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1988 was the year when Barney the dinosaur made his home video debut.



Movie trailers released this year

  • Oliver & Company (October 4, 1988)
  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (Teaser) (October 4, 1988)
  • Field of Dreams (Teaser) (October 4, 1988)
  • Ghostbusters II (Teaser) (November 9, 1988)
  • Batman (Teaser) (November 18, 1988)
  • Licence to Kill (Teaser) (December 16, 1988)

Movies released in theaters this year

North America

  • Satisfaction (February 12, 1988)
  • Beetlejuice (March 30, 1988)
  • Return to Snowy River (April 15, 1988)
  • Killer Klowns From Outer Space (May 27, 1988)
  • Big (June 3, 1988)
  • The Great Outdoors (June 17, 1988)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (June 22, 1988)
  • Short Circuit 2 (July 6, 1988)
  • Arthur 2: On the Rocks (July 8, 1988)
  • Big Top Pee-wee (July 22, 1988)
  • The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (July 29, 1988)
  • Tin Toy (short film) (August 2, 1988)
  • Tucker: The Man and His Dream (August 12, 1988)
  • Child's Play (November 9, 1988)
  • The Land Before Time (November 18, 1988)
  • Oliver & Company (November 18, 1988)
  • Jack the Ball (November 19, 1988)
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (December 14, 1988)
  • Rain Man (December 16, 1988)

Latin America

  • Three Men and a Baby (January 21, 1988)
  • Beetlejuice (April 21, 1988)
  • The Puppetoon Movie (May 12, 1988)
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (May 19, 1988)
  • Jack the Ball (December 1, 1988)
  • Oliver & Company (December 8, 1988)
  • The Chipmunk Adventure (December 15, 1988)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (December 22, 1988)

Brazil

  • Good Morning, Vietnam (January 15, 1988)
  • Beetlejuice (June 16, 1988)
  • Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (June 23, 1988)
  • The Puppetoon Movie (June 23, 1988)
  • Oliver & Company (December 16, 1988)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (December 22, 1988)

Japan

  • Full Metal Jacket (March 19, 1988)
  • Empire of the Sun (April 2, 1988)
  • Grave of the Fireflies (April 16, 1988)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (April 16, 1988)
  • Three Men and a Baby (August 13, 1988)
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (October 15, 1988)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (December 3, 1988)
  • Beetlejuice (December 17, 1988)

UK

  • Empire of the Sun (April 22, 1988)
  • Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (June 15, 1988)
  • Beetlejuice (August 19, 1988)
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (September 30, 1988)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (December 2, 1988)
  • Jack the Ball (December 9, 1988)

France

  • Benji the Hunted (February 3, 1988)
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (February 3, 1988)
  • Three Men and a Baby (March 9, 1988)
  • Empire of the Sun (March 16, 1988)
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (September 7, 1988)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (October 18, 1988)
  • Beetlejuice (December 14, 1988)

Australia

  • Three Men and a Baby (February 4, 1988)
  • Empire of the Sun (March 10, 1988)
  • Return to Snowy River (March 24, 1988)
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (April 21, 1988)
  • Beetlejuice (September 8, 1988)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (November 24, 1988)

South Korea

  • Empire of the Sun (June 1, 1988)
  • Beetlejuice (July 26, 1988)
  • The Puppetoon Movie (November 15, 1988)
  • The Chipmunk Adventure (November 22, 1988)
  • Jack the Ball (November 22, 1988)
  • Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (November 29, 1988)

Hong Kong

  • Full Metal Jacket (March 31, 1988)
  • Three Men and a Baby (June 16, 1988)
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (September 15, 1988)
  • Beetlejuice (October 13, 1988)

Movies re-issued in theaters this year

North America

Brazil

Japan

France

Australia

Short films released in theaters this year

  • Tin Toy (August 2, 1988)

Movies aired on television this year

ABC

  • Beverly Hills Cop (May 15, 1988)
  • Down and Out in Beverly Hills (November 6, 1988)
  • Flight of the Navigator (January 3 and 10, 1988)*
  • The Journey of Natty Gann (September 3, 1988)
  • Mary Poppins (November 24, 1988)
  • Splash, Too (May 1 and 8, 1988)*

CBS

  • Jaws 3 (June 17, 1988)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (November 23, 1988)
  • The Wizard of Oz (February 24, 1988)

Disney Channel

  • The Brave Little Toaster (February 27, 1988)
  • Lady and the Tramp (May 7, 1988)
  • The Best of Walt Disney Presents (June 16, 1988)
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang (June 16, 1988)

NBC

  • Totally Minnie (February 25, 1988)
  • The Goonies (October 23, 1988)
  • Mickey's 60th Birthday (November 13, 1988)
  • Mickey's Christmas Carol (December 4, 1988)
  • One Magic Christmas (December 23, 1988)

(*) Aired in two parts.

