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Background: MTM Imagination was the children's music and home video arm of MTM Records Entertainment (then known as "Cairo/MTM Records Entertainment" from 2004-2008), originally formed in 1991 as "MTM Kids' Music". Starting in 1993, MTM Imagination began to distribute KidVid videos until 1996, when KidVid's distribution partner Argosy Media acquired Asteroid Communications (formerly "Cinema City Industries", the former owner of Visual Arts Film Releasing). In 1995, the company began distributing KidTunes video releases after acquiring the rights from Kideo Products Corp. until 1998, and Abracadabra Laboratory videos, like Abracadabra Avenue and Inmo's Worldreleases, from 1995 until 2007. They also distributed Free Candy Home Video releases since 1995. By 1997, they distributed videos from Dr. Seuss Family Entertainment, which became Retro Media in 2002. On March 13, 2007, Cairo/MTM Records Entertainment announced they would shut down MTM Imagination so that they can focus on the core music businesses such as Cairo Records, Zombocom Label Group (then known as the "Hip Label Group"), and Argosy Records until it was moved to Cairo Pictures Home Entertainment as its in-name-only division on June 20, 2007. The releases by Retro Media and Abracadabra Laboratory were then transferred to Gordon Products, Inc., but the home entertainment rights were then acquired by Vivaldi Entertainment (now "Galaxy Vivaldi Entertainment") since late 2009 after Gordon announced to exit the home entertainment business. As of 2010, Abracadabra Avenue DVDs are now distributed by Argosy Home Video. (Now Cairo/MTM Home Entertainment)

1st Logo (1991-1995)[]

Nicknames: "Bouncy Block", "Weird MTM Imagination Block", "The Cheesy MTM Imagination Logo", "Cheesy Block MTM Imagination Logo"

Logo: On a white background, we see the MTM wordmark in black. At the same time, a green box, shrunken, falls from the top-middle screen to the bottom-middle screen. Once it hits the bottom, it bounces back up, spreading and widening itself as it goes. It then makes a stop below, revealing the word "IMAGINATION" in Georgia Bold font.

FX/SFX: The box bouncing, the spreading and widening.

Cheesy Factor: Very early computer effects. Too simple to be a '90s logo.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Rare. It can be seen on pre-1995 KidVid tapes from the era, which are easily available on Amazon and eBay. The later KidVid tapes (the ones that say "KidVid/MTM Video") have the second logo. Also seen on VHS tapes of A Bunch of Crunch, Cat City, Wild D.O.G.S., Porsches and Dragons, and Tales from the Graveyard.

Scare Factor: Minimal. It might surprise you when you first see it, but it's harmless.

2nd Logo (1995-2006; 2014- )[]

Nicknames: "The Ribbon", "The Starry Ribbon"

Logo: We see a cloudy background. The word "IMAGINATION" (in Times New Roman Bold font, more simple from before), in a pink ribbon, then flies from the top-right to the bottom of the screen and stops in the center. The ribbon turns blue, and we then see a CGI yellow 5-pointed star appear in place of the first "A" in "IMAGINATION" via a cheesy light effect. The MTM wordmark fades in at the top of the ribbon. The end result is almost the same as the first logo.

Variants:

  • On some tapes and DVDs, there is a short version, which starts with the logo being formed.
  • A still widescreen version of the logo with a different cloud BG has been spotted on the 2014 DVD of The Goose Princess: A Royal Family Story and the 2016 DVD of The Goose Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Ninja Today.
  • The color of the CGI yellow star in "IMAGINATION" can vary. On nearly all MTM Imagination releases, the CGI star is in gold-yellow. On many Abracadabra Avenue VHS releases from late 1996-early 1998, the CGI star is in orange-yellow orange. On early 1996 Abracadabra Avenue VHS releases, the logo appears brighter, making the CGI star appear in a white-tinted color.
  • There is a closing variant seen at the end of many Abracadabra Avenue, Inmo's World and Andy VHS and DVD releases from 2004 to 2006.We fade into a different sky background with several clouds moving along the screen very fast, as well as the sun appearing on the lower center of the screen. The "IMAGINATION" ribbon fades in and ripples. When the ribbon has fully appeared, the sun gives off it's bright shine and casts bright rays into the star-shaped first "A" in "IMAGINATION", thus making it solid yellow. The MTM wordmark and the URL "www.mtmimagination.com" then fade in and ripple until they fully appear, with both texts appearing above and below the "IMAGINATION" ribbon, respectively.

FX/SFX: The ribbon flying, the star and the MTM wordmark both appearing. For the still widescreen version, none.

Cheesy Factor: The star appearing in the first "A" of "IMAGINATION" is cheesy.

Music/Sounds: When the logo starts, we hear a riveting string note being held out, and when the ribbon appears, descending harp notes play in-sync with the ribbon. As the ribbon is in its position with the star appearing, a brief flute melody plays, and when the MTM wordmark appears, everything rises to 1 majestic note complete with tubular bells that slowly stops once the logo fades. On the closing variant, an abridged version of the music is played, while a female announcer says "This has been an MTM Imagination release".

Availability: Common. It can be seen on many MTM Imagination tapes and DVDs from the late '90s to the mid 2000's, such as Abracadabra Avenue videos and releases from Free Candy Home Video and Dr. Seuss Family Entertainment/Retro Media. The still widescreen version is found on The Goose Princess: A Royal Family Story and The Goose Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Ninja Today. (The Christmas special has the Studio 10 Films logo instead) It can also be seen on the MTM Imagination DVD and VHS of Kaylo's Holiday Movie, in place of the Argosy Home Video logo.

Scare Factor: None. It's a clean (and cute) logo.

3rd Logo (2006-2007)[]

Nicknames: "Cheesy Star", "Flash Star", "Twirling Star"

Logo: On a white background, we see a crudely drawn gold pentagon that zooms incredibly close to the screen, then pans back, followed by rapid flashing. Five points appear across the pentagon, making it a 5-pointed star, then spin around. The points blur, then are re-drawn. The star bounces to the middle of the screen, where the text "MTM", in its corporate font, slides in from the left and bumps the logo. "IMAGINATION", in Peignot Bold, then slides in from the right and makes the logo positioned correctly. The star points spin around one more time and wiggle around (a la the animation style of Edna, Elsa n Ella).

Variant: On some releases, the text mtmimagination.com fades in over the "IMAGINATION" text.

FX/SFX: Simple Flash animation.

Cheesy Factor: The re-drawing of the star points is an unnecessary scene that likely only serves to slightly pad out the runtime.

Music/Sounds: We hear a quick jet zooming sound, then several xylophone notes and a "TWING!" as the 5-pointed star zooms back. As the star spins around, there is several drum taps, then 3 bouncing sounds. 2 "dwong" sounds are heard as the MTM Imagination logo is finally formed, followed by an ascending twinkle.

Availability: Uncommon. Appears on the company's later releases, such as the last few Abracadabra Avenue releases from MTM Imagination.

Scare Factor: Minimal.

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