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 1989 was the last year of the 1980s decade. This for The Simpsons with TV and Movie is The Little Mermaid as well as the debut of the Nintendo Game Boy.

Movie trailers released this year

  • The Little Mermaid (Teaser) (March 17, 1989)
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven (Teaser) (March 17, 1989)
  • Ghostbusters II (April 23, 1989)
  • Batman (April 23, 1989)
  • Licence to Kill (April 23, 1989)
  • The Wizard (Teaser) (June 23, 1989)
  • Back to the Future Part II (Teaser) (July 7, 1989)
  • Steel Magnolias (July 14, 1989)
  • The Big Picture (July 14, 1989)
  • The Little Mermaid (September 28, 1989)
  • Dick Tracy (Teaser) (November 17, 1989)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Teaser) (November 17, 1989)
  • Jetsons: The Movie (Teaser) (November 17, 1989)
  • Back to the Future Part III (Teaser) (November 22, 1989)

Movies released in theaters this year

North America

  • Warlock (January 11, 1989)
  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (February 17, 1989)
  • Knick Knack (short film) (March 17, 1989)
  • Castle in the Sky (April 1989)
  • Field of Dreams (April 23, 1989)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (May 24, 1989)
  • Dead Poets Society (June 9, 1989)
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (June 9, 1989)
  • Ghostbusters II (June 16, 1989)
  • Batman (June 23, 1989)
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (June 23, 1989)
  • Lethal Weapon 2 (July 7, 1989)
  • Licence to Kill (July 14, 1989)
  • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (July 28, 1989)
  • Cheetah (August 18, 1989)
  • The Big Picture (September 15, 1989)
  • Steel Magnolias (November 15, 1989)
  • The Little Mermaid (November 17, 1989)
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven (November 17, 1989)
  • Back to the Future Part II (November 22, 1989)
  • The Wizard (December 15, 1989)

Latin America

  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (June 22, 1989)
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (July 6, 1989)
  • Batman (November 23, 1989)
  • The Land Before Time (December 15, 1989)
  • Ghostbusters II (December 21, 1989)

Brazil

  • The Land Before Time (January 13, 1989)
  • The Puppetoon Movie (August 4, 1989)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (August 18, 1989)
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (October 6, 1989)
  • Batman (October 26, 1989)
  • Ghostbusters II (December 14, 1989)

Japan

  • The Land Before Time (March 18, 1989)
  • Jack the Ball (May 13, 1989)
  • The Chipmunk Adventure (June 17, 1989)
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (June 24, 1989)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (July 8, 1989)
  • The Great Mouse Detective (July 22, 1989)
  • Kiki's Delivery Service (July 29, 1989)
  • The Transformers: The Movie (August 9, 1989)
  • Lethal Weapon 2 (October 21, 1989)
  • Ghostbusters II (November 25, 1989)
  • Back to the Future Part II (December 9, 1989)
  • The Puppetoon Movie (December 16, 1989)
  • Batman (December 23, 1989)
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (December 30, 1989)

UK

  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (June 30, 1989)
  • The Land Before Time (July 28, 1989)
  • Batman (August 11, 1989)
  • Lethal Weapon 2 (September 15, 1989)
  • Dead Poets Society (September 22, 1989)
  • Oliver & Company (October 13, 1989)
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (October 20, 1989)
  • Back to the Future Part II (November 24, 1989)
  • Ghostbusters II (December 1, 1989)

France

  • The Land Before Time (June 21, 1989)
  • Jack the Ball (July 26, 1989)
  • Batman (September 13, 1989)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (October 18, 1989)
  • Oliver & Company (November 29, 1989)
  • Ghostbusters II (December 15, 1989)
  • The Chipmunk Adventure (December 22, 1989)

Australia

  • Jack the Ball (January 1, 1989)
  • Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night  (June 1, 1989)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (June 8, 1989)
  • Dead Poets Society (July 20, 1989)
  • Batman (August 31, 1989)
  • The Land Before Time (September 21, 1989)
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (November 9, 1989)
  • Ghostbusters II (November 16, 1989)
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (November 30, 1989)
  • Oliver & Company (December 14, 1989)

South Korea

  • Taxi Driver (February 17, 1989)
  • Grave of the Fireflies (April 5, 1989)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (July 22, 1989)
  • Beverly Hills Cop II (September 30, 1989)

