IKO/Minimax Video S.R.O

Background:In 2003, IKO Cable S.R.O and the kids channel Minimax (back then as an independent channel, now owned by AMC Networks International Central Europe) decided to open up a home video company releasing the shows from their channels on VHS and DVD with the help of the Hungarian video & DVD distributor, Intercom. IKO/Minimax Video S.R.O dissolved in 2009, when Chello Central Europe (now AMC Networks International Central Europe) buyed Minimax.
1st Logo
(2003-2006)
Nicknames: "Space VHS" "So 90's" "IKO VHS"
Logo: On a space/starry sky background, we see the stylized orange TV shape from IKO Cable's logo and the hand-drawn animated dark cyan (in 2004, it got changed to orange) ring of Minimax's logo, spinning. Then they zoom out and the logos for F+ (Film+ since 2004), M+ (replaced by Cool in 2004), A+ (Action+ or Anime+ in Hungary, doesn't exist now) and Minimax (on a red background, in 2004 it became blue with the ring becoming orange) fly through and shine. Then a giant VHS zooms in and the IKO TV shape and the Minimax ring place themselves on the label, while it zooms in to the label, and IKO (in it's respective font) flies under the IKO TV shape, and MINIMAX (also in it's respective font) flies under the Minimax ring while a slash wipes between the two text. Then a flash happens, and the background turns black, the TV shape becomes white, and the Minimax ring is now black with a white outline. VIDEO S.R.O fades in under the text "IKO/MINIMAX" and the logos for F+, M+, A+, and Minimax fade in at the bottom of the screen.

Variants:
  • Sometimes, the logo at the end has a page turn effect to the particular channel's ident (depending on which channel airs the show what is on the VHS or DVD)
  • On black and white releases, the logo is in black and white.

FX/SFX: 90's (1995-1999) CGI. Not the worst, but not the best. The animation is cool however.
Music/Sounds: A space-like synth when the IKO and Minimax logos spin, then a whoosh when the channel logos fly through the screen, then a lower synth sound when the VHS comes in and a whoosh when the IKO and Minimax place themselves on the label and we zoom in. Two synthetised whooshes when IKO and MINIMAX zooms in, and a "pencil drawing a straight line" sound when the slash draws in. Then a synthetised orchestra hit when it flashes to the finished logo.

Music/Sounds Variants:
  • Some VHS releases have a pretty 80's sounding rock tune, which was later re-used by Minimax for their ad bumper in 2009/2010.
  • Some VHS releases use a synth-like rock tune, which was also used on A+ in 2004, when they showed the line-up.
Availability: Uncommon, but it's not hard to find. Rare for the page flip variant.


Scare Factor: Minimal to Low.

2nd Logo
(2006-2009)

Logo: On an animated blue satin background, we see a close-up of a DVD spinning, with the Film+, Cool and Minimax logos on it. Then we pan up and we see the top of the DVD, and we zoom into the hole of the DVD to reveal the IKO logo and the Minimax logo next to each other. IKO/MINIMAX fades in below the logos, with VIDEO S.R.O fading in below IKO/MINIMAX. The logos shine via lens flare.

Variants:
  • Sometimes, like with the previous logo, it has a page turn effect to the ident of the particular channel which airs the show what is on the DVD.
  • Black & white shows have the logo in black & white.
FX/SFX: Nice CGI animation!

Music/Sounds: A catchy folk-esque tune played on a piano, a zither, violin and bagpipes.

Availability: Common. The page turn variant is Uncommon.

Scare Factor: None, it's a nice logo, thanks to the music.

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