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Cairo Pictures Television Animation

(1990-1996)

Logo: On a desert background, we see the then-current Cairo pyramid. The text below the pyramid reads "CAIRO PICTURES ANIMATION".

Bylines:

  • 1990-1993: "A TVS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY"
  • 1993-1996: "AN INTERNATIONAL FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY"

Variants:

  • On some TV specials from 1990-1992, the text doesn't read the Cairo Pictures Animation name, but "CAIRO PICTURES" (exactly what you'd see on a first run Cairo Pictures Television program (without the Animation name, of course) from 1986-1996). On top of that, "CAIRO PICTURES ANIMATION INC." is written on top and the TVS byline is on the bottom.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Closing theme of the show.

Availability: Uncommon.

Cairo/MTM Television Animation

1st Logo (1985-)

Logo: This is not really a logo, only an in-credit text. At the end of the show, we see:

Produced by
CAIRO PICTURES
Television Animation Group

... but starting in 1989, the text was read as:

Produced by
CAIRO/MTM
TELEVISION ANIMATION

... this would usually then be followed by the Cairo Pictures Television logo of the time.

Later Variants:

  • This would later become an in-credit logo when the words "CAIRO/MTM" is in the actual trademark Arial Rounded Bold font.
  • During the later years, a copyright stamp for "Cairo/MTM Entertainment, Inc." is added below the text or logo at the end of the credits.
  • Starting in 2011, the name "Cairo/MTM" was replaced by "Argosy Media" with the text reading as:
Produced by
ARGOSY MEDIA
TELEVISION ANIMATION

... again with the word "ARGOSY MEDIA" in Arial Rounded Bold and a copyright stamp for "Cairo/MTM Entertainment, Inc." below.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.

Availability: Common. It's seen intact on all Cairo/MTM cartoons starting in 1983. Although the show no longer reruns on television at the moment, the The Aaron Show variant is the easiest find; it can be found on VHS tapes of said show and most DVD and Blu-Ray releases.

2nd Logo (1996-2001)

Logo: Over a black background, we see a very metallic rendition of the Cairo/MTM Distribution Group star, with the text below reading "CAIRO/MTM TELEVISION ANIMATION". Underneath is a byline.

Bylines:

  • 1996-1997: "A SHAW COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY", in white Arial Rounded Bold font.
  • 1997-1999: "A Shawlogo-old Company" (near the bottom-right corner of the screen, with "A" and "Company" in white Georgia Bold font and the Shaw logo in white).
  • 1999-2000: The Corus logo with "Cairo/MTM Entertainment is a Corus Entertainment Company" next to it in white Arial Narrow font.
  • 2000-2001: "A CORUS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY" in white Arial Rounded Bold font.

Variants:

  • On some Ellen Peck shows, the logo is bylineless.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Silent or the ending of the show's theme.

Availability: It is seen on almost every Cairo/MTM Animation series from 1996 to 2001. However, on 2001-2005 DVDs of Ellen Peck's shows, this logo is plastered by the Cairo/MTM Distribution Group logo.

3rd Logo (2001-2009)

Logo: A still version of the Cairo/MTM Distribution Group logo of the time, but the text reads "CAIRO/MTM TELEVISION ANIMATION". Underneath is the byline "A CORUS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY" and the www.cairopictures.com URL.

Variants:

  • Some series didn't feature the Cairo URL under the byline.
  • In 2003, the text was changed to read "CAIRO/MTM ANIMATION" with the byline removed and the URL underneath. This was most likely due to the absorption of Cairo's Feature Animation division into Argosy Media Animation.
  • A variant of the 2003 variant was seen with the Cairo URL missing, just the star and the "CAIRO/MTM ANIMATION" text.
  • In October 2007, a variation was introduced with the URL replaced with the byline "AN ARGOSY MEDIA COMPANY".
  • On at least one "Orange Gus" TV special, a rare version is seen where the logo is much smaller, and underneath it is the byline "An Argosy Media Company" and the www.cairopictures.com URL.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Usually the outro of the show's theme music, but is also seen silent on some TV specials (typically if it follows an Argosy Media logo, a MTM credit, or a dedication in the credits).

Availability: Common on various shows on Argosy Kids and on various TV special productions from the studio.

4th Logo (2003-2016)

Logo: It's basically the same as the Cairo/MTM Distribution Group logo, except the text reads "CAIRO/MTM TELEVISION ANIMATION".

FX/SFX: Same as the current Cairo/MTM Distribution Group logo.

Music/Sounds: The current Cairo/MTM Distribution Group logo theme, although the music is hardly heard in English-speaking countries due to the closing theme playing over it. Non-English prints have the music.

Music/Sounds Variants: Starting in 2008, some shows use the 1989 Cairo Pictures Television theme.

Availability: Common. Seen on Cairo/MTM cartoons airing on Argosy Kids.

Argosy Media Television Animation

1st Logo (2014-2015)

Nicknames: "Boring Big A"

Logo: On a black background, the Argosy "Big A" is shown in red. Below the logo is text in Arial Rounded Bold font that reads "ARGOSY MEDIA TELEVISION ANIMATION". Its lacking design and short lifespan mean it could be just a placeholder logo for the next logo below.

Trivia: Despite the official logo not debuting until 2014, the print logo appeared in-credit on shows as early as 2011.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.

Availability: Rare. If this logo is truly meant to be a placeholder, then it may soon fall victim to plastering with the next logo.

2nd Logo (2015-)

Logo: The Big A (in red) fades in with a dim shine over it and zooms in as the black background turns into a dark blood red background of the Cairo pyramid. After the Big A is there, the script "Argosy Media Television Animation" is written below in cursive writing.

FX/SFX: The Big A fading and zooming, the background fading in, and the script being written.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.

Availability: Current.

Scare Factor: None to minimal. The Big A fading in and the dark red pyramid can be a little creepy to some. This logo, however, is definitive in their Cairo roots.

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