Muppet Video

From Audiovisual Identity Database

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1st Logo (1983-1984)

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The logo starts at 1:57

Logo: On a space background (similar to the one in the 2nd Rede Bandeirantes ident), we see "MUPPET HOME VIDEO", zooming out in a trail effect. The logo shines.

Variant: Before the promos, the logo flashes at the end. After the promos, a flash brings forth the logo.

FX/SFX: The zooming out.

Music/Sounds: "Flash", by Keith Mansfield (the pilot theme for Press Your Luck and the theme of the Australian Thorn EMI Video logo). On the former promo variant, an announcer says, "Welcome to a whole new world of Muppet fantasy."

Availability: Ultra rare. This was exclusively used in Australia, and is used on PBV Video releases of the Tales from Muppetland trilogy (eg, The Frog Prince)

Editor's Note: A quite unique logo, maybe a little more than the next one.

2nd Logo (1983-1984)

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Nickname: “Kermit on Video”

Logo: On a white background, we see Kermit the Frog over the words “MUPPET HOME VIDEO”, in the same fonts as in the logo in the PBV clip, except “Muppet” is orange and “Home Video” is black.

Variant: There is a variant reading “MuppetMusic” in place of “Muppet”, as well as Kermit holding an eighth note like a guitar or banjo. Look for it on a tape of Doozer Music.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Extremely Rare. This was mainly used as a print logo on releases, but sometimes appeared on-screen instead of the next logo. This was used on the Tales from Muppetland trilogy.

Editor's Note: None.

3rd Logo (1983-1985)

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Nickname: "Kermit in Space"

Logo: On a navy blue space background, a pink line draws along the bottom. Suddenly, an odd pink outline blob pops up, and it's filled in to reveal Kermit the Frog, who stares in awe as two comets shoot over his head in opposite directions. Then, large text reading "MUPPET", in a font similar to the logo for The Muppet Show and colored yellow-orange, flies in and settles over Kermit. Pink text reading "HOME VIDEO" then fades in below, with Kermit between both words. He then stares at them and nods his head before fading out.

Trivia: Kermit was probably operated by Jim Henson in this logo.

Variant: There is an extended version with Kermit also looking down at the line. At the end, all of the logo except for Kermit (still moving his head even after the screen goes black), the "HOME VIDEO" text, and the line disappear, and then the listed items disappear after it. The logo is also darker.

FX/SFX: The line drawing itself in, Kermit appearing, and the comets and text flying over him.

Music/Sounds: A warbly "outer space" synth scale, then a series of synth whooshes.

Availability: Extremely rare, although it's slightly more common internationally.

  • It appears on two releases from the Walt Disney Telecommunications and Theatrical Company - Fraggle Songs Vol. 1 and likely appears on Doozer Music as well.
  • Some Australian tapes released by PBV Video use this logo as well, as well as some British tapes released by RCA/Columbia Pictures International Video.

Editor's Note: The animation is cheap, on top of the fact that the extended version has the error of having objects that don't disappear when the logo ends (it's worse considering the fact that they don't fade out), but it's a nice mix of puppetry and computer animation.

4th Logo (1985-1987)

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Nickname: "Playhouse Morph & Marquee"

Logo: The animation for the Playhouse Video logo animates as normal complete with synth music. However, all of a sudden the white background changes to a blue-red gradient background, then, as the Playhouse logo flies and rolls to the top left, rings and the letters in the word "Muppet", in the same font as the previous logo, but colored green, fly in all over the screen, but then they settle down to the center, and an oblong shape flies in, along with a dark yellow diamond that reads "Jim Henson's". When the logo is complete, the oblong shape has chasing lights on it, like a marquee you see at a theater.

FX/SFX: All the animation in the logo.

Music/Sounds/Voice-over: Same music as the 1984 logo but with a few add tinkling sounds at the end, accompanied by an announcer saying: "Don't miss coming attractions at the end of this cassette".

Availability: Same as the 3rd logo. Appears only in the US. It is seen on Playhouse Video releases of Muppet material.

Editor's Note: None.

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