December 4, 2001 – The First Wave of Walt Disney Treasures is Released
“I came up with this idea originally six years ago and pitched it to (Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios) Dick Cook and he was very amenable to having a meeting.” – Leonard Maltin (as told to UltimateDisney.com)
On December 4, 2001, the first wave of a new series of DVD releases entitled Walt Disney Treasures was released. These limited-edition two-disc sets included short films, Walt Disney anthology segments, and never before seen material across four different sets: Mickey Mouse in Living Color; Silly Symphonies; Disneyland, USA; and Davy Crockett. Only 150,000 copies of each DVD set were released. The idea for the sets came from film critic and historian Leonard Maltin, who also introduces each set, explaining a bit about the content and providing historical context for the pieces that may be controversial. Since its release, there have been nine waves of releases, the last one released in 2009.