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Background

Decode Entertainment was a Canadian television production company based in Toronto, Ontario. It was founded in 1997 by Steven DeNure, Neil Court, and John Delmage. In 2006, the company merged with Halifax Film to form Vancouver-based DHX Media (now WildBrain).

1st Logo (October 24, 1997-1999)

Nicknames: "Unknown Decode"

Logo: On a white background, we see the words "DECODE Entertainment Inc." in blue. DECODE is in a American Typewriter font and the Entertainment font is a font similar to Comic Sans or Graphite. The "DECODE" text's light swirls and the Entertainment is shooting out light rays.

FX/SFX: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the show or silence.

Availability: Very rare. It was last seen on the first 13 episodes of Rainbow Fish on HBO Family as well as the first season of Freaky Stories. Also appeared on Watership Down and Weird-Oh's.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo (October 4, 1999-September 4, 2008)

Nicknames: "TV Static" "The First Debut of the Robot Head" "Cute Robot Head" "Symbols from Hell"

Logo: On a blue screen filled with TV static, a bunch of weird symbols form the large word "DECODE" in Mekanik Std Regular font. Then, on the lower left corner on the screen, a yellow robot head with one eye and an antenna as well as transmission symbols appears, smiles, and blinks.

Symbols: Here are just a few symbols that you could find:

  • A crudely drawn "1"
  • A 6
  • A T
  • A 3
  • An italic "E"
  • A flower
  • A V sign

Variants:

  • On many shows, like The Save-Ums as well as King and the first and second seasons of Franny's Feet, A copyright stamp appears next to the robot.
  • On Bromwell High, the logo is slightly longer.
  • An in-credit variant exists on some shows, where the robot head is shown on a white square above the word "DECODE". Also, the "DECODE" text is white.
  • On some shows, like The Hoobs, the logo is shown via split screen with other production logos.

FX/SFX: The "symbols" writing, and the robot head appearing and blinking. None for the in-credit variant.

Music/Sounds: A TV static sound.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On most of their shows, the closing theme of the show plays over it.
  • On Chop Socky Chooks, it is silent.
  • On Angela Anaconda, we hear the title character laughing manically.

Availability: Uncommon to rare, as their output isn't reran on TV that often (at least in the U.S). It was seen on Franny's Feet on Sprout (now Universal Kids) and V-me. Also seen on Angela Anaconda, The Naughty Naughty Pets, Naturally Sadie, Dudson, Olliver's Adventures, Our Hero, The Save-Ums!, early episodes of Chop Socky Chooks, Radio Free Roscoe, What About Mimi?, King, Bromwell High, and later episodes of Watership Down.

3rd Logo (September 3, 2007-2011)

Nicknames: "Cute Robot Head II"

Logo: On a blue background, the robot head from before bounces on the text. The text says "DECODE Entertainment Inc." in Mekanik Std Regular font from the previous logo. The robot gets catapulted on the t and the text is revealed with the DHX Media byline, with the robot head next to it.

Variants:

  • A long version is where the robot head is walking on the text instead of bouncing. Once the head gets to an "I", he gets his antenna stuck in the dot and it sends him flying, with the animation continuing as normal.
  • Another version starts at where the robot head is flying.
  • On shows by Halifax Film, the logo appears in-credit.
  • On The Mighty Jungle, the in-credit variant is faster.

FX/SFX: Animation better than before.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the show.

Music/Sounds Variant: Like the last logo, on Angela Anaconda, we still hear the title character laughing manically.

Availability: Uncommon. Appears on Super Why! on PBS Kids, Bo on the Go! and Animal Mechanicals when it last aired on The Hub (now Discovery Family). Can also be seen on Poppetstown, Urban Vermin, How to Be Indie, and Dirtgirlworld, just to name a few. The long version is extremely rare and is only seen on Pirates: Adventures in Art and a trailer for How to Be Indie so far. On some newer prints of Angela Anaconda, this logo replaces the last logo. Sometimes, this logo gets plastered by the DHX Media logo. It was also seen on The Latest Buzz, Clang Invasion, and the second season of Planet Sketch.

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