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Media from 1981.

Paper money

Old currency currently in circulation
$1-C (1981)
$1 (Series 1977A)
Up to A 06400000 D
Up to B 75520000 J
Up to C 29440000 D
Up to D 06400000 D
Up to E 21760000 G
Up to F 76800000 H
Up to G 42240000 H
Up to H 84480000 C
Up to I 37120000 B
Up to J 74880000 D
Up to K 74240000 E
Up to L 74240000 H
$2-B (1976)
$2 (Series 1976)
A 00000001 A – A 29440000 A
B 00000001 A – B 67200000 A
C 00000001 A – C 33280000 A
D 05440001 A – D 31360000 A
E 23040001 A – E 56960000 A
F 14720001 A – F 60800000 A
G 08000001 A – G 75520000 A
H 00000001 A – H 39040000 A
I 00000001 A – I 14080000 A
J 00000001 A – J 24960000 A
K 00000001 A – K 41600000 A
L 28160001 A – L 71680000 A
$5-C (1981)
$5 (Series 1977 and 1977A)
Up to A 78080000 A
Up to B 37120000 C
Up to C 90240000 A
Up to D 10240000 B
Up to E 40960000 B
Up to F 70400000 B
Up to G 10240000 C
Up to H 70400000 A
Up to I 21760000 A
Up to J 01920000 B
Up to K 98560000 A
Up to L 81920000 B
$10-E (1981)
$10 (Series 1977 and 1977A)
Up to A 27520000 B
Up to B 62720000 D
Up to C 99200000 A
Up to D 07680000 B
Up to E 12800000 B
Up to F 01280000 B
Up to G 11520000 C
Up to H 60160000 A
Up to I 10240000 A
Up to J 64000000 A
Up to K 83200000 A
Up to L 97280000 A
$20-F (1981)
$20 (Series 1977)
Up to A 65920000 A
Up to B 67840000 D
Up to C 60160000 A
Up to D 52480000 B
Up to E 70400000 B
Up to F 54400000 A
Up to G 70400000 C
Up to H 85120000 A
Up to I 12800000 A
Up to J 07680000 B
Up to K 16640000 B
Up to L 89600000 B
$50-H (1981)
$50 (Series 1977)
Up to A 07680000 A
Up to B 34560000 A
Up to C 03840000 A
Up to D 15360000 A
Up to E 10880000 A
Up to F 00640000 A
Up to G 32000000 A
Up to H 01280000 A
Up to I 02560000 A
Up to J 05120000 A
Up to K 05120000 A
Up to L 09600000 A
$100-A (1981)
$100 (Series 1977)
Up to A 08960000 A
Up to B 94720000 A
Up to C 04480000 A
Up to D 09600000 A
Up to E 12160000 A
Up to F 01920000 A
Up to G 26240000 A
Up to H 07040000 A
Up to I 03840000 A
Up to J 10240000 A
Up to K 16000000 A
Up to L 32640000 A
New currency released to circulation
$1-C (1981)
$1 (Series 1977A)
A 06400001 D – A 93440000 D
B 75520001 J – B 99840000 L
B 00000001 A – B 29440000 A
C 29440001 D – C 14080000 E
D 06400001 D – D 88320000 D
E 21760001 G – E 97280000 H
F 76800001 H – F 62720000 J
G 42240001 H – G 67840000 I
H 84480001 C – H 03840000 D
I 37120001 B – I 53760000 B
J 74880001 D – J 90880000 E
K 74240001 E – K 03840000 G
L 74240001 H – L 51200000 J
$1-F (1982)
$1 (Series 1981)
A 00000001 A – A 28160000 A
B 00000001 A – B 92160000 A
C 00000001 A – C 39680000 A
D 00000001 A – D 10240000 A
E 00000001 A – E 32000000 A
F 00000001 A – F 69120000 A
G 00000001 A – G 52480000 A
H 00000001 A – H 21760000 A
I 00000001 A – I 16640000 A
J 00000001 A – J 32000000 A
K 00000001 A – K 71680000 A
L 00000001 A – L 51200000 A
$5-C (1981)
$5 (Series 1977A)
A 78080001 A – A 08960000 B
B 37120001 C – B 97280000 C
C 90240001 A – C 34560000 B
D 10240001 B – D 32000000 B
E 40960001 B – E 88320000 B
F 70400001 B – F 03840000 C
G 10240001 C – G 58880000 C
H 70400001 A – H 88320000 A
I 21760001 A – I 32000000 A
J 01920001 B – J 30720000 B
K 98560001 A – K 37120000 B
L 81920001 B – L 42240000 C
$5-L (1982)
$5 (Series 1981)
A 00000001 A – A 08960000 A
B 00000001 A – B 30720000 A
D 00000001 A – D 16640000 A
F 00000001 A – F 10240000 A
G 00000001 A – G 12800000 A
J 00000001 A – J 10240000 A
K 00000001 A – K 08960000 A
L 00000001 A – L 23040000 A
$10-E (1981)
$10 (Series 1977A)
A 27520001 B – A 71680000 B
B 62720001 D – B 92160000 E
C 99200001 A – C 64000000 B
D 07680001 B – D 28160000 B
E 12800001 B – E 75520000 B
F 01280001 B – F 23040000 B
G 11520001 C – G 83200000 C
H 60160001 A – H 74240000 A
I 10240001 A – I 17920000 A
J 64000001 A – J 90880000 A
K 83200001 A – K 14080000 B
L 97280001 A – L 33280000 B
$20-F (1981)
$20 (Series 1977)
A 65920001 A – A 94720000 A
B 67840001 D – B 70400000 F
C 60160001 A – C 17920000 B
D 52480001 B – D 89600000 B
E 70400001 B – E 58880000 C
F 54400001 A – F 70400000 A
G 70400001 C – G 58880000 D
H 85120001 A – H 98560000 A
I 12800001 A – I 15360000 A
J 07680001 B – J 48640000 B
K 16640001 B – K 64000000 B
L 89600001 B – L 64000000 C
$20-F (1982)
$20 (Series 1981)
A 00000001 A – A 10240000 A
D 00000001 A – D 08960000 A
E 00000001 A – E 15360000 A
G 00000001 A – G 14080000 A
H 00000001 A – H 10240000 A
J 00000001 A – J 08960000 A
L 00000001 A – L 28160000 A
$50-H (1981)
$50 (Series 1977)
A 07680001 A – A 16640000 A
B 34560001 A – B 49920000 A
C 03840001 A – C 05120000 A
D 15360001 A – D 23040000 A
E 10880001 A – E 19200000 A
F 00640001 A – F 02560000 A
G 32000001 A – G 47360000 A
H 01280001 A – H 03840000 A
I 02560001 A – I 03840000 A
J 05120001 A – J 07680000 A
K 05120001 A – K 14080000 A
L 09600001 A – L 19200000 A
$100-A (1981)
$100 (Series 1977)
A 08960001 A – A 19200000 A
B 94720001 A – B 53760000 B
C 04480001 A – C 05120000 A
D 09600001 A – D 14080000 A
E 12160001 A – E 17920000 A
F 01920001 A – F 03840000 A
G 26240001 A – G 33280000 A
H 07040001 A – H 15360000 A
I 03840001 A – I 05120000 A
J 10240001 A – J 14080000 A
K 16000001 A – K 29440000 A
L 32640001 A – L 39680000 A

