Less than one year ago, Walt Disney Records announced The Legacy Collection, a 12-title series marking various anniversaries of classic Disney films and even a theme park. In June, the series kicked off with a deluxe expansion of the soundtrack to The Lion King to commemorate that film's 20th year, and since then we've received similarly expanded editions of Mary Poppins (50th), Sleeping Beauty (55th), The Little Mermaid (25th), Fantasia (75th) and Pinocchio (75th). Future releases were promised to arrive through this August, with Toy Story, Disneyland, Lady and the Tramp, Pocahontas, The Aristocats and Cinderella planned to round out the original twelve title line-up.
Having released just half of the initially announced titles, however, the label has changed its plans, readjusting various dates and postponing one title indefinitely. Stitch Kingdom was among the first to report last week that the Legacy Collection edition of Randy Newman's score to Toy Story has been taken off the schedule, though Walt Disney Records still hopes a release might be possible before this year's Disney D23 Fan Expo in August.
The updated Legacy Collection schedule is now as follows:
- Lady and the Tramp (60th anniversary) - Originally slated for May 12, it's been rescheduled for April 28 exclusively through Disney's soundtrack partner Intrada;
- Disneyland (60th) - Originally everywhere April 7, this title will now arrive in The Happiest Place on Earth itself on May 6 and at general retail on August 18;
- Cinderella (65th) - Originally August 14 to coincide with the D23 Expo, Cinderella will now arrive a couple of months earlier on June 23;
- Pocahontas (20th) - Originally set for June 23, Pocahontas has been delayed until July 21; and
- The Aristocats (45th) - This title has been the least adjusted. Originally set to premiere August 14 at the D23 Expo, it will arrive three days early, on August 11, at the Expo and arrive in stores on August 18.
The choice to distribute Lady and the Tramp exclusively through online retailer Intrada is the most intriguing change here; Intrada has most recently made Disney scores for Escape to Witch Mountain, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure and Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue through its first-of-a-kind partnership with Disney. Should general retail releases cease for The Legacy Collection, one fervently hopes that Intrada will pick up the baton.
Watch this space for further updates on each of the six remaining Legacy Collection titles including the indefinitely postponed Toy Story!