Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment began its life in 1978 through MCA DiscoVision as "Walt Disney Home Entertainment". In 1980, Disney content was made available on videocassette under its own division known as "Walt Disney Home Video". Prior to 1981, their first releases were only live action films such as Pete's Dragon and The Love Bug. Starting in 1981 with Dumbo, they began releasing their animated films and cartoons on video. The Walt Disney Home Video name was kept until 2001, when it was once again named "Walt Disney Home Entertainment". Starting in the late 1990s, the company began producing DVDs, and in 2006, they started to release Blu-ray discs. Since 2007, it is known as "Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment".
1st Logo (December 1978-July 16, 1986; October 6, 1987)
Nicknames: "Neon Mickey (of Doom)", "Evil Mickey Mouse", "Mickey the Terrible", "The Many Outlines of Mickey", "Synchronized Mickey"
Logo: Here are the two standard variants of this logo:
- December 1978-July 15, 1984: On a black background, we see a large light blue outline of Mickey Mouse's silhouette appearing and then panning forward, leaving a trail of multiple outlines while rotating counter clockwise on its pivot. The outlines then start to change one-by-one to dark blue. As the text "Walt Disney" (in the original Disney signature script, as used on The Wonderful World of Disney) sketches on the screen in yellow, the Mickey outlines one-by-one change to red. The outlines again one-by-one change to golden yellow (which quickly changes to light yellow) as the words "Home Entertainment", in yellow, zoom up and settle underneath off center. Last but not least, the Mickey outlines one-by-one change to green.
- November 1981-June 1986: Nearly the same as the 1978 version, but with darker colors and smaller Mickey graphics, the "WALT DiSNEY" text in the current corporate "Disney" font, and with "HOME VIDEO" in a Handel Gothic-like font in orange, all usually with a drop shadow. The entire logo is also much smaller.
Trivia: The rotating "Neon Mickey" is a silhouetted image of the animatronic Mickey conductor that was used in the former Walt Disney World attraction "The Mickey Mouse Revue".
- On the original 1983 series of Disney’s Cartoon Classics, the videos featured a different variant of this logo. The animation plays as normal (the standard 1981 Walt Disney Home Video variant), but without any text animation, plus the music is sped up somewhat and plays in a slightly higher pitch as a result. Once the Mickey outlines become golden yellow, the screen "flips" over to another logo, which is a still shot of "WALT DiSNEY HOME VIDEO", with "The magic lives on…” over it. The Disney text is in its corporate font in golden yellow, while the other text is light blue. The only animation in this part is the "WALT DiSNEY" text, which has glitter effects all over it, and then the text flashes when the Cartoon Classics theme begins playing. Then we fade into the intro for the video series.
- On the Walt Disney and You promo, there is a video freeze (all the outlines are dark blue, except for the outline facing us which is light blue), and the text "The magic lives on... WALT DiSNEY HOME VIDEO" zooms in, along with a cartoon version of Sorcerer Mickey (as seen on the box). An announcer says "Now available from Walt Disney Home Video".
- On some Italian tapes, we see a light blue VHS cover on a wooden table with the "WALT DiSNEY HOME VIDEO" print logo and the cartoon version of Sorcerer Mickey on it (quite possibly the way the videos were packaged there). Then it opens to reveal the logo's animation, and the whole thing plays as normal. This is very rare.
- On some British tapes, such as the 1982 release of Bedknobs and Broomsticks and the 1983 release of Song of the South, the text does not have a drop shadow.
- There's an even rarer variant found on Welcome to Pooh Corner: Too Smart for Strangers, Where the Toys Come From, Robert Louis Stevenson's Black Arrow, and The Blue Yonder. It is detailed on the Disney Channel Originals page.
- A rare Swedish variant has the 1981 logo with the text in yellow and "PRESENTERAR" (in a narrow serif font) inserted below.
- On some, if not all, of Disney's 1978 theatrical releases, this logo appeared as a solid red Mickey with purple dashed outlines surrounding it, rotating a bit faster than the home video variant. The text "Congratulating Mickey Mouse on his 50th Birthday!", in white and in a fancy font, zooms in. After a few seconds, it zooms in towards the screen until vanishing from sight, and the top and bottom halves of the 1978 "Stripes" variant of the Buena Vista logo are wiped in over the logo, opening the film. This was seen on 1978 theatrical releases such as The Cat from Outer Space and Return from Witch Mountain (it is intact on current releases of the former, including the Disney+ print, but is deleted from Anchor Bay releases). There was also an Italian version, reading "Congratulazioni Topolino per il tuo Giubileo d'Oro".
- There is also a variant that says "Also available from" and "WALT DiSNEY HOME VIDEO" in blue, with the edges in white, and a blue Sorcerer Mickey, on a black background.
FX/SFX: The Mickey outline spinning, and the text appearing.
Music/Sounds: A loud orchestral fanfare, composed by longtime Disney composer Buddy Baker. Some international releases, such as the 1982 UK release of Bedknobs and Broomsticks and the 1983 UK release of Song of the South, have it at a lower pitch. The "Walt Disney and You" promo had the end theme playing over the regular animation before the video freeze. On the DVD of The Cat from Outer Space, the Mickey's 50th Birthday variant is silent due to the fact they were unable to restore the audio. The Italian version of said variant does have the audio, but it is distorted, possibly due to film deterioration.
Music/Sounds Trivia: The score for this logo is intact on the first track of the Intrada release of Return from Witch Mountain titled Main Title – Pt. 1 “1978 Mickey Mouse Birthday Logo” (Buddy Baker). Oddly it lacks the string section and the last timpani beat at the end, likely meaning it’s an alternate take.
Availability: Uncommon. Seen on Disney videos from the period, almost exclusively used in the United States and Canada.
- The best way to find it is to look for a Disney video (usually VHS, but some on Betamax, and also LaserDisc and CED Videodisc) with white clamshell packaging (designed so that the inner sheets are impossible to remove without cutting the packaging) and the Sorcerer Mickey print logo on the cover. The early "Home Entertainment" variant from 1978 can be found on several early 80s tapes where the Sorcerer Mickey takes up nearly half the box (with red/orange lines in the center), but there are several tapes with this artwork style that use the 1981 "HOME VIDEO" variant as well. Later copies from November 1985-1986 using the "HOME VIDEO" variant have a smaller Sorcerer Mickey on top of the border (surrounding the cover art). As Neon Mickey tapes were in print as late as 1991 in some cases, some tapes with Neon Mickey packaging may have the Sorcerer Mickey logo.
- The versions on the Cartoon Classics series as well as the "Walt Disney and You" promo are extremely rare, since that promo was only seen between 1982 and 1986. The original releases with this logo from 1978-1979 can be seen on MCA DiscoVision laserdisc releases (usually appearing right after the DiscoVision logo) with a print logo featuring Mickey Mouse switching on an old laserdisc player with "Walt Disney Presents" underneath, but these are even harder to find than the VHS tapes!
- This logo was also present on the Disney Cartoon Parade CED Videodiscs released and manufactured by RCA in 1981, following the RCA Selectavision logo on side 1, and by itself on the second side. It has also showed up following the RCA SelectaVision logo on various Disney feature films released by RCA from 1981-82 (from 1982 to 1986, Disney released CEDs under their own label). It also showed up on the earliest prints of the Classics releases of Dumbo, Alice in Wonderland, and The Sword in the Stone, but some later prints prior to October 1986 replace it with the first Walt Disney Classics logo from 1984.
- The original variant made its last appearance on The Castaway Cowboy and Son of Flubber, with the later variant, previously exclusive to international releases, making its American debut on The Incredible Journey.
