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Background: Argosy Media is an American production and distribution company founded in 1953, though it dates back to a magazine first published in 1882. It distributes prints of TV shows from the now-defunct Grandma Studios, and also distributes prints from various movie companies throughout the country. As early as 1958, it has started making their own Television movies and television shows. During the 1980s And The 1990s, a limited number of Orion movies listed Argosy Media Home Video as their distributor. Argosy Media also distributed ITC shows and some shows produced by BBC, Oval Productions, and Sony as well. From 2009 through April 21, 2010, and from early 2012 to the present, most releases from Argosy Media were distributed by Blake Television.
In 1982, cartoonist Ellen Peck (b. 1968) created the famous cat that Argosy used throughout the '80s, the '90s, half of the 2000s and late 2007 to the present day, and served as a mascot officially in 1989. Ellen Peck named the cat Aaron by the time the cat was created. Aaron (in the logos) was voiced by Ellen Peck in pre-2000, then Lewis Jones (b. 1979) in 2000-2007, and from late 2007 to the present, he is voiced by Rick Buckley (b. 1988). Anyway, on August 30, 2006, the Peck estate bought The Argosy Entertainment Company and its subsidiaries from Corus Entertainment for $75,000,000.
Argosy has been recognized as a pioneer in new media. It was one of the first production companies to have its own website, dating back to 1997. In 2000, Argosy started putting free episodes of its shows on its website in RealVideo format (changed to Windows Media in 2002, MP4 in 2006, and WebM in 2017). In 2009, Argosy started uploading full episodes of its shows to YouTube, DailyMotion, and Vimeo. Argosy launched its BitChute account in 2019.
The various Argosy cat characters are the basis for several films and syndicated TV shows.
This company was founded in March 26, 1953, and the stylized "A" had been Argosy Media's official off-screen logo since 1973, though seen on-screen in logos 1, 10, 11, 12, and 14.
On March 26, 2013, Argosy Media celebrated its 60th anniversary with a new logo. Also in 2013, Argosy Media purchased the Post-1983 Videomagic library.
1st Logo (1953-1963)
Logo: On a black background, we see the white text "ARGOSY MEDIA", in 2 lines, in the trademark Argosy Black font.
Availability: Extremely rare. Most of the time, this is plastered by newer logos, and this is made worse by Argosy's older shows not being reran often or widely available on home media; the first chance to see many of them came when the Argosy Direct streaming service launched in 2018, and even then, this logo is plastered most of the time.
2nd Logo (1963-1973)
Logo: On a black background, we see the white text "Argosy Media", in 2 lines, in the trademark Argosy Black font.
Availability: Extremely rare, for the same reason as the 1st logo.
3rd Logo (1973-1978)
Nicknames: "The Big A", "Argosy in Space", "The Big White A", "A in Space", "Argosy Media in Space"
Logo: On a space background, we see 2 triangles and a circle arranged to look like the letter A zoom up to the screen. "argosy media" flashes in below.
- On ITC programs, "and" fades in below.
- Long and High has the a coloured fuchsia.
- On BBC TV and NYTN 62 programs, "A Association With..." fades in below.
- On Order Corn, the logo is extended, beginning with the words "We are..." zooming out.
FX/SFX: All in scanimation.
Music/Sounds: Ending theme to a show or a generic fanfare. On Order Corn, an eight-note fanfare plays that goes G-F-F-A-A-F-F-G.
Availability: Extremely rare; was first seen on Farthest Reaches, which last aired with this logo on Argosy Network on December 18, 1981. It can also be seen on the "Argosy Retro" channel, but expect a Cairo/MTM Distribution Group logo after it. The logo was last seen on the 1981 TV movie Order Corn.
4th Logo (1978-1980)
Nickname: "Argosy in Space II", "No A"
Logo: Same as the last logo, except "argosy media" has 2 red lines on top and bottom of the text "argosy media", and there's no white underline in it. Plus, there is no "A".
- A prototype version exists where the lines are blue instead of red. This appeared on the 1978 pilot of Camp Daisy.
FX/SFX: Only the stars are moving.
Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the show, but only 2 times the previous logo's music plays.
Availability: Extremely rare; was seen on early episodes of Camp Daisy, Road Rash, and Revenge of Sarah. It can also be found on the "Argosy Retro" channel, but again, expect a Cairo/MTM Distribution Group logo afterwards. Extinct for the variant with blue lines.
5th Logo (January 1980-1983)
Nickname: "Backwards NBC Chimes", "A Shady Green-Black Gradient Background Logo"
Logo: On a shady green-black gradient background, the word "Argosy" flips in, letter by letter. "Media" fades below, in the font used for the Key Video logo. The whole thing sparkles.
FX/SFX: Simple animation.
Music/Sounds: A reverse version of the 3 NBC chimes. Then a drumbeat is heard.
- On the 1982 pilot of Long Tail Kitty (1983-1991), it had the byline "A Service Trademark of Argosy Media Affiliates, Inc".
- On Who's Angry For Lunch, the background is red gradient and the text is cyan.
- On the 1981 pilot of Policeman Lawyers (1985-1990), it had the byline "A Association With Well Police Affiliates, Inc.".
- Bright Idea had the byline "A Division of Argosy Media Affiliates, Inc."
- On Feelin' Blue, the background is blue gradient and the text is yellow. This variant is plastered by the 2013 Argosy Media logo on Television, but it is retained on the Feelin' Blue VHS releases: Feelin' Blue: Volume 1 (1987), Feelin' Blue: Volume 2 (1988), Feelin' Blue: Volume 3 (1989), and Feelin' Blue: The Lost Episodes (1991).
