Top 25 Countdown – 9 January 2012

This week in the Top 25 Countdown, a new “Walt-era” title enters in a big way, a title dropped from the countdown last week comes back, and the top spot changes hands again.  Presenting each week: the 25 unreleased Disney titles YOU the members want to see released on DVD the most.

Votes are based on polls on our Facebook page, the now discontinued discussions board on Facebook and recent posts on Facebook, Twitter posts, Google+ posts and various internet forums.  We add up the new votes each week to what has already been counted for an on going count.  Don’t see a title you really want to see released on here? Let us know and cast a vote.  You can do so on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, by e-mailing us or just leave a response down below.  Who knows, your title may be listed next time on the Open Vault Disney Top 25 Countdown!

(Moving up two spots) Tied for 23.) Adventures in Wonderland – Staring Elisabeth Harnois (My Date with the President’s Daughter, A Single Man), this 1991 to 1995 tv show ran 100 episodes and took fans into the world of Alice, the Red Queen, the Mad Hatter and the rest of the Wonderland gang.  Originally airing on the Disney Channel, outside of a few VHS releases from the 90′s, this show has not been seen since.

Tied for 23.) Muppet Babies – Based on a scene from the popular Muppet film, The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984), Muppet Babies lasted 8 seasons and was one of the most popular animated tv shows in the 80′s and early 90′s.  It has had a few VHS releases during that time, but has not been seen since, definitely not on DVD.

(Re-Entering the Top 25 Countdown) Tier for 23.) Sport Goofy in Soccer Mania - In what many consider the precursor to the successful animated tv show DuckTales, ‘Sport Goofy’ is a half hour short featuring Goofy, Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewy and Louie and the Beagle Boys!  It’s been released in the UK, but never been seen released on DVD in the USA.

(Moving down two spots) 21.) Buzz Lightyear of Star Command – Based on the ever popular Buzz Lightyear, star of the even more popular Toy Story films from Disney*Pixar, this 2000 to 2001 series last 42 episodes and dove deep into the world of Buzz, Zurg and the LGM’s.  The original pilot was released in 2000 on VHS and DVD, but nothing else has ever been released.

(Moving up two spots) 20.) Ludwig von Drake staring Walt Disney Anthology episodes – The character of Ludvig von Drake was created in the early 1960’s after Walt Disney moved his anthology series from ABC to NBC and renamed it The Wonderful World of Color.  Ludwig would go on to host a number of these shows with or in place of Walt, including but not limited to, An Adventure in Color, Kids is Kids, Carnival Time, A Square Peg in a Round Hole and In Shape with Von Drake.  Despite his continued popularity and appearing since in a number of other Disney cartoons and comic books, these original von Drake appearance on The Wonderful World of Color  have only had two releases on DVD, A Symposium on Popular Songs and Mickey and the Beanstalk, a re-telling of the Mickey short found in the film Fun and Fancy Free, with von Drake put in Edgar Bergen’s spot as narrator.

(Moving up one spot) Tied for 19.) House of Mouse – This 2001 cartoon show was a spin-off/ re-boot of the 1999 show, Mickey’s Mouse Works.  The setting for House of Mouse is that Mickey and the gang run a night club with various Disney characters from over the decades coming in as the guests, all while Mickey shows them classic and contemporary Mickey cartoons. Despite a few Direct-to-Video releases, the show has never had a proper DVD release.

(Moving down two spots) Tied for 19.) The Muppet Show (Seasons 4 and 5) – From 1976 to 1981, master puppeteer Jim Henson brought his Muppets to television each week in The Muppet Show.  The show has been so popular, that it catapulted Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang into movies, as well as a number of other tv shows and specials.  Disney acquired the rights to the Muppets in 2004 and had originally released seasons one, two and three.  Then, despite Disney Home Entertainment announcing season four at the D23 Expo in 2009 for release in 2010, it and season five have yet to be released.

