Bento Box Entertainment

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Background

Bento Box Entertainment (also known as Bento Box Animation) is an American animation studio located in the North Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 2009 by executive producers Scott Greenberg, Joel Kuwahara, and Mark McJimsey. It is a subsidiary of Fox Corporation and operates under the Fox Entertainment division. The studio is best known for producing Bob's Burgers for Fox prior to its acquisition in August 2019, and producing Hazbin Hotel.



1st Logo (December 11, 2011-2019)

Visuals: On a white (later gray) background, there is a monster stylized like a "B", with a single white eye and teeth, with one of them being gold. Next to it are the bold bubble-like words "BENTO BOX". Under it is short humorous text which changes every episode.

Technique: A still, digital graphic.

Audio: A sound of a party horn. On the episode "Get Shorty", it's the sound of a loud car horn.

Availability: Seen on the web show Glove and Boots, which is on YouTube. This or any of the subsequent logos do not show up on Bob's Burgers.

2nd Logo (August 1, 2013-January 20, 2015)

Visuals: On a gold-white gradient background, the screen zooms out from the eye from the B Monster as the company name then slides in to the right, forming the logo.

Technique: 2D animation.

Audio: Usually the closing theme of the show/film, but on Achmed Saves America, three whooshing sounds are heard which sync up with the animation.

Availability: Seen on the first two seasons of The Awesomes, as well as Achmed Saves America and Tyler Perry's Madea's Tough Love.

3rd Logo (September 8, 2015-December 4, 2016)


Visuals: On a white background, the B Monster (now hand-drawn) quickly morphs into a tornado as the screen zooms into the eye of the tornado and then in reverse. The 3D drawn text "BENTO BOX ENTERTAINMENT" appears below in the Bob's Burgers font.

Technique: Hand-drawn animation.

Audio: The closing theme.

Availability: Seen on the third season of The Awesomes and the failed pilot of Bad Guys.

4th Logo (September 14, 2016)

Visuals: On a gray backdrop that's styled like the show, the B Monster sits in the middle of a street. It gets startled by a shoe, causing it to get squished and stick to it, making it grungy. It then spins around and turns back to normal. "BENTO BOX" in stylized text appears at the bottom.

Technique: Hand-drawn animation.

Audio: The closing theme.

Availability: Seen only on the pilot episode of Legends of Chamberlain Heights.

5th Logo (September 21, 2016-August 20, 2017)

Visuals: Just the Bento Box logo with a white outline around it on a black background.

Technique: A still, digital graphic.

Audio: Same as above.

Availability: Seen on most episodes of Legends of Chamberlain Heights, starting with the second episode.

6th Logo (September 28, 2016)


Visuals: On a dark blue background, there is the B Monster but in the style of the mentioned show (see below). The B Monster spits out a basketball and catches it with its tongue, and then looks at us and lifts its eyebrow.

Technique: Hand-drawn animation.

Audio: The ending theme.

Availability: Only seen on one episode of Legends of Chamberlain Heights.

7th Logo (August 31, 2018-)


Visuals: On a design-shifting background, the Bento Box logo is seen forming.

Technique: Hand-drawn animation.

Audio: A synth tune, the end theme or none.

Availability: Seen on Paradise PD, Alien News Desk and Wolfboy and the Everything Factory.

8th Logo (May 31, 2021-)


Visuals: On a white background, there is the B Monster without its face, with the company name in its usual font underneath, surrounded by multiple characters. Then, one of the characters hits the monster, gaining its face as the characters around it then begin dancing.

Trivia: The characters in the logo were designed by Jay Howell (who also owns Forest City Rockers), the character designer of Bob's Burgers and the co-creator of Sanjay and Craig.

Variants:

  • Not long after its debut, a byline reading "A FOX ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY", with "FOX" in its corporate logo was added.
    • Sometimes, the byline is in an Arial font.
  • On Saturday Morning All Star Hits!, the logo is in 4:3 and videotaped like the show itself.
  • On Koala Man, the logo is sped-up and fades out a bit near the end before cutting to the 20th Television Animation logo.

Technique: Toon-Boom.

Audio: A gentle, high pitched voice saying "Bento", followed by an electrical zap, people cheering, and an 80s-esque synth tune that sounds like a music cue that Yo Gabba Gabba would use.

Audio Variants:

  • Sometimes, the end theme plays over.
  • A version without the sound effects exists.

Availability: First seen on Housebroken and later seen on Saturday Morning All Star Hits!, Farzar, season 4 of Paradise PD, Koala Man, Mulligan, Krapopolis, Grimsburg and Hazbin Hotel (though only at the end of the episodes; the intro uses a variant). As of now, it is used in tandem with the last logo.