Availability: Has rare written all over it. You can see it on videotapes of Bright Idea distributed by IVE. Like the past two logos, it can also be seen on the "Argosy Retro" channel.
6th Logo (Late 1982-December 31, 2004)
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Nicknames: "Aaron", "Aaron and the Flag I", "It's Aaron!", "Meet Aaron", "Aaron's Debut", "First Appearance of Aaron",
Logo: On a white background, we see Aaron from the Argosy Pictures logo. Attached to his tail is a flag saying the word "Argosy". "Media" is at the bottom of the screen. There is also "A Division of Argosy Entertainment".
Trivia: This logo was created to mark the 100th anniversary of The Argosy Magazine, and therefore, the Argosy name and the concept of "Argosy" as a corporate entity.
- On very early episodes of Open Sores, Aaron bleeds to the ground.
- On Aaron's Minigame Central for NES, Aaron is in 8-bit, and only "ARGOSY" is below. The title music plays.
- On Black Maze, the logo is darker.
- On Aaron's Camping Trip, Aaron is in the night sky using a flashlight.
- On 1999-2004 episodes of Orange Gus, Aaron's eyes are now black with a white pupil. Also, from 2000-2004, the byline reads "Argosy Media is a Corus Entertainment Company" with the Corus logo on the left of the byline.
- A different version exists in which the background is light blue and the word "Media" is dark yellow. Even though Aaron's design was changed in 1999, this variant still used his original design with green eyes until the logo was retired at the end of 2004. The light blue variant was bylineless until 2000, when the byline "A Corus Entertainment Company" was added to the logo.
- On the 1985 TV movie Bus to Hell, at the beginning, the version with the blue background is shown. The camera then pulls back to show the logo as a billboard on the side of a bus.
- On Medical Challenge, Aaron is wearing a scrub suit and a surgical mask. On the final episode "The Checking Job Secret", he is hooked on life support on a hospital bed throughout the last credit roll. The credits run as usual over the white background, with life support equipment attached on either side. You can hear the beeps of the heart monitor over the end theme, too. After the credits complete, the "Argosy Media" text and byline fade in and Aaron flatlines and dies, with a long, high-pitched beep heard. This variation is especially rare, as reruns of the series finale plastered it over with the typical credits, and the only known footage of it is a damaged VHS recording of a camcorder recording of a broadcast of the episode received via RF interference (as seen above).
- On Damage Pole, Aaron sees a pole falling to the ground.
- On Disney productions by the company, Aaron is replaced by Patch from 101 Dalmatians.
Music/Sounds: Ending theme or a cute little ditty (a.k.a. Aaron's Ditty).
Availability: Rare, Can be seen on shows from the era. This logo is also seen on 1989-1997 episodes of Cooking Cat. and 1996-2004 episodes of Orange Gus. The cels are repainted on 1999-2004 episodes of Orange Gus.
Editor’s Note: It’s mostly a cute logo and a favorite of many, though the Open Sores and Medical Challenge finale variations are extremely upsetting.
7th Logo (1988-1993)
Nicknames: "Aaron Swimming", "Aaron at the Beach"
Logo: We see Aaron sometimes in a swimsuit floating in water, holding a sign reading "Argosy Media", while a crab is grabbing Aaron's tail. He says "Hey! That's my tail!", A byline fades in below Aaron.
- 1988-1993: "A DIVISION OF TVS ENTERTAINMENT INC."
- Early 1993: "AN INTERNATIONAL FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY"
Trivia: This was the first logo that Aaron spoke.
FX/SFX: The animation.
Music/Sounds: Seagulls with the cute little ditty from logo 4, but a more tropical style, then Aaron saying the line. Open Sores had a 6 note theme. Some shows have the end theme over it, with a voiceover saying "In association with Argosy Media", then Aaron's line. On the Scary Films variant, really dramatic music, then the normal music.
- On Scary Films-produced shows of the time, Aaron is replaced by an angry, yet goofy and funny looking, cat named Benny, with a crocodile biting his tail instead of a crab, and the sign reads "Scary Films," then the angry cat drowns and Aaron comes up, holding the sign from the normal logo with the crab swimming up and grabbing Aaron's tail.
- On many Foxy Entertainment productions, the fox is shown floating on the sea holding a sign said "Produced by Foxy Entertainment" and "In Association with" while a purple shark bites his tail. Aaron is shown peeking out of the water seeing him before he goes down before the normal logo plays.
- On Everybody takes a Bullet, a bullet is on Aaron's head.
- On Traffic Man, the color of the crab is black.
- There is a bylineless version.
Availability: Uncommon. But this logo is seen on the pilot episode of The Aaron Show (1993-2006).
Editor's Note: It’s a cute logo like the previous logo, but the Scary Films version can catch someone off-guard for its fast pace.
8th Logo (1993-1996, December 1997-August 31, 2004)
Nicknames: "Aaron's Skates", "Roller Skates", "Poor Aaron"
Logo: We see Aaron from the previous logo, although this time he is roller skating along a highway. He passes three cars and then crashes into a tree. "Argosy Media Entertainment" with a purple line fades in below. A byline appears below the title. A copyright date appears afterward.
- 1993-1995: "AN INTERNATIONAL FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY"
- 1995-1996: "A SHAW COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY"
- 1997-2004: (bylineless)
FX/SFX: The fast animation.
