Associated Artists Productions Cartoons

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Note: This page is about Associated Artists Productions used on cartoon re-releases. For the description for live-action re-releases, click here.

1st Logo (1956-1958)

Logo: The initials "a.a.p." appear in lowercase, with the "p" having a very long stem and the stems for all the letters are in a different color than the rest of the logo. There's also a light on the letters, but only on the B&W version. Alongside the "p's" stem are the words "ASSOCIATED ARTISTS PRODUCTIONS INC.", and below all that is the word "Presents", written in cursive.

Closing Title: At the end of a short, the logo appears with the following message above it: "This picture has been presented by". Also, the full name of the company appears horizontally under the initials, with a space where the "p's" stem is. Again, there's a light on the letters on the B&W version.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The beginning or end of the music in whatever short has the logo.

Availability: Can still be seen on the colorized Fleischer Popeye shorts when aired on Boomerang.

2nd Logo (1956-1958)

Logo: Kind of a more three-dimensional look compared to the first. The blue, red, or gray background has a bumpy look to it, and the logo itself (which is basically the same as the previous logo) is yellow and 3D. In the opening, the initials back away a bit, and then the words "associated artists productions" and "presents" appear (with "presents" in script), along with Popeye's head, Olive Oyl and Popeye. Some copyright info for King Features Syndicate is shown at the bottom left.

Closing Title: The closing title is the same as the first, except the placement of the company's name is different (it appears on two lines at the left of the "p's" stem).


  • On Warner Bros. cartoons, instead of Popeye's head, Olive Oyl and Popeye, we see Porky's head, Daffy's head, Elmer and Bugs. The copyright is for Warner Bros. instead of King Features Syndicate, of course.
  • On the Merrie Melodies cartoon "Daffy Duck and Egghead", a blue-tinted version of the logo is used.
  • A few shorts spliced the 1937 Merrie Melodies music: the original '37 music plays for about one second, then cuts to the 1941 Merrie Melodies music. On 1937 cartoons such as "Uncle Tom's Bungalow" and "Streamlined Greta Green", the original music then resumes where it had been spliced. This weird edit also occurred on 1934's "Pop Goes Your Heart" for reasons unknown.

Technique: Live-action camera and fading effects.

Music/Sounds: One of the 1943-1948 Popeye intro themes (Longer cut of "The Sailor's Hornpipe" followed by "Popeye the Sailor Man" version common for this era). The ending logo is used for the Popeye shorts only and the music is lifted from the closing cue to the 1948 Popeye cartoon "Olive Oyl for President" (note they usually cut the "wah-wah" ending heard on said short)

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On Warner Bros. cartoons, we hear the first half of the Merrie Melodies theme instead of the normal music. WB cartoons keep the original opening credits and logos, unlike with the Popeye cartoons.
  • On an old print of the Merrie Melodies cartoon "Super Rabbit", the logo is silent.
  • On the Merrie Melodies cartoon "Tweetie Pie", the cartoon's complete original opening music and cartoon title music played over the AAP logo and reissue titles.
  • On Popeye cartoons filmed in Cinecolor and Polacolor, the cartoons' original Paramount music cues are intact.
  • On some public domain cartoons, the Popeye theme may be dubbed over to avoid copyright issues over "Popeye the Sailor Man." As an example, there's a variant that plays a loop of "The Sailor's Hornpipe" to do this.

Availability: Restoration of Popeye and WB cartoons mean less sightings of this logo.

  • Could be easily spotted on many 1980s and 1990s VHS releases of public domain Looney Tunes and Popeye cartoons.
  • Cartoon Network keeps the WB version of this logo on two pre-1948 Daffy Duck cartoons, surprisingly.
  • Made a surprise appearance when TCM aired the two-reel Popeye "movies."
  • Can be seen on several Famous Studios Popeye shorts on the Boomerang streaming app.
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