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1986 was the year when the "Sorcerer Mickey" Walt Disney Home Video logo debuted on VHS.



Movies released in theaters this year

North America

  • The Adventures of the American Rabbit (January 17, 1986)
  • Down and Out in Beverly Hills (January 31, 1986)
  • Gung Ho! (March 14, 1986)
  • Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (March 21, 1986)
  • Legends (April 18, 1986)
  • Short Circuit (May 9, 1986)
  • Labyrinth (June 27, 1986)
  • The Great Mouse Detective (July 2, 1986)
  • Flight of the Navigator (July 30, 1986)
  • Howard the Duck (August 1, 1986)
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (August 6, 1986)
  • The Transformers: The Movie (August 8, 1986)
  • An American Tail (November 21, 1986)
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (November 26, 1986)
  • The Golden Child (December 12, 1986)
  • Little Shop of Horrors (December 19, 1986)

Latin America

  • The Care Bears Movie (April 24, 1986)
  • The Great Mouse Detective (July 17, 1986)
  • Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (December 25, 1986)

Brazil

  • Flight of the Navigator (October 31, 1986)
  • Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (December 25, 1986)
  • The Great Mouse Detective (December 25, 1986)

Japan

  • Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (March 8, 1986)
  • Return to Oz (March 29, 1986)
  • The Black Cauldron (July 19, 1986)
  • Castle in the Sky (August 2, 1986)
  • Down and Out in Beverly Hills (September 20, 1986)
  • Flight of the Navigator (December 27, 1986)

UK

  • The Journey of Natty Gann (February 7, 1986)
  • Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (July 25, 1986)
  • The Great Mouse Detective (October 10, 1986)
  • Labyrinth (November 28, 1986)

France

  • The Journey of Natty Gann (February 5, 1986)
  • The Care Bears Movie (February 1986)
  • Down and Out in Beverly Hills (September 17, 1986)
  • The Great Mouse Detective (November 26, 1986)

Australia

  • Down and Out in Beverly Hills (March 27, 1986)
  • The Journey of Natty Gann (May 8, 1986)
  • The Black Cauldron (October 13, 1986)
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (December 18, 1986)
  • Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (December 26, 1986)
  • The Golden Child (December 26, 1986)

South Korea

People's Republic of China

  • The Black Cauldron (October 19, 1986)

Hong Kong

  • The Black Cauldron (February 20, 1986)

Movies re-issued in theaters this year

North America

Japan

UK

France

  • Peter Pan (March 19, 1986)
  • Fantasia (October 1, 1986)
  • Bambi (October 22, 1986)

Australia

  • Fantasia (June 5, 1986)
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (August 14, 1986)
  • The Jungle Book (August 23, 1986)

Short films released in theaters this year

  • Luxo Jr. (August 17, 1986)

Movies aired on television this year

ABC

  • Robin Hood (April 27, 1986)
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang (June 15, 1986)
  • Pete's Dragon (September 21, 1986)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (September 28, 1986)
  • Splash (November 9, 1986)
  • Tiger Town (December 28, 1986)

CBS

Disney Channel

  • Pinocchio (September 19, 1986)

NBC

  • Mickey's Christmas Carol (December 15, 1986)

Programs debuted on television this year

CBS

  • Card Sharks (1986-1989) (January 6, 1986)

Nickelodeon

  • Double Dare (October 6, 1986)

Syndication

  • Cheers (1982-1993)
  • The Real Ghostbusters (September 13, 1986)
  • Popples (September 13, 1986)
  • Hollywood Squares (September 15, 1986)
  • Dennis the Menace (September 22, 1986)
  • Designing Women (September 29, 1986)

Programs airing new seasons this year

CBS

  • CBS Storybreak
  • The Price is Right (Season 15) (September 8, 1986)

PBS

  • 3-2-1 Contact (Season 5) (September 22, 1986)
  • Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
  • Reading Rainbow (June 23, 1986)
  • Sesame Street (Season 18) (November 17, 1986)

Syndication

  • Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats (Season 2)
  • Jeopardy! (Season 3) (September 8, 1986)
  • Wheel of Fortune (Season 4) (September 8, 1986)

Programs broadcasted in reruns this year

PBS

  • Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (1969-1975)

Syndication

  • Jeopardy! (Season 2) (September 13, 1986)
  • Wheel of Fortune (Season 3) (September 13, 1986)

Programs ended this year

ABC

  • The Littles

CBS

  • Press Your Luck

Syndication

  • Inspector Gadget
  • Jeopardy! (Season 1) (September 6, 1986)
  • Wheel of Fortune (Season 2) (September 6, 1986)

Anime released this year

  • Maple Town (January 19, 1986) (52 episodes; last aired on January 11, 1987)
  • Dragon Ball (February 26, 1986) (153 episodes; last aired on April 12, 1989)

VHS releases this year

Region 1 (North America)

