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MTM Video Games

Background: Founded in 1982 and closed about 1984, MTM Video Games was an early short-lived video game division of MTM Enterprises. It has no relationship with MTM Interactive whatsoever.


1st Logo (1982-1984)

Logo: On a gold background, we see a white static rendition of the MTM Enterprises logo. The name of the company "MTM VIDEO GAMES" is written below the logo, followed by "PRESENTS", the game's name, a copyright notice and the words "PRESS FIRE TO BEGIN".

FX/SFX: Totally static.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Rare.

Editor's Note: None.

MTM Consumer Products/MTM Interactive Entertainment

Background: MTM Interactive Entertainment is a game division of MTM Enterprises, founded in 1993 as "MTM Consumer Products". In 1995, it was renamed to its current name, "MTM Interactive Entertainment". Its subsidiary, MTM Games, is its major publishing unit.


1st Logo (1993-1995)

Nickname: "MTM Kitten"

Logo: On a black (or blue) background, we see the normal MTM logo of the era, but the "ENTERPRISES" text reads "CONSUMER PRODUCTS". Above the kitten is "Under License By".

Variants:

  • Sometimes, "UNDER LICENSE BY" is in all capital letters.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the opening theme of the game.

Availability: (TBA)

2nd Logo (1995-2010)

Nicknames: "MTM Kitten II", "Metallic Kitten With Sparks"

Logo: Same as the last logo, but the logo is metallic gold, brighter and shinier, the background is usually black or white, and the text below the MYM wordmark instead reads "INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT". In the logo, seven little sparks are seen on the ribbon.

Variants:

  • Sometimes, like the MTM Consumer Products logo, "Under License by" appears above along with its copyright information below.
  • There is an animated version in which the logo zooms in. The Kitten is noticeably smaller than the text.
  • On Game Boy Color games, the copyright info sometimes appears below.
  • There is a black and white variation on games for the original Game Boy.

FX/SFX: The zoom-in on the animated version.

Music/Sounds: Here are the music variants:

  • The opening theme of the game.
  • This logo is seen silent.
  • The animated version features an opera-like chord ending with a "ding".

Availability: Common. Can be seen on MTMIE games since 1993, except for (TBA)


3rd Logo (2001-2010)

Nicknames: "MTM Kitten III", "CGI MTMIE Kitten"

Logo: On a black background, several sparks fly in a dark MTM ribbon without the kitten before they swirl around and cause the screen to flash, in which then die down to reveal the MTM Interactive Entertainment print logo. The logo "shines."

Variants:

  • On some games, the logo is still, and "Under License by" can be seen above it.
  • On some games, a copyright notice is seen below the logo as it animates.

FX/SFX: Sparks flying, forming the logo.

Music/Sounds: A mysterious string/horn/orchestral tune.

Availability: Common. Seen on several games.


4th Logo (2003-2010)

Nicknames: "MTM Kitten IV", "CGI MTMIE Kitten II", "MTM Returns"

Logo: Same as the MTM Films logo used on the Mimsie and Friends: Back in Action teaser trailer, except "INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT" replaces "FILMS".

FX/SFX: The logo flashing and zooming in; all done in perfect CGI.

Music/Sounds: A creepy tune with a choir and some horns.

Music/Sounds Variant: Earlier games used the same music from the Mimsie and Friends: Back in Action teaser trailer.

Availability: Occasionally seen in games, mainly those based on well-known movie licenses.

MTM Interactive

Background: MTM Interactive was a video game publisher and developer mainly concerned with titles based on MTM Enterprises properties. They have also been involved with original titles. The company was formed in 1982 as "MTM Video Games", but was soon shut down due the the video game crash of 1983. They were revived as "MTM Interactive" in May 1994, releasing its first game. MTM Interactive stop publishing its own games in 2001, and went through Activision, EA, and Cairo MTM Games to get games based on its properties. MTM Interactive was acquired in 2003 by Cairo MTM Games (now "Argosy Interactive, Inc.") and was quietly shut down in 2006.


