Tiger Aspect Productions
Tiger Aspect Productions is a British film and television production company founded by Peter Bennett-Jones in 1988 as Tiger Television. The company did not yet use an onscreen logo until 1989. They are particularly known for its sitcoms, though it also specialized in shows from other genres. In 1993, it was then merged with Aspect Film & Television to form its current name. In June 2006, the company was purchased by IMG Media, but was later sold to the UK division of Endemol in November 2009. It is currently owned by Banijay since 2020. The company also has a theatrical division called Tiger Aspect Films (shown on-screen as Tiger Aspect Pictures) and three divisions specialising in comedy, drama and family.
(1989-January 10, 1994)
Logo: On an orange marble background is a box with blue tiger stripes and below that is the text:
and below that is the copyright and network info. The pattern of the tiger stripes changes differently throughout the time, the length and the duration of the logo.
- On the Mr. Bean episodes "Mr. Bean in Room 426" and "Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean", an in-credit notice for Thames and Central Independent Television is shown.
- Sometimes, the logo zooms out to reveal it was in a box with copyright info shown below.
- On the obscure BBC show Funny Business, this logo shares the screen with the 1988 BBC logo.
Technique: Just the animation of the tiger stripes.
Music/Sounds: Usually none or the closing theme of the series, though sometimes, the sound of a tiger growling is heard.
- It might be replaced with the Tiger Aspect Productions logo on current prints of shows, but this can be found on VHS and DVD releases of the short-lived series Mr. Bean.
- It was also seen on other shows, such as Rowan Atkinson Live as well as the obscure BBC show Funny Business and The Movie Life of George, respectively.
Tiger Aspect Productions
1st Logo (May 4, 1993-February 12, 1999)
Logo: On a paper background, we see a black and orange drawing of a tiger's eye above, roughly resembling the letters "TA". The eye blinks slowly. Below it are the words "A TIGER ASPECT" with "PRODUCTION" below, all in italics, and the network/copyright info. Sometimes it differently reads "TIGER ASPECT PRODUCTIONS".
- A long version exists where it draws the tiger's eye as it opens, then the company's name fades in.
- Sometimes, the logo is still or it had no network/copyright info below.
- On the 1996 UK VHS release of The Best Bits of Mr. Bean, the copyright notice reading "(C) 1996 TIGER ASPECT PRODUCTIONS" fades in underneath.
- During the first use of this logo, the background had more lighting.
- Sometimes, the logo also shares the screen with the other logos.
Technique: The drawing and the eye moving.
Music/Sounds: None, the closing theme of the series, or the audio from the previous logo.
- Appeared on episodes 10-14 of the short-lived Mr. Bean from "Mind the Baby, Mr. Bean" to "Hair by Mr. Bean of London", as well as on The Thin Blue Line.
- It also appears on Harry Enfield and Chums and The Vicar of Dibley.
- This does not appear on the 1997 film Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie, which is used as a in-credit logo instead.
- It made its broadcast debut on two television shows produced for Meridian Television: Coltrane in a Cadillac and The Village.
2nd Logo (November 16, 1998-)
Logo: On a black background, in its upper part, the words "tiger" and "aspect" in a compressed lowercase font, slide from opposite directions in a gray rectangle and join. The word "PRODUCTIONS" fits below the text. The lower part of the screen is taken by broadcasting and co-productions text, like the BBC and other studios. Also, the very down screen has a copyright name and year, which is later changed to Roman numerals.
- There is a filmed version, which instead has a metallic rectangle and "aspect" in salad green. It has the word "PICTURES" instead of "PRODUCTIONS".
- Sometimes, the logo is still.
- An in-credit still version exists.
- The logo is used without a rectangle sometimes, and it has a slightly different sliding animation.
- It also sometimes shares the screen with other logos.
- The words "tiger" and "PRODUCTIONS" can be in black or white with the latter below in grey.
- Sometimes, the word "aspect" in the Tiger Aspect Productions logo can be in red orange.
- A still variant on a white background exists. This was seen on Playhouse Disney airings of Charlie and Lola.
- On drama shows, the word "PRODUCTIONS" is replaced by "DRAMA".
- A rare split-screen variant exists where the logo alongside all the other notices are on the left whereas the right is the smoke background that contains the show's end credits.
- On some shows made in Scotland, the word "PRODUCTIONS" is replaced by "SCOTLAND".
- On season 1 of Mr. Bean: The Animated Series, an in-credit notice for Richard Purdum Productions and Varga Holdings appears next to the logo.
- 1998-2006: There were no bylines in almost its first decade.
- 2006-2008: "an IMG media company" (with "IMG" in corporate font).
- 2008-2009: "AN IMG ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY" in a common font.
- 2009-2016: "an endemol company", with the Endemol logo to the left of the byline.
- 2016-2020: "part of EndemolShineGroup" (in its corporate font).
- 2020-2021: "A Banijay Company", with the Banijay logo to the left of the Tiger Aspect logo.
- 2021-: "We are Banijay", with the Banijay logo to the left of the byline.
Technique: The words sliding.
Music/Sounds: Either a clanging whoosh sound with a quiet tiger growling, the previous tiger's growling from the last two logos, none, or the opening/closing theme of the show or movie.
- On Playhouse Disney airings of Charlie and Lola, the tail end of the closing theme is trimmed down to four notes.
- On seasons 1-3 of Mr. Bean: The Animated Series, we hear Mr. Bean (voiced by Rowan Atkinson) offscreen, making a angry grunt.
- Seen on every programme, movies and specials produced by them from 1998 onwards such as Let Them Eat Cake, Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Teachers, Mr Bean: The Animated Series, An Island Parish, Tinga Tinga Tales, Danny and Mick, Intergalactic, the British version of Drunk History, The Restoration Man, Peaky Blinders, The Good Karma Hospital, Charlie and Lola, Robin Hood, Murder in Successville and its American version titled Murderville, Me and My Monsters and Hitmen, among others.
- This logo also appears on new episodes of its then-current shows which are The Vicar of Dibley and The Lenny Henry Show.
- It surprisingly first appeared on the UK VHS release of Merry Christmas Mr. Bean released by VCI and Thames Video on November 16, 1998.
- The filmed version appears on movies, like The Martins and Kevin & Perry Go Large.
- It plasters the previous logos on current prints (like the print on Hulu) of the short-lived series Mr. Bean.
- The 2016-2020 version also plasters over the previous logo on late-2010s widescreen prints of The Thin Blue Line.
- The split-screen variant was seen on original airings of the animated Mr. Bean series.
Legacy: This logo is a favorite among fans of Tiger Aspect's works in general.