Disney Junior Originals

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Playhouse Disney Originals

Background

Playhouse Disney was launched on May 8, 1997 as Disney Channel's preschool programming block; however, the block wouldn't have its own branding until February 1, 1999. On February 14, 2011, Playhouse Disney was relaunched as "Disney Junior", and gained a 24-hour channel replacing SOAPnet, a soap opera channel, on most providers since March 22, 2012, although SOAPnet still survived on some providers as an automated network until its end on January 1, 2014.

1st Logo (2000-2001)

Logo: On a grassy hill background with clouds and a sun, we see the words "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" from the 2000 Disney Channel Originals logo. The words then zoom in, and the 1999-2002 Playhouse Disney logo zooms in, sans the word "CHANNEL". We see different character(s) depending on the show waving at us.

Variants: Here are the different characters that appear inside the logo:

  • Rolie Polie Olie: Olie and Spot. Also uses the long version, with the flowers growing at the beginning.
  • PB&J Otter: Peanut Otter.
  • The Book of Pooh: Pooh, holding a pot of honey.
  • Out of the Box: Tony and Vivian. Again, also uses the long version.
  • Sometimes, the word "CHANNEL" is below the logo, the logo zooms in closer to the screen and the 'playhouse' text has a deeper shadow effect.
  • On the Rolie Polie Olie and Out of the Box variants, there's a long version with the flowers growing at the beginning and "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" being missing, having the logo be on-screen the whole time.

Technique: Computer animation, sometimes combined with live-action.

Music/Sounds: A whimsical jingle with a synth voice.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On the long version, we hear a beautiful-sounding jingle instead.
  • On the Disney+ print of The Book of Pooh episode "Don Pooh-Xote/Beastly Burden", the logo is silent, presumably as the result of a bad plaster.

Availability: Ultra rare. Seen on episodes of Rolie Polie Olie, PB&J Otter, The Book of Pooh and Out of the Box (the latter two of which are on Disney+, but lack this logo). The logo was removed on post-2001 prints of these shows or plastered by the next two logos and the Disney Junior logo. The aforementioned shows also haven't aired since the mid-2000s and barely received any home video releases; even then, the releases are long out of print and the shows haven't been reissued since. However, the Olie and Spot variant can be found on the VHS release of Rolie Polie Olie: A Rolie Polie Christmas, and the Pooh variant is still intact on the DVD release of The Book of Pooh: Stories from the Heart.

2nd Logo (April 16, 2001-October 2002)

Logo: On a pattern background, the text "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" appear with the copyright stamp under it. Then, the text and stamp fades-out to make room for the Playhouse Disney logo (which is a Disney Channel logo from the era with "playhouse" inside a yellow customized shape with a green outline above it), containing different character(s) depending on the show waving at us, inside a Mickey Mouse TV screen. Also, the pattern (and the logo) varies.

Variants: Here are the different characters that appear inside the logo:

  • Rolie Polie Olie: Olie and Spot, on a turquoise blue background with lime green, bean-like shapes on the top and bottom and an aqua blue, house/acorn like shape in the middle.
  • PB&J Otter: Peanut Otter, on a magenta background with orange, flower-like shapes on the corners and a dark magenta flower in the middle.
  • The Book of Pooh: Pooh, on a dark orange background with green, flower-like shapes on the corners and a yellow flower in the middle.
  • Stanley: Stanley and Dennis, with the same background as The Book of Pooh.
  • Out of the Box: Tony and Vivian, with the same background as Rolie Polie Olie, but the background is green with orange, bean-like shapes on the top and bottom and a lime green, house/acorn like shape in the middle.

Technique: It depends on the variant. This was done by Beehive in New York.

Music/Sounds: A 7-note whimsical flute/trumpet jingle, which faintly begins with whatever sounds like a classic Sesame Street tune, used as Playhouse Disney's jingle at the time, which depends on the variant.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • PB&J Otter has a bongo beat and a 5-note jingle.
  • On Rolie Polie Olie, the show's closing theme plays over it.

Availability: Extremely rare. It was seen on pre-2003 Playhouse Disney shows like The Book of Pooh, Stanley, Out of the Box, and other old shows of the "Mickey Mouse Screen" era, but has been plastered by the next logo or the Disney Junior logo on nearly every new print of these series. However, it was preserved on the Stanley episode "Dolphin Talk" at the end of Stanley: Spring Fever. Don't expect it to appear on the DVD release of Rolie Polie Olie: The Great Defender of Fun, which uses the 2000 Disney Channel Originals logo instead. Surprisingly, it is intact on Disney+ prints of the third season of Out of the Box, and on Disney+ prints of later season 2 episodes as well as early Channel 5 "Milkshake" UK airings of all episodes of The Book of Pooh. The Rolie Polie Olie variant is not found anywhere and needs our help researching to find it. It made a surprise appearance on CITV UK airings of all episodes of all 2 seasons of The Book of Pooh, with this logo strangely replacing the 2000-2001 Playhouse Disney logo.

