Disney Educational Productions
Disney Educational Productions (formerly Walt Disney Educational Media Company until 1987) was established in 1969 as a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company to produce educational media. It produced educational series such as Bill Nye the Science Guy, as well as educational shorts, many involving Disney characters.
Walt Disney Educational Media Company
1st Logo (Late 70s-Mid 80s)
Nicknames: "Mickey the Graduate", "Radar Globe Mickey", "Graduate Mickey Head"
Logo: Basically just the WDEMC logo of the time, either presented over a randomized background or superimposed over the opening credits. The logo featured a yellow Mickey head on the top, but styled like a radar globe and is wearing a graduation cap. Below that is the company name in yellow, styled like this:
Trivia: The radar Mickey was based on the 1971-1996 Walt Disney World logo.
Variants: The logo may be featured in different colors, or in-credit.
FX/SFX: None. It's a still logo.
Music/Sounds: None or the opening theme.
Availability: It can range from uncommon to very rare. Most WDEMC releases are in film reels, which can be only played through projectors. Some of the films are still shown in schools.
2nd Logo (Mid 80s-1987)
Nicknames: "Mickey the Graduate II", "Radar Globe Mickey II", "Graduate Mickey Head II"
Logo: An animated version of the previous logo. On a black background, the Mickey head from the previous logo, tilted upwards, zooms out to the top of the screen. It tilts downwards, and "WALT DiSNEY" in black with a blue glow and in its usual corporate font writes itself onscreen. As this happens, the Mickey head glows and turns metallic. After the writing, "EDUCATIONAL MEDIA COMPANY Presents" (written exactly like the previous logo but in a different font) wipes onto the screen via 'sparkle' effect. The remainder of the logo has the entire logo shining.
FX/SFX: The zooming, writing and shining of the logo.
Music/Sounds: A twinkling theme when the logo forms. When the company name writes itself, an 8-note horn fanfare plays throughout. This ends with twinkling sounds and a majestic sounder.
Music/Sounds Variant(s): Sometimes, it's the opening theme of the film.
Availability: Near extinction. It was used during WDEMC's last period before its rebranding as Disney Educational Productions. Its last known appearance was in Goofy's Hygiene Game.
Disney Educational Productions
1st Logo (1987-2000s)
Nickname(s): "Mickey the Graduate", "The Bill Nye Logo"
Logo: On a black background, we see Mickey Mouse wearing a graduation cap and holding a book, fade in via 'glitter' effect on the left hand side of the screen. Mickey then opens the book, and "throws" out sparkling dust that forms the white-pink text "DiSNEY" in the corporate Disney font. The words "Educational Productions" in a sans-serif typeface fade in underneath a second later as a copyright notice fades in underneath Mickey. The text shines, and Mickey blinks a couple of times before turning completely static.
Trivia: The buttons on Mickey's pants are gold, whereas they are usually white.
FX/SFX: Mickey appearing, the company name forming.
Music/Sounds: A synth, followed by a mellow theme accompanied by twinkling sound effects when Mickey throws the sparkling dust.
Music/Sounds Variant(s): Some films have their own versions of the music. However, the above music variant is by far the most common version.
Availability: Rare. Appears on VHS, Betamax and VCDs from the company, especially Bill Nye the Science Guy. Its first known appearance was in the 1987 short Do Dragons Dream?.
2nd Logo (1990s-2000s)
Nicknames: "Boring Disney Logo", "At Least The Home Video Logo of the Time Was Worse", "Another Bill Nye Logo", "Where's Mickey?" "Disney Educational Productions"
Logo: On a black background, we see the words, "Distributed by DiSNEY Educational Productions", styled like before but more metallic, with "Distributed by" in italics and solid white, and Disney in its corporate font. The logo (only the word "Disney") "shines".
FX/SFX: The "shining".
Music/Sounds: A calming synth tune.
Availability: Very rare. Seen on some Disney Educational Productions releases, such as Donald in Mathmagic Land, Bill Nye The Science Guy: Germs,The Eyes of Nye and Doug's Chubby Buddy.
3rd Logo (2000s-)
Logo: On a gradient black/blue background, we see the words "DiSNEY" zooms out in CGI. The words "EDUCATIONAL" and "PRODUCTIONS" zooms out. Then a star draws "Building thinkers every day" before stopping and leaving a translucent trail below "EDUCATIONAL PRODUCTIONS".
FX/SFX: CGI animation.
Music/Sounds: A majestic synth sounder with twinkling sounds.
Availability: Seen on recent DVDs of that time such as the Science of Disney Imagineering series.