The following events occurred in 1997.

Paper money

Denomination/series year Prevalence
$1-A (1998)
Series 1995 $1

At least 99%

All $1 bills printed from July through December 1996 remained in circulation all year.

$2-F (1996)
Series 1995 $2

About 10~20% (the majority was still Series 1976)

$5-F (1995)
Series 1995 $5

About 96% as of January 1, 1997; at least 99% as of about 1-2 months later

All $5 bills printed from August through December 1996 remained in circulation all year.

$10-F (1995)
Series 1993 $10

About 45% as of January 1, 1997; about 18% as of December 31, 1997

All $10 bills printed from August through December 1996 remained in circulation all year.

$10-G (1998)
Series 1995 $10

About 55% as of January 1, 1997; about 82% as of December 31, 1997 (48% of them from the BEP headquarters at Washington, D.C.)

$20-K (1994)
Series 1993 $20

About 73% as of January 1, 1997; about 36% as of December 31, 1997 (9% of them from the Western Currency Facility)

All $20 bills printed from June 1995 (except those from San Francisco) through December 1996 remained in circulation all year.

$20-G (1996)
Series 1995 $20

About 27% as of January 1, 1997; about 64% as of December 31, 1997 (18% of them from the BEP headquarters at Washington, D.C.)

$50-G (1992)
Series 1990 $50

About 22% as of January 1, 1997; less than 1% as of late 1997

$50-G (1996)
Series 1993 $50

About 78% as of January 1, 1997; about 50% as of December 31, 1997

All $50 bills printed from December 1995 through December 1996 remained in circulation all year.

$100-G (1991)
Series 1990 $100

About 19% as of January 1, 1997; about 5% as of December 31, 1997

All $100 bills printed from July through October 1994 (for the July 1994 bills, from one district only) remained in circulation all year.

$100-I (1995)
Series 1993 $100

About 28% as of January 1, 1997; about 25% as of December 31, 1997

Again, no $100 bills of this series were destroyed this year.

$100-K (1997)
Series 1996 $100
About 53% as of January 1, 1997; about 70% as of December 31, 1997



Movie industry
Walt Disney Pictures (1990)
Walt Disney Pictures
Paramount (1995)
Paramount Pictures
Universal (1991)
Universal Pictures
Columbia Pictures (1993)
Columbia Pictures
20th Century Fox (1994)
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Warner Bros. Pictures (1992)
Warner Bros. Pictures
Tristar Pictures (1993)
TriStar Pictures
Touchstone Pictures (1986)
Touchstone Pictures
Terrestrial television networks
NBC logo
American Broadcasting Company Logo
PBS (1996)
PBS Kids (1996)
PBS for Kids
Fox logo
WB Network
UPN logo
Cable television networks
HBO logo
Showtime logo 1990
The Movie Channel
Cinemax logo
The Disney Channel 1986
Disney Channel
The Family Channel
The Family Channel
USA Network 1996
USA Network
Nickelodeon Logo
Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
TBS Superstation logo 1999
TNT logo 1999
Television production companies
Walt Disney Television (1985)
Walt Disney Television
Paramount Television (1995)
Paramount Television
Universal Television (1991)
Universal Television
Columbia Tristar Television (1994)
Columbia TriStar Television
20th Century Fox Television (1995)
20th Century Fox Television
Warner Bros. Television (1994)
Warner Bros. Television
WGBH Boston (1993)
WGBH Boston
DiC (1990)
DiC Entertainment
Britt Allcroft (1989)
The Britt Allcroft Company
KingWorld (1990)
Buena Vista Television (1995)
Buena Vista Television
Nickelodeon Productions (1996)
Nickelodeon Productions
20th Television (1994)
20th Television
Home video industry
Walt Disney Home Video (1991)
Walt Disney Home Video
Paramount Home Video (1995)
Paramount Home Video
MCA Universal Home Video 1991
MCA/Universal Home Video
Columbia Tristar Home Video (1996)
Columbia TriStar Home Video
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (1995-A)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Warner Home Video (1997)
Warner Home Video
CIC Video (1992-B)
CIC Video
MGM-UA Home Video (1993)
MGM/UA Home Video
Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection (1994)
Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
Kid Vision (1994)
Kid Vision
Warner Bros. Records (1985)
Warner Bros. Records
Together Again Video Productions (1987)
Together Again Video Productions
Disney Videos (1995)
Disney Videos (international only)
Touchstone Home Video (1987)
Touchstone Pictures
Random House Home Video
Random House Home Video
Video Treasures (1995)
Video Treasures
Barney Home Video (1995)
Barney Home Video


Box office totals
1 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope $322,740,142
2 The Lion King $312,855,561
3 Home Alone $285,761,243
4 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi $263,835,740
5 Ghostbusters $238,632,124
6 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back $222,674,266
7 Toy Story $191,796,233
8 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York $173,585,516
9 Pocahontas $141,579,773
10 The Mask $119,938,730
11 Hook $119,654,823
12 Ghostbusters II $112,494,738
13 The Hunchback of Notre Dame $100,138,851
14 The Goonies $61,389,680
15 The Aristocats $35,452,658
16 Matilda $33,459,416
17 My Little Pony: The Movie (1986) $5,958,456
Non-Disney movies on VHS
Wizardofoz 1996vhs
The Wizard of Oz
Starwars 1995vhs
Star Wars
Starwars2 1995vhs
The Empire Strikes Back
Starwars3 1995vhs
Return of the Jedi
Ghostbusters 1996vhs
Goonies vhs
The Goonies
Ghostbusters2 1996vhs
Ghostbusters II
Homealone vhs
Home Alone
Hook vhs
Homealone2 vhs
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Mask vhs1
The Mask
Matilda vhs
Disney movies on VHS
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Wdmc dumbo
Marypoppins 1994
Mary Poppins
Wdmc swordinthestone
The Sword in the Stone
Wdmc aliceinwonderland
Alice in Wonderland
Wdmc robinhood
Robin Hood
Wdmc petesdragon
Pete's Dragon
The Return of Jafar
Wdmc winniethepooh
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Aristocats
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
Aladdin and the King of Thieves
Oliver & Company
James and the Giant Peach
Toystory vhs
Toy Story
Disney's Sing-Along Songs
Dsas heighho(3)
Heigh Ho
Disney zipadeedoodah vhs
Dsas youcanfly(3)
You Can Fly
Dsas barenecessities(3)
The Bare Necessities
Dsas underthesea(2)
Under the Sea
Dsas disneylandfun(2)
Disneyland Fun
Dsas ilovetolaugh(2)
Dsas beourguest(2)
Be Our Guest
Dsas friendlikeme
Friend Like Me
Dsas 12daysofchristmas(2)
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Very Merry Christmas Songs
Dsas circleoflife
Circle of Life
Dsas campoutatwdw
Campout at Walt Disney World
Dsas letsgotothecircus
Let's Go to the Circus!
Dsas beachpartyatwdw
Beach Party at Walt Disney World
Dsas colorsofthewind
Colors of the Wind
Dsas topsyturvy
Topsy Turvy
Dsas pongoandperdita
Pongo & Perdita


Home Alone continued airing annually on NBC, while Home Alone 2: Lost in New York aired on the Fox Network.

Currently airing on syndication:

Fullhouse 1987

Currently airing on PBS:

Shiningtimestation logo Barney season3 Kidsongstvshow season2 ArthurLogo

The Lion King continued airing occasionally on The Disney Channel.

Currently airing on Nickelodeon:

LegendsoftheHiddenTemple Allthat

Currently airing on the USA Network:


Sonic Christmas Blast aired again on the USA Network late in 1997.

Dr. Seuss videos currently on sale:

Thecatinthehat vhs Thelorax vhs Greeneggsandham vhs Hooberbloob vhs Grinchgrinchescatinthehat 1996vhs Pontoffelpock vhs Grinchnight vhs

In 1997, these videos were re-packaged as Fox Kids Video titles.

Kidsongs videos currently on sale:

Kidsongs1997 macdonaldsfarm Kidsongs1997 carsboatstrainsplanes Kidsongs1997 daywiththeanimals Kidsongs1997 whatiwanttobe Kidsongs1997 dayatthecircus Kidsongs1997 dayatcamp Kidsongs1997 rollercoaster Kidsongs1997 verysillysongs Kidsongs1997 christmas Kidsongs1997 playalongsongs Kidsongs1995 talktotheanimals Kidsongs1997 countrysingalong Kidsongs1997 bopwiththebiggles Kidsongs1997 putonashow Kidsongs babyanimalsongs

Sony Wonder re-distributed all Kidsongs videos in 1997.

Barney Classic Collection videos currently on sale:

Waitingforsanta 1993 Magicalmusical Barneylive vhscover Imaginationisland vhscover Barneysongs vhs Campfiresingalong 1996 Barneygoestoschool 1996 Barneyinconcert 1996 Rockwithbarney 1996 Barneystalentshow Barneysfunandgames Barneys1234seasons Barneysonceuponatime

Thomas & Friends videos currently on sale:

ThomasGetsTricked VHS JamesLearnsaLesson VHS TrustThomas 1995VHS ThomasGetsBumped VHS ThomasPercy&theDragon 1995VHS Daisy VHS JamesGoesBuzzBuzz VHS Percy'sGhostlyTrick VHS ThomasChristmasParty VHS RustytotheRescue VHS Thomas&theSpecialLetter VHS Thomas&HisFriendsHelpOut VHS TheGallantOldEngine VHS

All episodes from these videos came from Seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Peanuts videos currently on sale:

Greatpumpkin 1996 Charliebrownthanksgiving 1996 Charliebrownchristmas 1996 Newyearcharliebrown 1996 Bemyvalentine 1997vhs Easterbeagle 1996 Snoopy vhs1 Snoopy vhs2 Snoopy vhs3 Snoopy vhs4 Snoopy vhs5 Snoopy vhs6 Snoopy vhs7 Snoopy vol8 Snoopy vol9 YoureaGoodManCharlieBrownVHS2 A Charlie Brown Celebration VHS Itsarborbay vhs Isthisgoodbye vhs Itsanadventure vhs Goodsportcharliebrown 1996 Itsamysterycharliebrown Whathavewelearned vhs

As of 1997, all 32 Peanuts episodes from 1965 to 1992 have now been available from Paramount Home Video.

Video Games

Gameboy logo Snes logo N64 logo Sega Saturn Logo

With the Genesis and Game Gear gone, only the Saturn remained for 1997 from Sega's lineup.

Mario (and Wario) video games currently on sale:

Sml playerschoice Sml2 Sml3 Smw2 Smrpg Sm64

Sonic the Hedgehog video games currently on sale:

Soniccd windows

Donkey Kong video games currently on sale:

Dkc1 Dkc2 Dkc3

Kirby video games currently on sale:

Kirbysdreamland Kirby pinball Kirbysdreamcourse Kirbysavalanche Kirbydreamland2 Kirbysblockball Kirbysuperstar


Albums currently on sale:

Barney album1 Barney album2 Themask mmp Lionking soundtrack Pocahontas soundtrack Toystory ost Hunchbackofnotredame soundtrack Classicdisneyvol1 Classicdisneyvol2 Classicdisneyvol3 Wizardofoz soundtrack Kidsongs farmalbum Kidsongs carsalbum Allthat album


Some notable websites in use this year include:

New sites dating back to 1997 according to the Wayback Machine include:

What's new for 1997

Month unknown

The Goonies began airing on Turner-owned cable networks, like TNT and TBS.

AllStarsCartoon Sonic SatAM

Mario All Stars moved to the USA Network, and aired there for the first half of 1997. Then the ABC Sonic cartoon took its place for the rest of the year.

Showtime logo 1997 The Movie Channel 2000 Cinemax logo 1997

Most premium cable networks changed their logos...

Universal (1997)

...and so did Universal Pictures, after MCA went bankrupt.

Warner Home Video (1997) CIC Video (1997) Columbia Tristar Home Video (1997)

Warner Home Video, Columbia TriStar Home Video and CIC Video all changed their logos in 1997.

Columbia Tristar Television (1996) Universal Television (1997) Buena Vista Television (1997)

These television companies began widespread use of their most recent logos.



Although filmed entirely in 1996, Barney's Sense-Sational Day first hit stores on January 14, 1997.

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope returned to theaters as a Special Edition on January 31.


Wdmc bambi

Bambi returned to stores for at least 55 days for its 55th anniversary.


Mario Kart 64 succeeded Super Mario Kart.

ThomasSingAlong&Stories VHS

Sing-Along & Stories was released on February 11.

Starwars4 soundtrack

A soundtrack album for the Special Edition of Star Wars helped promote the film.

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back returned to theaters as a Special Edition on February 21.



The Hunchback of Notre Dame hit stores on March 4.

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi returned to theaters as a Special Edition on March 14.

Random House Home Video released three Arthur videos, containing a total of six episodes from Season 1. The videos were:

  • Arthur's Eyes / Francine's Bad Hair Day
  • Arthur's Pet Business / D.W. the Copycat
  • Arthur Writes a Story / Locked in the Library!


This 2-pack comprises of two Barney & Friends episodes, respectively from Seasons 1 and 2. The Season 1 episode contains short end credits, in use since 1996 on PBS stations.

Themask dvd

The Mask was one of the first DVDs to ever contain Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.

Wizardofoz 1997

This was MGM Home Entertainment's only DVD release for The Wizard of Oz, before the film was re-distributed by Warner Bros.


Disney Channel 1997

The Disney Channel redesigned its logo on April 6. Pocahontas and The Aristocats were among the first movies to air on the new Disney Channel.

101dalmatians 1997

The live-action 101 Dalmatians made its home video debut on April 15.

The Mask premiered on the Fox Network on April 29.


Musicalscrapbook vhs

Barney's Musical Scrapbook contains clips from Season 3 (as well as a mentioned event from Season 2).

Winntworkstation cover

Windows NT Workstation 4.0 was updated to Service Pack 3, allowing compatibility for software that usually requires at least Windows 95, such as later versions of Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player.


Matilda dvd

Matilda was one of Columbia TriStar Home Video's launch titles on DVD.

$50-L (1999)

The redesigned Series 1996 $50 bill was unveiled on June 12, 1997, and was released to circulation on October 27. As of December 31, 1997, about 50% of all $50 bills were Series 1996.

Starwars5 soundtrack Starwars6 soundtrack

Soundtrack albums for the Special Edition of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi helped promote these films.



Kirby's Star Stacker was the last monochrome Game Boy game in the Kirby franchise.


A fourth volume of Classic Disney: 60 Years of Musical Magic was released on audio CD and cassette, containing 25 more songs from random Disney movies.


Fun and Fancy Free returned to stores for its 50th anniversary.

Dsas earlyyears Dsas magicyears Dsas modernclassics

Three sing-along videos in a mini-series called "Disney's Sing-Along Songs: Collection of All-Time Favorites" were released on July 22.

Random House Home Video released three more Arthur videos, containing six more episodes from Season 1. So as of then, there were now six Arthur videos in stores. The last three were:

  • Arthur's Teacher Trouble / Arthur's Spelling Trubble
  • D.W.'s Imaginary Friend / Arthur's Lost Library Book
  • Arthur's Baby / D.W.'s Baby


Sonic Jam was one of only two Sonic games for the Sega Saturn.


ThomasMeetstheQueen VHS

Thomas Meets the Queen and Other Stories was released on August 19.

Marypoppins 1997

After undergoing a digital restoration, newer copies of Mary Poppins included the 1990 Walt Disney Pictures logo replacing the old Buena Vista logo.

Starwars1 sevhs Starwars2 sevhs Starwars3 sevhs

All three Star Wars movies were re-released on VHS as Special Editions on August 26.


Wheeloffortune 1997 1997title

The next seasons of these game shows premiered this month. Both contained recomposed theme songs. Starting with this season, Game Show Network ads were added at the end of every episode:

GSN 1997

Sleepingbeauty 1997

After a re-relase in theaters, Sleeping Beauty got a new home video release two years later.



The Kidsongs Television Show's third season premiered with 20 more shows and clips from two new videos. As this happened, the then-current Sony Wonder and Together Again Productions logos appeared after every episode:

Sony Wonder (1995) Together Again Productions (1997)

Junglebook 1997

The Jungle Book returned to stores for its 30th anniversary.


PBS Kids' current flagship television series, Arthur, got a second season.


Sonic R was the last game to feature the characters in their first designs.



Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, the direct-to-video sequel to the first film, was released on November 11.

Nickelodeon Productions (1997)

When All That's fourth season premiered on Nickelodeon with new sketches and more new cast members, Nickelodeon Productions' logo was slightly changed and remained like this until 2008.


Rareware's first Nintendo 64 game was Diddy Kong Racing.

Windows95c cover Internetexplorer4

Further copies of Windows 95 as of November 1997 always included Internet Explorer 4.0.


Kirby's Dream Land 3 was one of the last Super NES games ever released.


Homewardbound dvd

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey was one of Disney's launch titles in the DVD format.

Kidsongs icandoit Kidsongs icandance

These two Kidsongs videos were initially released by Sony Wonder. Alongside these videos were two new soundtrack albums:

Kidsongs christmasalbum Kidsongs icandancealbum


As of December 31, 1997:
Total movies released in theaters (out of 99) 18
Total movies released on VHS (out of 38) 18
Total movies released on DVD (out of 100) 3
Total Disney animated features released on VHS (out of 35) 29
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