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Background: Originally established in 1913 as animation studio "Cute Kitten Productions" (renamed "The Cute Kitten Company" in 1984), Cute Kitten Productions produced its first animated film, Three Girls One Cat, but never used a proper logo until 1980. Instead it used an in-credit text on most of its films. In 1973, the company was described as "Cute Kitten Pictures" with the establishment of its own movie arm, and the Dodecahedron text was modified to "Distributed by DODECAHEDRON PICTURES DISTRIBUTION" and moved to the end credits. Kitten retired the Dodecahedron brand in 1997 aside from its home video distribution arm. Also, Kitten owned Studio Pingas films do not carry any of the Cute Kitten Pictures logos, instead using the text "CUTE KITTEN STUDIOS (HOME ENTERTAINMENT) PRESENTS."

1st Logo

(November 27, 1936-April 11, 1980)

Logo: This is not really a logo, only an in-credit text. At the start of the film, we see the words "Cute Kitten Presents". At the end of the film, we see "The End, A Cute Kitten Production".

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Usually the opening and closing themes of the movie.

2nd Logo

(April 12, 1973-November 20, 1998)

Logo: Again, just text reading "CUTE KITTEN PRESENTS", but applied differently depending on the movie. At the end of the film, we see "PRODUCED BY CUTE KITTEN".

Variants:

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The beginning/ending of the movie's theme. On Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie, The Town Cat and the Country Cat and The Town Cat and the Country Cat 2, it's silent.

Availability: Again, on some Kitten movies from the era. This logo was most often used on animated films, often to denote more serious fare.

3rd Logo

(1973)

Nickname: "60 Happy Years"

Logo: On a red background with black moving dots, a blue version of Kitten's 60th anniversary logo; a big "60" with Carl Cat ears on the "0" with the word "HAPPY" above it and "YEARS" below, appear and eventually change the background into a blue background with images of Kitten cartoon characters outlined in green. The "60" logo zooms out followed by "HAPPY" zooming out above it and "YEARS" doing the same below. Cassie Cat appears, flies around and waves her wand, changing the screen to black. The 1944 Dodecahedron logo would follow.

FX/SFX: The several logo designs appearing, the zoom in (revealing the background), Cassie Cat flying around and the transition effect to the Dodecahedron logo.

Music/Sounds: The first two bars of "When You Wish Upon a Comet". An announcer (Dan Wilson) says "And now, a 60th anniversary presentation from Cute Kitten Productions!".

Availability: Extremely rare. Appeared before the 1944 Dodecahedron logo on the studio's films (both original and reissues) in 1973 and also appeared briefly (twice) on The Wonderful World of Kitten episode "60 Happy Years".

4th Logo

(April 11, 1980-April 3, 2009, December 25, 2009)

Nicknames: "The Kitten", "Magic Kingdom", "Kitten", "Sleeping Kitten", "Cute Kitten", "Classic Kitten"

Logo: On a blue gradient backdrop, a shower of light descends from the top of the screen, forming a stylized, segmented sleeping calico kitten. The segments seem to be spaced farther apart by the time the light reaches the bottom. Through the feet of the kitten, a white ball of light forms, then extends out to form the words "Cute Kitten" in the familiar corporate "Kitten" logo font. The word "PICTURES", in a Rockwell/Courier-looking font, fades in underneath. A ball of light then appears on the right side of the kitten and draws a circular line over it.

Variant:

  • There is a short version that can be seen on Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie and Tommy Tiger short Detective Tiger.
  • There is a variant in which the logo is a still picture. This can be found at the end of Super Porcupine.

Closing Variants:

  • 1980-2004: The end logo, seen at the end of most movies, features a simple superimposed kitten (without a text), much like the short lived logo from early 1972. The phrase "PRODUCED BY CUTE KITTEN" appears above the castle.
  • 1990-2000: Another ending variation features the movie logo, but modified with the words "PRODUCED BY CUTE KITTEN" above the castle.
  • 2000-2009: Only the words "PRODUCED BY" appear above the castle. Also added is the URL byline, www.kitten.com, below the owner disclaimer.

Trivia: The Kitten script font is basically based on Ellen Peck's signature. Also, although in 1986 and 1990, Kitten switched its newer animated movies to traditional cel animation to digital ink-and-paint via its CAPS (Computer Animation Production System) software, systems, servers, workservers, and desks, this logo was still animated on hand-painted cels until at least the middle of 2008, even though two digitally-animated versions of this logo debuted in 1990 and 2009.

