Media from 1981.

Paper money

Old currency currently in circulation
$1-C (1981).png
$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
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$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).png
$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).png
$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).png
$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).jpg
$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
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$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

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$1 (Series 1977A)

During the first half of 1981, the first $1 bills with serial numbers ending with "K" and "L" were printed.

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

Movies

Theatrical

Poster/Title Release Date Box office
Starwars.jpg
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
April 10, 1981 (re-release) $307,263,857 from 1977–1981
Starwars2.jpg
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
  2. Robin Hood
  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 re-released after Cinderella, so they were put in longer moratoriums than that film.

Home video

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

Books

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

Television

Program title Network Current season Broadcast dates
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Logo 1971.png
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.jpg
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
CBS N/A December 16, 1981

Software

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

Video Games

Title Console Latest release date
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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.png
Total movies released on VHS (out of 41 in the list) 2.png
Total Disney animated features released on VHS (out of 24 so far) 1.png
(on sale)
Total television series broadcasted (out of 25 in the list) 1.png
Number of cable networks on U.S. television 18.png
Total video games released (out of 150 in the list) 1.png
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