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1984 was the year when Walt Disney Home Video introduced its first special brand, "The Classics".

Movies released in theaters this year

North America

  • Splash (March 9, 1984)
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (May 23, 1984)
  • Ghostbusters (June 8, 1984)
  • Gremlins (June 8, 1984)
  • The Karate Kid (June 22, 1984)
  • The Neverending Story (July 20, 1984)
  • Country (September 29, 1984)
  • The Terminator (October 26, 1984)
  • Gary Penguinwood (November 30, 1984)
  • Beverly Hills Cop (December 5, 1984)

Japan

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (March 11, 1984)
  • Jaws 3-D (March 31, 1984)
  • Scarface (April 28, 1984)
  • Never Cry Wolf (June 9, 1984)
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (July 7, 1984)
  • Splash (September 8, 1984)
  • Ghostbusters (December 2, 1984)
  • Gremlins (December 8, 1984)

UK

  • Never Cry Wolf (March 16, 1984)
  • Scarface (March 30, 1984)
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (June 15, 1984)
  • Splash (June 29, 1984)
  • The Karate Kid (August 31, 1984)
  • Ghostbusters (December 7, 1984)
  • Gremlins (December 7, 1984)
  • The Terminator (December 21, 1984)

France

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes (January 25, 1984)
  • Scarface (March 7, 1984)
  • Never Cry Wolf (April 4, 1984)
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (September 12, 1984)
  • The Karate Kid (September 26, 1984)
  • Splash (October 24, 1984)
  • The Neverending Story (November 21, 1984)
  • Gremlins (December 5, 1984)
  • Ghostbusters (December 12, 1984)

Australia

  • Scarface (March 22, 1984)
  • Never Cry Wolf (June 7, 1984)
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (July 19, 1984)
  • Splash (August 16, 1984)
  • Tex (September 6, 1984)
  • The Karate Kid (September 27, 1984)
  • Ghostbusters (November 15, 1984)
  • The Secret of NIMH (November 22, 1984)
  • Gremlins (December 13, 1984)
  • The Terminator (December 20, 1984)
  • The Neverending Story (December 26, 1984)

Latin America

  • Scarface (February 9, 1984)
  • Splash (June 7, 1984)
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (July 5, 1984)
  • The Karate Kid (July 5, 1984)
  • Gremlins (August 23, 1984)
  • Ghostbusters (December 21, 1984)
  • The Secret of NIMH (December 28, 1984)

Brazil

  • Scarface (May 17, 1984)
  • Gremlins (August 10, 1984)
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (August 24, 1984)
  • The Karate Kid (September 28, 1984)
  • The Neverending Story (October 5, 1984)
  • Ghostbusters (December 21, 1984)
  • Gary Penguinwood (December 28, 1984)

South Korea

  • E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (June 23, 1984)
  • Scarface (December 8, 1984)
  • Ghostbusters (December 22, 1984)
  • The Terminator (December 22, 1984)

Hong Kong

  • Scarface (March 8, 1984)
  • Never Cry Wolf (May 3, 1984)
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (June 28, 1984)
  • The Karate Kid (October 4, 1984)
  • Gremlins (October 25, 1984)
  • Ghostbusters (December 6, 1984)

Movies re-issued in theaters this year

North America

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (January 1, 1984)
  • Pete's Dragon (March 9, 1984)
  • The Jungle Book (July 27, 1984)
  • Pinocchio (December 21, 1984)

Japan

France

Australia

  • Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (May 3, 1984)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (August 23, 1984)

Movies aired on television this year

CBS

  • The Muppet Movie (May 22 and 29, 1984)*
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (February 26, 1984)
  • The Wiz (May 5, 1984)
  • The Wizard of Oz (March 30, 1984)

(*) This film was re-edited for viewing in two parts.

NBC

  • Mickey's Christmas Carol (December 10, 1984)

Programs debuted on television this year

NBC

  • The Cosby Show (September 20, 1984)

CBS

  • The Get Along Gang (September 15, 1984)
  • Muppet Babies (September 15, 1984)

Syndication

(*) Merv Griffin Productions and KingWorld produced two pilot episodes of this show during the 1983-1984 season. Respectively, the dollar values were $25-$125 and $50-$250 in the first round and $50-$250 and $100-$500 in Double Jeopardy!. Other than that, the game rules remained the same as they are today.

Programs airing new seasons this year

ABC

  • Family Feud (1976-1985)
  • The Littles (Season 2) (September 15, 1984)

CBS

  • Press Your Luck*
  • The Price is Right (Season 13) (September 10, 1984)

(*) On June 11, 1984, Michael Larson's winnings added up to $110,237 in cash and prizes from this game show. The Michael Larson episodes were banned from airing on the USA Network and GSN (until 2003).

