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1996 was the year when the Nintendo 64 was introduced.

Movie trailers released this year

  • Twister (March 8, 1996)
  • Face (March 29, 1996)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (April 12, 1996)
  • 101 Dalmatians (Live Action) (Teaser) (April 12, 1996)
  • Space Jam (Teaser) (May 17, 1996)
  • Jingle All the Way (Teaser) (May 22, 1996)
  • Matilda (May 22, 1996)
  • Star Trek: First Contact (Teaser) (June 14, 1996)
  • 101 Dalmatians (Live Action) (June 21, 1996)
  • Jerry Maguire (Teaser) (July 2, 1996)
  • Beavis and Butt-head Do America (Teaser) (August 2, 1996)
  • Zeus And Roxanne (Teaser) (September 13, 1996)
  • 101 Dalmatians (Live Action) (October 4, 1996)
  • Cats Don't Dance (Teaser) (October 4, 1996)
  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (Teaser) (November 22, 1996)
  • George of the Jungle (Teaser) (November 27, 1996)
  • The Lost World: Jurrassic Park (Teaser) (November 27, 1996)
  • Hercules (Teaser) (November 27, 1996)
  • Face/Off (Teaser) (November 27, 1996)
  • Batman & Robin (Teaser) (November 27, 1996)
  • Men in Black (Teaser) (November 27, 1996)
  • Air Force One (Teaser) (December 6, 1996)
  • Good Burger (Teaser) (December 6, 1996)
  • The Full Monty (Teaser) (December 6, 1996)
  • The Little Mermaid (Re-Release) (Teaser)(December 13, 1996)
  • Jungle 2 Jungle (Teaser) (December 13, 1996)

Movies released in theaters this year

North America

  • Dunston Checks In (January 12, 1996)
  • Muppet Treasure Island (February 16, 1996)
  • JoJo And Thomas The Curse Of Halloween (February 16, 1996)
  • Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (March 8, 1996)
  • All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 (March 29, 1996)
  • James and the Giant Peach (April 12, 1996)
  • Twister (May 17, 1996)
  • Mission: Impossible (May 22, 1996)
  • The Cable Guy (June 14, 1996)
  • Eraser (June 21, 1996)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (June 21, 1996)
  • Face (June 21, 1996)
  • The Nutty Professor (June 28, 1996)
  • Independence Day (July 2, 1996)
  • Harriet the Spy (July 10, 1996)
  • Kazaam (July 17, 1996)
  • The Frighteners (July 19, 1996)
  • The Adventures Of Pinocchio (July 26, 1996)
  • Matilda (August 2, 1996)
  • Jack (August 9, 1996)
  • Alaska (August 14, 1996)
  • House Arrest (August 14, 1996)
  • First Kid (August 30, 1996)
  • Fly Away Home (September 13, 1996)
  • D3: The Mighty Ducks (October 4, 1996)
  • Logan Battle The Movie (October 25, 1996)
  • Larger Than Life (November 1, 1996)
  • Space Jam (November 15, 1996)
  • Jingle All the Way (November 22, 1996)
  • Star Trek: First Contact (November 22, 1996)
  • 101 Dalmatians (Live Action) (November 27, 1996)
  • Jerry Maguire (December 6, 1996)
  • Mars Attacks! (December 13, 1996)
  • My Fellow Americans (December 20, 1996)
  • Beavis and Butt-head Do America (December 20, 1996)

Latin America

  • Babe (January 4, 1996)
  • Sense and Sensibility (March 7, 1996)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (June 27, 1996)
  • Twister (June 28, 1996)
  • Mission: Impossible (July 4, 1996)
  • Jumanji (July 11, 1996)
  • Independence Day (July 18, 1996)
  • Muppet Treasure Island (July 25, 1996)
  • The Nutty Professor (October 3, 1996)
  • 101 Dalmatians (Live Action) (December 5, 1996)
  • Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (December 19, 1996)

Brazil

  • Jumanji (January 26, 1996)
  • Sense and Sensibility (March 1, 1996)
  • Twister (June 20, 1996)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (June 28, 1996)
  • James and the Giant Peach (July 5, 1996)
  • Mission: Impossible (July 12, 1996)
  • Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (July 26, 1996)
  • Independence Day (August 1, 1996)
  • Balto (August 8, 1996)
  • Matilda (October 11, 1996)
  • The Frighteners (October 25, 1996)
  • 101 Dalmatians (Live Action) (December 14, 1996)
  • Muppet Treasure Island (December 21, 1996)
  • D3: The Mighty Ducks (December 28, 1996)

UK

  • Jumanji (February 16, 1996)
  • The Pebble And The Penguin (February 16, 1996)
  • Sense and Sensibility (February 23, 1996)
  • Toy Story (March 22, 1996)
  • Mission: Impossible (July 5, 1996)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (July 19, 1996)
  • Twister (July 26, 1996)
  • James and the Giant Peach (August 2, 1996)
  • Independence Day (August 9, 1996)
  • The Nutty Professor (October 4, 1996)
  • A Goofy Movie (October 18, 1996)
  • The Adventures Of Pinocchio (October 18, 1996)
  • Balto (November 15, 1996)
  • Muppet Treasure Island (November 22, 1996)
  • 101 Dalmatians (Live Action) (December 13, 1996)
  • Matilda (December 20, 1996)
  • D3: The Mighty Ducks (December 27, 1996)

