Check Studios

Background: Check Studios is a production company owned by Elliot Strange. It was formed in 1979 as CHECK INC. in East Anglia as a producer of educational films and software (collaborating with the likes of McGraw-Hill, Time Life and others.) The company was reorganized into a general entertainment company after Strange moved to the US in the summer of 1991 with Owen Emerson and the two have produced programs for an American audience since then. Check Studios merged with Random Meats Productions in late 1997 to form The Corning/Emerson Group, but both companies split in 2004 so Emerson could pay for medical expenses after Strange was nearly beaten to death by Frank Novice.

1st Logo
(1993, 1997-1998)

Logo: On a black background, we see a silver plate swing down, containing a dark grey check symbol and the words "CHECK INC." beneath it. The plate shines.

FX/SFX: The plate and shining.

Music/Sounds: Originally none. Later on, it used a downward woodwind tune combined with a fast techno beat and the sound of applause (which would be used as an alternative theme for the Random Meats Productions logo.

Availability: Appeared on the HBO animated special The Rainbow Fish. It also turned up on both pilots for (what is) Film.
2nd Logo
(1997, 2017)

Logo: We see a hand-drawn basketball hoop against a blue wall and a pair of cartoon hands holding a basketball. The hands throw the ball and a fist launches out of the hoop, knocking it toward the screen causing it to shatter. An olive green check symbol with the text "CHECK STUDIOS" in SF Movie font fades in.

FX/SFX: 2D animation.

Music/Sounds: A crowd saying "Boo you s**k." in an unenthused tone. In later years, it featured a cartoony whoosh and a glass-shattering sound.

Availability: Appeared on the short-lived series The Lockhorns.This was brought back in 2016 for Red Life up until the middle of season 2.
3rd Logo

Logo: We see various lines (resembling an oscilloscope) jittering around while the screen emits static. The logo from before, this time with the check in blue with the text in a white AkzidenzGrotesk font (the font that was used for Nine Inch Nails' second album Wish and the record label Nothing Records) forms and then cuts out.

FX/SFX: The lines and static.

Music/Sounds: Electrical zaps. Some uses feature robotic voices spouting gibberish (which was made by Strange mashing in random characters on a text-to-speech program)

Availability: Appears on Red Life episodes from season 3 onwards as well as the Fireboy and Watergirl shorts that are hosted on the Check Studios website.