3-G Home Video
3-G Home Video, legally registered and sometimes promoted as 3-G Productions, was a distributor of various public domain media on VHS originally founded in the early 1980s in Montebello, California, likely by Greg Winters. Little is known about the company due to scarce promotion in media. On July 31, 1991, the company was sued by Titan Sports, the former owner of what is now WWE, due to misleading promotion of a videotape of Hulk Hogan matches; the case was soon settled. In the mid-1990s, 3-G moved their offices to Canoga Park, California. It is presumed that the company shut down around 1999, as by that time no new releases were promoted by the company.
Logo: On a black background, we see a blue "3" in a stylized font on the left of the screen, next to it is a blue line and 3 blue "G" stack one by one. Below is the text "PRESENTS" in purple. Then the "3" turns red while the line and the "G"s turn purple. Then the "3" also turns to purple then, and then a purple thick rectangular outline appears surrounding the "PRESENTS" text. Then the rectangle gets filled in with blue with the "PRESENTS" text casting a shadow over it.
FX/SFX: The text changing colors and box appearing and filling in.
Music/Sounds: None. Some music from the program following might play; this is due to attempted plastering.
Availability: So far, it has only been spotted on an '80s Bugs Bunny VHS tape.
Editor's Note: None.
3-G Home Video
1st Logo (1981?-1989?)
Nicknames: "3-G Segment in a Triangle", "3-G Triangle's Bright Side", "The Still Triangle"
Logo: On a blue background, there is the white text "3-G" in a basic font. In the middle, there are lines like the CBS/Fox Video logos and at the top, are two diagonal pointing ends. Below it is "H O M E V I D E O" in the same font as the above text and below that is a triangle-like object, making the logo look like a triangle.
Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the release.
Availability: Near extinction. This appears the company's Learn To Video series, one example is Learn To Spell.
Editor's Note: None.
2nd Logo (1988-1989)
Logo: On a black background, we see the dark bold red text "3-G". Below the text in the same font but the text says "HOME VIDEO" in red. A bright white line is seen below the text and also below the line we see thinner italic text in the same color "PRESENTS".
Music/Sounds: Cheering crowds can be heard while hearing lines from a wrestling commentator. This may vary in each of their wrestling series tapes. On the Family Christmas Favorites tapes, it is silent.
Availability: Seen on World's Greatest Wrestling series tapes which can all be found on YouTube. It was also seen on both volumes 1 and 2 of Family Christmas Favorites.
Editor's Note: It is the only logo for the company (as the 3-G Home Video name) without the usual triangle logo.
3rd Logo (1989?-1993?)
This logo contains loud noises. Please ensure your volume is turned down before watching videos of this logo.
Nicknames: "3-G Segment in a Triangle II", "3-G Triangle's Dark Side", "The Zooming Triangle"
Logo: On a black background, a triangular shape flashes down from blue from the upper right portion of the screen to the center of the screen where the blue fades away, leaving the same logo as the 1st one but in black with blue outlines and the font is straighter. This is then followed by a screen with a blue "PRESENTS".
Trivia: This was used as a print logo since the company started, but this was its first known onscreen appearance.
Variant: On a repackaged VHS release of Popeye cartoons from 1992 and a Bugs Bunny VHS from the same year, the logo is on a purple gradient background, the presents notice is removed and the triangle shape is brighter.
FX/SFX: The zooming of the logo from the top right which is done in a trailing effect, and the revelation of "PRESENTS".
Music/Sounds: A whooshing sound, which is a white noise swooping up and down with the overdrive/distortion effect.
Music/Sounds Variant: On the blue background version of the logo, it's silent.
Availability: Extremely rare. Many of their releases are out-of-print and hard to find. Only appeared on some VHS releases of Popeye, Looney Tunes (Porky Pig and Tweety Bird cartoons), Woody Woodpecker, and (possibly) Gulliver's Travels. It also appeared on a VHS release of Little Lulu.
Editor's Note: This logo used to be known as one of the loudest logos ever, thanks to the first video uploaded showing this logo, but this was proven false, It also used to be known for having barely readable text thanks to poor tape quality uploads but this was later proven false with a upload of the logo in much better condition. However, this logo would still freak some people out (especially children, which was their target audience for some reason), thanks to its dark background and the whoosh, but the variant is tamer thanks to the brighter colors and the absence of the whoosh.
4th Logo (1993?-1995)
Nicknames: "The Gold 3-G", "Revolving 3-G", "3-G Triangle from Space", "3-G Segment in a Triangle III", "The Zooming Triangle II"
Logo: On a black starry space background, 3-D pieces of the 3-G logo fly in from the screen (with the sides (side faces) metallic blue and caps (front and back faces) a speckled gold color) and form together with the cut triangle coming in from the bottom. After this, "HOME VIDEO" rises from the triangle.The logo revolves once and slowly eases towards the screen after which "PRESENTS" flashes itself in as the space background zooms back revealing it to be inside a blue bordered square.
FX/SFX: The logo forming and revolving, the "PRESENTS" flashing in and screen easing out. Standard early-'90s computer animation.
Music/Sounds: A synth new-age space theme, with occasional gong sounds. At the end, there are four ascending tubular sounds, finally leading into a two-note finish.
Availability: Extremely rare. Appears on Babysitter Cartoon Bonanza Volume 3 on VHS and should be seen on other tapes.
Editor's Note: For a low-budget independent video company like this, the animation looks really good for its time, and its more calm and colorful compared the previous logo.