France

  • Jumanji (February 14, 1996)
  • Babe (February 21, 1996)
  • Sense and Sensibility (February 28, 1996)
  • Toy Story (March 27, 1996)
  • A Goofy Movie (July 3, 1996)
  • Twister (August 21, 1996)
  • The Nutty Professor (September 4, 1996)
  • Independence Day (October 2, 1996)
  • Mission: Impossible (October 23, 1996)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (November 27, 1996)

Australia

  • Sense and Sensibility (February 29, 1996)
  • Jumanji (March 21, 1996)
  • All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 (May 15, 1996)
  • Balto (May 22, 1996)
  • Twister (May 30, 1996)
  • Muppet Treasure Island (June 20, 1996)
  • Mission: Impossible (June 26, 1996)
  • Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (June 27, 1996)
  • Twister (July 6, 1996)
  • Independence Day (August 29, 1996)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (September 12, 1996)
  • The Nutty Professor (September 19, 1996)
  • Matilda (September 19, 1996)
  • 101 Dalmatians (Live Action) (December 5, 1996)

Japan

  • Babe (March 9, 1996)
  • Jumanji (March 20, 1996)
  • Toy Story (March 23, 1996)
  • Sense and Sensibility (June 1, 1996)
  • All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 (June 15, 1996)
  • Balto (June 22, 1996)
  • Twister (June 28, 1996)
  • Mission: Impossible (July 13, 1996)
  • The Pebble And The Penguin (July 20, 1996)
  • Muppet Treasure Island (July 27, 1996)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (August 24, 1996)
  • The Nutty Professor (September 7, 1996)
  • Harriet the Spy (September 14, 1996)
  • Kazaam (September 21, 1996)
  • The Cable Guy (September 28, 1996)
  • Fly Away Home (October 3, 1996)
  • Independence Day (December 7, 1996)
  • James and the Giant Peach (December 14, 1996)
  • Matilda (December 21, 1996)
  • The Adventures Of Pinocchio (December 28, 1996)

South Korea

  • Babe (January 13, 1996)
  • Jumanji (January 20, 1996)
  • Sense and Sensibility (March 16, 1996)
  • Mission: Impossible (June 15, 1996)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (July 6, 1996)
  • Twister (July 13, 1996)
  • Independence Day (July 27, 1996)
  • 101 Dalmatians (Live Action) (December 21, 1996)
  • D3: The Mighty Ducks (December 28, 1996)

Hong Kong

  • Toy Story (February 16, 1996)
  • Sense and Sensibility (March 21, 1996)
  • Jumanji (March 28, 1996)
  • Mission: Impossible (June 13, 1996)
  • Independence Day (July 11, 1996)
  • Balto (July 18, 1996)
  • Twister (July 25, 1996)
  • The Nutty Professor (September 19, 1996)
  • The Frighteners (November 13, 1996)

Republic of China (Taiwan)

  • Independence Day (July 13, 1996)
  • The Adventures Of Pinocchio (July 27, 1996)
  • Twister (August 18, 1996)

Thailand

  • 101 Dalmatians (Live Action) (November 30, 1996)
  • The Nutty Professor (December 1, 1996)
  • Muppet Treasure Island (December 8, 1996)

Movies re-issued in theaters this year

North America

  • Oliver & Company (March 29, 1996)
  • The Jungle Book (August 14, 1996)
  • Bambi (August 16, 1996)

Australia

  • The Fox and the Hound (April 4, 1996)

Japan

  • Dumbo (June 22, 1996)
  • The Great Mouse Detective (July 13, 1996)
  • Melody Time (September 14, 1996)

Movies aired on television this year

ABC

  • Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (December 21, 1996)
  • Hook (December 26, 1996)
  • Lethal Weapon 3 (April 25, 1996)
  • The Lion King (November 3, 1996)

AMC

  • The Sound of Music (July 4, 1996)

CBS

  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (September 10, 1996)
  • Mickey's Christmas Carol (December 19, 1996)
  • My Fair Lady (November 28, 1996)
  • The Price is Right 25th Anniversary Special (August 23, 1996)
  • The Wizard of Oz (May 10, 1996)

Cinemax

  • Batman (April 17, 22 and 28, 1996)
  • Batman Forever (August 6, 9, 25, 28 and 31, and October 5, 13 and 17, 1996)
  • Beverly Hills Cop III (June 3 and 30, 1996)
  • Full Metal Jacket (July 6 and 25, and August 22, 1996)
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch (June 8, 1996)
  • Lethal Weapon 2 (April 12, 20 and 24, October 13–14 and November 1, 1996)

