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On August 17, 1999, Walt Disney Home Video announced the introduction of some of their animated titles on DVD for a limited time of 60 days (roughly two months). From October 26 to December 7, 1999, nine films were released. Also released on the day when the last two Limited Issue titles came out was a box set with all nine DVDs, called the Walt Disney Animated Anthology: The Classic Collector's Set, also known as the "Disney DVD Collection", priced at $359. All nine titles were discontinued in 2000.

The Limited Issue titles later moved on to become most of the last Platinum Edition titles from 2006-2009, except for three films -- Hercules, Mulan, and The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, as they were originally released in the late 1990s.

On January 6, 2000, the Walt Disney Gold Classic Collection was announced, where in which movies under this brand remained permanently in stores until they were replaced by a newer edition, rather than being available for only a limited time like most of the other brands (the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection, the Platinum/Diamond Edition series, etc.) However, on January 31, 2002, Disney gradually began to stop selling certain Gold Collection titles, starting with Pinocchio and Mulan, upon discontinuing the promotion of the brand altogether.

List of videos and DVDs

Year Videos and DVDs released
1999

Limited Issue DVDs only:

2000
2001

Original lineup

This is what Disney's original Gold Classic Collection lineup looked like. All 26 movies were released, some with different actual release dates, and a few others as just Special Editions.

Title of film Proposed release date Notes
Toy Story January 3, 2000 The DVD of this movie was released on October 17.
Mulan February 14, 2000 Re-packaged from its Limited Issue counterpart.
Pinocchio March 7, 2000 Re-packaged from its Limited Issue counterpart.
The Aristocats April 4, 2000
The Fox and the Hound May 2, 2000
The Three Caballeros May 2, 2000
Saludos Amigos May 2, 2000
A Bug's Life May 2, 2000 The movie was delayed to August 1.
Make Mine Music June 6, 2000 Still available today.
Melody Time June 6, 2000 Still available today.
Fun and Fancy Free June 20, 2000 Still available today.
A Goofy Movie June 20, 2000 Still available today.
Pocahontas July 4, 2000 The movie was actually released on June 6.
Alice in Wonderland July 4, 2000
Mary Poppins July 4, 2000
The Rescuers Down Under July 18, 2000 The movie was delayed to August 1.
Robin Hood July 18, 2000 The movie was actually released on July 4.
Hercules August 1, 2000 Re-packaged from its Limited Issue counterpart.
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World September 5, 2000
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad October 3, 2000
The Black Cauldron October 3, 2000
The Sword in the Stone November 7, 2000 The DVD was actually delayed to March 20, 2001, as one of the last titles released under this brand.
Oliver & Company November 7, 2000 It was delayed to June 2001, but instead, it ended up released as just a Special Edition on May 14, 2002.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks November 7, 2000 The film was actually released as a 30th Anniversary Edition on March 20, 2001. It was also claimed to be a Gold Classic Collection title on the official Disney website.
Pete's Dragon November 7, 2000 With Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas as the only Gold Classic Collection title to truly be released on November 7, Pete's Dragon came out on January 16, 2001.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame December 5, 2000 When released on March 19, 2002, this movie was just a Special Edition. Alongside it was its direct-to-video sequel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame II.

Movies in order of when they were discontinued

  • Pinocchio (January 31, 2002)
  • Mulan (January 31, 2002)
  • Toy Story (May 1, 2003)
  • A Bug's Life (May 1, 2003)
  • Alice in Wonderland (2003)
  • Mary Poppins (2004)
  • Pocahontas (2005)
  • The Aristocats (2006)
  • The Fox and the Hound (2006)
  • Robin Hood (2006)
  • Saludos Amigos (2008)
  • The Three Caballeros (2008)
  • The Sword in the Stone (2008)
  • Pete's Dragon (2009)
  • The Black Cauldron (2009)
  • The Rescuers Down Under (2011)
  • Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (2012)
  • Hercules (2014)
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (2014)

Movies still in print under this brand

  • Make Mine Music
  • Melody Time
  • Fun and Fancy Free
  • A Goofy Movie
  • Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

Movies not released under this brand or the Limited Issue series

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (became the first Platinum Edition title in 2001)
  • Fantasia (was released alongside Fantasia 2000 on November 14, 2000)
  • Dumbo (came out on DVD as a 60th Anniversary Edition in 2001)
  • Bambi (became a Platinum Edition title in 2005)
  • So Dear to My Heart (planned for a DVD release in 2001; canceled)
  • Cinderella (became a Platinum Edition title in 2005)
  • Sleeping Beauty (came out on DVD for the first time in 2003)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (came out on DVD as a 25th Anniversary Edition in 2002)
  • The Rescuers (came out on DVD in 2003)
  • The Great Mouse Detective (came out on DVD in 2002)
  • Oliver & Company (planned for a DVD release in 2000, then delayed twice; came out on DVD in 2002)
  • Beauty and the Beast (became a Platinum Edition title in 2002)
  • Aladdin (became a Platinum Edition title in 2004)
  • The Lion King (became a Platinum Edition title in 2003)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Gold Collection edition canceled in April 2000; was released alongside The Hunchback of Notre Dame II in 2002)

Websites

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