Warner Bros. Animation
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Warner Bros. Animation is the successor to the original Warner Bros. Cartoons established in 1944, which was known before as Leon Schlesinger Productions. The studio was established in 1980.
1st Logo (October 11, 1960-1967)
Nickname: "Animated WB Shield"
Logo: A generic variant of the 1955 Warner Bros. Television logo with Looney Tunes characters.
- On The Bugs Bunny Show, the WB shield is seen on a red background. After a short fanfare, Bugs Bunny appears, and says, "This folks, is a Warner Bros. Television production." The shield closes. At the end of the show, the Warner Bros. Television logo appears.
- On The Porky Pig Show, during the credits the classic Warner Bros. Cartoons logo is seen on a bumper tire. As the camera zooms in, the tire opens like a door. Porky appears and utters his famous catchphrase, "Th-th-th-that's all, folks!" The door closes, but shortly after Porky is shown saying "We've been brought to you by..."
- On The Road Runner Show, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner are seen on two different sides of the shield.
FX/SFX: It depends on the variant. For The Bugs Bunny Show and The Porky Pig Show, it's the characters opening the shield. None for The Road Runner Show.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show. On The Road Runner Show, we hear the Road Runner's distinctive "Meep meep!" and tongue-popping-out sound effect.
Availability: Rare. It's seen on TV broadcasts of The Porky Pig Show and The Road Runner Show.
2nd Logo (September 3, 1967-1970)
Nicknames: "Animated W7", "Animated W7 Shield"
Logo: Another generic variant of the TV logo of the era, this time for the 1967 WB-SA TV logo.
Variant: Some episodes of The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show have the shield on a red background. The color of the shield is yellow, and the company name is absent. Suddenly, Bugs Bunny pops out of the shield, and says the following: "This has been a Warner Bros. Seven Arts-". Road Runner then pops out of the shield too and says: "Beep, beep!". Bugs then continues: "Like the bird says, this has been a Warner Bros.-Seven Arts television presentation". The shield then closes.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.
Availability: Rare. It's usually seen on The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show. Later used for some episodes of The Bugs Bunny Show before 1970.
3rd Logo (September 1972-1984)
Nickname: "Animated Big (\\')"
Logo: Same as before, except the LT characters stand beside the 1972 WBTV logo (the Big "W" logo) with the company name on top (in the Warner Communications custom typeface) and the byline "A WARNER COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY" below.
Variant: On the 1979 Bugs Bunny Valentine Special and the 1981 special Bugs Bunny: All-American Hero, the font in the logo is seen in a black color.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.
Availability: Quite rare, it's seen on episodes of The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show and The Sylvester and Tweety, Daffy, and Speedy Show, as well as other Looney Tunes specials during the era, though most specials plaster it with the 6th logo.
4th Logo (January 10, 1984-1986)
Nicknames: "Animated WB Shield II", "Unprofessionally-Drawn WB Shield"
Logo: Same as before, except the LT characters stand beside the WBTV logo logo with the company name on top and the Warner Communications byline below. The WBTV logo uses the WB shield logo, without the banner. This is all on a red background.
Variant: In the early days, the name and the byline were in the previous logo's font. In 1984, the font was updated to reflect the new WBTV logo introduced at the time.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.
Availability: Extinct. Once again, it was available on The Bugs Bunny Comedy Hour and on the last few seasons of The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show during the era.
5th Logo (September 13, 1986-March 8, 1992)
Nicknames: "Animated WB Shield III", "Unprofessionally-Drawn WB Shield II"
Logo: Same as before, but with Bugs Bunny (on the left) and Tweety (on the right) on a purple background with the WB logo with a maroon background inside.
Variant: By no later than 1990, the top byline was changed to "WARNER BROS. ANIMATION INC.", which takes over the screen.
- September 13, 1986-1990: "A WARNER COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY"
- 1990-March 8, 1992: "A TIME WARNER COMPANY"
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.
Availability: Extinct, it was only seen on The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show. But it was common in Canada, due to the show frequently airing on Teletoon Retro before it shut down.
6th Logo (1990-1992)
Nickname: "WB Shield Wallpaper"
Logo: Over a royal blue wallpaper of little WB print shields, we see Bugs Bunny in the spotlight, prompted on top of the company name "WARNER BROS. ANIMATION INC." in yellow-green.
