CinéGroupe

From Audiovisual Identity Database

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Descriptions by
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Editions by
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Background

CinéGroupe is a Canadian animation studio, founded in Montreal, Quebec in 1974 by Jacques Pettigrew and Michel Lemire. The company did not use a logo until 1987. CinéGroupe’s creative team was responsible for the production of over 1,000 half-hours of animation and live action family entertainment programs and has received over 40 international awards including a Daytime Emmy and several Geminis.

1st Logo (March 12, 1987-December 26, 1997)

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Logo: On a background consisting of a cloudy purplish sky and multi-colored dots covering the ground, we zoom out from 2 silver reels, with purple film rolling in them, like a projector. As we zoom out, we see a one-legged blue bird with a reel in his mouth, being projected on a floating screen. The bird comes out of the screen in a cheap 3D effect. The canisters flip around with a flash of light, while the bird flies to the left of new text:

CINÉ
GROUPE

The text is in a Gotitch font with the U/P and the N/E connected. When the logo's perspective is on the progress onto the right, the logo freezes.

Variant: On The Secret World of Santa Claus, the logo is placed underneath the Marathon Productions logo.

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: A somewhat relaxing synth tune, mostly consisting of warbling. There's also a low-tone version and a high-tone version.

Availability: Rare. Was seen on Just for Kids releases of Ovide and the Gang, as well as Sharky & George and The Little Flying Bears.

Legacy: This is a soothing logo.

2nd Logo (July 18, 1998-October 22, 2000)

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Logo: On a black background, we see the bird from the previous logo, with a white dot in the near center of the viewer's right. The bird pulls on the dot which causes an orange cloudy cloth-like background to spring up like a piece of cloth (which looks like a sunset, or the background of the "Badlands" star system in Star Trek). The bird then leans upwards and opens it's beak to catch a film canister. The text "CINÉGROUPE", in the same style as before but in a slightly different font, "bounces" into place next to the bird. The bird slightly leans over the logo, and blinks with the film in its beak.

Variants:

  • A short version exists that starts as the orange background appears.
  • Sometimes, there's an English version which has "CINE GROUP" instead of "CINÉGROUPE". Here, the U and P are not connected.
  • In the logo's early life, the bird lands to the dot before pulling it.

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: A dramatic 8-note synth theme, then a hit and an electric guitar tune with a "ding" when the bird blinks. Anthony Rozankovic is its composer.

Availability: Rare. Seen on some shows during this period, such as Bad Dog, the first season of The Kids From Room 402, and the infamous Mega Babies.

3rd Logo (September 26, 2000-October 5, 2002)

Logo: On a dark bluish-black background, we see various filmstrips with the new logo on them. Letters are swirling around. We then see a big "C" come from the left, swiveling to the center. It zooms forward as the filmstrips disappear, leaving it on a black background with a spotlight lighting up a portion of the ground. The "C" moves up into the spotlight as various letters become "CinéGroupe" underneath it. The "C" now has a simplified version of the bird minus wings and film canister, in the center. The words then flash in the center as blue electricity moves to the left and right, turning the words blue.

Variants:

  • The short version starts with the big "C" coming into view.
  • A shorter version exists, just showing the word turning blue.
  • An early variant exists where the same animation happens in the beginning, ending with a different finished product. The background has more light (which resembles a dark, cloudy night sky), and the words are a much darker blue color, which doesn't produce electricity.
  • A short version of the early variant was seen on Wunschpunsch.

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: A majestic synth theme with a swoosh for the C swiveling, and electricity sounds for when the letters turn blue (which are omitted in the early version).

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • The shorter version has a 3-note version of the music, and the electricity sounds.
  • There is an extended version of the theme.

Availability: Uncommon. It was seen on Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat, The Kids from Room 402, the first season of What's with Andy?, and other shows. Should be preserved on DVDs of shows during this period. At the start of home video releases of Sagwa, it appears after the PBS Kids Dot logo and before the Sesame Workshop logo; later releases have the second logo at the start, though this is still seen on the show itself. The early variant was seen on The Lion of Oz.

4th Logo (April 16, 2002-March 25, 2008)


Logo: On a black background, we see a teal blue sphere quickly fly past the camera, and the rest of the CinéGroupe logo "wavers" into existence. The word "CINÉ" is now a shade of teal blue, with a block for the little thing on the E, while "GROUPE" is white and the bird is now even more simple, without legs and the "C" surrounding it. The logo tilts up as the sphere makes contact with the rest of the logo and creates a lens flare, and the sphere becomes the "eye" of the bird. The logo then simply shines at the end.

Variants:

  • Short versions of the logo exist on most shows.
  • On Bratz: The Video - Starrin' & Stylin', the logo is still and in-credit.
  • Warp speed versions exist.

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: A waving electronic tune (the variant uses a zip-esque note instead or sometimes blended in for the long version).

Availability: Seen on shows such as Tripping the Rift and later seasons of What's with Andy?. It also appears at the beginning of Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat video tapes from the period and on Pinocchio 3000.

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