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The history behind production logos should be written if it hasn't already—an Amazon search doesn't turn up much. At the end of each show, a sequence between five and ten seconds would take place where an animated graphic would show up on the screen, typically accompanied by a brief, melodic, synthesizer-based piece of music. Sometime in the 80s, the closing production logos ventured further into 3-D animation, the creepiest example perhaps being DIC Entertainment; or Diffusion, Information et Communication, a French production company. In that spot, the camera is inside of a little boy's bedroom, squarely framing the scene of a boy asleep in his bed; the camera zooms out the window, where a giant flashing "DIC" logo looms in the sky. You know, just another giant metallic production logo waiting outside of a sleeping little boy's bedroom—nothing unusual about that.
Check out two YouTube videos after the jump, featuring some of my favorite old TV production logo end credits.