Music/Sounds: A flute tune, three honks, someone saying "WATCH OUT!", Aaron saying "What?" and then a cartoon-style CRASH as the he hits the tree. We then hear the cute little ditty from logo 4 while Aaron moans. The ending theme could play over it.
- On Long Tail Kitty, the logo is still and over the credits.
- On Kendra's Krib, he is distracted by a human female teenager and then crashes into the tree.
- On Orange Gus, he crashes into a lamppost. Also, Aaron's fur color is darker than usual.
- On Cracked Kong, his fur color is black.
- On The Tales Of Graham Craig, He Crashes Into A Restaurant.
- On Library Matters, he roller skates on a bridge over a lake and crashes into, surprisingly, a brick building.
- There is a shorter version where Aaron racing past the cars is taken out.
- A nighttime version exists on the cancelled pilot Sneaky and the Alley Cats.
- On Greg Street Blues, Aaron is wearing a police hat.
- A shortened version with no vocals or music has new animation of Aaron running into a tree.
- On Foxy Entertainment programs, Aaron is replaced by a fox.
- On a 1995 Farthest Reaches episode "The Trail to Nowhere/Busted Wheel" and the cancelled pilot Dumb Reasons, the logo proceeds as normal, until someone says "WATCH OUT!", then we see that the tree's size is smaller than normal. Aaron then jumps over the tree and he stops. Afterwards, he looks at the camera and says "I did not crash this time, but hey, it was worth it!". Finally, the company's name, byline, and copyright information fade in as usual.
- On shows co-produced with Scary Films, such as "Benny's Evil Adventures" and "Open Sores: Fast Forward", Aaron is replaced by Benny who crashes into a toxic chemical drum.
- On the Argosy Media Mousetrap Reel (containing works done by Argosy and some of their logos), the logo is off center because of tape distortion.
- On the 2004 VHS release of "One of Us Can Save Kids", Aaron's eyes are black with a white pupil, he roller skates in New York City and crashes into, surprisingly, the UNICEF headquarters. (UNICEF co-produced the pilot and is the co-distributor of all the VHS and DVD releases of the pilot)
- There is a summer variant of the logo where Aaron is on the boat in the river wearing a sailor suit and hat. And then, the big rock blocked the boat and he crashes into a pole his hat falls on his head.
Availability: Uncommon. Argosy Retro and MeTV air Long Tail Kitty and Orange Gus, so you can see it. This logo can also be seen on 1997-2000 episodes of Cooking Cat, and 1993-2004 episodes of Farthest Reaches.
Trivia: This logo recycles footage from the pilot episode of The Aaron Show in 1992: Aaron's Skates. The cels are re-painted and placed onto a different background on Orange Gus.
9th Logo (1996-December 31, 2000)
Nicknames: "Bowling Ball", "Give Me A Strike Baby!", "Aaron Bowling", "The Bowling Ball"
Logo: We see Aaron from logos 6, 7, and 8 against a blue BG. This time, he's bowling. Aaron shouts "Come on, gimme a strike baby!" When the bowling ball hits the pins, the words "Argosy Media" pop up in a cartoonish style wiggling around, While Aaron shouts "YES!", a byline appears below the words. Also, a copyright appears.
- 1996-1997: "A SHAW COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY"
- 1997-1999: "A Company"
- 1999-2000: The Corus logo with "A CORUS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY" next to it in two lines.
- Y2K: Romano Family Quartet: Bylineless.
Music: The sound of a bowling ball hitting bowling pins and after that, the cute ditty from logo 4.
- California Design had the bowling ball colored fuchsia. The season 1 episode "10 Hours to finish at Home" has the bowling ball colored red.
- New Science of the Unthinkable had a still shot of the finished logo.
- On productions created by Summit Entertainment that are distributed by Argosy Media at the time, while the end theme of the show plays, the bowling sounds and Aaron shouting are intact.
- The pilot of The Godbuilder had the logo off center because of tape distortion.
- The logo is cut short on the failed pilot called One of Us Can Save Kids.
Availability: Common, can be seen on shows of the era (such as The Aaron Show). Also appears on Y2K: Romano Family Quartet.
10th Logo (Late 1999-early 2000, January 1, 2001-December 31, 2002, December 2018-present (some shows))
By this time, the Argosy Entertainment Company had been mostly discontinued when they were bought outright by Corus Entertainment, which kept the ARGOSY MEDIA name.
Nicknames: "Celebration", "New Millennium", "Black-eyed Aaron", "New and Improved Aaron", "Modern Aaron"
Logo: Inside a red, white, yellow and blue circle on a black BG, we see the familiar cat (now has different eyes) pop out of it, arms outstretched. Suddenly, CGI confetti falls from the top of the screen and "Argosy Media" fades in in a cursive font. Aaron then says his famous line, "Best known for it's purr-fect TV shows, TV movies, high quality, and me, Aaron, it's the one and only, Argosy Media!" A byline fades in below everything else.
- 1999-2000: The Corus logo with "A CORUS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY" next to it in two lines.
- 2000-2002: "A Corus Entertainment Company", with "Corus" in its corporate font.
- 2018-present: "An Argosy Entertainment Company"
- A CGI recreated version is used for Argosy Interactive.
- A still version exists and is used for Argosy Media Home Entertainment.
- In some shows, the white bits of the circle are pink. One show is Revenge of Sarah.
- In late 1999/early 2000, the words "CELEBRATING 45 YEARS OF" were seen above "Argosy Media". Aaron says "Celebrating 45 years, of the one and only, Argosy Media!". Find this variant on 1999 episodes of The Aaron Show.