3rd Logo (December 2002-February 13, 2011)

Logo: On a green background filled with dark green flowers and yellow stars (like a variant of the previous logo), a yellow Mickey Mouse head with a purple outline flies from the top-right of the screen. Over the Mickey head, we see the text "playhouse DiSNEY" with "DiSNEY" in its corporate logo font. Suddenly, a blue banner (ala the WB logo) flies up underneath the company name, reading "OrIGInaL" in the same font as the Disney Channel Originals logo at the time. The logo is always followed by Disney Enterprises logo/copyright tag.

Variants:

  • Originally, the word "CHANNEL" was below the word "DiSNEY".
  • There is a shortened version which starts with the banner flying up.
  • On Disney+ prints of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, the two blue bars from the next logo and 2007 Disney Channel Originals logo are seen.
  • On early HD prints of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, the logo is just stretched.

Technique: 2D animation. This was also done by Beehive in New York.

Music/Sounds: A different arrangement of the Playhouse Disney jingle, with cartoony sound effects and stars twinkling at the end. On other shows, the ending theme finishes over it.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • There's a tweaked variant of this logo on The Koala Brothers in which the same logo is used with a high-pitched jingle (via +1 key, which is 70.87 in cents).
  • A silent version exists.

Availability: Uncommon.

  • The "Playhouse Disney Channel" variant is extinct, as it was only seen on reruns of their shows from December 2002 until presumably in May 2003 when it got replaced with the second version; however, some episodes of Stanley from that era used this version when it last aired on Disney Junior Canada. It was also intact on a 2004 airing of PB&J Otter episode "Invitation To The Snooties/Too Hot for Fishcicles", and on early 2003 prints of Rolie Polie Olie.
  • The second version is much more common as it was kept on older VHS tapes and DVDs of pre-2007 Playhouse Disney shows such as Stanley, JoJo's Circus, Higglytown Heroes, Rolie Polie Olie, The Koala Brothers and Charlie and Lola (the latter 3 only used this logo on US prints); although Handy Manny and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse used the ending theme played over this logo, and My Friends Tigger and Pooh used the 2002 Disney Channel logo instead of this one. On Disney Junior (the channel), this was found in split-screen credits of Rolie Polie Olie, most likely due to a processing error. This also made a brief appearance on an episode of Little Einsteins before the Disney Junior logo was shown, likely due to an editing error. During Playhouse Disney's last few years, this was used in tandem with the next logo. This logo might've last appeared on Little Einsteins: Rocket's Firebird Rescue. Made a surprise appearance on all Disney+ prints of Higglytown Heroes, followed by the 1998 Buena Vista International Television logo.
  • Canadian prints (such as CBC's) of shows produced in Canada, namely Charlie And Lola omit this logo.
  • The CBC Originals logo somewhat plasters this logo in Canadian prints of Rolie Polie Olie.

Legacy: Some people may be startled by the quick copyright info appearing directly after this logo; although the copyright info rarely doesn't appear, especially on shows that show copyright info on their end credits.

4th Logo (August 2007-February 13, 2011)

Logo: On a sunny blue sky background with grass, a tree, a smiling sun, and a yellow bird with a red outline on a tree, we see the similar Mickey Mouse head from before. This time, it's wobbling. Like before, inside the head is "playhouse DiSNEY" with "DiSNEY" in the corporate logo font (just like before). Underneath the "Playhouse Disney" text is a yellow ribbon with a purple outline reading "Original".

Variants:

  • On Bunnytown, the copyright information on a black background appears after this logo.
  • On 16:9 shows, the blue bars from the 2007 Disney Channel Originals logo (specifically the widescreen variant) are seen. The bars were also seen on the 2002 Playhouse Disney Originals logo.
  • A fully animated variant exists, where the sun is in its position, and the camera pans down from just the grass to the bird in the tree and the logo. The logo only wobbles a little in this version.
  • A rare true 16:9 version of the logo exists, without the blue bars and the Mickey Mouse head, tree and sun having adjusted positions to match the wider aspect ratio.
  • A stretched version exists.

