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December 4

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.

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November 8

November 8, 2005 – Volume 1 of DuckTales is Released on DVD

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“The world’s wealthiest duck brings his high-flying escapades home to DVD with DuckTales.”

On November, 2005, the first volume of the animated series DuckTales was released on a three-disc DVD set. Each disc contained nine episodes, and the set started with the first episode after the television movie “The Treasure of the Golden Suns.” The series was followed by two more volumes, with Volume 2 released on November 14, 2006, and Volume 3 released on November 13, 2007.

November 4

November 4, 2003 – The 2-Disc Collector’s Edition DVD of Finding Nemo is Released

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“…a hilarious adventure where you’ll meet colorful characters that take you into the breathtaking underwater world of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.”

On November 4, 2003, the 2-disc Collector’s Edition version of the animated feature film Finding Nemo was released on DVD. This special edition features a myriad of special features, including a documentaries of the film and Pixar studios, short films, a sneak peek at the next animated feature The Incredibles, and commentary by the makers of the film.

March 10

March 10, 2009 – The 70th Anniversary Edition of Pinocchio is Released on Blu-ray and DVD

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“The legendary masterpiece that inspired millions to believe in their dreams has reawakened with an all new, state of the art digital restoration that shines brilliantly on 2-disc DVD.”

On March 10, 2009, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the film, the Platinum Edition of Pinocchio was released on Blu-ray and DVD. The film was given a special digital restoration, and the release included several special featurettes, including a behind-the-scenes making of feature, a look at Walt Disney’s artistic review process, and several key pieces of background and concept art.

December 28

December 28, 2006 – Disney Announces $3.26 Billion Box Office Returns for the Year

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“In every area and on every level, 2006 was an extraordinary year for The Walt Disney Studios.” – Chairman Richard Cook

On December 28, 2006, Disney announced its year end box office gross of $3.26 billion. The year had been a successful one in several areas for Disney, ranging from its box office receipts and records, DVD sales, the Pixar acquisition, hit Disney Channel shows and movies, and its Broadway productions, among other profitable areas. In this report, Disney also claimed the top two box office spots for the year, with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest which earned over $1.06 billion, and Pixar’s Cars which grossed $462 million. Disney also had the three best-selling DVDs: Pirates of the Caribbean; Cars; and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe; these releases gave Buena Vista Home Entertainment an industry milestone.

December 26

December 26, 2005 – The 2-Disc Special Edition DVD of Toy Story 2 is Released

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“Now, in a 2-disc collector’s edition with a sparkling theater mix, this groundbreaking animated adventure is even better!”

On December 26, 2005, the special edition 2-disc DVD of Toy Story 2 was released through Walt Disney Home Entertainment. The film was mastered for the latest home entertainment technology, and featured deleted scenes, outtakes, and a special game to let the viewer discover which toy they are. A further special edition would be released almost five years later.

November 8

November 8, 2005 – Volume 1 of Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers is Released on DVD

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“No crime is too small for the Rescue Rangers!”

On November 8, 2005, the first volume of the animated series Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers was released on a 3-disc DVD set. The first set includes the first 27 episodes of the series, split into nine episodes each disc. A second volume was released on November 16, 2009, with episodes 28 through 51, along with all episodes of the five-part pilot.