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Background: Northern Lights Entertainment began in 1972 as an Canadian subsidiary of KittenMation, aptly named as KittenMation Canada Inc. In 1974, half of KittenMation Canada was purchased by The Benson Group, which in turn was purchased by Jim Pattison Industries. KittenMation Canada Inc. was reorganized in 1983 as MTM-Pattison Group Inc., and an American division was eventually established in 1984, known as Northern Lights Productions. Programs produced by Northern Lights would be animated by the KittenMation Studios in Toronto, Canada, which gave the division the name of Northern Lights/KittenMation Canada. Northern Lights produced shows mainly for MTM, such as Orange Gus, Teen Bear, and the MTM Storybreak. In 1988, the Managing Director of MTM-Pattison, Dave Johnson acquired MTM-Pattison and reorganized it as The Northern Lights Group. The animation studio continued to operate until it was eventually sold to the Turnfield Broadcasting System, although The Northern Lights Group kept the rights to its properties. Northern Lights would eventually be acquired by Alliance Atlantis Communications in 2004, Telus in 2007, and Argosy Media in 2009. On December 11, 2013, Argosy announced that Northern Lights Entertainment would be merged with the Vancouver-based animation studio owned by Argosy's MTM Enterprises subsidiary to form Argosy Media Canada, thus ending the 30 year legacy of Northern Lights.

1st Logo (1985-1989)[]

Nicknames: "Light Beams", "Cheesy Light Beams", "The Whoosh", "Light Beams in Space", "Light Beams from Hell", "A Northern Whoosh from Canada," "That Loud Logo at the End of Orange Gus"

Logo: On a blue space background, a magenta star quickly zooms out. It plasters itself firmly at the center of the screen, while three purple light beams slide in from the top-left behind the star, causing the star to disappear. The screen flashes white a few times at high speed, changing the light beams to white, and two rectangles slide in from the top and bottom of the screen, behind the star and lightning bolt, the top one yellow, the bottom one magenta. When they connect with each other, the colors suddenly swap so that the top one is magenta and the bottom one is yellow. In the magenta rectangle, overlapping the light beams, is "A NORTHERN LIGHTS" in a yellow-colored thin Italic font (usually Futura), and in the yellow bottom rectangle is "KittenMation Canada Production" in magenta and the font normally used for "KittenMation Productions" on the KM Rainbow Mimsie logo.

Variants:

  • On Orange Gus, a copyright for the MTM-Pattison Group Pty. Limited appears under the logo. The copyright stamp appears in black or pink, depending on the episode, although in 1985, a chyroned-in copyright stamp lasting the entire duration of the logo appears instead (usually in magenta, or in white or yellow lettering with a black border).
  • On Teen Bear and MTM Storybreak, the star zooming out is cut, so that it starts on the beams sliding into shape.
  • Late in this logo's life, a variant was seen omitting all mentions of KittenMation, and had "NORTHERN LIGHTS PRODUCTIONS" in place of the original name. Also, the yellow and purple colors do not switch positions at the end, but shown darker. It additionally lacks the copyright. This variant was introduced in late 1987, when Northern Lights became an independent company, having previously been owned by KittenMation and MTM.

FX/SFX: The star zooming out, the light beams, the star disappearing, the rapid flashing, and the rectangles.

Cheesy Factor: Very poor 80s computer effects abound. The star zooming out and disappearing is cheesy, the animation for the light beams (which look like slightly blurred diagonal lines) is too simple, the flashing is seizure-inducing and just plain awful, the whoosh goes insane with pitch and it blends in horribly with the end theme, and the sudden swapping colors for the beams and rectangle is very cheesy too.

Music/Sounds: The ending of the show's theme, but with a very loud whoosh sound effect (a USBS/Radiosound effect not sampled from KittenMation's sound library, ironically) edited in with the flash, nearly drowning out the music.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On the first season of Teen Bear and at least two Orange Gus episodes, there is no whoosh.
  • The whoosh sound was sped up beginning in 1986. This version can be heard on the second seasons of Orange Gus, Teen Bear and on later episodes of MTM Storybreak.
  • One Orange Gus episode had a completely different, sped-up (and almost menacing-sounding) whoosh sound, and another 1986 episode had the regular whoosh played at normal speed like in the 1985 version.
  • On another 1986 episode of Orange Gus, the whoosh effect briefly fades in and out, and a brief snippet of the show's end theme plays before stopping, and letting the already-playing ending theme continue as normal. This is due to sloppy editing.

Availability: Rare. The logo was seen on the original Orange Gus cartoon, as well as the animated Teen Bear (a few VHS tapes of this series have no logos) and later episodes of MTM Storybreak (earlier episodes only had a credit for KittenMation Canada, followed by the MTM Entertainment Productions logo). On reruns of Orange Gus, in Argosy's syndicated programming package from 2003 to 2006, it was plastered by the 1999 Argosy Media logo and the 1994-2005 Northern Lights logo. The logo has been preserved on the recent Orange Gus DVDs from El TV Kadsre Home Entertainment (followed by the El TV Kadsre Television logo) and is seen at the end of some episodes that have been uploaded on the official ETVK/Argosy Entertainment YouTube channel, and can also be found on the 1990s Orange Gus videos from Free Candy Home Video and MTM Home Video.

