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1984-1990

Nicknames: "Big K", "K of Steel", "CGI K", "K's in Space"

Logo: We start out with a field of stars coming toward us (all of them, some going diagonally), and a 3x3 pattern of 9 K's, all of which are the company's logo, zoom toward us forming part 1 of the background of the closing sequence, which appears to be a field of diagonal lines. A sheet of metal, all of which contain cutouts of the K's, zoom out at the same time and join together with the K's. Then the real logo, along with "Kartes Video Communications" below it, zoom out, followed shortly by "Presents".

Variants:

  • The byline "A SCRIPPS HOWARD COMPANY" would be added later on, along with its lighthouse symbol. The lighthouse turns on when "Presents" zooms out.
  • The words "UNDER LICENSE TO" appear on KVC tapes co-released by MCA Home Video.

FX/SFX: The Zooming K's, the music. Spiffy animation for the 1980s.

Music/Sounds: A deep synth bass, followed by a synthesizer that starts out on a high note of the scale in the key of "F" major, and then gets lower, and then as the company name falls in, a repeating glissandi of notes, and as "Presents" falls in, a "ding" sound plays. A "whoosh" sound is also heard when the "K" and company name zoom out.

Availability: Rare. Can be found on most 1980s Peanuts videos, as well as Kartes' "Video Film Classics" releases.

Scare Factor: Minimal to low. The darkness and music could get to you, but it's a very pretty logo.

1990-1993

Logo: Against a black BG, we see a huge white 3D star come in from the center of the screen with a residue-trailing effect. It then zooms out and stops at an angle as the BG becomes a gray marble pattern to reveal a dark blue 3D "KVC", which is in the same font as the "K" in the Kartes logo with "HOME VIDEO" along its right in a serif font. A white star is on the bottom of the "V", and a smaller star, which is connected to three line trails, shoots out from the larger star towards the lower left corner of the "O" in "HOME".

FX/SFX: The star-shooting animation.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 1984-1996 A&M Video logo.

Availability: Uncommon. It's seen on some later Peanuts videos, and KVC reissues of Atlantic Releasing Corp. films previously issued by Paramount (e.g., Heathcliff: The Movie).

Scare Factor: Low, due to the star zooming. But other than that, you might laugh at the blatant music theft.

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