Kids' WB! Movies

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Descriptions by
Jason Jones, James Fabiano, Cameron McCaffery, Jess Williams and indycar

Captures by
V of Doom, mr3urious, and Logoboy95

Editions by
indycar and LMgamer36

Background

Kids' WB! Movies was a short-lived film production unit of Kids' WB!, the children's programming block of The WB Television Network, itself a joint-venture between Time Warner and Tribune Broadcasting.

(November 6, 1999-April 6, 2001)

Logo: On a black background and from a far distance, two figures, the words "KIDS'", and "WB!" in the font from the 1998 Warner Bros. Pictures logo, but weirdly arranged and with an exclamation point at the end, ram themselves into the screen before moving back and wobbling. The Time Warner or AOL Time Warner byline fades in at the bottom of the screen.

Variants:

  • On Pokémon: The Movie 2000, the logo is zoomed in.
  • On Pokémon 3: The Movie, after the logo is done animating, it flashes to a black screen with the film's logo on it.

Bylines:

  • 1999-2000: "A TIME WARNER ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY"
  • 2001: "An AOL Time Warner Company"

Trivia: On the original UK trailers for the Pokémon films, this logo was replaced by the Warner Bros. Family Entertainment logo, and all mentions of Kids' WB! were cut. Despite this, the logos were preserved on the theatrical and VHS/DVD releases of the movie, and the trailers featured on the DVDs had no edits.

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: The "Poké Ball" sound from the Pokémon anime, which consists of multiple high-pitched lightning sounds.

Music/Sound Variants:

  • On Pokémon: The First Movie, it's silent.
  • On a promotional Behind the Scenes VHS for Pokémon: The First Movie given away with The Sun newspaper in the UK, the logo has the song Pokémon Dance Mix, taken from the album Pokémon: 2.B.A. Master, playing over this and the Nintendo logo that follows. A whooshing sound syncs up with the appearance of the "A Time Warner Entertainment Company" byline.

Availability: Rare.

  • The logo could be found on the original releases of Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon The Movie 2000, and Pokémon 3: The Movie.
  • The recently-released via digital media and Viz Media's Blu-Ray release no longer feature this logo, or any of the logos attached to those films as they are sourced from the original Japanese masters.
  • The logo can be seen on the original Warner Home Video VHS and DVD releases of the aforementioned films, except for The First Movie, which skips to Nintendo Movies’ logo.
  • The logo with the AOL Time Warner byline can be seen on Pokémon 3: The Movie.
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