Nickelodeon, or simply Nick, is an American cable and satellite network, aimed at children and adolescents aged 9-16. Launched on December 1st, 1977, the network was originally founded as Pinwheel, named after a children's television show of the same name. The network was later renamed to Nickelodeon on April 1, 1979, after an early 20th century exhibition dedicated to showing projected motion pictures.
1st Logo (1985-1989)
Nickname: "Nick ID Snippets"
Logo: There are multiple variants used:
- Fireworks: We see shadow figures of three children looking into the night sky. A firecracker (which looks like a comet streak) passes by them and we pan up into space, Then the firecracker bounces off of an astronaut, then a satellite, and finally, the moon, who has a very angry look, before it shoots up into the sky, and then explodes into several fireworks. "NICKELODEON" in its familiar font forms. A more common version starts at the firecracker shooting into the sky.
- Nick TV: On a blue green background, we see a boy in glasses standing next to a large, winged turtle with a TV screen on it. The boy jumps onto the turtle as it flies around in circles. It then stops in the middle of the screen to reveal the "NICKELODEON" text on the TV screen. This was done by Colossal Pictures.
- Nick Box: On a cream-colored background with objects, we see many objects falling down, and landing in a black rectangle. Then, we see the black rectangle, but on top unfolds an orange rectangle, with "NICKELODEON" in the colors of the objects, and in its familiar font. It makes a box shape, then the "NICKELODEON" text flashes white, and a butterfly flies out of the box.
- Fish: On a stage surrounded by blue fish, we see three green fish dancing and another one playing the piano. A curtain, with the "NICKELODEON" text in its familiar font, drops. This was done by David Lubell.
- Golf: We see the toe of a golf club, with an orange golf ball with "NICKELODEON" on it. It hits it, and goes through a loop with an orange arrow with "NICKELODEON" on it. It comes through a windmill with flat orange hands with "NICKELODEON" on it, and finally gets through a curvy pathway with Nickelodeon arrows pointing up.
- Submarine: We see a dinosaur standing in the middle of a field, looking around. Suddenly, the ground turns into water, and an orange submarine with "NICKELODEON" on it floats up to the surface, right under the dinosaur's feet. This was done by Charlex.
- Teacup: On a black background, we see a very weird looking tea-dispenser with green grass-like hair, big eyes, a tongue holding a teacup, and a tube coming out of its nose into the teacup. The tea-dispenser slowly spins so that the camera is facing the back of it, and starts to become transparent. When it becomes fully transparent, we see three fish with "NICKELODEON" on them swimming in circles inside.
- Bikes: On a black background, we see two hand-drawn people (one orange and one purple) riding bikes. This then changes to a blue person wearing green clothing falling over on a bike carrying packages, then to another purple person riding a bike, and finally multiple red people passing by on their bikes. During the last shot, an orange person also passes by, with one of his bike's gears reading "NICKELODEON". When this gear shows up on screen, every part of the orange person's bike except the gear disappears, leaving only the gear on screen.
- Clay: On a white background, we see a clay orange bomb reading "NICKELODEON" with a lit fuse. When the bomb detonates, it explodes into an orange drop, which transforms into an orange fish reading "NICKELODEON", and then into an orange triangle, also reading "NICKELODEON".
- Pattycake: We see two silhouettes with orange outlines playing Pattycake on the moon in outer space (we also see Earth in the background). The silhouettes clap hands two times, and four orange hands appear on screen. When they clap hands again, they disappear, and "NICKELODEON" appears on the four orange hands.
Trivia: These logos were all based on the iconic idents for which Nickelodeon was known throughout most of the 1980s.
Variant: There was a superimposed variant of the short fireworks logo that was seen on Double Defi, the French-Canadian version of Double Dare.
FX/SFX: It depends on the variant.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.
- On several episodes of Finders Keepers, we hear silence over the fireworks logo.
- On the video Double Dare: The Inside Scoop, we hear the fireworks logo's music.
Availability: Rare. Most of the variants can be seen on the Orlando-taped episodes of Super Sloppy Double Dare. The long fireworks version (with music) can be seen on the video Double Dare: The Inside Scoop and at the end of Double Dare: The Messiest Moments on VHS. The short fireworks version, however, appeared on the syndicated versions of Double Dare and Finders Keepers, as well as the Fox version of Family Double Dare (and even appeared on the Australian version of Double Dare after the "This program is based off of.." bumper). A short Nick Box is seen on the syndicated version of Double Dare and 1989 episodes of Super Sloppy Double Dare (both the Philadelphia and Orlando-taped episodes). The full Nick Box, however, can be seen on the video How to Throw a Double Dare Party. The golf logo can be found on some Orlando-taped SSDD episodes as well. None of these variants appear on the British and Dutch versions of Double Dare, though.
Editor's Note: None.
2nd Logo (September 4, 2000-September 2006)
Nickname: "The Weird Object"
Logo: Against a teal background, various hard-to-describe versions of the Nick logo bounce around the screen (usually "Cloud 2"), eventually settling in the center. Copyright info (which varies in font depending on the show it follows) appears below. Sometimes the copyright info can be on as early as the logo is animating.
- This logo was based on the on-air look Nick had from September 4, 2000 to October 10, 2002, which was designed by Burning Settlers Cabin.
- According to Burning Settlers Cabin, each shape has a name. See picture captions above for details.