FX/SFX: Bugs eating his carrot.
Music/Sounds: The sound of Bugs munching his carrot, usually played over the closing theme of the show.
Music/Sounds Variant: On Merrie Melodies Starring Bugs Bunny & Friends, an announcer says "Merrie Melodies is a production of Warner Bros. Animation, and is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television" (the last part is heard over the 1990 Warner Bros. Television Distribution logo).
Availability: Appeared on syndicated episodes of Merrie Melodies Starring Bugs Bunny & Friends, as well as various Looney Tunes TV specials (often plastering over older logos from the 1970s and 1980s).
Editor's Note: This logo is inspired by the Bugs Bunny opening titles for Looney Tunes cartoons from the late '40s-early '60s.
7th Logo (September 14, 1990-September 15, 1995)
Nickname: "WB Shield"
Logo: On a cloud background, we see the standard WB shield in a small, different looking design. The banner reads "WARNER BROS. ANIMATION".
- 1990-1992: "A TIME WARNER COMPANY"
- 1992-1995: "A TIME WARNER ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY"
- On the intro of Batman: The Animated Series, it's bylineless. It also fades into the two spotlights on the police blimp.
Variant: On Happy Birthday, Bugs: 50 Looney Years, Bugs Bunny's Creature Features, and Bugs Bunny's Lunar Tunes, the WB shield banner doesn't read the Warner Bros. Animation name, but "WARNER BROS. PICTURES" (exactly what you'd see on a first run Warner Bros. Television program (without the Animation name, of course) from 1990-1992 or on Tiny Toon Adventures). On top of that, "WARNER BROS. ANIMATION INC." is written on top and the Time Warner byline is on the bottom.
Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the show. On Taz-Mania, it has the last 4 notes of the Taz-Mania ending theme. On Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, it's the finishing of the end-title theme.
- It's seen at the beginning of every episode of Batman: The Animated Series.
- The byline variants were seen at the end of Taz-Mania and Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation.
- This was also seen at the beginning of some reruns of Beetlejuice, when it was on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.
- It also appeared at the end of The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show's 7th season (1992).
- Don't expect to see this on Animaniacs.
Editor's Note: This logo would set the precedent for the WB Animation logos for the next 25 years.
8th Logo (September 9, 1995-August 11, 2001)
Nicknames: "WB Shield II", "Metallic Shield", "Kids' WB Shield", "That Logo That Appears After the Warner Brothers and the Warner Sister", "The Animaniacs Logo"
Logo: Over a set of clouds, we see a very metallic rendition of the WB shield, with the banner reading "TELEVISION ANIMATION", and the byline at the bottom. Underneath is the byline, "A TIME WARNER ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY".
- On some Animaniacs episodes (such as "The Presidents Song/Don't Tread on Us/The Flame Returns" and "Birds on a Wire/Scoring Session/The Animaniacs Suite" (the final episode)), the logo is bylineless and it is a bit darker.
- On both The New Batman Adventures and Superman: The Animated Series, the logo is a bit darker.
- On Road Rovers, the logo appears in the beginning as well as the end on the last few episodes.
- Classic Variant: On the Looney Tunes anthology series That's Warner Bros.! (1995), Bugs 'N' Daffy, and The Daffy Duck Show (Kids' WB version), the words "TELEVISION ANIMATION" (on the banner) are replaced with "CLASSIC ANIMATION" and there is no byline.
Music/Sounds: Silent or the ending of the show's theme.
- It survives on DVD releases of The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries, Pinky and the Brain, Freakazoid and Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain.
- It was last seen on season one of The Zeta Project.
- It is also seen on almost every Warner Bros. Animation series from 1995 to 2001, including Detention, Histeria!, Road Rovers, seasons 3 through 5 of Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain and its ill-fated spinoff, Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain.
- The "Classic Animation" variant appeared on That's Warner Bros.!, Bugs 'n' Daffy, and The Daffy Duck Show. It's intact on Boomerang's streaming print of the 1962 short Prince Varmint (due to said print being taken from an episode of Bugs 'n' Daffy).