Disney Channel

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (April 28, October 6 and 12, November 16–17 and 26–27, and December 7–8, 1996)
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (May 17 and June 2, 1996)
  • Angels in the Outfield (June 16–17 and 23–24, July 10, 19–20 and 27–28, September 6–7 and November 3–4, 13, 17–18 and 23–24, 1996)
  • Babes in Toyland (October 22–23 and December 22, 1996)
  • Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (November 12–13 and December 13, 1996)
  • Benji the Hunted (August 3, 17 and 23–24, September 22–23 and November 30, 1996)
  • The Best of Disney: 50 Years of Magic (June 6, 1996)
  • The Brave Little Toaster (November 12 and December 29, 1996)
  • The Care Bears Movie (July 23 and August 10, 1996)
  • Cheetah (August 26 and September 9, 1996)
  • D2: The Mighty Ducks (June 23 and 29–30, 1996)
  • Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (May 28, June 5, and August 7 and 30–31, 1996)
  • Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (July 4, 1996)
  • Dumbo (July 28, August 3, 20 and 24, and September 14 and 27, 1996)
  • FernGully: The Last Rainforest (July 6, 16, 21 and 31, and August 10 and 24, 1996)
  • The Fox and the Hound (January 1, 1996)
  • A Goofy Movie (November 10, 22, 26 and 30, and December 11 and 15, 1996)
  • The Goonies (September 7, 20 and 30, 1996)
  • Gremlins (October 5, 10, 18, 27–28 and 31, 1996)
  • Heathcliff: The Movie (October 21 and November 5, 1996)
  • Heidi (May 12–13 and 25, and June 26–27, 1996)
  • Hocus Pocus (October 27 and 30–31 and November 11–12 and 28, 1996)
  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (July 21–22 and 27–28, August 1, 13 and 23–24, September 15, 21–22 and 26, and December 8, 1996)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame Festival of Fun Parade (June 19, 1996)
  • The Incredible Journey (1963) (July 13 and 18, August 1 and September 21, 1996)
  • The Jungle Book (1994) (April 28, May 4, 11–12, 16–17 and 25, June 15 and September 8 and 13, 1996)
  • Kidnapped (April 30 and May 11, 1996)
  • The Land Before Time (September 13–14, 18 and 24–25, October 5 and 19, November 10–11 and December 13, 1996)
  • The Lion King (September 8, 1996)
  • Make Mine Music (August 31, 1996)
  • The Making of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (June 16, 19, 23, 25 and 29, and July 3, 1996)
  • The Making of The Lion King (July 31, August 25 and September 1, 1996)
  • The Making of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (May 1, 1996)
  • Mary Poppins (September 22 and 27, October 1, 12 and 20–21, November 9, 24–25 and 29, and December 12 and 25, 1996)
  • Mickey and the Beanstalk (November 24, 1996)
  • Mickey's Christmas Carol (December 21, 1996)
  • The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (October 22, 1996)
  • The Monkey's Uncle (April 10 and 19, August 27 and October 22, 1996)
  • The Muppet Movie (April 6–7 and 13, May 5 and 18, and September 5–6 and 29, 1996)
  • Never Cry Wolf (August 11, 17–18 and 28, and November 2 and 14, 1996)
  • Old Yeller (August 3, 13 and 31, September 1 and 25, and November 5, 1996)
  • The Parent Trap (September 9, October 9 and November 2–3, 1996)
  • Pete's Dragon (January 7 and December 7–8 and 14, 1996)
  • The Rescuers (March 30, April 20, August 7 and September 10, 1996)
  • The Rescuers Down Under (June 2, 8, 16 and 29, July 9 and 28, August 4 and September 10, 1996)
  • The Return of Jafar (April 7, 16, 21 and 27, 1996)
  • Return to Snowy River (March 31, June 21–22 and July 11, 1996)
  • Robin Hood (January 6 and November 1 and 19, 1996)
  • Saludos Amigos (August 3 and 8, 1996)
  • The Santa Clause (July 14, 20–21 and 27, November 24–25 and 29, and December 14, 20 and 22–24, 1996)
  • Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird (November 8 and 16, 1996)
  • So Dear to My Heart (December 7, 1996)
  • The Sword in the Stone (January 1, May 10, July 6, August 18 and September 18 and 28, 1996)
  • The Three Caballeros (August 24, 1996)
  • The Three Lives of Thomasina (June 1 and September 1, 1996)
  • Tiger Town (July 1 and 19, 1996)
  • Totally Minnie (November 18, 1996)
  • Treasure Island (January 7–8 and 12, April 29 and May 4, 1996)
  • Vacationing With Mickey and Friends (November 18, 1996)
  • White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf (May 3 and 19–20, 1996)
  • Winnie the Pooh and Friends (July 28, 1996)

Family Channel

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (April 7, 1996)

FOX

  • Beethoven (November 5, 1996)
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (December 8, 1996)

HBO

  • Batman (May 4, 20 and 22, 1996)
  • Batman Forever (May 7, 12, 15–16 and 23, July 28, September 8 and December 1, 7, 20 and 25, 1996)
  • Beverly Hills Cop III (April 13 and 25, and August 1 and 25, 1996)
  • Full Metal Jacket (October 11 and 22, 1996)
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch (August 3, 14 and 24, 1996)
  • Lethal Weapon 2 (July 3, 7, 15, 20–21 and 25, November 13, 17 and 23, and December 1, 1996)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (June 2, 1996)

Lifetime

  • The Color Purple (November 28 and December 24, 1996)

