Fred Rogers Productions

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Background

Fred Rogers Productions, originally "Small World Enterprises" until 1971, "Family Communications" until 2003 (when Fred Rogers died), and The Fred Rogers Company until 2018, is a non-profit production company founded by Fred Rogers, creator, producer, and star of the show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. It serves a least range of animated shows (from the Fred Rogers Company/Fred Rogers Productions) produced by PBS itself, which is also a non-profit network company.

Family Communications

1st Logo (1976-August 31, 2001)

Logo: Same as above, only this time we have a superimposed logo that reads:

a production of
Family
Communications
©[YEAR] Family Communications, Inc.

The M's in the the name are made up of curved lowercase I's, minus the dots.

Variants:

  • On its first appearances (Let's Talk About Wearing a Cast and Let's Talk About Having an Operation), the logo is dark orange and is superimposed against a wood paneling background. "PRODUCED BY" appears centered above, and the copyright stamp reads "©1976 FAMILY COMMUNICATIONS" below.
  • On Christmastime with Mister Rogers, the text, closely resembling the familiar 1979 version, is yellow on a blue background, and appears in the lower half of the screen, separated from the title in the top half by a centered asterisk. "a production of" is centered, and the copyright stamp is in all caps.
  • On Divorce #1480 and the Play week (#1486-1490), "a production of" is in periwinkle, just like all of the credit titles during these episodes. (At least one episode with periwinkle credit titles uses the normal version, however.)
  • On the 1980s series of programs entitled Mister Rogers Talks with Parents About..., the logo is usually superimposed against a wide shot of the set.
  • On Mister Rogers Talks with Parents About Competition, the logo is harvest gold.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The end theme of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Availability: Uncommon. First appeared on two 1976 programs entitled Let's Talk About... Is seen on reruns of 1979-2001 episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood on PBS and other TV shows. PBS stopped airing the show weekly in September 2009, but it remains on-air, often in early-morning weekend timeslots, on some stations such as KAWB and KTCI in Minnesota, and it returned to national airwaves in said timeslots in 2017. Most of the episodes from this era are also available for download or burn-on-demand at Amazon.com, and will stream on Twitch. Also appears on a few VHS & DVD releases of episodes from Playhouse Video, CBS/Fox Video and Anchor Bay Entertainment. The variants seen on the Mister Rogers Talks with Parents About... series of specials can be found on their 1980s PBS Video releases. The original versions seen on the Let's Talk About... programs are extinct; the only available evidence of these programs is a series of screenshots on the Neighborhood Archive website. It probably also appeared on Let's Talk About Going to the Hospital, but it is not included in the Neighborhood Archive frames.

2nd Logo (Early 2000s)

Logo: We see the words:

Family

Communications

with drawing of the Neighborhood Trolley on the top right of the Family Communications logo. Unlike the previous logo, There is no lowercase I's minus the dots. The web address www.fci.org is on the bottom of the logo.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen at the beginning of each episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood episodes on the 2005 DVD set by Anchor Bay Home Entertainment.

The Fred Rogers Company

(September 3, 2012-July 10, 2018)

The Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood variant.
The Odd Squad variant.
The Peg+Cat variant.

Logo: Superimposed on the end credits is a grey brush stroke drawing of Fred Rogers' head, next to the words "Fred Rogers" in a large red font, and "the" and "company" are above and below the words, respectively. Below all that is "The legacy lives on".

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.

Availability: Seen on seasons 1-3 of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, seasons 1-2 of Odd Squad, and pretty much all of Peg+Cat- although CBC Kids airings of Daniel and Treehouse airings of Peg+Cat don't use this logo for some reason, and CBBC/TVO Kids's airings of Odd Squad keep it intact as well.

Fred Rogers Productions

(April 3, 2018- )

Logo: Same setting as before, but the animated face of Daniel Tiger himself, this time, is in place of Roger's (painted everything in grey) is seen above the top left side of the company name next to it. The company name is seen in front of a big, periwinkle blue circle, The company name has already been changed from "The Fred Rogers company" to "Fred Rogers PRODUCTIONS", while "Fred" and "Rogers" both in red text are in the same font just like from the previous one, "PRODUCTIONS" is in place of "company" (latter is all capitalized). In this version, the slogan below the company name "The legacy lives on..." this time now does not appear at all.

Technique: 2D Flash animation.

Variant: On Through the Woods and Odd Squad, the logo is still. Through the Woods has the copyright info below.

Music/Sounds: Daniel Tiger giggling, usually mixed with the end theme of the show. The voice of Daniel Tiger laughing in this logo is Keegan Hedley.

Music/Sounds Variant: On Odd Squad: Mobile Unit, only the show's end theme is used.

Availability: First appeared on the 4th season of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on PBS. It was later found on the final episodes of Odd Squad staring with "Who is Agent Otis?/Odds & Ends", Donkey Hodie, Alma's Way and the short-form series Through the Woods. This also plasters the previous logo on PBS prints of seasons 1-3 of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, pre-2018 episodes of Odd Squad and reruns of all of Peg+Cat.

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