- The 1981 variant (with the music at a slightly lower pitch) appears on early Australian releases from Syme Home Video (usually preceding a promo reel), including the 1982 Australian VHS of Night Crossing, along with the next logo.
- The 1981 variant also appears on the earliest UK releases from late 1981, such as Cartoon Festival III, and appeared until at least April 1983.
- This doesn't appear on the VHS release of Trenchcoat (in fact, the only mention of Disney in any shape or form is on the tape label). It is also not featured on the VHS releases of Never Cry Wolf and Something Wicked This Way Comes (most likely due to the mature content of said films).
- This also appears on the very first batch of Spanish-language tapes released in the United States by Disney in 1985, including Dumbo, Mary Poppins, Mi amigo el dragón (Pete's Dragon), and Los Tres Caballeros (The Three Caballeros); however, Spanish-dubbed tapes released after March of the next year used the next logo--the only context, it so happens, in which Disney used that one in the United States.
- The last tapes to use this were Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N., One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing, Unidentified Flying Oddball, and Moon Pilot.
- This makes a surprise appearance on the 1987 "Absolutely Irresistible" promotion re-release of Pete's Dragon.
Editor's Note: This is a favorite of many, particularly those who grew up in the early 1980s with Disney and amongst collectors of rare Disney tapes. Others may have not-so-fond memories of it, mostly due to the loud and dramatic music.
2nd Logo (International Variant) (1983-March 1987)
Nicknames: "Walt Disco Home Video", "The Wonderful World of Disney Home Video"
Logo: A flash occurs. The face of Mickey Mouse in his then current drawing style zooms in, which quickly turns neon, then we see brief snippets from Disney films and shorts such as Steamboat Willie, Snow White, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, Zorro, Old Yeller, Treasure Island, The Country Bear Jamboree, and The Absent Minded Professor. Donald Duck's neon head zooms in, then a wall of light appears, Mary Poppins floats down with her parasol, then Tinkerbell flies up with sparkles forming. We see a picture of a neon castle with fireworks in the background. We zoom into it, then we zoom in to a vector-like rendition of Epcot. Afterward, we go to a black/dark red gradient background. The "WALT DiSNEY" text in blue, zooms into the screen out from the top, then "HOME VIDEO" appears below, cheaply inserted. The whole thing sparkles and glows a little bit.
Trivia: This is a shortened version of the US intro of the 1981-83 version of The Wonderful World of Disney back when it was called, quite simply, Walt Disney.
- Sometimes, at the end, the screen flips to the left like if you were turning a page in a book. It would either flip to reveal the intro to the program (like on the 1985 UK VHS of The Adventures of Chip 'N' Dale), or it just flips to a black screen (like on the 1986 US Spanish-language VHS of Winnie Pu y Tigger and on certain Venezuelan tapes, the latter as a clip-on).
- On the 1986 Japanese VHS of Make Mine Music, a version was found with a copyright notice saying "© Walt Disney Productions" in the Walt Disney font.
- Sometimes, "presents", in lowercase or uppercase, will fade in below, written in the language of the country in which it was released. The font of the text will also depend on the country. Italian tapes used "PRESENTA" in a bold, narrow font. Spanish tapes also used "PRESENTA", but in a cheaper narrow font. Finnish tapes used "ESITTÄÄ" in the same font as the Spanish version. There is another font that is bold, friendlier, and more Disney-like. It is used on Swedish tapes ("presenterar"), Norwegian tapes ("presenterer"), Danish tapes ("præsenterer"), French tapes ("présente"), and German tapes ("präsentiert"). The font for the latter is smaller. A version with "presents" in English was announced to have appeared on tapes from Australia and the United Kingdom (and most likely New Zealand and South Africa as well).
- On some tapes, "HOME VIDEO" is omitted. This variation has some clips at the end replaced by other clips. It was used on the airings of the TV series from 1981 to 1983.
- Another version has more clips and a neon Pluto head added, extending it to being a minute long. This one appeared on two tapes, and was the opening for the first showings of the Walt Disney TV series (1981-83). "HOME VIDEO" doesn't appear here either.
- A variant of the TV series opening version (that is to say, the version without the words "HOME VIDEO") is made up of clips from the extended version. At the end, after "WALT DiSNEY" slides in, the word "PRESENTS", in a glowing white Disney font, zooms into the screen from the bottom.
- For the 1980s syndicated series "Disney Magic" (with the title logo replacing the tail end of this logo after the zoom into the castle), the logo featured a few different clips and a neon flying Dumbo added, along with a short preview of the following movie.
- Sometimes, during the zoom into the castle, the logo changes to the 6th logo (see below). This variant can be seen on some Scandinavian Disney tapes released in 1986 and 1987 (examples are the 1986 Finnish and Swedish VHS releases of The Sword in the Stone). Another version of this variant, as seen on a European Spanish promotional VHS release for the Disney Channel, ends with simply the logo shining.
- A textless version of the logo exists. This happens on the UK VHS releases of Night Crossing, The Last Flight of Noah's Ark, and Escape to Witch Mountain.
FX/SFX: The whole Slit scan and Oxberry animation accompanied with the clips! The Epcot scene was a vector CGI done on an HP desktop computer at Northrop Aviation. Very good design by Harry Marks.
Music/Sounds: A powerful disco version of "When You Wish Upon a Star", arranged by Frank Gari. Extended on only two releases and the first showings of the Walt Disney TV series. The ending to the music in the "HOME VIDEO"-less variant is slightly different. On the 1984 UK VHS of Goin' Quackers, when the WDHV logo itself appears at the end, Ludwig von Drake says "Walt Disney Home Video presents" and cuts to his introduction to the program.
Availability: Uncommon. Was mainly seen on tapes released outside the United States (where this is considered extremely rare) and Canada (where this is considered non-existent), usually from the UK, Europe, and Latin America, but also from Asia, Australia, and even South Africa.
- The United States did use this logo briefly, but only on Spanish-language tapes such as Winnie Pu y el árbol de miel (Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree) and Winnie Pu y Tigger (Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too), both from mid-late 1986, and don’t expect to see this on their very first Spanish-language releases (such as Dumbo, Mary Poppins, and Mi amigo el dragón), as they use the previous logo.
- Unlike the United States, Canada did not use this logo at all, even on French Canadian releases such as Winnie l'Ourson et l'arbre à miel (Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree), Winnie l'Ourson dans le vent (Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day), Alice au pays des merveilles (Alice in Wonderland), and Mary Poppins, the last of which doesn't even use a logo.
- The "flipping" variant appears on the aforementioned tapes of Winnie Pu y el árbol de miel, Winnie Pu y Tigger, and The Adventures of Chip 'N' Dale, and the tail end appears during a series of trailers at the end of a Spanish-subtitled Venezuelan tape of El abismo negro (The Black Hole) as a clip-on.
Editor's Note: Like the previous logo, this is a favorite of many, though mostly outside of the United States.
3rd Logo (Australia and New Zealand Variant) (1984-1989)
Nickname: "Walt Dullsney Home Video"
Logo: Against a white background, we see the usual Walt Disney Home Video text from before in blue, with "HOME VIDEO" in ITC Avant Garde Gothic. "distributed by" appears below in a very small font. It then cuts to one of the two Roadshow Home Video logos used during the '80s. For tapes that were released from 1984-1986, the "Aussie Light Trails" logo is used; tapes from 1986-1989 used "The Other V of Doom".
Availability: Rare. Seen on Australia and New Zealand PAL tapes of Disney material that was distributed through Roadshow Home Video after they took over the distribution rights to Disney videos from Syme Home Video, examples including the 1986 Aussie VHS release of Dumbo and the 1987 Aussie VHS of Robin Hood, usually appearing at the end of the tape.
Editor's Note: None.