Logos

Movie logos
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1957)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
1957–1987
20th Century Fox (1965)
20th Century Fox
1965–1981 Seen on the first two Star Wars films in theaters.
Buena Vista Distribution (1966)
Buena Vista Distribution
1966–1981
Universal (1971)
Universal Pictures
1971–1990
Warner Bros. (1973)
Warner Bros.
1973–1984
Paramount (1975)
Paramount Pictures
1975–1987
Columbia Pictures (1976)
Columbia Pictures
1976–1981
Columbia Pictures (1981)
Columbia Pictures
1981–1993 First seen in theaters on June 5, 1981.
20th Century Fox (1981)
20th Century Fox
1981–1994 First seen in theaters in August 1981.
Broadcast television logos
Cbs-logo
CBS
1953–2007
American Broadcasting Company Logo
ABC
1962–2007
NBC 1979 logo
NBC
1979–1986
PBS logos (including funding credits)
PBS (1971)
Public Broadcasting Service
1971–1984 Seen on pre-1984 episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood until the late 1980s when reran on local PBS stations.
WGBH (1978)
WGBH
1978–1993
Public Television Stations (1979-1983)
Public Television Stations
1979–1983 Seen on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: 1461–1490.
The Sears-Roebuck Foundation (1979-1983)
The Sears-Roebuck Foundation
1981 Family Communications Logo
Family Communications
1981 Only seen on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
CC 1980
The Caption Center
1980–1987 Seen on programs closed-captioned by The Caption Center.
NCI 1980
National Captioning Institute
1980–1982 Seen on programs closed-captioned by the National Captioning Institute, starting on March 16, 1980.
Cable television logos
HBO logo
HBO
1980–present
Cinemax 1980
Cinemax
1980–1985
Showtime 1979
Showtime
1980–1981
The Movie Channel 1980
The Movie Channel
1979–1981
CBN Satellite Network 1982
CBN Satellite Network
1977–1983
Superstation WTBS 17 Atlanta
SuperStation WTBS
1979–1981
USA Network logo
USA Network
1979–1996
Nickelodeon 1980
Nickelodeon
1980–1981
Showtime80s
Showtime
1981–1990
The Movie Channel 1982
The Movie Channel
1981–1988
Nickelodeon logo 1981
Nickelodeon
1981–1985
SuperStation WTBS Atlanta
SuperStation WTBS
1981–1985
Television distribution logos
20th Television Fox (1965)
20th Television Fox
1965–1981
Warner Bros. Television (1972)
Warner Bros. Television
1972–1984
Paramount Television (1975)
Paramount Television
1975–1987
Universal Television (1975)
Universal Television
1975–1991
Columbia Pictures Television (1976)
Columbia Pictures Television
1976–1982
1981 Walt Disney Television Logo
Walt Disney Television
1981–1983
20th Television Fox (1981)
20th Television Fox
1981–1992
Home media logos
Walt Disney Home Entertainment (1978)
Walt Disney Home Video
1978–1984 Seen on the 1980 VHS of Mary Poppins.
Paramount Home Video (1979)
Paramount Home Video
1979–1982
1981 MCA Videocassette Logo
MCA Videocassette Inc.
1980–1983
Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment (1979)
Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment
1979–1982
Magnetic Video Corporation (1977)
Magnetic Video Corporation
1977–1982
WCI Home Video (1980)
WCI Home Video
1980–1981
MGM-CBS Home Video (1980)
MGM/CBS Home Video (new logo)
1980–1981 Seen on the 1980 VHS of The Wizard of Oz.
CBS Video (1980)
CBS Video (new logo)
1980–1981
Walt Disney Home Video (1981)
Walt Disney Home Video
1981–1987 Only seen worldwide except North America.
1981 Warner Home Video Logo
Warner Home Video
1981–1986 Replaced WCI Home Video.
CIC Video (1981)
CIC Video
1981–1986 CIC Video distributed Paramount and Universal's films outside of North America.
MGM-CBS Home Video (1981)
MGM/CBS Home Video
1981–1982
CBS Video (1981)
CBS Video
1981–1982

