Disney is notorious for treating its films (theatrical or otherwise) with reverence and God-like status...and treating its animated shows like complete and utter garbage note (Unless the show in question stars a Marvel Comics character with a blockbuster movie, but those are almost always shows to which Disney happened to own DVD rights without making it themselves.) To wit:
While having a few episodes on VHS (no longer sold and are extremely hard to find), not only has Bonkers been out of reruns for years with no plans to re-air it or put it out for DVD, but pulled an episode centering on a Mad Bomber out of sensitivity over the 9/11 attacks (It doesn't help that pulling said episode left a huge plot hole in the series because it's the same one where Miranda replaces Lucky as Bonkers' partner.)
Season 1 and the first half of Season 2 of Gargoyles were released on DVD. The other half of Season 2? Disney decided not to release it, allegedly due to "low sales". And none at all was released outside North America.
Similarly, Disney released the vast majority of episodes for DuckTales, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin, and Goof Troop — as well as a couple of sets for Darkwing Duck and Adventures of the Gummi Bears — but have yet to offer the complete run of the shows on DVD by releasing further sets for these shows (infuriating fans of the first four, which are one box set away from being completely on DVD). Additionally, Quack Pack didn't even have any sort of proper DVD release at all — it got a three-episode "best-of" DVDnote This was also Goof Troop's only release until 2013. And that's not even getting into the Disney Afternoon shows that haven't yet made it to DVD in any way, shape or form. For all that the Disney Afternoon did for the company in the 1990s, they sure don't seem eager to return the love.
All this makes one question even more why Disney would recently license out their more popular Disney Afternoon titles in comic book form through Boom! Kids. The comics - especially Darkwing Duck - essentially continue where the shows left off and are heavy on Continuity Porn, meaning they'll only make sense to people who have watched the shows. The only people to whom these comics would cater are 30-year-olds with no problem grabbing comics off the kiddie racks.
Although there is a VHS and DVD release of Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse and Mickey's House of Villains, as well as the show's pilot episode as a DVD bonus of the former, there is actually no release of House of Mouse anywhere. However, many of the show's episodes and shorts have been uploaded onto YouTube, but still, there is no online video for "Minnie Takes Care of Pluto."
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go! had a few Season 1 episodes released on DVDs that came with the short-lived toy line, but these are now impossible to find since the only ones you could possibly get would be second/third/fourth/etc. hand and which fan in their right mind would be willing to give those up? Since then the show has had its fifth and final season canceled (on a Cliffhanger) and stopped airing in the US (It had stopped showing up in other countries such as England long before) so now episodes are literally impossible to find though any legal means. At all.
Fillmore!: There were a good number of episodes on YouTube, but they were all removed except a few episodes subbed from German and the like.
Fan of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command? Wanting it to be on DVD? Too bad, because it went to the same leper colony as all the other Disney TV shows. After years of reruns it was last seen on American television in 2008, and so far the only way to see it is anywhere outside the U.S. The only home video release it got was the Pilot Movie.
PB&J Otter is another show on Disney Channel which had become a cult classic, but instead of seeing home video and DVD releases, was sent off to said leper colony to die. (odd, since they did release plush dolls of the otters at one point) Someone has uploaded Season 3 somewhere on the internet but there is no official home video release for it. Thankfully, as of September 2012, you can find it on Disney Junior.
Only that now Disney is trying to screw it over again. Pre-empting it for Jake And The Neverland Pirates reruns is one thing, but rescheduling it for the death slot of 2:30AM on Sundays?
Recess has a few DVD releases: Recess: School's Out, the direct-to-DVD movies (which also include episodes of the series as bonus features), and a Christmas DVD that's an episode compilation. As for actual episodes, there are none (Unless you live in Germany, where the enitre series is availible on iTunes). Which is strange, considering how popular it was in the late '90s and early 2000s.
The entire series got posted on YouTube in 2011, but as of May 2013, Disney is taking almost every episode down for copyright. This even includes the international dubs. To put it nicely, many fans were outraged. However, some fans are speculating that this could mean that there is possibly non-Disney Movie Club DVD release of the show in the works.
Disney's Doug had four 2-episode VHS releases in the 1990s, while for a long time The Movie was available only on VHS (it is available for streaming on-demand on various sites; it was recently made available on DVD via Disney Movie Club). There were various VideoCD releases of the movie in other countries, but they've all gone out of print. The Internet only has a handful of episodes up, unlike the Nick series, which has every episode available. Sure it wasn't as beloved as the Nick series(Doug and Roger's original voice actor Billy West did not care for it to say the least), but it was still popular nonetheless, so you'd think Disney would've given it better treatment.
101 Dalmatians: The Series had one VHS release (101 Dalmatians Christmas, which also contained the episode "Coup DeVil") and one very quiet VideoCD release (Dalmatian Vacation) (and on video outside the US) back in the 1990s. That was it. The entire series has been uploaded to YouTube, however.
Toad Patrol has never been fully released on DVD. Some episodes of Season 1 were made available, but that's it.
Donald and the Wheel is the lesser-known follow-up to Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land and has thus far been on a single limited-edition and rare Donald Duck DVD collection that has since gone out of print (The Chronological Donald, Volume 4 if you were wondering). This collection makes no indication on the case that it has Donald and the Wheel, so unless you found out from an outside source and were deliberately looking for it, or you're a total Donald Duck fan and bought every DVD set, chances are you don't have it.
Eek! The Cat, an early 1990s American/Canadian co-production that aired on Fox Kids, never had a DVD release, and probably never will, as Disney currently holds the rights to the show and won't release it...unless enough fans badger Disney with letters, emails, mail bombs, and videotaped suicides over it, or Disney becomes so broke and desperate that they have to make money off it (or they give the rights to a company that will put it out on DVD or streaming).
Many Nickelodeon shows were temporarily available to stream on Netflix for people subscribed to the site. However Netflix let their contract with Viacom expire in June, 2013 thus leaving fans of certain shows to search for other methods of viewing, unless they had a Amazon Prime subscription, which allows the streaming of Nick shows through the Amazon Video service (But even then, not all episodes or Nick movies are accessible for streaming).
Although The Fairly Oddparents got several home video releases throughout the 2000s, all season packs (besides Season 6, which got a retail release) got DVD-R releases exclusive to Amazon.com. The same goes for the first two Nickelodeon seasons of Doug (we bet that Disney will still be sitting on their episodes, as noted above).
The entire series was finally released on iTunes in 2013.
Likewise, Catscratch. Besides getting the shaft during its original run, only two episodes have been put on DVD ("Nick Picks", Volumes 3 and 5). It's possible to find them on the internet, but it's no picnic.
Only a selection of Jimmy Neutron episodes and specials have been released on DVD. The entire series can be (illegally) downloaded though. There was also a brief, magical time where the whole series could be seen on Netflix. Such heady days are past. On the bright side, it's easily found on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and on Nicktoons.
''ChalkZone: Reruns played on Nicktoons overnights until late 2013. (If you have any of the episodes on your DVR, consider yourself lucky) Thankfully, the entire series can be found on iTunes.