4th Logo (October 30, 1984-July 24, 1985)
Nickname: "Walt Dullsney Home Video II"
Logo: Against a black/blue background is the "WALT DiSNEY HOME VIDEO" text, and underneath it is "P R E S E N T S", spaced out and in a serif font.
Variant: On a black background, the above WDHV text in white is seen for a few seconds, and then it fades out and "PRESENTS" is shown for a few seconds; the font depends on the tape, and the text is not spaced out.
Availability: Very rare. Seen on Disney's DTV series of music video collections released in the period. The variant can be seen on the 1985 Pinocchio sales pitch promotional video and the 1985 video release of Disney's Mousercise.
Editor's Note: None.
5th Logo (October 8, 1985, February 6, 2001)
Nicknames: "Walt Dullsney Home Video III"", "They Seriously Used This?!", "The Walt Disney Text of Boredom"
Logo: Against a black background is the text "WALT DISNEY HOME VIDEO" in Helvetica. After a few seconds, the text fades out, and the text "presents", in the same font, fades in.
- On the 2001 VHS of Ruby Bridges, the logo is in a more rounded font, and now crossfades to the logo for The Wonderful World Of Disney.
FX/SFX: The text fading.
Music/Sounds: None. For the Ruby Bridges variant, an announcer says ''Walt Disney Home Video proudly presents''.
Availability: Ultra rare. The original variant was seen on the 1985 VHS release of The Walt Disney Comedy and Magic Revue, while the 2001 variant appears on the VHS of Ruby Bridges.
Editor's Note: This is likely a placeholder for the next logo. The lone VHS release the original variant was found on was relatively obscure, and when this logo was discovered by the community, it was ridiculed for its cheapness.
6th Logo (September 23, 1986-November 6, 2001)
Nicknames: "Sorcerer Mickey", "That Nostalgic Mickey"
Logo: On a black background, we see Mickey Mouse dressed in his Sorcerer’s Apprentice outfit from Fantasia, standing on a blue spotlight. The camera slowly begins zooming up to his hand as the stars and crescent moon on his hat flash one-by-one, and then a white starburst flashes and a magic spark flies out from it, appearing above Mickey’s hand. We zoom past Mickey as the spark begins swirling around and begins to write "WALT DiSNEY" in the corporate Disney font in red. As we zoom out, the words "HOME VIDEO", also in red and in the same font as before, zoom out and settle underneath "WALT DiSNEY". The logo "shines".
- The text may vary from a magenta color (which seems more common) to a regular red color (as in picture #1) or a vermilion color (as in the "ALSO FROM" variant picture).
- On the 1990 VHS release of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, this logo is shown without Mickey, leaving a blank space until the spark writes out the words.
- Sometimes, the Mickey-less variant begins by simply fading in to the spark animation. This was seen on the 1991 VHS release of The Jungle Book and the demo VHS release of Frankenweenie.
- On some tapes, the Mickey part is replaced with the spark swirling around in slow-mo until the regular animation plays. This was seen on a VHS release of Sebastian's Caribbean Jamboree, and it surprisingly also appears on the 1987 Classics Laserdiscs of Pinocchio and Sleeping Beauty.
- Sometimes, "presents" in white, or in all-caps "PRESENTS" in red, fades in below. The "presents" version has it fading in with spark effects, while the "PRESENTS" variant has it simply fading in without sparks. On some rare occasions, this is seen blacked out or covered with a gray box on some tapes. The former variant appears on early tapes with this logo, as well as on Wonderworks episodes and several tapes of The Adventures of Spot. The "PRESENTS" variant appears with a different font on the UK rental VHS of The Hunted. On The Ghost of Cypress Swamp, "PRESENTS" appeared in a light blue, bold and round font.
- On Disney's SAS: Collection of All-Time Favorites, the opening theme plays over the logo, which is sped up to accommodate it.
- Sometimes, the "HOME VIDEO" text will be blacked out and either "Coming to Home Video", "Coming on Video Cassette This Summer" (only seen during the "Coming to Home Video" variation on the later 1992 VHS reprints of 101 Dalmatians), "Coming This Fall to Home Video" (without music; only seen on 101 Dalmatians and The Great Mouse Detective) or "Now on Home Video", in the Laser font, replaces it. The "Coming to Home Video/Coming on Video Cassette This Summer" variation, from 101 Dalmatians has Mark Elliot saying "Stay tuned for a preview of two new Disney classics coming to home video. Coming on videocassette this summer...", with a remix of the 1986 WDHV jingle. This plays over the Buena Vista logo from the film. The "Coming to Home Video" variation later reappears on the 1992 prints of The Rescuers and Beauty and the Beast, with the 1989 Feature Presentation jingle. The Rescuers has a shortened version of the FP jingle with Mark Elliot saying "Coming soon from Walt Disney Home Video", while Beauty and the Beast has both the "Coming to Home Video" variation with the full 1989 FP jingle and Brian Cummings saying "Coming from Walt Disney Home Video", and the "Now on Home Video" variation, with Brian Cummings saying "Now on Walt Disney Home Video."
- On tapes released in Spanish-speaking and Italian-speaking countries, "presenta", in red, fades in below, cheaply inserted. No spark effects are seen. The same thing happens on Swedish tapes with "présenterar" (sometimes without the acute accent), Finnish tapes with "esittää" and French tapes with "présente" (Note: The same font is used in the Swedish, Danish, French and German versions of the 2nd logo, albeit not narrow).
- At least one German tape has the word "PRÄSENTIERT" in a "handwriting" font appear below.
- At least one Spanish tape has the word "PRESENTA" below, in all-caps, and in the same font used in the Spanish and Finnish versions of the 2nd logo.
- At least one Greek tape has the word "ΠΑΡΟΥΣΙΑΖΕΙ" below, in all-caps, and in a more vermilion shade than the rest of the logo, zoom out and settle below the logo as it shines.
- Sometimes, just the end of the logo is shown. On the 1992 print of The Rescuers, Mark Elliot says, "And available now on videocassette..." while the 1989 FP jingle plays. On the 1992 print of So Dear to My Heart, Mark Elliot says, "Now available on videocassette..." with the same FP jingle.
- On some UK releases, the short version was used and shifted down in order to make room for "COMING SOON/ALSO AVAILABLE FROM". This has also been seen on the long version a couple of times as well. The long versions are accompanied with John Sachs saying "Coming soon from Walt Disney Home Video" or "Also available from Walt Disney Home Video". The text appears in a different font on the rental release of The Hunted. Another rare version of this logo appears on a blue background at the beginning of a VHS promo for Disney's Sing-Along Songs, as seen on the 1992 UK VHS release of Cinderella.
- Wonderworks episodes, including the 1987 VHS of Anne of Green Gables, had the tail end of this logo (with "presents") segue into the Wonderworks logo.
- There is a variant at the end of some Disney international promos where the logo shines twice.
- There is a variant where the shining plays backwards after playing normally.
- Sometimes, the logo fades out earlier than usual.
- Sometimes, the logo incorporates a computer-generated fade out.
- On the 1991 VHS of Three Men and a Little Lady, we see the logo with the red words "ALSO FROM" on top, connecting at a fast speed. During this, Brian Cummings says "Coming from Walt Disney Home Video" as a royal-sounding fanfare plays in the background.
- At the end of some early '90s Disney VHS tapes from the UK such as A Walt Disney Christmas and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, there is red text above the logo which reads "LOOK OUT FOR FUTURE RELEASES FROM". This is accompanied by John Sachs saying "Look out for future releases from Walt Disney Home Video."
- A rare variant with the logo in blue can be spotted at the beginning of a French VHS promo for Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco and an Argentinian Spanish promo for Oliver Twist.
