Background: The Turnfield Entertainment Company (commonly referred to as "Turnfield Entertainment Co.") is a media distribution company established on August 4, 1986 by media mogul, Tara Turnfield, as a subsidiary of Turnfield Broadcasting System to oversee its film and television libraries after its ultra short-lived acquisition of MTM/VA Entertainment Co. (now "MTM Enterprises" and "Visual Arts" respectively, which are now owned by a consortium led by Panasonic Corporation of America). Today owned by TVB, the company is largely responsible for overseeing its library for worldwide distribution.
Nicknames: "The Green Globe", "The CGI Globe"
Logo: On a blue/violet gradient CGI starfield, an oblong blue marquee with gold trim with the word "Turnfield" in silver, fancy letters and the right arm of the "T" extended over the other letters, and the left arm curled; this is the same as the Turner print logo moves in, close to the screen from the right. The camera turns left to follow it, and it approaches a green globe, like a planet or moon, positioned in the top left and lit from there and behind. As it approaches, it zooms out and turns its left side (the camera's right) in away from the camera, eventually settling in front of the globe as the camera movement stops.
Variants: There are two versions of the graphic; one with a large globe at the top left and smaller (in proportion) marquee that faces us at an angle at the end, and one with a smaller globe at the top right and longer, more expanded marquee that faces us head-on. The former is most commonly used as the short version. And keep these color variations in mind too:
- Red/violet starfield, violet/white/gold marquee, blue planet facing the left, marquee sweeps at a moderate speed after about a second, facing the camera at an angle.
- Blue starfield, blue/white/gold marquee, bluish-green planet facing the left, marquee sweeps at a moderate speed after about a second, facing the camera at an angle.
- Blue starfield, green/white/gold marquee, bluish-green planet facing the left, marquee sweeps quickly as soon as it fades in, facing the camera at an angle.
- Blue/violet starfield, green/white marquee, bluish-green planet facing the right, marquee sweeps at a moderate speed after about a second, facing the camera head-on.
- Blue/violet starfield, blue/white/gold marquee, bluish-green planet facing the left, marquee sweeps slowly after about 3 seconds, facing the camera at an angle.
- There is an "enhanced"/videotaped version shown in widescreen. It had more stars at the beginning, an expanded marquee, the interior of the "TURNFIELD" text has more reflections and appears to be shiner, the shining effects on the lettering aren't as cheesy, and the animation in general is much smoother.
- Sometimes, the logo is shown in black & white.
FX/SFX: The starfield, logo and globe, all decent mid-late 1980s CGI.
- The standard variant features a triumphant 10-note orchestral fanfare, with a flourish as the logo first appears.
- The more common short version of this logo features a 5-note synthesized theme.
- A high tone variant of the long version can be found before the short film The MTM Story on Argosy Movies Cinema.
- A low tone variant of the short version on the Hot Dog episode "The Googolplex Derby" on Retro Toons. A low tone version of the long version can be found on the 2002 DVD print of David's Run.
- On some Turnfield shows aired on Canada's ToonTV, the logo plays its extended version, but the closing theme plays for half of its length. The other half plays the short logo's music. This was probably done to cover up Van Beuren logos.
Availability: Rare in it's original version and common in the warp speed version. Was once found on many movies and shows from the Turnfield library, though many of the shows have since passed on to Shaw Bros Television Distribution or from 1996-2003; Spartapictures Distribution, and may or may not be plastered over. The long version appears before several short films on Argosy Movies Cinema, but is usually replaced with the current Argosy Media logo on feature films. The print logo itself is still in use, as Turnfield is a fairly autonomous part of the TVB megalith. The short version can be seen on Retro Toons prints of Future World, Hot Dog, two Johnny Testepisodes, two episodes of Kool Katz: The Radical Squadron, and the end of A Caveman Christmas. The intro logo can be seen on The Haunted Schoolon Argosy Network and Retro Toons, as well as at the end of the 1966 How Billy Mays Stole Christmas! special on Argosy Network. The enhanced version was recently found on films like Three 1/2 Weeks and Merseyshire Blues on the Argosy Movies networks, and can be found on the original DVD's of David's Run, and How The West Was Lost, among other pre-1986 MTM films from MTM Home Entertainment. The short version was also sighted at the end of a Mister Mutt cartoon on Retro Toons in 2001 (which was odd, as it aired in a three-hour block). The original version is also seen on the Shires Babies tapes. It also appeared on the 2000 Shaw Bros. Home Video VHS release of Shaft (1971). The long version has recently appeared on an airing of Hey There, It's Pedo Bear on Australian TV channel, "LOL!". Also seen on Galli Galli Kim Kim on Argosy Network and Gogo in India. Even although Retro Toons had a showing case Family Affairs that led to Shaw Bros and Cereal Box Corporation. It lettered insidered to pit a little more music in Family Affairs when TV started.
Scare Factor: Minimal to low. Some may be startled by the rather loud music, but overall this is a pretty neat and clean logo.
2nd Logo (1988-1993, 2001)
Nicknames: "Filmstrip Star", "Turnfield Star"
Logo: On a black background, a star fades in. The star is outlined by 5 stylized filmstrips. Then the words "TURNFIELD ENTERTAINMENT CO." in a serif font fades in. Then the TVB byline fades in.
FX/SFX: Just the fading.
Music/Sounds: None. On some shows like Shires Babies, it's the end-title theme.
Availability: Ultra rare. Turnfield continues to use this as a print logo, and any onscreen appearance is quite rare. The TVB variant was seen on the 2001 special edition of the 1970 documentary film The Beatles: That's the Way It Is. The Beuren/Turnfield combo is extinct and were seen on the final two seasons of The Metasyntactic Variables and Shires Babies. It is also seen on the documentary The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Water.
Scare Factor: Minimal. The lack of noise may startle some.