DNA Productions is an animation company founded in 1987 by John A. Davis and Keith Alcorn. One of the most successful projects was Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and its animated spin-off series on Nickelodeon. The production company closed down in 2006, after the release of The Ant Bully, which was a box office flop during its theatrical run. Many of its employees went to work for Reel FX Creative Studios, while others went to O Entertainment and founded its animation division, Omation.
1st Logo (1992-1994)
WARNING: Due to blood, gore, and violence, please do not post videos of the VHS and Honeymoonies variants. We suggest you look them up at your own risk if you do so.
Nicknames: "The Three Men", "Shhh! (VHS variant)", "What is wrong with Puss Puss?! (Honeymoonies variant)"
Logo: On a white background, on the rectangle are the grayscaled pictures of the three people (two of which is founders John A. Davis & Keith Alcorn) with vivid expressions on their faces. Copyright info is seen under the rectangle.
Variants: There were three different variants:
- In 1993, the picture changed to three people (John A. Davis on the left, Keith Alcorn in the middle, and an unknown person on the right; it could be Paul Claerhout, who voiced the 7th logo) with vivid expressions while the photo is distorted.
- One variant has it after Lil' Puss Puss' head explodes and had his blood covering Nana in the process as she shrugs nonchalantly. This was found on a VHS.
- Another has it in a static image of Puss Puss holding up Nana's disembodied head and presents it with his other hand as he has an evil grin on his face.
FX/SFX: The text wobbling.
Music/Sounds: The end theme of the short.
- On the Nanna & Lil' Puss Puss short "Off the Record", the vocals are backmasked. When the music ends and fades out, it then fades back in and ends with a broken glass sound effect.
- The VHS variant uses a fiddle version of the theme composed by Paul Claerhout (used in the shorts as background music), which is accompanied by various sound effects that correspond to the actions displayed on screen.
Availability: Seen on Nana and Lil' Puss Puss.
Scare Factor: Depends on the variant.
- Normal variants: Low to medium. They appear jarringly, and the end music, faces, and mere surprise of seeing them instead of the other DNA logos might get to some. None to minimal for those used to seeing them, or find them to be funny.
- Off the Record variant: Low to high. The backmasked vocals, the logo fading back in, and the broken glass sound can catch people off-guard.
- VHS variant: Low to high. The somewhat grotesque cartoon animation could unnerve some people, especially those who are uncomfortable with the sight of blood.
- The Honeymoonies variant: Medium to nightmare. The disembodied head, the expression on Nana's face, the blood on the floor, the somewhat evil grin on Puss Puss, and the fact that the image has a massive amount of detail is bound to scare most people who come across it. However, the scare factor is lower for those who are used to it, and some people may find it funny as well.
2nd Logo (1994-2000)
Nickname: "The Purple Cat Scientist"
Logo: On the black background, inside a red-orange circle, we see a purple creature with two tails looking like DNA and wearing a white lab coat with a purple bowtie on it, somewhat resembling a cat, with his back turned to us. In a circle around the circle containing the creature, we see the pink text "DNA PRODUCTIONS INC." in an odd, hard-to-describe font. He then turns his head to look at us, and jumps to face us while holding his arms out. The text shines.
FX/SFX: The cat turning around and jumping, the text shining.
Music/Sounds: A weird noise resembling high-pitched laughter, then a rising cartoony bubble sound.
Availability: Seen on videos of the obscure series Jingaroo and the 1998 Jimmy Neutron pilot "Runaway Rocketboy", which can be found on its VHS release and a special feature on the DVD release of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Confusion Fusion.
Scare Factor: Low to medium. The weird noises might catch you off guard, and the cat isn't exactly friendly looking.
3rd Logo (2000-2012)
Nicknames: "Hi, I'm Paul!", "DNA Monkey", "Paul, the Three-Eyed Monkey", "Paul", "3 Eyed Monkey", "Monkey"
Logo: On a tropical background complete with a beach, and a sunset, we see the black, lowercase text "d n a productions" with "d n a" bigger and spaced and "productions" underneath, near the top of the screen, and 2 double helix coconut trees twisting behind a bush. A monkey jumps up from behind the trees with his back turned to us. Then, he turns around, revealing that he has a parietal eye, and waves at us, saying "Hi, I'm Paul!"
Variants: There are six variants, they can be viewed on original airings (But not on later reruns and home media) and on dnahelix.com:
- Double Your Pleasure: Two Pauls appear and say "Hi, we're Paul!" It appears on "The Junkman's Cometh".
- Bi-Lingual Paul: Paul is wearing a hat and a mustache, when he turns around, he speaks Spanish. His mustache falls off. It appears on "The Mighty Wheezers"/"Billion Dollar Boy".
- Backwards Masking Paul: The logo is played in reverse, making Paul sounding like he's saying "Oh, my eye!". It appears on "Foul Bull"/"The Science Fair Affair".
- Paul Blooper #1: Paul forgets his lines, and says "So what do you want me to say now?" It appears on "Attack of the Twonkies".
- Paul Blooper #2: Paul forgets his lines again, and says "Hi, I'm.....lines?"
- Coffee Break Paul: Paul is missing. A man off-screen says softly, "Paul?". It appears on "Men at Work".
- On NickToon's airings with the over-the-last-scene credits, if begins when Paul turns around.
Trivia: The logo's mascot is named after Paul Claerhout, one of DNA's first three employees.
FX/SFX: The spinning trees, and Paul jumping up and waving to us, all in gorgeous CGI animation.
Music/Sounds: A happy tropical xylophone sounder. Paul's voice is an innocent, high-pitched man's voice. The over-the-last-scene variant has the audio from the ending.
Availability: Uncommon to rare; appeared on The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (Most episodes, including reruns of all episodes), including its The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour trilogy. The variants is seen on original broadcasts & on Hulu prints. The normal version is also seen on the Nickelodeon premiere broadcast of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, instead of the film's closing logo combo.
Scare Factor: Depends on the variant.
- None to low. The fact that Paul has three eyes may scare a few, but the fan-freaking-tastic CGI and the cute monkey makes this a very memorable logo.
- Low to medium for the Double Your Pleasure variant. The fact that there's two Pauls may startle some.
- Low, bordering on medium for the Bi-Lingual Paul variant. It may scare some unsuspecting viewers. But it's actually funny if you think about it.
- None to medium for the Backwards Masking Paul variant, due to Paul staring at us at the beginning. But if you listen closely, it sounds like he is saying "Ow! My eye!" that some will find funny, which decreases the scare factor.
- Minimal to medium for the Paul Blooper #1 variant, due to Paul coming out of nowhere at the beginning. It will surprise unsuspecting viewers.
- Low to medium for the Paul Blooper #2 variant, due to Paul (yet again) popping up out of nowhere. But it's funny.
- Minimal to low for the Coffee Break Paul variant. The voice saying "Paul?" may startle some, but you may be annoyed by the lack of Paul.