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Background: Vin Di Bona Productions is an independent television production company established in 1986 by television producer Vin Di Bona.
1st Logo (August 8, 1987-September 1, 1990)
Nicknames: "The Spinning Handwriting", "The Spinning Signature", "The Diamond"
Logo: On a gray/black gradient background, we see the pale gold text "Vin Di Bona", in Vin's signature, spinning around. The text then unfolds itself. A gold diamond outline flips up from under the Vin Di Bona text. A dark orange rounded rectangle with the word "PRODUCTIONS" on it in pale gold, moves up from the bottom of the screen onto the diamond.
FX/SFX: The spinning text, the "PRODUCTIONS" graphic.
Cheesy Factor: Primitive, early CGI.
Music/Sounds: A synth humming tune that tries to sound cheerful, but ends up being rather creepy.
Availability: Last seen on S1 episodes of America's Funniest Home Videos on Hallmark Channel. Tapes of Animal Crack-Ups should have this logo, too.
Scare Factor: Low to medium. The creepy synth tune and dated CGI may scare a few, but it is a little bit tamer than what followed.
2nd Logo (May 1, 1990-May 18, 1997)
Nicknames: "The Spinning Handwriting II", "The Spinning Signature II"
Logo: On a deep blue/black gradient background, the "Vin Di Bona" text from before spins around briefly before unfolding. After this is done, a coral pink rounded rectangle with the text "PRODUCTIONS" (in white) on it zooms in underneath the signature.
Variants: On the 1995-1996 Showtime TV series Sherman Oaks, the logo is superimposed in the credits. The "PRODUCTIONS" oblong is now colored scarlet and looks slightly different, as well, and zooms up from the bottom of the screen (a la the 1987 logo) but at a much slower pace. (As a side note, this logo was the only logo on the program to feature its music.) On the TV movie For the Love of Nancy from 1994, the logo is chromed in over a red-black gradient background, expect this time the "Vin Di Bona" text spins around longer. The "PRODUCTIONS" oblong has the same design and animation from the Sherman Oaks variant as well. The byline "A VIN DI BONA COMPANY" appears below the "PRODUCTIONS" oblong, and the "Vin Di Bona" text shines afterwards.
FX/SFX: The text spinning, the "PRODUCTIONS" graphic zooming in.
Cheesy Factor: Same as the 1st logo.
Music/Sounds: Same as the 1st logo.
Music/Sounds Variant: Some 1990-1991 episodes of America's Funniest Home Videos and the TV movie For the Love of Nancy play their closing themes over the logo.
Availability: Not too hard to find. Strangely, it can be found on WGN America's very rare airings of the second revival of America's Funniest Home Videos with Daisy Fuentes and John Fugelsang, replacing the next logo. Also seen on AFV's spin-off, America's Funniest People, which ran from 1990-1994. A 1992 special called Storm the Castle (which aired on CBS, and was based on Japan's Takeshi's Castle) should have this logo as well.
Scare Factor: Medium to high for the music and zooming in effect of the text "PRODUCTIONS" (for those who are unfamiliar with it). Low to medium for the other variants.
3rd Logo (January 9, 1998-May 16, 2008)
Nicknames: "The Spinning Handwriting III", "The Spinning Signature III"
Logo: Basically a slower version of the previous logos, except the background now has spotlights, and the word "PRODUCTIONS", now rectangle-less, is moved next to the Vin Di Bona text, and animates similar to the script.
FX/SFX: Same as the 1st and 2nd logos, except the spinning handwriting is slower, and "PRODUCTIONS" extends out along with the Vin Di Bona text.
Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logos.
Availability: Seen on the second revival of AFV, as well as pre-2008 episodes of the current version hosted by Tom Bergeron on ABC Family, WGN America, and local syndication. On current (but very rare) airings of the second revival on WGN America, however, it's plastered over by the previous logo. It also appeared on the short-lived, long-forgotten Disney Channel game show Off the Wall.
Scare Factor: Low to medium. The CGI in this one is much better and less dated than the previous logos, but the music may still put off some.
4th Logo (October 5, 2008- )
Nicknames: "The Spinning Handwriting IV", "The Spinning Signature IV"
Logo: Same as the previous logo, but the background is a swirly red with a little bit of yellow (similar to the background of the 2004-2011 AFV opening) and the company logo is redone and tilted slightly.
- For the 2011 season of AFV, the background is more yellow-orange colored. This yellow is similar to the background of the 2011 ABC Entertainment logo that precedes this on 2011-2013 AFV episodes.
- For the 25th season of AFV (2014-2015), the BG is now a blue-green gradient, a little bit like the current AFV opening.
FX/SFX: The spinning company name, along with the moving background.
Music/Sounds: A redone version of the Vin Di Bona theme that sounds dreamier than the previous logos, with ticking sounds and twinkle sounds heard with the final note. Unfortunately, this is normally drowned out by the ABC announcer, but is easier to hear in international markets.
Availability: Can be seen on current episodes of America's Funniest Home Videos.
Scare Factor: None to low. They managed to "de-creepify" the music (quite a feat).