Kaboom! Entertainment

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Background

Kaboom! Entertainment was the children's division of Phase 4 Films. It was originally formed in 1995 as Telegenic Entertainment, before being acquired by Berry Meyerowitz (who later founded Phase 4 Films and co-founded Quiver Distribution with Jeff Sackman) in 2000 renaming it to its current name. In 2006, the company was bought by Peace Arch Entertainment, before being bought back by Meyerowitz in 2009. In 2014, they were acquired by Entertainment One and then shut down in 2016.

Kaboom offered select titles from Nelvana Enterprises, being released on home video in the USA, especially in Canada as well as releasing compilations and titles from any Corus-owned channels and Teletoon (co-owned with Astral at the time). Entertainment One is the current home entertainment distributor of materials from Nelvana and all Corus-owned channels (under license from Corus Entertainment).



1st Logo (2000-2004)


Visuals: The screen fades to a shady red background. Suddenly, the word "kaBoOM!" (the second "O" is a black cartoon cherry bomb with a hole in the middle), zooms in. Below the logo appears the text "entertainment inc." in white. The logo stays the same for a few seconds, before it "burns off" in orange, gray, and black.

Variant: Sometimes, the text "ignite your senses!" appears after the logo burns off.

Technique: 2D computer animation.

Audio: A time bomb's beeping is heard during a high note. An explosion is heard when the logo appears. The note then turns slightly higher. A "burning" sound is heard at the end.

Availability: Seen on VHS and DVD releases from the company during the period such as Redwall.

2nd Logo (2004-2013)


Visuals: On a black screen, a spotlight looks around and we see parts of the Kaboom logo (same as last time). The "O" cherry bomb is about to blow up. The spotlight expands to the point of seeing the logo entirely. "entertainment inc." in black is underneath. The cherry bomb then explodes, making everything disappear. The screen turns solid red, and the logo falls piece-by-piece back where it was. "entertainment inc." fades in below, this time in black. The bomb is then lit, and after a while explodes again, leaving only a black screen.

Variants:

  • From 2005 onwards, "entertainment inc." is white on the red screen rather than black, and it zooms in as it fades in, ending up larger than before. Plus, the "pssshh" noise is heard again when the bomb is lit on the red screen. This was used in tandem with the original variant from 2005 to 2007.
  • On some VHS tapes, the spotlight is slightly cut off and off-center at the beginning, making part of the logo barely visible.

Technique: Adobe-Flash animation.

Audio: A "pssshh" of the fuse (probably the classic Warner Bros. sound), then an explosion, followed by boing sounds as the letters fall back­. At the end, another explosion is heard.

Availability: Seen on VHS tapes and many DVDs released by the company from the mid 2000s to the early 2010s. Such titles include The Nutcracker Prince and Tales from the Cryptkeeper.

3rd Logo (2013-2016)


Visuals: On a white background with confetti everywhere, there are the words "kaboom!" inflate in two colors, green and blue, and then the word "entertainment" zooms out. The exclamation point appears sploshed and swishes next to the company's name, then it inflates really hard and explodes, bursting out with confetti. It knocks all the other letters to the left before they move back to their previous position.

Variant: On trailers, the logo is shortened, ending with the exclamation point exploding.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A peaceful guitar-like tune, and inflating and exploding balloon sound effects.

Audio Variants:

  • On Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures DVDs, a techno version of the tune is playing, with a kid saying "Yay!" at the end.
  • On trailers, only the inflating and exploding at the end is heard.

Availability: Seen on many DVDs released by the company until their closure in 2016. Such titles include Agent F.O.X., Bold Eagles (2013), The Adventures of RoboRex, and Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures.

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Kaboom! Entertainment
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