Jim Henson Home Entertainment
Jim Henson Home Entertainment (formerly Jim Henson Video) was the home video banner of The Jim Henson Company, established in 1991 after the company made a video distribution deal with Disney. Their titles were initially distributed by Buena Vista Home Video. After forming Jim Henson Pictures, the company began releasing their videos through Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, before moving to HiT Entertainment following the Henson family's repurchase of the Jim Henson Company from EM.TV & Merchandising. Around 2009 or 2010, the Jim Henson Home Entertainment name was quietly retired, due to the company now simply crediting itself on later home video releases.
1st Logo (1992-1996)
Logo: On a blue background, we see the green "Jim Henson" signature writing itself. Below it, the word "VIDEO" in spaced out letters, with a red line above it, fades in underneath.
- The original North American variant had "VIDEO" spaced out, and the red line reaches to the "J".
- There is a still variant of this logo that features the white words "DISTRIBUTED BY BUENA VISTA HOME VIDEO" appearing at the bottom of the screen. This can be found on early 1993 tapes usually after the "Available on Jim Henson Records" bumper. On several demo tapes, the byline is scaled larger than usual, thus having the logo positioned higher than usual like the UK bumpers. In the UK, this variant was spotted on the Muppet Babies tapes as they were taken from the United States prints of the VHS tapes.
- On the coming soon version of the Muppet Sing-Alongs: Billy Bunny's Animal Songs trailer, the white text "Coming This Summer" appears below the still logo.
FX/SFX: The Jim Henson logo "writing" and "VIDEO" signing in.
Music/Sounds: A slowed-down variant of the 1991 Walt Disney Home Video theme.
Music/Sounds Variant: On VHS releases of Muppet Babies, the same custom music used for the Henson Associates logo is used.
- It appears at the end of early Jim Henson Video VHS and Laserdisc releases by Buena Vista Home Video from 1992 to 1996. Apart from the promos featured, this doesn't appear at the beginning, as the Jim Henson Productions logo is used instead.
- The original VHS of The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island don't have it, as they were released as Walt Disney Home Video products.
- It was also seen on the promotional video for Jim Henson Video on the demo VHS tape of The Muppet Movie.
Editor's Note: None.
2nd Logo (1998-2003)
Logo: It's the ending part of the 1991 Jim Henson Productions logo starting with the "dot the I" part, but "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" replaces "PRODUCTIONS".
Variant: Sometimes, the copyright notice appears under the logo.
Trailer Variant: On some trailers like The Muppets Take Manhattan, the logo zooms in without the line below the signature and in white.
FX/SFX: Same as the 7th Jim Henson logo.
Music/Sounds: None, or the end theme to the show.
Availability: Seen on Columbia TriStar-distributed releases of Jim Henson material.
- It appears on Bear in the Big Blue House VHS releases beginning with "Volume 5". It also appears on the next three numbered volumes, as well as these releases: "Potty Time with Bear", "Safe and Sound", "Sharing with Friends", "Early to Bed, Early to Rise", Storytelling With Bear (with a Muppet Show copyright for some reason), Visiting the Doctor with Bear, Halloween & Thanksgiving and A Berry Bear Christmas. The VHS volumes of the series not listed here don't have any of these logos.
- It also appears on these DVD releases: "Potty Time with Bear", Party Time with Bear, Shapes, Sounds & Colors with Bear, "Sleepy Time with Bear and Friends", alongside a promotional DVD bundled with General Mills cereals (once again, has the Muppet Show copyright variant)
- It also appears on Volumes 3-6 of The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss on VHS, alongside the Columbia TriStar VHS reissues of The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper (Releases under the Jim Henson Video line, except for the UK had the full off-center "Productions" variant, used both on VHS and Laserdisc; the DVD releases of both movies use the 2nd Jim Henson Pictures logo).
- It also appears at the end of the first two volumes of the UK-exclusive VHS release The Very Best of the Muppet Show: Volume 1 and The Very Best of the Muppet Show: Volume 2 (and it's DVD releases), and also on the Best of the Muppet Show VHS releases from Time-Life Video, plastering older logos.
- Other than those mentioned releases, international releases of Jim Henson shows by CTHE do not use this logo.
- The VHS reissue of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas uses the Jim Henson Television logo in place of this one for some reason..
- It can also be seen on the first trailer for Kermit's Swamp Years.
Editor's Note: None.
3rd Logo (2002-2004, March 31, 2009)
Logo: We see a river scene in a forest at sunset for a second, and then pan up to a space background (a la the 1998 Lyrick Studios logo), where a mint colored spark draws the words "Jim Henson" in the signature font, while a comet creates the dot above "i". Then, "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" appears flashing in on below the line.
Trivia: The forest scene might have been shot at Naples, Florida for Kermit's Swamp Years. In fact, the movie itself uses the same forest as well.
- On the demo VHS of Kermit's Swamp Years, the logo starts with the complete version of the music by itself after the blue FBI Warning screen that popped up the 2nd time after the 9th Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment logo.
- On Muppets Party Cruise, it starts at the point where the spark writes the words. The logo in this case is the widescreen version squished to a 4:3 ratio.
- There is a version of this logo where the view of the swamp is longer before panning up to the sky and the spark draws the signature in red instead of green. The dot color created above the "i" by the comet is also changed to red. Another version of it, shown before at the end, has the white balance for the logo re-adjusted.
- An in-credit version in white also appears on Kermit's Swamp Years and Bear in the Big Blue House LIVE!
FX/SFX: The words drawing, and the comet. The logo is somewhat reminiscent of the 1998 Lyrick Studios logo.
Music/Sounds: A sped-up version of the Jim Henson Interactive logo music, with no sound effects at the end.
- The logo's music is high-pitched on the UK VHS of Kermit's Swamp Years.
- On Muppets Party Cruise, the tail end of the DVD variation of the 9th Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment logo theme at the beginning for some reason, which likely means the logo was ripped directly from a DVD release of Kermit's Swamp Years.
Availability: A bit harder to find than the last logo.
- It only appears on the direct-to-video features Kermit's Swamp Years on VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray (which was only released in Germany and China), and Bear in the Big Blue House LIVE! on VHS and DVD. No other Jim Henson release from CTHE has this logo whatsoever.
- It also made a strange appearance on the video game Muppets Party Cruise for the PlayStation 2 and GameCube, in place of the Jim Henson Interactive logo.
- It doesn't appear on any HIT Entertainment releases either, which either use the next logo (Jim Henson Family Classics for Fraggle Rock releases) or no Henson logo at all. However, a variant of this logo with red text variant appears on the Frances home video compilation Bedtime for Frances, released on March 31, 2009.
- On the DVD packaged in the DVD & Book collection of the title, the logo can only be seen on the main movie title of the disc when either "Auto Play" is selected in HiT Entertainment's DVD AutoPlay menu or the "Play All" button in the main menu of the disc title has been selected.
Editor's Note: None.
4th Logo (2004-2006)
Logo: On a white background, we see the logo with copyright text.
- On some releases, the logo flips, and "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" appears letter-by-letter.
Music/Sounds: None or the closing theme of Fraggle Rock.
Availability: Appears at the end of HIT-distributed releases of Fraggle Rock (excluding "The Complete Third Season") and Animal Jam, and at the beginning of the 2005 HIT DVD of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas: Collector's Edition.
- The Jim Henson Family Classics logo appears at the beginning on Fraggle Rock releases.
Editor's Note: None.