The Brothers Flub got two four-episode VHS releases and that was it. It's so forgottennote how forgotten is it? that it didn't even have a Wikipedia article until 2008, and its IMDb listing is almost entirely blank except for two extremely wrong credits. For the longest time, the only trace of it online was a low-quality rip of the intro from Retrojunk. It was briefly on Kidobi, but not anymore.
The first 21 episodes were finally released on iTunes in 2014.
Butt Ugly Martians at least got a bit more recognition and acclaim, but it's very hard to find unless you come across one of its three VHS releases.
The X's — the show was maligned during its original run, has vanished from all of Nickelodeon's networks and websites, and only had three official releases: Two episodes on two "Nick Pick" DVDs, and 13 episodes on iTunes. And only a few episodes have been uploaded on YouTube.
My Life as a Teenage Robot has become quite easy to find. The entire series is available on DVD, but only at Amazon. The first season is on iTunes and Amazon's online video service. Plus, it's easily found on video-sharing sites and torrents. It played on Nicktoons overnights until mid-2013.
Before this, however, there was a long-running fan site where they were readily available for download, complete with a fancy Flash interface, multiple sizes and qualities, and even extras such as an interview that taught you the basics on drawing Jenny.
Despite the two seasons being available on iTunes, only three episodes of Kappa Mikey were ever released on DVD in North America. The show was originally a Nicktoons Network original, but did have a short run on the regular Nickelodeon channel, but was restricted to early Sunday mornings, and most viewers weren't interested in it. And now that Nicktoons Network has now replaced it with newer shows, good luck finding it elsewhere.
Nicktoons (or Nicktoons Network as it is now known) once had a slew of original cartoon programming that all seemed produced at a portion of the budget of a regular Nicktoon, and they are all unavailable from DVD releases except for Kappa Mikey and Corneil and Bernie ("Watch My Chops" in regions outside North America). Even so, both series have never had complete releases (as in, all episodes).
Yakkity Yak is super hard to find too. Only a couple episodes are on YouTube, and no telling how long they'll stay...
KaBlam!never got any VHS or DVD releases, most likely due to the very fractured rights situation the show suffers (almost everything involved is owned by its creators and not Nickelodeon). A huge boom of the show was put up on YouTube in late 2009, along with torrent downloads, so the show became viewable again (but not every episode).
Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?: All 13 episodes were available on Cartoon Network Video back in 2008, but have since disappeared and will probably never return again...unless the channel feels generous and puts it on Boomerang in a few years. So now the question is, "Whatever happened to Whatever Happened to… Robot Jones?"
Better yet, the original airings of the Season 1 episodes. In the original airings, Robot Jones was voiced through a Microsoft Word '98 text-to-speech program, but all further episodes had him voiced by a child instead, and all Season 1 episodes were dubbed over with the child's voice.
Sheep in the Big City. Yeah, Season 1 was on iTunes for a time, but it was removed for reasons unknown. Also, the show never got a home video release except for one episode as a "sneak preview" on a Powerpuff Girls VHS/DVD.
Mike, Lu & Og. The show is pretty much forgotten. Three episodes are available on a UK DVD and all the episodes have been uploaded to Dailymotion. It did air on Boomerang for awhile, but it suddenly disappeared.
The final regular episodes of Ed, Edd n Eddy. As the only episodes of the sixth season completed before Danny Antonucci decided to scrap the remainder of it for a television film, "May I Have This Ed? / Look Before You Ed" aren't available on iTunes or any other digital service.
As of now, only the first two seasons of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends have been released on DVD. Season 3 was later released in region 4, but there is still no word about its US release, along with seasons 4, 5, and, 6. However, all seasons have been released on iTunes, the PlayStation Network, and Google Play in the US. It was briefly on Boomerang, but not anymore
Anything by Maxwell Atoms. Well, there are Billy and Mandy movies and the Season 1 set of the show, but not the rest of the series. Evil Con Carne, however, has only a small handful of episodes available on the aforementioned set. Nothing's been said about Underfist yet.
Time Squad. Youtube is one of the few places to view the entire series, but it is unreliable, because the videos, while being uploaded at a seemingly high rate, are repeatedly (and almost relentlessly) pulled down every time. One could try to view the episodes by simply Google video searching, where you'll get video sites that haven't taken them down. Cartoon Network as only put the episodes for viewing on their site twice; once in 2007 with multiple episodes from both seasons, and again in 2012 but this time only short one minute clips.
Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi. YouTube is, once again, your only bet with this one. There were two home video releases in the mid-2000s, but that was it. Back then, the show had an immense Hatedom, due to the big Animation Age Ghetto blowups that plagued that time, but as years passed, now it's widely regarded as a classic.
Three words: Class of 3000. The only release this show got was on iTunes and a soundtrack.
Good luck finding the second half of Scaredy Squirrel anywhere, especially if you're in the United States.
Following Sym-Bionic Titan's end, the show was out of reruns and had no DVD. The only legal way to get it (at least in the US) was through iTunes. It has started rerunning on Toonami a year and a half after its end.
The first 15 episodes of Moral Orel were released on DVD, but the rest haven't, presumably due to weak sales of the first set. Shame, as the third season is the show's strongest, despite it also being the reason why the show was canceled (it was too dark and depressing for [adult swim]'s standards).
Codename: Kids Next Door has no home video releases besides a DVD with a few episodes made very early in the show's run (which is now obviously out of print) and some episodes on compilation DVDs released over the years. Made odd by the fact that it was a borderline Cash Cow Franchise for Cartoon Network during its run and is so continuity-driven in later seasons that a DVD release is pretty much necessary to fully enjoy the show.
Robotomy has never gotten a DVD release at all. The same show was also cancelled after 10 episodes—all of which were fifteen minutes. However, it is available on iTunes, accessible via torrents, and a couple of episodes ("Bling Thing" and "Playdate") have aired on Cartoon Network's installment show Cartoon Planet (the revived 2012 version that airs Cartoon Network's original programming from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, along with some from the mid-to-late 2000s, like Chowder and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack).
As of 2013, the entire series is on Netflix.
Stoked: For the longest time after Cartoon Network took the show off their schedule in late July 2010 due to low ratings, the best way to see the remaining 4 episodes of Season 1 as well as the entirety of Season 2 was on YouTube thanks to Australian fans of the show who would DVR the episodes on ABC 3.
As of 2014, the entire series in on Hulu.
While on the subject of Fresh TV shows aired on Cartoon Network, the same thing also happened to 6teen after they aired the series finale in late June of 2010. While they still aired reruns every so often for awhile afterwards it was not to extent of how it was prior to the series finale and was quietly taken off the schedule for good in early 2011. Nowadays the only place where you can see the show is on YouTube through recordings by fans in the mid 2000s when the show was airing in its origin country of Canada which also include all the episodes that Cartoon Network didn't air due to risque subject matter not even Cartoon Network would air outside [adult swim] (references to periods and tampons, references to characters being homosexual, nudity, etc).
Static Shock has had only one volume containing six episodes, though all of the others are easily found online. Thankfully, the entire first season of Static Shock is actually available on iTunes—and the entire series is beyond easy to find on YouTube.