FX/SFX: The "glowing kitten", the "flash", the drawing of the line.

Music/Sounds: A rendition of "When You Wish Upon a Comet" finishing off with a flute/recorder at the very end. During the formation of the castle and "Cute Kitten" text, sound effects evoking pixie dust are heard. In other cases, it used the opening/closing theme of the movie, or it's silent.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On The Spider Web, Captain Crunch The Movie and Extreme Spies! The Movie the film's opening theme of the movie with the flash sound and then a laser sound.
  • On Dave and Company (1988 film), Ceiling Cat and the Guardians of the Lulz, Fun is Endless, Mandy Mandy, have the music off-sync with the logo's animation.
  • On Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie and The Town Cat and the Country Cat 2 this logo is silent.
  • At the end of movies, this logo is usually silent or has the ending theme of the movie playing over it.
  • There is a slightly re-orchestrated variant on the Nazis Gassing Children The Movie, The Mighty Cats 3.
  • The theme is re-orchestrated in a dramatically different key on Days into Visions.
  • Some films, such as Flame Rangers, use a more dramatic re-orchestration.
  • There is a slightly re-orchestrated theme with a choir mixed in for the short variant on the Tommy Tiger short Detective Tiger.
  • On some films, such as Hovercat, Billy the Hunter, The Rocket Cat, The Mighty Cats, Communist, The Mighty Cats 2, Super Porcupine, Captain Penguin, Stupendous Sisters, and Cats and Geese the opening theme of the movie is heard.
  • On some films, the film's opening score incorporates the first few bars of "When You Wish Upon a Comet" when the logo appears.

Availability: First seen on Itchy and Scratchy The Movie, released on April 11, 1980 and was used up until Cats and Geese, April 3, 2009. The last film to use this logo was Cats vs. Demons, released on December 25, 2009 (though only at the end; the 8th logo was used at the beginning of the film).

5th Logo

(April 14, 1978-April 17, 1998)

Logo: On a very shady cadet blue background, the regular "Cute Kitten" script, in a textured baby blue hue, writes itself onscreen. The word "CUTE KITTEN PICTURES" fades in below the script in a Times font. A dot of light appears below the script and extends to form a line between the script and text.

FX/SFX: Typical 1978 animation.

Music/Sounds: None.

Music/Sound Variants:

  • On Dave and Company, the ending of song "Don't Let Go of Me" plays.

Availability: Only known to appear at the end of Dave and Company (the 4th logo appears at the beginning). Also spotted on a TV spot for said film.

6th Logo

(Tasmania Variant)

(March 19, 1995-April 17, 2009)

Nicknames: "The Tasmania Kitten", "Tasmania Kitten", "Sleeping Kitten Stop Motion", "Cute Kitten II", "Kitten/Tasmania Kitten"

Logo: On a blue background, the camera flies out underneath a Stop Motion sleeping kitten. When the logo zooms out, the logo proceeds as normal, but the "Cute Kitten" text is more two-dimensional, and the ball of light drawing the line over the kitten drops what seems to be pixie dust. Along with that, the ball of light draws the line over the kitten much slower than the 4th logo.

Closing Variants:

  • 1995-2008: Same as the previous logo.

FX/SFX: Very nice Stop Motion from Tasmania!

Music/Sounds: A bombastic/majestic fanfare composed by James Wilson.

7th Logo

(January 15, 1988-April 17, 2009)

Nicknames: "Metallic Orange Cute Kitten", "The Flashlight", "Cute Kitten III"

Logo: On a black background, we see the orange text "Cute Kitten PICTURES" wiping in from left to right. Then we see an orange light shining on the logo, illuminating it with a trail effect that rises from the top of the letters "E" and "N" in "Kitten", making its way around to reveal the kitten in metallic orange. The entire logo wipes away as soon as the light trail effect illuminates away.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Only known to appear at the end of The Rocket Cat (the 4th logo appears at the beginning).

