Kids Klassics

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Descriptions by
codyfinke

Captures by
Retroman51, MachineryNoise, and ThatLogoDude

Background

Kids Klassics was a children's division of GoodTimes Home Video. It was known for distributing some Hanna-Barbera videos and even some low-budget public domain cartoon tapes, among others. They also distributed several Children's Bible Stories videos.

(1984?-1995)

Nicknames: "The Theater", "The Shimmering Marquee"

Logo: On a blue background, we see the corner of a a gold theater-like sign with "KIDS KLASSICS", each word on either side of it, which shimmers with changing colors throughout. On some VHS releases, "HOME VIDEO" (in gold Korrina font text or white sans serif text) fades in under it. Sometimes, "PRESENTS" fades in below "HOME VIDEO".

Variants:

  • There is a (sometimes shortened) variant where the text doesn't change colors.
  • On the Kids Sing Along series, the logo would disappear via a page-turning effect to reveal "presents" in a metallic font, which would turn away again to reveal the Kids Sing Along title card.
  • Later versions have a blue gradient background (same background used for the GoodTimes "rainbow" logo) instead of a solid blue background. There is no TM bug.
  • One variant has a different colored logo flying up from the bottom of the screen.
  • There may be a copyright date chyroned in and "HOME VIDEO" is in a bigger font size. It was used for the closing version.

Technique: The shimmering colors. The logo was designed by Assael Associates in Florida.

Music/Sounds: On the TV variant, an overly synthesized circus-like tune is heard. On the video variant, a kettle drum pound is heard along with a cymbal crash and then a 7-note triumphant fanfare. Sometimes, it is silent or has a lush orchestrated fanfare. The Kids Sing Along variant uses a different synth fanfare. Sometimes, it's silent.

Music/Sounds Variant: On the 1985 VHS release of Popeye Meets Sinbad The Sailor/Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves, a man chants "Kids Klassics Presents!".

Availability: Uncommon. Seen on tapes from the era such as tapes of The Care Bears, The Real Ghostbusters, The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle, and a few Hanna-Barbera cartoons. It is on many public domain cartoon tapes as well.

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