Family Channel Closed Captioning Bumpers
1st Bumper (1994-1997)
Bumper: On a blue/black gradient background, we see the words "The Following Program Has Been Closed Captioned For The Hearing Impaired." typing in letter-by-letter in a yellow Impress font. A small Family Channel logo is seen on the corner in the bottom left, while the Closed Captioned logo in purple, but in a "childish" fashion, slides in on the bottom right.
Technique: The words typing in, and the logo sliding.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: An announcer saying "The following program has been Closed Captioned for the hearing impaired".
Availability: Seen on Family Channel airings from 1994 to 1997.
2nd Bumper (August 1997-September 30, 1999, 2020-)
Bumper: On a white background, consisting of the famous trademark sun (as seen in the original 1988-1999 Family Channel logo) blurred on the bottom-right side, the familiar round-cornered TV chat symbol, in a chromed, brassy and metallic fashion, appears on the corner in the bottom left via a "water rippling" effect (a la the 1996 Imagine Entertainment logo). The dark blue words:
The Following Program
type in above them letter-by-letter in the same style as the 1994 bumper. "air" in "Impaired" overlaps the ray of the sun.
Trivia: The font used in this bumper is Skia.
Variant: In 2020, the bumper was slightly enhanced and redone in High Definition for 16:9 widescreen. Shown after Family Channel's current 2017 ID (including the Miraculous variant of the ID), the 2020 remaster of the bumper itself was presented on the following shows:
- Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir: The sequence plays, and the Miraculous logo rotates in from the right below with the "family.ca" logo, containing "family" in its corporate 1999 wordmark with a small "Circle F" logo in its 2017 design dotting the I, fading in (both of which are vertically between the chat symbol and the sun together) while "Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir" (in a Lobster font, subtitled for the show itself) appears in black under the Miraculous logo. Meanwhile, an image of Ladybug and Cat Noir wipes in on the front of the sun. Ladybug's elbow overlaps the bottom-left ray of the sun, while his cat-like ears (intended to be his costume) overlap both rays of the sun as well.
- LoliRock: Same as the Miraculous variant, but the LoliRock logo rotates in below with an image of Iris, Talia and Auriana wiping in right in front of the sun. Talia's hair overlaps the bottom-left ray of the sun, while Auriana's ponytail overlaps the right ray of it.
Technique: The TV chat symbol rippling in, and the words typing in just like before.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: Same as above, but with a sound of the rippling (probably a plop/fizz audio) as the symbol appears below.
Music/Sounds Variant: On the remastered version, the audio for the "ripple" effect is different, and the voiceover was also remixed (and EQ'ed) for 5.1 surround sound.
Availability: Extremely rare. It was found on Family Channel airings from 1997 to 1999. It was also surprisingly revived on Family Channel's airings of Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, in the form of its remastered version, shown before the start, as well as its Canadian reruns of LoliRock.
3rd Bumper (October 1, 1999-August 12, 2001, April 5, 2021-)
Bumper: On a black background, we see the 1999-2011 then-new Family logo on the bottom-left corner and the same brassy "TV chat" symbol from before (now in blue) on the bottom-right, both being shown below. The text:
program has been
closed captioned for
the hearing impaired
in a Gill Sans font types in above them letter-by-letter (prior to the 1st and 2nd bumpers).
Trivia: The 1999-2011 Family Channel logo, shown on the bottom-left corner, was designed by Pittard Sullivan (now Troika Design Group), just after the original 1988-1999 logo was discontinued on October 1, 1999 at 6:00 a.m. Eastern time before its rebranding as well.
- On April 5, 2021, the bumper was updated, more realistic and redone for the first time in true High Definition and in 16:9 widescreen. The Family logo is different (in its current 2017 design), along with alternative version #1 of the TV chat symbol (containing a round-cornered screen, now in 2D, but plain white).
Shown after Family Channel's current 2017 ID, the newly 2021 remaster of the bumper itself was presented on the following shows:
- Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir: The sequence plays, and the show’s logo is shown between both the Family and Closed Captioning logos with an image of Ladybug on the left, and Cat Noir on the right. His tail touches the bottom point of the protruded tail of the chat symbol.
- Starting on June 5, 2022, there is also an extremely rare variant where Ladybug is in a different pose with her yo-yo next to the current Family logo, and a 2020 modified version of the Miraculous logo (as used in the Shanghai special and S4) between both logos in place of the regular one. It will be used on season 4 episodes of the show itself.
