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Background: HiT Entertainment is a British-American children's television company established in 1983 originally as the international distribution arm of Jim Henson Productions called "Henson International Television" (later reincorporated as "HiT Communications plc."). However, following the death of Jim Henson in 1990, the business was sold to several members of the company's management, led by Peter Orton, and reincorporated to its current name to prevent any future confusion between the two companies. Today, HiT Entertainment is owned by Fisher-Price, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc.

1st Logo

: Same as the Henson Associates in credit logo only the "ha!" text is replaced with "hit!" and the lower text is replaced with "HENSON INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION" sandwiched between two lines. Copyright information is Henson International Televisionlisted below.

FX/SFX: Same as the Henson Associates in credit logo.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the program.

Availability: Seen on international prints of The Muppet Show.

Scare Factor: Same as the Henson Associates logo.

2nd Logo

HIT Communications PLC.

ogo: On a gray marble-like background, a silver disc rotates into place. Then four blue lasers strike it from different directions. Then the camera pans to an aerial view as the word "HiT", in a tall silver font, zooms out from the center from an angle, then rotates to face the viewers. As it does so, the four lasers rotate clockwise and "COMMUNICATIONS PLC." types itself in in blue.

FX/SFX: The disc, the lasers, the word "HiT" coming into place. CGI effects.

Music/Sounds: An eerie gong sound leading into a catchy synth theme
with bells.

Availability: Can be seen on old Where's Waldo/Wally?: The Animated Series tapes from the era. It can also be spotted on the English dub of D'Ocon Films' TV series Basket Fever.

Scare Factor: Minimal. This logo is a huge favorite, thanks to the music.

3rd Logo

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Nicknames: "HiT Globe", "'90s HiT Globe"

Logo: On a shady gray background, we see the word "HiT" in the same font as before in blue, with "ENTERTAINMENT PLC" written vertically next to the T in white. A hole is
cut out in between the letters above the I, which contains a spinning globe. Under that reads "www.hitentertainment.com" and "DISTRIBUTED WORLDWIDE BY HIT ENTERTAINMENT PLC". There is a spotlight from the top left of the screen, casting a shadow of the logo on the floor.

  • There is a version where the URL and byline swap places.
  • A still version of this is seen on VHS releases.
  • An in-credit variant was seen on Archibald the Koala.
  • On some prints of Basket Fever, a globe background is seen.

FX/SFX: The globe spinning.

Music/Sounds: None. In other cases, the end theme of the show would be used.

Availability: It's available on Kipper, Archibald the Koala,
Ted Sieger's Wildlife, Lavender Castle, Sheeep, and GoodTimes VHS releases of The Wind in the Willows and The Willows in Winter. Pablo, the Little Red Fox also had this logo, especially when it was shown on the Disney Channel in the early 2000s in the United States. It was also used for at least seasons 1-3 of Bob the Builder in the UK. Also spotted on later prints of Basket Fever.

Scare Factor: None.

4th Logo
HiT Entertainment Plc. (1997) Logo

Logo: On a striped-blue background we see a yellow/orange gradient ribbon flying from the right edge of the screen. Then the ribbon makes its way to form the spring (or tunnel) and an explosion occurs. After that we see more colorful ribbons but smaller and some fireworks. Later, the camera moves into the center of tunnel, then the tunnel disappears and from its place comes the globe which is zooming into hole in the HiT logo in light blue, which fades in the same time as the globe comes. As it does so, the globe spins. The
word "ENTERTAINMENT PLC" is written vertically next to the "T" in white, just like the 2nd logo.

There is a short version which shows only the last part of logo.

FX/SFX: The globe, fireworks, the ribbon and the small ribbons. CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: For the long version at the beginning is a swoosh sound, then when the items come out of the ribbon tunnel we hear some cartoony effects, and we hear the majestic 9-note fanfare.

Availability: The long version is seen on some VHS and DVDs by HiT Entertainment. The short version was used only on the HBO cartoon series Anthony Ant.