Programs debuted on television this year

ABC

CBS

Disney Channel

  • Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You? (May 18, 1988)

NBC

  • The Magical World of Disney (October 9, 1988)

Programs airing new seasons this year

ABC

  • Full House (Season 2) (October 14, 1988)

CBS

  • Card Sharks (1986-1989)

FOX

  • Married... with Children (Season 3) (November 6, 1988)

PBS

  • 3-2-1 Contact (Season 7) (October 10, 1988)
  • Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
  • Reading Rainbow (August 15, 1988)
  • Sesame Street (Season 20) (November 21, 1988)
  • Square One Television (Season 2) (September 19, 1988)

Syndication

  • Jeopardy! (Season 5) (September 5, 1988)
  • Wheel of Fortune (Season 6) (September 5, 1988)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (Season 2) (November 21, 1988)
  • DuckTales (Season 2) (November 24, 1988)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Season 2) (October 1, 1988)

Programs broadcasted in reruns this year

Disney Channel

  • The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat (June 16, 1988)
  • Halloween is Grinch Night (October 14, 1988)

PBS

  • 3-2-1 Contact (last episode aired on November 18, 1988)
  • Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (1969-1975)

USA Network

  • Press Your Luck

Syndication

  • The Kidsongs TV Show*
  • Jeopardy! (Season 4) (September 10, 1988)
  • Wheel of Fortune (Season 5) (September 10, 1988)

(*) This show aired once a week, always on weekend mornings. After the 26th episode aired, it only aired on reruns since March 19, 1988.

Programs ended this year

ABC

  • The Disney Sunday Movie (September 11, 1988)

Syndication

  • Dennis the Menace (September 3, 1988)
  • Jeopardy! (Season 3) (September 3, 1988)
  • Wheel of Fortune (Season 4) (September 3, 1988)

Anime released this year

  • Hello! Lady Lynn (May 12, 1988)

VHS releases this year

Movies

Region 1 (North America)

  • Jaws: The Revenge (February 1988)
  • Benji the Hunted (February 5, 1988)
  • Disney's Sing-Along Songs: You Can Fly (February 5, 1988)
  • Beverly Hills Cop II (March 9, 1988)
  • Full Metal Jacket (June 22, 1988)
  • Empire of the Sun (August 10, 1988)
  • Mary Poppins (Q4 1988)
  • Cinderella (October 4, 1988)
  • Mickey's Magical World (October 4, 1988)
  • The Wind in the Willows (October 4, 1988)
  • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (October 12, 1988)
  • Beetlejuice (October 19, 1988)
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (October 26, 1988)
  • Three Men and a Baby (November 15, 1988)
  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics: Special Edition (November 15, 1988)
  • Disney's Sing-Along Songs: Very Merry Christmas Songs (November 15, 1988)

Region 2 (Japan)

  • Jaws: The Revenge (February 5, 1988)
  • Beverly Hills Cop II (March 25, 1988)
  • Flight of the Navigator (April 1, 1988)
  • The China Odyssey: Empire of the Sun - A Film by Steven Spielberg
  • Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day

Region 2 (UK)

  • Flight of the Navigator (February 1988)
  • Beverly Hills Cop II (March 1988)
  • Jaws: The Revenge (May 1988)
  • Disney's Sing-Along Songs: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (Q4 1988)
  • Dumbo (October 1988)
  • Benji the Hunted (December 1988)
  • Full Metal Jacket (December 1988)

Region 3 (South Korea)

  • The Wizard of Oz (October 6, 1988)
  • Rankiss/Bass' Wind in the Willows (December 31, 1988)
  • Beetlejuice (December 31, 1988)

TV Shows

Region 1 (North America)

  • Barney and the Backyard Gang: The Backyard Show (October 13, 1988)
  • Count it Higher: Great Music Videos from Sesame Street
  • Sesame Street: The Alphabet Game
  • Sesame Street: The Best of Ernie and Bert
  • Sesame Street: Big Bird's Favorite Party Games

Region 2 (Japan)

  • Candy Candy Vol. 3 (May 13, 1988)
  • Candy Candy Vol. 4 (October 28, 1988)

VHS re-releases this year

VHS Tapes discontinued this year

  • Sleeping Beauty (1986 VHS) (March 31, 1988)
  • Lady and the Tramp (1987 VHS) (March 31, 1988)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1984-1987 VHS)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1984-1987 VHS)
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1986-1987 VHS)

Logos introduced this year

  • The Lyons Group (October 13, 1988)
  • Paramount Home Video - "Abstract Mountain A"*
  • Walt Disney Classics - "Black Diamond A" (October 4, 1988)
  • Paramount Pictures - "Majestic Mountain A" (March 12, 1988) (Japan and South Korea)

(*) Paramount was still a Gulf+Western company for one more year during this logo's first year.