(Moving down one spot) 18.) The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show – A spin-off of Marsupilami, The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show only lasted a season filled with 13 episodes.  Despite what many would say as the show being more inline with Nickelodeon’s The Ren & Stimpy Show then a Disney cartoon, it still has a loyal fan base. None of it as ever been released on DVD thus far.

(Moving down one spot) 17.) Quack Pack – Lasting 39 episodes, the 1996 show Quack Pack featured Disney favorite Donald Duck with teenage versions of his three nephews, Huey, Dewy and Louie. A single disc DVD with three episodes was released in 2006, but the show has yet to have a full release on DVD.

(Moving down one spot) Tied for 14.) Phineas and Ferb – The most popular children’s show on cable today, Phineas, Ferb and the gang are going into their fourth season with a feature film and possible spin-off series on the horizon.  Despite a few compilation DVD releases, the show has never had a proper release on DVD.

(Moving down one spot) Tied for 14.) The Little Mermaid: The Series – The first series to be spun off of a major Disney animated film, The Little Mermaid: The Series originally aired on CBS from 1992 to 1994 with 31 episodes made.  A few episodes have been released on compilation VHS and DVD releases, but thus far no full, proper release of the show has come to DVD.

(Moving down two spots) Tied for 14.) Marsupilami – Based on the Belgian comic of the same name that originally debuted in 1952, the Disney series was in fact a spinoff of the show Raw Toonage, and aired for 13 episodes on CBS.  It has never been released on DVD.

(Moving down two spots) 13.) The Wuzzles – Being one of the first Disney animated series produced (with number 7 on this countdown being the other), The Wuzzles originally aired all 13 of it’s episodes on CBS in the mid-80′s.  So far, none of those episodes have been released onto DVD.

(Moving up one spot) 12.) Mighty Ducks – First there was a successful film series staring Emilio Estevez (Young Guns).  Then there was a real life National Hockey League team.  Finally, Disney produced an animated series about hockey loving space ducks that land in Anaheim, CA and protect the Earth from the evil Lord Dragaunus and his minions, when they aren’t playing more hockey that is.  The show last one season in 1996, with 26 episodes.  None have been released on DVD.

(Moving down one spot) 11.) Bonkers – This mid-90′s cartoon series featured a cartoon bobcat turned cop who was partnered with first a male human detective, and then with a female human police officer.  A “spin-off” of the show Raw Toonage (in fact it really is the other way around), Bonkers had 65 episodes made, none yet released to DVD.

(Moving down one spot) Tied for 8.) Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers (Volume 3) – Everyone’s favorite chipmunks from the original Donald Duck shorts star in this series and puts Chip ‘n Dale with new characters Monterrey Jack, Gadget and Zipper as they right wrongs and go up against evil adversaries like Fat Cat and Professor Nimnul.  With 65 episodes made, Disney started to release this Disney Afternoon series on to DVD in 2005 with a volume one and volume two release. As of yet, the final 14 episodes have yet to be released.

(Moving down one spot) Tied for 8.) Goof Troop – Staring Disney favorite Goofy, Goof Troop followed the adventures of Goofy and his 11-year-old son Max. Originally airing as part of The Disney Afternoon, Goof Troop had 79 episodes made. Sadly, only three of them have made it to DVD so far, with a fourth being sold as a Disney Movie Club Exclusive title.

(Moving down two spots) Tied for 8.) Adventures of the Gummi Bears (Volume 2) – Airing the unheard of (for an animated series) six seasons from 1985 to 1990, Adventures of the Gummi Bears was a founding show from the syndicated block of animated shows known as The Disney Afternoon. In 2006, Disney released the first three seasons onto DVD in a volume one release.  The second half of the show which would make up a second volume has yet to be released onto DVD.

7.) The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – One of the biggest Disney animated stars of the last few decades, Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends stared in this late 80′s/ early 90′s sires that lasted four seasons.  A number of episodes have been released on compilation VHS and DVD releases, but so far no full series releases have come out yet.

