The Walt Disney Classics was a series of VHS releases of Disney animated features that spanned from 1984 to 1994, with its very first release being Robin Hood and the last being The Fox and the Hound, and VCD releases that spanned from 1998 to 2003. Many Disney animated features made their home video debuts through this series. It is often referred to by fans as the "Black Diamond" collection, referring to the shape of the black diamond-shaped "Classics" logo seen on the spine of each video's case and at the beginning of each tape. Although the series initially consisted entirely of older Disney animated features, the success of The Little Mermaid led to more recent films being released as part of the collection.
The first logo, which features the Walt Disney Home Video text underneath.
The Portuguese variant with "Os Classicos" in place of "The Classics".
A Japanese variant on a starry sky with a thicker, more glass-like frame and not a blue aura to surrounds it here.
Intro to the second logo, similar to Walt Disney Home Video's 1986 logo.
The 1989 Sorcerer Mickey intro.
The 1992 Sorcerer Mickey which is the last Walt Disney Classics logo.
The 1988 prototype variant of the second logo, only found on Cinderella. Oddly enough this variant was later found on re-prints of Robin Hood and The Rescuers Down Under. It also appeared on a LaserDisc and a demo-tape for The Rescuers in 1992.
The 1989 variant, starting with Bambi. Also, it was seen on the 1991 VHS of The Jungle Book. A short version, without the Sorcerer Mickey intro was used on the 1991 release of Robin Hood. (Surprisingly, this was also found on 1996 prototype copies of Pocahontas.)
The 1992 original clean variant, from 101 Dalmations and The Great Mouse Detective . Starting with The Rescuers, the music became distorted.
The 1992 distorted and muffled variant, from Aladdin, The Rescuers, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio and The Fox and the Hound.
An entirely different logo for UK trailers. Used from 1993-1996.
Another different logo for UK promos. Used in 2000.
The Normal Print logo used on UK VHS Covers from 1996 to 2000
The Alternative print logo used on UK VHS Covers from 2000 to 2001
The Normal Print logo used on UK VHS and DVD Covers from 2001 to 2008
Despite the video series discontinuing in 1994, remnants of the logo were later used.
Several early 1994 prints of Masterpiece Collection tapes used a long Masterpiece logo which shines twice and is accompanied by the 1992 Classics music.
The 1989 variant of the logo appears on some February 1996 printings of Pocahontas due to a video error.
For the 1999-2000 intro for The Walt Disney Company (used as a double intro with the 1997 one), the music for the 92 Classics logo is used.
Cinderella 1988 VHS is not just the first VHS release to bear the 1988-1994 Walt Disney Classics logo, yet it is the first Disney film to bear the Walt Disney Pictures logo at the beginning of the VHS release.