- Also, on 2010-2013 airings of the Klasky-Csupo-produced Nicktoons with Nickelodeon USA's split-screen credits, between the transition of K-C's "Splaat" logo and the 2009 Nickelodeon Productions logo, you can actually see a split-second of this logo (just the teal background).
- The kids' laughing audio used from August 2001-September 2006 was used on the Wunschpunch episode, "Terrible Toddlers".
FX/SFX: The "bouncing".
- A still version of the logo without any copyright notice exist.
- An animated version without any copyright notice also exists. So far, it's known to only appear on an airing of Barbie of Swan Lake. The shape used was "Cloud 2" when it was animating, and turns into "Flower" shape when the logo stops animating.
- On Barbie: The Princess and the Pauper, the background is white and the Mattel logo is in place.
- The second logo for Nickelodeon Animation Studios was also used along with this logo for certain Nicktoons (Jimmy Neutron, the Frederator-produced Nicktoons [some early season 2 episodes of The Fairly OddParents actually used this while other episodes used the Nicktoons Splat], Danny Phantom, The X's, and Invader Zim) up until 2006. See the page for more details.
Music/Sounds: Depends on the era:
- September 4?, 2000-July 2001:
- The end theme of the show.
- The previous logo's audio on shows like SpongeBob SquarePants, Doug, Hey Arnold!, and CatDog.
- The sounds of an engine revving and a xylophone ditty. The audio stops once the logo stops moving onscreen. Some shows, like Ren & Stimpy and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, have the end theme of the show cut-off for this. On both of these shows, it is very hard to find.
- The audio from the preceding promo on Nickelodeon's split-screen credits can be used.
- An odd buzzing sound which was used on some October 2000 airings of shows like Doug and Are You Afraid of the Dark?.
- August 2001-September 2006:
- The previous logo's audio on the mentioned shows above.
- The sound of kids laughing.
- The end theme of the show.
- For a brief time in summer 2005, there was an announcer (possibly a female adult or an older child) that said "Next on Nick, [SHOW NAME]."
- On airings of The Amanda Show with the split-screen credits and an episode of Pelswick, it has the buzzing sound from the 1996 Nickelodeon Productions "Lightbulb" logo.
- On Butt Ugly Martians, the kids laughing sound cuts from the middle.
- On at least one airing of Hey Arnold, the kids laughing audio and the continued Snee-Oosh theme both play.
- This logo was mainly used to plaster the Nickelodeon Productions logo on the split-screen credits from 2000 until 2006 (this was done to simplify the creation of the credits).
- Strangely, this logo wasn't seen on a 2001 airing of Taina with the split-screen credits, as the 1996 Nick Productions "Lightbulb" logo appears, and several airings of Avatar: The Last Airbender with the split-screen credits omitted this logo in favour of the NAS “Nickelodeon splat”, it is unknown what shape the Nickelodeon logo used on the former show.
- Sometimes, it would appear on shows that weren't made by Nickelodeon, but had split-screen credits, like Speed Racer X, My Dad The Rock Star and Butt Ugly Martians.
- This logo was also used on the Nick on CBS block when it aired Nicktoons because of the fact that the block's credits were the same ones Nickelodeon used at the time.
- The still logo was last seen on the 2011 airing of Cry Baby Lane, as current airings on NickSplat remove this logo.
Editor's Note: None.
3rd Logo (September 28, 2009-March 11, 2017)
Logo: Essentially the same as the 2009 Nickelodeon Productions logo, but excluding the word "PRODUCTIONS" and sometimes the copyright stamp.
Variant: On Open Heart and the 14th season of Degrassi, the same logo of Nickelodeon Productions was used but "ORIGINALS" replaces "PRODUCTIONS".
FX/SFX: Same as the 2009 Nickelodeon Productions logo.
Music/Sounds: Same as the 2009 Nickelodeon Productions logo.
Availability: Common. Although split-screen airings now use the 2009 Nickelodeon Productions logo, it's still seen at the start of most Nickelodeon DVDs, and sometimes at the end of Nickelodeon shows like Rabbids: Invasion. The "Originals" variant appears on Degrassi starting with the 14th season and Open Heart (Canadian airings of these two shows don't have this logo).
Editor's Note: None.
4th Logo (2013?- )
Nickname: "Litebulb II"
Logo: Just the current Nickelodeon logo on a white background.
- On Pinky Malinky, the titular character is seen running and jumping around the logo.
- On Glitch Techs, the logo is seen in an arcade machine along with a score counter above it and the blinking text "PRESS START" below it. The logo also glitches a little.
- There is a version where the logo is smaller and the color scheme is reversed (the logo is white, while the background is orange).
- On many shows, the logo is in-credit.
FX/SFX: Usually none, except for the animation in the two custom Netflix variants:
- Pinky Malinky variant: Pinky running and jumping around the logo.
- Glitch Techs variant: The logo glitching and the "PRESS START" text blinking.
Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the show.
- On Pinky Malinky, we hear the opening theme of the show along with Pinky laughing, then saying "I can't" and screaming the word "whoa".
- On Glitch Techs, some video game sound effects are heard.
Availability: Common. Appears on Ollie's Pack. The reversed color scheme version can be found on Becca's Bunch. The custom animated variants are seen before the Netflix original shows Pinky Malinky and Glitch Techs. The in-credit variant is very common and can be found on shows such as Make It Pop, Star Falls, Ride, Max & Shred, Dorg van Dango, Massive Monster Mayhem and the 2019 version of The Adventures of Paddington.
Editor's Note: None.