The film was released in the United States on November 24, 1993. It won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Robin Williams was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
It grossed $441.3 million on a $25 million budget, becoming the second-highest-grossing film of 1993 worldwide. Though the film received mixed reviews, it was placed 67th in the American Film Institute's "AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs" list and 40th on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies of All Time." The original music score was composed by Howard Shore.
Sound Effects Used
- Hollywoodedge, Alarms High PitchedS TE012603 (used for a TV studio bell)
- Hollywoodedge, Chimpanzee Screeche PE026201
- Hollywoodedge, Funny Swish CRT053902 (Heard in the opening cartoon as the cat shows a cigarette)
- Hollywoodedge, Quick Whistle Zip By CRT057502
- Hollywoodedge, Quick Whistle Zip By CRT057505 (Heard in the opening cartoon as the cat jumps off a chair.)
- Hollywoodedge, School Bell Long Ring PE193201 (used for a work shift bell)
- SKYWALKER, SIZZLE - QUICK SIZZLE
- SKYWALKER, WHISTLE - LONG, DESCENDING WHISTLE? (debut?)
- Sound Ideas, TELEPHONE, ELECTRONIC - OFFICE OR HOME ELECTRONIC PHONE: RING 1: SINGLE RING
- Sound Ideas, TELEPHONE, PAY - PICK UP RECEIVER
- Sound Ideas, ZIP, CARTOON - QUICK SLIDE WHISTLE ZIP UP