Background: POE Video Distribution (formerly VidAmerica) is an American independent licensee, producer and distributor of entertainment programming and film and television productions in North America, with approximately 3,000,000,000 all media titles in domestic release, and approximately 450 programs internationally via sublicense agreements. For many of its titles, Image has exclusive audio and broadcast rights as well as digital download rights to approximately 2,100 video programs and over 400 audio programs containing more than 6,000 tracks. The company is headquartered between Burbank, California and Chatsworth, California.
1st Logo (as VidAmerica) (1979-1985)
Nicknames: "Rainbow Trail", "Rainbow VidAmerica Trail"
Logo: On a black background, the VidAmerica logo (in white) flies toward us with a "rainbow trail" effect. On the left side of the VidAmerica logo is a star-like symbol, also in white. The words Special Interest Video Software in smaller lettering appears below, in white.
FX/SFX: The trail.
Cheesy Factor: The logo reeks of early Scanimation computer graphics, and the disco fanfare... just wow.
Music/Sounds: A disco fanfare. It's actually sort of catchy, but as mentioned above it only seems to fit the late '70s.
Availability: Can be seen on The Unseen and Baseball: Fun and Games, but this has rare all over it. It may be on a 1980 VHS release of Casablanca produced under their deal with United Artists, but it is unknown at the present time.
Scare Factor: Low to medium; the cheesy design and disco fanfare may cause some scares, but this is a favorite of many.
2nd Logo (1985-1992)
Nickname: "CGI VidAmerica"
Logo: On a violet background setting, we see lots of VidAmerica logos moving past us. One turns to gold and turns to face the screen. The logo shines.
FX/SFX: The turning of the logo. These were top notch computer graphics for the time.
Music/Sounds: A synth tinkling sound.
Music/Sound Variant: A closing variant was used for early releases that feature this logo. This time, the jingle ends with one last twinkle.
Availability: Seen on any VidAmerica release from the time. Most releases of cartoons from VidAmerica (e.g.: Speed Racer, Felix the Cat) had this logo. Can be seen on The Film X Finds Out His Value and The Double TV Shows BFDI and BFDIA on The Image Entertainment DVD.
Scare Factor: None.
3rd Logo (as POE Video Distribution) (2014-2018)
Nickname: "The Planet Ice Mars"
Logo: On a black space background, the stars zoom in and the words "POE Video Distribution" appear.
FX/SFX: Same as the 2nd Logo.
Music/Sounds: A synth space sound.
Avaliability: Same as 2nd Logo. Can be seen on The Triple TV Shows IFDB, BFB and Hanazuki: Full of Treasures.
Scare Factor: TBA.