(Entering the Top 25 Countdown) 6.) Song of the South – Despite the controversy and not officially being enjoyed in theaters or on home video/DVD/Blu-ray in the last 20 to 25 years, the Walt Disney Studios once proudly recognized this 1946 classic as one of the crowning jewels in the Walt Disney film crown.  Based on the ‘Uncle Remus’ stories by Joel Chandler Harris, Walt Disney had wanted to make a film based on Harris’ work for a long time before finally bring his version to the big screen in the mid-1940′s.  Set in the post-Civil War South, many took issue with the films portrayal of African-Americans when the film first came out.  25 or so years ago, the Disney Company finally succumbed to the criticism and have not released the film in any home entertainment format in the US or re-released the film in theaters since 1986.  They have however released segments from the film on VHS and DVD in various sing-along-song releases and other compilation features, released the more popular songs (Zip-A-Dee-Do-Da, Everybody’s Got a Laughing Place) on compilation CD’s, and based a very popular theme park attraction (Splash Mountain) on the film.  Without question, no unreleased Disney film has been more requested then Song of the South, being asked for each and every Disney shareholders meeting of the last several years, inspiring fan campaigns, and generating tons of chatter on the internet, all in the hope that Disney finally release this long over due classic to DVD and/ or Blu-ray.

(Moving down one spot) 5.) Gargoyles (Season 2, Vol. 2 and Season 3) – In 1994, the syndicated block of Disney animated shows known as “The Disney Afternoon” debuted a little known show entitled Gargoyles.  It has gone on to be one of the biggest Disney cartoon shows ever produced with a fan base to rival most other fantasy/ sci fi shows.  Disney released a few episodes on VHS back in the 90′s and then started releasing the full show in 2005, stopping at the first half of the second season.   The second half of season two and The Goliath Chronicles, known by some simply as season three, have yet to be released despite the great demand for this show.

(Moving up one spot) 4.) Aladdin: The Series – After the hugely popular Aladdin hit theaters in 1992, Disney brought Aladdin, Genie, Jasmin and the gang to the small screen in Aladdin: The Series.  Last for 86 episodes and two seasons, the show has had a few episodes released on VHS and the occasional “Disney Princess” DVD, but has never had a proper series release.

3.) Darkwing Duck (Volume 3) – A spin-off of the hugely popular DuckTales, Darkwing Duck didn’t take long in establishing his own fan base.  Lasting 2 season with 91 episodes, the show has had a few episodes released on VHS, with full volumes sets in 2006 and 2007.  The final 37 episodes that would make up a third (and possibly fourth) final release have yet to come out.

(Moving down one spot) 2.) DuckTales (Volume 4) – Arguably one of the most popular, if not flat out most popular Disney animated show ever created, DuckTales put Disney Television Animation on the map.  Based on the beloved comic books by Carl Barks, DuckTales (1987-1990) went on for 100 episodes in four season.  Disney released a number of episodes on VHS in the 80′s and 90′s and then in 2005, started releasing the full series in 3 Volume sets.  The final 25 episodes that would make up a Volume 4 have yet to be released.

(Moving up one spot) 1.) TaleSpin (Volume 3) – One of the most beloved shows from the late 80′s/ early 90′s syndicated block of animated shows known as “The Disney Afternoon,” TaleSpin stars Baloo of Jungle Book fame as a cargo pilot with his side kick, Kit Cloud Kicker as they have high flying adventures in each episode.  The show started in 1990, with three seasons that made up of 65 episodes.  It has had some VHS releases and more recently, the full series had been stared to be released, with a Volume One and Volume Two in 2006 and 2007.  Eleven episodes have been left unreleased, as well as the movie version of the pilot that included extra animation not made part of the 2006 release.

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One Response to “Top 25 Countdown – 9 January 2012”

  1. Ryan Smirtz 15 January 2012 at 6:26 am #

    You guys need to start adding Kim Possible Seasons 3 and 4 and complete Recess