Broadcast Arts

1st Logo
(June 1984)

Logo: We fade from black to the color test card. After a few seconds, the color bars becomes the color tubes. The camera pans to the blue neon sign saying:


with a machine on a table with red sparks coming out of it.

Variants: A shorter version can be seen at the end of the demo reel.

FX/SFX: The camera transitioning to the tubes, the camera panning and the sparks from the machine.

Music/Sounds: The 400 Hz tone, which trails off when the camera transitions, along with the sparks.

Availability: It is seen on the Broadcast Arts 1984 Demo Reel, which can be seen online.

Scare Factor: Minimal.

2nd Logo

Logo: On a black background with some moving clouds, we see the text "BROADCAST arts," (The "T" is in a red box with a blue rectangle on a top part of the box, and "arts" is in a cursive font and is light blue.) the same logo appears even larger and moves fast from the right to the left.

FX/SFX: The text moving from the right.

Music/Sounds: An almost creepy synth tune that plays throughout the logo.

Availability: Almost extinct. Seen only on the failed pilot for NBC, The Jackie Bison Show.

Scare Factor: Minimal, the dark atmosphere and the synth music may startle some, but this is tamer than the previous logo.

Curious Pictures


Curious Pictures (stylized as curious?ictures) was an American animation studio and multi-media company set in New York City and Los Angeles that created and produced television programs, commercials, animation and video games that was founded in 1993.

1st Logo
(January 7, 1993 - May 5, 2000)

Logo: On the white background, we see the words "curious?ictures", with most of the letters  ("curious ictures") black, and the red question mark resembles the letter "p".

Animated Variants:

  • On The Making of the Kraft Super Mario Bros. featurette, we see the white background with the red question mark. After 2.5 seconds, the words fade in. After three seconds, it fades to black.
  • On HBO Family's A Little Curious (At the end of all episodes), we fade from the closing credits to the white background, to have the question mark fades in. The words fades in and out, followed by it fades to black at the end.

FX/SFX: The background fading, the question mark appearing, the text appearing in the first variant and the text fading in and out in the second variant.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the short.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • The animated version is silent.
  • The A Little Curious variation has the closing theme ending throughout.

Availability: Seen on the short film The Louie n' Louie Show. When Nickelodeon's KaBlam! re-created and aired this short, it was cut. The vatiations as seen on the above mentioned.

Scare Factor: None; a cute logo to the touch.

2nd Logo
(May 6, 2000 - Present)

Nicknames: "The Dot of Smoke.", "Crazy Question Mark"

Logo: Very similiar to the previous logo, but on the black background, instead of white. The dot in the question mark drops down to the invisible floor becoming the character. It runs away to the right side.


  • On the pilot episode of Sheep in the Big City (Where the logo debuted, the Cartoon Network series is long gone from TV), the normal logo fades in, with the dot appearing. After the dot runs away, the text fades out. The closing theme ends throughout with the different dot squeaking sounds, much different than the later episodes.
  • On almost all episodes of Codename: Kids Next Door (Except the first episode, which has the normal logo.) and all episodes of Little Einsteins,  the dot rumbles and blasts off like a rocket, flying and leaving around with the smoke trail.
    • On one season 6 episode of Codename: Kids Next Door, it stops mid-way through.
  • On Hey Joel, the question mark jumps out from the text to the left to right to the center.
  • On 2-part episodes of KND and on An Off-Beats Valentines (The logo is at the top), it is still.
  • On Little Spirit: Christmas in New York, it has a copyright info at the bottom.
  • On Rush Zone: Guardians Of The Core, it plays in reverse along with the sqeaking sounds.
  • At the updated credits of the all episodes of Team Unizoomi on Nickelodeon, the screen appears at the bottom-right playing the it, then cuts to the Nickelodeon Productions logo.

FX/SFX: The dot morphing and running on the "Dot" logo. The rocket flying and the trail of smoke on the "Dot of Smoke" logo.

Cheesy Factor: Simple animation for the dot on the "Dot" logo, but the "The Dot of Smoke" logo has pretty nice CGI, actually.

Music/Sounds: On the "Runaway Dot" logo, there are squeaking sounds as the dot falls down and runs. On the "The Dot of Smoke" logo, there is a loud rocket "WHOOSH" sound.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • Sometimes it has closing theme playing over it or ending over it.
  • Mid-way through season 3 to the series finale of Codename: Kids Next Door (except season 6, episode 5), the dot launching sound is different.
  • On non-split screen airings of later episodes of Team Unizoomi (Except early episodes), the normal logo has the closing theme ends throughout.
    • On split-screen airings of the said series, the normal logo with the sounds is shown.
    • Recent Airings has the ending theme over it.

Availability: Common. Seen on the shows mentioned above.

Scare Factor:

  • Normal, Still, Dot of Smoke (Closing theme) and Crazy Question Mark: None.
  • Dot of Smoke (Sound): Minimal, because the loud sound may catch a few off-guard.