Movies

  • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (January 1986)
  • My Science Project (January 7, 1986)
  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics Vol. 13: Silly Symphonies - Fanciful Fables (January 8, 1986)
  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics Vol. 14: Silly Symphonies - Animal Tales (January 8, 1986)
  • The Hubley Studio's: Flights of Fancy (January 8, 1986)
  • The Hubley Studio's: The Ages of Humankind (January 8, 1986)
  • The Fabulous Fleischer Folio Volume 4 (January 8, 1986)
  • The Blue Yonder (January 28, 1986)
  • Disney's Greatest Lullabies Volume One (January 28, 1986)
  • Disney's Greatest Lullabies Volume Two (January 28, 1986)
  • Walt Disney Video A Longs: The Disney Classics (January 28, 1986)
  • Walt Disney Video A Longs: Winnie the Pooh (January 28, 1986)
  • Walt Disney Video A Longs: Mickey's Discovery Series (January 28, 1986)
  • National Lampoon's European Vacation (February 1986)
  • Pee Wee's Big Adventure (February 1986)
  • Follow That Bird (March 1986)
  • Westward Ho the Wagons (March 4, 1986)
  • One Little Indian (March 4, 1986)
  • The Great American Cowboy (March 4, 1986)
  • The Living Desert (March 4, 1986)
  • The Monkey Uncle (March 4, 1986)
  • The Horsemasters (March 4, 1986)
  • Jungle Cat (March 4, 1986)
  • The Ugly Daschund (March 4, 1986)
  • Charley and the Angel (March 4, 1986)
  • Lots of Luck (March 4, 1986)
  • Grefriars Bobby (March 4, 1986)
  • Escapede in Florence (March 4, 1986)
  • Texas John Slaughter: Stampede at Bitter Creek (March 4, 1986)
  • American Flyers (April 1986)
  • The Littlest Horse Thieves (April 1986)
  • Almost Angels (April 1986)
  • The Flight of the Grey Wolf (April 1986)
  • The Horse Without a Head (April 1986)
  • Million Dollar Duck (April 1986)
  • The Journey of Natty Gann (April 1986)
  • Scandalous John (April 1986)
  • Texas John Slaughter: Gernomio's Revenge (April 1986)
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (February 25, 1986)
  • The Goonies (March 1986)
  • The Sword in the Stone (March 25, 1986)
  • Back to the Future (May 22, 1986)
  • Alice in Wonderland (May 28, 1986)
  • Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (May 28, 1986)
  • Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (May 28, 1986)
  • Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (May 28, 1986)
  • The Importance of Being Donald (May 28, 1986)
  • Mickey Knows Best (May 28, 1986)
  • King of the Grizzlies (June 24, 1986)
  • Treasure of Matecumbe (June 24, 1986)
  • Mooncussers (June 24, 1986)
  • Napoleon and Samantha (June 24, 1986)
  • Savage Sam (June 24, 1986)
  • So Dear to My Heart (June 24, 1986)
  • Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (August 19, 1986)
  • Sleeping Beauty (October 14, 1986)
  • Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore (May 28, 1986)
  • One Magic Christmas (December 23, 1986)
  • Menace on the Mountain (December 23, 1986)
  • Jiminy Cricket's Christmas (December 23, 1986)
  • Disney's Sing-Along Songs: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (December 23, 1986)
  • Ruthless People (Q4 1986)

TV Shows

  • SuperTed 5: New Tales of Cosmic Adventures (January 8, 1986)
  • Paddington Bear Volume 5 (January 8, 1986)
  • Kidsongs: I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (Q1 1986)
  • Kidsongs: Good Night, Sleep Tight (Q2 1986)
  • Kidsongs: Cars, Boats, Trains and Planes (Q2 1986)
  • Kidsongs: Sing Out, America! (Q4 1986)
  • Kidsongs: A Day with the Animals (Q4 1986)
  • Sesame Street: Bedtime Stories & Songs
  • Sesame Street: Getting Ready to Read
  • Sesame Street: I'm Glad I'm Me
  • Sesame Street: Learning About Letters
  • Sesame Street: Learning About Numbers
  • Sesame Street: Play-Along Games & Songs

Region 2 (Japan)

  • Gremlins (January 25, 1986)
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (February 21, 1986)
  • Winnie the Pooh and a Day For Eeyore and Other Stories (March 25, 1986)
  • Pinocchio (April 25, 1986)
  • The Goonies (July 25, 1986)
  • Country (August 25, 1986)
  • Return to Oz (November 25, 1986)
  • Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (December 25, 1986)

Region 2 (UK)

Movies

  • The Monkey's Uncle (March 1986)
  • Robin Hood (March 1986)
  • Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi (April 1986)
  • Star Wars IV: A New Hope (June 1986)
  • The Goonies (June 1986)
  • The Wizard of Oz (August 1986)
  • The Sword in the Stone (September 1986)
  • Pete's Dragon (October 1986)
  • Back to the Future (November 1986)

TV Shows

  • Thomas & Friends Season 1 Vol. 3: Coal and Other Stories*

(*) Distributed by Kaleidoscope Video.