PBS

  • 3-2-1 Contact (Season 3) (October 22, 1984)
  • Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
  • Reading Rainbow (September 3, 1984)
  • Sesame Street (Season 16) (November 19, 1984)

Syndication

  • Inspector Gadget (Season 1, continued)
  • Wheel of Fortune (Season 2) (September 10, 1984)

Programs broadcasted in reruns this year

HBO

  • The Cat in the Hat
  • The Lorax
  • Dr. Seuss on the Loose
  • The Hoober-Bloob Highway

PBS

  • The Electric Company (1975-1977)
  • Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (1969-1975)

Programs ended this year

HBO

  • The Lorax (last aired in August 1984)
  • The Hoober-Bloob Highway (last aired in August 1984)
  • Dr. Seuss on the Loose (last aired in August 1984)
  • The Cat in the Hat (last aired in August 1984)

Anime released in this year

  • Adventures of the Little Koala (October 4th, 1984; last aired on March 28th, 1985)

VHS releases this year

  • The Incredible Journey (Q4 1984)
  • Jaws 3-D (Q1 1984)
  • Splash (Q4 1984)
  • Never Cry Wolf (Q4 1984)
  • Scarface (Q2 1984)
  • Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (November 13, 1984)
  • Tiger Town (Q2 1984)
  • Animal Quiz #1 
  • Animal Quiz #2 
  • Animal Quiz #3 
  • Animal Quiz #4 
  • Animal Quiz #5 
  • Animal Quiz #6 
  • Son of Flubber
  • The Castaway Cowboy
  • The Boatniks
  • Big Red
  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics Vol. 7: More of Disney's Best - 1932-1946
  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics Vol. 8: Sport Goofy's Vacation
  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics Vol. 9: Donald Duck's First 50 Years
  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics Vol. 10: Mickey's Crazy Careers
  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics - Limited Gold Edition: Mickey
  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics - Limited Gold Edition: Minnie
  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics - Limited Gold Edition: Donald
  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics - Limited Gold Edition: Daisy
  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics - Limited Gold Edition: Pluto
  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics - Limited Gold Edition: Disney's Best - The Fabulous '50s
  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics - Limited Gold Edition: Silly Symphonies
  • Stories And Fables Volumes 1-8 (1984)
  • Winnie the Pooh and Friends (Q4 1984)
  • A Disney Christmas Gift (December 6, 1984)
  • Mickey's Christmas Carol (December 6, 1984)
  • Robin Hood (December 6, 1984)

VHS re-releases this year

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Q4 1984)
  • The Muppet Movie (from CBS/Fox Video) (Q4 1984)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (November 13, 1984)*

(*) Re-released with Hi-Fi Stereo sound.

VHS Tapes discontinued this year

  • Alice in Wonderland (1981 VHS)
  • Dumbo (1981 VHS)
  • Fun and Fancy Free (1982 VHS)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1981 VHS)
  • The Three Caballeros (1982 VHS)
  • All other early 1980s Disney videos

Toys

USA

  • Potato Head Kids (January 1, 1984)

Japan

  • Care Bears (May 15, 1984)
  • My Little Pony (June 19, 1984)
  • Transformers (July 10, 1984)
  • Strawberry Shortcake (August 2, 1984)

Logos introduced this year

  • The Classics: Walt Disney Home Video - "Cheesy Diamond" (December 6, 1984)
  • CBS/Fox Video Logo #3 (December 1984)
  • DiC Entertainment - "The Green Vortex" (September 1984)
  • KingWorld - "Stars and Stripes" (November 1984)
  • PBS - "Split Profile" (October 1, 1984)
  • Tristar Pictures - "Early Pegasus" (May 11, 1984)
  • Touchstone Films - Early "Thunderball" logos (March 9, 1984)
  • Warner Bros. Pictures - "WB Shield" (June 8, 1984)*
  • Warner Bros. Television - "WB Shield" (Q3 1984)*

(*) Warner Bros. was still a Warner Communications company back then.

Logos updated this year

  • Merv Griffin Enterprises (September 10, 1984) (formerly Merv Griffin Productions)

Logos ended this year

  • 20th Television Fox - "The Early Searchlights"
  • Buena Vista Distribution (1979) (December 14, 1984)
  • CBS/Fox Video - "Cutting Lines" (November 13, 1984)
  • Public Broadcasting Service - "Tri-Colored P-Heads" (September 30, 1984)*
  • Walt Disney Home Entertainment - "Neon Mickey A" (June 1984)
  • Warner Bros. - "The Big \\" (May 18, 1984)

(*) The 1971 PBS logo still appeared occasionally on reruns of older programs until 1990.

Video games released this year

Japan

  • Duck Hunt (April 21, 1984)
  • Donkey Kong 3 (July 4, 1984)
  • Pac-Man (November 2, 1984)

Books released this year

  • The Butter Battle Book (January 12, 1984)

Software released this year

  • MS-DOS 3.0 (August 14, 1984)*
  • MS-DOS 3.1 (November 1984)

(*) Also introduced is support for the FAT16 file system, hard drive partitions with up to 32 megabytes, and 5.25" floppy disks carrying up to 1.2 megabytes.

Vehicles introduced this year

  • 1984 Buick Century (as a 4-door station wagon)
  • 1984 Chevrolet Corvette (2-door coupe only)
  • 1984 Dodge Daytona
  • 1984 Jeep Cherokee/Wagoneer
  • 1985 Nissan Maxima (Q4 1984)
  • 1984 Oldsmobile Calais
  • 1985 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight
  • 1984 Toyota 4Runner (as a 1984.5 model) (Q1 1984)
  • 1984 Toyota MR2
  • 1984 Volkswagen Cabriolet
  • 1985 Volvo 740 (Q1 1984)

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