- On the short-lived spin-off Aaron and Sally's Wacky Dally Gang, Aaron is replaced by a calico cat named Sally (who is Aaron's crush/girlfriend in The Aaron Show; Aaron and Sally have both been voiced by Ellen Peck), after she says "Celebrating 45 years, of the one and only, Argosy Media!", she says "And with me, Sally!".
- For the logo's second official year (2001, even though the logo actually debuted in 1999), the words "CELEBRATING THE NEW MILLENNIUM" were seen below "Argosy Media". Aaron says "Argosy Media, celebrating the new millennium!". It is in a darker shade than usual due to film detoriation or a mistake at the Argosy Studios.
- On George's Rock'n Gang, Aaron is replaced by George (George and Aaron are both voiced by Lewis Jones), after he says "Argosy Media, celebrating the new millennium!", he shouts "And George and Company rules!".
- There is an extremely rare variant where above Argosy Media it says, "CELEBRATING THE NEW MILLENNIUM AND 45 YEARS OF". It is usually plastered on syndication and DVD by the normal logo.
- The logo sometimes would be still.
- On The Aaron Show, Aaron is holding yellow, red, and green balloons.
- A rare short version one was made for him to only say "Argosy Media!". This was seen on the series premiere of My Bedroom is Freaking Out with World Wide Web Television. However, season 2 has the regular logo.
- On Aaron the Cat: The Video Game for Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, and Playstation, Aaron says nothing. Also, this logo is still.
- On An Aaron Christmas, the logo is bylineless. "MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM" is above "Argosy Media", and Aaron is wearing a Santa hat.
- On Aaron's Halloween and the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends episode "Nightmare on Wilson Way", Aaron is dressed up as a ghost and the confetti is in Halloween colors (orange, purple, yellow and red), plus the white bits of the circle are sky blue.
- In most of Argosy's NC-17 rated movies, the logo forms as usual, but Aaron is more to the side of the circle, which now has a black background. He says his line as always, and then another cat enters the circle! The two felines rub against each other and start purring.
- On the US English dub of "Neighbors", this logo is seen in the upper left corner, with the Grundy Productions logo in the upper right, the El TV Kadsre Television logo in the bottom left, and the Network Ten Australia logo in the bottom right.
- On the TV movie Aaron's Great Adventure, the "45 Years" variant is seen in the bottom right corner and the Meridian/United Productions endcap in the upper left. They are on a grey/black gradient background.
- On the TV movie Robyn's Journey, the "Millennium 45" variant is seen in the upper left and the Paramount Television logo in the bottom right. They are on a yellow/blue gradient background.
- On Jeff's Pancakes, Billy the Whale, and the cancelled pilot Pee World, as well as programs that Argosy co-produced with Scary Films, there is a Scary Films version of this logo with Benny and four circles with devil horns.
- On Foxy Entertainment shows, Aaron is replaced with a fox.
- On Foxy Entertainment's "The Cat Factory", right at the end of the credits, before we cut to the logo, an off-screen voice that either states, "Where's the fox?", "Here's the fox.", or "Take it, fox!". The Foxy Entertainment variant then proceeds as normal, but instead of saying his lines, Foxy meows like a cat.
- On Andy's Best Gang, Aaron is replaced by Andy (Andy and Aaron are both voiced by Lewis Jones), who says "Best known for it's purr-fect TV shows, TV movies, high quality, and me, Andy, it's the one and only, Argosy Media!".
- On the failed pilot "The nWo Super Show", Aaron wears a pair of sunglasses, a nWo 4 Life T-shirt, and a black bandana with the nWo logo on it, and extra copyright info reading: "nWo, New World Order, WCW, nWo 4 Life, and other names and likenesses are registered trademarks, trademarks, and service marks of World Championship Wrestling and Time Warner-TBS" is seen.
- On "Aaron, Benny, and Foxy's Great Adventure", Aaron, Benny, and Foxy are all in the circle.
- On the Argosy Golden Collection VHS tapes of "Open Sores", Aaron bleeds all over the logo.
- On Felicia Entertainment shows and the Puyo Puyo comedy film "Amitie in New England", Aaron is replaced by a brown and white anthro catgirl named "Felicia" who is Aaron's older cousin, she says "Felicia Entertainment!" instead of the Argosy Media name, and the text reads "Felicia Entertainment".
- On rare occasions, after the logo is formed, the "Argosy Media" letters get knocked down like dominoes, then Aaron facepalms at the end instead of saying his lines.
- On Apocalypse Meow, Aaron is wearing a hazmat suit and holding an assault rifle.
- Sometimes, a visual gag is added when Aaron appears, resulting in some mishaps in this logo:
- Double Your Pleasure: Two Aarons appear and say "We are Aaron!"
- Bi-Lingual Aaron: Aaron is wearing a sombrero and a fake mustache, when he appears, he says "¡Ole Ole Ole!".
- Backwards Masking Aaron: The logo is played in reverse.
- Aaron Blooper #1: Aaron forgets his lines, and says "So what do you want me to say now?"
- Aaron Blooper #2: Aaron forgets his lines again, and says "Best known for.....line?"
- Aaron Blooper #3: Aaron forgets his lines again, and says "Best known for--forget it."
- Aaron Blooper #4: Aaron forgets his lines again, and says "Best known for--Oh, I quit!" then slapping his cheek, and falling down.
- Coffee Break Aaron: Aaron is missing. A man off-screen (voiced by Hank Azaria of The Simpsons-fame) says softly, "Aaron?".
