Logo descriptions by McDonald's1
Lyrick Studios, formerly known as "The Lyons Group", was founded in 1991, and was a video production and distributing company, best known for their production and distribution of Wishbone and Barney & Friends. They did not start using a logo until 1996. Later, the company was bought out and rendered defunct by HiT Entertainment.
Logo: On a white background, six letters zoom out to the center of the screen, in 30 degrees. The letters then separate themselves, revealing the word "Lyrick" in a font with colors (light blue, yellow, red, green, purple, and then finally, orange). After the letters have settled, a light blue dot falls down and dots the "I", and the word "STUDIOS", with a line above it, wipes itself in on the bottom right of the word "Lyrick". The trademark symbol fades in to the right of that same word.
- On some tapes from the company, "Distributed by" wipes in above the logo as the letters zoom out. There's also a still version of this logo.
- There is a rare early variant of this logo where the logo is taller and skinnier, it doesn't have the shadow effect, "Studios" is in a different font, the words "Distributed by" are yellow and there is a bigger space between "Distributed by" and "Lyrick Studios". This variant is still. There is also a version of this variant without "Distributed by", which is seen at the end of the tape. This version can be seen on Joe Scruggs "Live From Deep In The Jungle" and "Joe TV", the first 2 Francesco's Friendly World tapes, Barney's Musical Scrapbook, and some others.
- There is another early variant where the logo is zoomed closer to the screen and "Distributed by" is yellow. This can only be seen on the tapes of Vatican 2: The Faithful Revolution. Again, the version without "Distributed by" can be seen at the end of the tape.
FX/SFX: The zoom-out of the six letters, the "dot-the-I" sequence, the wipe-in of "STUDIOS" and it's line, and then the fade-in of the trademark symbol. The still version just contains the simple fade-in and fade-out, whereas the "Distributed by" version consists of the barn door wipe-in above the logo.
Music/Sounds: A dramatic 4-note synth-piano riff is heard throughout the logo, with 3 low-pitched synth violin notes as the "dot-the-I" sequence plays, followed by a glockenspiel glissando and a final note.
- The "Distributed by" variant features only 2 low pitched notes for the "dot-the-I" sequence. Ringing bells can be heard when the "Distributed by" and "STUDIOS" text appear and during the "dot-the-I" sequence, and the tune ends with another piano note instead of the glockenspiel (although early releases with the "Distributed by" variant used the normal music).
- The still version is silent.
Availability: Rare. This logo was only used for a few years, and were limited to tapes of Barney and Friends, VeggieTales, Wishbone, Kids for Character, Francesco's Friendly World, and Joe Scruggs. Most of these videos from this time period are long out of print and are hard to find; the latter 3 properties are quite obscure, for all of their VHS releases by Lyrick Studios were released throughout 1997. However, tapes of Barney and Friends are the least scarce of the the bunch, so those tapes are your best bet to find this logo. The later still version exists on 2000 VHS releases such as of Where's God When I'm Scared!?!, God Wants Me To Forgive Them?!, Are You My Neighbor?, Rack, Shack, and Benny, and Dave and the Giant Pickle from VeggieTales.
Scare Factor: None.
2nd Logo (Spring 1998-2001; 2003)
Logo: We fade into a view of a lake, which is surrounded by a forest at twilight. The sun is setting. On that lake, a silhouette of an ugly duckling is seen swimming from right to left on the bottom of the screen. Once it is far enough on the bottom left of the screen, the camera then begins to pan into the night sky, which is filled with stars. A child's hand, which has the index finger extended, touches the sky, causing ripples to appear. As the ripples fade away, the word "Lyrick" (in the same font as before, but with fatter letters) slowly zooms in and settles in the middle of the screen. The word shines as the word "STUDIOS" and it's line, along with a Trademark symbol, fade in.
- Some VeggieTales tapes have the words "Distributed by" in a white and bold Arial Black font on a black background before the logo fades in. This is regularly seen on the openings and closings to the tapes.
- There's a rare, early variation with fewer stars in the night sky, rough animation at 23fps, longer panning up in the sky until the hand comes, a redder sunset, a different forest design, and the logo is off-center. Most of the releases of Barney's Great Adventure do not show the red sleeve on the child's arm due to their aspect ratio. This appeared on the film Barney's Great Adventure.
- Another rare variation has the camera panning slightly upward to make room for the words "Distributed by" in italics, which are fading in above the logo while it is finishing it's animation.
- There is a still version of this logo.
- There is an extremely rare variant with the words "Distributed by" on a black background in white Arial font before the logo animates. This appeared on an alternate print of The Wiggles: Yummy Yummy.
FX/SFX: A live-action and CG animation hybrid.
Music/Sounds: A beautiful dramatic fanfare, which is accompanied by the sounds of an ugly duckling. It is soft when the silhouette of the ugly duckling is swimming, but then it gets louder as the camera starts panning upward. A crash cymbal is heard when the child's hand touches the sky. After that, the rest of the logo is fixed at the loudest volume that is reached.
Availability: Preserved on most VeggieTales tapes that were distributed by the company. It was also seen on some Barney and Wishbone tapes that were made after 1997, when they began distributing the videos, taking over from PolyGram Video. Most of The Wiggles tapes from the period also had it. The last official release to use this logo would be the 2001 VHS print of VeggieTales: Lyle the Kindly Viking. Surprisingly, some 2003 VHS copies of The Wiggles: Magical Adventure have it instead of the HiT Entertainment logo, but most copies is widely released by HiT instead.
Scare Factor: None.
Final Note: In 2001, HiT Entertainment acquired Lyrick Studios. HiT kept the Texas office of Lyrick open for production of Barney & Friends. as a result of the HiT buyout they released nothing up to its shutdown in 2002, due to arguments from PolyGram over Barney's Great Adventure being released theatrically instead of DtV (and thus not part of PolyGram's picture deal). Today, Lyrick Studios' properties belong to HiT Entertainment (later Mattel Creations) except for VeggieTales, which is currently owned by NBCUniversal on behalf of DreamWorks Animation.