PorchLight Entertainment

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Descriptions by
William Immendorf, EnormousRat and curiousgeorge60

Captures by
Henrynguye5

Editions by
Henrynguye5, TheRealMarcel2000, Talentlogo‎, MJ2003‎

Video captures courtesy of
Digital media resources, LogicSmash and Broken Saw

Background

PorchLight Entertainment was an American production company founded in 1995 by Bruce D. Johnson and William T. Baumann, dedicating in television production and animation and based in Los Angeles, California. In 2011, Bruce D. Johnson, one of PorchLight's co-founders, started Foxfield Entertainment, leaving this company defunct. Seven years later, PorchLight was acquired by Trilogy Animation Group.

1st Logo (February 14, 1996)

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Logo: On a light/dark orange gradient background we see a black square with a silhouette of a house porch with a kid sitting on the railing and a dog (it's pretty hard to tell because it's a shadow) beside him. "PORCHLIGHT" is below the shadow and "ENTERTAINMENT" is below "PORCHLIGHT" in the same font but smaller. The inner section of the house brightens.

Trivia: The logo was created by Rod Dyer Design.

Technique: The brightening.

Music/Sounds: A calm 5-note synth tune.

Availability: Only seen on Night of the Twisters.

2nd Logo (September 2, 1996-January 30, 2010)

Logo: On a blue background, it starts with the house without lights for a frame. Then its lights turn on, and then we see the same house from the previous logo. Two kids (a boy and a girl) come from inside the house and sit in. The boy sits on the stairs, and the girl sits on the balcony. The words:

PORCHLIGHT
ENTERTAINMENT

in their same appearance are seen below the house.

Variants:

  • On some episodes of Jay Jay the Jet Plane, this logo is shown to the left of the Modern Cartoons logo.
  • On The Secret Saturdays, the logo is in color and still.

Technique: 2D animation.

Music/Sounds: A flute/guitar tune, with a "ding" at the end. Sometimes, it's the closing theme of the show, or a different guitar tune with a girl saying "It's from PorchLight!".

Availability: Seen on videotapes and DVDs of earlier LeapFrog movies, Adventures from the Book of Virtues, Jay Jay the Jet Plane and A Martian Christmas. The version with the full music can also be found on the Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment trailer for Jay Jay the Jet Plane videos and DVDs.

3rd Logo (1997-early 2010s)

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Logo: On a green and blue gradient background, we see a silhouette of a house. Then the light appears inside, followed by the orange letters "PORCHLIGHT" and "ENTERTAINMENT" below in the same font. Then a filmstrip appears behind the house.

Technique: The flash when the light appears.

Music/Sounds: A synthesized fanfare.

Availability: Appeared on some films by the company, like Fangs and Inhabited. Also seen on Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment video and DVD releases of Jay Jay the Jet Plane.

4th Logo (2002-2008)

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Logo: On a blue blackground, we see the same house from the previous logos, with the inner of the house glowing yellow. The two kids from the 2nd logo come from inside the house and sit in. The boy sits on the stairs, and the girl sits on the balcony. The background then changes to a night sky in which the house is actually part of a purple cartoony suburban house with two windows, and two fences appear on either sides of the screen. A moon can also be seen in the sky. The words:

PORCHLIGHT
ENTERTAINMENT

in their same appearance fade in above the house. Later, a shooting star comes in from the bottom right corner of the screen and disappears behind the house.

Technique: 2D Flash animation.

Music/Sounds: Just a rising sparkling sound when the shooting star comes in.

Availability: Seen on the old Porchlight Entertainment website.

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