Nick Jr. Home Video Opening IDs
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This page describes the opening IDs Nickelodeon used on VHS releases of Nick Jr. properties. Prior to the Blue's Clues VHS release Blue's Safari and on DVDs before 2004, Nick Jr. (on both Sony Wonder and Paramount releases) simply used their television bumpers as a de-facto home video logo, like what Nickelodeon did in that time frame.
1st ID (2000-2004)
Nicknames: "Nick Jr. Kids", "Nick Jr. Montage"
Logo: Over a video of a cloudy sky, we see the Nickelodeon logo shaped like a banana, which then has the "skin" peeled away on the left and right sides. We then iris-in to a live-action video showing two sock monkeys, one orange with "NICK" on it and one blue with "JR." on it, sitting on a bed in a bedroom. The camera moves to the right to show two girls next to a puppet show theater box, one in some sort of fairy/bug costume playing a toy accordion, while the other is dressed like a princess and playing a recorder. The two laugh, and then we cut to a series of the following clips:
- Little Bill dancing under a spotlight with musical notes in the air
- A girl with pink, heart-shaped sunglasses riding a bike-shaped swing
- An African-American boy making a chocolate cake mix
- Little Bear watching his mom mix something in a bowl
- Kids playing with a sprinkler in their lawn, and a girl hugging her dog
- Blue jumping at the screen
- The girl in the princess outfit laughing
Then, a clip of Steve from Blue's Clues asking "Are you ready?" plays, leading to a boy and the sunglasses girl, and then the girl with her dog, responding "Ready!" This is followed by Little Bear asking "Are you sure?", followed by clips of all the kids saying "Yeah!" A boy on a swing asks "When's it gonna start?", followed by a clip of Little Bill saying "Right now!" We then see the children running away from the playground, lawn, and kitchen into the living room of the house, intercut with clips of Little Bill running to the screen, Blue hopping to the right, and Little Bear getting out of his seat. Once everybody is in the living room, a TV is turned on, showing the Nick Jr. "Hippos" bumper, which makes everyone laugh uproariously. It ends with the camera zooming into the TV and showing the remainder of the bumper.
Trivia: The general format, as well as the clips and footage featured in this bumper, were later re-used for the opening sequence to the defunct Nick Jr. on CBS block.
- Closing Variant: It starts with Face zooming in and saying "See you later, on Nick Jr.! Ba-ba-ba." We zoom out to see he's on the TV from before, which turns off after he laughs. We then see clips of the children in the house saying bye to the camera, intercut with more clips of Nick Jr. shows. The sock monkeys from the opening variant make an appearance again, as a kid pulls them on a toy wagon into a homemade teepee.
- Later releases replace the Little Bear clips with those of Dora the Explorer; a clip of Dora and Boots eating ice cream is shown during the baking scene, she says "You wanna play?" during the "Are you ready?" sequence, and is shown spinning with Boots during the living room scene.
Music/Sounds: A peppy acoustic/folk tune is heard throughout the bumper, alongside the clips of the shows and kids. The opening variant ends with the Nick Jr. jingle: "Nick Jr.'s just for me!" The closing variant just has the last part of it: "Just for me!"
Availability: Pretty common. Can be seen on any Nick Jr. VHS release from the period, namely tapes of Blue's Clues, Little Bill, Dora the Explorer, and Oswald. This can also be seen on the DVD release of Blue's Big Musical Movie; surprisingly, it's preserved on the 2013 reprint of that disc alongside the 1995 Paramount Home Video logo. The closing variant is generally seen after the closing credits on these tapes, but in some rare cases it may precede the credits.
Editor's Note: This can be seen as Nick Jr.'s counterpart to Nickelodeon's "Maze" logo used on their tapes. While perhaps not as creative or stunning as those bumpers, it's still a favorite of many who grew up with Nick Jr. around this time.
2nd ID (2004-2008? 2010?)
Logo: On a green background with a dark forest green-colored lake, we see an orange frog and a smaller blue frog on a lilypad. The orange frog ribbits three times. The blue frog loudly ribbits, starting the orange frog, and then the two smile at each other. "NICK" and "JR." fade onto their bodies. The frogs then shrink and zoom down to the bottom right corner of the screen.
Variant: This is basically a shortened version of the Nick Jr. "Frogs" bumper from 2003, starting when the frogs get into their positions on the screen.
FX/SFX: 2D Flash animation.
Music/Sounds: The frogs making noises, then a short synth pad note as "NICK JR." appears (which was the channel's "theme" between September 2003 and September 2004).
Availability: Very common. Can be seen at the start of almost all Nick Jr. DVDs from the period, as well as later Nick Jr. VHS releases, which were often issued all the way to the end of VHS in 2006. Beginning in 2008, the Nickelodeon "Fish" logo appeared at the start of Nick Jr. DVDs instead, but it may have been seen on some others prior to Nick's rebranding in 2009.
Editor's Note: It is not known why the animation of the frogs shrinking was kept in (presumably it was used as a lead-in to shows or ads?). Still, this is also a favorite of those who grew up with Nick Jr during this time.