The Movie Channel

  • Angels in the Outfield (March 31, August 12 and 18, and November 23 and 29, 1996)
  • Gremlins (December 14, 1996)
  • The Santa Clause (April 1, 15 and 20, July 14, October 5 and 8, 1996)
  • Showgirls (October 6, 17 and 27, 1996)*
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (May 11, 24 and 30, August 4, 10–11 and 26–27, November 1, 9–10, 17–18, 25–26 and 30, and December 1, 1996)

NBC

  • Batman (August 9 and December 30, 1996)
  • Beethoven's 2nd (November 30, 1996)
  • D2: The Mighty Ducks (November 29, 1996)
  • Home Alone (November 28, 1996)
  • Jurassic Park (December 1, 1996)
  • Lethal Weapon 2 (August 14, 1996)
  • The Sound of Music (December 20, 1996)

PBS

  • Singin' in the Rain (April 7–8, 1996)

Showtime

  • Angels in the Outfield (May 5 and 25, June 7, July 10 and September 7, 1996)
  • The Santa Clause (March 30, June 9–10 and 19, September 18 and 29, and December 24, 1996)
  • Showgirls (August 9 and 24, September 2 and 17, October 22, November 2 and 4, and December 31, 1996)*
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (April 20, June 5 and 8, October 4, 9 and 24, and December 14 and 16, 1996)

TNT

  • Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (October 12, 1996)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (November 28, 1996)
  • Back to the Future (November 24, 1996)
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (April 14, July 2 and November 27–28, 1996)
  • E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (April 14 and November 27, 1996)
  • Gremlins (November 29–30, 1996)
  • The Goonies (November 23–24, 1996)
  • Jaws (April 14–15 and December 31, 1996–January 1, 1997)
  • Scarface (April 20, August 8–9, October 14 and December 15, 1996)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (July 23 and October 28, 1996)
  • The Secret of NIMH (November 16 and 20, 1996)

USA Network

  • Back to the Future Part II (August 9–10 and December 24, 1996)
  • Back to the Future Part III (August 9–10 and December 24, 1996)
  • Beverly Hills Cop II (June 22, August 11 and December 2, 1996)
  • Dead Poets Society (December 27, 1996)
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (May 2 and 4, 1996)
  • Jaws 3 (July 26–27 and December 28, 1996)
  • Splash (June 28–29, 1996)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (August 14 and 18, and December 18, 1996)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (August 15 and 18, and December 19, 1996)
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (August 16 and 18, and December 20 and 25, 1996)
  • The Terminator (June 20, 1996)
  • The Wizard (August 11, 1996)

WB Network

  • The Goonies (July 22, 1996)

WGN America

  • Super Mario Bros. (November 1, 1996)

Syndication

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (May 28 and June 2, 1996)
  • Amadeus (December 24, 1996)
  • Beetlejuice (November 12, 1996)
  • Dumbo (November 17, 1996)
  • The Golden Child (November 23, 1996)
  • Gone With the Wind (October 24 and November 12–13, 1996)
  • The Goonies (May 5, 1996)
  • Herbie Rides Again (August 11, 1996)
  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (November 29, 1996)
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (November 3, 1996)
  • Old Yeller (May 25, 1996)
  • One Magic Christmas (December 15, 1996)
  • The Parent Trap (June 16, 1996)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (November 14, 1996)
  • The Rescuers (December 1, 1996)
  • Super Mario Bros. (October 20, 1996)
  • Superman (September 5, 1996)
  • Swiss Family Robinson (July 28, 1996)
  • White Fang (September 8, 1996)

(*) When aired on premium TV networks, Showgirls carried an R rating instead of its original NC-17 rating.

Programs debuted on television this year

ABC

  • The Mighty Ducks (September 6, 1996)

Cartoon Network

  • Dexter's Laboratory (April 28, 1996)

FOX

  • Power Rangers Zeo (April 20, 1996)
  • Beast Wars: Transformers (September 16, 1996)

Nickelodeon

  • Blue's Clues (September 8, 1996) (aired on the Nick Jr. block)
  • Happy Days (September 9, 1996) (aired on the Nick at Nite block)
  • Hey Arnold! (October 7, 1996)
  • Kablam! (October 7, 1996)

PBS

  • Arthur (September 2, 1996)
  • Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales (October 7, 1996)
  • Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? (October 7, 1996)

USA Network

  • Sonic Christmas Blast (November 24 and December 22, 1996)

WB Network

  • Superman: The Animated Series (September 6, 1996)

Programs airing new seasons this year

ABC

  • Home Improvement (Season 6) (September 17, 1996)
  • America's Funniest Home Videos (Season 8) (September 22, 1996)*

(*) Bob Saget retires as host after this season.

