Playhouse Disney Originals

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Credits
Logo descriptions by
Logoboy95 and Originalsboy11


Logo captures by
Logoboy95 and Originalsboy11


Editions by
CuriousGeorge60 and Lukesams


Video captures courtesy of
NextDisneyChannel and Originalsboy11


Background

Playhouse Disney was launched on May 8, 1997 as Disney Channel's answer to Nick Jr. However, this network never used it's own real on-screen logo until 2001; just the normal Disney Channel logo of the time. On February 14, 2011, Playhouse Disney was relaunched as "Disney Junior", and gained a 24-hour channel replacing SOAPnet on most providers since March 22, 2012, although SOAPnet still survived on some providers as an "automated" network until its end on January 1, 2014.


1st Logo (May 8, 1997-2003?)

Nicknames: "Mickey Mouse Screen", "Mickey Television", "Mickey TV Tube"

Logo: On a grassy hill background with clouds and sun, we see the words "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" from before, and then it zooms in the same fashion as the way in the 2000 Disney Channel Originals logo, and the Playhouse Disney logo from before zooms in, sans the word "CHANNEL". We see a different character (depending on a show) waving at us.

Variants: Here are different characters that appear inside the logo:

  • Rolie Polie Olie: Olie.
  • PB&J Otter: Peanut Otter.
  • The Book of Pooh: Pooh.
  • Out of the Box: Tony and Vivian, also uses the long version, with the flowers growing at the beginning.

FX/SFX: The "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" text and the Playhouse Disney logo zooming in, and Pooh waving.

Music/Sounds: A whimsical jingle with a synth voice. For the Out of the Box version, a beautiful-sounding jingle.

Availability: Seen on episodes of Rolie Polie Olie, PB&J Otter, The Book of Pooh and Out of the Box. The Pooh variant is still intact on the DVD release of The Book of Pooh: Stories from the Heart.

Editor's Note: None.


2nd Logo (2001-2002?)

Nicknames: "Mickey Mouse Screen II", "Mickey Television II", "Mickey TV Tube II"

Logo: On a pattern background, the text "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" appear with the copyright stamp under it. Then, the text and stamp fades-out to make room for the Playhouse Disney logo (which is a Disney Channel logo from the era with "playhouse" inside a yellow customized shape with a green outline above it), containing a different character (depending on a show), inside a Mickey Mouse TV screen. Also, the pattern (and the logo) varies.

Variants: Here are different characters that appear inside the logo:

  • Rolie Polie Olle: Olie.
  • PB&J Otter: Peanut Otter.
  • The Book of Pooh: Pooh.
  • Stanley: Stanley and Dennis.
  • Out of the Box: Tony and Vivian.

FX/SFX: It depends on the variant. This was done by Beehive in New York.

Music/Sounds: A whimsical arrangement of the Disney Channel theme of the time, which depends on the variant.

Availability: Very rare. It was seen on pre-2003 Playhouse Disney shows like The Book of Pooh, Stanley, Out of the Box, and other old shows of the "Mickey Mouse Screen" era, but has been plastered by the Disney Junior logo on nearly every new print of these series. However, it was preserved on the Stanley episode "Dolphin Talk" at the end of the VHS release and on the DVD release of Rolie Polie Olie: The Great Defender of Fun.

Editor's Note: None.

3rd Logo (October 2002-February 13, 2011)

Nicknames: "The Mickey Mouse Head", "The Mickey Head", "The Playhouse Mickey Head", "Yellow Mickey Head", "The Ribbon"

Logo: On a green background filled with dark green flowers and yellow stars, a yellow Mickey Mouse head with a purple outline flies from the top-right of the screen. Over the Mickey head, we see the text "playhouse DiSNEY" with "DiSNEY" in its corporate logo font. Suddenly, a blue banner (a la the WB logo) flies up underneath the company name, reading "OrIGInaL" in the same font as the Disney Channel Originals logo at the time. The logo is always followed by the copyright notice on a black background with "DiSNEY" in the signature corporate font.