- It was seen on Batman Beyond and on The New Batman Adventures (a.k.a. the 4th season of Batman: The Animated Series and originally one half of The New Batman/Superman Adventures on original Kids' WB broadcasts) on The Hub (now Discovery Family).
- However, when reruns of Animaniacs aired on Nickelodeon from 2001 until 2003 and on Nicktoons TV from 2002 until 2005, this logo was plastered by the "Distributed by" version of the 2001 Warner Bros. Television logo.
Editor's Note: The template used for this logo is still being used by Warner Bros. to this day; in fact, it's being used for their corporate divisions.
9th Logo (June 3, 2001-April 7, 2009)
Nicknames: "WB Shield III", "CGI Shield", "Sander Schwartz WB Logo", "Kids' WB Shield II"
Trivia: On one episode of Duck Dodgers, the end credits cut to black in the place where the logo should be. The reason for this is unknown, though it may be due to bad editing. The almost exact subject happened on What's New, Scooby-Doo?, but the last credit is somehow frozen and the logo doesn't appear at all.
- Some series didn't feature the Warner Bros. URL under the AOL Time Warner byline.
- In 2003, the banner was changed to read "WARNER BROS. ANIMATION" across with the "www.warnerbros.com" URL underneath. This was most likely due to the closure of Warner Bros.' Feature Animation division, and the former television/direct-to-video unit became Warner Bros.' main animation department.
- On Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!, a variant of this logo was seen with the Warner Bros. URL missing, just the shield on the clouds. This variant was also seen on The Batman episode "Night and the City" and on the Tom and Jerry Tales episodes "Fire Breathing Tom Cat / Medieval Menace / The Itch."
- In October 2007, a variation was introduced with the byline "A TimeWarner Company" on the bottom. Last seen on Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword.
- On Tom and Jerry: The Karate Guard, a rare version is seen where the shield is much smaller, and underneath it is the byline "A TimeWarner Company" and the "www.warnerbros.com" URL.
Music/Sounds: It's usually the outro of the show's theme music, but is also seen silent on some direct-to-video movies (typically if it follows a DC Comics logo, a Hanna-Barbera credit, or a dedication in the credits).
- This appears on various shows on Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Kids' WB, including Teen Titans, Justice League/Justice League Unlimited, Loonatics Unleashed, Tom and Jerry Tales, Xiaolin Showdown, Ozzy and Drix, Krypto the Superdog, The Batman, Legion of Super Heroes, Duck Dodgers, Baby Looney Tunes, What's New, Scooby-Doo?, the infamous Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, the first two seasons of Johnny Test, and on various direct-to-video productions from the studio, such as Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas.
- This logo can also be seen on the Looney Tunes cartoons produced by Larry Doyle in the 2003-2005 time frame.
- The one with AOL Time Warner byline can be found on early episodes of Justice League and first season episodes of Teen Titans, among other shows.
Editor's Note: A somewhat odd logo. WB is still using this design template for their movie division. It was ultimately decided to give the WB animation division its own identity, somewhat akin to the Termite Terrace days.
10th Logo (November 14, 2008-May 5, 2015)
Nicknames: "Animated WB Shield IV", "CGI Shield II", "Moody WB", "Looney Tunes Shield"
Logo: On a red spotlight background, we see the standard WB shield much like before, with Bugs Bunny (drawn in his 1940s style) on the left, munching his carrot. The shield is more computer-generated. Below the shield is "Presents" in white script.
- On the alternative variant (this time without Bugs Bunny), a small light flickers out of darkness on a partially gray background. The bottom part of a B&W WB shield becomes visible as the light slowly edges out some the dark sides, while the rest of the uncolored WB shield slowly zooms in on the background, with "Presents" fading in and becoming visible. The background then becomes a tad red as the logo slowly zooms in even more, becoming clearly seen before fading out.
- A ghouly variant has the shield and "Presents" on a smokey green background without Bugs. Only seen on certain episodes of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
- As a closing logo, Bugs does not appear and the TimeWarner byline appears below.
- On The Looney Tunes Show, the closing variant is modified in 3D, but then the WB shield opens up (ala the opening to The Bugs Bunny Show) to reveal Porky Pig inside, who says his trademark "T-th-th-that's all, folks!" line, and then fades out. Other variants feature different characters, such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Taz, Lola Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn, Granny, Dr. Weisberg and Mac & Tosh - The Goofy Gophers who would say Porky Pig's line and then chatter amongst each other as the logo fades out.