CBS

  • The Mask: The Animated Series (Season 2) (September 3, 1996)
  • Timon & Pumbaa (September 14, 1996)
  • The Nanny (Season 4) (September 18, 1996)

FOX

  • Spider-Man (Season 3) (April 27, 1996)
  • Goosebumps (Season 2) (September 7, 1996)
  • The Simpsons (Season 8) (October 27, 1996)

Nickelodeon

  • Rocko's Modern Life (Season 4) (July 8, 1996)
  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (Season 3) (September 7, 1996)
  • All That (Season 3) (November 16, 1996)

PBS

  • Bill Nye the Science Guy (Season 4)
  • The Puzzle Place (Season 2) (January 15, 1996)
  • The Magic School Bus (Season 3) (September 14, 1996)
  • Sesame Street (Season 28) (November 18, 1996)
  • Reading Rainbow

WB Network

  • Animaniacs (Season 4) (September 7, 1996)

Syndication

  • Timon & Pumbaa (September 2, 1996)
  • Jeopardy! (Season 13) (September 2, 1996)*
  • Wheel of Fortune (Season 14) (September 2, 1996)

(*) A new set for this show debuted on November 11, 1996.

Programs broadcasted in reruns this year

Disney Channel

  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Family Channel

  • Mario All Stars

Nickelodeon

  • All That (Seasons 1-2)
  • Double Dare
  • Doug
  • Legends of the Hidden Temple
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show
  • Rugrats (Seasons 1-3)
  • Tiny Toon Adventures

PBS

  • Barney & Friends (Seasons 1-3)
  • Barney Live! in New York City (March 3, 1996)
  • The Kidsongs Television Show (Seasons 1-2)
  • Kino's Storytime
  • Lamb Chop's Play-Along
  • The Magic School Bus
  • Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
  • The Puzzle Place (Seasons 1-2)
  • Shining Time Station
  • Wishbone

TBS

  • America's Funniest Home Videos (1989-1994)

TNT

  • The Cat in the Hat (November 16, 1996)
  • The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat (November 16, 1996)
  • Halloween is Grinch Night (October 25, 1996)

USA Network

  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog*

Syndication

  • Full House
  • Jeopardy! (Season 12) (September 7, 1996)*
  • Wheel of Fortune (Season 13) (September 7, 1996)

(*) After the USA Cartoon Express ended, this show was later transferred to the new USA Action Extreme Team block.

Programs ended this year

Family Channel

  • Mario All Stars (September 28, 1996)

FOX

  • Power Rangers Zeo (November 27, 1996)

PBS

  • Ghostwriter (August 31, 1996)
  • Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (October 4, 1996)
  • Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales (November 11, 1996)

Syndication

  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (November 10, 1996)
  • Sailor Moon (65 episodes aired so far)
  • Jeopardy! (Season 11) (August 31, 1996)
  • Wheel of Fortune (Season 12) (August 31, 1996)

Anime released this year

  • Dragon Ball GT (February 7, 1996) (64 episodes)
  • Sailor Moon Sailor Stars (March 9, 1996) (34 episodes)

VHS trailers released this year

  • Aladdin and the King of Thieves (February 28, 1996)
  • Muppet Treasure Island (April 24, 1996)
  • Oliver & Company (May 1, 1996)
  • Bambi (October 29, 1996)
  • The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (October 29, 1996)
  • Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (October 29, 1996)
  • Magic Adventures of Mumfie: The Movie

VHS releases this year

Movies

Region 1 (North America)

  • A Kid in King Arthur's Court (January 29, 1996)
  • The Big Green (January 29, 1996)
  • The Amazing Panda Adventure (February 13, 1996)
  • Pocahontas (February 28, 1996)
  • Babe (March 19, 1996)
  • Operation Dumbo Drop (March 19, 1996)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (March 27, 1996)
  • Balto (April 2, 1996)
  • The Aristocats (April 24, 1996)
  • Tom and Huck (April 30, 1996)
  • It Takes Two (May 7, 1996)
  • Jumanji (May 14, 1996)
  • Dunston Checks in (May 28, 1996)
  • Disney Sing Along Songs: Topsy Turvy (June 25, 1996)
  • Disney Favorite Stories: Three Little Pigs (July 2, 1996)
  • How the West was Fun (July 23, 1996)
  • Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (July 30, 1996)
  • Aladdin and the King of Thieves (August 13, 1996)
  • The Little Mermaid (August 13, 1996)
  • All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 (August 27, 1996)
  • The Sound of Music (August 27, 1996)
  • Muppet Treasure Island (September 10, 1996)
  • Superman: The Last Son of Krypton (September 10, 1996)
  • The Wizard of Oz (September 10, 1996)
  • Oliver & Company (September 25, 1996)
  • My Fair Lady (October 1, 1996)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (25th Anniversary) (October 1, 1996)
  • Flipper (October 8, 1996)
  • James and the Giant Peach (October 15, 1996)
  • Toy Story (October 29, 1996)
  • Fluke (November 5, 1996)
  • Toy Story: Collector's Edition (November 12, 1996)
  • Disney Sing Along Songs: Pongo & Perdita (November 26, 1996)
  • The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists (December 10, 1996)
  • Matilda (December 17, 1996)
  • Disney Favorite Stories: Mickey's Christmas Carol (December 1996)
  • Magic Adventures of Mumfie: The Movie (December 24, 1996)

Region 1 & 4 (Latin America)

  • Disney Sing Along Songs: Colors of the Wind (March 1, 1996)
  • The Aristocats (April 24, 1996)
  • 101 Dalmatians (November 26, 1996)
  • Pocahontas (November 26, 1996)
  • Matilda (December 17, 1996)