The Zeta Project has the entire first season out on DVD, but not season 2, though the latter is availible online on sites like Watchcartoonsonline.
There's still no word yet on a DVD release for the Animaniacs movie Wakko's Wish. Currently the only home video format it exists in is VHS, though it is on iTunes.
Nothing has yet been said about DVDs for Road Rovers and Histeria!! (the latter of which was made available for viewing on the In2TV website until AOL took it off for reasons unknown).
While Tiny Toon Adventures will have its series completed, nothing has been said about the two double-length specials, "Spring Break Special" and "Night Ghoulery", the latter having been previously released on VHS.
Skunk Fu!. Three compilations exist, but they don't comprise the entire series.
While most of the Scooby-Doo shows were released on DVD, there are a couple of omissions:
The remaining episodes of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, due to having to get clearance by the guest celebrities (or their estates if they died).
The Smurfs has its entire series released on DVD in Australia and Germany. In the US, however, the only episodes that have been released on DVD (for now) are season 1 (in two separate volumes, along with "The Smurfs Springtime Special"), individual episodes from season 2, and the holiday specials. The rest of season 2, along with seasons 3 through 9 (and the rest of the specials) are yet to be released on DVD, although individual episodes from those seasons are currently available on iTunes and Amazon.
There are still a boatload of Looney Tunes cartoons that still haven't been released to DVD, most of which, like the Censored Eleven and some of the more brutal World War II cartoons ("Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips" and "Tokio Jokio"), probably won't be released unless Warner Bros. implements a DVD-by-request program or releases it as a special historical collection with Content Warnings out the wazoo about the Values Dissonance.
Warner Home Video entertained the idea of releasing the entire series of Hanna-Barbera's first program for TV, The Ruff And Reddy Show, but they put the kibosh on it after seeing as how the Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear DVD sets sold so poorly.
Xiaolin Showdown only got one home video release, in the form of a Season 1 boxset. Warner Bros. doesn't seem to have any plans to release seasons 2 or 3. What's extra insulting is the fact that Season 1 ended on a cliffhanger. However, there are some people on YouTube who have uploaded the entire series, and it can be found online very quickly, especially with the sequel series Xiaolin Chronicles adding to its popularity.
Invasion America has had only bootleg VHS tapes to its name and, eventually, some relatively poor-quality downloads based off said VHS recordings. No DVD release has ever even been rumored.
Krypto the Superdog has only ever gotten 2 DVD releases containing 5 episodes each out of 39 episodes; however, Boomerang frequently reruns the series.
Toon Heads, an anthology series, is never aired on Boomerang and has only appeared on DVD twice; both times being specials on a Looney Tunes collection DVD.
MTV is pretty terrible about this when it comes to its animated shows. The Brothers Grunt has no DVD release in sight, and this is particularly annoying since it didn't even get a VHS release. It took forever and a day for MTV to release The Maxx and The Head, while Æon Flux (which had a "Best Of" compilation DVD put out at the dawn of the format) only saw the light of day on DVD as a complete series due to the live-action movie (despite the movie bombing at the box office). And the only way to get Daria for many years was by illegal means and putting up with the episodes aired on TheN — which had a lot of parts cut for content, one of which was its background music, which could not be legally licensed for re-release. It did eventually get a DVD release...but only without most of the music, and with a lot of it replaced too.
You can now watch Æon Flux and The Maxx on liquidtelevision.com, so that's good at least, right?
MTV is very unlikely to release The Brothers Grunt because it's an Old Shame for the network and the fans hate it almost as much as MTV does (The Brothers Grunt got its hatedom when it aired as a replacement show for Beavis And Butthead, which had to be put on temporary hiatus due to complaints of kids imitating the dangerous stunts on the show (most notably, the kid who burned his trailer, even though his family did not have cable, and another kid who dropped a bowling ball off a bridge and the ball hit a baby in a carriage and killed him). The only person who doesn't feel this way is creator Danny Antonucci (who could always make a deal to buy back the rights to the show).
Clone High nearly qualifies, with a full series collection that was released in incredibly limited numbers...and only in Canada.
Only a handful of the music video segments from Beavis And Butthead are on the show's "official" DVD releases. Also, Mike Judgehates about a third of the episodes, and has refused to license them to DVD. Given the nature of all those record labels (most of which had since then been bought up by some giant conglomerate, assuming they hadn't gone out of existence altogether) it's a miracle they managed a handful to begin with.
In the old episodes of Beavis and Butt-Head, all references to Beavis being a pyromaniac ("Fire! Fire! Fire!") were edited out of the episodes following an incident where a young boy burned down his home and killed his little sister (in a town that didn't even have cable, no less). The references to Beavis' pyromania were never put back into the episodes (not even for the DVD releases), so the only way you'll see them is if you recorded the episodes on VHS when they first aired.
"Bob's Burgers": The first two seasons can be found on DVD and Netflix. Season 3 and further seasons (besides reruns on FOX and Adult Swim) can be (illegally) downloaded though.
While all of the Disney Silly Symphonies have been re-released on DVD, very few of its competitors have had such a benefit, especially the MGM Happy Harmonies cartoons, which have yet to see any kind of DVD release (save making it as a bonus feature on some vintage movie DVDs) and the only major release of many of them is an old, long out of print laserdisc yet. Many of them still air on Boomerang early in the morning, but some shorts, such as the redesigned Boskos, may never see the light of day again.
For a brief period in 2013, Netflix had the first ten episodes (20 segments) each of Seasons 1-3 and all of Seasons 4-14. This included the redubbed episodes of Season 6 (with Mark Rendall as Arthur instead of Justin Bradley) which only air in America (While all of Season 6 is on YouTube, only the first two segments of the redubbed season can be found). However, in July, Seasons 1-12 were removed while 15 was added.
Most of the above streaming services still have the recently-banned episodes "Binky vs. Binky/Operation: D.W.!", "Room to Ride/The Frensky Family Fiasco", and "The Great MacGrady" (due to these episodes referencing and/or featuring would-be sports fraud Lance Armstrong). Netflix currently only has the latter due to the other two episodes being from Seasons 10 and 12, respectively.
Seasons 1-4 have been released on DVD box sets in the United Kingdom. When it will be released in America, nobody knows...
Chris Colorado aired on Toonami for a while, before it was taken down and forgotten. It only ran for a single season and ended in a cliffhanger, and was released to DVD. Practically no copies remain, and the only way you can view it these days is to download it from the single torrent on the whole Internet that contains it.
It seems it'll be a long time before we get beyond the first two volumes of the Woody Woodpecker collections, since we still have over 100 cartoons left to cover and we still haven't seen a U.S. release of The New Woody Woodpecker Show!
Almost all of the works of the seminal Czech animator Karel Zeman are unavailable in America, outside of the semi-butchered American version of "Journey to the Beginning of Time" and a terrible dub of "Baron Prasil" on an ancient and long out-of-print VHS tape. For the curious, a number of his works are available on YouTube, e.g., .