Technique: Simple computer animation. Design was produced by Mary Snyder. This was done by Ca-Square in New York.

Music/Sounds: Silence, the end theme of the show, or a catchy, sunshiny guitar/drum theme composed by the Imagination Movers, which was adapted from the network's bumper theme during the era.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • A version with a high-pitched jingle exists.
  • Sometimes, the theme is shortened.

Availability: Fairly common.

  • It appeared on Jungle Junction, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Special Agent OSO and Imagination Movers, among others. This doesn't appear on Disney Junior, which tends to plaster over old logos with the Disney Junior Originals logo. Surprisingly, this logo is kept intact on select Disney+ prints of these shows. Also found on 2007-2010 Playhouse Disney DVDs and post-2010 Disney Junior DVDs of older Playhouse Disney programming, such as the 2013 DVD release of Little Einsteins: Incredible Shrinking Adventure.
  • However, the full 16:9 version with absent bars is extinct. It was only seen on a June 23, 2018 Disney Junior Germany airing of Handy Manny, but surprisingly Disney did not plaster the logo. It is unknown if any other shows used this variant.
  • The 16:9 logo with absent bars was seen on a Disney+ print of the Handy Manny episode "Skateboard Park / Cowboy Manny." A super rare variant of the logo.
  • The shortened version of the 16:9 logo is somewhat extinct.

Disney Junior Originals

(February 14, 2011-)

Logo: We see the Disney Junior logo (with the letters in the word, "Junior" with "i" in the Mickey Mouse suit and a Mickey Mouse head as the dot, in Futura Bold, bouncing in a few times and has "DiSNEY" in its corporate font above "Junior"), zooming out. After that, fireworks fly behind the logo.

Trivia: The fireworks are likely inspired by those of the 2006 Walt Disney Pictures and The Wonderful World of Disney logos.

Variants:

  • On some newer prints of Little Einsteins episodes (namely "The Incredible Shrinking Adventure"), you can briefly see the old international Playhouse Disney on-screen bug over this logo. This is a result of a poor plastering job.
  • On one 2013 episode and some 2011 episodes of Art Attack, a copyright notice appears under the logo.
  • On some newer prints of episodes of Out of the Box, you can briefly see the 2001 Playhouse Disney Channel logo. This is a result of a poor plastering job.
  • A short version exists.
  • On Marvel's Spidey and His Amazing Friends, the logo is superimposed, with the animation intact, and there are no fireworks.
  • On CITV airings of various Disney Junior original shows, the word "PRODUCTION" fades in at the bottom.
    • A still variant of this exists with the word "PRODUCTION" in sky blue.
  • In the UK, this logo was used as a looping sign off. The words "THE MAGIC RETURNS AT 6am" appear at the bottom.

Technique: CGI animation, done by We Are Royale in Los Angeles, CA. The animation was created using Cinema 4D, Photoshop and Illustrator.

Music/Sounds: A four note orchestrated tune (which is Disney Junior's signature jingle), the show's end theme, or none. Sometimes, the theme is re-arranged with the sounds of the fireworks exploding.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On a DisneyNOW print of Imagination Movers, a plastering error occurs where this logo has the music of the 2007 Playhouse Disney Originals logo.
  • The UK's looping sign off uses no music, and the sounds are fireworks exploding and crowds cheering and talking.
  • On Disney+'s prints of Little Einsteins, a plastering error occurs on the French audio track where this logo has the music of the 2002 Playhouse Disney Originals logo. The English and Latin American Spanish tracks have the correct Disney Junior theme.

Availability: Common. This logo appears on new programs such as Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and Sofia The First. It also appears on new prints of shows that were on Playhouse Disney such as Handy Manny, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins, Stanley, Rolie Polie Olie, The Book of Pooh, JoJo's Circus, The Koala Brothers, Higglytown Heroes, Out of the Box and Special Agent Oso, plastering the Playhouse Disney Originals logo, which was originally seen on pre-2011 episodes of said shows. Weirdly enough, despite having never aired before on the Disney Junior channel, plastering the 2002 and 2007 Disney Channel Original logos, this logo can now be seen on new, HD-remastered Disney XD reruns of Lilo & Stitch: The Series. The CITV variant is extinct, and was only seen on airings of Disney Junior shows on Mini CITV, which was CITV's preschool block.

Legacy: Even though a new era for Disney Junior was used only for Mickey Mouse Funhouse and Spidey and his Amazing Friends, this logo was still used for some reason.

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