Region 2 (Japan)

  • Peter Pan (March 15, 1996)
  • The Rescuers Down Under (April 19, 1996)
  • Sleeping Beauty (July 19, 1996)
  • Disney Sing Along Songs: Colors of the Wind (August 1996)
  • Pocahontas (September 13, 1996)
  • The Wizard of Oz (October 31, 1996)
  • Toy Story (November 1, 1996)
  • Disney Sing Along Songs: Topsy Turvy (November 1996)
  • Disney Sing Along Songs: The Twelve Days of Christmas (November 1996)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (November 21, 1996)
  • The Mask (December 1, 1996)

Region 2 (UK)

  • Sleeping Beauty (January 1996)
  • Pocahontas (April 1996)
  • 101 Dalmatians (August 1996)
  • Disney Sing Along Songs: From the Hunchback of Notre Dame (August 1996)
  • Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (October 1996)
  • Toy Story (November 1996)*

(*) Toy Story was actually rated PG by the BBFC. It is still rated PG in the UK today.

Region 3 (South Korea)

  • 101 Dalmatians (January 15, 1996)
  • Full Metal Jacket (February 17, 1996)
  • Pocahontas (July 1996)
  • Sleeping Beauty (September 16, 1996)
  • Toy Story (November 1996)
  • Aladdin and the King of Thieves (December 1996)

TV Shows

Region 1 (North America)

  • Barney's All Aboard for Sharing (January 23, 1996)
  • Kidsongs: Let's Put on a Show! (January 30, 1996)*
  • Kidsongs: Baby Animal Songs (January 30, 1996)
  • Thomas & Friends: Thomas and His Friends Help Out (February 2, 1996)
  • Sesame Street: Do the Alphabet (February 6, 1996)
  • Sesame Street: Learning to Share (February 6, 1996)
  • Barney's Talent Show (March 26, 1996)
  • Barney's Fun & Games (May 21, 1996)
  • Sesame Street: Elmocize (June 11, 1996)
  • Barney's Exercise Circus & Parade of Numbers (July 2, 1996)
  • Winnie the Pooh Playtime Collection: Happy Pooh Day (Q3 1996)
  • Winnie the Pooh Learning Collection: Working Together (Q3 1996)
  • Dr. Seuss Sing-Along Classics: Grinch Night (August 6, 1996)
  • Dr. Seuss Sing-Along Classics: Pontoffel Pock and His Magic Piano (August 6, 1996)
  • Dr. Seuss Sing-Along Classics: The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat (August 6, 1996)
  • Barney's 1-2-3-4 Seasons (August 6, 1996)
  • Sesame Street: Elmo Saves Christmas (October 1, 1996)
  • Super Mario Bros. Super Christmas Adventures (October 1, 1996)
  • Barney's Once Upon a Time (November 5, 1996)
  • Sesame Street: Imagine That!
  • Sesame Street: Slimey's World Games
  • Thomas & Friends: The Gallant Old Engine and Other Thomas Stories

(*) Production for these videos was completed in Spring 1995.

Region 2 (UK)

  • Thomas & Friends Season 4 Vol. 4: Story and Song Collection (March 4, 1996)
  • Thomas & Friends: The Biggest Ever Christmas Collection (December 31, 1996)

Region 3 (Japan)

  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (November 15, 1996-)
  • Animaniacs (December 13, 1996-)

VHS re-releases this year

Movies

  • Disney Sing Along Songs: Campout at Walt Disney World (Q1 1996)
  • Disney Sing Along Songs: Let's Go to the Circus! (Q1 1996)
  • Disney Sing Along Songs: Beach Party at Walt Disney World (Q1 1996)
  • Alice in Wonderland (Q2 1996)
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Q2 1996)
  • Dumbo (Q2 1996)
  • Mary Poppins (Q2 1996)
  • Pete's Dragon (Q2 1996)
  • Robin Hood (Q2 1996)
  • So Dear to My Heart (Q2 1996)
  • The Sword in the Stone (Q2 1996)
  • The Three Caballeros (Q2 1996)
  • The Wizard of Oz (October 1996)*

(*) The Wizard of Oz was remastered by THX Limited in 1996.

TV Shows

  • Barney and the Backyard Gang: Campfire Sing-Along (Q1 1996)
  • Barney and the Backyard Gang: Barney Goes to School (Q1 1996)
  • Barney and the Backyard Gang: Barney in Concert (Q1 1996)
  • Barney and the Backyard Gang: Rock With Barney (Q1 1996)
  • Barney and the Backyard Gang: Waiting for Santa (Q3 1996)
  • Thomas & Friends: James Goes Buzz Buzz and Other Thomas Stories*
  • Thomas & Friends: Percy's Ghostly Trick and Other Thomas Stories*
  • Thomas & Friends: Rusty to the Rescue and Other Thomas Stories*
  • Thomas & Friends: Thomas' Christmas Party and Other Favorite Stories*

(*) Re-released by Video Treasures.

