Noggin Originals

From Audiovisual Identity Database

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Background

Noggin LLC (often branded as Noggin Originals) is the original production arm of the children's brand Noggin. The brand was originally launched as a cable channel by Viacom and Sesame Workshop in 1999. Since 2015, Noggin has been a streaming service.

The Noggin brand originally targeted both preschoolers and pre-teens. In 2002, the network moved its older-skewing shows to a nighttime block called "The N" and devoted all of its daytime lineup to preschoolers. The original channel was closed in 2009 and replaced with Nick Jr., but in 2015, the Noggin brand was relaunched in its current state as a streaming service. Since 2020, original series have been produced for the Noggin streaming service, including Kinderwood and Noggin Knows.

1st Logo (October 25, 1999-October 1, 2002)



Logo: On a dark blue background, we see a Noggin logo with nothing on top. What appears to be a drill pops up on top of the logo and comes out, revealing itself to be part of a lightbulb (the logo's face shuts its eye and grits its teeth once this happens). To the face's surprise, the logo turns upside down and lights up (turning the background yellow), and the face smiles. The letters in the logo rearrange themselves to be right-side up, and "ORIGINAL" appears below.

Variants:

  • This was also used as a short bumper, but the word "ORIGINAL" (and the copyright notice) are removed.
  • Sometimes, there isn't a copyright notice.

Technique: The lightbulb unscrewing itself from the Noggin logo, the background, the Noggin logo spinning, the letters rearranging. Directed and animated by Julian Grey at Head Gear Animation.

Music/Sounds: A "screwing" sound and the face grunting as the lightbulb piece appears, followed by the face exclaiming in surprise when the logo flips upside down, and a "desert"-like theme, accompanied by various sound effects, which include the word "Noggin" being spoken in a somewhat nasal voice. The sounds are accompanied by the closing theme of the show on A Walk in Your Shoes.

Availability: Extinct.

  • It appeared on The Phred on Your Head Show, Sponk!, the first two seasons of A Walk in Your Shoes, and the first season of Play with Me Sesame. The aforementioned shows have not been rerun since the early 2000s.
  • It was edited out on Sprout and post-2002 reruns of the first season of Play With Me Sesame. DVD releases and international airings of Play with Me Sesame lack this logo.

2nd Logo (April 7, 2003-August 10, 2007)

Logo: Against a blue sky over a field of dirt, we see the Noggin logo and light rays coming from behind it. A tree quickly grows on it, with fat little birds approaching and a banner with "ORIGINAL" on it appearing.

Variant: On Oobi, a byline fades under the logo.

Technique: Animation by Andrew Riss.

Music/Sounds: A whistling theme with drums. The music in this logo and the next two were originally created for Noggin's 2002 refresh.

Availability: Extremely rare.

  • Last seen on airings of Oobi and Miffy and Friends on Noggin and Nick Jr. It also appeared on a print of Miffy and Friends on Netflix. Sony Wonder DVD releases of the latter keep this logo, but it's unknown if this logo appeared or was removed on the PBS and KRO airings of the show, though it probably might not have been seen on KRO.
  • Also seen on the American English dub of Tweenies and American airings of Connie the Cow.

3rd Logo (2003-2004)

Logo: On a light green background with spinning circles, we see the Noggin logo with a swirl, a bouncing ruler with gears on top of it and a polka-dotted cone playing like a horn. An "i" that looks like a cat's nose, an "l", an "O", and the rest of the text in "OrigiNal" come out of the horn.

Technique: The cone playing like a horn, the text moving into position, and the circles in the background.

Music/Sounds: A horn/ukulele tune with a few drums in the background.

Availability: Extinct. Seen on Season 2 of Play with Me Sesame, but is edited out on Sprout airings. As the show is no longer in reruns and omits this logo from DVD releases (distributed by Genius Products and Warner Home Video).

4th Logo (April 5, 2005-January 9, 2010)


Logo: On a white background, we see the Noggin logo with something on top of its head, depending on the show (see the variants below).

Variants: There were 3 variants used.

  • Pinky Dinky Doo (season 1): The logo is in purple. On top of it, we see a drawing of some yellow and pink skyscrapers, and the CBeebies logo is under it.
  • Pinky Dinky Doo (season 2): The logo is in blue and smaller than usual. A drawing of a blue bird is seen on top of it. The CBeebies and Discovery Kids Latin America logos are also seen above this logo.
  • The Upside Down Show: The logo is in neon red with three blue gears on top of it (a medium-size dark blue gear with a small gear floating above it on the left, and a big sky blue gear on the right). Copyright information is seen below.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the show.

Availability: Rare. Seen on The Upside Down Show and Pinky Dinky Doo (the show keeps the logo until 2010). However, HBO/HBO Max prints of the latter edit this logo out.

5th Logo (September 12, 2005-October 13, 2007)

Logo: On the Jack's Big Music Show credits background (a yellow and cream-striped background), we see the Noggin logo on the left with a record player crank on its right side and a record player horn on the head. As the crank turns, some birds fly out of the horn, holding a white ribbon reading "ORIGINAL".

Technique: The objects coming out of the horn.

Music/Sounds: A banjo strum, then a shrill, high-pitched 5-note flute tune.

Availability: Rare.

  • Preserved on reruns of Jack's Big Music Show until 2014, the Jack's Big Music Show: Let's Rock! DVD, and episodes on the Noggin app until they were removed in 2020.

6th Logo (May 28, 2021-)


Logo: On a bluish-purple background, two live-action hands put a "g" and "n" into place, completing the word "noggin" (in a modified Litebulb font).

Technique: The hands coming in and out of frame and the blue blocks turning into letters.

Music/Sounds: A short jingle.

Availability: Current.

  • Seen on the first season of Noggin Knows. This logo was kept intact when Noggin Knows aired on the Nick Jr. Channel during the "Noggin Presents" block in mid-2021.

7th Logo (2021-)


Logo: On a purple background, the words "made by noggin" ("noggin" in a modified Litebulb font) appear, alongside some squiggles, a heart shape, a music note, and a lightning bolt symbol.

Technique: The symbols around the logo switch colors.

Music/Sounds: A short jingle.

Availability: Current.

  • Seen on episodes of Yoga Friends and School of Yum.
  • Also seen on several original music videos within the Noggin streaming app, such as "Like Nobody Else."
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