Exo Squad ran for two seasons, of which only the first one (one-third the length of the second) was officially released on VHS. IMDb has cover arts of "second season VHS", but these are merely bootlegs. So it's either them...or BitTorrent.
Both seasons are now available legally for streaming on Hulu (minus, strangely enough, Episode 1.11). Season 1 was released on DVD on April 14, 2009; Season 2, however, is still in limbo.
Action Man...or at least, the cartoon made by Mainframe Entertainment. However, channel This TV started airing reruns of the series.
Season 3 of The Tick has still not seen a Region 1 release; with no indication from Buena Vista Entertainment when it might be available. On top of that, Seasons 1-2 are missing one episode each, and have been consistently criticized for their dismal production quality.
There is a full, three-season box set available in the United Kingdom (Region 2 PAL), which includes all of the episodes for all three seasons, and a higher production quality than the U.S. release. However, there is still a comparatively minor flaw with this release as well, since it uses a considerably shortened version of the opening credit sequence and its frenetic jazz theme music.
Muppet Babies, with its use of actual TV and movie clips from various sources, would be near impossible to re-release without major butchering for copyright reasons. There were several VHS releases in The Nineties (three were part of a line of tapes designed for the "Video Buddy" interactive handset system; some of the others were a part of the "Yes, I Can!" series of Jim Henson videos, which had puppet filler segments in between the episodes), but that only provided 16 episodes out of 107. Worse, the syndicated reruns ended with episode 96 — though at least four of the final 11 episodes made it to VHS.
The Twins of Destiny, a French animesque cartoon about two kids who had special powers bestowed upon them, has never been released on VHS or DVD, as far as internet searching can tell.
TUGS, the sister series to the Thomas the Tank Engine television series made in 1986. The only place you can watch it is on video tapes which are gradually wearing thin and illegally over the internet. It does not help that the rights for the programme are tied up with at least two different companies.
Fox's Peter Pan & the Pirates. Despite it being one of the (if not the) most faithful adaptions of the original play/story, not to mention being a show Tim Curry won an award for, there is no box set yet — because it probably was just not considered financially viable. But you can preorder it from Amazon UK. Which will be selling it in January 2020.Six-plus years from now. There is also the slight matter of Disney selling the series to TMS Entertainment.
Thankfully averted. The Movie and the final season were aired on Cartoon Network in May 2010. The Amazing Spiez, on the other hand...
Hanna-Barbera's animated version of The Little Rascals wasn't even shown on the USA Cartoon Express. Presumably this is due not only to the fragmented ownership of the Our Gang propertiesnote Turner Entertainment, CBS Television Distribution and Sonar Entertainment all claim partial ownership, but also to a lawsuit in which Eugene "Porky" Lee accused Hanna-Barbera of unauthorized use of his likeness. It has, however, been shown on Cartoon Network UK and Ireland, on Australia's Seven Network and on Singapore's MediaCorp Channel 5. "The Zero Hero" and a French dub of "Alfalfakazam!" are currently on YouTube, and the series is believed to have also been dubbed in German and Latin American Spanish.
What A Cartoon! Show, Random! Cartoons, and other animation compilation shows, such as MTV's Cartoon Sushi. This is because that, after a number of years, the rights to the short revert to the creator if it wasn't picked up for a series. So even if a network did want to make a DVD, getting all the creators to agree to it would be more trouble than it's worth. You're better off waiting for the original creators to release their shorts either online or through a DVD on demand business.
Mighty Max came out in the precious early 1990s, before DVDs but after VHS. The series was made only to push the (unsuccessful) toy line, so they probably didn't consider a cult following that demanded the show's rerelease.
Kidd Video would be possible if released in its most recent syndicated form (1990s on WGN, with no original music or music videos). But it wouldn't be the same.
There's also the Club Mario segments of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show; one was available when the show was on Yahooligans! TV.
Saturday Supercade will probably never see the light of day due to the rights to Mario and Donkey Kong being nearly impossible to secure, not to mention all the other video game properties used on the show.
On the other hand, the 1990s Spider-Man cartoon 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 Daredevil cross-over). Season 1 became available through iTunes (and Xbox Live), but a complete release is yet to be seen in America; 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, Spider-Man (Japan), 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 Power Rangers fans learned, don't take that for granted.
Many of the Rankin/Bass animated shows and specials are not available on DVD, but only as grainy, fading VHS tapes made 20 years ago. They will be lost forever when the tapes inevitably wear out and VCRs break — most notably, Wind In The Willows (the one with the theme song sung by Judy Collins). This feature-length production from The Eighties has quite a few grateful comments over on YouTube where some amazing person has uploaded a marginal-quality copy in several parts, for those whose VCRs have already broken. (The good news is that, along with feature-length films like Mad Monster Party, The Daydreamer, and The Flight of Dragons, most of the company's famous Christmas specials are on DVD as stand-alone releases or in collections, as are their three Easter specials from The Seventies.)
Max Steel has almost completely disappeared. There is only one fansite with any episodes available for download, and most of them are low-quality, aim-the-videocamera-at-the-TV clips where the dialogue is nearly incomprehensible. One episode in particular, the Season 2 premiere, has vanished completely without even a transcript to mark its passing. Oddly, the company who bought the franchise is still producing movies that are very loosely based on the original show in Latin America, but there are no English dubs or subs.
The Season 1 DVD set has been released in the UK
Series 1-3 are available to watch on Hulu.com...which (currently) doesn't help anyone viewing outside the United States.
It was on YouTube in 2009 officially, but later taken down.
Challenge of the GoBots: The cartoon was made by Hanna-Barbera, so it's now owned by Warner Bros. The toys were made by Bandai, who still owns the designs (and thus the look of the characters). The character names were devised by Tonka, which was bought by Hasbro, who therefore own the names. Getting rival international toy companies to agree to cooperate is a significant hurdle.
To this day, Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders is lost to the murky mists of some lost archive, frustratingly getting only the briefest of DVD releases that vanished almost as soon as it was announced.
The 30-minute animated Little Engine that Could feature from The Nineties only exists in the VHS tapes that remain and an upload on YouTube every now and then. Despite being such a famous story, whoever owns it doesn't seem to hold any interest in it.
Monster Farm is an incredibly obscure show that was on Fox Family. The only episode anywhere online is the premiere...in Polish (it's on YouTube). What makes it even more infuriating to try and find anything about this show is the fact that it shares its name with Monster Rancher (in Japanese). It's as if it never even existed, seriously.
Of the six original Strawberry Shortcake animated specials from The Eighties, only the first two (The World of... and ...in Big Apple City) are available on DVD, leaving only the mid-1980s VHS releases of all six as official sources.
The animated movie Animalympics. Though it has had a few VHS releases, most of those were a while ago, and its only DVD release was in German. While the German version had the original English language track attached, good luck hunting it down!
For that matter, this trope covers any instance in western animation that could be considered remotely racist, as a lot of cartoons from The Golden Age of Animation loved their blackface gags. Native Americans are still Acceptable Targets, though, apparently.
Rhino planned on releasing the entire Crusader Rabbit series. After the first two volumes were released (on VHS, this was pre-DVD), they found that the people who had sold them the release rights no longer actually held those rights. There apparently was a lot of confusion over who did hold the rights, with the result being that Rhino could sell the copies they had already made but could not make any more.
