Jim Henson Pictures
1st Logo (1997)
Nickname: "Kermit the Cameraman", "Kermit the Cameraman Prototype"
Logo: Against a sunset sky background, we see Kermit the Frog sitting on a large crane with a motion picture camera. Under it is the word, "Jim Henson" in it's corporate font with "PICTURES" in spaced-out letters under it.
Variant: On a trailer for Buddy, Kermit and the movie camera are inside a box with the company's name outside and under it.
Music/Sounds: The beginning of the trailer's theme.
Availability: Both of the variants only appear on trailers for Buddy.
Editor's Note: If you love The Muppets, then you will love this logo.
2nd Logo (May 27, 1997-October 6, 2000, 2005, 2013)
Nickname: "Kermit the Cameraman II", "Sorry!"
Logo: We zoom out of a motion picture camera lens with lasers flying about. The camera is being operated by a laughing Kermit the Frog (performed by Steve Whitmire) seated on a large crane extended way up into a metallic sky and rocky land. As the crane moves away from us and Kermit and the crane go into silhouette, a laser writes the text "Jim Henson" (in its familiar font) as the word "PICTURES" in bright metallic letters spaced to fit the width of "Jim Henson", zooms and turns to settle below. When the logo is formed, suddenly the crane takes a hard drop, notably startling Kermit. "Sorry!" is heard from Animal (voiced by Frank Oz) off screen, followed by Kermit whispering "Hmmm. Sheesh."
Trivia: If you have a stereophonic audio system, you can hear Animal's "Sorry" coming from your left speaker.
- There is a version without the crane-drop gag.
- On 4:3 versions of the films Muppets from Space and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, the camera's field of view is rendered in wide angle lens. On some trailers containing either the shortened or the still logo, a little bit of the black on top is shown.
Closing Variant: The superimposed closing variant features a silhouette of the logo on a black background.
FX/SFX: Excellent CGI effects, animatronics and Muppet performances. Done at Prologue Films.
Music/Sounds: A majestic orchestral movie score with frogs croaking and crickets chirping at the end. Kermit's laugh is also heard when he appears. The theme was composed by Hans Zimmer.
- There is a version with the crane-drop gag, but without "Sorry". This was seen on The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland.
- Buddy only had the sounds and not the music.
- Post-2013 reprints of The Great Muppet Caper only have the music and not the sounds, but on the alternate language tracks: French and Spanish, they have both music and sound effects.
Availability: This logo first appeared on a TV spot of Buddy. To date, the version with the crane-drop gag is only seen on two films: Muppets from Space and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (the latter one doesn't have "sorry"), which both are still in print. Current DVD, Blu-ray and Netflix prints and as well for TV reruns of The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper and other Jim Henson classics, as well as on Buddy (the first film with this logo) have the logo without the crane drop gag. However, VHS releases of The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper from the 90's contain the Laser Kermit logo. The company also produced Good Boy!, but the logo itself never appeared in said film, possibly due to the film being released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, who at the time, were not yet associated with Sony.
Editor's Note: This is a brilliantly produced and entertaining logo and is a favorite among fans of The Muppets.