Celebrity Home Entertainment

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum



Background

Celebrity Home Entertainment was founded in 1987 by Noel C. Bloom to distribute obscure films from around the world, like virtual tours, documentaries, and wildlife videos. They also distributed some B-grade action films and soft-core adult titles (under its "Let's Party" line). Perhaps the most famous division of this company (way more than its parent company) was its Just for Kids line, which distributed children's TV shows and English-dubbed anime (mainly dubbed by Frontier Enterprises in Tokyo and Axis International in Hong Kong). Celebrity Home Entertainment filed for bankruptcy protection in 1991, but continued releasing videos until 2000 under the Just for Kids line primarily. The company closed its operations in 2002.

1st Logo (1987-2001)

Visuals: On a blue-black gradient background, a pink light writes out the shiny cursive text "Celebrity" at an angle. "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" then fades in between the bottom of the "y" with a dot on each end. A registered trademark also appears on the bottom of the logo as well.

Variants:

  • There is a still version of this logo.
  • On released as part of the "Let's Party" line, the logo plays exactly like the Just For Kids variant, except a white square with the Let's Party logo flips up from the bottom.
    • On videos released as part of the "Feature Creatures" line, a white square with the label's logo zooms in as opposed to flipping in.

Technique: Traditional animation.

Audio: A bouncy and catchy synthesizer jingle (a stock music piece called "Alive And Kicking" from Big Score Music, composed by Joey Carbone).

Audio Variants:

  • On earlier releases, a more hard rock-sounding synth-tune is heard. Later releases have no music.
  • The Feature Creatures variant uses the song "Max 5000" from the 1986 film Project A-Ko (also composed by Carbone).

Availability: Can be found on most of their releases, like Fists of Blood (AKA Strike of the Panther), Fatal Pulse, The Order of the Black Eagle, and The Many Faces of Frank Sinatra, among others.

2nd Logo (1988-2001)

Visuals: On a zooming space background, "Celebrity's", in the same font as before and with a white shadow, is already formed and positioned on the top of the screen. From here, the logo for one of its labels appears in the bottom right:

  • For Just For Kids releases, a box with a magenta outline spins, zooms in, and slides to the right. Said label's logo has different coloring than the previous one where the crayon is now blue and each letter is colored the former color, red, green, and yellow respectively. After a while, the Just for Kids logo quickly zooms in.
  • On Feature Creatures releases, said label's logo flies to the right and stops on the near right side of the screen.
  • On Let's Party releases, said label's logo zooms in to the right and stops on the near right side of the screen.

Technique: Analog computer animation.

Audio: Same as before.

Availability: Can be seen on label-specific releases such as Lollypop Dragon for the Just for Kids variant, Gamera vs. Barugon for the Feature Creatures one and Chippendales: Tall Dark and Handsome for the Let's Party one.

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