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Logo descriptions by Matt Williams, James Fabiano, and Cameron McCaffrey
Logo captures by Eric S., EnormousRat, Dean Stewart Rumsey, and snelfu
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Background: Family Home Entertainment was a home video distribution company,
releasing all kids and family releases and was established by Noel C. Bloom in 1981. FHE also launched a non-kids sub-division known as U.S.A. Home Video a year later. Early releases were distributed by MGM/UA Home Video and in the late 80s, FHE's releases were distributed by MCA (most notably in Canada). It became a sub-division of Lionsgate Home Entertainment after Lions Gate Entertainment acquired and folded Artisan Entertainment in 2003 and FHE was folded in 2005.


1st Logo
(June 1981-1985, 1987)
Family Home Entertainment (1982)

Nicknames: "Soda Pop", "Cheesy FHE"


Logo: The screen fades to a space background, a large pink "sun" slowly moves towards us. After a few seconds of sizzling, it then transforms into the words "FAMILY HOME", set in "Baby Teeth" (whose digital incarnation goes by "Surfside"), probably one of the ugliest fonts ever. Then "ENTERTAINMENT" in the same font flies from behind the text on top of the screen and settles underneath the "FAMILY HOME" text. The logos then flash and become white. After a few seconds the logo flies up with computer effects and we are left with only a shot of the stars before we fade out.

Variants:
  • At the end of some tapes such as Beauty and the Beast (the 1983 Ruby-Spears version), a white ray of light flashes on the space background and a spinning gray film reel moves towards us. Then the words "PREVIEWS OF COMING ATTRACTIONS" in a pink font fly from the top (with a trail of white sparkles following them) and stop at the reel on the center of the screen. Afterwards, the reel (which takes over the entire screen) flies off and the words vanish, just before the "sun" appears. This also appeared on tapes from Monterey Home Video and U.S.A. Home Video from before 1985.
  • Sometimes, there are screen cuts at the beginning and end of the logo.
  • Shortened versions exist. Some tapes start the logo just as the "sun" appears, others start the logo right as it morphs into the words "FAMILY HOME".

FX/SFX
: The transformation of the star into "FAMILY HOME ENTERTAINMENT"
and the "flying" effects for the logos.

Cheesy Factor: This one goes off the charts. The "sun" looks like the most fake thing in the world (and looks more like a fizzing Alka-Seltzer tablet than anything else!), the colors are rather gaudy, and the space background looks like it was done on an Apple II.

Music/Sounds: The space background has electronic plopping/fizz noises. When the logo forms, a 4-note synthesized chord/whoosh fanfare can be heard, which came from a stock music library.

Availability: Rare. Check on eBay or Amazon for early Gumby and Care Bears releases by FHE. Other releases that may include this logo are Beauty and the Beast (Ruby-Spears version), Blackstar, The New Adventures of Zorro, Journey Back to Oz, Dorothy in the Land of Oz, Panda and the Magic Serpent, Gaiking and a few Spaceketeers releases and some Inspector Gadget tapes; just find an over-sized box containing an early FHE print of this logo on the cover. This logo made a surprise appearance on the 1987 re-print of A Gumby Summer and the 1986 re-print of Peter Cottontail's Adventures. It first appeared on The World of Strawberry Shortcake.

Scare Factor: Medium. The bad animation and eerie music/noises may get to some people, but the logo is probably one of the most soda-like in the world! You'll also probably derive unintentional comedy from how badly made this is.



2nd Logo

(1985-1991)
FHE (1984)Family Home Entertainment (1990)

Nicknames: "F.H.E.", "Handwriting Pad", "Cheesy Writing", "Another Cheesy F.H.E"

Logo: A yellow-orange screen "flips" in, and it has one of those lines you used to practice printing letters on at school. (Two solid lines with a segmented line in the middle) One at a time, the letters "f.h.e." are drawn on the lines in a crayon-like font. They are colored, in order, red, blue, and yellow, respectively. Black dots appear in between the letters. Under that the words "Family Home Entertainment" appear, and then the picture zooms away downward toward the camera.

Variants:
  • A version has been spotted where instead of the picture flipping down, it merely fades out and there is no "WHOOSH" at the end of the music. The color is also a bit faded (though that was probably unintentional).
  • Later video releases have the logo on a black background with the lines fading-in and the FHE text drawing itself on faster than usual. A byline for IVE/NCB is shown on the bottom. A still version can be seen on various Transformers promos.
  • At the end of some tapes, a yellow screen that reads "also AVAILABLE from" (in white) zooms in. After three seconds, the screen zooms downward just before the regular FHE logo appears.
  • Some tapes have the logo's beginning omitted, instead starting at the point where the letters are drawn in. There is no "WHOOSH" at the end in this variation.

FX/SFX
: The "flipping" screen, the drawn letters.

Cheesy Factor: The screen "flipping" is an '80s SFX standard; it is merely the image being stretched and squashed. Before 1990, there was often a jarring cut from the FBI warning to this logo. After the 1988 IVE warning replaced the other one, there was a gentle fade from the warning to this logo.

Music/Sounds: Starts with a loud zipping sound (kind of like a Jetsons flying car starting), and leads into a synthesizer theme with three different tones for the drawing of each letter. Three very fast synth-trumpet notes bring forth the periods after each initial, and a toy piano that plays a descending tune is used when the company's name appears. At the end, a "WHOOSH" is heard as the screen "flies" away.