- Spirit Riding Free: Same variant as above, but the Spirit Riding Free logo (with a corporate DreamWorks wordmark above) is shown between them as the sequence begins. An image of the characters Spirit and Lucky is seen on the right-hand corner.
- Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Same sequence as usual, but an image of Poppy is shown next to the Family logo, and the show's logo (in plain white) between them as well.
Technique: The same word-typing effect as it was used in the first two bumpers.
Music/Sounds/Voiceover: Same as the first two bumpers.
Music/Sounds/Voiceover Variant: On the 2021 remastered version, the voiceover is once again remixed and EQ’ed in Dolby Audio for 5.1 surround sound.
Availability: Seen before programs on Family Channel from 1999 to 2001. It was also surprisingly revived on Family Channel’s airings of Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, in the form of its newly remastered version, shown before the start. On June 5, 2022, the regular, upgraded high-definition variant will be expected to appear on airings of several DreamWorks Animation Television shows (including Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, The Boss Baby: Back in Business, Spirit: Riding Free, etc.) as well as movies (edited for content) after Family Channel's OFRB rating bumper. It will even be expected to have an extremely rare variant on Miraculous S4 episodes during the era. Also used in tandem with the 2020 remaster of the 2nd bumper and the Described Video ID.
4th Bumper (August 13, 2001-August 18, 2002)
Logo: We zoom back from the blue gyroscope with a round-cornered TV chat symbol outlined in it as it spins, while being shown on the right on a cloudy sky background with half a huge object that looks like Family Channel's iconic "Circle F" logo. The transmitters spread across it. A small 1999-2011 then-new Family logo is displayed on the bottom left corner and the words "Closed Captioning is brought to you by", in the same font as the "family" text, blurs in on the left side as the camera stops. The transparent bars are shown on the top and bottom to create a "widescreen" effect.
Variant: There is an extremely rare variant of Family's webpage ident. The sequence is played and the Family logo is omitted. An address bar that says "CLOSED captioning" drops it down that says "is brought to you by" inscribed on it. Also, a blue circle with a right arrow brings forth the blue vertical lines, making the letters rotate, revealing "family.ca".
Technique: The gyroscope with the logo spinning, and the words blurring in.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: A guitar tune played with a xylophone, and a "whoosh" at the end as the words appear, and a male voiceover says "Closed Captioning of the following program is brought to you by Family."
- Sometimes, a female voiceover reads the text in an extremely rare version of the bumper.
- On Family's webpage variant, a male voiceover says "Closed Captioning of the following program is brought to you by family.ca. Log on to join Click Club!". He also says "Click on games, votes and chats!" at the end.
5th Bumper (August 19, 2002-2008)
Logo: On a teal/orange gradient marble wall background, we see the Closed Captioning logo (the "TV chat balloon" symbol) made of brass and chrome, flying about. A white bullseye circle pops up on the top right of the screen, as the symbol spins faster and gets placed on before it rotates around. Two trapezoidal objects appear (one orange and one teal), and the symbol brings forth the black text "The following program has been Closed Captioned for the hearing impaired.". The words wipe in as the symbol settles on the bullseye circle, and gray dots fly about before they spin around, forming a circle. A small 1999-2011 Family logo pops up on the bottom left corner of the orange trapezoid, while the word "family" in its 1999 corporate font with a tiny "Circle F" logo dotting the I, flips in. The chat symbol rotates before it tilts on its side.
Online Variant: On Family Channel's webpage bumper, the sequence plays, and the words read "Closed Captioning of the following program is brought to you by" before the 1999 corporate text forms as "family.ca". The words ".ca" is in an Arial font.
Technique: The logo flying, the white bullseye circle appearing on the right and the rotating of the logo after being settled.
Music/Sounds/Voiceover: An ascending synth tune and a "WHOOSH" as the symbol flies directly to the bullseye before settling. The voiceover from Family Channel's on-air programming in 2000 says "The following program has been Closed Captioned for the hearing impaired."
Music/Sounds/Voiceover Variant: Sometimes, on Family Channel's website variant, a voiceover says "Closed Captioning of the following program is brought to you by family.ca. Click for games, contests and fun stuff!".
Availability: Seen on Family Channel programs from 2002 to 2009.
Legacy: This became a memorable moment as Canadians grew up in the years watching Family Channel throughout the future. It was also the last of these bumpers to be used before their programs, until the 2020 remaster of the 2nd bumper was unveiled, along with the 2021 remaster of the 3rd bumper itself.