People's Republic of China

Hong Kong

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (January 28, 1989)
  • Jack the Ball (June 22, 1989)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (June 29, 1989)
  • Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (July 13, 1989)
  • Batman (November 2, 1989)

Portugal

Movies re-issued in theaters this year

North America

Japan

France

Australia

  • Lady and the Tramp (March 23, 1989)
  • The Fox and the Hound (June 15, 1989)

Short films released in theaters this year

  • Knick Knack

Movies aired on television this year

ABC

  • Scarface (January 7, 1989)*
  • Herbie Goes Bananas (January 22, 1989)
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks (February 12, 1989)
  • Pete's Dragon (February 19, 1989)
  • The Parent Trap (May 18, 1989)
  • The Golden Child (December 10, 1989)

CBS

Disney Channel

  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (November 4 and 26, and December 9, 1989)
  • Cinderella (1950) (October 14, 27 and 30, and November 4, 23 and 25, 1989)
  • Donald in Mathmagic Land (April 21, 1989)
  • Dumbo (May 6, 11, 19 and 24, and June 4-5, 10 and 20, 1989)
  • Make Mine Music (November 25 and December 2, 6, 21 and 24, 1989)
  • The Making of The Little Mermaid (November 11, 17, 25 and 27, and December 1, 7 and 11, 1989)
  • Melody Time (April 15, 23 and 28, and May 5, 14, 17 and 20, 1989)
  • Saludos Amigos (June 9, 14, 24 and July 5, 1989)
  • The Sword in the Stone (April 16 and 21, and May 4, 1989)

NBC

  • Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend
  • Benji the Hunted (February 19, 1989)
  • Gremlins (January 1, 1989)
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (March 19, 1989)
  • Totally Minnie (May 7, 1989)
  • Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (March 5, 1989)
  • Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore (January 29, 1989)

(*) The film aired heavily cut with a few additional scenes added in that were never seen in the theatrical version.

Programs debuted on television this year

ABC

  • Family Matters (September 22, 1989)
  • America's Funniest Home Videos (November 26, 1989)

Disney Channel

  • The Kidsongs Television Show**

Family Channel

  • The Littles (September 4, 1989)

FOX

NBC

  • Seinfeld (July 5, 1989)

Nickelodeon

PBS

Syndication

(*) This program had no funding credits/sponsors; instead, it goes straight to the PBS logo after the show's end credits.

(**) The Kidsongs TV Show did not air frequently on this channel, just occasionally.

Programs airing new seasons this year

ABC

CBS

PBS

  • Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
  • Reading Rainbow (July 3, 1989)
  • Sesame Street (Season 21) (November 13, 1989)

Syndication

  • Jeopardy! (Season 6) (September 4, 1989)
  • Wheel of Fortune (Season 7) (September 4, 1989)*
  • DuckTales (Season 3) (September 18, 1989)

(*) For the first time in the syndicated version, Wheel of Fortune introduced a new theme song.

Programs broadcasted in reruns this year

ABC

  • Full House (Season 2) (aired through September 15, 1989)*

(*) The timeslot for this show was moved from 8:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on August 4, 1989.

Disney Channel

  • The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat
  • Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?
  • Halloween is Grinch Night

Nickelodeon

PBS

  • 3-2-1 Contact
  • Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (1969-1975)
  • Shining Time Station (Season 1)
  • Square One Television

USA Network

  • Press Your Luck

Syndication

  • Jeopardy! (Season 5) (September 9, 1989)
  • Wheel of Fortune (Season 6) (September 9, 1989)
  • Super Mario Bros. Super Show (last episode aired on December 1, 1989)

Programs ended this year

CBS

  • Card Sharks (1986-1989) (March 31, 1989)

Syndication

  • The Kidsongs TV Show
  • Jeopardy! (Season 4) (September 2, 1989)
  • Wheel of Fortune (Season 5) (September 2, 1989)

Anime released this year

  • Ranma 1/2 (April 15, 1989)
  • Dragon Ball Z (April 26, 1989) (291 episodes)
  • Ranma 1/2 Nettōhen (October 20, 1989)

VHS releases this year

Movies

Region 1 (North America)

  • Disney's Sing-Along Songs: Fun With Music (February 3, 1989)
  • The Wizard of Oz: 50th Anniversary Edition (August 15, 1989)
  • Ben and Me (August 31, 1989)
  • Bongo (August 31, 1989)
  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics: Volumes 11-12 (August 31, 1989)
  • The Land Before Time (September 12, 1989)
  • Bambi (September 28, 1989)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (October 12, 1989)
  • Batman (November 14, 1989)
  • Ghostbusters II (November 21, 1989)
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (December 19, 1989)