Logos updated this year

  • Columbia Pictures Television - "80s Torch Lady" (January 4, 1988)*
  • Merv Griffin Enterprises (Q1 1988)*
  • Paramount Pictures/Television - "Majestic Mountain A" (February 5, 1988)**

(*) Early this year, these companies became units of Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc.

(**) The words "75th Anniversary" are removed off the logo, but the company itself still remained a Gulf+Western company for 1 1/2 more years.

Logos ended this year

  • DiC Entertainment - "The Green Vortex"
  • Paramount Video - "Growing Mountain"
  • TriStar Television - "The Early Pegasus" (March 1988)

Video games unveiled this year

(*)The characters have been modified. For example, Luigi is now taller and thinner than Mario and wears a green hat, blue shirt and green overalls and his mustache and sideburns are now different than Mario's.

Video games released this year

Japan

North America

Commodore 64/MS-DOS

  • Matterhorn Screamer

Nintendo Entertainment System

  • Donkey Kong Classics (October 1988)
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 (October 1988)
  • Bubble Bobble (November 1988)
  • Super Mario Bros. + Duck Hunt (November 1988)
  • Zelda II: Adventure of Link (December 1988)
  • Jeopardy!: Junior Edition
  • Wheel of Fortune: Junior Edition

Europe

  • Metroid (January 15, 1988)
  • Kid Icarus (February 15, 1988)
  • Zelda II: Adventure of Link (September 26, 1988)
  • The Goonies II (December 19, 1988)

Video games discontinued this year

Nintendo Entertainment System

  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Donkey Kong 3
  • Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. (original version)

Books released this year

  • Matilda (Author: Roald Dahl)
  • The Missing Tooth (Author: Joanna Cole)

Albums released this year

  • The Disney Collection: Volume 2 (CD)

Software released this year

  • Mac OS 6.0 (April 1988)
  • Microsoft Windows 2.1 (May 27, 1988)
  • MS-DOS 4.0 (June 1988)*

(*) This operating system also introduces support for hard drive partitions up to 2 GB. A later version, MS-DOS 4.01, was released in November. Both versions came in 5.25" floppy disks.

Vehicles introduced this year

  • 1988 Acura Legend LS (4-door sedan)
  • 1988 Audi 80/90
  • 1989 Audi 100
  • 1989 BMW 525i/535i
  • 1988 BMW 750iL
  • 1988 Buick Reatta
  • 1988 Buick Regal (2-door coupe only)
  • 1989 Buick Riviera
  • 1988 Cadillac Seville STS
  • 1988 Chevrolet Camaro IROC
  • 1988 Chevrolet Cavalier (RS, VL and Z24)
  • 1989 Dodge/Plymouth Colt
  • 1989 Ford Probe
  • 1988 Ford Tempo GLS
  • 1989 Ford Thunderbird
  • 1989 Geo Metro/Suzuki Swift
  • 1989 Geo Tracker
  • 1988 Hyundai Excel GS
  • 1989 Hyundai Sonata
  • 1988 Isuzu Pickup
  • 1988 Isuzu Trooper XS
  • 1988 Lincoln Continental (Signature Series only)
  • 1988 Mazda 929
  • 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class (2-door coupe and 4-door station wagon)
  • 1988 Mercury Topaz LTS and XR5
  • 1989 Nissan 240SX
  • 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme SL (2-door coupe) (January 13, 1988)
  • 1988 Oldsmobile Toronado Trofeo
  • 1988 Pontiac Firebird Formula
  • 1988 Pontiac Lemans
  • 1988 Pontiac Sunbird (as a 1988.5 model)
  • 1989 Suzuki Sidekick
  • 1988 Toyota Pickup

Vehicles discontinued this year

  • Cadillac Cimarron (June 3, 1988)
  • Chevrolet Camaro LT
  • Dodge 600
  • Dodge Aries/Plymouth Reliant (December 9, 1988 for the 1989 model year)
  • Nissan Maxima (4-door station wagon)
  • Plymouth Caravelle

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