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1st logo (1989-1999; 2001-2002)

On a white background with shapes that change frequently, we pan past a row of box outlines. Each box has a drawing of an object turning into a letter. Here they are:

  • 1st Box: Blue cubic shapes forming a green "K" in an Arial Bold Font, which is not centered.
  • 2nd Box: A dark blue hat that is originally depicted as a top hat before it stretches into a peaked hat, then turns into a boot, which then turns into an "L" in a Baskerville-like font that is centered correctly.
  • 3rd Box: An orange pattern that shrinks and turns into a choppy, lowercase "a" in a Glass Houses font that is positioned in the upper right corner of the box.
  • 4th Box: A light blue cone with rings surround it that turns into a crayon with a layer on it, then turns into a silhouette of a lizard, then turns into a silhouette of a snake, which turns into an "S" in a Gill Sans-like font that sits in the bottom-left of the box.
  • 5th Box: A pink silhouette of a cow that turns into a butterfly, then quickly turns back into a cow, but from a different point of view, then turns into an alligator, and finally a circle-jagged, grungy "K". It is centered like the dark blue "L" in the 2nd box.
  • 6th Box: An acrobatic performer forming a tan "Y", which hangs a little off the bottom-right corner of the box.The next five squares have a scribble write the stenciled "CSUPO" on them (in Helvetica); the first few letters are blue, but the P is teal when it is being drawn, but then it turns to orange once it's finished, and the O is purple. Everything described up to this point happens in a very fast pace. After this we zoom out, during which "I N C.", in red, appears letter-by letter. Then we see the complete boxes arranged with "KLaSKY" on top of "CSUPO". In "CSUPO" , the "C" is red, the "S" is yellow, and the "U" is blue. Then the logo turns black and white while the "Y" turns purple a second later.

Variants

  • A still version of the logo (with graffiti still dancing and the logo already black and white with "Y" purple) was spotted on Stressed Eric.
  • An abridged version with higher-pitched music was used on Duckman with the music somewhat resembling the next logo.
  • An in-credit variation was on Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day on HBO Storybook Musicals and on the credits for the music video of "Shadrach" by Beastie Boys.
  • A version exists on the first two seasons of AAAHH!!! Real Monsters where the logo fades out early and the music trails off into the Nickelodeon "Scribble" logo.
  • On prints of The Wild Thornberrys season one episodes "Matadi or Bust", "Valley Girls", "Lost and Foundation", and "Born to be Wild", and on at least the first season Aaahh!!! Real Monsters episode "Cold Hard Toenails/Attack of the Blobs", on the Shout! Factory DVD releases of the two series, the logo itself is slowed down, while the music plays at its normal speed while also being accompanied by a quote from each episode that would've played on the Nickelodeon Animation Studios "Haypile" logo (on Real Monsters, it was slowed down to accompany the trail-off into the NAS logo). This is due to the fact that said logo is strangely omitted from these prints of the episodes.

2nd logo ([2012|1998-2008; 2012]; 2021-)

Over a static purple background, a black ink stain on a blue background with a liquid effect appears by splattering all over the screen. A hand passes by a mouth magazine clipping and the eye magazine clippings pop on top of the mouth (for yellow-orange bars) onto the liquid background (and his eyes is googly) to make Splaat. The face then says the company name as white blocks fly out from his mouth. The blocks arrange themselves to form the Klasky-Csupo logo. During the face's screen time, there are holes in the liquid background which reveal some of the purple background that emerge from the center and slide off screen from many different directions. After that, the screen of the CRT (old) television turns off, and the "Y" in "KLaSKY" turns purple and flashes faintly.

