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: Rainmaker Animation is a Canadian computer animation and design company based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Mainframe Vancouver) and Los Angeles, California, USA (Mainframe USA), which was formerly known as Mainframe Entertainment prior to January 31, 2007. It produces computer-aniamted TV series and movies. They were best known for producing the first ever half-hour CGI animated series ReBoot, as well as the acclaimed Transformers spin-off Beast Wars. In recent years, they were also become known for producing most of the Barbie film series for Mattel. On September 16, 2003, Digital Program Solutions (DPS), a division of IDT Media acquired a stake in Mainframe Entertainment. It was completed on December 2, 2003. On August 31, 2006, IDT Corp. sold IDT Entertainment to Liberty Media and it was renamed to Starz Media. On July 31, 2006, RNK Capital Limited Partnership, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rainmaker Income Fund acquired 62% of Mainframe from Starz with Rainmaker acquiring 38%. On August 29, 2006, RNK and Rainmaker Income Fund announced a merger, with RNK acquiring 38% of Mainframe, and by January 31, 2007 they were renamed to their current name.
Mainframe Entertainment didn't use a logo until 1996.

Mainframe Entertainment

1st Logo
Mainframe Entertainment
Nicknames: "The Beast Wars Logo", "The ReBoot Logo", "The Cursive 'M'"

Logo: On a black background, with a yellow ball of light at the top-right corner, we see a brown board and a silver plate (which was faced at the right) turns clockwise to face us. When it begins to turn, the light ball swoops down from the top-right corner, carving the board with a cursive black "M", while the letters "M", "A", "I", "N", "F", "R", "A", "M", and "E" in a bold silver font, softly lands on the brown board, followed by the small words "ENTERTAINMENT INC." also in a bold silver font, slowly zooms in from the board. It says, "MAINFRAME ENTERTAINMENT INC.", with "MAIN" and "FRAME" forming a 90 degree angle right with each other, and "ENTERTAINMENT INC." below it. There is also a silver copyright symbol next to it. The light ball swoops to the right, causing the logo to shine slowly.

Variant: Sometimes, there is a still version.


Cheesy Factor: Since this logo lasts for around 4 seconds, the whole thing looks like it was done using Softimage in 30 minutes.

Music/Sounds: An intense synth percussion tune composed by Robert "Bob" Buckley, which is accompanied by whooshes.

Availability: Rare. Seen on the first two seasons of Beast Wars and season 3 of Reboot on Teletoon Retro and on DVD.

Scare Factor: Low. The music may scare a few. Overall, it's a cool logo, and a favorite of many.

2nd Logo

Logo: On a space background, we see the words "MAINFRAME ENTERTAINMENT"
Mainframe Logo 2001

  • 2003-2006: "An IDT Entertainment Company"
  • 1998-2003, 2006: Bylineless. This was also used under the Starz Media era for a short time.

  • On Scary Godmother, ghosts swipe in to form the title of the film.
  • Sometimes, there is no text at all.
  • An opening variant exists where the words "A MAINFRAME ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION" are seen in the background. This variant appears at the beginning of Mainframe's movies.
  • Sometimes, the website address (www.mainframe.com) is seen below the text.
  • A longer version also exists. We start off with a white screen fading in, which quickly fades to the logo, with a translucent shadow of the name zooming out.
  • A medium-lengthed variant also exists where we start off with the name's shadow zooming out as we fade to the logo.
  • Sometimes, the background is just plain black. This variant can be found on season 2 episodes of Beast Wars.

FX/SFX: The background panning.

: None or the opening/closing theme.

Availability: Seen on the two Scary Godmother TV movies, Shadow Raiders, Weird-Oh's, season 4 of ReBoot, season 2 of Max Steel, Action Man, Spider-Man: The New Animated Series, Hot Wheels World Race, the final season of Beast Wars, and some of the Barbie films.

Scary Factor
: None

Rainmaker Animation

1st LogoRainmaker Animation (2013)

Nicknames: "Swirly", "Swirly Hand"

: On a black background, a shining gold swirl is drawn by itself before zooming out. As it does, a border is formed in the same color, revealing it to be an outline of a hand. Then a huge flash occurs, causing the swirl to change into teal and the hand into white, while also creating a background at the bottom of the hand in the same color as the swirl. "RAinmAkER" appears below in the hand's color. After the flash ceases, a byline "WHERE WORLDS ARE CREATED" flashes in matching the color of the swirl and background.

FX/SFX: The swirl and hand forming, the zooming out, the full logo flashing in, and the byline appearing.

Music/Sounds: A synth the swirl make when being formed, a flute piece accompanied with sticks, a quiet flash, and a drum piece when the byline appears.

Availability: Seen on post-2007 DVD releases from Rainmaker, such as ReBoot. The still version appears on a good majority of Barbie movies.

Scare Factor: Low to medium.

2nd Logo
(February 15, 2013)
Rainmaker (2013)

: "Ting"

:In the space, there is a twinkling star, the star starts to fly, turning out that the star is actually Ting (the main mascot of the company), who projects the glowing logo from his body, he then pops out behind the logo, waves and flies away to the left.

FX/SFX: Really nice CGI animation done in-house.

Music/Sounds: Some twinkling and buzzing sounds.

Availability: Seen on Escape from Planet Earth.

Scare Factor: Minimal; the sudden appearance of Ting and the logo might get you. Otherwise, this is a cute logo.

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