Movies

Theatrical

Poster/Title Release Date Box office
Starwars
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
April 10, 1981 (re-release) $307,263,857 from 1977–1981
Starwars2
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
July 31, 1981 (re-release) $209,398,025 from 1980–1981

George Lucas, director of the first two Star Wars films, began drafting the third Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi, on June 12, 1981.

The Walt Disney Company has so far released 18 animated features, not including any of the 1940s package films, in order of their last releases:

  1. The Sword in the Stone (December 22, 1972)
  2. Robin Hood (November 8, 1973)
  3. Bambi (June 20, 1975)
  4. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (December 20, 1975)
  5. Dumbo (March 26, 1976)
  6. Peter Pan (June 18, 1976)
  7. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (March 11, 1977)
  8. Fantasia (April 15, 1977)
  9. The Rescuers (June 22, 1977)
  10. The Jungle Book (June 9, 1978)
  11. Pinocchio (December 15, 1978)
  12. 101 Dalmatians (June 7, 1979)
  13. Sleeping Beauty (September 28, 1979)
  14. Lady and the Tramp (March 7, 1980)
  15. The Aristocats (December 19, 1980)
  16. Alice in Wonderland (April 3, 1981)
  17. The Fox and the Hound (July 10, 1981)
  18. Cinderella (December 18, 1981)

The first two films in the list above were put on hold for a little longer.

Home video

Title Latest release date Notes
1980 Bedknobs and Broomsticks VHS
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
October 21, 1980
1980 Pete's Dragon VHS
Pete's Dragon
October 21, 1980
The Wizard of Oz 1980 VHS
The Wizard of Oz
October 25, 1980 Included trailers for two other films from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.
Mary Poppins 1980 VHS
Mary Poppins
December 30, 1980
1981 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh VHS
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
June 26, 1981 First Disney animated feature released for both sale and rental.
1981 Dumbo VHS
Dumbo
June 26, 1981 Released for rental only.
1981 Alice in Wonderland VHS
Alice in Wonderland
October 15, 1981 Released for rental only.

Books

Title Notes
Horton Hears a Who!
Horton Hears a Who! (1954)
Catinthehat book
The Cat in the Hat (1957)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957)
Green Eggs and Ham
Green Eggs and Ham (1960)
Old copies of this book included the words "50 Word Vocabulary".
Lorax
The Lorax (1971)

Television

Program title Network Current season Broadcast dates
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Logo 1971
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
PBS Season 11 Pre-1979:
January 1–April 10 (Season 7)
April 13–September 11 (Season 8)
September 14–18 (Season 9)
September 21–November 27 (Season 2)
November 30–December 31 (Season 3)

Post-1979:
February 16–20 (Episodes 1476–1480)
May 18–June 5 (with Episodes 1481–1485)
July 20–August 28 (all 30 episodes to date)
Title-grinch
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
CBS N/A December 16, 1981

Software

Title Format Release date(s)
DOS1.0
IBM PC-DOS
5.25" Floppy Disk August 12, 1981

Video Games

Title Console Latest release date
Donkeykong title
Donkey Kong
Second-generation arcade July 9, 1981

Totals

As of December 31, 1981:
Total movies released in theaters (out of 120 in the list) 4
Total movies released on VHS (out of 41 in the list) 2
Total Disney animated features released on VHS (out of 24 so far) 1
(on sale)
Total television series broadcasted (out of 25 in the list) 1
Number of cable networks on U.S. television 16
Total video games released (out of 150 in the list) 1
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