- Mimsie takes over: Mimsie the Cat is shown in place of Aaron and does her meow from the MTM logo, which is interrupted by Aaron yelling "Hey! I was supposed to come in here!".
- Power Outage Aaron: While Aaron says his lines, the lights shorten and bust out, making the logo completely darkened like a power outage, Aaron exclaims "Hey! Who turned out the lights?!".
- Aaron Falls Down: After Aaron says his lines, he looks down to see that there's no floor, Aaron then says "Uh-Oh." and falls down while screaming.
- Computer Virus Aaron: The logo is messed up like a software bug. Aaron appears albeit distorted and laggy, then it hangs and turns into a parody of the BSOD.
- Longtail takes over: When Aaron tries to say his lines, a vaudeville hook appears and pulls Aaron off, Longtail jumps by and took over Aaron's spot saying "This is has been a Argosy Media Production!".
- Superhero Aaron: Aaron's superhero alter-ego Super-Aaron is shown and says his lines "Best known for it's purr-fect TV shows, TV movies, high quality, and me, Super-Aaron, it's the justice and only, Argosy Media!".
- Animals: After Aaron say his lines, all cartoon animals appears. Aaron then says "Oh no!" and the animals chase Aaron while screaming.
- Aaron laughing and giggling: Aaron is shown laughing and giggling while saying his lines and says "You know what, I told you." while laughing, chuckling, and giggling.
- Original Aaron: Aaron is shown in his original appearance from 1982-1999 instead of his own design.
- 1920s/Silent film Aaron: Aaron is shown in the style of the rubberhose animation cartoon and was in black and white. Also the dialogue card is shown reading "Best known for it's purr-fect TV shows, TV movies, high quality, and me, Aaron, it's the one and only, Argosy Media!".
Variant Trivia: Strangely, the Foxy Entertainment variant appeared on early airings of some episodes of The Aaron Show. It was an editing mistake made by Argosy Network when they first started doing the split-screen credits. Normally, Argosy makes custom split-screen credits for each cartoon and its producers. Foxy Entertainment was the only company that produced multiple Argosy shows, and Argosy created generic ones for these shows [which included the Foxy variant], but, on the said episodes of TAS, Argosy accidentally used the Foxy split screen credits for these episodes. As of 2009, the logo is replaced by the United Productions/Meridian endcap followed by the M6 "Trippy Kaleidoscopic Logo", the Alliance Atlantis Boomerang, the CTV Ribbons, and the original Argosy logo on recent airings (which were in the original credits to begin with). Still, it is one of the oddest editing mistakes ever made by Argosy, next to an odd Worldvision logo without the "not affiliated with" disclaimer appearing on a rerun of Orange Gus a while ago instead of the Steven Bochco/Argosy Media combo.
Music: A snap when the cat pops out, tons of party blowers blowing when the confetti starts to fall out and at the end, the cute little ditty from logo 4 in piano plays while the cat is talking.
- On Orange Gus, an jazzy piano tune is played.
- On the Argosy Prime print of the TV movie "Aaron's Great Adventure", the 1996 MTM theme is used, due to sloppy plastering.
- On the Argosy Prime print of the TV movie "The Legend of Aaron", the 1996 MTM theme is used, due to sloppy plastering.
Availability: Common for 2000 and 2002, slightly more common for 2001. This logo made its debut in the Argosy 2000 film series on the "Argosy Teenz" channel, which is from 1999, and the "45 Years" variant was beautifully restored on the 2007 DVD and Blu-ray releases of the Argosy 2000 films, distributed by El TV Kadsre Home Entertainment; ironically enough, current reruns of this series aren't so lucky; except for "Aaron's Great Adventure," this logo was plastered with either the MTM Enterprises 1998 logo, the ITV Studios Global Entertainment 2013 logo, or the 2008 Argosy Media logo on reruns. Robyn's Journey kept the "Millennium 45" logo when it was released on video and DVD, so you can see it on there. Most reruns of Cooking Cat and The Aaron Show have this logo intact. The "25 years" and "New millennium" variant was seen on The Aaron Show with balloons, these variants were sadly plastered with the 2008 logo! These variants thankfully were restored for DVD and Blu-Ray in 2011. The rare short version can be seen on My Bedroom is Freaking Out for season 1, but replaced by the 2013-present logo on the 2016 DVD release Argosy Media Remastered Collection: My Bedroom is Freaking Out!. This logo was also used to plaster the Svensk Filmindustri logo on current prints of the Swedish dub of Aaron's Haunted Mansion. The still variant of the logo is also seen on the TV movie "The Legend of Aaron", a prequel to the franchise.
11th Logo: (January 1, 2003-August 2006)
Nickname: "Celebrating 50 Years", "Aaron in the Zero", "The Big A Ball", "The 30th Anniversary Logo"
Logo: In the 0 of a huge "50" (with the 5 being in the Ailurophilia font, a fan-made recreation of Argosy Black), we see the 80s and 90s version of Aaron, except he's lounging. His tail, which is dangling down from the 0, is carrying a flag reading "Years of...". The "argosy media" text is seen below, shining. Below the "argosy media" text is the byline "A Corus Entertainment Company", with "Corus" in its corporate font. 80's and 90's Aaron then says "Argosy Media, celebrating 50 years of purr-fect entertainment!".
Music: Two triumphant notes followed by the cute little ditty from logo four.
- On productions with Sony Pictures, which normally edits out Argosy Media logos, Young Rich keeps this logo intact, except they inserted a "Produced in association with" line below "argosy media".