- On DVD trailers for The Looney Tunes Show, the end of the Porky variant is shown, with the byline blurred out. Also, the screen cuts to black directly on the last note of the variant's music.
- On split-screen credit airings of The Looney Tunes Show, the logo freezes just before the shield opens.
FX/SFX: Just Bugs munching his carrot. Also, the shield zooms up a bit on both the original and alternate logo. None for the closing variant.
Trivia: The CG shield animation for The Looney Tunes Show variant was made by Wut It Is. Also, the alternative logo was made by Mark Marek.
Music/Sounds: The opening variant plays a sped-up version of the very end of the 1945-1955 rendition of "Merrily We Roll Along" with Bugs munching his carrot, while the end variant uses the end theme of the show.
Music/Sounds Variants: The ghouly version plays an organ sped-up version of the very end of "Merrily We Roll Along". The alternative logo has no music.
- The standard version with Bugs Bunny appears on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes, and MAD, and the ghouly version w/o Bugs appears on Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated on Cartoon Network (though the standard logo did appear on the first episode as a sneak preview, and later episodes have no opening logo).
- The alternative logo appears on Young Justice (though the standard logo appeared on the first two episodes), and DC Universe Original Animated Movies made after 2008, such as Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight, and other PG-13 movies.
- It also appears on Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur, as well as all DC Showcase shorts.
- Although the opening with Bugs Bunny appears on Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword, they strangely used the 3rd version from the 9th closing logo instead.
- Don't expect to see the opening logo appear on The Looney Tunes Show, for which it uses a variation of the 6th Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies (post-1979) logo.
- The opening logo isn't seen on the newer WB Animation programs such as ThunderCats (2011 series), Green Lantern: The Animated Series, and the first season of Teen Titans Go!.
- The logo was last seen on Scooby Doo! and the Beach Blanket Beastie, oddly not using the 14th or 15th logo.
Editor's Note: The red velvet background and the cursive "presents" gives the logo a retro feel. The Looney Tunes Show variants gives a nod to The Bugs Bunny Show intro.
11th Logo (June 5, 2014-July 30, 2015)
Nicknames: "Boring WB", "WB Shield IV", "Looney Tunes Shield II", "Tribute Shield"
Logo: On a black background, the WB Shield used from the intro of the 2010 Looney Tunes shorts is displayed. Below the logo is a byline script that reads "Animation". Its lacking design and short life make could mean its just a placeholder logo for the next logo below.
Variant: In The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown, rocks break as it's chiseled for the logo to appear on a splotchy gray background.
Trivia: Despite the official logo not debuting until 2014, the print logo appeared in-credit on shows as early as November 11, 2011.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.
Availability: Uncommon. This logo can be seen on the second season of Teen Titans Go!, the first season of Mike Tyson Mysteries, Tom and Jerry: Santa's Little Helpers, Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas, Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered!, and other WB Animation movies.
Editor's Note: It's a very simple and cheap looking logo, although it may have been a placeholder.
12th Logo (May 4, 2015- )
Nicknames: "Animated WB Shield VI", "Looney Tunes Bullseye", "Looney Tunes Shield III", "Tribute Shield II"
Logo: The WB Shield fades in with a dim shine over the shield and zooms in as the black background turns into a dark blood red background of Looney Tunes bullseye rings. After the WB shield is there, the script "Animation" is written in cursive writing.
- On Vixen and Freedom Fighters: The Ray, the logo is flashed in before the opening on a cloudy or smoke-like bluish/grayish background with light hues showing the logo before switching over to the Blue Ribbon Content logo, their sister producer.
- A still variant of the logo exists.
- In 2019, the logo has been enhanced.
Trailer Variant: On the trailer for Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold, a still version of the logo gradually zooms in along with the DC logo.
FX/SFX: The shield fading and zooming, the background fading in, and the script being written.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show or the whoosh sound effects. The variant has the music from the opening of Vixen and Freedom Fighters: The Ray playing.
- The logo was first seen in the trailer of the direct-to-video movie, Looney Tunes: Rabbit's Run.
