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Background: Originally formed in 1981, Amblin Entertainment didn't enter TV production until 1985, when the sci-fi show Amazing Stories premiered on NBC.


1st Logo
(September 29, 1985-January 23, 2008)

Nickname: "The E.T. Logo"

Amblin Television (1985)Logo: We only see a static image of the 1985 movie logo.

FX/SFX: None. Though static, however, the logo may appear filmed with the shaking effect.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.

Availability: Was last seen on Animaniacs (including
Wakko's Wish) and Tiny Toon Adventures on The Hub (now Discovery Family). It also appeared on The Land Before Time (the 2007 short-lived series) on Cartoon Network, Pinky and the Brain (later retooled as Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain), Freakazoid! and other shows. Is intact on DVD releases.

Scare Factor: None.



2nd Logo
(September 14, 1991- )
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Amblin Television/Nelvana Limited/Universal Cartoon Studios (1992)SeaQuest DSV Logos (1994)

Nicknames
: "The E.T. Logo II", "Switch-Off", "The E.T. TV Tube", "E.T. on TV", "E.T. TV"

Logo: It starts out with the beginning of the standard Amblin Entertainment logo, but it's faster and the stripes don't slide in this time. After the moon and the boy on the bicycle are in place, t
he rest of the logo (which at first, the "AMBLIN" text with the red/blue lines above and below it respectively, fades in first. Then the word, "TELEVISION" appears under it instead of "ENTERTAINMENT") fades in and the moon is surrounded by a TV screen with blue static. The TV screen then switches/turns off, and the rest of the logo fades away, leaving only a blank rounded rectangle.

Variants:
  • A common variant starts with the logo already in place; the switch off is intact.
  • A still variant appears on Fudge, Terra Nova and season 2.
  • On Back to the Future - The Animated Series, the full animation of the logo, minus the switch-off part is shown on the top right corner along with the 1991 Universal Cartoon Studios logo on the top left, the Zaloom/Mayfield Productions logo on the bottom left, and the BIG Pictures logo on the bottom right.
  • On Fievel's American Tails, the full animation of the logo is also shown in the top left corner along with the 1985 long version of Nelvana Limited logo on the top right and the 1991 Universal Cartoon Studios logo on the bottom corner.
  • On Family Dog, the full animation of the logo, minus the switch-off part was also shown on the right along with the 1985 Nelvana Limited logo on the left.
  • There is a print version of the logo where the moon is just the plain white circle. Also, the TV screen doesn't glow. This variant is shown on the left along with the Universal Cartoon Studios logo on the right on Opus n' Bill - A Wish for Wings that Work.
  • In the SeaQuest DSV video game, the print logo is put on a blue background along with the MCA/Universal Merchandising logo above it.
  • On shows starting with the 14th season of ER, the blue static in the logo looks more defined than before.

FX/SFX: The moon zooming backward, the boy on the bicycle appearing, the switch off, the statics, or none.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show or none.

Availability: Common (and retained on DVD/VHS releases). It's currently seen on The Americans on FX, the 4th (and eventually 5th) season of Falling Skies on TNT, and Under the Dome and Extant on CBS. It was seen on Back to the Future: The Animated Series (with the UCS, Zaloom/Mayfield and BIG Pictures logos), Fievel's American Tails (with the UCS and Nelvana logos), Family Dog (with the
Nelvana logo), SeaQuest DSV (later known as SeaQuest 2032 in the final season), ER, The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper (excluding the first five episodes, although it appeared on new prints of said episodes excluding the first one), Earth 2, On the Lot, The River, and Lucky 7. It was also seen on TV movies such as The Water Engine.

Scare Factor: Depending on the logo variant:
  • Low. The switch off may jump unexpected viewers.
  • None for the still variant.



3rd Logo
(June 2015- )
Amblin Television (2015)

Nickname: "The E.T. Logo III"

Logo: Just the finishing product of the current Amblin logo except with "TELEVISION" instead of 'ENTERTAINMENT". The TV tube is absent.

Variant: There's also a shorter version of this, with shining effect.

FX/SFX: The shortened version of the current Amblin logo.

Music/Sounds: Probably nothing of its own.

Availability: Seen on season 3 episodes of Under the Dome, season 2 of Extant, and may appear on future shows by Amblin.

Scare Factor: Same as the current Amblin logo.


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