- "Celebrating Over" was seen above the "50" in 2004-2005. Two versions exist, the filmed version has the text in New Courier font, the videotaped version has the text stretched and in orange.
- On productions that are produced with Nelvana, Aaron turns into the Nelvana logo.
- On seasons 3-6 of My Bedroom is Freaking Out, there are rainbow swirls around in the zero and Aaron speaks "Huh?" instead of his usual lines
- On a rerun of Farthest Reaches, the music from the first logo is played due to sloppy editing.
- On direct-to-DVD releases, the zero is a square and the DVD logo is inside. You can hear Aaron (who is offscreen) saying "Argosy DVD!"
- Starting in 2005, 50 is changed to either a red ball with the Big A on it, or Aaron in a circle.
- In many co-productions with Foxy Entertainment, A fox replaces Aaron shown lounging with the two texts "Produced by Foxy Entertainment" and "In Association with" above it. Aaron peeks by jelousy seeing him, then he shoves him down falling out of the circle, he climbs up on the circle and gets down lounging. The logo then plays normally with the two texts fading to this.
- On Chris Baxter's Dude Gang, Aaron is replaced by Chris (Chris and Aaron are both voiced by Lewis Jones) who says "Argosy Media, celebrating 30 years of fantastic entertainment!".
Availability: Common. But the Nelvana variant is rare as it is plastered more in the USA than it is in Canada. The MBiFO variant is so rare that it was plastered on DVD and VHS releases by the 10th logo.
Editor's Note: It's weird that the 5 is in a fan recreation of the original font, but this logo seems rushed anyway.
12th Logo: (September 2006-early 2008)
Nicknames: "No Aaron", "The Big A II", "Just a Big A and No Aaron"
Logo: On a white or shady blue background, we see two triangles and a circle merge together to form the Argosy Media logo, styled like that in the 70s; It shines, then "argosy media" swoops down from the top of the screen. As soon it is done, the background turns white or shady blue. Sometimes "entertainment" or "entertainment company, inc." appears under "argosy media".
Music: A short fanfare. The logo can have the ending theme over it.
- On reruns of Revenge of Sarah of the era, Aaron comes in and says to the logo, "Hey you, big A! Hey You! I'm the mascot here, for good's sake!", then kicks it, however, Aaron stubs his toe in the process. He jumps off-screen holding his foot while howling in pain. The music is the cute little ditty due to Aaron's appearance. Look for this variant on Argosy Adultz.
- On The Adventures of Danny and his Pals, Aaron is replaced by Danny (Danny and Aaron are both voiced by Lewis Jones), who says "Hey you, big A! Hey You! I'm Danny McVarsion, for good's sake!".
- On Maze East, the Big A is in the hay background.
Availability: Rare. Can occasionally be seen on PBS and Argosy Teenz. The rerun Revenge of Sarah variant is seen on Argosy Retro airings. Also seen on the final season of My Bedroom is Freaking Out.
13th Logo: (Late 2007/early 2008 - 2011)
By this time, Argosy Media had millions of responses to return Aaron. As a result, Argosy Media and its employees did. Also, AEC re-gained control of Argosy Media.
Nicknames: "The Cute Cat Returns!", "Flags with Letters", "Live Action Aaron", "Aaron Returns"
Logo: On a white Background, we see a flag wave with the letter "A" on it. Then we see a flag wave with the letter "R" on it. The entire thing keeps going until we zoom out from the last flag to reveal the flags have spelled "ARGOSY". Then "media" Fades In Under the Flags. A live-action version of Aaron walks in. He looks around and sits on an imaginary line between him and the flags. Aaron meows once. After he meows, the flags stop waving. A byline which says "an argosy entertainment company" appears. Aaron then says his 2001-2002 line. He then does a backflip. Starting in May 2010, the "Big A" flag appears first.
- During the first official year of this logo (2008, even though it actually debuted in late 2007), the text "CELEBRATING" in gold appears above the logo. The cartoon version of Aaron is sitting in the second "5" of a large blue "55". He is holding a flag that says "years of" in his tail above the company name. He says, "Argosy Media, celebrating 55 years of great entertainment...", kicks the first 5 to fall down to reveal a silver 2, over it the words " And Celebrating" in silver are there, under the "25" being the orange name, "Aaron", and Aaron continues his line, "...and 25 years of me, Aaron!".
- On Richard McRosevelt and his amazing gang, Aaron is replaced by Richard (who is voiced by Rick Buckley) saying "Argosy Media, celebrating 55 years of greatest entertainment!", and removes the first 5 revealing a silver 2 and continues his line, "...and 25 years of Aaron the Cat! I like him!".
- On LOL Cartoons and The Kute Kittens, a Scottish Fold kitten walks in, mutters to himself, and stomps lots of times on Aaron until he's too weak to move, then says Aaron's line. After that, he looks at the camera saying, "No more Aaron! Just end the show!" On the LOL Cartoons episode "The $1,000,000 Pet Shop" and the Kute Kittens episodes "Bouncy Fun" and "Cats and Dogs", after "Just end the show!" he says "Poor Aaron...". As he says that, Aaron gets back up, and after the Fold says "Poor Aaron...", Aaron runs and yells, "NO!" and crashes into the camera, smashing the screen. Then he falls off, and we see whatever logo would appear at the end (the Fremantle Media logo for LOL Cartoons and the Starry Night/El TV Kadsre combo for Kute Kittens).
- A shorter version of the logo exists.
FX/SFX: The cat talking and the byline fading in.
