Frederator Studios

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Logo descriptions, captures, and editions by Eric S., AsdfTheRevival, Guillermo A. Martinez, loveslogos, Mr. Logo Lord, V of Doom, SamAWebster, and Gilblitz112


Background: Frederator Studios (also known as "Frederator, Inc.") is the production company of Fred Seibert, producer of various animated shows, mostly on Nickelodeon. It opened up in 1982 as a branding/advertising company named "Fred/Alan" in association with Alan Goodman. Fred/Alan worked for MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Lifetime, Swatch, WNET, KPXM, HA! TV Comedy Network, Comedy Central, and also became Nickelodeon's advertising agency. Fred/Alan helped Albie Hecht open up a production studio called "Chauncey Street Productions" in 1988 (which was then sold to Hecht in 1992). The company moved to Los Angeles in August 1998 and became "Frederator Studios". Albie Hecht, meanwhile, founded Worldwide Biggies in the mid-1980s (and resurrected it in 2005). In 2016, Rainmaker acquired Frederator, with both companies becoming part of their new holding company, known as WOW! Unlimited Media Inc. In 2020, Seibert stepped down as CEO of Frederator and opened a new independent studio named "FredFIlms." In addition, Nelvana founder Michael Hirsh took over as CEO that same year.


Chauncey Street Productions, Inc.

(September 10, 1988-1997)


Logo: On a background of blue-gray diagonal stripes, We see a city skyline with an orange/red gradient sky, bordered by a blue-gray frame with a shadow on the background. A large white sun emerges from the skyline. Then from the top right, the text "Chauncey Street Productions, Inc." spins and zooms in and places itself on the sun.

Variants:

  • On early Kids' Choice Awards, the logo appears superimposed in black and white. The frame looks like TV static instead of a solid border, and there is a large outline under the sun.
  • On Kids' Court, instead of the text spinning, it flies down to the sun. Also, the copyright stamp from the show's credits is present on the logo.
  • On The Movie Masters, it has the variant above, but the logo is in black and white and has no copyright stamp.

FX/SFX: The sun, and the text spinning in.

Music/Sounds: A crumbling noise over the closing theme. On Kids' Court and The Movie Masters, there is no crumbling noise. The latter TV show also had a voiceover, where Peter Pratt says "This is a Chauncey Street production".

Availability: Was seen on Nickelodeon GUTS, Global GUTS, Talent Pool, Kids' Court, and U to U. Also appears on the game show The Movie Masters and early Kids' Choice Awards.

Editor's Note: The text spinning in looks a bit choppy.


Frederator Studios

1st Logo (July 17, 1998-2008)

Nicknames: "The Dartboard", "The Frederator Dartboard"

Logo: On a cornflower blue (or red) background, we see the green text "FREDERATOR INCORPORATED" with nails on them, the sides being in yellow and with "INCORPORATED" under "FREDERATOR" and "F" in "FREDERATOR" bigger, surrounded by "A" and "PRODUCTION" with a dot between each letter in "PRODUCTION" in either red or golden-yellow.

Variant: On certain Oh Yeah! Cartoons episodes, the logo can be in different color schemes than just cornflower blue or red.

FX/SFX: None. This and the next logo were produced by Jon Kane.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.

Availability: Rare. The version with the red background can be seen on Oh Yeah! Cartoons, The Electric Piper, earlier episodes of The Fairly OddParents and season 1 of ChalkZone. The version with the cornflower blue background can be seen on later episodes of The Meth Minute 39 (earlier episodes have the second logo), the pilot episode of Oh Yeah! Cartoons, and some split-screen credits airings of The Fairly OddParents.

Editor's Note: This serves as a template for the next logo below.

2nd Logo (December 9, 2001-July 26, 2017)


Nicknames: "The Dartboard II", "The Frederator Dartboard II", "The Animated Dartboard", "Frederator!"

Logo: On the same cornflower blue background as the previous logo, several nails are shot in a circle pattern. The text "FREDERATOR INCORPORATED" from the previous logo slams itself word-by-word in the middle of the circle, and "A" and "PRODUCTION" also slam themselves, being respectively above and below the logo. The end result is almost the same as that of the previous logo. It's also an animated version of the previous logo.

