History KeepCirculatingTheTapes / WesternAnimation

22nd Aug '17 3:26:26 PM Surenity
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** ''[[WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail Fievel's American Tails]]'' had some of the episodes released on VHS back in the day, but no DVD releases in America. However, there have been DVD releases in Europe since [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff it is apparently popular in Germany]], and the remaining episodes can be found in its German dub.

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** ''[[WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail Fievel's American Tails]]'' had some of the its episodes released on VHS and UsefulNotes/LaserDisc back in the day, but no DVD releases in America. To make matters worse, only eight episodes of the 13 episode series were released in the US; PAL regions got every episode on VHS though, which is the only reason the four "missing" episodes have surfaced on the internet in recent years with their original English dub. However, there have been DVD releases in Europe since [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff it is apparently popular enough to warrant a release in Germany]], Germany and Italy]], and the remaining episodes can be found in its German dub.and Italian dubs.
20th Aug '17 6:24:46 PM rjd1922
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' only had about 24 of its 65 episodes available on DVD, and completely out-of-order (they were mostly collections of mini-arcs, such as the Venom Saga and the ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} cross-over). The complete series eventually made its way to [=iTunes=], while at least the first season reached Xbox Live; this, while the United Kingdom got all five seasons on DVD. All of the episodes are now available on the official Marvel website, along with ''X-Men'', ''Fantastic Four'', ''Series/SpiderManJapan'', ''Spider-Man 1967'', and others. Also, the Spidey series is ''so'' popular that it's never off of television for long, even during the runs of other Spider-Man series. Of course, as ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' fans learned, ''don't'' take that for granted.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' only had about 24 of its 65 episodes available on DVD, and completely out-of-order (they were mostly collections of mini-arcs, such as the Venom Saga and the ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} cross-over). The complete series eventually made its way to [=iTunes=], while at least the first season reached Xbox Live; this, while the United Kingdom got all five seasons on DVD. All of the episodes are now available on the official Marvel website, along with ''X-Men'', ''Fantastic Four'', ''Series/SpiderManJapan'', ''Spider-Man 1967'', ''WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1967'', and others. Also, the Spidey series is ''so'' popular that it's never off of television for long, even during the runs of other Spider-Man series. Of course, as ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' fans learned, ''don't'' take that for granted.
20th Aug '17 5:54:53 PM rjd1922
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* Following ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''[='=]s end, the show was out of reruns and had no DVD, and likely will never have one due to Cartoon Network writing off the show on their taxes. The only legal way to get it (at least in the US) is through iTunes. It was reran on Creator/{{Toonami}} a couple of times before the write-off.

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* Following ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''[='=]s end, the show was out of reruns and had no DVD, and likely will never have one due to Cartoon Network writing off the show on their taxes. The only legal way to get it (at least in the US) is through iTunes.iTunes and an Australian DVD. It was reran on Creator/{{Toonami}} a couple of times before the write-off.
19th Aug '17 5:50:46 PM lalalei2001
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* ''WesternAnumation/PeppermintRose'''s only special was released on VHS in limited quantities, and its general obscurity makes it hard to find.

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* ''WesternAnumation/PeppermintRose'''s ''WesternAnimation/PeppermintRose'''s only special was released on VHS in limited quantities, and its general obscurity makes it hard to find.
18th Aug '17 4:20:25 AM jormis29
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** Hanna-Barbera's ''Star Fairies'' and Ruby Spears' ''Sectaurs'' are pilots that are in limbo.

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** Hanna-Barbera's ''Star Fairies'' ''WesternAnimation/StarFairies'' and Ruby Spears' ''Sectaurs'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Sectaurs}}'' are pilots that are in limbo.
17th Aug '17 9:43:20 PM lalalei2001
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* ''WesternAnimation/LadyLovelylocks'', and how. Two episodes are missing from the U.S. and British VHS and DVD releases of the series, and only came to Australia.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LadyLovelylocks'', and how. Two ''WesternAnimation/LadyLovelylocks'' episodes are missing from the U.S. US and British VHS and DVD releases of the series, and only came to Australia.a complete DVD release was in the UK and Australia only.



** While most of the toy themed shows lucked out to be retained, two interesting lost eggs here is Hanna-Barbera's ''Star Fairies'' and Ruby Spears' ''Sectaurs''. Two very strange pilots that are apparently now in Hasbro owned limbo.