- On the 1991 Italian VHS release of The Rescuers, a superimposed variant of the short version plays at the beginning of a promo for Italian Disney comic books. The text is set against a moving rainbow background and "HOME VIDEO" is omitted. The music is set to an instrumental arrangement of the "Mickey Mouse Club March". The tail end of this variant (with the logo shining) is shown again at the end of the same promo with "© Disney" below.
- On the Canadian French VHS of Aladdin and the European French SECAM VHS of Hocus Pocus, the logo has the white text saying "Bientôt disponible sur Vidéocassette de" on top of the logo with a French announcer saying "Bientôt disponible sur Vidéocassette de Walt Disney Home Video" while the 1989 FP jingle plays.
- On 1987 Japanese VHS releases under Bandai Video Network, the logo begins with the spark writing out the logo. When the logo is formed, however, it zooms out and flips around to another copy, revealing that its on a 3D grey rectangle on a blue gradient background. When it flips back over, it starts to shine and chroma-keyed blue wipes over the logo, which flashes white for a second. The logo then flips back onto the rectangle, but diagonally, and a white square emerges with the Bandai Video Network logo on it, taking up the entire screen. The music used is the opening title fanfare to Robin Hood.
Trivia: This logo was used in foreign countries from April 1987 to early 1995. Some of the last titles to have this logo were the Spanish-language version of Disney's Sing Along Songs: Friend Like Me, a rental tape of Man of the House from the UK, and the Latin American VHS prints of The Lion King. Also, in North America, while this logo was primarily used from 1986-1992, this became an alternate logo beginning in 1991 with the next logo until 2001, usually reserved for tapes of Disney's Sing Along Songs or releases of some television series. This is also an animated version of the WDHV print logo from 1984 until 1995.
FX/SFX: The spark flying and writing, and the logo shining. The animation was produced by Hal Miles.
Music/Sounds: A low-key, gradually rising synth theme with a held-out synthesized B-flat tuba note at the beginning. In its early years, the music was more synthesized.
- There is an extremely rare short version with a series of droning synth notes, incorporating "dings" that are perfectly synchronized with the logo "sparkling". This can be seen on a handful of early '90s re-releases; notably the 1990 VHS release of Blackbeard's Ghost. It was also on the Laserdisc release of Honey I Shrunk the Kids and a Canadian VHS of Something Wicked This Way Comes. An even rarer long version without the "dings" can be found on a few international releases.
- Some UK tapes overlay whooshing and sparkling sounds over the music. This can be found at the beginning and end of a Disney trailer reel in the UK VHS release of The Disney Bunch, and is accompanied by John Sachs voicing over.
- A few releases that use this logo before the previews have Brian Cummings saying "Coming from Walt Disney Home Video." This would be used for the short version on the 1991 video release of The Jungle Book, and for the long version on DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp and early prints of Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken.
- On some UK releases, an announcer says "A world of magic which can be yours to treasure for a lifetime, from Walt Disney Home Video." Various international Disney tapes also used an announcer, and the variants found so far are:
- Latin American Spanish:
- Argentina: "¡Usted no quiera perder estos entretenimientos familiares! ¡Estos filmes, y otros más, que garana usted de Walt Disney Vídeo!" ("You don't want to miss out on these family entertainments! These films, and others, that you earn from Walt Disney Video!")
- Mexico/Chile: "¡De Walt Disney Vídeo, un mundo mágico que puede ser suyo para siempre!" ("From Walt Disney Video, a magical world that can be yours forever!")
- Brazilian Portuguese:
- "Uma distribuição Abril Video!" ("A distribution of Abril Video!")
- "Ves agora outros grandes sucessos Disney!" ("Now you see other great Disney hits!")
- "夢いっぱいの物語はきっと一生の宝物, ウォルトディズニーホームビデオ!" ("A dream-filled story is surely a treasure of a lifetime, Walt Disney Home Video!")
- "夢と魔法のディズニービデオ!" ("Dream and magic in Disney Video!")
- German: "Walt Disney Home Video präsentiert eine Welt voller Wunder!" ("Walt Disney Home Video presents a world full of wonders!")
- European Spanish: "¡Walt Disney Home Video le ofrece un mundo de magia que puede ser suyo para siempre!" ("Walt Disney Home Video offers you a world of magic that can be yours forever!")
- European French:
- "Walt Disney Home Video vous présente le monde merveilleux de Walt Disney des vidéos a voir et avoir chez vous pour toujours!" ("Walt Disney Home Video presents to you the wonderful world of Walt Disney videos to see and have at home forever!")
- "Walt Disney Home Video présente le monde magique de Walt Disney, que vous pouvez offrir chez vous et pour toujours!" ("Walt Disney Home Video presents the magical world of Walt Disney, that you can offer at home and forever!")
- "Maintenant, avec tout votre famille, vous allez pouvoir collectionner la magie de Walt Disney en vidéo chez vous pour toujours!" ("Now, with all your family, you can collect the magic of Walt Disney on video at home forever!")
- "Avec tout votre famille, collectionne la magie de Walt Disney en vidéo chez vous pour toujours!" ("With all your family, collect the magic of Walt Disney on video at home forever!")
- Italian: "Da Walt Disney Home Video, un mondo magico che sara tuo, da custodire per sempre!" ("From Walt Disney Home Video, a magical world that will be yours to be kept forever!")
- Dutch: "Van Walt Disney Home Video, een wereld vol magie om je leven lang van te genieten!" ("From Walt Disney Home Video, a world full of magic to enjoy for a lifetime!")
- European Portuguese: "Um mundo de magia que pode ser seu para sempre, da Walt Disney Home Video!" ("A world of magic that can be yours forever, from Walt Disney Home Video!")
- "Från Walt Disney Home Video, en sagolik värld som kan bli din egen!" ("From Walt Disney Home Video, a fabulous world that can be your own!")
- "Från Walt Disney Home Video, får vi en fantastisk värld att komma tillbaka till, om och om igen!" ("From Walt Disney Home Video, we get a fantastic world to come back to, over and over again!")
- "Nu kan de bli dina, att glädjas åt om och om igen!" ("Now they can be yours, to be rejoiced over and over again!")
- Norwegian: "Fra Walt Disney Home Video, en magisk verden som nå kan bli din for evig og alltid!" ("From Walt Disney Home Video, a magical world that can now be yours forever and ever!")
- Danish: "Walt Disney Videofilm giver dig nu mulighed for at eje endnu en række perler fra Walt Disneys eventyrlige verden!" ("Walt Disney Videofilms now allow you to own yet another set of gems from Walt Disney's adventurous world!")
- "Walt Disneyn kotivideoiden taikamaailman voit nyt saada ikiomaksi!" ("Walt Disney Home Videos' magical world that you can get for yourselves!")
- "Walt Disneyn kotivideot, taikamaailma jonka voi nyt saada ikiomaksi!" ("Walt Disney Home Videos, a magical world that you can now get for yourselves!")
- "Voit hankkia ne nyt ikiomaksi!" ("You can now get them for yourselves!")
- "!חדש מאולפני וולט דיסני" ("New from Walt Disney Studios!")
- "!וולט דיסני בקלטות וידאו ביתיות, תוצר של עולמות קסומים, יהיה שךכם לתמיד" ("Walt Disney home video tapes, a product of magical worlds that will be yours forever!")
- "!קלטת עולמית דוברת עברית שלכם מתנה לתמיד" ("Your Hebrew-speaking world tape is a gift forever!")
- Greek: "Ένας μαγικός κόσμος για πάντα δικός σας, από τη Walt Disney Home Video!" ("A magical world forever yours, from Walt Disney Home Video!")
- Latin American Spanish:
- On some PAL tapes, there's a high pitched version that also exists. Some UK tapes use this version in tandem with the standard version, even on the same tape.