8th Logo

(November 10, 2006-December 23, 2011)

Nicknames: "The CGI Kitten", "CGI Cute Kitten", "Shires Castle IV", "CGI Sleeping Kitten", "Calico Kitten", "Ultra Majestic Kitten", "The Happiest Place on Earth"

Logo: We fade into a view of a night sky, with a star somewhere on the screen and the clouds on the bottom. We then start flying down through the clouds with the camera. We then pan with the camera down to a very clear view of a river, with a train running down the railroad track. We then fly with the camera past a cat ear, and pan down as we see some fireworks going off, only to find the kitten completely redone in CGI. The fireworks are almost finished when we almost reach a comfortable position in front of the kitten. When the fireworks finish, a very small dot (you will have to look closely if you want to see it) appears way closer to the kitten and then moves to the right side. The dot then draws a line over the kitten as we are slightly panning, and it is almost finished when we are in a comfortable position in front of the kitten. When the dot is finished drawing the line, "Cute Kitten", in its well-known script, fades in in front of the kitten. When it does, "P I C T U R E S", fades in below the script, "A TVB Company" byline then fades in below the logo.

Variants:

  • A closing variant which starts off with the line being drawn over the castle by the dot is seen at the end of some films; the words "PRODUCED BY", in white, are seen above the logo with the URL address underneath the byline.
  • One variation only shows the word "Kitten" in its well-known script. This is used on newer films from the studio, starting with Kitten World, released on July 22, 2011.

Trivia:

  • On Billy and Willy Rescue Kittens, the film suddenly cuts to a scene featuring a Roboslave stand here into long zoom-in about the film-within-a-film and says "After this moment at these messages, This is The Cute Kitten Company has been brought to you by my atmosphere, and Do not try pay attention, This film is not yet rated, You got 25 hours a day, 8 days a week, 0.00000001 US dollars, When it was finished, I said I hate you!" After he says this, the film cuts to the starts off with the line being drawn over the kitten by the dot, when the dot is finished drawing the line, "Kitten", in its well-known script, fades in in front of the kitten is seen, then resumes as normal.

Bylines:

  • 2006-2011: "A TVB Company" (with "TVB" in its own logo font)

FX/SFX: The camera flying and panning down to reveal the castle. This logo has beautiful, mind-blowing, CGI animation done, ironically, not by Kitten, or even Tasmania... but by Beta Digital.

Music/Sounds: An orchestration of "When You Wish Upon a Comet" composed by Dave Dancina, completely different from the 4th logo. Also, firecracker sound effects are heard when the fireworks go off. In other cases, it used the opening/closing theme of the movie, or it's silent.

Music/Sound Variants:

  • The post-July 2011 version, starting with Kitten World, the opening music plays over the logo, with all other sounds silent.

9th Logo

(August 12, 2011-)

Nicknames: "2010s CGI Kitten", "2010s CGI Cute Kitten", "Cute Kitten V", "2010s CGI Sleeping Kitten", "2010s Calico Kitten", "2010s Ultra Majestic Kitten", "The Happiest Place on Earth II"

Logo:

  • On a dark cloudy background, water bubble when splash we see shooting stars flying towards us, a mirrored reference to the previous logo. As the flies towards us, we follow the star to reveal that we were looking at the reflection of a lake. We follow the as they skim the lake and create ripples. We continue to fly forward line up and encircle the kitten and mountain ahead. Then the word "Kitten" zooms back to take its place on the kitten, A circular line is drawn over the kitten (in the same vein as the previous logo), which is situated on a cloudy sunset landscape.

Bylines:

  • 2011-2012: "A TVB Company" (with "TVB" in its own logo font)
  • 2013-2014 present: Bylineless.
  • 2015-present: "A Kittensgate Company"

Variants:

  • For the logo's first official year (2013, even though it premiered in 2012), a bright light shines to reveal "100 Years" with "100" bigger and "Years" smaller.
  • Closing: Just like the last logo, sometimes "PRODUCED BY" appears above the logo.
  • A short version of this logo was seen on trailers for films and at the beginning and end of films released through Radio-Keith-Orpheum, starting with The Day of the Persian Cat to Dr. Mario.
  • Starting with The Town Cat and the Country Cat 3, released on December 18, 2015, the logo is preceded by the Dodecahedron Pictures Distribution logo now transitions to this logo.

FX/SFX: Beautifully crafted CGI that combines elements of the 2006 and 2011 logo.

Music/Sounds: A light bell and string piece which rises in intensity to become a majestic orchestral piece, scored by James Dalton. In other cases, the opening/closing theme of the movie, or it's silent.

Music/Sound Variants:

  • On UltraWizard, the first film to use this logo, there is an alternate version of the fanfare with some slight changes, in the note of the orchestration, making it sound more powerful.
  • On Dr. Mario, the music plays while there are whooshes when the stars and the text fly by.

Availability: Current.

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