Jim Henson Home Entertainment

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Background

Jim Henson Home Entertainment was formed in 1997 when The Jim Henson Company signed a home video distribution deal with Columbia TriStar Home Video. This deal replaced the prior deal the company had with Buena Vista Home Entertainment to operate the Jim Henson Video deal.

The label moved to HIT Entertainment following the Henson family's repurchase of the Jim Henson Company from EM.TV & Merchandising and their five-year deal with HIT. Around 2009 or 2010, the Jim Henson Home Entertainment name was quietly retired, with the company now simply crediting itself on later home video releases.


1st Logo (1998-2003)

Visuals: It's the ending part of the 1991 Jim Henson Productions logo starting with the "dot the I" part, but "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" replaces "PRODUCTIONS".

Variant: Sometimes, a copyright notice appears under the logo.

Trailer Variant: On some trailers like The Muppets Take Manhattan, the logo zooms in without the line below the signature and in white.

Technique: Motion-controlled animation.

Audio: None, or the end theme to the show.

Availability: Seen on Columbia TriStar-distributed releases of Jim Henson material.

  • It appears on the following Bear in the Big Blue House VHS releases: Volumes 5-8, Potty Time with Bear, Safe and Sound, Sharing with Friends, Early to Bed, Early to Rise, Storytelling With Bear (with a Muppet Show copyright for some reason), Visiting the Doctor with Bear, Halloween & Thanksgiving and A Berry Bear Christmas. The VHS volumes of the series not listed here don't have any of these logos.
    • It also appears on these DVD releases: Potty Time with Bear, Party Time with Bear, Shapes, Sounds & Colors with Bear, and Sleepy Time with Bear and Friends, alongside a promotional DVD bundled with General Mills cereals (once again, has the Muppet Show copyright variant)
  • It also appears on Volumes 3-6 of The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss on VHS, alongside the Columbia TriStar VHS reissues of The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper (Releases under the Jim Henson Video line, except for the UK had the full off-center "Productions" variant, used both on VHS and Laserdisc; the DVD releases of both movies use the 2nd Jim Henson Pictures logo).
  • It also appears at the end of the first two volumes of the UK-exclusive VHS release The Very Best of the Muppet Show: Volume 1 and The Very Best of the Muppet Show: Volume 2 (and its DVD releases), and also on the Best of the Muppet Show VHS releases from Time-Life Video, plastering older logos.
  • Other than those mentioned releases, international releases of Jim Henson shows by CTHE do not use this logo.
  • The VHS reissue of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas uses the Jim Henson Television logo in place of this one for some reason.
  • It can also be seen on the first trailer for Kermit's Swamp Years.

2nd Logo (August 18, 2002-April 16, 2004)


Visuals: There is a river scene in a forest at sunset for a second, and then pan up to a space background (a la the 1998 Lyrick Studios logo), where a mint colored spark draws the words "Jim Henson" in the signature font, while a comet creates the dot above "i". Then, "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" appears flashing in on below the line.

Trivia: The forest scene might have been shot at Naples, Florida for Kermit's Swamp Years. In fact, the movie itself uses the same forest as well.

Variants:

  • A widescreen version exists where the whole thing is played at a 16:9 aspect ratio.
    • A darkened version of this version exists.
      • On Muppets Party Cruise, the dark widescreen version is squished to a 4:3 ratio and it fades in at the point where the spark writes the words, leaving the first part of the music to play on a black screen.
  • On the Frances home video compilation Bedtime for Frances, the view of the swamp is longer before panning up to the sky and the spark draws the signature in red instead of green. The dot color created above the "i" by the comet is also changed to red, and "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" is in cyan.
    • A version of it, shown at the end, has the white balance for the logo re-adjusted.
  • An in-credit version in white also appears on Kermit's Swamp Years and Bear in the Big Blue House LIVE!
  • A stretched variant exists where its 4:3 aspect ratio is 16:4.

Technique: Live action combined with computer animation.

Audio: A sped-up version of the Jim Henson Interactive logo music, with no sound effects at the end.

Audio Variant: On Muppets Party Cruise, you can hear the tail end of the DVD variation of the 9th Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment logo theme at the beginning alongside a split-second of some cricket sounds (the opening to Kermit's Swamp Years), which means this was ripped directly from Kermit's Swamp Years.

Availability: A bit harder to find than the last logo.

  • It appears on the direct-to-video features Kermit's Swamp Years on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray (though it only got Blu-ray releases in Germany and China), and Bear in the Big Blue House LIVE! on VHS and DVD. No other Jim Henson release from CTHE has this logo whatsoever.
  • It also made a strange appearance on the video game Muppets Party Cruise for the PlayStation 2 and GameCube, in place of the Jim Henson Interactive logo.
  • It doesn't appear on any HIT Entertainment releases either, which either use the next logo (Jim Henson Family Classics for Fraggle Rock releases) or no Henson logo at all. However, the red text variant appears on the Frances home video compilation Bedtime for Frances, released on March 31, 2009.
    • On the DVD packaged in the DVD & Book collection of the title, the logo can only be seen on the main movie title of the disc when either "Auto Play" is selected in HIT Entertainment's DVD AutoPlay menu or the "Play All" button in the main menu of the disc title has been selected.

3rd Logo (2004-2006)

Visuals: On a white background, there is the logo with copyright text.

Variant: On some releases, the logo flips, and "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" appears letter-by-letter.

Technique: A digital graphic. 2D animation for the variant.

Audio: None or the closing theme of Fraggle Rock.

Availability: Appears at the end of HIT Entertainment-distributed releases of Fraggle Rock (excluding "The Complete Third Season") and Animal Jam, and at the beginning of the 2005 HIT DVD of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas: Collector's Edition.

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