- On an Australian PAL release of Pete's Dragon and the demo VHS of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, the logo is silent.
- On the DVS VHS printing of Old Yeller, a woman is heard saying "Now, Mickey Mouse appears standing in the pool of blue light, dressed in a pointed sorcerer's hat and red robe. A white starburst spins from his hand and spells Walt Disney Home Video".
Music/Sounds Trivia: Coincidentally, similar rising synth sounds from this logo are heard as noises at the view of Eggman's base after the title card on the Sonic Mania Adventures episode "Metal Mayhem".
Availability: Very common, seen on just about any Disney release from this time period all over the world.
- It was first seen on No Deposit, No Return, The World's Greatest Athlete, Ten Who Dared, Third Man on the Mountain, and The Fighting Prince of Donegal, and was subsequently used on most tapes in the "Bring Disney Home for Good" promotion the next month, including Disney Sing-Along Songs: Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Jiminy Cricket's Christmas, Canine Commando, The Unsinkable Donald Duck with Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and A Tale of Two Chipmunks.
- It was also seen on home video releases of Disney shows such as DuckTales, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin, Darkwing Duck, Disney's Sing-Along Songs, Dinosaurs, Bonkers!, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Goof Troop, classic Disney cartoon compilations, and Walt Disney Mini Classics. Also seen on a few Classics (including Robin Hood and The Rescuers Down Under) and Masterpiece Collection (including Melody Time) videos before the previews as well as the 1991 and late 1994 prints of The Brave Little Toaster.
- It's surprisingly seen on the 2006 DVD release of My Dog the Thief, which is most likely due to the DVD using a circa-1990s VHS tape master of the film, along with the 2006 DVD release of Disney's Sing-Along Songs: You Can Fly at the beginning of the program (the 7th logo appears before the DVD previews).
- The variant with "presents" can be found on various tapes, including the 1991 and early 1994 VHS of The Brave Little Toaster, the 1986 release of A Tiger Walks, Canine Commando, The Unsinkable Donald Duck with Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and the mid '90s Schoolhouse Rock! tapes, as well as on a 2001 re-print of the 1994 re-release of Disney's Sing-Along Songs: Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (surprisingly following a late 1990 promo for the series); this was also seen on the original 1986 release of said title. Said variant also made a surprise appearance at the beginning of a TV One airing of Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (the 1997 version that starred Brandy Norwood), and also plasters the first logo on pressings of Mickey Knows Best, The Importance of Being Donald, and Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree which were duplicated at Bell & Howell/Columbia Pictures/Paramount Video Services.
- The Mickey-less variant (without the blank space) can be seen on various early-mid '90s releases, including Sebastian's Caribbean Jamboree and Frankenweenie (early-mid 1990s re-release), and also on early Laserdiscs of the Classics lineup.
- This logo was last seen on a late 2001 re-print of Disney's Sing-Along Songs: The Twelve Days of Christmas. Some tapes that have a smaller version of the Sorcerer Mickey packaging use this logo instead of the 1st logo, like A Tiger Walks.
- Earlier prints of the first 10 Masterpiece Collection titles like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Mary Poppins and Robin Hood use this logo instead of the Masterpiece Collection logo (however, prints from early September 1994-onwards use the Masterpiece Collection logo). Also seen on prints of Disney's Favorite Stories.
- The high-pitched variant can be seen on the UK rental release of Hocus Pocus. It was seen on pre-1995 Australian VHS releases as well, such as the 1993 VHS release of The Jungle Book, among others.
Editor's Note: This is the longest running logo on this page and one of the most popular logos of all time, especially to those who grew up with it.
7th Logo (International Variant) (April 1987-December 1988)
Nickname: "Walt Disco Home Video II"
Logo: We see clips from the 1983 opening of the Disney Channel (first as a premium channel), Walt Disney anthology series and Disney films, including Fantasia, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, The Black Cauldron, Sleeping Beauty, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Black Hole, Dumbo, Condorman, The Journey of Natty Gann, Fuzzbucket, Return to Oz, and Tron. After a brief clip of Sorcerer Mickey from Fantasia, we fade into the WDHV logo on a space background, with the logo in a blue/purple gradient. The logo shines and zooms out after.
- Most tapes would have this logo ending with the 6th logo, starting with the spark animation.
- The tail end of the 6th logo variant can be seen at the end of a late 1980s Japanese VHS promo.
- The archive footage may be slightly different in some tapes.
- Rarely, the archive footage may be very different and could contain parts of the 2nd logo.
- Sometimes, the logo is on a blue/black gradient background and doesn't zoom out.
FX/SFX: The archivial footage, the logo shining and zooming out.
Music/Sounds: A synthesized instrumental version of "Casey Jr." from Dumbo.
- The gradient background variant has a repeating synth sound.
- A Latin American version has an announcer say "¡Ahora, la magia de Disney puede ser sus en vídeo! ¡La clásica animación, además de excelente filmes par la familia de hoy, de Walt Disney Home Video!" ("Now, the magic of Disney can be on video! The classic animation, in addition to excellent films for today's family, from Walt Disney Home Video!").
Availability: Rare. Like with the second logo, this was only used outside of the United States and Canada, though this logo is harder to find due to its shorter lifespan. This mainly appeared on European tapes (including Italy and Germany), as well as Latin American tapes and tapes distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Roadshow Home Video - an example being the 1987 VHS of Pinocchio. The alternate archive footage variant can be seen on a foreign VHS of Davy Crockett: King Of The Border. The variant with a different background can be spotted on the Latin Spanish VHS of Peter Pan.
Editor's Note: None.
8th Logo (Late 1991-October 8, 2002)
Nicknames: "The Gold Text", "Shining Disney"
Logo: On a black background, we see the golden words "WALT DiSNEY HOME VIDEO" with "WALT DiSNEY" in the corporate "signature" font. The words shine.
Trivia: Like the previous logos, this is an animated version of the 1984-2002 Walt Disney Home Video print logo. Also, prior to 1995, the logo was only in use on 1990s live-action Disney films and on advertisements of all Disney videos. A Goofy Movie was the first animated film to have this logo.
- Sometimes, a gradient blue background would be used instead. It has been seen on the VHS releases of Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, The Mighty Ducks, Hocus Pocus, Cool Runnings, The Three Musketeers, Squanto: A Warrior's Tale, A Goofy Movie, The Santa Clause, James and the Giant Peach, Air Bud, The Spirit of Mickey, the 1994 and 1995 versions of the Disney Family Video Sampler, and the 1994 print of Disney's Sing-Along Songs: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
- At the beginning of The Spirit of Mickey, the text fades out, leaving the blue background before an iris transition to the main theme.
- On some releases from 1993-1997, the words are light blue and "presents" is seen below.
- On the VHS promo for The Big Green, the background is a gradient green color.
- On a 1994 promo for Disney's Bright Beginnings VHS collection (which consisted of releases of preschool-targeted shows from Jim Henson and DiC and assorted videos from Spot and Eric Carle), the background is a sliding rainbow gradient and "PRESENTS" is chyroned in below.
- There is a variation with "NOW YOU CAN OWN THESE HIT TITLES..." above in a Times New Roman Font with the 1989 FP jingle seen on 1992 re-prints such as Return to Snowy River, Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken and The Rocketeer.
- There is a silent, still variant seen at the beginning of the Jungle 2 Jungle VHS trailer.
- At the beginning of the home video trailer for Doug's 1st Movie, the first note of the music is perfectly synchronized with the first "shine" of the logo.
- On the DVD release of Recess: School's Out, the music is played at a lower volume. The VHS, however, uses the 12th logo.
- On Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, the logo was shown at the beginning and end of the movie.