The Magi-Nation animated series. Only two DVDs, containing four episodes each, have been released out of the 26-episode run.
As of March 2012, the complete series is now on Netflix for instant streaming.
Captain Star, a quirky English cartoon parody of Star Trek, ran for only 13 episodes. Rumor has it that the first three episodes were released on VHS, but nothing more.
The Legends Of Treasure Island. VHS tapes of Season 1 exist, as does a movie VHS comprising of Episodes 1-3 of Season 1 and the final two episodes of Season 2, though they will be all but impossible to find (one VHS was reported to be found in a Salvation Army shop). 7Two in Australia is currently showing episodes at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday.
Mutant League, a 40-episode series which is based on the video games "Mutant League Football" & "Mutant League Hockey", has never been released on DVD. The only release of it was a VHS was merely a 69-minute mish-mash of segments of episodes edited together. It is also impossible to find online, not even poor quality copies. Here's hoping someone changes this.
Pingu: Out of the 157 episodes of the two incarnations, only 40 of them have been released on DVD in the U.S. as of 2011 (not surprising, given HIT Entertainment's No Export for You policies), mostly because of licensing issues, offensive material, or maybe a completely different reason ("Pingu at the Doctors", despite being shown PBS Kids Sprout with little to no controversy, is one of the episodes left out from DVD, HIT was probably just being lazy).
The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat, a 1990s show about Felixparticipating in various bizarre adventures or situations, is remarkably hard to find - a few episodes were released on VHS 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 they were only released in Hong Kong, despite the show itself having been created in the United States.
Phantom 2040 has yet to see a release of the complete series. A few episodes were made available on VHS in the late 90s, and a Compilation Movie of the first four episodes was released on DVD in 2004. However, torrents and streams of the full series occasionally pop up, as do bootleg DVD sets.
The Raccoons. Some scattered box sets here and there, but nothing close to a full release. Luckily, almost all of the series is available through YouTube and torrents, thanks in part to repeats on Teletoon Retro.
Calvin And The Colonel, a 1960s prime-time cartoon, will never get a legit DVD release. About one-third of the episodes (most in black and white despite being made in color) are in collectors' hands, some of which ended up in public domain cartoon compilations even though the show is still copyrighted.
The British/Canadian cartoon The Baskervilles. Possibly because of the Hell-like setting, which is much more obvious than Miseryville. The only surviving footage online is the opening and two episodes, which can be found on YouTube.
Funimation released the first season of Braceface and then stopped because it didn't sell well. All three seasons have been uploaded to YouTube however (with a few missing episodes of seasons 3.).
The Get Along Gang. While on 2007 a DVD release was announced, American Greetings (owner of the franchise), pulled the plug on it for no known reason, though it could be due to the (later shelved) revival of the characters going on at the time. The original pilot and a few episodes were released on VHS and can be found online. However, a small "best-of" DVD release was announced by Mill Creek Entertainment and released on April 2011, it includes 15 out of the 26 individual episodes (or 10 of 13 half-hour episodes). Of the nine individual episodes not included on the set, two were released on VHS in the 1980s and another can be found at YouTube, leaving only six episodes for keeping the tapes moving. The original pilot, by the way, is unlikely to be released on DVD due to royalty issues with Nelvana and John Sebastian's singing on the episode.
The Cosgrove Hall stop-motion adaptation of Truckers was released on VHS by Thames Television back in the early 1990s, but ITV Plc. (the current owners of Cosgrove-Hall and successors to Thames Television) has never released it on DVD. This is presumably due to the same issues that caused the adaptions of the two other books to be shelved.
The Star Wars animated canon from the 1980s, including Droids (and its follow-up special, The Great Heep) and Ewoks (which lasted two seasons). The two series were released on DVD as part of an "Animated Adventures" series - the only problem? The releases are simply two sets of six episodes edited into mini-features - more than half the run of Droids is still unavailable, and more than an entire season of Ewoks is also unaccounted for. Even though the two series have both been referenced in various Star Wars-related material over the years, neither have been released as a complete series. Lucasfilm has said a DVD release is "possible" - meaning you're better off scrounging for the old VHS releases of the series, which had all the episodes.
The 1940sColumbia Cartoons series of short The Fox And The Crow was off the air for decades until 1999, when it was included in the Totally Tooned In series - and even then the series was only aired in Latin America. U.S. television audiences finally got to see them in 2011 on Antenna TV. A DVD release for these cartoons is not yet in the works (although the final three UPA-produced shorts are on the TCM Jolly Frolics set, and the first cartoon is an extra on the Hellboy DVD).
The main stumbling block for the DVD released is the absence of a color print for the cartoon "Mysto-Fox" (only black-and-white prints currently exist).
The Bluffers. Its VHS prints went out in the late 1980s. The only trace of it on YouTube, at least for the English dub, is a single episode lifted from a Betamax tape by someone who just managed to catch it somehow.
Code Lyoko's first season is on DVD...with all but the last two episodes completely out of order (the episode number actually appears in the title screen, rare for a Western cartoon to do). Don't hold your breath for the other three seasons, though...
The DVD is also out-of-print and can be quite pricey (over $100 is the typical price). Random dubbed episodes are on DVD, but they're just random episodes and not complete seasons.
The Pink Panther is an interesting example of this trope, as all the original 1960s-1970s shorts are on DVD, but its companion shorts The Texas/Tijuana Toads, Roland and Rattfink, Hoot Kloot, etc., are not.
Episodes like "7 Manly Men" (which has slight Ho Yay), "Voodoo Man" and "Hamm-N-Eggz" from the 1994-1996 series are missing off the DVD; basically, no full 1993–96 series exists on DVD. You can get them all, but as torrents, and even then, the quality is variable. Lapache.info does have them.
Sabrina: The Animated Series, a 65-episode series, currently only has the first 32 episodes on DVD and on Netflix. The show's Made-for-TV movieSabrina: Friends Forever had a limited DVD release after its airing in 2002 and is very hard to find.
The 26-episode spin-off, Sabrina's Secret Life, is only available on English DVD in Australia, and only the first 18 episodes were released. One episode ("Lather, Rinse, Repent") is available as a bonus feature on the complete series DVD set of Archie's Weird Mysteries. All 26 episodes can be downloaded through torrents (and are actually very good quality aside from the Cartoon Network bug present throughout), and they are also available on Netflix.
Twice Upon a Time was a George Lucas-backed animated production in The Eighties made by the risk-taking Alan Ladd Studios (Body Heat, Blade Runner, etc.). It popularized improvisation and adult themes in comedy voice-acting, launched the career of Henry Selick (who would go on to make The Nightmare Before Christmas), and fostered or influenced a number of Pixar people. It has all the traits of a classic of monumental cultural impact (and in an indirect way, it has), yet got a minor VHS and laserdisc release in the early 1990s and then aired twice on Cartoon Network, and that was it. Due to disputes between its writers, it's unlikely it will ever get a public showing again outside of blurry uploads onto Google Video. The naughtier Bill Couterie cut, in particular, only had a one-time showing on HBO before the aforementioned disputes occurred and has never been officially shown anywhere else.
