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Logo: On a white background, three people (Keith Alcorn on the left, an unknown person in the middle, and John A. Davis on the right) are seen with quirky expressions on their faces; they look somewhat distorted (likely mirrored). The pictures are all in boxes and in grayscale. Copyright information is seen below.

FX/SFX: The text wobbling.

Cheesy Factor: The text looks ugly as well as the strange pictures, and "The Honeymoonies" and VHS variants are unnecessarily violent.

Music/Sounds: The end theme of the short.

Music/Sounds Variants:

Availability: Seen onNanna and Lil' Puss Puss.

Scare Factor: It depends on the variant.

  • Low to medium for the original two logos. They appear jarringly, and the end music, faces, and mere surprise of seeing them instead of the other DNA logos might get to some. None to minimal for those used to seeing them, or find them to be funny. The Off the Record variant can catch some people off-guard.
  • None to medium for the VHS variant. The somewhat grotesque cartoon animation could unnerve many, especially those uncomfortable with the sight of blood.
  • Low to nightmare for "The Honeymoonies" variant. The disembodied head, the expression on Nana's face, the blood on the floor, the somewhat evil grin on Puss Puss, and the excessive detail will definitely unnerve a lot of sensitive people, even if it's cartoony and on a white background. However, the scare factor is lower and can be considered funny to those who are used to the short's morbid content.

2nd Logo

(1994)


NOTE: The 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th (prototype) logos can be seen here.

Nicknames: "The Demo", "DNA Drive-In", "Pegasus Crashing Into a Rock Formation"

Logo: We see a road with cacti spread about it on the sides. The camera zooms into a drive-in theater, with large signs depicting "The Demo: Now Showing On Screen 1". Once it fully zooms into a screen, we see an animated pegasus flying in the air as normal. Helix the Cat (who looks rough) flies by using his tails as a propeller and the pegasus looks at him for a moment. Helix motions toward the audience in a pose that seems like he's going to whisper to them as he flies offscreen. Suddenly, the pegasus is in shock and it crashes into a giant rock formation, with the big letters "DNA" carved into it. The camera slowly pans out.

FX/SFX: The zoom-in to the theater screen, and the animation afterwards. A good combination of traditional cartoon animation and CGI.

Music/Sounds: An excerpt from Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto 1 plays throughout the animation. This becomes distorted once the pegasus flies into the giant rock. A final, triumphant chord plays as the rock structure is revealed.

Availability: Extremely rare, seen as a bumper on "The Nanna & Lil' Puss Puss Show" VHS tape by Expanded Entertainment.

Scare Factor: None to medium. The music changing at the end will probably put a few off, but at the same time cause some to chuckle.

3rd Logo

(1994)

Logo: On a background that looks like a multicolored light's rays and an abstract, multi-sided, pointy shape, we see a green pencil sketch turn from a "D" into an "N" and finally into an "A".

FX/SFX: 2D animation.

Music/Sounds: TBA

Availability: See 2nd logo.

Scare Factor: None to low.

4th Logo

(1994)

Nickname: "Paper DNA"

Logo: Just three pieces of paper being crumpled over and over, each saying the letters "D", "N", and "A".

FX/SFX: TBA

Music/Sounds: A gurgling sound, spitting, and a burp.

Availability: See 2nd logo.

Scare Factor: Low. It might startle some with it's jarring appearance.

5th Logo

(1994)


Nickname: "DNA?"

Logo: The logo consists of "DNA?" in a bold color-changing font spinning on a bluish background.

FX/SFX: The text spinning. It's hard to tell what this logo really resembles, making it almost seem like a station ID.

Music/Sounds: A quirky, fast-paced woodwind theme.

Availability: See 2nd logo.

Scare Factor: None to low.

6th Logo

(1994)

Logo: The word "DNA" places itself by letter on a textured floor. The letters are textured as well.

FX/SFX: The animation, which is rather effortless.

Music/Sounds: Two people shout "Yay! Boo! Yay!" alternating between letters as each letter appears. This sound effect is heard on the SGC2C episode "Sequel".

Availability: See 2nd logo.

Scare Factor: Minimal to low. Some people might be rattled with the startled appearance.

7th Logo

Variant: A prototype version had a black background, red, puffy text, and a rougher version of Helix having an even more unfriendly appearance. He simply raises his finger in the air and adorns a Cheshire Cat grin. Helix is also contained within a solid, blue circle.

FX/SFX: Helix turning around and jumping, the text shining; pretty fluid animation. For the prototype, Helix raising his finger and the text shining.

Music/Sounds: The best way to describe the noises heard is two series of echoing, bouncy, high-pitch, distorted "guitar notes", followed by an echoing beat, and a loud, echoing (SPROING) sound as Helix finishes his jump. The prototype had a stock high-pitched "phone-voice" sound.