Variants:

  • There is a variant in which the background is red with the words "FREDERATOR INCORPORATED" in yellow or steel gray and "A PRODUCTION" in purple or white.
  • There is also a variant in which the background is red/green gradient with the words "FREDERATOR INCORPORATED" in steel gray and "A PRODUCTION" in white.
  • There is also a black & white variant.
  • On split-screen credit airings of The Fairly OddParents from Nickelodeon's rebrand in September 2009 until around sometime in 2010, a copyright notice (recycled from the 2008 Nickelodeon "Lightbulb" logo) is seen.
  • Also, in May 2009, when Nickelodeon USA aired The Fairly OddParents specials, "Wishology" (all 3 parts), a strange error happened on the split-screen credits in which the logo and the preceding Billionfold Inc. logo was slowed down, and the audio was playing in normal speed. And because of it, the jackhammer sounds was played on the preceding aforementioned logo and this logo had the end theme and the copyright notice for the show (which was reserved to the following Nickelodeon logo, which was only seen for one frame).

FX/SFX: The shooting nails and the words slamming. Like the previous logo, this was produced by Jon Kane.

Music/Sounds: Depending on the version.

  • Jackhammer sound effects when the nails appear and metallic slamming sounds when the company name hits the background. This is followed by a female voice (provided by an unidentified woman at Jon Kane's Optic Nerve production company in Brooklyn; she sounds similar to voice actresses Tara Strong and Grey DeLisle-Griffin) quickly shouting "FREDERATOR!!". This can be found on Random! Cartoons, the Jimmy Timmy Power Hour specials, and episodes of The Fairly OddParents starting with season 6.
  • On The Fairly OddParents (until season 5), My Life as a Teenage Robot, and ChalkZone, the jackhammer and slamming effects as well as the voice-over blend in with the end theme of the show.
  • Sometimes it's the end theme like on The Fairly OddParents special "Fairy Idol".

Availability: Common. It can be seen on The Fairly OddParents starting with the episode "Christmas Everyday", season 2-4 episodes of ChalkZone, My Life as a Teenage Robot, and Random! Cartoons. This logo has allegedly been retired with the cancellation of The Fairly OddParents in 2017. The variants with alternate colors can be found on the "fredseibert" Vimeo channel. This was used in tandem with the 2009 and 2010 logos that were seen on Adventure Time.

Editor's Note: The sound effects and the fast pace could catch some off-guard, but this a very popular logo with both Nick fans and fans of The Fairly OddParents, thanks to its longevity of almost 16 years. Strangely, none of the color variants were used on Frederator programs (to our knowledge).

3rd Logo (2005-2009)

Nicknames: "Frederator Robot", "Fredbot"

Logo: On a white background, we see a red-orange silhouette of Fredbot with a yellow "F" on it. The words "A FREDERATOR PRODUCTION" appear below.

Trivia: This was produced by Fred Seibert.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Common. It's seen on episodes of the webshow Channel Frederator of the time, as well as on its spin-off Nite Fite. It can also be seen on the Ape Escape series of short cartoons.

Editor's Note: None.


4th Logo (October 12, 2009-)


Nicknames: "Jackhammer Frederator", "Frederator Robot II", "Fredbot II", "Jackhammer Fredbot", "Jackhammer Robot", "Frederator! II"

Logo: Over a night city skyline view, on a green mountain, we see Fredbot (this time with his sunglasses and a green "F" on him), holding a jackhammer. He chips the words "FReDERATOR STUDIOS" with "FReDERATOR" on top of "STUDIOS". When Fredbot is done, he throws the jackhammer. The carved words then pop out, along with him in a straight position and at the same time spinning red triangles appear in the background.

Trivia:

  • Fredbot in this logo and the next logo was designed to look like Fred Seibert.
  • If you look closely on the jack hammer, it says "FREDERATOR".

