FilmYearThe Classics videocassette Release DateLaserdisk release dateVaulted
1Robin Hood 1973December 6, 1984December 6, 1984January, 1986
2Pinocchio1940July 16, 1985July 16, 1985April, 1986
3Dumbo1941July 16, 1985July 16, 1985
4The Sword in the Stone1963March, 1986March, 1986
5Alice in Wonderland1951May 28, 1986May 28, 1986
6Sleeping Beauty1959October 14, 1986October 14, 1986 (VHS Hi-Fi)March 31, 1988
7Lady and the Tramp195519871987 (VHS Hi-Fi)March 31, 1988
8Cinderella1950October 4, 1988October 4, 1988 (VHS Hi-Fi)April 30, 1989
9Bambi1942September 28, 1989September 28, 1989 (VHS Hi-Fi)
10The Little Mermaid1989May 18, 1990May 18, 1990 (VHS Hi-Fi)April 1, 1991
11Peter Pan1953September 21, 1990September 21, 1990 (VHS Hi-Fi)April 1, 1991
12The Jungle Book1967May 3, 1991May 3, 1991 (VHS Hi-Fi)
R/RRobin Hood (Re-Release)1973July 12, 1991July 12, 1991 (VHS Hi-Fi)
13The Rescuers Down Under1990September 20, 1991September 20, 1991 (VHS Hi-Fi)
14Fantasia1940November 1, 1991November 1, 1991 (VHS Hi-Fi)
15101 Dalmatians1961April 10, 1992April 10, 1992 (VHS Hi-Fi)1993
16The Great Mouse Detective1986July 17, 1992July 17, 1992 (VHS Hi-Fi)1993
17The Rescuers1977September 18, 1992September 18, 1992 (VHS Hi-Fi)1993
18Beauty and the Beast1991October 30, 1992October 30, 1992 (VHS Hi-Fi)1993
R/RPinocchio (Re-Release)1940March 26, 1993March 26, 1993 (VHS Hi-Fi)
19Aladdin1992October 1, 1993October 1, 1993 (VHS Hi-Fi)
20The Fox and the Hound1981March 4, 1994March 4, 1994 (VHS Hi-Fi)