Monday, February 15, 2016

A Classics Logo on a European Tape!


For a while, I had always thought that Disney didn't opt to use the animated Classics Diamond intro - in any form, be it the 1984 logo or the Sorcerer Mickey logo and its variants - on videotapes distributed outside of North America...

The print diamond logo would only be seen on a select few European tapes here and there, and some Australian releases as well. While the diamond was used on Japanese packaging, I am not sure if Japanese "Classics" Disney VHS tapes opened with the animated intros.

But it was clear, based on the tons of European Disney VHS openings on YouTube, that the 1986 Walt Disney Home Video logo was the go-to intro for videocassettes. The Classics logo was never used, and if it ever did show up, it was tacked onto a preview. On some 1992 UK releases, the Classics logo is tacked onto a Great Mouse Detective preview, but this doesn't contain Sorcerer Mickey at the beginning. Other than that, nowhere else...

However, the Finnish VHS of Lady and the Tramp from around 1990 or 1991 opens with the Classics logo. A fellow collector Matthew H. found this earlier today...

 
Walt Disney kotivideo mainos (kaunotar ja kulkuri) 1990-1991 from WaldDupsFIN on Vimeo.

Thanks to Finnish Vimeo user WaldDupsFin, you can watch this opening and some other Finnish VHS openings...

6 comments:

  1. This also appears on the Swedish VHS as well.

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    1. Been looking for it, do you have a link to the opening by any chance?

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    2. Well, there's no video, but evidence can be seen here:
      http://leolofgren-roberts.blogspot.com/2015/09/videoprograms-innehallslistor-sida-2.html

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  2. The 1992 Walt Disney Classics logo (the muffled variation) was used, oddly enough, on the 2003 UK VHS of Pinocchio.

    https://youtu.be/n7uTvwX01sQ

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  3. According to YouTuber Rodney Jenkins, the 1989 Classics logo also appears on the laserdisc and French Canadian VHS release of "Aladdin", in case you didn't know.

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    1. I actually was aware of that, as I own the Laserdisc myself.
      I don't have the French Canadian VHS however I do know there is a bumper used for sneak peeks (written in French except for the Disney logo) that is hard to come across.

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