Music: A triumphant fanfare, then a couple of drum beats, and then a brass-and-string version of the cute little ditty from logo 4. It could also have the ending theme over it, or only Aaron speaking.
Availability: Common. Can be seen on Argosy-produced shows on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel and more. Can also be seen on reruns of the Argosy 2000 (plastering the 8th logo) and Argosy '90s series on the Argosy Network.
14th Logo: (2011-March 26, 2013)
By this time, AEC was beginning to try to protect Argosy from a buyout from ITV plc. They won, but they had to gain thousands of dollars to save it from ITV's buyout.
Nicknames: "8-Bit Argosy", "Aaron holding the A"
Logo: On a plain white BG, Aaron walks in, now animated instead of live-action, and takes a large, orange toolbox in. He opens it, digs through, and holds up a large CGI model of the Argosy A, with "Argosy Media" under it, turning him into a CGI version of himself. "An Argosy Entertainment Company" fades in under, and Aaron winks and says "Argosy!". He then walks out.
- On some shows, the logo is shortened down to just Aaron saying "Argosy!", which is more common.
- There is a non CGI variant, but it only appears on re-runs of LOL Cartoons.
- On Chainsaw, Aaron is holding a chainsaw as well as the "A".
FX: The CGI model, and Aaron's animation.
Music: An 8-bit rendition of Aaron's ditty followed by Aaron's line. In the short version, it's just the last four notes.
Trivia: The animation program used to make the model, RenderMan, was used by Pixar to make Tin Toy and many other shorts, as well as movies like Toy Story.
Availability: Common. Seen on all Argosy shows from the era, including episodes of the BBC shows P.S. 3538 and Sticks n' Stones and on the MTM shows Chainsaw and Ninjas of the Awesome, which are co-produced with Argosy.
15th Logo: (January 1, 2013)
Logo: We see a PowerPoint WordArt rendition of Aaron with a red sweatshirt, jeans and inverted eyes on the left side of the screen. He holds out a cup and says "Cheers for the new year!". Then the words "HAPPY 2013 FROM ARGOSY MEDIA" fade in.
FX/SFX: Aaron's animation.
Music/Sounds: Party sounds with the ditty from logo 4 and then Aaron speaking.
Availability: Extremely rare. Only seen on the original US print "Argosy New Year's Day Spectacular", which aired once on ION TV (which Argosy owns a 10% stake in) on New Year's Day 2013, and never aired in its original form again. On international airings, as well as the new version aired since 2014, this is plastered with an MTM logo.
Editor's Note: In an episode of the Argosy Podcast with Ellen Peck from 2015, it is mentioned that this logo was designed by an intern in PowerPoint, hence the Calibri font, choppy animation, and non-standard design of Aaron.
16th Logo: (March-April 2013)
Nicknames: "CGI Aaron II", "Another Celebration", "60 Years"
Logo: A black screen saying "Celebrating 60 Years..." in the Dom Bold font appears. Then we see Aaron in CGI say "Suprise!!!!!" as the background becomes white. Balloons fly up and confetti flies everywhere, while the AEC byline fades in below.
- On Argosy Media's 60th Birthday Spectacular!!! (2013) and The New Aaron Show (2012-), Aaron is not CGI and is wearing a party hat.
- Shortened versions have just Aaron saying "Suprise!" and a short version of Aaron's Ditty.
- On Aaron's First Birthday, there is a Foxy Entertainment version of this logo.
- On The New Road Rash Show (2013-) the confetti isn't seen, and the background is green gradient (A reference to the 3rd logo). This is only seen on the premiere episode "Golly! It's a Road Rash Rules/Double Trouble".
- A rare version of this logo is where the byline is not there. It is believed to be an error.
FX/SFX: Aaron in his CGI form.
Music/Sounds: Silence on the first part. After Aaron says his lines, party sounds are heard. A remix of Aaron's Ditty can be heard too.
Availability: First seen on Argosy Media's 60th Birthday Spectacular!!! (2013). Was last seen on The New Aaron Show episode "Much Ado About Aaron/The Gift for Longtail".
Note: The pic above is the non-CGI variant.
17th Logo: (March-April 2013)
Logo: On a blue/yellow gradient background with moving spotlights, we see two light blue triangles fly in. The words "60th ANNIVERSARY" in red and in a script font appear above the logo. Then, a yellow dot drops down and the company's name in blue and byline in dark red fade in. The dot spins for a split-second, then grows arms and legs. It makes squeaking sounds and runs away.
FX/SFX: The triangles flying, the dot dropping and running.
Music/Sounds: A 6-note trumpet fanfare.
Availability: Extremely rare. The logo with Aaron was shown on children's and animated shows, and this logo was shown on all other shows. However, this is a plastering victim with the current logo, so this logo is rare.
By April 26, 2013, these logos were gone. At this time, Argosy execs started to miss the big A and the original 2-D Aaron. They brought back both of them in a new logo.
18th Logo: (April 30, 2013-January 2015 (children's and animated shows); April 30, 2013-December 2018 (live-action shows))
Nicknames: "Classic Aaron", "Aaron and the Flag II"
Logo: We see Aaron run up onto grass with a flag on his tail. The flag has the big A logo. Then Aaron looks at the screen and says his 2001-2003 line. The company name "Argosy Media" in Argosy Black Neue (a newer version of the corporate Argosy Black font, created in the late 90s) fades in below, followed by the AEC byline below that.
FX/SFX: Aaron and the flag.
- Some shows have Aaron on a white background.
- A more common, shorter version of this logo exists, where the logo is cut down just to Aaron saying "Argosy Media!" This can be found on The New Aaron Show.
