Omation Animation Studio

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Background

Omation was an animation studio run by Steve Oedekerk as a subsidiary of his O Entertainment company. It produced the Barnyard franchise and the Jimmy Neutron spinoff Planet Sheen for Nickelodeon. It was founded in 2002 by Oedekerk, in conjuction with animators who formerly worked at DNA Productions. Omation was working on a new Mighty Mouse film for Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies set for a release in 2013, but it appeared to have been cancelled, presumably due to the massive flop of Planet Sheen. However, the project was revived as a live-action/animated hybrid film for Paramount Animation in 2019, albeit without the involvement of Omation or Nickelodeon.



1st Logo (February 6, 2006-November 12, 2011)

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Logo: We see the CGI "O" from the 1998 O Entertainment logo drop to the center, which shrinks, turns yellow (perhaps referencing the first O logo), grows arms and legs, and changes into 2D. The text "mation", in the Jokerman LET font, jumps out of the O's mouth, which then jumps up and freezes.

Technique: A mix of CGI and 2D animation.

Music/Sounds: The "O!" from the O Entertainment logo at a slightly higher pitch, starting with a strange magical whirring sound, combined with whooshes/synth sounds from the classic Hanna-Barbera sound library. A high-pitched voice says "Mation!" and a snare drumbeat plays.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On split-screen Nickelodeon airings of Back at the Barnyard, the logo music was often followed by a short country tune, which played over the Nickelodeon logo at the time.
  • The original 1998 O Entertainment music was occasionally heard on earlier split-screen airings. This is probably because the show originally used the 1998 O Ent. logo, so Nickelodeon programmed the show's split-screen credits to have it. But when the Omation logo was rolled out, Nickelodeon followed suit and removed the 1998 logo, but forgot to use this logo's audio, as seen above.

Availability: It was originally seen on Back at the Barnyard, starting with the episode "The Barnyard Games/War of The Pranks". Current Nicktoons reruns have the logo plastered with the 1998 O Entertainment logo; however, it's preserved on Paramount+ prints and DVD releases of the show.

2nd Logo (September 27, 2010-February 15, 2013)

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Logo: It's a cheap CGI remake of the first logo, but the black background and the color dots in the "mation" text are now white.

Variants:

  • An extended 6-second version exists on the Omation Tour video, a promo for Omation itself.
  • On a reel for Omation Animation Studio itself, the background is now black and the color dost in the "mation" text are glowing and back to colorful.

Technique: CGI using Autodesk Maya.

Music/Sounds: Same as the last logo, but sped-up and reduced. The extended and reel versions use the full audio (the former variant had a slightly longer pause before the "Mation!").

Availability: Seen only on Planet Sheen.