- On TV spots for the VHS release of Tarzan, the logo is superimposed over a scene from the movie.
- On Gativideo-distributed Argentine tapes, the logo animates as usual, but it splits at the end. This usually happens before a bumper or a commercial.
- On an extremely rare variant of the light blue "presents" variant, the logo is completely still and it fades out halfway through the music and the text "Own This BIG HIT" in blue text similar to the 1992 black-blue Feature Presentation bumper and other bumpers from the time. This appeared on the 1993 VHS of Not Quite Human, and possibly on some other Disney Channel Premiere Films tapes from the time.
FX/SFX: The "shining".
Music/Sounds: A lilting, dreamy synthesized horn/string tune, which sounds somewhat like the "Great Ovation" Feature Presentation theme. None for the Gativideo variant.
- On the 1998 DVD release of Air Bud, the logo is silent.
- A slowed-down version of this logo's music (the same as the Jim Henson Video theme) was used around 1993-1998, on tapes like The Mighty Ducks, Tiny Toy Stories, Disney's Sing-Along Songs: Honor to Us All, Pocahontas II: Journey To A New World, and the 1997 widescreen VHS of Sleeping Beauty. It was also on the 2000 European French VHS of Toy Story 2, as well as the Mexican VHS of 101 Dalmatians (1996 live-action remake).
- On the aforementioned still "presents" variant, when the "Own This BIG HIT" text fades in, Brian Cummings says "Now you can own this big hit."
- On the Australian VHS releases of Hocus Pocus and Aladdin, and some Region 4 VHS releases, the music is high pitched (possibly due to being in PAL format). This was also spotted on the UK VHS of Dinosaur, as well as some Italian VHS tapes.
Availability: Fairly common, but became more common as years went by.
- It was first seen on TV spots for the 1991 Classics release of The Rescuers Down Under.
- It was seen on most (non Classics/Masterpiece) Disney video/DVD releases of the era, including most (if not all) Gold Classic Collection DVDs. Some of these DVDs are still in print. Most 1998 and 1999 prints of Masterpiece titles have this logo instead of the Masterpiece Collection logo, or with the Masterpiece logo, including The Black Cauldron (some later printings use the Masterpiece logo with this, while earlier ones, surprisingly enough, use the "Feature Program" version of the 1992 Black-Blue FP Bumper).
- Among the last releases to use this logo were the DVD of Recess: School's Out (the VHS used the 11th logo), the first wave of Walt Disney Treasures DVD sets, and the 2002 DVD of Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.
- This logo can also be found on the 1998 printings of The Brave Little Toaster and its sequel The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars.
- This logo is intact at the beginning and end of Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves on further home video, television and streaming prints. This logo also appeared on the 2009 DVD release of Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed In at the House of Mouse (itself a reprint of the original 2001 DVD release).
- It was also seen on some Australian VHS releases (mostly of live-action material and on some promos). The blue version appeared on Gordy (U.S. releases only) and Bill Nye the Science Guy tapes, as well as the trailer for Walt Disney Film Classics: The Fantastic Adventures Series. It also appeared on the 1996 Deluxe Edition laserdisc set of Toy Story at the beginning of the bonus Pixar shorts included.
- Don't expect to see this on international DVD releases of the period, as they will most likely use the 1995 Disney Videos logo.
Editor's Note: It's a fine logo and a nostalgic favorite of many, but compared to the other logos on this page, it's very simple.
9th Logo (Korean Variant) (1992-2000s)
Nicknames: "The Korean Castle", "Magic Kingdom", "Disney Logo of Korea"
Logo: Just the second half of the then-current movie logo, but with a few differences. Instead of "PICTURES", we see the words "월트 디즈니 홈 비디오" ("Walt Disney Home Video" in Korean) fading in below the company name. The circular line does not even form.
Trivia: This logo is the South Korean equivalent of the 3rd logo used from 1991-2002.
FX/SFX: The second half of the then-current movie logo, minus the ball of light drawing the line.
Availability: Rare. Exclusively seen on South Korean releases. It appeared at the end of Korean Disney VHS releases since 1992, then also began appearing at the beginning of Disney tapes since 1994.
Editor's Note: None.
10th Logo (Fall 1994-June 14, 2005, 2015)
Nicknames: "Disney Videos", "The Purple Cubes"
Logo: On a blue/green gradient background, three black balls fall from the top of the screen and bounce off the bottom. Two of the balls form the ears of Mickey Mouse and one ball forms the head. Many purple cubes fall from above to form a rectangle. A right-slanted yellow rectangle and a green square also fall from above. The yellow rectangle slants left and settles on the left, while the green square slants right and settles on the right. The balls in the Mickey Mouse logo bounce onto the green square. The red text "DiSNEY", in the corporate font, zooms out and settles on the yellow rectangle. Below, a rectangular green banner with the white word "VIDEOS" unfolds to the right.
Trivia: This was used in international countries from the beginning of 1995 to mid-2005; for example, on 1995 releases of Pocahontas, 101 Dalmatians and One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing, on 1998 releases of Flubber, and on some Disney's Sing-Along Songs tapes. On early releases in some countries, this logo was used concurrently with the 3rd logo, then again with the "Ring" logo on early 2000's releases. It was last seen on a Mexican Tarzan VHS tape from 2005, which did NOT have "The Ring" logo.
- On most UK tapes, the logo was remade with some changes. The background is solid purple (so the purple cubes don't appear) and the green square is white. The font for "VIDEOS" is also different. An announcer is often heard. This was first seen on the UK VHS release of The Return of Jafar, and appears on many other tapes from 1995 right through to 2001 (one exception being Tiny Toy Stories, which used the standard version instead).
- There was also a Japanese version of this logo where the gradient background is purple/lavender (this also appears on some UK VHS releases, e.g. My Favorite Martian).
- The above variant also has a variant on Sing-Along Songs from Hercules, in which similar to the one on the 5th logo, the opening theme plays and the logo is sped up to fit it.
- A variant was seen with the gradient background being light gray/white. It appears on Argentine tapes of the period, as well as before the anti-piracy video at the start of the 1994 Mexican VHS of Los tres caballeros.
- On some German tapes, the logo is extended, with the screen flowing through the copyright notice, with differently colored rectangles being put on each other with a phrase on each separate rectangle leaving behind the following message: "Liebe Videofreunde! (purple rectangle, white text) Willkommen in der wunderbaren welt von Walt Disney! (yellow rectangle, red text) Unsere Videofilme zeichnen sich dadurch aus, daß sind für die ganze Familie gedacht sind, Spaß machen, die Fantasie anregen, und wichtige moralische Werte vermitteln! (green rectangle, white text) Wir empfehlen, daß sich Ihre Kinder nur Programme anschauen, die für ihr Alter geeignet sind.(purple rectangle, white text) Deshalb möchten wir Sie bitten, auf die Einstufung der Freiwilligen Selbstkontrolle der Filmwirtschaft (FSK) zu achten, die die Freigabe eines Films ab einer bestimmten Altersgruppe beurteilt! (yellow rectangle, red text, FSK label saying "Freigegeben ohne Altersbeschränkung gemäß § 7 JÖSchG FSK" ("Released without age restriction according to Par. 7 of FSK's Youth Protection Act") appears) Ideal wäre es, wenn Sie den Film gemeinsam mit Ihren Kinder erleben! (green rectangle, white text) Disney wünscht Ihnen dabei viel Vergnügen! (purple rectangle, white text)" ("Dear video friends! Welcome to the wonderful world of Walt Disney! Our video films are characterized by the fact that they are intended for the whole family, are fun, stimulate the imagination and convey important moral values! We recommend that your children only watch programs that are suitable for their age. Therefore, we would like to ask you to pay attention to the classification of the Voluntary Self-Regulation of the Movie Industry (FSK), which judges the release of a film from a certain age group! It would be ideal if you experience the film together with your children! Disney wishes you a lot of fun!"). At the end of the warning, the purple cubes cover the last rectangle and the animation continues normally, except that the slogan "BEGEISTERN EIN LEBEN LANG" (loosely translated, "Entertainment for a Lifetime") appears below.