Region 2 (Japan)

  • Empire of the Sun (February 1989)
  • Scarface (March 1, 1989)
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (May 25, 1989)
  • Rankiss/Bass' Wind in the Willows (June 19, 1989)
  • Sleeping Beauty (September 15, 1989)
  • Mickey's Christmas Carol (November 21, 1989)
  • Kiki's Delivery Service (December 22, 1989)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (December 22, 1989)
  • Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (December 22, 1989)

Region 2 (UK)

  • Sleeping Beauty (January 1, 1989)
  • Empire of the Sun (February 12, 1989)
  • The Land Before Time (September 14, 1989)
  • Disney's Sing-Along Songs: Very Merry Christmas Songs (October 1, 1989)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (November 22, 1989)
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (December 31, 1989)

Region 3 (South Korea)

Region 4 (Brazil)

  • Empire of the Sun

TV Shows

Region 1 (North America)

  • Barney and the Backyard GangThree Wishes (January 27, 1989)
  • Barney and the Backyard Gang: A Day at the Beach (April 6, 1989)
  • Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers: Crimebusters (September 28, 1989)
  • Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers: Double Trouble (September 28, 1989)
  • Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers: Undercover Critters (September 28, 1989)
  • Kidsongs: A Day at Camp
  • Super Mario Bros. Super Show: Mario's Magic Carpet
  • Super Mario Bros. Super Show: Mario Meets Koopzilla
  • Super Mario Bros. Super Show: King Mario of Cramalot
  • Super Mario Bros. Super Show: The Great Gladiator Gig
  • Super Mario Bros. Super Show: Butch Mario and the Luigi Kid
  • Super Mario Bros. Super Show: The Great BMX Race

Region 2 (Japan)

  • Candy Candy Vol. 5 (February 24, 1989)
  • Candy Candy Vol. 6 (May 26, 1989)
  • Candy Candy Vol. 7 (September 22, 1989)
  • Candy Candy Vol. 8 (November 24, 1989)

Region 3 (South Korea)

  • Lady Lady!! Vol. 1 (May 2, 1989)
  • Lady Lady!! Vol. 2 (May 4, 1989)
  • Lady Lady!! Vol. 3 (May 6, 1989)
  • Lady Lady!! Vol. 4 (May 8, 1989)
  • Lady Lady!! Vol. 5 (May 10, 1989)
  • Lady Lady!! Vol. 6 (May 13, 1989)
  • Lady Lady!! Vol. 7 (May 15, 1989)
  • Lady Lady!! Vol. 8 (July 6, 1989)
  • Lady Lady!! Vol. 9 (July 13, 1989)
  • Candy Candy: 1st Series (July 25, 1989)
  • Candy Candy: 2nd Series (July 25, 1989)
  • Lady Lady!! Vol. 10 (November 10, 1989)
  • Lady Lady!! Vol. 11 (November 17, 1989)
  • Lady Lady!! Vol. 12 (November 20, 1989)
  • Lady Lady!! Vol. 13 (November 27, 1989)

VHS re-releases this year

Movies

Region 1 (North America)

  • Dumbo (September 28, 1989)
  • The Sword in the Stone (September 28, 1989)
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks (October 12, 1989)
  • The Boatniks (October 12, 1989)
  • Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (October 12, 1989)
  • Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (October 12, 1989)
  • Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (October 12, 1989)
  • Winnie the Pooh and a Day of Eeyore (October 12, 1989)
  • Mickey's Christmas Carol (October 12, 1989)

Region 2 (Japan)

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (April 10, 1989)
  • Mary Poppins (April 25, 1989)

TV Shows

(*) The Dr. Seuss TV specials were re-released in seven separate videotapes.

VHS Tapes discontinued this year

Logos introduced this year

  • Trimark Pictures  - "Tiger Triangle" (January 11, 1989)
  • Buena Vista Home Video - "Magic Kingdom"
  • The Britt Allcroft Company
  • PBS - "Blue Transparent P-Heads" (October 2, 1989)
  • PBS Home Video - "Blue Transparent P-Head" (October 2, 1989)

Logos updated this year

  • 20th Television Fox - "The Searchlights"*
  • Paramount Home Video - "Abstract Mountain B"**
  • Paramount Pictures - "Majestic Mountain B" (September 22, 1989)**
  • Paramount Television - "Majestic Mountain B" (October 4, 1989)**
  • Walt Disney Classics - "Black Diamond B" (September 28, 1989)

(*) A slightly different jingle replaced the original one from 1981 for this logo.