- The full normal logo is currently seen on DC Original Animated Movies mid-2015, web shorts based on Batman Unlimited, Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, Wabbit, Bunnicula, Be Cool Scooby Doo!, DC Superhero Girls shorts and specials, seasons 2-4 of The Tom and Jerry Show (2014), and Teen Titans Go! beginning with the third season, the Teen Titans Go!/The Powerpuff Girls (2016 reboot) crossover special "TTG v PPG", and the 2020 revival of Animaniacs.
- The variant can be seen on Vixen and Freedom Fighters: The Ray.
- The enhanced logo was first appeared on the release of Netflix's adaptation of Green Eggs and Ham.
Editor's Note: This logo is definitive in their Looney Tunes roots, as evidenced by the design of the shield.
13th Logo (July 27, 2018- ) (Movie Logo)
Nicknames: "Animated WB Shield VIII", "Looney Tunes Shield IV", "Tribute Shield III", "The Daffy Duck Logo"
Logo: On a red background, we see the WB Shield with the "Animation" script below it. The shield opens up and Daffy Duck emerges from inside. He proceeds to bounce around the screen and interact with the logo, including taking "Animation" and flipping it like a flipbook, then using it to hit the shield like a gong. Daffy continues bouncing around until he runs smack into the camera and goes into a daze. Finally, the shield is opened again by Porky Pig, who grabs Daffy by the neck and pulls him back in before closing the shield, leaving one of Daffy's feathers to float down onto "Animation".
- On Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge, Daffy is instead grabbed by Scorpion (voiced by Patrick Seitz), who shouts his catchphrase "Get over here!"
- On Batman: Soul Of The Dragon, the logo is in the style of the 1973 "Big W" logo, with the black background and the shield zooming in towards us, then in the red background, the shield is in black and white with the name "WARNER BROS. ANIMATION" below in the font used for "WARNER BROS. PICTURES" in said logo.
- Daffy Duck's personality and design in this sequence is a homage to his personality in the late 1930s Looney Tunes shorts.
- If you look carefully at the background behind Porky when he opens the shield, as well as Daffy when he emerges, you can see that it's a cartoon version of the WB backlot, complete with the iconic water tower. On Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge, the background for when Scorpion opens the shield is the NetherRealm, Scorpion's home realm, instead of the WB backlot.
FX/SFX: 2D animation of Daffy and Porky, as well as Scorpion in Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge (Ed Boon, the Mortal Kombat series' creator, serves as the creative consultant of that variant), and their interactions with the logo. This was directed and storyboarded by Pete Browngardt, and animated by veteran animator Eric Goldberg.
Music/Sounds: Various cartoon sound effects, including Daffy's trademark "Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo!" (voiced by Eric Bauza).
Availability: Current, and is currently being used in tandem with the previous logo on movies. This was first seen on Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. and later appeared on Justice League vs. the Fatal Five, Scooby-Doo: Return to Zombie Island and Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge.
Editor's Note: This logo is very funny and should please Looney Tunes fans.
Here is some information about the copyright stamps on the Warner Bros. Animation series:
- 1967-1970: ©[YEAR] WARNER BROS.-SEVEN ARTS INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
- 1972-1992: ©[YEAR] WARNER BROS.INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. (This was used after 1980 on shows based on classic WB properties, e.g. Taz-Mania.)
- 1980-1992: ©[YEAR] WARNER BROS. ANIMATION INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. (This was used on original shows.)
- 1992-1995: ©[YEAR] Warner Bros., A Time-Warner Entertainment Company.
- 1992-1993: ©[YEAR] Warner Bros. Animation, A Division of Time Warner Entertainment Co. L.P. (This was briefly used to replace the one for WB Animation Inc., and has been removed from many DVD and syndication prints.)
- 1995-1999: ©[YEAR] Warner Bros. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
- 1999-2003: © [YEAR] Warner Bros. All Rights Reserved
- 2001-: ©[YEAR] Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. (This is used on shows based on H-B properties, e.g. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.)
- 2003-: © [YEAR] Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. (This is used on show based on classic WB properties, e.g. The Looney Tunes Show.)
- 2003-: © [YEAR] Warner Bros. Animation, Inc. (This is used on original shows.)