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 (1984-1992)
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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 (1996-2003)
Logo: A CGI ball appears on a black background and then forms a "NICKELODEON" splat, which resembles the Nicktoons version but with smaller text.
- On Yakkity Yak, the logo is shortened and it has a copyright for Nickelodeon Australia scuttles in below in orange.
- There's an rare still variant reading "NICKELODEON" exists. This was only seen on a trailer for Harriet the Spy and the teaser trailer for The Rugrats Movie.
FX/SFX: CGI animation.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show or trailer.
Availability: Rare. The animated version was only seen on Yakkity Yak and the Fat Files shorts. The still version of the Nickelodeon logo was only seen on the trailer for Harriet the Spy and the teaser trailer for The Rugrats Movie.
Editor's Note: TBA
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 (September 21, 2010-April 13, 2012)
Logo: Same as the Nickelodeon Digital logo, but it is a still version without the copyright notice and with the short name reading "NICK".
Music/Sounds: The closing theme to the show.
Availability: Very rare. It was only seen on Artzooka!, but Qubo broadcasts edit this out.
Editor's Note: None.
5th Logo (2011- )
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).
- Another smaller version exists without the reversed color scheme.
- 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 smaller variant with the normal colours can be seen on Deer Squad. 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.