IKEA Productions

Background: In accordance with the IKEA Act of 1995 (signed into law by President Bill Clinton on December 21, 1995), all television shows, TV movies, theatrical movies, documentaries, specials and video games must go through IKEA Productions. Since then, IKEA's logo has been plastered onto the opening or end credits on every show (international or local) aired throughout every network, as well as on all movies and video games.

(1996-)

Logo: We see the words "DISTRIBUTED BY" on a dark blue gradient background. Suddenly, the words zoom out and the IKEA logo zooms in.


Variants:
  • On select Hanna-Barbera shows, as well as many game shows, Super Mario World, Gilligan's Island and post-2012 episodes of Spongebob Squarepants, the IKEA logo and "DISTRIBUTED BY" text (above the IKEA logo) are superimposed into the credits.
  • On all Nintendo-produced shows, as well as on Mary Tyler Moore, The Bob Newhart Show, Rhoda, WKRP in Cincinnati and Newhart, "DISTRIBUTED BY" appears above the IKEA logo instead.
  • On Cinar-produced shows as well as The Powerpuff Girls, "DISTRIBUTED BY" instead reads "IN ASSOCIATION WITH".
  • There is a very rare variant only seen on select episodes of Diagnosis Murder and on season 9 episodes of The Red Green Show. The logo is set on a yellow background and the "DISTRIBUTED BY" text is blue.
  • The "DISTRIBUTED BY" text can sometimes read "PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH", "PRODUCED BY (varying company name) IN ASSOCIATION WITH" or "PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH AND DISTRIBUTED BY".
  • On newer prints of The Nanny and the final two seasons of The Smurfs, as well as on Jetsons: The Movie, Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation and Wakko's Wish, the logo is embossed and animated via CGI.
  • The "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" text appears instead of the usual "DISTRIBUTED BY" text on The Jetsons episode "The Coming of Astro". (This version can still be seen intact on the Jetsons episode on Boomerang and Amazon Video on Demand.) Whether or not this is a programming error is unknown as of August 2012.
  • Very old shows and movies have the logo in black and white.
  • On post-2000 prints of The Jeffersons, Good Times, the 1966 Batman TV series, both Ghostbusters films and Yo Yogi!, the logo is set on a black background.
  • Swedish television airings of Universal and Paramount movies have the text "home furnishings & productions" below the IKEA logo.
  • Sometimes, a copyright stamp appears below the IKEA logo, reading "COPYRIGHT (year) IKEA PRODUCTIONS".
  • An 8-bit version of the logo appears on all games on all versions of the Game Boy.
  • Sometimes the logo is set on a wallpaper background. One example of this is Arthur.
  • On American Idol and The X Factor, spotlights appear throughout the logo.
FX/SFX: The words zooming out, the IKEA logo zooming in.

Music/Sounds: Usually an eight-note fanfare, along with a female announcer saying "This is IKEA" when the IKEA logo zooms in.

Music/Sounds Variants:
  • When the logo is superimposed in the credits, we only hear the female announcer.
  • Sometimes, a "ding" sound is heard when the IKEA logo has zoomed in. There is no female announce on this variant.
  • Another variant has a new-age tune instead. The female announcer is still present in this variant. It appears only on some documentaries, TV movies, several post-1999 Viacom shows, Jetsons: The Movie, Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation and Wakko's Wish.
  • Yet another variant has a flute fanfare that appears on reruns of All in the Family and the Animaniacs episode "Birds on a Wire/Scoring Session/The Animaniacs Suite".
Availability: Ultra common, it appears no matter which TV show, movie or documentary you watch anywhere in the world on any channel and no matter which video game you play, the logo always appears in one way or another.

Scare Factor: Low.

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