From Audiovisual Identity Database

Descriptions by
Eric S.


EllipsAnime is a French animation studio founded in 1987 as Ellipse Programme. In February 2000, it merged with Expand SA where it was renamed under it's current name. Expand sold the company to Dargaud in 2003.

Ellipse Programme

(January 5, 1990-February 16, 1998)

Logo: On a black background, we see the white text "ELLIPSE" fading in. Then an orange line comes down from the word "ELLIPSE", and stops at the middle of the word. "PROGRAMME" appears below.


  • A version has the same text, but a green line and "ANIMATION" where "PROGRAMME" should be, also green.
  • On Zorro (the early-1990s TV series), the logo was on a black background and was all white (with no line) inside a white outline. This variant was the early version.
  • On The Adventures of Tintin, the word "PROGRAMME" fades in late.

Technique: The line sliding inside the text.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.

Music/Sounds Variant: On seasons 2-4 of Doug, the Jumbo Pictures theme continues into this logo.

Availability: Rare.

  • The "Ellipse Programme" variant was seen on Nickelodeon's Doug, Rupert and The Adventures of Tintin, and the "Ellipse Animation" variant appeared on The NeverEnding Story on HBO Family, Rupert on Qubo, and Blazing Dragons on Toon Disney (now Disney XD).
  • Most of these shows are not seen on TV anymore, but it's preserved on the first series on DVD, VHS, iTunes and sporadic airings on NickRewind (as well as on Pluto TV's Nickelodeon channel), and the latter series can be found on DVD from Shout! Factory.
  • Streaming prints of Blazing Dragons, as seen on PlutoTV and Tubi, also retain this logo.


1st Logo (September 9, 2000-March 26, 2001)

Logo: On a black background, we see "ELLiPSANiME" wiping on screen from left to right.

Technique: The words wiping on screen.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: It was only seen on Kong: The Animated Series when it was last seen on Toon Disney and Jetix in 2005.

2nd Logo (September 23, 2000-2004)

Logo: On a white background, we see a black box in the middle of the screen that has the stylized text "ELLIPSANIME" in it. A dot is launched into the air by the "I" in "ELLIPS", before heading to the "I" in "ANIME", while another dot appears on the "I" in "ELLIPS". The dots bounce for a moment before settling down.

Technique: The dots bouncing.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo.

Availability: Appeared on the 2000 revival of Babar and Funny Little Bugs.

3rd Logo (2004-)

Logo: An in-credit logo depicted as a green gradient rectangle with the name in white and capital letters except for both i's. The second i is placed upside down.

Variant: There is a secondary version where it is in a lighter shade of green.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo.

Availability: Seen on Miss BG, The Magic Roundabout, Kong: The Animated Series, Potlatch, Bird Squad, Chumballs, Taratabong, Zorro: The Legend Continues, and Chicken Town.

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