Availability: Uncommon. Can be seen on early releases of home video releases of shows such as The Transformers, G.I. Joe, Inspector Gadget, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Also spotted on some Rankin-Bass video releases of the time. Also spotted on the Chuck Jones releases of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Mowgli's Brothers, and The White Seal. You may also spot this on a few Japanese anime tapes like Robo-Tech or some tapes of British cartoons like Wil Cwac Cwac and Roobarb, and the Australian Dot cartoons should have this logo, too. The variant without the "WHOOSH!" at the end can be spotted on several Robotech releases from 1987 and The Teddy Bears' Picnic from 1989. Also seen on later Gumby and Care Bears VHS releases.

Scare Factor: Medium to high. The loud music and "flipping" screen may get to some people, along with the FBI warning screen on 1983-1990 releases. Low for the black BG variant with IVE/NCB byline.




3rd Logo

(1991-1998, 2006-2007)
Family Home Entertainment (1991)

Nickname: "The Paintbrush"

Logo: On a white background, a red paintbrush draws an "f" (the same one from the 2nd logo)
then puts a red dot after it. A blue paintbrush similarly draws an "h" and a blue dot and a yellow paintbrush gets the "e" and its dot. The camera pans to each letter as it is drawn and then pulls out. Above the logo the paintbrushes "wash" on the words "Family Home Entertainment", with each word in red, blue, and yellow respectively.

Variant:
On rare occasions, the logo is still.

FX/SFX: Impressive use of CGI from FHE, using the ability to pan in and out impressively!

Music/Sounds: Each letter has its own little tune culminating in a synthesized stinger at the end.

Availability: Uncommon. Can be seen on later Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tapes (surprisingly, it appeared on 2006 and 2007 DVDs of TMNT, specifically at the end of the episodes, "Plan 6 from Outer Space", "Farewell Lotus Blossom", "Michelangelo Meets Bugman", and "What's Michelangelo Good For?"), the original release of Tom and Jerry: The Movie and many Rankin-Bass and Lacewood releases by FHE. One of the last tapes to use this logo was the Hallmark Home Entertainment release of Merlin. The still version can be seen on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Bruno the Kid: The Last Christmas.

Scare Factor: None to low. It's just very good CGI.



4th Logo
(1998-2001)
Family Home Entertainment (1998)

Nickname: "Flipping Letters"

Logo: Against a black BG, a green "F" flips toward the screen, followed by a vermilion "H" and a lavender "E". A triangular vermilion "roof" lands on the "H" shortly after. The words

F A M I L Y---H O M E
ENTERTAINMENT

which are written in white, fade in below. At the same time, two white dots fade in between the letters "FHE". The words shine.

FX/SFX: The letters flipping, the roof landing on the "H", and the words shining.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Uncommon. Appears on most FHE releases up until 2001.

Scare Factor
: None.



5th Logo
(2001-2005)
Family Home Entertainment

Nickname: "Flying Letters"

Logo: On a white BG, we see the letters "FHE" flying up to the screen. Then two black dots fly in and appear between the letters. "FAMILY HOME ENTERTAINMENT" fades in under the letters. A roof is then drawn above the "H", making the whole thing look like the 4th logo.

Variants:
  • A short version of this logo was seen on promos such as on Animal Planet Video, TLC Video, and later "FHE" flies up, and a link to "www.familyhomeentertainment.com" below. So far it appeared on the 2000 VHS print of Baby Einstein (which is distributed by Family Home Entertainment Kids).
  • Another variant appeared on other episodes of Baby Einstein, where when we see the logo fly in as usual, then it falls down flat. Then we see all these logos (such as Baby Einstein, FHE Kids, Animal Planet). They circle the screen about once. Then the logos fade out, then the logo flies in again and forms "www.familyhomeent.com".

FX/SFX: The letters flying up. The dots appearing. The roof drawing.

Music/Sounds: A jingle used with many musical instruments and sound effects. An oboe and a tuba are two of the instruments.

Voice-over Variants:
  • There is a voice-over on promos saying "Family Home Entertainment. We like to share yours from Family Home Entertainment".
  • On the variant with the FHE website the voice-over says "Family Home Entertainment. From our family to yours, there's always something special for everyone. At www.familyhomeent.com".

Availability: Uncommon. Seen on releases from this era. Also appeared when Playhouse Disney aired the movie Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot in 2007. One release that has this logo is The Miracle Maker.

Scare Factor: None. It's a cute logo. The sudden appearance of the logo might startle some first-time viewers, though.


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amymina5 Mega Man joint-collab 0 Jul 25 2014, 5:58 PM EDT by amymina5
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The 2nd logo appeared on an old Mega Man VHS tape I have from 1990, it also features the Golden Book Video logo (and surprisingly the Space closing logo), Nelevana Neon Polar Bear, DiC Kid in Bed choir variant, and the Saban Pac-Man Planet. Another MM tape by Golden Book Video, "Mega Man and Proto Man" from 1993, has the Coca Cola Telecommunications logo at the end (before the spinning variant of the Golden Book Video logo).

The 1st logo reminds me of TRON! Why would it be on Strawberry Shortcake? (unless Strawberryland is ruled by the Master Control Program)
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GETENT 2nd logo 0 Dec 14 2013, 1:50 PM EST by GETENT
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"High to Medium"? It should be Medium to High.
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KodytheRedFox About Animalympics 0 Nov 24 2012, 1:44 PM EST by KodytheRedFox
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Didn't "Animalympics" have the '80s Handwriting Pad FHE logo or the '90s Paintbrush logo?
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