Has it really been a month already since the last Top Ten Countdown? Yes, yes it has, and we are pleased to list the most requested titles that you the Disney fans want to see released! This time around, a new “Walt-era” title enters the list for the first time, a decade old cartoon shows makes it’s Countdown debut, and a previous title that had been in the number one spot makes it back to that top spot again. Presenting each month: the 10 unreleased Disney titles YOU the members want to see released on DVD the most.
Votes are based on polls on our Top 10 Countdown polls found HERE each month. We add up the new votes each month out of the top 60 titles asked for, and the top 10 titles are featured each month here in the Top 10 Countdown as well as featured in our campaigning efforts. Don’t see a title you really want to see released on here? Let us know by casting a vote. Have a question about the Countdown? Feel free to e-mail us or just leave a response down below. Who knows, your title may be listed next time on the Open Vault Disney Top 10 Countdown!
10.) The Saga of Andy Burnett (6 Episodes) – Over the years on the various Disney anthology series, Walt Disney gave us a number of very popular mini-series within his larger series. From the very popular Davy Crockett to Texas John Slaughter or Elfego Baca and The Swamp Fox. One such mini-series was The Saga of Andy Burnett, staring Jerome Courtland, which was a six episode Western made with the Disney touch. The first three episodes aired from October 2- 16, 1957, with the last three episodes airing from February 26- March 12, 1958. Currently none of these episodes have been released to DVD.
(Moving up two spots) Tied for 8.) 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 4 spots) Tied for 8.) 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.
(Entering the Countdown for the First Time) 7.) The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca (Episodes 3-4, 6-10) – Staring Robert Loggia (Jagged Edge, Oliver & Company), this historical fiction western first appeared in 1958 on Disneyland for 8 episodes. Episodes one, two and five were released on DVD in 2005 with the first three episodes of The Swamp Fox as part of the Walt Disney Treasures collection. The final 7 episodes and the theatrical film from 1962, made from the various episodes edited down to make up the film, have never been released on DVD.
(Moving down four spots) 6.) 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.
(Entering the Countdown for the First Time) 5.) The Legend of Tarzan - Based on the works of Edger Rice Burroughs, and the 1999 Disney animated film from Walt Disney Pictures, this Tarzan series takes place right where the film left off with 39 episodes running from 2001 to 2003. A compilation DVD packaged as a direct-to-video sequel has been released and a few select episodes on DVD and VHS have been released outside the US, but past that, the show has never seen the light of day on a home entertainment release of any kind.
(Moving up six spots) 4.) 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) 3.) 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 down one spot) 2.) 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 up three spots) 1.) 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.