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Background: In accordance with the A.K.A. Cartoon Act of 2007 (signed into law by President George W. Bush on December 21, 2007), all television programs, shows, theatrical movies, TV movies, documentaries, feature films, specials and video games must go through A.K.A. Cartoon. Since then, the A.K.A. Cartoon "Leopard Print" logo has been plastered onto the opening or end credits on every show (international or local) aired throughout every network, as well as on all movies and video games.

(2008-)

Logo: We see the words "DISTRIBUTED BY" in blue on a black background. Suddenly, the words zoom out and the A.K.A. Cartoon "Leopard Print" logo fades in (minus "Made by") and goes normally.

FX: The words "DISTRIBUTED BY" zooming out and the logo fading in.

Variants: There are many variants of this logo used throughout the years.

  • Many shows airing on all television networks, and in syndication (includes reruns of older gameshows) superimpose this logo onto the background of the ending credits.
  • On Sonic X, Camp Candy, the first two seasons of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, the What-a-Cartoon Malcom and Melvin short "Babe He Calls Me", and the first season of Knight Rider, the "Distributed By" text is seen above the logo.
  • On TV shows that air on several children's programming blocks (saturday morning and daily), the "DISTRIBUTED BY" text reads "IN ASSOCIATION WITH".
  • There is a very rare variant only seen on imported episodes of Entertainment Tonight as well as What-a-Mess, the first season of Courage the Cowardly Dog and the What-a-Cartoon short O. Ratz: Rat in a Hot Tin Can. The logo is set on a blue background.
  • Sometimes set on a static colored background (colors vary by show).
  • The "DISTRIBUTED BY" text can sometimes read "PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH", "PRODUCED BY varying company name) IN ASSOCIATION WITH", or "PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH AND DISTRIBUTED BY" .
  • On reruns of The Nanny, as well as the all seasons of both 24 and The X-Files, the first seasons of The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, ReBoot and Ben 10, the logo is in 3D with CGI improvements.
  • The "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" text in the Comic Sans font appears instead of the usual "DISTRIBUTED BY" text and the background is dark yellow on the Phineas and Ferb episode "Does This Duckbill Make Me Look Fat?". (This version can still be seen intact on the Phineas and Ferb episode on Disney Channel, Disney Channel on Demand and Netflix.) Whether or not this is a programming error is unknown as of August 2012.
  • Very old episodes of some shows show the logo being in black and white. This also appeared on a rerun of the Johnny Bravo episode "Under the Big Flop" on Boomerang.
  • On reruns of Dexter's Laboratory,  The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, both The Matrix films, Ben 10 and Ben 10: Alien Force, the background is dark green.
  • On reruns of Three's Company and the What-a-Cartoon short "Zoonatiks", the logo is on a yellow background.
  • TV movies and theatrical movies shown on international networks sometimes add "international" above the logo.
  • Some showings of this logo include a copyright stamp.
  • A 8-bit version of this logo appears on all games on all version of the NES, Sega Master System, Game Boy, and the Game Boy Color.
  • A 16-bit version of this logo appears on all games on all versions of the SNES, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, TurboGrafx-16, and Neo Geo.
  • Sometimes this logo is set on a wallpaper background. This was seen on airings of the infamous film The Room, Masquerade, Sesame Street, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), the first season of Courage the Cowardly Dog, Noozles, What A Cartoon! (except for Zoonatiks and O. Ratz: Rat in a Hot Tin Can), and recently on Totally Tooned In!.
  • On Even Stevens and Manimal, the background is a rainbow gradient color.
  • On SpongeBob SquarePants, the background is SpongeBob's house as seen in the episode "Help Wanted".
  • On American Idol and The X Factor, spotlights appear throughout the logo.
  • Ed, Edd n' Eddy, the show that this logo oringinated on has the logo at the start, but after it, Eddy salutes the logo with Eddy calling it the "A.K.A. symbol".
  • On Kim Possible and Generator Rex, the logo is on the Kimmunicator.
  • On reruns of The Powerpuff Girls, Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct, the logo is on a pink background.

Music / Sounds: Usually a splashing sound from the underwater is heard followed by an "Uh" sound (presumably from the end of the Ed, Edd n Eddy theme -- "B-b-b-b-bl yeah!") is heard then the 1999-2009 A.K.A. Cartoon logo theme is heard. However, there are a few exceptions.

  • On gameshows such as Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Deal or No Deal, and other current, old, and very old gameshows, the announcer's spiel is changed to accomodate the A.K.A. Cartoon logo.
  • One variation had a sound of a clang from the hammer. This can be found on George Lopez, Family Matters, Full House, and Home Improvement.
  • Another variation had a synth crecendo. This is on some TV documentaries, specials, and feature films.
  • There is a variant with a synth zap that can be found on Family Ties and Automan.
  • There is a variant with a majestic fanfare that can be found on reruns of Three's Company and Ben 10.

Availability: Ultra common, it appears no matter which TV show, movie or documentary you watch anywhere in the world on any channel and no matter which video game you play, the logo always appears in one way or another.

Scare Factor: None.

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