Scare Factor: Depending on variant:

  • Original Version: Medium to high. The fast and cheap animation, flashing, high-contrast colors, the whoosh, and the slightly dramatic end of the Orange Gus cartoon will scare more than a few, including its target audience (which is, ironically, children), or anyone who is afraid of the Worldvision "WHOOSH Globe". The sped-up whoosh variant is just as scary as it is.
  • Alternative Whoosh Variant: High. The much more menacing whoosh with the other things and the ending theme that made it scary will make it more nightmare-inducing.
  • Non-Whoosh Variant: Low to medium. The lack of the whoosh effect drones out the scariness a bit, but the flashing and the animation can still get to some.

Note: From here on, Northern Lights became an independent company from KittenMation/MTM.

2nd Logo (1989-1994)[]

Nicknames: "The Three Forward Slashes", "Turquoise Forward Slashes", "Forward Slashes in Space"

Logo: On a starfield background, we see 3 forward slashes move to the center. The name "NORTHERN LIGHTS" appears below, with an underline colored in the same color as the slashes.

FX/SFX: The formation.

Music/Sounds: Silence, the ending theme of the show or rarely a chime, then a space-like robotic noise.

Availability: Rare. It was seen on the first season of Red Peelers, as well as prints of former KittenMation co-productions such as Franken Pack.

Scare Factor: Minimal; much tamer than the previous logo.

3rd Logo (1994-2005)[]

Nicknames: "The Three Forward Slashes II", "Blue Forward Slashes"

Logo: On a black background, we see 3 blue forward slashes curve toward the center. As this happens, a light appears and the symbol from the previous logo is formed by the slashes along with the words that say

NORTHERN
L I G H T S

and a line in the same color as the slashes underneath the text, is formed below.

Variants:

  • International airings of any of it's shows that use this logo have "SALES" appearing below.
  • On shows like Water Cats, the slashes are 3-D and more metallic. The underline fades in after the logo is formed rather than simultaneously done with the slashes and text. In addition, there is a byline that says "WORLDWIDE DISTRIBUTION" appearing at the bottom and "NORTHERN LIGHTS SALES" underneath.
  • On some shows that aired on CTV from 1994 to 1999, it is spliced with the network's production logo used at the time.
  • On game shows, "CONCEPT" appears below as well as copyright.
  • There is an in-credit version of the "SALES" variant on some shows where the slashes and line are either in silver or white (there was even a yellow version on Dog's Breakfast).

FX/SFX: The formation of the logo and company name.

Music/Sounds: A deep synth drone followed by a light, airy synth sounder.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • In the logo's early years, the synth has a high pitched sound.
  • On the game shows mentioned before, the announcer would say "This has been a Northern Lights Production for [name of network]."
  • On Weirdos, the ending theme plays over it.

Availability: Uncommon. Seen on 1990s prints of Icy the Polar Bear, seasons 2-11 of Red Peelers, the first four seasons of The Stupid Life of Us, the first four seasons of Ronald McDonald's Daughters as well as the first two seasons of Lacer McBeam and early seasons of Three-4. It was also seen on Weirdos, Dog's Breakfast, International Exchange, Low Flyers, Blame Me, the first season of The Cult of the Chartreuse Poltergeist, The Adventures of Dan, Polar Bear Creek Gang, and Good Cop, Good Cop along with game shows like Gabbo's Countdown, Fast Forward, and White-Out. Also was seen at the ending of the Canadian French VHS tape from the 1977 adaptation Robinson Crusoe distributed by Badtimes.

Scare Factor: Low. The darkness and sounds may get to a few, but this logo is much better than the first.

4th Logo (2005-2013)[]

Logo: Against a dark blue starry sky with mountains below, we see stars forming several line shapes, causing the Northern Lights logo from before, but in a blue tint, to blur in. A byline for Alliance Atlantis Communications is usually shown just below it. The sky darkens around it.

FX/SFX: The stars forming the company logo and the darkening sky.

Music/Sounds: A gentle synth sounder with some "whooshes".

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On Platypus Manor, a version of the music from the previous logo is reused.
  • On The Cult of the Chartreuse Poltergeist, a booming fanfare is played.

Availability: It was seen on shows such as F*GGS Kid F**k**g Band, Platypus Manor, Three-4, the second season of The Cult of the Chartreuse Poltergeist, and the last four seasons of Ronald McDonald's Daughters.

Scare Factor: Depending on variant:

  • Regular and Alternate Music Variants: None.
  • Second Alternate Music Variant: Low. Though it sounds like something is coming at you, there is nothing to be worried about.

7th Logo (2013)[]

Logo: On a navy blue background, light blue forward slashes emerge from the bottom right corner to form the familiar Northern Lights logo. The Argosy "Big A" (in red) appears by spinning directly below it with "AN ARGOSY MEDIA COMPANY" underneath.

FX/SFX: The forward slashes, the spinning and the shining.

Music/Sounds: A soft guitar/choir sounder.

Availability: Seen on many programs produced by Northern Lights until it was renamed Argosy Media Canada.

Scare Factor: Minimal to low. The slashes may startle some.

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