Birdz, one of the last things on CBS' Saturday morning lineup in 1998. Scottish TV channel STV Entertainment has official uploads of the whole series on YouTube, but they're not accessible in the United States. And there aren't even any torrents. (However, it also airs on KidsCo in Australia.)
All episodes are now available on Amazon Instant Video.
Bionic Six has never seen a VHS release, let alone a DVD one. Considering it was one of the best animated series of the eighties, notably due to Osamu Dezaki as animation director (he of Lupin III and Golgo 13 fame) the tapes keep circulating from the old Syfy airing of them.
You like My Little Pony Tales? Want it to be on DVD? Well, too bad, because it probably never will be. Hasbro has never been very good with its TV series being added onto DVD and the series is a Cult Classic. However, if you're willing to import, it did get a few episodes on DVD out in Europe, and all 26 episodes were released across four DVD volumes in Australia (albeit with misleading MLP G2 cover art).
The MLP shorts from My Little Pony and Friends have been released and are at least available via Netflix; however, the same can't be said for the Potato Head Kids, Glo Friends and Moon Dreamers shorts that accompanied them on the show's original run.
Jana of the Jungle hasn't been shown on Cartoon Network or Boomerang in the United States. One episode, "The Cordillera Volcano", was on Warner Bros.' Saturday Morning Forever site.
Many of the Time Warp Trio episodes are no longer available on DVD, and those that are go for an exorbitant price.
The Australian series Arthur! and the Square Knights of the Round Table has only had one DVD release, not in Australia but the United Kingdom, and that contains only eight episodes.
The Franco-American series Space Strikers: The only evidence of its existence is the introductory theme tune, and its page on IMDB. There hasn't even been either tapes with the series in it or even any official release from the distributors. Seems it has been forgotten except for those few who got to watch it.
While you can technically get almost of all of the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series on DVD in the United States—assuming you're willing to buy multiple sets with a handful of out-of-order episodes for seasons 3 and 4—the last season of the series, Back to the Sewer, was never released in that manner. Similarly, getting a legal version of the complete Turtles Forever is currently impossible without importing from abroad.
The full DC Nation shorts are only available on the DC Nation Web site and nowhere else outside of their television broadcasts.
Late in its life, mall owners Mills Corporation created a kids' club called Muggsy's Meadow, which provided activities for kids and parents to do while at the mall. They also commissioned Flying Rhino Junior High creator Ray Nelson and his studio to create a Too Smart for Strangers animated short called Get Muggsy!, which included the club's four mascots. Since the club itself was only around for three years, and closed when Simon Property Group bought out Mills, the DVD is extremely hard to find. Nevertheless, it is on YouTube.
It's hard to find any full episodes of Wapos Bay: The Series and its movie, Long Goodbyes. You can only find promos.
Lady Lovelylocks, and how. Two episodes are missing from the U.S. and British VHS and DVD releases of the series, and only came to Australia.
Odd Job Jack, an early-2000s Canadian animated sitcom, has an entire missing season. While the second season had a DVD release (available wherever not-so-fine DVDs are liquidated) and seasons 3 and 4 are viewable on Hulu (ironically, not viewable in Canada), Season 1 does not seem to exist in viewable format outside a single Google Video copy of Season 1 ep 13.
The Banana Splits Adventure Hour is an unfortunate case of this. While the episodes were originally an hour long package of live action and animated segments, the episodes were trimmed to a half hour when syndicated to stations and retitled The Banana Splits and Friends. Only a handful of VHS releases exist, most of them released outside the USA and extremely difficult to find, and the only DVD release available is a first-season boxset, and just to twist the knife further, don't expect to see the DVD in the United States or Canada.
And to twist the knife even further, the episodes featured on the DVD and the VHS releases were the trimmed down, syndicated versions that are currently shown on Boomerang, possibly meaning that the original unedited masters are lost permanently.
The Fantastic Four (1967), produced by Hanna-Barbera, has yet to be released on DVD. Warner Bros. owns the series, but the Fantastic Four characters are owned by Marvel Comics, a division of Disney.
The Beatles' 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 now owns the Beatles' movies and they have re-released Yellow Submarine on DVD, so this may still happen somewhere down the line. In the meantine, DVDs recorded off local TV stations in the 1980s turn up online and at comic book conventions.
You're in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown (1994; licensing issues with the NFL affect this one. It got one VHS release, and those copies were only sold as promotional items in Shell gas stations)
It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown (1997; ironically, it was a Direct-to-Video release)
If you're reading this from the distant past and you have Comedy CentralHD, make absolute certain you DVR every new episode of South Park and never delete it. Because soon they'll only be re-run in butcheredBowdlerisedPan and Scan versions, with only Season 13+ available to legally own in its proper, original formatting. Only the first 8 or so seasons have syndicated copies, and that's not going to be changing since it's being removed from Syndication. That, and all the episodes (barring "200," "201," and "Super Best Friends," due to depictions of Muhammad and the controversy over it) are available legally on South Park Studios.
Also regarding South Park: Both 200 and 201 have been completely removed from the Region 2 and Region 4 DVD sets, but they exist deep in the corners of the internet with no download required.
Any U.S. Acres segment on Garfield and Friends with the original "U.S. Acres" title card, as the DVDs used the "Orson's Farm" title card. This is because the DVD releases are based on the international masters.
Also missing from the international prints for time constraints are two Screaming With Binky cartoons-one about baseball, and one about a pizza palor. Nothing is known about the former, but a fansite has a description of the latter.
Stickin' Around was a well-loved animated series that aired on the Canadian network YTV from 1996 to 1998, and ran in syndication for almost a full decade afterward. A proposed Region 1 DVD release collapsed in 2000, and the only official release the series had was in Australia. The only ways to find the episodes now is to hunt for the old VHS releases (which had all the episodes), look up episodes on YouTube or see the complete series on kidlet.tv (which is navigation blocked, and many of the belching sounds used in episodes are silenced). Also, when it aired on Fox Kids and Fox Family in America, all episodes had lots of scenes butchered out to make room for commercials, and its American run was also incomplete.
Now that kidlet.tv is now defunct, there is literally NO way to see a majority of season 3, including the Grand Finale.
None of the seasons past the sixth of King of the Hill are available on DVD, although the full series can be streamed on Netflix. However, with the advent of DVR and Cartoon Network showing all the episodes in order on Adult Swim, it was probably deemed not cost-effective to release any more seasons to DVD (the last set was released in 2006, when DVR was a novelty). The series is also available on iTunes.
A few scant episodes of the animated Punky Brewster show appear on selected volumes of the primetime show DVD. The rest of the episodes lie in abeyance.
"It's Itsy Bitsy Time", a preschool-aimed anthology Fox Family/Treehouse TV series that also had some imported series on there, barely seems to exist anywhere, legally (considering the rights issues) or illegally. Oddly enough, it seems to have fallen into downright obscurity since it went off the air.