Variants

  • Video games from the company have a still, slightly bigger logo which completely skips Splaat. All of the boxes and letters in "KLaSKY" (except for the "Y", which is smaller) are medium gray, the letters in "CSUPO" are white, and "INC." (like in the first logo) is on the right of "CSUPO". The background can be either black or white.
  • There was a different variant where the animation was cheaper (e.g. the liquid just waves like a flag, it splatters and there's very few holes emerging to the ink. The eyes of Splaat are flipped vertically instead of being animated to look down/up). There is a black background instead of a static purple background (since the logo transitions from black at the end of the credits); the logo blurs and cross-fades to the Klasky-Csupo logo rather than disappearing like the TV turning off (along with the the purple "Y" in "KLaSKY" zooming in over the regular "Y") and, to top it all off, Splaat constantly looks at the viewer (in the normal logo, Splaat stares at the blocks, but the blocks are placed directly in the center of the screen, so it appears that Splaat is looking at the viewer) throughout his screen time and smiles as if he accomplished something before the logo wipes to black. On the studio's reopening video, the variant is in 16:9 full screen at 1080p high definition, it is cut to where the hand drops the magazine clippings, the background of the clippings is in a more lighter shade of yellow, and after the we hear the duck quacking twice, the logo flies off to the right of the screen. The "boing" sound effect is not heard.
  • This logo comes in 3 versions: a standard 4:3 version (for TV shows and full frame versions of their film output, though some films have slight letterboxing), a 1.55:1 widescreen version (matted to 1.85:1 for theatrical features released in the US (1.66:1 in Europe) and to 1.78:1 for both home video releases of those films and the final season of All Grown Up), a 16:9 HD version (for the studio's reopening video) and a 2.35:1 scope version (seen at the end of The Wild Thornberrys Movie).
  • A filmed variant exists on The Rugrats Movie and Rugrats in Paris: The Movie. The animation is choppier and in a more washed-out color scheme, and moves at a much faster pace, resulting in the audio being out-of-sync. To accommodate this, the ending sound effects are sped up (this also occurs on the alternate variant).
  • On The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald tapes (save for the last one) and airings of their Nicktoons with split screen credits, the logo cuts to black just as the "Boing" sound effect plays.
  • On NickSplat's airings of their shows, the logo starts when Splaat is on-screen, silent due to the credits being superimposed, and it's in warp speed. It is also worth noting that the filmed version logo is used, considering the graininess at the end of the logo.
  • On a Region 4 DVD release of Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, the logo is cut off after the lip-flapping sound (presumably due to a manufacturing error).
  • In the 2021 version the 2nd variant is used but the logo glitches a bit, the words klasky csupo glitches closer, and then is swooped away by a blue light.

3rd logo (2003; 2007; 2008; 2018)

On a green city skyline, we see a rooster's silhouette on one of the buildings (depending on the aspect ratio used, the rooster will be either in the top-left corner of the screen, or the center). The sun rises, and the rooster wakes up and opens its eyes. It crows loudly as its eyes bulge out and the blocks in the Klasky-Csupo logo float around. The sun brightens and the rooster mysteriously disappears, with the K-C logo appearing in the top right corner. It looks "grungier" than the one in the past two logos.

Variant

The logo comes in two formats, A 4:3 fullscreen version and a 2.35:1 scope version.

4th logo (2016-)

On a white background, we see the Klasky-Csupo logo in the same grungy font as the previous logo. Suddenly, Splaat comes in from the left side of the screen, and pushes the logo off the screen.

Music/Sounds

A bit complicated, but here it goes:

Throughout the entire logo, a 24-note synth-cello line (sounding much like an old portable Casio keyboard) plays that adds vibrato to its last two notes. A catchy drum-machine loop (time signature possibly 5/4) and a strange film projector-like sound (sounding much like a bingo machine) play as well; the former stops once the logo zooms out, while the latter stops when the transition to B&W starts. As the letters pan, there are also corresponding sound effects with the actions of said letters:

During the formation of “CSUPO”, a scribbling sound is heard (which was omitted in 1992) along with two old-timey car honks (abridged to one in 1992), soon followed by a dog “yipping” six times in a high-pitched fashion, similar to a Chihuahua’s barking. As the logo zooms out, a warm synth gradually glissandos to G-5 (on a piano scale) along with a bass note playing in the same key, albeit four octaves lower, the latter of which sustains for the remaining time. An elephant trumpets twice as the logo nearly finishes its transformation to B&W.

It is rumored that Mark Mothersbaugh (the frontman of Devo and composer for Rugrats) did this logo's music.

Music/Sounds Variants

  • In exceptional cases, it uses the closing theme, like Stressed Eric and the Rugrats episode "I Remember Melville/No More Cookies".
  • On Bird in the Window, the logo is silent.
  • A version exists on the 1998 pilot of The Wild Thornberrys where the logo plays as usual, but with the 1998 "Robot" logo audio instead. The pilot aired on September 1, 1998, and the "Robot" logo was introduced on October 8, 1998, so the "Robot" logo might had been intended to debut on this pilot, but for unknown reasons, was changed back to the "Graffiti" logo, but keeping the "Robot" audio intact. Interesting, but still very strange, not to mention that all other episodes with this logo use the normal music/sound variant.
  • On Santo Bugito, a slightly rearranged version of the music is heard.

A "splattering" sound when the ink appears, and a bouncy "beeping" version of the 24-note bass jingle from the 1989 logo plays during Splaat's screen time, except the first measure of the jingle has been cut, meaning that only 18 notes are played. Another "beepy" instrument plays the same jingle in the background, only it comes in a quarter measure late. The company name is stated in a robotic voice (hence the "Robot" nickname. The voice was supplied by the "Boing" novelty voice in the text-to-speech program used on Mac computers). After the company logo appears, we hear several cartoon sound effects: a tiny boing, a lip-flapping sound, a duck quacking twice, and the classic Hanna-Barbera boing.

