1st Logo (1981-1984)
Nicknames: "Zooming Star", "The Great Star Coaster", "The Capital Star", "The Dark Star", "The Price is Right Logo With A Zest"
Logo: We fade to a medium blue (or dark blue) background. The symbol emerges from the top corner of the screen and zooms-down chyron-rollercoaster style. It then curves to the middle of the screen. The logo appears as a star motif, with the company name "CAPITAL PRODUCTIONS" surrounding an orange-yellow 5-pointed star. The words bear a vague resemblance to the The Price is Right logo.
FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: The zooming-in of the logo with the chyron trail. Very bad Scanimation effects. The design looks like it's from the late 1960's.
Music/Sounds: A high "whoosh" effect, followed by an obscure keyboard-type chime that has a "wow" sound to it.
Availability: Extremely rare. Can be seen on VHS releases of the first three seasons of The Great Galaxy Coaster by MTM/VA Home Video. Outside of those tapes, it will probably not be seen again, due to legal issues preventing the series from being released publicly.
Scare Factor: Medium to high. The fast and rough zoom-in with the black trail and SFX can be very startling for unexpecting viewers. The design looks very unfriendly as well.
2nd Logo (1983-1994)
Nicknames: "80s Star", "'Flashing Star", "The Shooting Star/CGI MP", "The Capital Star II"
Logo: On a shady blue background, 4 dots of light fly from the midpoint of each side of the screen and merge in the middle, exploding into a huge 5-pointed star made of orange light that fades to reveal the Capital logo identical to the previous logo, but with a brighter orange color cast and black outlines. The logo "shines".
Capital-Mimsie Combo Variants:
- Television: On a dark blue background, a stylized "MP" (larger version of the first Mimsie Productions logo, but colored blue and white) quickly zooms backwards, placing itself on the bottom half of the screen. When the "MP" is in place, a flash of light reveals the words "MIMSIE PRODUCTIONS LTD." in a rounded white font, along with the byline "AN MTM ENTERPRISES COMPANY" underneath in a smaller font. At the same time, a spark forms an orange 5-pointed star on the top half of the screen, which fades to reveal the 1984 Capital logo. When both logos are in place, a very bright sparkle shines on the edge of the "P" in the Mimsie Productions logo.
- Movies and Television: We zoom out over a space BG from an orange planet, as a glowing orange star hits it. This turns it into the Capital logo, as we zoom out through the bars of the CG Mimsie logo, in silver/white (the Mimsie logo doesn't have the white part of the "M"), and the logos both shine. The television counterpart is the short version and only features the logos shining.
FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: The dots of light merging, the orange light, the logo "shining"; kinda passe today, but pretty cool cel animation for the time, and the design looks cleaner and less extreme than the previous logo. The "MP" zooming backwards, the orange star revealing the Capital logo, and the flashing effects for the combo variants.
Music/Sounds: A short, somber harp/bass tune with two synth dings at the end when the logo shines. The end theme may also finish over it.
- There's a keyboard remix of the fanfare that can be seen on some season one and all season two episodes of Tarzan the Adventurer.
- On Mimsie co-produced movies, it's a "spacey-like" theme with lightsaber-esque whooshes.
- On Jack and the Octagons, it's a fast-tempo 6 note jingle with a flourish-like sound on the 6th note. In hindsight, it's a stinger of the end theme.
- On The Charmings, the closing theme ends with a harp flourish and a ding, which sounds like the Programs 94 jingle.