Availability: Rare. Seen on the 1998 Jimmy Neutron pilot "Runaway Rocketboy", which can be found on the Confusion Fusion DVD. Was also seen on the obscure video series Jingaroo. See 2nd logo for the prototype.

Scare Factor: Low to medium. The weird noises and Helix might catch you off guard if you haven't seen it before, expecting the 7th logo and wind up with this, but otherwise it's harmless. None to low for the prototype.

Trivia: The logo's mascot is named after Paul Claerhout, one of DNA's first three employees. According to a Tumblr post of a Email asking about Paul's creation (which might be proof that DNA has restarted), Paul was voiced by Claerhout himself.

FX/SFX
: The spinning trees, and Paul jumping up and waving to us, all in gorgeous CGI animation for the time that still doesn't look out of place today.

Music/Sounds: A happy tropical xylophone sounder, most likely a stock piece. Tropical birds and insects can be heard in the background, but only on the original variant. Paul's voice is an innocent, high-pitched man's voice.

Music/Sounds Trivia: This logo's music is featured in the Macintosh game Ants Afireas seen in this video, as the finishing sound in ImgBurn and DVD Decryptor, as a tool in Kid Pix, and in the Sound Ideas Series 6000 sound effects library; in addition, the last part of the theme was used on a recent ad for Aldi in Australia (a video can be found here; the theme is heard about 3/4 of the way in).


Availability: Uncommon. This appeared on all episodes of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour. The double Paul appears on "The Junkman's Cometh". The coffee break Paul appears on "Men at Work". The reverse Paul appears on "Foul Bull"/"The Science Fair Affair". The Spanish Paul appears on "The Mighty Wheezers"/"Billion Dollar Boy". The blooper 1 Paul appears on "Attack of the Twonkies". The blooper 2 Paul appears on "My Big Fat Spy Wedding". Current TV prints plastered all of them with the normal version. The logo can be still seen on VHS, DVD and Amazon Video. The variants are all retained on Hulu prints of of the show.


Scare Factor:
  • Normal & Paul Blooper #2: Depends on your point of view; it can range from none to low. This logo has scared a few children, and Paul's third eye can startle some, but most people should be fine watching it.
  • Double Your Pleasure: Minimal to low, due to both of the 2 Pauls and the same reason above.

  • Bi-Lingual Paul: Minimal to low. Paul's mustache, along with his 3 eyes, might catch you off-guard.

  • Backwards Masking Paul: Low, due to Paul staring suddenly at the beginning, still with 3 eyes.

  • Paul Blooper #1: Low, bordering on medium for those seeing it the first time. Paul suddenly coming up and saying something different can be a little surprising, although it's intended to be funny.

  • Coffee Break Paul: None to minimal. The sudden voiceover saying "Paul?" might catch some off-guard.

Regardless, some people find that Paul is cute and funny, and this is a memorable logo.

Logo capture by Eric S.
Video capture courtesy of osdatabase

Background: Gladden Entertainment was a film company founded by late Hollywood executive David Begelman, which supplanted Sherwood Productions, the company of which he was head of production. Begelman named the company after his wife Gladys. Gladden was overshadowed by Begelman's fraudulent schemes and unpaid taxes that would haunt him until he committed suicide in 1995. In February 1994, the founder left Gladden Entertainment, which would go bankrupt that April, and focused on a company he founded months earlier called Gladden Productions, but no movies ever came out of that new company.

(June 13, 1986-May 17, 1991)



Nickname
: "The Ribbon G"

Logo: On a grain background, we see a blue box expanding. It then morphs into a ribbon, revealing a "g". "GLADDEN ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION" appears under, and a blue box is formed, making the "g" clear.
Variants:
  • Starting with The Sicilian, the logo was cut short to begin once the "g" is revealed.
  • The aforementioned Sicilian has the logo on a white-on-black color scheme.


FX/SFX: The animation in the logo.

Music: None. Sometimes, the opening theme plays.

Availability: The original version can be seen on Wisdom, and TV prints of The Manhattan Project whenever FXM airs it. The short version can be seen on Mannequin 2: On the Move, Gleaming the Cube, Millennium, Short Time, The Sicilian, Weekend at Bernie's and The Fabulous Baker Boys. Current prints of many of their productions such as Mannequin and The Manhattan Project (on MGM DVD releases mainly) have it plastered, or remain intact but with the Fox logo replaced with the MGM lion. The Fox/Gladden combo can still be seen on both the Live Entertainment and MGM DVDs of The Fabulous Baker Boys, the Artisan DVDs and IVE/Vestron Video VHS releases of Weekend at Bernie's, The Sicilian, and Millennium, VHS releases and the German Koch DVD of Wisdom, and HBO/FXM airings of Gleaming the Cube.


Scare Factor: Low.


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