Scare Factor: Low to medium. The explosion and slightly jarring appearance could startle a few, but this logo is very well done and is a favorite of many.

5th Logo
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Nicknames: "HiT Globe II", "2000s HiT Globe", "Cheesy Glow"

Logo: On a blue background, we see the HiT logo (as seen in the previous logo) from before, but less shiny, and with "ENTERTAINMENT" replacing "ENTERTAINMENT PLC". A glow of light surrounds the globe. Sometimes, a copyright notice appears below.

  • A still version of the logo exists.
  • like with the first logo, "PLC" can be seen next to "ENTERTAINMENT".
  • On Barney's Christmas Star, the globe is bigger.
  • On at least the compete first & second season DVD's of Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends (Restored format only, the remasteredversions use the Britt Allcroft logo), We see a white background. On the top half it says "A Britt Allcroft Company Production" with the company's logo in between the words "Britt" and "Allcroft" and on the bottom half we see the HIT Entertainment logo. In between them is the word "For". Under all that is a copyright notice that says "(C) 1984-2003 Gullane (Thomas) Limited. All rights reserved".

FX/SFX: The glow surrounding the globe.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the show.

Availability: Seen on HiT shows from the period including Barney & Friends from the 2002-2007 seasons, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, Rubbadubbers, Thomas the Tank Engine, and Oswald. It was also seen in the Veggietales: The Ultimate Sully Song Countdown 2001 VHS.

Scare Factor: None.

6th Logo
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Nicknames: "HiT Block", "Jumping Blocks", "Dancing Blocks", "Bouncy Blocks", "Annoying Blocks", "Globeless HiT Logo", "Cute Blocks", "Where Did The Globe Go?"

Logo: On a white background, we see a CGI block with "H" white on red, "i" blue on yellow, and "T" white on blue, with "HiT entertainment" below it. Then, all of a sudden, two more of the same blocks come out from behind the main block, and they all jump around as the name fades out. The blocks stack to reveal the "HiT" name before the two blocks (left and right) disappear. As it leaves only one block, the block looks around before becoming still, and "
HiT entertainment" fades in below.

  • There is a short version which only shows the ending part after the blocks walk away.
  • An alternate short variant shows the HiT block at a farther away angle. Then, the two other blocks come in and jump before exiting, as the middle one bounces closer to the screen. The music on here is lower-pitched than normal, or different than normal.
  • Another alternate short variant shows the blocks chasing each other around, before they bump into each other and we zoom into the main block dazed for a moment.
  • Yet another alternative short variant shows the blocks jumping before the middle one rolls closer to the screen. The music is also lower-pitched on here, too.
  • There exists a still version, as well, with a plain white background. It was seen on games and some shows on Sprout.
  • On many DVD releases of HiT Entertainment shows, such as Lionsgate releases of the CGI Thomas and Friends, the still variant is shown with two blue buttons below it, one reading "Auto Play" and the other reading "Main Menu".

FX/SFX: The blocks dancing.

Music/Sounds: An upbeat flute/horn tune, or t
he end theme of the show. The Auto Play variant has a male announcer saying "For your convenience, this DVD has been enhanced with HiT Entertainment's Auto Play. Your program and a selection of bonus features will begin automatically! To bypass Auto Play, select the "Main Menu" button on your remote at anytime! Your feature presentation will begin in a moment; enjoy!".

Availability: Common. Seen on shows such as Barney & Friends, Bob the Builder, and
Thomas & Friends. The still logo began to plaster the Big Feats! Entertainment logo on PBS Kids' Wishbone repeats. The long version most commonly appears on the UK DVDs. Fraggle Rock and Shaun the Sheep DVDs along with Wallace & Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures also contain it. The third variant can be found on several shows such as Mike the Knight.

Scare Factor: None at all. It's a cute logo, but may be annoying for people who are fans of the older logos.

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