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** While most of the toy themed shows lucked out to be retained, two interesting lost eggs here is Hanna-Barbera's ''Star Fairies'' and Ruby Spears' ''Sectaurs''. Two very strange ''Sectaurs'' are pilots that are apparently now in Hasbro owned limbo.


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* ''WesternAnimation/RosePetalPlace'''s specials were only on TV and VHS in the 80s.
* ''WesternAnumation/PeppermintRose'''s only special was released on VHS in limited quantities, and its general obscurity makes it hard to find.
16th Aug '17 7:59:51 PM Mario1995
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* After nearly a decade in limbo, ''WesternAnimation/ThePJs'' was released on DVD in 2011.

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* After nearly a decade in limbo, ''WesternAnimation/ThePJs'' was released on in limbo for nearly a decade due to ownership spats (both Disney and Creator/WarnerBros claimed ownership, the latter of which due to Creator/TheWB [[UnCanceled un-canceling]] the series after a two-season run at FOX). Warner Bros. eventually agreed to sell its portion of the series to Disney, giving them full ownership of the ''PJs'' property, setting the stage for a DVD release in 2011.
13th Aug '17 3:21:16 PM AreYouTyler
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* Good luck finding the third season of ''WesternAnimation/ScaredySquirrel'' anywhere, especially if you're in the United States. While the first two seasons are available on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, the remaining twelve episodes from season three have never been released in any format.

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* Good luck finding the third season of ''WesternAnimation/ScaredySquirrel'' anywhere, especially if you're in the United States. While the first two seasons are available on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, the remaining twelve episodes from season three have never been released in any format. As of 2017, the series is now rerunning on Creator/{{Qubo}}.



* The infamous "Yo Yogi!" series. Not a single full episode can be found online, but will more than likely eventually surface from the Archive, but it is pretty far down the list.

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* The infamous "Yo Yogi!" "WesternAnimation/YoYogi!" series. Not a single full episode can be found online, but will more than likely eventually surface from the Archive, but it is pretty far down the list.



* ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' nearly qualifies, with a full series collection that was released in incredibly limited numbers...and only in Canada.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' nearly qualifies, with a full series collection that was released in incredibly limited numbers...and numbers…and only in Canada.



** ''WesternAnimation/TheTwistedTalesOfFelixTheCat'', a 1990s show about [[WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat Felix]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin participating in various bizarre adventures or situations]], is remarkably hard to find - a few episodes were released on VHS by BMG Video way back when, and only a handful of them have ever even existed on the internet. It's true that they ''did'' put out a few DVD releases for some episodes as well, but only [[https://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Tales-Felix-Cat/dp/6305992282/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1469131915&sr=1-1&keywords=twisted+tales+of+felix one]] of them was ever released in the United States[[note]]And even then, it featured the same episodes BMG put out on tape.[[/note]] while the others were released in Hong Kong. However, the entire series was eventually released. The bad news? It's in a DVD box set [[NoExportForYou in Germany]], so unless you have a region-free player, you're probably unlucky. To make matters worse, the rights to the show are tied between Creator/{{Lionsgate}}, which recently acquired Creator/{{Starz}}, which in turn owns the library of Creator/FilmRoman (the studio that produced the series) and NBC/Universal now. On top of that, the short lived second season (where the show was completely retooled after the first season underperformed in ratings, [[GoneHorriblyWrong only to flop even harder after the shake up]]) is not held in high regard [[SeasonalRot by either fans]] or [[CreatorBacklash even the original showrunners]], making optimism for a rerelease all the more unlikely.
*** Now that Waterman Entertainment[[note]]the company of Steve Waterman[[/note]] bought out Film Roman in November 2015, the release of it on DVD is even more unlikely.

