Boston Animation

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Descriptions by
PAV123

Captures by
Camenati

Video captures courtesy of
Broken Saw

Background

Boston Animation was a video game developer based in Stow, Massachusetts, as well as having a Ukraine division for developing games. Games developed by the company were published by Simon & Schuster Interactive.

1st Logo (1999)

Logo: On a sky blue/white background, there is a large blank space filled with a sketch of Boston's Old North Church, with some of the North End around its edges and a cloud behind the steeple. A small rounded corner borders the top left portion of it, and the right is dominated by the text "BOSTON" in a strange serif font. The "S" is inverted and larger than the other letters, and the 2nd "O" is in a different style, being a strange ring with a pencil and paintbrush inside it, with the paintbrush poking out of the bottom left corner. Below all of this is "animation" in a handwritten font.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: A soft synth chime tune.

Availability: Rare. Seen only on Richard Scarry's Busytown (1999).


2nd Logo (2000-2005)

Logo: On a black background, a flash of orange light flashes at the bottom of the screen, revealing the text "boston animation" in a orange spaced out font. A ball of fire appears, revealing a weathered orange square with visible signs of wear, as the ball of fire moves in a strange pattern. It shifts the lighting on the square with each move and also leaves behind a darkened trail, revealing it's writing the conjoined letters "BA". When it reaches back to its startpoint, the entire logo flashes, brightening up the logo and changing it into a 2D image.

Technique: The flash, the ball of fire.

Music/Sounds: A tribal tune filled with bongos and chants, as well as the sound of flames, ending with a thunderclap.

Availability: Uncommon, as it can be seen on M&M's: The Lost Formulas, Bumper Wars, Darkened Skye, and Tonka Firefighter.

Legacy: A complete tonal shift compared to the calm 1st logo, so it might surprise and scare first-time viewers, but it does show some impressive animation for 2000.

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