Astro Base Go!

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


This is the vanity plate of The Venture Bros. creators Christopher McCulloch (credited as "Jackson Publick") and Eric "Doc" Hammer.

1st Logo (February 16, 2003-June 25, 2006)

Visuals: On a black background, a general with a rod points to the heart of a space bot (named Soul-Bot) in front of a purple moon. As this happens, three colored circles zoom in from the top left corner, making the logo appear in different colors. Then the heart flashes and a spinning spiral pops out of it. Then the word "GO" amperes from the left as the spiral unfolds into a multicolored rectangle with the words "ASTRO-BASE" in purple. Then a blue circle zooms behind the logo in which the general and Soul-Bot disappear. Then a black circle zooms in making the moon white, and the background black. Then a flash of light goes around the logo making the words "GO" flash. Then the logo fades.

Trivia: Soul-Bot is also credited in The Venture Bros. as the voice of the Venture's personal robot H.E.L.P.eR.

Technique: 2D computer animation with some live-action photographs.

Audio: Electronic beepers which fade out when the logo ends, and an odd robotic voice faintly saying "I love you" twice, though it could be interpreted as "I really like you, I love you".

Audio Variant: On the pilot for The Venture Bros., "The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay", the electronic beepers are quieter and the "I love you" can be heard more times, even at the beginning.

Availability: Seen on the first season and the first episode of the second season of The Venture Bros.

2nd Logo (July 2-October 15, 2006)

Visuals: There are actually 7 variants. It's very hard to describe the logo as every episode has its own animation, usually weird and/or pointless, and most of them featuring Soul-Bot, but almost every one of them has the name in the usual font.

Technique: Depends on the episode, usually 2D computer animation.

Audio: Same as the 1st logo. One episode had no beeping, but instead the voice saying "I love you".

Availability: Seen on the second season of The Venture Bros. beginning with the second episode.

3rd Logo (June 1, 2008-July 25, 2023)

Visuals: There is the usual name zooming in, colored in yellow, and shining. The moon also zooms behind on a black background. Then a flying saucer appears from the moon and moves towards the camera, stopping under the name.

Technique: 2D computer animation with live-action photography.

Audio: Same as the 1st logo, but later on, starting with the show's Halloween special "A Very Venture Halloween", a sword slashing sound is heard when the logo shines.

Availability: Seen on the remaining five seasons (which are seasons 3-7) of The Venture Bros. Also seen on The Venture Bros.: Radiant Is the Blood of the Baboon Heart.

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