- On Tales Of Orange Gus, Aaron gets hit with a guitar, where the classic "KABONG!!!" sound comes in.
- On Orange Gus 3D, Aaron is green, due to a chroma key error.
- Some shows do not only have Aaron on a white background, but sometimes he has the classical green eyes.
- On Open Sores: The Movie, Aaron's tail is slightly bleeding, which makes it more exceptical for films. This also appears on reruns for Open Sores
- A shortened version is on The New Aaron Show. However, the long version was used when it first appeared.
- On Aaron and The Three Stooges Meet Doctor Googoo, Curly cuts off the flag and wears it as a hat. Aaron says, "Hey, that's my flag!".
- On Aaron's Easter Party, there is a Foxy Entertainment version of the logo, because Foxy Entertainment helped work on the special.
- On some shows, there's some offscreen guy talking about God in Cebuano, who is interrupted by Aaron saying "Shut up, you cliche idiot!".
Music/Sounds: A nice classical guitar version of Aaron's Ditty.
Availability: Common. First seen on The New Aaron Show episode "How the Cat have win the Game/A Day with Little Buddy".
Editor’s Note: Many people love this logo as it is a homage to the classic Aaron.
19th Logo: (January-April 2015 (children's and animated shows))
Logo: We see a brick wall on the left side of the screen with the big A and the words "argosy media" under it. Then Aaron walks to the wall and leans on it. Then Aaron says his line from the previous logos. Then the wall pushes Aaron out of the way and Aaron says "Whoa!" and the wall takes over the whole screen.
FX/SFX: The animation of the wall moving.
Trivia: This logo has no byline for some reason.
Music/Sounds: The cute ditty from logo 4 while Aaron is speaking.
- There is a shorter version where it's just Aaron speaking. This has been seen on some episodes of The New Aaron Show.
- On The Franklin and Mikey's Top Comedy Show, Aaron is replaced by Franklin (both voiced by Rick Buckley), when the wall pushes Franklin out of the way, Franklin screams and crashes.
Availability: Seen on shows like Ninjas of the Awesome, The Annoyed and the Annoying, and The New Aaron Show. This logo also appears on reruns of some older Argosy shows.
20th Logo: (April 2015-April 2018 (children's and animated shows))
Nicknames: "Roller Coaster", "Aaron on the Roller Coaster"
Logo: We see Aaron riding down a ramp on a roller coaster with the words "Argosy Media" above him with a byline and the Big A. Then Aaron says "Wheeeeeeee!" and passes us. Then the words above zoom in. The AEC byline fades in below.
FX/SFX: The roller coaster animation.
Music/Sounds: Roller coaster sounds, Aaron saying "Wheeee!" and the cute ditty from logo 4.
- On Tales Of Orange Gus, Aaron is traditionally inked-and-painted, is on a different background, and the colors are: Aaron is darker, the roller coaster is blue, and the lightning bolts are orange.
- One variant only has the cute little ditty from logo 4 and no other sounds. This was seen on a rerun of My Bedroom is Freaking Out on the Argosy Network and the Argosy TV affiliates.
- The first time this logo was shown on The New Aaron Show episode "A Cat and a new friend/Busted on School", the text and the byline were almost the same shade of blue as the sky and didn't show very well.
Availability: Seen on some newer episodes of shows like The New Aaron Show and Tales of Orange Gus.
21st Logo: (April 2018-February 2019 (children's and animated shows))
Logo: On a space BG we see Aaron and the "argosy" text zooming in. "media" slides in from the left. Aaron says "Argosy Media!"
- On Aaron's Cosmic Adventure, Aaron is riding a comet.
- On Box Office Aaron, Aaron is in a bowl of popcorn.
- On Argosy 2000 reruns, Aaron would say "Happy (holiday name)!"
- On the New Doh-doh Island episode "Frank Mog Bring 'Em Back Alive!", Aaron morphs into Mog.
Music: A brass and string version of Aaron's Ditty (known as the majestic ditty).
22nd Logo: (February 2019-present (children's and animated shows))
Logo: We see Aaron on a camera that reads "Argosy Media" in a hand-drawn font. The camera tips and back many times. Then, the camera falls.
- On shows produced by Salt Cover, Phil replaces Aaron.
- Some shows use a still version.
- On Orange Gus: The Even Bigger Movie, the Salt Cover version is still.
- On Adventures of Olive the Dog, the Salt Cover version is used, but with Olive coming in and stopping the camera. Then, Phil says "You Saved Me!".
- In some episodes (like "Mind the Cat Olive/The Practice Stuff", "Doggie Bubble Trouble/An Imposter called Woof", "A Bark Without Rhyming/Dinner Topple Topsy-Turvy", "Space Dog 3000/Prehistoric Dog Olive", "The Olive Quiz/The Feud", "Oh, Sister!/I am a Teenage Dog", some two-part episodes and the crossover special with Aaron the Cat), the variant is the normal version.
- Sometimes, Aaron is bigger and takes a shot. Only used in 210 TV spots.
FX/SFX: The logo is still.
Music/Sounds: Aaron's Ditty and sounds of a camera, and when it falls, the glass breaks sound is heard.
- Sometimes it's either the ending theme or none.
- On 2019 Polish airings of Bright Idea on TV Puls, it uses the music from the 5th logo, with the drumbeats and all. This is probably because TV Puls forgot to update the audio track.
Availability: Extremely common. It appears on all current prints of Argosy's kid shows. It also plasters over old Argosy logos used on said shows.