Buena Vista Productions

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Background

Buena Vista Productions was the former production arm of Walt Disney Television International. It has no relation to a later company of the same name, which was later renamed to ABC Media Productions.

1st Logo (1989?-Early 1990s?)

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Logo: On a black background, we see the usual Abstract Disney Castle in blue. On the bottom is the text Buena Vista Productions in white, with "Productions" to the bottom of "Buena Vista", and copyright date below all of it in a different font. After this, all the text apart from "Buena Vista" fades away, with Distributed by fading on the top, and International, Inc. below in a gray font.

Technique: Just the text fading.

Music/Sounds: The end theme to the special.

Availability: Extinct. The only known use of this logo was on a Christmas episode of the French series Disney Parade called "Disney Parade Spécial Noél" ("Disney Parade Christmas Special"), which aired on TF1 on December 24, 1989. Might have appeared on other episodes of the show from this time period.

2nd Logo (1989-December 30, 2022)

Logo: It's almost the same as the 1986 Walt Disney Television and Buena Vista Television logos, but with "Buena Vista Productions" below. The "Productions" text fades in a few seconds after the logo starts.

Variants:

  • An opening variant that doesn't feature "Productions" fading also exists. This appeared on later episodes of Disney Parade.
  • A still variant exists. This was spotted on the UK version of the 1992 TV special The Grand Opening of Euro Disney, and versions of the TV special from other regions, i.e. Spain.
  • On the American airing of the said special, it crossfades to a rare version of the Buena Vista International logo. This version also appeared on later episodes of Disney Parade in France. The German version of The Disney Club also does the same, but also had a rare "Buena Vista Television" version as well around circa 1995.
  • On Stick with Me, Kid, another version of the still variant adds "Ltd." next to it. After a few seconds, it incorporates a computer-generated turn-around that changes to the Buena Vista International logo.
  • On the Russian version of The Disney Afternoon (known as Club Disney) and the German Super RTL program Disney News, the text is bolder and "Productions" doesn't fade in after the logo starts, it crossfades to the Buena Vista International logo.
  • A cheesy variant appears on the Italian version of The Disney Club. The text uses a cheesy font and the arc and castle are off-center.
  • An alternate version of the cheesy Italian logo has the standard Buena Vista Productions text under the off-center castle.
  • On the Danish version of The Disney Afternoon (known as Disney Sjov), the logo zooms backward to about halfway up the screen.

Technique: Same as the 1986 Walt Disney Television logo.

Music/Sounds: The same ascending pings as the Walt Disney Television logo used at the time, or the ending theme to the show/special.

Music/Sounds Variant: On '90s episodes of the Australian version of Saturday Disney, the closing theme plays along with the bells. There was also an announcement that said "Saturday Disney is produced in conjunction with Buena Vista Productions for the Seven Network."

Availability: Rare.

  • It it appears on several in-house Disney productions produced outside the United States, such as The Disney Club (in most countries), Disney News in Germany, and Saturday Disney in Australia.
  • It also showed up on several Disneyland Paris television specials, including The Grand Opening of Euro Disneyland, Disney's Night of Magic from Euro Disneyland and The Euro Disney Christmas Special.
  • It also appeared on the localized German, Italian, and Spanish versions of the game show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, which Disney co-produced.
  • The crossfading variant is only known to appear on the North American airing of The Grand Opening of Euro Disneyland and the German version of The Disney Club.
  • For unknown reasons, the Danish version of The Disney Afternoon, known as Disney Sjov, continued using this logo all the way until it aired for the final time on DR1 on December 30, 2022.
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