Head Admin Message: The Future of Open Vault Disney, Part 2

Open Vault Disney members,

For those of you who have been keeping up, we are in the process of splinting Open Vault Disney into two new campaigns, with (hopefully) Open Vault Disney serving as a bridge between the two.  There will be the “Walt-era” campaign, and the “Disney Afternoon-era” campaign.  While there are somethings being worked on now in the case of the “Walt-era” campaign, today I’m happy to discuss what will be coming from the “Disney Afternoon-era” campaign a little more.

First off, we have a new campaign name for our “Disney Afternoon-era” campaign.  From now on, that campaign will be known as “Disney Afternoon Forever.” I wanted to discuses why we don’t just call it “The Disney Afternoon” as some have asked.  The first and best reason is because being as this is a fan run operation and in no way officially connected with Disney, we felt it necessary to make sure any of our campaign names reflect that.  Second, because we are trying to catch Disney’s attention with this, we want to avoid confusion.  They need to know that we are what we are: a group of fans that have come together for a common cause.

We have a Facebook page up and running now that we are in the process of getting the name changed.  We are also going to be running a new website that will be connected with our Open Vault Disney site here.  We hope to use both the Facebook page and the web site to 1.) act as THE source for Disney Afternoon history, and 2.) act as the arm of our “Disney Afternoon-era” campaigning.  For those who may be wondering why the “era” part at the end, it’s simple.  This campaign/ site will cover not only the 13 shows that officially made up The Disney Afternoon, but also the 5 shows made in the same time period as the Disney Afternoon shows and that easily could have ended up on the program block, but for various reasons was not.  A complete list of these titles are below, but basically, we will deal with Disney TV Animated shows from about 1985 to 1996.

We will be holding a “Disney Afternoon-era” specific campaign very soon.  Our position is that there is really no good reason for why these shows should not fully be released on DVD.  We will especially be focusing on the six titles that are about a release away from being fully released onto DVD (DuckTales, TaleSpin, Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers, Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Darkwing Duck, Gargoyles), but will still be committed to petitioning the rest of the “Disney Afternoon-era” shows on DVD.

In a recent posting on the official Disney Parks Blog, it was announced that there would be a new Disney Afternoon-themed pin set coming to Disneyland and Disney World.  It also mentioned that the reason for this new set was due to the popularity of the Disney Afternoon-themed Vinylmation from a year ago.  We feel this only further confirms what we’ve known all along: that there is still a sizable fan base for these shows.  Our hope is to fully tap into that fan base and organize it in petitioning Disney for the rest of these shows.  With your help, we can do it.  Please, join us for our campaign events as they come up, follow us on Facebook if you are there (and don’t forget to click the “Get Notifications” options after you “like” us!), and visit our website once it is up and share it with others.

We are also looking into making some changes with our “Disney Afternoon-themed” petitions, so keep your eyes open for that.  We’ll have more info for “Walt-era” fans soon hopefully.  Thanks for all each of you have done, and please keep up the good work.  If we all pitch in, we will catch Disney’s attention to the point they will listen to us.  We just need to show them that it makes good business sense releasing these titles, but I know we can do it!

-Jason M. Schlierman
Head Admin, Open Vault Disney
The 13 Disney animated TV shows that made up The Disney Afternoon are:

Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers
Darkwing Duck
Goof Troop
Aladdin: The Series
The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show
The Lion King’s Timon & Pumbaa
Quack Pack
The Mighty Ducks

The 5 Disney animated TV shows not officially part of The Disney Afternoon, but of the same era are:

The Wuzzles
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Little Mermaid
Raw Toonage

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