VHS Tapes discontinued this year

Movies

  • The Lion King (1995 VHS) (April 30, 1996)
  • Cinderella (1995 VHS) (April 30, 1996)
  • Star Wars Trilogy (1995 VHS)

TV Shows

  • All Season 1 episodes of Barney & Friends on video
  • All Sonic the Hedgehog videos

Logos introduced this year

  • Barney Home Video Classic Collection (Q1 1996)*
  • Columbia Tristar Home Video - "Rising Boxes" (May 14, 1996)**
  • Columbia Tristar Television - "Sliding Boxes" (July 12, 1996)#
  • FUNimation Productions Logo #1
  • PBS - "The Windowsill" (September 2, 1996)

(*) The "Classic Collection" variant of the 1995 Barney Home Video logo was used concurrently with its standard counterpart.

(**) Alternate copies of Jumanji contain the 1993 logo. Countries outside of North America also still continued to use the 1993 logo on all Columbia Tristar releases as well.

(#) Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! still used the 1994 Columbia Tristar Television logo until May 1997, when these game shows began using this logo.

Logos updated this year

  • Columbia Pictures - "90s Torch Lady"*
  • PBS Kids - "P-Pals" (Q4 1996)#
  • Tristar Pictures - "CGI Pegasus"*
  • Universal Pictures - "1990s Globe"**

(*) These logos now include the byline "A Sony Pictures Entertainment Company".

(**) Universal Pictures is no longer an MCA company as of 1996.

(#) An e/i balloon appears on the second half of the 1993 PBS Kids logo. In 1997, this entire updated logo was forced at the end of all children's programming on PBS when the TV Parental Guidelines was introduced.

Logos ended this year

  • PBS - "Orange CGI P-Heads" (September 1, 1996)

Video games unveiled this year

  • Mario Kart 64*
  • Star Fox 64*

(*) Starting with these games, the characters are modified. For example, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Wario, Donkey Kong, Toad and Bowser now appear in their N64-era designs with new voice actors; Fox McCloud, Falco Lombardi, Slippy Toad and Peppy Hare now appear in their N64-era designs looking a little cartoonish as Slippy Toad does not wear beads around his neck and new voice actors for each character.

Video games released this year

Japan

Super Famicom

  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (March 9, 1996)
  • Kirby Super Star (March 21, 1996)
  • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble (November 23, 1996)

Super Game Boy

  • Pokemon (Red/Green Versions) (February 27, 1996)
  • Pokemon (Blue Version) (October 10, 1996)

Nintendo 64

  • Super Mario 64 (June 23, 1996)
  • Mario Kart 64 (December 14, 1996)

North America

Super NES

  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (May 13, 1996)
  • Kirby Super Star (September 20, 1996)
  • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble (November 22, 1996)

Super Game Boy

  • Kirby's Block Ball (May 1996)

Nintendo 64

  • Super Mario 64 (September 29, 1996)

Europe

  • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble (December 19, 1996)

South Korea

  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

Player's Choice re-releases this year

  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Super Dr. Mario
  • Super Mario All-Stars
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario Land
  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
  • Super Mario World
  • Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3

Books released this year

North America

  • Disney Classic Storybooks: The Aristocats
  • Disney Classic Storybooks: Toy Story
  • Disney Classic Storybooks: The Jungle Book
  • Disney Classic Storybooks: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Prima's Game Secrets to Super Mario 64 (October 16, 1996)

Japan

  • Kirby of the Stars by Yoshiko Sakuma (April 25, 1996)
  • Kirby of the Stars: The Story of Dedede Who Lives in Pupupu Vol. 3 (April 26, 1996)
  • Kirby of the Stars: The Story of Dedede Who Lives in Pupupu Vol. 4 (September 28, 1996)

Albums released this year

  • Songs from The Aristocats (CD) (April 24, 1996)
  • Classic Disney Vol. 3: 60 Years of Musical Magic (July 2, 1996)
  • Super Mario 64: Original Soundtrack (July 19, 1996)
  • All That: The Album (November 26, 1996)

Software released this year

Beta Versions

  • Windows Memphis Build 1351 (December 15, 1996)

Operating Systems

  • Windows NT 4.0 (August 24, 1996)

Service Pack Updates

  • Windows 95 OEM Service Release 1 (February 1996)
  • Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2 (August 24, 1996)*
  • Windows NT 3.51 Service Pack 5 (September 19, 1996)
  • Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 1 (October 16, 1996)
  • Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 2 (December 14, 1996)

(*) Windows 95 OSR2 was the first version of Windows to support FAT32 hard drive partitions with about 4–8 gigabytes of space.

PC Components

  • NetScape Navigator 2.0 (March 1996)
  • Internet Explorer 2.0 for Mac (April 23, 1996)
  • AOL 3.0 (June 1996)
  • Internet Explorer 3.0 for Windows (August 13, 1996)*
  • Macromedia Flash 1.0 (August 1996)
  • Adobe Acrobat 3.0 (November 1996)
  • Microsoft Office 97 (November 19, 1996)

(*) Included with Windows 95 OSR2.