- There is also a different variant on promos from Australia and some trailers from the UK where the "VIDEOS" banner is glowing in white, there is a sparkle on the Mickey Mouse logo and on "DiSNEY", and it has darker shadows and brighter colors.
- A singular variant found on Italian tapes has the "S" part of the "VIDEOS" banner cut off, leaving only "VIDEO".
- A still 2-D version of this logo appears at the beginning of Disney promos on Brazilian tapes.
- A different variant was spotted on Mexican tapes: the background is purple with a "DiSNEY" wallpaper. We see the Mickey Mouse balls (which now have a greenish tint) floating around, then many yellow pieces fall from the top of the screen and form an oval. The words "DiSNEY" and "VIDEOS" zoom out and place themselves on the oval while the Mickey Mouse logo moves to the top of the oval.
- There is a quite rare still variant on some 1997 tapes from the U.S. where "VIDEOS" is cut off, the yellow rectangle is an oval and the Mickey Mouse logo is teal. This was seen at the end of the Timeless Classics promo during the opening previews.
FX/SFX: All the CGI animation in this logo.
Music/Sounds: A very short orchestral rendition of "When You Wish Upon a Star" (different from the versions used on the Walt Disney Pictures logos) ending with an orchestral hit. Sometimes, the logo is seen silent.
- On some Swedish and Italian Disney tapes, an announcer says the same announcement as the respective variants of the 5th logo, but with the following changes:
- The Swedish version has the announcer say "Från Walt Disney Videos" instead of "Från Walt Disney Home Video".
- The second Italian version has the "Walt Disney Home Video" name abridged to "Disney Video".
- On UK tapes, the logo was often used as a bumper with one of the following said by a voice-over (John Sachs):
- Available now on Disney Videos.
- Coming soon from Disney Videos.
- Also available from Disney Videos. (until 1997)
- Watch out for future releases from Disney Videos. (1995 only)
- Watch out for future releases. Coming soon, from Disney Videos. (1995 only)
- The American variant has Mark Elliot saying, "Three/four more great reasons to visit the Disney section of your store, only from Walt Disney Home Video!"
- On the German extended variant, a different track is heard and an announcer reads the message phrase-by-phrase. There are also other variants of the logo, more in-line with the US variant, where the same German announcer is heard for announcements.
Availability: As with the previous few logos, this is seen on releases outside the United States and Canada, so internationally, this logo is common, but in the US and Canada, it is rare. Strangely, it was seen on the 2015 Region 4 DVD reprints of Tarzan and Oliver & Company (due to them being reprints of the 2000 and 2001 releases, respectively; this is due to an exclusive promotion at Big W, as they are re-releasing most Walt Disney Pictures films on DVD with limited edition packaging as with the UK). As mentioned above, the American variant is quite rare, but can be seen at the end of the Timeless Classics promo on 1997 VHS tapes such as Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin and Sleeping Beauty. Other than that, this logo is not known to have appeared at all in the United States and Canada (the 1983 logo, at least, is confirmed to have appeared on a few Spanish-language tapes in the United States in 1986). This logo is also found on the UK DVDs of A Goofy Movie and The Tigger Movie. It also surprisingly appears in place of the "The Ring" logo on the Region 4 DVDs of 101 Dalmatians (1996 live-action remake), 102 Dalmatians and The Parent Trap possibly due to being reprints of earlier releases. It also makes a surprise appearance on a Region 4 Single Disc DVD reprint of Dinosaur. Disney's final British VHS releases have "The Ring".
Editor's Note: None.
11th Logo (1998-May 8, 2001)
Nicknames: "Walt Dullsney Home Video IV", "They Seriously Used This?! II", "The Logo of No Animation", "The Walt Disney Text of Boredom II"
Logo: On a black background, we see the Persian blue words "WALT DISNEY HOME VIDEO", which stay on-screen a few seconds, then fade out.
- Sometimes, the text is smaller.
- There is a variant, also with smaller text, where the text is in a slightly different font and is two-dimensional.
- Another variant has the text in a slightly different font, with "HOME VIDEO" smaller than "WALT DISNEY". This was available in both the standard Persian blue and metallic gold.
Music/Sounds: Same as the 8th logo.
Availability: Scarce. This logo appears on a lot of "Low-key" live action titles as well as movies co-produced by Caravan Pictures, such as Rocketman and Inspector Gadget. Titles that include this logo are Summer of the Monkeys (U.S. Releases only), The Parent Trap (1998 remake), Remember the Titans, and various TV movies made for The Wonderful World of Disney. The different text variant can be seen on Rocketman and Winnie the Pooh: A Birthday Party in the Hundred Acre Wood (which is strange, because the latter is an animated title). The last tape to use this logo was The Miracle Worker, but it was retained on the 2002 reprint of The Parent Trap. It is also seen on some trailers, including the home video trailers for Summer of the Monkeys and Inspector Gadget.
Editor's Note: This logo has been criticized for looking more like a placeholder for the other logos than anything else, but at the very least it's better than the 5th logo.
12th Logo (July 17, 2001-February 5, 2008)
Nicknames: "Disney in Space", "Starry Sky", "The Ring", "Ring in Space", "That Nostalgic Ring", "Walt Disney's Ring"
Logo: We see a bright flash with the "D" of the gold text "WALT DiSNEY" (in the familiar signature font), both of which are zooming out on a blue (or black) space background. When everything is at a comfortable distance at the top of the screen, the flash forms an abstract shining star below "WALT DiSNEY", and the light spreads out to form a glowing arc. When this is finished, "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" fades in underneath the arc in gold.
- There is a short version of the logo which was used on several trailers and ads from August 2001-October 2007. This was also used on VHS and DVD piracy promos from 2001-2005.
- German VHS tapes have the same message from the German extended version of the 11th logo scrolling upwards into the arc, this time all without rectangles and in gold, and with the FSK label replacing part of the text. After the message is done, Tinker Bell appears and touches the star, letting the rest of the logo continue before she flies offscreen. She then returns to fly into the background.
FX/SFX: All modern computer CGI graphics. The logo has a classic Disney feel to it, however.
- July 17, 2001-December 18, 2007: A whoosh, then an orchestral/choir note with some bells.
- November 28, 2006-February 5, 2008: A different orchestral theme with a woodwind section. This was first used on the 2006 DVD of The Cheetah Girls 2, and it replaced the 2001 theme entirely with Invincible (however, Disney's last VHS tapes, the 2007 Blu-ray of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and the 2007 DVD of Cinderella II: Dreams Come True all used the 2001 music).
- There is a shorter version of the 2001 tune occasionally used on the short variant. A few NTSC DVD releases from December 2001-August 2002 have this audio plastered on the real logo.
- The German version has the same tune that was used in the German extended variant of the 11th logo.
- Trailers and TV spots use the opening theme of the trailer.
Availability: Very common. Can be found on DVD, UMD, VCD, VHS and Blu-ray Disc releases from the era, some of which are still in print. This was first seen on the VHS release of The Book of Pooh: Stories from the Heart (although the regular WDHV logo is on the label and packaging, as well as the DVD release), and was last seen on the 2008 DVD of The Aristocats.