Music/Sounds Variants

  • Sometimes the music is in warp speed (most likely on PAL television or media due to speedup).
  • On the still video game variants, it's silent.
  • On early television airings of Rugrats episodes with this logo, the logo theme is low-pitched.
  • Some 2010-2013 Nickelodeon USA airings of Rugrats with the split-screen credits omit the boing sound at the end.
  • On Rocket Power, the last note of the end theme of said show trails off into the logo (a rock chord before the jingle plays). Some Rugrats episodes also had the last note of the end theme echo into the logo.
  • On 2000-2009 airings of the K-C shows, the boing sound trails off and cuts off into the kids laughing sound (or before mid-2001, an airplane-like sound with 7 xylophone notes heard over it) in the Nickelodeon logo of the time.
  • From September 2000 until sometime in 2001, on some split-screen credit airings of their shows, the audio of the promo from the split-screen credits sometimes played over this logo's audio (including Splaat's voiceover).
  • When CBS aired The Rugrats Movie and Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, a generic theme played over this logo.
  • In the 2021 version, the music is a bit quicker than before, and the "boing" sound is replaced with a swoosh sound.

A very loud techno theme that appears to be yet another remix of the 1989 logo's music. Before the rooster wakes up, a voice says "Wake up". Also, there's a, "POP!" sound when the rooster opens its eyes. A faint robotic whisper of the company name can be heard at the end.

Music/Sounds Variant

On a special "sizzle reel" Klasky-Csupo made for their 25th anniversary, the 2.35:1 scope version is used at the beginning, however we do not hear the faint robotic whisper. Instead, we hear techno-like music that starts the video.

The same cartoon sound effects from the end of the 2nd logo, as well as some different sound effects when Splaat appears, such as a bonk sound, and a crash sound.

Scare Factor

1st logo

Depending on the variant:

  • Original and Abridged versions: Low to medium. The cut from the credits to the logo is jarring, the random sound effects, animations, and styles may catch you off guard, and the fast pace of the abridged may suck you up, but it's a memorable logo and a favorite for those who remember seeing it.
  • The Wild Thornberrys Pilot variant: Medium to high. The sounds from the next logo are pretty creepy, combined with the jarring cut and random animations. It can be jarring if you expect the regular audio and wind up with this. In addition, its highly unlikely people would expect this due to this version being only a one time occurrence, it will also bring back bad memories to the people scared of the next logo.
  • With the closing theme: Low, as it does not stop the cut from the credits nor the effects.
  • In-credit and "Still" variants: None. Of course, this is nothing compared to the follow-up...

2nd logo

Depending on the logo variant:

  • Standard version: Depends on how you feel about the whole logo, it can range from low to nightmare. Splaat's face looks like something that came right out of a child's nightmare, the ink splatter is sudden and jarring, and the entire thing has a random and disjointed feel to it. Children will probably gain nightmares from this, though others can find it funny or annoying. Nonetheless, it's one of the most infamous children's logos ever made, and is very popular among and outside the logo community due to its "scary" status.
  • Alternate and 2021 variants: Medium to nightmare; the added bonus of Splaat smiling can be even more unsettling. The black background and unexpected transition from the credits to the logo don't help. It can be decreased to medium for those who expected this (although it would be unlikely expected due to only appearing once and only once). The scare factor can be none or low if you find Splaat smiling cute or if you didn't find the standard logo scary as a kid. The addition of glitches used throughout in the 2021 variant could also scare a new generation of children.
  • Still variant: None, as it skips Splaat altogether.
  • Superimposed variant: Minimal to medium, as you can barely see the logo.

3rd logo

None to medium. The rooster screaming, its eyes bulging out and the loud music can bother viewers, but it's otherwise an improvement over the previous logo. We're still not done with the scary logos, however...

4th logo

Like the 2nd logo, it can range from low to nightmare. The cartoon sound effects may get to some, and Splaat coming in may scare those who were scared of the 2nd logo. Splaat staring at the viewer can be unsettling too. Even if you're scared of Splaat, it's still nice to see him make a comeback.

Trivia

  • Strangely, the KC Splaat logo appeared on early airings of a SpongeBob episode "Wet Painters/Krusty Krab Training Video" since May 10th, 2002. The error was later corrected in 2006 when it was replaced by the United Plankton Pictures logo.
  • Continuing on these Strange Events, the KC Splaat logo is also appearing after the credits of Hey Arnold! instead of the Snee-oosh logo on TeenNick's The Splat night events. It got replaced in May 2017.
  • In 2012, the face was given the name "Splaat" and was also given arms and legs. He stars in his own webseries called "RoboSplaat!", voiced by Greg Cipes.
  • If you look closely at the Rooster logo, you may notice he has the same eyes as the Splaat logo.

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