CD-ROMs

  • Living Books: Sheila Rae, the Brave (February 27, 1996)
  • Les Ani'Malins Numéro 3 (French Edition) (April 1996)
  • Disney's Animated Storybook: Toy Story (April 24, 1996)
  • Kid Phonics 2
  • Living Books: The Berenstain Bears in the Dark (August 1996)
  • Living Books: Green Eggs and Ham (September 1996)
  • Sonic CD for Windows (September 26, 1996)
  • Living Books: Stellaluna (October 1996)
  • Disney's Activity Center: Toy Story
  • Kidsongs Musical Mystery (November 25, 1996)
  • Disney's Animated Storybook: 101 Dalmatians
  • Disney's Animated Storybook: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Media unveiled this year

  • Living Books: Green Eggs and Ham (August 1996)
  • Living Books: Stellaluna (August 1996)
  • Living Books: Arthur's Reading Race (September 1996)

Websites launched this year

  • GameSpot (May 1, 1996)
  • The Unofficial World of Nintendo (June 13, 1996)
  • LivingBooks.com (August 26, 1996)
  • IGN.com (September 1996)
  • Disney.com
  • GameFAQs (formerly the Video Game FAQ Archive)
  • Lion's Den (the official website for MGM)
  • Nintendo Power Source (www.nintendo.com)
  • Video Game Music Archive (December 19, 1996)

Vehicles introduced this year

  • 1997 Acura CL (March 15, 1996)
  • 1997 Acura Integra (August 22, 1996)
  • 1997 Audi A4 (October 1996)
  • 1997 Audi A8 (December 20, 1996)
  • 1996 BMW 328i (February 1996)
  • 1997 BMW 528i
  • 1997 Buick Century
  • 1997 Buick Park Avenue (Q4 1996)
  • 1997 Buick Regal
  • 1997 Cadillac Catera
  • 1996 Chevrolet Camaro RS
  • 1997 Chevrolet Corvette (Q3 1996)
  • 1996 Chevrolet Express
  • 1997 Chevrolet Lumina LTZ
  • 1997 Chevrolet Malibu (October 7, 1996)
  • 1997 Chevrolet Venture (August 1996)
  • 1996 Chrysler Sebring (2-door convertible)
  • 1997 Chrysler Town & Country SX
  • 1997 Dodge Dakota
  • 1996 Dodge Viper GTS
  • 1997 Ford Escort/Mercury Tracer (May 23, 1996)
  • 1997 Ford Expedition (August 6, 1996)
  • 1997 Honda Prelude (November 7, 1996)
  • 1997 Hyundai Accent (GL and GS)
  • 1997 Hyundai Accent GT (December 19, 1996)
  • 1997 Hyundai Sonata (August 1, 1996)
  • 1997 Infiniti Q45 (October 1996)
  • 1997 Infiniti QX4 (September 1996)
  • 1996 Isuzu Oasis
  • 1997 Jaguar XK8
  • 1997 Jeep Cherokee (August 9, 1996)
  • 1997 Jeep Wrangler (Q2 1996)
  • 1997 Kia Sportage (August 29, 1996)
  • 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 (April 3, 1996)
  • 1997 Lexus ES 300 (September 1996)
  • 1997 Lincoln Continental (October 1996)
  • 1997 Lincoln Mark VIII (October 1996)
  • 1997 Mercedes-Benz C230 (August 1996)
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer (Q2 1996)
  • 1997 Mitsubishi Diamante
  • 1997 Mitsubishi Mirage
  • 1997 Oldsmobile Silhouette (August 6, 1996)
  • 1996 Plymouth Breeze
  • 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix (August 12, 1996)
  • 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport (September 19, 1996)
  • 1997 Toyota Camry (September 3, 1996)
  • 1996 Volvo 850 Platinum Limited Edition
  • 1997 Volvo S90/V90

Vehicles discontinued this year

  • Acura Integra SE
  • Acura Legend (as a carryover 1995 model)
  • Audi S6
  • BMW 525i/530i
  • BMW 850CSi
  • Buick Century (4-door station wagon)
  • Buick Regal Custom, Gran Sport and Limited
  • Buick Regal (2-door coupe)
  • Buick Roadmaster
  • Cadillac Fleetwood (December 13, 1996)
  • Chevrolet Beretta (July 30, 1996)
  • Chevrolet Caprice/Impala SS (December 13, 1996)
  • Chevrolet Corsica (June 26, 1996)
  • Chevrolet Corvette (C4) (June 20, 1996)
  • Chevrolet Lumina Minivan
  • Chrysler New Yorker
  • Dodge Stealth
  • Eagle Summit
  • Ford Bronco (June 12, 1996)
  • Honda Prelude (S, Si and VTEC)
  • Infiniti G20 (first generation) (July 19, 1996)
  • Jaguar XJ12/XJS
  • Lexus GS (first generation)
  • Mercedes-Benz C220
  • Mercedes-Benz E320 (2-door convertible, 2-door coupe, 4-door station wagon)
  • Mitsubishi Galant S
  • Mitsubishi Mighty Max Pickup
  • Nissan 300ZX
  • Nissan Pickup V6
  • Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera (August 30, 1996)
  • Oldsmobile Ninety Eight (May 31, 1996)
  • Oldsmobile Silhouette (1st generation) (May 17, 1996)
  • Subaru SVX (as a 1997 model)
  • Toyota Camry (2-door coupe)
  • Volvo 850 Turbo T5R

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