Golden Book Video

In 1985, the Western Publishing Company, famous for its series of children's literature, the Golden Books, cashed in on the home video trend of the 1980s with a series of videos that adapted many of its Golden Books. These Golden Book Videos typically utilized the pictures from the books, with limited animation effects added (a forerunner of Adobe Flash animation), such as eyes blinking or an animal's tail wagging, etc. They also often featured musical numbers made for the video, sometimes featuring on-screen lyrics inviting the audience to sing along.

The Golden Book Video series also featured sing-along videos, usually containing old public domain or original children's songs, with a semi-animated original story to carry along the songs, as well as the "Golden Step-Ahead" video series, which were educational videos that taught subjects like basic math, learning to read, and what school is like. These video series also utilized the same partial animation as the book adaptations did.

Some Golden Book Videos also adapted books featuring popular children's characters or franchises, such as Masters of the Universe, Sesame Street, the Care Bears, the Pound Puppies and the works of Richard Scarry.

These series provide examples of: