Roman Numerals & Movie Copyright Dates
Copyright dates are often recorded in roman numerals in the credits of movies and TV shows. Some people believe these dates are recorded this way so most of the audience don’t know how old the re-runs are 😉
You might be surprised to find out how old some of your favorite shows are. Take a guess at when you think the cartoons in the graphic above first appeared AND RECORD YOUR GUESS WITH PEN.
Remember that television was not widely available until the MCMLs.
Are you sure you’ve written your guess down?
The Flintstones – First went to air in MCMLX and continued being made until MCMLXVI
Monty Python and the Holy Grail – was released in MCMLXXV
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) – first appeared in MCMLXXXIV
Scooby Doo – The first episode, ‘What a Night for a Knight’ went to air in MCMLXIX and is available on Youtube.
The Simpsons – first appeared April XIX,MCMLXXXVII and has gone on to be the longest running TV series in history.
What is the name given to the process of working out the roman numerals at the end of a movie?
HINT – It is written on a graphic on this page 🙂
How can you tell if the author of this page is ‘just making up words’?
Take me to the Roman Numbers Page