Background: Zmation Studios is an animation studio run by Michael Rosen's Z Entertainment company. It currently produces the Truckstop franchise for Dr. Robotnik, as well as the Micheal Rosen spinoff Planet Melianie. It was founded by animators who formerly worked at Pineapple Entertainment.
1st Logo (September 29, 2007- )
Nicknames: "Purple to Yellow", "The Z Kid", "Yellow Z", "Cheerios"
Logo: We see the CGI "Z" from the 2002 Z Entertainment logo drop to the center, which shrinks, turns yellow, and grows arms and legs, and changes to 2D animation. It says "Mation!", and text saying "mation" in the Jokerman LET font comes out of the mouth of the "Z", which freezes as it jumps.
FX/SFX: A mix of CGI and 2D animation.
Music/Sounds: Mario and Luigi (from Super Mario Bros) saying "It's a Z!" from the 2002 Z Entertainment logo and Webby (from DuckTales) says "Mation!". Then we hear a snare drumbeat.
Music/Sounds Variant: On Dr. Robotnik pre-2008 split-screen airings of Back at the Truckstop, the original 2002 Z Entertainment music is occasionally heard. It's probably a goof on Scratch, Grounder, and Coconuts' parts, seeing as the regular credits of said show always have the logo play normally.
Availability: Appears on Back at the Truckstop and Planet Melanie on Dr. Robotnik and Robotniktoons.
Scare Factor: None to minimal; you might get some first time jitters expecting the regular Z logo and ending up with this, but otherwise, it's harmless.
2nd Logo (2010- )
Nicknames: "The Z Kid II", "Yellow Z II"
Logo: Its a CGI remake of the first logo with some changes made. The black background has now been replaced by a white background, and the color dots in the "mation" text are replaced with white dots.
FX/SFX: Its all CGI.
Cheesy Factor: The animation (most noticable on the animated "Z" when it "speaks" out the "mation" text and jumps) seems kinda like it was animated by Video Brinqueido and looks rushed in comparison to the first logo.
Music/Sounds: Same as the first one.
Availability: Seen on Planet Melanie episodes from the second season.
Scare Factor: Low; you might get some first time jitters expecting the first logo and ending up with this, none for those who are used to seeing it.