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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.
Logo: 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? tapes from the era.

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

3rd Logo

HiT Entertainment (1997-2001)HiT Entertainment Plc. 1996 Widescreen (Altered Version)

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.

  • A still version of this is seen on VHS releases.
  • An in-credit variant was seen on Archibald the Koala.

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, Sh
eeep 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.

Scare Factor: None.

4th Logo
HiT Entertainment Plc. (1997) LogoHiT Video (1997-2000) 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). 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.
  • On early VHS tapes, the words "ENTERTAINMENT PLC" are replaced with "VIDEO" and the globe is replaced with a gold star and three gold stars and a small star next to them glows. Also, the words "HiT" are red instead of light blue and the ribbon is red and gold stars are added with the small ribbons.

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

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.

5th Logo
HiT Entertainment (2001-2006)HIT Entertainment (Worldwide)HiT Entertainment Plc 2004 (Widescreen)HiT Entertainment Plc (2002)

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.

FX/SFX: The globe spinning, and 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 and Thomas the Tank Engine. This can also been seen on Oswald re-runs on Nick Jr.

Scare Factor: None.

6th Logo
(2006- )
HiT  Entertainment (2005)HIT Entertainment (2010)

Nicknames: "HiT Block", "Jumping Blocks", "Dancing Blocks", "Bouncy Blocks"

Logo: On a white background, we see three CGI blocks. The blocks jump around throughout, then stack to reveal the HiT name. On each block, "H" is white on red, "i" is blue on yellow, and "T" is white on blue. The two blocks (left and right) walk away. As it leaves only one block, the block still moves, then once the block becomes still. "
HiT entertainment" fades in below.

  • There is a long version with "HiT entertainment" already seen below the blocks at the beginning, then fading out and the two blocks appearing.
  • There is a short version which only shows the ending part after the blocks walk away. It can be seen on post-2008 episodes of Fireman Sam and Thomas & Friends.
  • Another even shorter variant shows two spare blocks jump into the screen, making the existing one jump around too, then the two leave.
  • There exists a still version, as well, with the totally white background. It was seen on games and some shows on PBS Sprout.

FX/SFX: The blocks dancing.

Music/Sounds: An upbeat flute tune, or t
he end theme of the show.

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 Rockand Shaun the Sheep DVDs 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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gohan56782 5th logo variant found 0 Jan 26 2013, 9:38 PM EST by gohan56782
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This is an early variant of the 5th logo with entertainment plc in it. Heres a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgfT-4jaD6Q
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Who'sThatKitty 4th logo 0 Apr 9 2012, 1:50 PM EDT by Who'sThatKitty
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Wow! I had memories of seeing this on tapes, and had always doubted it existed, and now there's a description to confirm it.
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XthebiglogofanX Clear up of Moleologo96's thread 1 Mar 20 2012, 6:18 AM EDT by XthebiglogofanX
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"90s HiT Globe"

1. The web address and disclaimer "DISTRIBUTED WORLDWIDE BY HIT ENTERTAINMENT PLC" had switched their positions.
2. A variation is lacking the web address
3. Another version has the globe spinning backwards (also used with the 1st variant described above

"2000s HiT Globe"

1. There is a variation of the logo with "ENTERTAINMENT PLC" written vertically next to the T in black as in the previous logo. The disclaimer reads in this variant "DISTRIBUTED WORLDWIDE BY HIT ENTERTAINMENT PLC"
2. A weird variant with a large globe was spotted. Seen on "Barney's Christmas Star".
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