VHS re-releases this year

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (May 28, 1986)
  • The Absent-Minded Professor (May 28, 1986)
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks (May 28, 1986)
  • Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (May 28, 1986)
  • Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (May 28, 1986)
  • The Parent Trap (May 28, 1986)
  • Robin Hood (October 14, 1986)
  • Pinocchio (October 14, 1986)
  • Dumbo (October 14, 1986)
  • The Sword in the Stone (October 14, 1986)
  • Alice in Wonderland (October 14, 1986)
  • The Journey of Natty Gann (October 14, 1986)
  • Splash (October 14, 1986)
  • A Disney Christmas Gift (December 23, 1986)
  • Mickey's Christmas Carol (December 23, 1986)

(*) This Disney film was last re-released on VHS in 1993, still without closed captions and with only monaural audio. Many online stores, however, claim the release date as March 18, 1997. Cable television broadcasts, however, are remastered and do contain closed captions.

VHS Tapes discontinued this year

  • Condorman (1982 VHS)
  • Johnny Tremain (1983 VHS)
  • Kidnapped (1983 VHS)
  • Snowball Express (1982 VHS)
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983 VHS)
  • Tex (1983 VHS)
  • Trenchcoat (1983 VHS)
  • Tron (1983 VHS)
  • Winnie the Pooh and Friends (VHS)

Toys

USA

  • GoBots (March 20, 1986)

UK

  • My Little Pony (June 23, 1986)

Japan

  • Rainbow Brite (July 26, 1986)
  • G.I. Joe (September 18, 1986)

Logos introduced this year

  • RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video - "Spinning Cube" (Q1 1986)
  • Touchstone Home Video - "Flashing Thunderball" (Q4 1986)
  • Tristar Television - "The Early Pegasus" (September 27, 1986)
  • Viacom - "V of Steel" (September 13, 1986)
  • Walt Disney Home Video - "Sorcerer Mickey" (October 14, 1986)
  • Walt Disney Pictures - "Magic Kingdom" (VHS debut on June 25, 1986)
  • Warner Home Video - "Cheesy Shield" (January 1986)*

(*) Like Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Home Video was also a Warner Communications company until 1990.

Logos updated this year

  • Merv Griffin Enterprises (as a unit of the Coca-Cola Company) (December 24, 1986)
  • Touchstone Pictures - "Thunderball Snake" (October 1986) (formerly Touchstone Films)

Logos ended this year

  • Paramount Pictures - "Blue Mountain" (December 12, 1986)
  • Touchstone Home Video - "Still Thunderball" (Q1 1986)
  • Viacom - "V of Doom" (August 1986)
  • Walt Disney Home Video - "Neon Mickey B" (June 25, 1986)

Video games released this year

Japan

Family Computer (a.k.a. Famicom)

  • All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros. (September 13, 1986)
  • Doraemon (December 12, 1986)

Famicom Disk System

North America

  • Donkey Kong (June 1986)
  • Donkey Kong Jr. (June 1986)
  • Donkey Kong 3 (June 1986)
  • Mario Bros. (June 1986)
  • Bubble Bobble (Arcade)

Europe

  • Mario Bros. (September 1, 1986)
  • Ice Climber (September 1, 1986)
  • Donkey Kong (October 15, 1986)

Books released this year

  • Arthur's Teacher Trouble (First Edition)

Albums released this year

  • Totally Minnie (LP)

Software released this year

  • MS-DOS 3.2 (January 1986)*
  • Microsoft Windows 1.03 (August 1986)

(*) This operating system also adds support for 3.5" floppy disks up to 720 kilobytes.

Vehicles introduced this year

  • 1987 BMW 735i (July 1986)
  • 1986 Buick LeSabre
  • 1986 Buick Riviera
  • 1986 Cadillac Eldorado
  • 1986 Cadillac Seville
  • 1986 Chevrolet Corvette (2-door convertible)
  • 1987 Dodge Dakota
  • 1987 Dodge Shadow/Plymouth Sundance (August 25, 1986)
  • 1986 Ford Tempo LX
  • 1987 Jaguar Vanden Plas/XJ6/XJS (October 8, 1986)
  • 1987 Jeep Wrangler
  • 1986 Mazda RX-7
  • 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560-Class
  • 1986 Nissan D21 Hardbody Truck
  • 1987 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 1987 Nissan Pulsar
  • 1986 Nissan Sentra
  • 1986 Nissan Stanza
  • 1986 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight
  • 1987 Oldsmobile Toronado
  • 1986 Pontiac Grand Am SE
  • 1986 Suzuki Samurai
  • 1986 Volvo 240

Vehicles discontinued this year

  • Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta

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