(**) Gulf+Western was renamed Paramount Communications in 1989, and as a result, Paramount was gradually known to be a Paramount Communications company.

Logos ended this year

  • PBS - "Split Profile" (October 1, 1989)

Video games unveiled this year

(*) Starting with these games, the characters are modified. For example, Mario now wears a red shirt and blue overalls and Luigi now wears a green shirt and blue overalls and Princess Peach is now a blonde and wears white gloves; Bowser now has orange skin with a peach colored mouth and a green shell and his hair is now red.

Video games released this year

Japan

  • Super Mario Land (April 21, 1989)

North America

Nintendo Entertainment System

  • Ninja Gaiden (March 1989)
  • Dragon Warrior (August 1989)

Game Boy

  • Super Mario Land (July 31, 1989)

Europe

  • Super Mario Bros. 2 (April 28, 1989)
  • Donkey Kong Classics (August 10, 1989)
  • Mega Man (December 13, 1989)

South Korea

  • Super Mario Bros. (June 19, 1989)
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 (USA) (July 10, 1989)
  • The Legend of Zelda (September 18, 1989)
  • Zelda II: Adventure of Link (October 2, 1989)
  • Metroid (October 9, 1989)

Australia

  • Super Mario Bros. 2 (July 26, 1989)
  • Metroid (November 22, 1989)

In South Korea, the NES was known as the Hyundai Comboy.

Books released this year

  • Bully Trouble (Author: Joanna Cole)
  • Disney Classic Storybooks: The Little Mermaid
  • Disney Classic Storybooks: Peter Pan
  • Disney Classic Storybooks: Robin Hood

Albums released this year

  • The Little Mermaid: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (October 13, 1989)

Software released this year

  • Microsoft Windows 2.11 (March 13, 1989)

Vehicles introduced this year

  • 1990 Acura Integra
  • 1989 Audi 200
  • 1990 Audi V8 (July 1989)
  • 1989 BMW 735iL
  • 1989 Buick Regal Gran Sport (2-door coupe only)
  • 1989 Chevrolet Camaro RS
  • 1989 Chevrolet Cavalier (4-door station wagon)
  • 1990 Chevrolet Lumina
  • 1990 Chevrolet Lumina APV Minivan
  • 1989 Chrysler LeBaron GTC
  • 1990 Chrysler Town & Country
  • 1989 Dodge Spirit/Plymouth Acclaim (January 1989)
  • 1989 Eagle Summit DL
  • 1990 Eagle Talon (July 1989)
  • 1989 Ford Aerostar XL
  • 1989 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 1990 Geo Prizm
  • 1990 Honda Accord
  • 1990 Infiniti M30
  • 1990 Infiniti Q45 (August 1989)
  • 1989 Isuzu Amigo (March 1989)
  • 1989 Land Rover Range Rover County
  • 1990 Lexus ES 250 (August 30, 1989)
  • 1990 Lexus LS 400 (September 1989)
  • 1989 Lincoln Town Car (Cartier and Signature only)
  • 1990 Mazda 323/Protege
  • 1989 Mazda MPV
  • 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata (May 1989)
  • 1990 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
  • 1989 Mercury Cougar
  • 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse
  • 1989 Mitsubishi Galant GS/LS
  • 1990 Nissan 300ZX
  • 1989 Nissan Maxima
  • 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera SL
  • 1990 Oldsmobile Silhouette (August 1, 1989)
  • 1990 Plymouth Laser (January 1989)
  • 1990 Pontiac Firebird
  • 1989 Pontiac Sunbird LE/SE
  • 1990 Pontiac Trans Sport (December 1989)
  • 1990 Subaru Legacy
  • 1989 Suzuki Swift
  • 1990 Toyota 4Runner
  • 1990 Toyota Celica
  • 1990 Toyota Land Cruiser
  • 1990 Volkswagen Corrado
  • 1990 Volkswagen Passat

Vehicles discontinued this year

  • BMW 635CSi
  • Chevrolet Celebrity (4-door sedan only) (July 7, 1989)
  • Dodge Diplomat
  • Dodge Lancer (April 7, 1989)
  • Eagle Medallion
  • Mercedes-Benz 560-Class (2-door convertible only)
  • Pontiac Safari

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