Variants:

  • A 4:3 center cut version is known to exist on late 2000s/early 2010s prints of the Channel Frederator webshow, It appears after the 2nd logo. It was also seen on Nickelodeon USA's airings of Fanboy and Chum Chum using the split-screen credits from 2009 until 2012. It's in use on Nicktoons reruns of The Fairly OddParents and whenever the live-action movies airs.
  • A 16:9 stretched version of the center cut variant can be seen on the 2017 Castlevania series on Netflix.
  • On the Channel Frederator YouTube channel and on certain prints of Cartoon Hangover shows, the animation starts out normal, but slows down after the text is formed.

FX/SFX: This is a stop-motion animation designed, animated, and directed by Kristen Lepore, someone who works at Frederator Studios.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 2nd logo.

Music/Sounds Variant: On A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!, the ending theme of the movie plays over it.

Availability: Common. Seen on Fanboy & Chum Chum, current episodes of Channel Frederator, and S1 and early S2 episodes of Adventure Time on Cartoon Network. It was also seen on the live-action Fairly OddParents movie, A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! and it's sequel, A Fairly Odd Christmas. Also seen on episodes of Bee and PuppyCat on Cartoon Hangover. Even though this logo was never used on any Fairly OddParents episodes, this is in use plastering the 2nd logo on Nicktoons USA reruns of the said show starting 2017. Currently seen on Castlevania on Netflix.

Editor's Note: This logo manages to combine the distinct Dartboard audio with visually pleasing animation. This also is a favorite of Adventure Time fans.

5th Logo (October 2010-)


Nicknames: "Frederator Robot III", "Fredbot III", "LegoBot", "Frego", "Frederator! III", "Stop Motion Robot", "The Lego Pieces"

Logo: Against a white background, we see a pile of red Lego bricks on the floor. They then build up to form Fredbot's face and part of his torso. Then, the word "FReDERATOR" in the same font as before zooms onto the Fredbot, which bounces once.

Variant: On the Adventure Time: The Complete Fifth Season 2015 Blu-ray prints of "A Glitch Is A Glitch", the "FReDERATOR" text is smaller than usual at the end.

FX/SFX: Stop-motion, although the "FReDERATOR" text is animated. The design was created by Lego artist Nathan Sawaya.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 2nd and 4th logos.

Availability: Can be seen commonly on all episodes of Adventure Time on Cartoon Network, starting with mid-2nd season episodes of the show until it's end in 2018. Also appears on Adventure Time: Distant Lands on HBO Max.

Editor's Note: Like the previous logo, this logo takes the Dartboard audio and matches it with distinct animation. This logo is very popular with fans of Adventure Time, and it's strange how Frederator doesn't use this logo on other shows of theirs.

6th Logo (2020?-)

Nicknames: "The Rocketships" "Fredbot IV" "Frederator Robot IV"

Logo: Against a cloudy, purple-ish background (tilted a bit to the left), several silhouetted rocketships and what appear to be nukes fly up from a set of parting clouds, along with Fredbot in the middle of them all. The cloudy sky turns into a bright-green background with a white sun-like pattern as Fredbot and the two ships that surround him are illuminated. The screen zooms into Fredbot as it tilts to the right, as he holds his hands up and creates a jolt of electricity that forms into a yellow "FReDERATOR" with several star-like shapes and the small word "STUDIOS" below. Fredbot makes a pose, lowering his arms a bit and tilting his head to the left. There are also two strange alien creatures peeking out of the two ships. The one on the left resembles a realistic young child with green skin and three red eyes, while the one on the right resembles a brown sphere with a large yellow eye and three smaller white eyes on stems.

Variant: There is an alternate logo on the fredseibert Vimeo channel. Here, parts of Fredbot come together, while a rocketship behind him flies up and explodes. The text slides in from the right as Fredbot waves.

FX/SFX: Cut-out 2D animation, although Fredbot seems to be a 3D model of some sort.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 2nd and 4th and 5th logos.

Availability: Seen on later episodes of Bee and PuppyCat.

Editor's Note: Like the 4th and 5th, this logo takes the Dartboard audio and syncs it up with completely new animation, although it is unknown if this logo is a placeholder or not.

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