Availability: Rare. The standard variant with the end theme was seen on Tarzan the Adventurer (when last reran on Argosy Network), Pioneers: Ninjas of the Mysterious Flare, Lisa Frank Tales (the early '90s reboot), Billy Mays and the Pitchman Warriors, the one-shot DTV feature Sgt. Stupid and his Crazy Eagles (a spin-off of Join the Harm-y), as well as early episodes of The Tock. As for the original variant with music, it's extinct and was only seen on the final two seasons of The Great Galaxy Coaster. For the Mimsie combo variants, the first Capital/Mimsie logo was seen on Join the Harm-y, Transmorphers: Generation 1, and Jack and the Octagons when last reran on Argosy Network, and on DVD, as well as the 1980's incarnation of The World of Lisa Frank, and both of the shows that were bundled with it, Sun Dreamers and I Can Count to Potato. It was also seen on Mutants. The movie variant survives on the 2006 DVD release of the 1986 Transmorphers movie, along with later episodes of Transmorphers: Generation 1 and Join the Harm-y last seen on Argosy Network. As for the Charmings variant, it'll be seen whenever reran.
Scare Factor: Depending on the variant:
- Low for the standard variant; the gloomy music and dark background don’t exactly make a clean mix. Low to medium for the original music variant.
- On the Mimsie combo variants, it can range minimal for the TV variant's animation, and low to medium on the movie variant's music (the animation is cool, though).
3rd Logo (1994-1998)
Nicknames: "'90s Star", "The Capital Star III"
Logo: On a black background, we see the dark blue text as a yellow star rises from between the "T" and "L," casting a light on the rest of the logo. The dark blue text "ENTERTAINMENT" is below the "T" and "L".
Variant: There is an abridged version of the logo.
FX/SFX: The star rising. Pretty simple, but effective animation.
Music/Sounds: A dramatic 6-note woodwind fanfare with a "trill" at the end. The short version has the last 3 notes and the trill. The end theme may also play over it.
Availability: Rare. It appeared on later episodes of The Tock, Pedo Bear (the 1995 version), Sea Men, Join the Harm-y: Stuff that Explodes, Operation: Creation (a.k.a. Heavenly White in some markets), the short-lived Adventures of Ultraman, and The Helmet: The Animated Series.
Scare Factor: Low. The dramatic music might catch some off guard; otherwise this is a nice logo.
4th Logo (1998-1999?)
Nicknames: "CGI Light to Star", "90s Star II", "The Capital Star IV"
Logo: In space with the light shining on the top-left hand corner, the spinning white light zooms out and places into the near-left at the comfortable distance, then the words "CAPIT L" and "ENTERTAINMENT" from the last logo, but are colored gold and white, respectively, and facing downwards, fly in from the sides of the screen into the usual position, and face the viewer, forming the similar finished product to the last logo. Then the entire logo goes two-dimensional as the background turns white, the light turns into a star with a white/yellow radial gradient pattern and the words black.
FX/SFX: Decent CGI done in-house.
Music/Sounds: A rock theme with a few whooshes added.
Availability: Ultra rare. We don't know which shows this appeared on.
Scare Factor: Low. The light quickly appearing, along with the music, can startle a few.
5th Logo (1999-2004)
Nicknames: "2000s Star", "The Capital Star V"
Logo: On a white background we see the "CAPITAL" text from before only this time the star in place of the second "A" is more hand-drawn.
- 1999-2000?: "A Division of MTM Imagination".
- 2000?-2003: "A TV-Goonland Company". Copyright information is far beneath the logo also in black.
Early Variant: On The Brothers Glub, the star rises in a manner similar to the third logo and the background starts out blue before turning turquoise.
Variant: On Season 3 of The Crump Twins, the logo is in credit and is way before the other logos, probably because the animation then had been taken over by Telecreation and Capital had closed at that point.
FX/SFX: None. The star rising and the background changing color on the variant.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the program. A rooster crowing on the variant.
Availability: Rare. Was last seen on Generation C! on Kids' MTM!, The Crump Twins on KittenMation and Wolf World (which was later "JP2US TV"), and The Brothers Glub on KidWorld.
Scare Factor: None for the closing theme. The variant with the rooster crow could change that, though.
Final Note: In 2004, TV-Goonland folded Capital Entertainment. TV-Goonland themselves filed for Bankruptcy in 2009, and, 2 years later, TV Goonland's catalog was sold to Argosy Media.