Gary and Mike (and how). Not only did it get the shaft after 13 episodes and 1 season (On a cliffhanger), it only reran on Comedy Central once and at late night. At this point, its like the show never even existed in the first place.
There's no DVD release for Spliced, not even in Canada.
Likewise for My Life Me, which only had a very short run back in Canada (Though France and Germany had a longer run of the show.)
CJ the DJ is virtually unknown and unavailable outside of its native Australia, except for a couple of clips, and one episode in English and a couple more episodes in Portuguese, but that's about it.
A Bunch of Munsch was an old Canadian cartoon that based its episodes off children's picture books by beloved author Robert Munsch, and it was also filled with Deranged Animation. Unfortunately, the show is extremely hard to find, and its extremely rare VHS releases from Golden Book Video fetch a pretty penny. You may have a very scarce chance of finding it in your local library.
Victor And Hugo - Bunglers in Crime, despite being a Cosgrove-Hall show (usually pretty good with show releases), had only one VHS tape release during its TV run. One of the episodes ('Panda-Monium') was subsequently re-released on DVD (ironically called 'Most Wanted') but that's it. Thankfully for fans, there are a lot of episodes on YouTube, some taken from recent Australian re-broadcasts.
Don Coyote And Sancho Panda was never officially released on any format and seems to have been largely forgotten by the public, all the episodes are currently available on youtube for the time being.
Urban Vermin, another Canadian toon. The only channel it ever aired on in America was the short-lived Animania HD network. The Youtube channel dhxkidstv has them, but you have to pay $2.99 an episode.
Outside a VHS showing the best episodes of season one (that is now out of print), Toonsylvania hasn't been released in full on DVD. It is, however, available for streaming on Netflix — in Brazil and Mexico (with no English audio; it only has Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese).
There are 11 Warner Bros Cartoons, known as "the censored eleven", that were banned because of stereotypes. As of 2010, Warner Bros is planning on releasing these on DVD/Blu-Ray.
Several of the later 1960's Looney Tunes shorts have yet to see the light of day; "Injun Trouble" (the 1969 Cool Cat cartoon, not the 1938 Porky Pig cartoon, also the final Warner Bros Cartoon during the golden era) is an infamous example. However, as of 2008, some of these have seen release on DVD (including "Norman Normal" and "The Door", two of the rarest WB cartoons).
The Animals of Farthing Wood was once only available in poor-quality online bootlegs, but the first and second season were released in Germany in 2009 and 2011, with the possibility to set the spoken language to German or English.
Daria was not commercially available from its finale in 2002 until the summer of 2010. Fans wanting the show either had to hunt down the Real Player versions of the series (which were taken from the original airings of the episodes/movies on MTV) or more mainstream AVI/MPEG video captures that were (unfortunately) taken from the show's run on Noggin, who butchered the episodes mercilessly, both for content and to make room for commercials. Now the show is finally on DVD and on TV (LOGO has the rights to it), though with the trade-off of having all of the music yanked and replaced with generic replacement tunes or no music at all.
Even more annoying: While all 65 episodes of the series itself are uncut (new masters were made à la "The State" with the replacement music), "Is It College Yet?" is the same old butchered version that aired on MTV after its initial commercial-free airing, which was used for the original DVD release of said film.
Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures was caught in this trap, but then the entire series came out on DVD in 2010, with the picture digitally remastered from the original film negatives AND bonus features. Quite a big treatment for a show that hadn't aired in years.
The 1990s X-Men 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 X-Men Origins: Wolverine), with three more sets later released completing the series.
Every episode is freely available to stream on Marvel.com as well.
Interestingly, Disney seems a little more willing to sell comprehensive DVDs of Marvel cartoons than for cartoons they made themselves. The 1967 Animated Adaptation of Spider-Man had a complete series DVD in 2004 (which went out of print a few years later) to cash in on Spider-Man 2, and The Marvel Action Hour also has DVD boxsets. (The Fantastic Four segments became available shortly after the release of the 2005 movie, while Iron Man came around the same time as Iron Man 2.)
Warner apparently releases seasons of Superfriends at random, and it seemed unlikely that the "lost" 1980s shorts and the fan UN-favorite Wendy & Marvin season would ever come to DVD. That is, until one set of the "lost" shorts made its way to DVD in August 2009, and the Wendy and Marvin episodes the following year.
It took damn near 22 years, three distribution companies, and a very dogged fanbase to get Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers on DVD in the United States. Cue massiveSquee when Koch finally released a two-part set.
The 1992 telefilm Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation was placed into this for almost a decade after Warner Bros.' 75th anniversary reprint of the 1996 re-release in 1998 went out of print several years later. By that time, the only way to watch that film was through either airings on Nicktoons Network (until 2005 to be exact), finding a used copy, or possibly bootlegs. These practices continued until a DVD release was announced in May 2012 and was officially taken off this in August of that year.
In North America, the only place you can view Kappa Mikey's two full seasons, besides on its practically non-existent presence on TV, is on iTunes. For some reason, Australia is the only country that legally distributes a full season DVD.
Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures, which ran for a total of 52 episodes in two seasons during 1996-1997, had a few single-episode VHS tapes and Laserdisc releases during its run, but was all but forgotten after that, especially after the Time Warner merger. Most of the episodes can be found online, though, thanks to the shows' faithful fanbase. Finally in 2009, Turner released a DVD set of the first 13 episodes of season 1, including director/producer commentary and "making of" mini-features. There have been no announcements about releases for the rest of the series as of yet, but the fans remain eager... hopefully it won't take another 13 years this time around.
Kim Possible had a couple of episode DVDs, but for years, Disney didn't seem to see the value in season box sets. DVD sets of the first two seasons finally became available in October 2010, but only through the Disney Movie Club. Now, fortunately, they have put up the entire series for streaming.
Code Lyoko only got Season 1 and five episodes of Season 2 to DVD before Funimation quietly dropped the title. It was thought that the rest of the series would never see an official release unless one lived in France until Taffy Entertainment began distributing the seasons on iTunes in November 2010, with XANA Awakens available free, and the first six episodes available free on their YouTube account. As of January 2011, all four seasons have been released.
Likewise, the live action shows. Kenan & Kel became available on iTunes in 2011, and Hey Dude got DVD sets starting in 2011.
Gargoyles so far only has season 1 and half of season 2 released on DVD, but the complete series is now available for streaming on Disney's website - the only Disney Afternoon series to get this so far.
In 2013, the second half of season 2 was released as a Disney Movie Club exclusive.
Quack Pack has had a few individual episodes released on DVD, but never the entire series.
And of course, as mentioned before, Marvel themselves do have a online video section on their site where one can catch most episodes of the older Marvel cartoon and TV series (including the Japanese Spider-Man), with no region-blocking whatsoever in place note Showing that Marvel is indeed run by superheroes.
Heavy Metal was theatrically released in 1981, but only got to VHS after 15 years - with a DVD one year later - due to copyright issues (the film has much, much licensed music). The Agony Boothrecap even says the movie got much of its Cult Classic status for its rarity than for actual quality.
Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? had some Compilation Movies released by Lionsgate and the first season released by Shout! Factory, then five years passed without any other releases. Thanks to Mill Creek Entertainment, a DVD of the complete series came in February 2012.