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** ''WesternAnimation/TheTwistedTalesOfFelixTheCat'', a 1990s show about [[WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat Felix]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin participating in various bizarre adventures or situations]], is remarkably hard to find - a few episodes were released on VHS by BMG Video way back when, and only a handful of them have ever even existed on the internet. It's true that they ''did'' put out a few DVD releases for some episodes as well, but only [[https://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Tales-Felix-Cat/dp/6305992282/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1469131915&sr=1-1&keywords=twisted+tales+of+felix one]] of them was ever released in the United States[[note]]And even then, it featured the same episodes BMG put out on tape.[[/note]] while the others were released in Hong Kong. However, the entire series was eventually released. The bad news? It's in a DVD box set [[NoExportForYou in Germany]], so unless you have a region-free player, you're probably unlucky. To make matters worse, the rights to the show are tied between Creator/{{Lionsgate}}, which recently Waterman Entertainment (which acquired Creator/{{Starz}}, which in turn owns the library of producer Creator/FilmRoman (the studio that produced the series) from Creator/{{Starz}} in November 2015) and NBC/Universal now. On top of that, the short lived second season (where the show was completely retooled after the first season underperformed in ratings, [[GoneHorriblyWrong only to flop even harder after the shake up]]) is not held in high regard [[SeasonalRot by either fans]] or [[CreatorBacklash even the original showrunners]], making optimism for a rerelease all the more unlikely.
*** Now that Waterman Entertainment[[note]]the company of Steve Waterman[[/note]] bought out Film Roman in November 2015, the release of it on DVD is even more unlikely.
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* Music/TheBeatles' [[WesternAnimation/TheBeatles eponymous animated series]] is currently owned by Apple Corps, the group's corporate entity, having acquired them from King Features (Hearst Corporation entity). There was talk as early as 2004 of putting the cartoons out on DVD but no effort had been made since. Apple Records now owns the Beatles' movies and they have re-released ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'' on DVD, so this may still happen somewhere down the line. In the meantine, bootleg [=DVD=]s recorded off local TV stations in the 1980s turn up online and at comic book conventions.

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* Music/TheBeatles' [[WesternAnimation/TheBeatles eponymous animated series]] is currently owned by Apple Corps, the group's corporate entity, having acquired them from King Features (Hearst Corporation entity). There was talk as early as 2004 of putting the cartoons out on DVD but no effort had been made since. Apple Records now owns the Beatles' movies and they have re-released ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'' on DVD, so this may still happen somewhere down the line. In the meantine, bootleg [=DVD=]s DVD's recorded off local TV stations in the 1980s turn up online and at comic book conventions.
2nd Aug '17 4:24:05 AM StFan
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* The 1990s ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon subverted this: after years of having to wait for a DVD release, and feeling all hope was lost, the first 32 episodes were released on DVD (in two 16-episode sets) for the first time in 2009 (presumably to cash in on ''[[Film/{{X-Men}} X-Men Origins: Wolverine]]''), with three more sets later released completing the series.

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* The 1990s ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon subverted this: after years of having to wait for a DVD release, and feeling all hope was lost, the first 32 episodes were released on DVD (in two 16-episode sets) for the first time in 2009 (presumably to cash in on ''[[Film/{{X-Men}} X-Men Origins: Wolverine]]''), ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''), with three more sets later released completing the series.
31st Jul '17 4:40:10 PM Twentington
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* ''WesternAnimation/PhantomInvestigators'' aired for a month in June 2002 on Kids' WB, and was cancelled after thirteen episodes (the show was doing fine in the ratings; what happened was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Kids WB was number one with the 6-11 male demographic, the show was doing better with female audiences, and WB was afraid of losing their number-one spot]]). It was never released on VHS and DVD, was never put into reruns in the United States, and due to the obscurity of the series, will most likely never get a home media release for the time being. A few episodes were available on [=YouTube=], until Sony pulled them for copyright. Two of its' episodes are available on (W)Holesome Products, Inc.'s (the show's studio) Vimeo account, and eventually in October 2016 the entire series was made available on various sites, (with a subsequent upload from another [=YouTube=] channel, though who knows how long it'll be before Sony copyright strikes them), but an official home media release remains unlikely.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhantomInvestigators'' aired for a month in June 2002 on Kids' WB, and was cancelled after thirteen episodes (the show was doing fine in the ratings; what happened was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Kids WB was number one with the 6-11 male demographic, the show was doing better with female audiences, and WB was afraid of losing their number-one spot]]). It was never released on VHS and DVD, was never put into reruns in the United States, and due to the obscurity of the series, will most likely never get a home media release for the time being. A few episodes were available on [=YouTube=], until Sony pulled them for copyright. Two of its' its episodes are available on (W)Holesome Products, Inc.'s (the show's studio) Vimeo account, and eventually in October 2016 the entire series was made available on various sites, (with a subsequent upload from another [=YouTube=] channel, though who knows how long it'll be before Sony copyright strikes them), but an official home media release remains unlikely.
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