- The blue background one is typically used on animated movies (although it appeared on Kermit's 50th Anniversary DVD re-releases of four Muppet movies including Muppet Treasure Island and the Region 4 DVD release of Bedknobs and Broomsticks, despite these being live-action movies), while the black background is reserved for live action movies (however, the black background was seen on a House of Mouse single episode DVD, a trailer for the Aladdin: Platinum Edition VHS and DVD, a trailer for Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street, as well as the 2006 Disney Movie Club VHS release of The Wild, which are animated releases), though the logo for some reason is skipped to the movie on Muppet Treasure Island's audio commentary feature after its introduction. This was seen on 2002 French VHS releases of The Great Mouse Detective and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
- As for VHS, this logo appeared late in the format's life and can be seen on the first Platinum Editions, as well as on Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and Baby Einstein videos released between 2002-2005; among others.
- The last VHS releases to use this logo were the 2007 VHS of Cars (but not on the 2006 DVD, which cuts right to the previews) and the 2006/2007 demo VHS of Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, both of which were exclusively for the Disney Movie Club and thus are hard to find.
- This logo does not appear anywhere on most Pixar releases (save for titles mentioned below); instead, the box art use the print Buena Vista Home Entertainment logo, while the discs/tapes themselves cut straight to the previews or, in the case of the 2003 DVDs of Finding Nemo (disc 1) and A Bug's Life, the DVD menu. Ratatouille and The Pixar Short Films Collection: Vol. 1 also have this on their respective covers, but the former has the next logo while the latter has no logo.
- Speaking of Pixar, there's only these exceptions: the VHS releases of The Incredibles (due to not having the THX logo unlike the DVD) and Cars do have this, as does the latter's original Blu-ray prints from 2007, and the latter's VHS cuts to the start of the movie due to having no previews before the film.
- It also appears on the 2012 Special Edition DVD print of The Aristocats, itself a reprint of the 2008 release, and the 2013 DVD releases of the TV shows: Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin, DuckTales, Darkwing Duck, and Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears, which are all reprints from the original 2005-2007 releases. This also appears on 2003-2006 releases of Studio Ghibli titles which include My Neighbors the Yamadas and Porco Rosso, among others (the logo is removed on the 2010 reprints of Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service, alongside the Disney Blu-Ray versions of all Ghibli movies they released, all of which use the next logo).
- The 2002 Region 4 DVD releases of The Aristocats and Oliver & Company do not have this logo, despite it being on the cover; they just use the 1995 Disney Videos logo. This logo also makes a surprise appearance on the 2015 DVD release of DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (itself a reprint of the original 2006 Disney Movie Club exclusive DVD release).
- It also appeared on the 2015 Region 4 DVD reprints of The Rescuers Down Under, Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, The Emperor's New Groove, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Lilo & Stitch, Home on the Range, Brother Bear, Treasure Planet, Robin Hood, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Rescuers, The Sword in the Stone, Hercules, and The Great Mouse Detective (presumably reprints of their original releases dating from 2001-07; this is due to an exclusive promotion at Big W, who re-released most Walt Disney films on DVD with limited edition packaging), but cuts to the previews on Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Cars, the menu on A Bug's Life, and the next logo is on Ratatouille.
Editor's Note: Much like the 1st and 5th logos, this is also a popular logo among collectors.
13th Logo (November 6, 2007- )
Nicknames: "There is Only One Disney", "The Beautiful Disney Castle", "Taking the Walt Out of Disney", "Disney Castle", "The Happiest Place on Earth"
Logo: We start out with clips from Disney movies. It differs depending on the country or era the DVD was released in, but the first 3 always remain the same: Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan, and The Princess Diaries. The camera then zooms out, revealing a wall of hundreds of clips from Disney movies, both animated and live-action, old and new. More and more clips fly out, replacing some others. One by one, the words "MOVIES.", "MAGIC.", and "MORE." zoom out and fade out. Then, all the clips come together to form the 2006 Disney castle. The ring gets drawn around the castle as usual, then "DiSNEY", in the famous script, fades in below.
Trivia: The appearance and positioning of the "DiSNEY" text would be used to replace the "WALT DiSNEY PICTURES" text on current films starting in 2011 with The Muppets, only it would appear out of the pixie dust coming out of the castle gate, instead of simply fading in.
- March 4, 2008- : The logo is cut-short and starts off when the castle is formed. This was found on some UK DVDs before 2009 and on the bonus discs on US DVDs and Blu-rays since 2008. As of 2014, this now appears on the main features on DVDs and Blu-rays.
- November 16, 2010- : The 2006 Walt Disney Pictures logo is used. This first appeared, in its original version, on the 2010 Blu-ray 3D release of A Christmas Carol, and was used as a home video logo sporadically for a time afterwards; the 2011 variant became the official home video logo, starting with the DVD and Blu-ray releases of Brave and ending with Frozen. Two Pixar DVD and Blu-ray releases, Brave and Monsters University, use this variant. This is also used for all Disney DVD and Blu-ray releases, starting with the 2013 DVD and Blu-ray releases of Mickey's Christmas Carol and Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year.
- 2011-2012: The logo is still and the text is changed to "WALT DiSNEY" (in the famous script) and "STUDIOS" underneath. It also appears as a loading screen when the Blu-ray starts with the river flowing.
- On Blu-ray releases, there's no text on the logo at all. Just a still of the castle with the river flowing. Only appears as a loading screen when the Blu-ray starts.
- The clips may differ depending on the country or era the DVD or Blu-ray was released in.
- On most releases with the 2007 variant of this logo, a black screen briefly advertising many of the films featured in the logo appears after it ends.
- There is an uncommon closing variant seen at the end of Snow Buddies, Space Buddies, Santa Buddies, Spooky Buddies and the World of Wonder demo disc where the logo reads "WALT DiSNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT", on the WOW demo disc, "STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT" appears below the "WALT DiSNEY" text, the latter is shown in full.
- There is a Christmas variant with Christmas lights decorating the castle, a darker sky and the "DiSNEY" text glowing.
- On 3D Blu-ray releases, the text "DiSNEY" zooms while fading in. This applies to this logo and the 2011 Walt Disney Pictures logo.
- 2014- : The 2008-present variant fades in.
FX/SFX: All modern and beautiful CGI effects.
- November 6, 2007-2009: The overture from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (also used as the theme of the 1991 Morgan Creek logo). On the Pirates of the Caribbean clip, we hear Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp) say "We have our heading.", and on the Peter Pan clip, we hear the titular character (voiced by Bobby Driscoll) say "Here we GOOOOO!" After the Peter Pan clip, an announcer says "From the magic within our hearts... to the adventure beyond the horizon... there is only one Disney." After the announcer finishes speaking, the fanfare rises to a beautiful, triumphant state and ends with a majestic climax.
- March 4, 2008-2013: Just the end of the fanfare, sometimes in low-pitch or high-pitch.
- November 16, 2010-: The full 2006 theme.
- 2011-2012: The logo is silent.
- 2014-: Just the end of the 2006 theme.
Availability: Currently in use. First appeared on the DVD and Blu-ray releases of Ratatouille. A few DVD and Blu-ray releases after Ratatouille like Cinderella II: Dreams Come True continued to use the 2001 Walt Disney Home Entertainment logo until February 5, 2008. This can be seen on the main feature on both DVDs and Blu-rays as of 2014. Not used on Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd., ABC Signature, 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures, and 20th Television releases, and the 2019 Blue Sky Studios film Spies in Disguise, as they just use their own logo (save for Spies in Disguise, which has the final 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment logo), and in the case of Marvel's The Avengers and Iron Man 3, also use Paramount Home Media Distribution's Paramount DVD (DVD releases) and Paramount High Definition (Blu-ray) logos. It also appears on Volumes 1-2 of Goof Troop and Volume 3 of TaleSpin on DVD.
Editor's Note: None.