Jem — Rhino Video released seasons 1-2 and part of 3 on DVD. The rest? Left in limbo. To make matters worse, the first two sets of DVDs went out of print and cost a pretty penny to buy a secondhand copy. Shout! Factory has decided to release a complete series DVD boxset, including the long-unavailable season 3 episodes.
One of the most Egregious examples of this trope was The Eighties incarnation of Alvin and the Chipmunks, considering that musical numbers were their entire shtick. But, with the success of the movies, several compilations of the show and associated specials have been released.
ReBoot. ADV Films never released Seasons 1 and 2 on DVD, only four episodes from Season 1 ever came out on VHS. Seasons 3 and 4 came out on DVD, but went out of print. Fortunately, Shout! Factory eventually released DVDs of the complete series.
Season 3 also airs on Teletoon Retro...IN CANADA! (Well, it was made in Canada...)
The 1980 animated feature adaptation of Gnomes languished in copyright limbo after the production company wound up. However, CCV of Norway announced that a DVD release would come in December 2011.
In late January 2012, Warner Archive released the first season of Pac-Man as a manufacture-on-demand (MOD for short) DVD title. The second season was released in September in a package that includes the Pac-ManChristmas Special.
The Jetsons was among the first Hanna-Barbera series to receive a DVD boxset, but it contained only the original episodes, broadcast from 1962 to 1963. These also became the only episodes to air on Boomerang. The 1980s revival did not come to DVD, or air on Boomerang, until 2009. Even then, only half of Season 2 became available on DVD, as well as the theatrical 1990 movie. Now, fans can buy the second half of the season, the two concurrently produced TV movies, and (eventually) the third season through Warner Archive.
The 2003–2007 Strawberry Shortcake series appeared to be in limbo when the series was dropped off Kewlopolis before the 2007 Season 4 episodes could air, and rights for the series went from Playmates to Hasbro (and animation rights went from DiC to Moonscoop). DVD releases of the series became slow and erratic, and many fans initially believed in 2009 that the releases would grind to a halt and the last eight episodes would not see the light of day upon hearing the news back then. However, stopping of releases is one thing that did not happen, and the last DVD of the series came out in March 2012.
Recess is now available on iTunes in Germany. (An iTunes release in the U.S. is unknown, but Recess: School's Out and Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade are available)
Godzilla: The Series still does not have a full DVD set (nine episodes released on DVD, two VHS tapes and the Monster Wars trilogy on both formats), but the full series is now streaming on Netflix.
The Swan Princess and The Swan Princess III: The Mystery of the Enchanted Treasure came to DVD in 2004, but The Swan Princess: Escape from Castle Mountain did not. People wanting to complete the set had to wait five years for that film, which was retitled The Swan Princess: The Secret of the Castle.
The third season of Transformers Animated was only release on DVD in Japan (the Japanese dub, obviously), Hasbro has stated they have no plans to release it, and Cartoon Network dropped reruns of the show from their lineup fairly soon after it ended. However, in 2012, The Hub picked up the rights to show reruns, saving it at least temporarily.
The For Better or for Worse animated specials from the 1980s and 1990s became available since Lynn Johnston acquired the rights in 2008; they're sold exclusively through the FBorFW website.
Dog City - The series was made only a couple of years after Jim Henson's death, so the Jim Henson Company never really took much notice of it, despite its use of a fifth wall, earning it a huge cult following. Only seven episodes were released on three extremely rare tapes, and the JHC refused to let the rest be uploaded to Youtube (save for one episode in German). There was a brief Hope Spot when they were all made available on Amazon Instant Video, but only in the United States. A petition started on the website Rostam Entertainment for a full DVD release and a crossover film with All Dogs Go to Heaven, but before they could get halfway (about 10 signatures out of 29), Rostam Entertainment was taken down and later rebooted as Cartoon Reviewer, and the petition became stuck in Development Hell. Finally, a YouTube user known as "Alexmantv" has uploaded all the episodes (presumably from Amazon.)
Doug's 1st Movie was released on video in 1999, but not on DVD despite the fact that Disney moved into that market that year (ironically, it was originally intended as a Direct-to-Video title). Other countries released it on VideoCD, but those copies are long out of print. It was finally released on DVD in 2012, albeit as a Disney Movie Club exclusive.
"Poor sales" killed all plans to release the remainder of the ALF animated series on DVD after the first nine episodes. The entire series is now available through Hulu Plus.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is an odd case of being preemptively rescued from tape circulation limbo. The few DVD releases the show gets are small handfuls of Out of Order episodes, and most international networks outright refuse to carry the show... but this doesn't matter because the bronies will, without fail, upload each episode to YouTube in high definition with all commercials cut out within an hour of it airing on TV.
And should Hasbro (or someone posing as them) start taking down episodes for copyright, Shout! Factory (who also released those Out of Order sets) has two complete DVD releases for both seasons, both being exclusive to Amazon.com.
Disney's The Weekenders will be given a full DVD release as a Disney Movie Club Exclusive in February 2013, making it the very first show from One Saturday Morning to get a full DVD release.
As of February 2013, the first half of Beverly Hills Teens is now available from Mill Creek Entertainment.
For awhile, Street Sharks had a couple of VHS releases of the first few episodes, meaning that the later episodes were all but lost after the re-runs ended. Netflix aired the episodes out of order for some time, but the show also finally got a DVD release of all 40 episodes.
As of 2013, Goof Troop, previously only with three episodes available on DVD, now has 54 episodes available. Still not the full (79-episode) series, but much closer than it was.
The same year, Disney finally released the last third of TaleSpin.
Airing irregularly in Canada and France for years, Cybersix never got released on DVD after its only season was finished. Fortunately, Discotek Media recently announced that they have picked the show up and have made plans for a 2014 DVD release.
After the first season DVD set from Shout! Factory fell flat due to low sales, and the compilation DVDs became rarities, Inspector Gadget will finally be getting a complete series release in both volumes and a complete series boxset courtesy of New Video Group.
After many years off the air and episodes becoming hard to find, the complete series of Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain will get a DVD release in January 2014. Whether or not this is a good thing is up for debate.
The Earthworm Jim two-season cartoon series had originally seen only a partial VHS release of eight (out of 13) Season 1 episodes, presented in random order. Word of God was that it will never would released on DVD, due to the creators considering it an Old Shame they were coerced into creating to support the games. It finally got a US release in its entirety.
Once upon a time, The Magic Adventures Of Mumfie had only a very small amount of episodes, plus the Christmas special and movie, on VHS. That changed in 2012 when Britt Allcroft herself released Mumfie's Quest on DVD. In 2013, she then released the Christmas special Mumfie's White Christmas on DVD. On New Year's Day 2014, the whole series became available on Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video. The original, unedited episode version of Mumfie's Quest will be released in the future as well as new merchandise.
David The Gnome was this but got DVD releases in the UK in 2006, in Spain and Italy by 2011, and in the U.S. by Oasis DVD in 2012. Most episodes are also available on DVD in Germany and the Netherlands.