Variants:

  • Originally, the word "CHANNEL" was below the word "DiSNEY".
  • There is a variant where the logo is already there and it’s just the banner showing up.

FX/SFX: The Mickey Mouse head flying, and the blue banner appearing. This was also done by Beehive in New York.

Music/Sounds: A 7-note whimsical flute jingle, used as Playhouse Disney's jingle at the time, with cartoonish sound effects and stars twinkling at the end. On other shows, the ending theme finishes over it.

Music/Sounds Variant:

  • There's a tweaked variant of this logo on The Koala Brothers in which the same logo is used with high-pitched jingle (via +1 key, which is 70.87 in cents).
  • A silent version exists.

Availability: The "Playhouse Disney Channel" variant is extremely rare, as it was only seen on reruns of their shows from the October 2002 rebrand until presumably in May 2003 when it got replaced with the second version; however, some episodes of Stanley from that era used this version when it last aired on Disney Junior Canada. However, the second version is kept on older VHS tapes and DVDs of pre-2007 Playhouse Disney shows such as Stanley, JoJo's Circus, Higglytown Heroes, Rolie Polie Olie, The Koala Brothers and Charlie and Lola (the latter 3 only used this logo on US prints); although Handy Manny and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse used the ending theme played over this logo, and My Friends Tigger and Pooh used the 2002 Disney Channel logo instead of this one. On Disney Junior (the channel), this was found in split-screen credits of Rolie Polie Olie, most likely due to a processing error. This also made a brief appearance on an episode of Little Einsteins before the Disney Junior logo was shown, likely due to an editing error. During Playhouse Disney's last few years, this was used in tandem with the next logo.

Editor's Note: Some people may be startled by the quick copyright info appearing directly after this logo.

4th Logo (August 2007-Feburary 13, 2011)

Nicknames: "The Sunny Day", "The Mickey Mouse Head II", "The Mickey Head II", "The Playhouse Mickey Head II", "Yellow Mickey Head II", "The Ribbon II"

Logo: On a sunny blue sky background with grass, a tree, a smiling sun, and a yellow bird with a red outline on a tree, we see the similar Mickey Mouse head from before. This time, it's wobbling. Like before, inside the head is "playhouse DiSNEY" with "DiSNEY" in the corporate logo font (just like before). Underneath the "Playhouse Disney" text is a yellow ribbon with a purple outline reading "Original".

Variants:

  • On Bunnytown, the copyright information on a black background appears after this logo.
  • On 16:9 shows, the blue bars from the 2007 Disney Channel Originals logo (specifically the widescreen variant) are seen.
  • A fully animated variant exists, where the sun is in its position, and the camera pans down from just the grass to the bird in the tree and the logo. The logo only wobbles a little in this version.

FX/SFX: Just the yellow sun scrolling and the Playhouse Disney logo wobbling. Very cool digital animation. Design was produced by Mary Snyder. This was done by Ca-Square in New York.

Music/Sounds: Silence, the end theme of the show, or a catchy, sunshiny theme composed by the Imagination Movers, which was adapted from the network's bumper theme during the era.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • A version with a high-pitched jingle exists.
  • Sometimes, the theme is shortened.

Availability: Uncommon. It appeared on Jungle Junction, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Special Agent Oso and Imagination Movers, among others. This doesn't appear on Disney Junior, which tends to plaster over old logos with the Disney Junior Originals logo. Surprisingly, this logo is kept intact on Disney+ prints of these shows. Also found on 2007-2010 Playhouse Disney DVDs and 2011-present Disney Junior DVDs of older Playhouse Disney programming such as the 2013 DVD release of Little Einsteins: Incredible Shrinking Adventure.

Editor's Note: A nice take on Playhouse Disney's rebranding on the era and, at the same time, a wonderful finale to the Playhouse Disney branding.