Buena Vista Productions

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Background

Buena Vista Productions was the former production arm of Walt Disney Television International. Another company with the same name was the in-house television development, production and programming unit within ABC Daytime; that incarnation is now known as ABC Media Productions.

1st Logo (1989-1990?)

Nicknames: "(Classic) Disney Castle", "Abstract Castle", "Black BG & Blue Castle", "Disney Castle",

Logo: On a black background, we see the usual Abstract Disney Castle in blue. On the bottom is the text Buena Vista Productions in white, with "Productions" to the bottom of "Buena Vista", and copyright date below all of it in a different font. After this, all the text apart from "Buena Vista" fades away, with Distributed by fading on the top, and International, Inc. below in a gray font.

FX/SFX: Just the text fading.

Music/Sounds: The end theme to the special.

Availability: Extinct. The only known use of this logo was on a Christmas episode of the French series Disney Parade called "Disney Parade Spécial Noél" ("Disney Parade Christmas Special"), which aired on TF1 on December 24, 1989. Might have appeared on other episodes of the show from this time period.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo (1989-Early 2000s)

Nicknames: "(Classic) Disney Castle II", "Abstract Castle II", "Blue BG & Rainbow Castle","Multicolored Kingdom", "Disney Castle II", "Rainbow Disney Castle"

Logo: It's basically the same as the 1985 Walt Disney Television and Buena Vista Television logos, but with "Buena Vista Productions" below. The "Productions" text fades in a few seconds after the logo starts.

Variants:

  • A still variant exists. This was spotted on the UK version of the 1992 TV special The Grand Opening of Euro Disney.
  • On the American airing of the said special, it crossfades to a rare version of the Buena Vista International logo. The German version of The Disney Club also does the same.
  • On Stick with Me, Kid, another version of the still variant adds "Ltd." next to it. After a few seconds, it incorporates a computer-generated turn-around that changes to the Buena Vista International logo.
  • On the Russian version of The Disney Afternoon (known as Club Disney) and the German Super RTL program Disney News, the text is bolder and "Productions" doesn't fade in after the logo starts, it cross fades to the Buena Vista International logo.
  • On the 1997 run of the Italian version of The Disney Club, the text is in a thinner and somewhat cheesier version, and the castle and arc are off-center.

FX/SFX: Same as the 1985 Walt Disney Television logo.

Music/Sounds: The same ascending pings as the Walt Disney Television logo used at the time, or the ending theme to the show/special.

Music/Sounds Variants: On '90s episodes of the Australian version of Saturday Disney, the closing theme plays along with the bells. There was also an announcement that said "Saturday Disney is produced in conjunction with Buena Vista Productions for the Seven Network."

Availability: Rare.

  • It only appeared on several in-house Disney productions produced outside the United States, such as The Disney Club (in most countries), Disney News in Germany, and Saturday Disney in Australia.
  • It also appeared on the localized German, Italian, and Spanish versions of the game show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, which Disney co-produced.
  • The crossfading variant is only known to appear on the North American airing of The Grand Opening of Euro Disney and the German version of The Disney Club.

Editor's Note: None.

3rd Logo (2007-2009)

Nicknames: "The Comets", "The Buena Vista Comets", "Still Comets"

Logo: It's basically a still version of the 2005 Buena Vista Television logo, but with a light blue background and the name is replaced by "Buena Vista Productions".

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: It's just the end theme to the show.

Availability: Extremely rare. It's only known to appear on Stringers LA.

Editor's Note: None.

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