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Logo descriptions by James Fabiano and Sean Beard
Logo captures by Eric S., wisp2007, and snelfu
Editions by Mr. Logo Lord and V of Doom


Background
: Claster Television was founded as "Romper Room, Inc." by Bert and Nancy Claster in 1953. It was sold to Hasbro in 1969 (who renamed the company for its founders). It still exists as a full-blown unit of Hasbro today.



1st Logo
(1975-1981)

Nicknames: "Jack in the Box of Doom", "Evil Jack"

Logo: In an orange box with red borders is a jack-in-the-box (a la the Harveytoons logos, but named "Happy Jack") with a similarly-colored clown suit and a red derby. He
Bert Claster Productionbounces around, then bends towards the front of the box to place, in Romper Room font, the words "A BERT CLASTER PRODUCTION".

Romper Room Trivia:

  • Happy Jack was used as the logo for the Romper Room preschool toy line (best-remembered products: Mr. Potato Head and Weebles) in the '60s and '70s.
  • The animation of Happy Jack is the same as used in the intro, but with "A BERT CLASTER PRODUCTION" replacing "ROMPER ROOM."
  • The "A Bert Claster Television Production" (note the wording) ID was present on the various local editions as well (Claster licensed the format to 250+ stations over the years on top of producing and distributing the national show).
  • Romper Room and Friends actually ran until 1994 (with an additional 85 episodes taped in 1991). The 1981-87 shows remained in circulation until 1991.
  • There were three hostesses of the syndicated RR: Nancy Claster (1954-64), her daughter Sally Claster (1964-81) and Molly McAllister (1981-94)
  • CBS offered to pick up the show in late 1953 (after it became a hit on Baltmore-area TV) but the Clasters chose instead to syndicate it instead (producing a show for national syndication and licensing the format to local stations).
  • The last locally-produced RR (the Los Angeles version on KCOP) ended in 1991.
  • Claster licensed the format to Anglia Television in the mid-'60s for the British TV version (1964-1978).
  • Claster licensed the format under the condition that the show's format be strictly adhered to and that all RR hosts be sent to Baltimore for a weeklong training course (led by "Miss Nancy" herself).

FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor
: Very simple 1950s-1960s animation, or none.

Music/Sounds/Voice-over: The end theme to Romper Room (a synthesized version of "Pop Goes The Weasel") accompanied by an announcer spiel.

Availability: Extinct on TV. All episodes of Romper Room and Friends do exist as well as a scattered number of episodes of the pre-1980 syndicated RR in Claster's library. TVparty.com once said that videotapes of Romper Room were erased and reused for taping the next day's episode; this often applied to the various local editions of the show.

Scare Factor: Medium to high for those not used to seeing it or who have never seen the show's opening sequence (where the clown's animation is reused from) the drawing of the clown was quite creepy looking (especially for one that is named Happy Jack!). The presence of a synthesized version of "Pop Goes The Weasel" may not help matters.




2nd Logo
(1981-2000)

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Nicknames: "The Spinner", "The Propeller", "The Spinning Star"

Logo: We start with a shot of this stylized text on a blue background:

Distributed by
(the Claster logo) Claster
TELEVISION INCORPORATED

The Claster logo is in red with the text in a strange, bold, italic font. There is a small line going above "laster" to represent an extended "t." To the left of "Claster" is a red parallelogram with 3 small, transparent lines inside. Now, to the animation. A white star moves in a horizontal direction from right-to-left and spins over all the letters in "Claster" until it reaches the parallelogram symbol and stays in place to spin there.

Variants:
  • An earlier in-credit variant with just text was used in this format:

Distributed by:
CLASTER
TV PRODUCTIONS
A Division of Hasbro Industries

This variant appeared on Great Space Coaster, the original G.I. Joe miniseries, My Little Pony, and Transformers.
  • Another in-credit variant with the Claster logo was used until 1987, and it was referred to as "TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS", with the texts "Distributed By" above and "A Division of Hasbro, Inc." below. This one was seen on G.I. Joe and Transformers.
  • The main animated Claster logo debuted in 1987, and initially had the byline "A Subsidiary of Hasbro Inc." underneath (often with a copyright for Hasbro underneath) and the star spinning really fast. In the early 1990s, the logo was updated with no bylines, the "Claster" logo and text appearing more shiny and metallic, and the star animation a bit slower and more refined.
  • On The New Archies and the first few episodes of C.O.P.S., an earlier prototype exist with the Claster text in white and the red parallelogram on a light blue grid background.
  • On James Bond Jr., the star spins already in the parallelogram.
  • In its final years, the logo was redone with better looking text, and a blue/black gradient background.

FX/SFX: The spinning star. None for the earlier in-credit variants.

Cheesy Factor: The star looks a bit cheap, and what is that parallelogram supposed to represent?

Music/Sounds: 3 different themes were used:
  • 1987-1989: A strange synth fanfare, sounding like early video game music.
  • 1989-1997: A different synthesized fanfare ending with an ascending flourish, sounding somewhat like strange circus music.
  • 1997-2000: An electric piano bridge with a synth orchestral backing.

Music/Sounds Variants:
  • The earlier in-credit variants used only the closing theme of the show.
  • One 1990 variation had the music in an extreme low tone.
  • Another version cut off the logo before the second theme's flourish.

Availability: Rare. The 1996 version is intact on Hulu viewings and DVD releases of All Dogs Go To Heaven: The Series. Should be intact on that and other Claster shows if they ever pop up on TV or DVD. The 1989-96 variant appears on Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Warriors, C.O.P.S., Littlest Pet Shop (the 1995 version), the 1996 Richie Rich series, the 1990's Pink Panther series, and G.I. Joe Extreme. The 1996 version also appeared on Mummies Alive!, and The Lionhearts. The in-credit versions can be currently seen on reruns of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and The Transformers on Hub Network.

Scare Factor: Low for the 1st and 2nd music, and none with the 3rd music and the in-credit variant. The font wasn't the easiest to look at either.


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