1st Logo (1992)

Logo: A fair (but still) reproduction of the "red/blue/yellow text" variant of the original 1970-1999 MTM Enterprises TV logo used during the era. Then the copyright screen appears as the logo fades out.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: It was only used on a few games.

Editor's Note: None.


2nd Logo (1994-1996)

Nicknames: "MTM Globe", "The Heraldic Supporter Kittens"

Logo: On a white background, we see a still image of the artwork version of the MTM Interactive logo, which shows the blue globe with "MTM" in the same TV logo font on the globe with two kittens in the back forming an heraldic-supporter-like formation posed on a blue sky background inside the black box with "INTERACTIVE" underneath the logo. Underneath are the words "A UNIT OF MTM ENTERPRISES, INC." in small bold letters and it's spaced to fit the width of the logo.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The 16-bit (8-bit for Game Boy) version of the full MTM Films fanfare.

Availability: Can be only seen on a few games.

Editor's Note: None.


3rd Logo (1996)

Logo: Same as the domestic MTM Home Entertainment logo from the time, but is a still of the end of the animation from the original version of the logo.

FX/SFX: Same as the 1995-2008 MTM Home Entertainment logo.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: It was only used on games for PC.

Editor's Note: None.


4th Logo (February 1996-2002)

Nicknames: "The CGI MTM Globe", "The Heraldic Supporter Kittens II"

Logo: On a black background, we see two jumping kittens surrounding the box with the gold border, and possibly a globe going to land on the bottom part of the box against the sky background. Suddenly, the "fire" starts glowing behind it, and then the fire burns as the box stretches down to reveal a black rectangular part. As the fire disappears, the word "MTM", in the same font as the TV logo, reveals around the globe and stops in the middle as the kittens form an heraldic-supporter-like formation and "INTERACTIVE" appears under it. The "MTM" text along with the gold border "shines" as it pauses.


Variants:

  • On some games, the logo is still.
  • On some games, there is a still artwork version of the logo similar to the 2nd logo, but with some differences. The sky color is the same as the animated logo instead of blue.

FX/SFX: The kittens, the "fire" burning behind the globe, the logo shining.

Music/Sounds: The second half of the 1994 MTM Films fanfare with rumbling, explosion and whooshes (which pans from the right to left speaker if listened in stereo). The fanfare abruptly ends as the logo shines.

Music/Sound Variants:

  • None or the opening theme of the game for still variants.

Availability: Common.

Editor's Note: None.


5th Logo (2002-2005)

Nicknames: "From MTM Films to MTM Interactive", "The Kitten III", "CGI Kitten II", "MTM Kitten", "Changing Kitten"

Logo: We see the MTM Films logo already formed. Then the logo flips to an "MTM INTERACTIVE" logo, with a cyborg kitten.

FX/SFX: The "MTM Films" logo changing to "MTM Interactive".

Music/Sounds: The 1997 MTM Films fanfare. In its first year, it used the 1994 MTM Films fanfare.

Availability: Appears on all games from the company from the era

Editor's Note: None.

MTM/TVS Merchandising Inc.

1st Logo (1994-1998)

Logo: Inside the black rectangle we see the words, "MTM\TVS" with "MTM" and "TVS" in their respective corporate fonts on it. Under it is the word, "MERCHANDISING INC" with "MERCHANDISING" in spaced-out letters and "INC" turned sideways inside the cut-out rectangle shape.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: (TBA)

Editor's Note: None.


2nd Logo (1996, 2000)

Nicknames: "The MTM Kitten", "TVS Kitten"

Logo: Similar to the 1990 MTM/TVS Home Video logo, except "MTM (TVS shell logo) TVS" is gold and is shifted up a little, and "HOME VIDEO" is replaced with "MERCHANDISING INC." with lines aboveand below it respectively. All the words are in gold color.

FX/SFX: None. Sometimes the logo shines.

Music/Sounds: None or the opening theme of the game.

Availability: Seen on Aaron and Salli RPG for all platforms. However, it also oddly, seen on the Game Boy Color version of the game, despite that TVS Entertainment was incorporated into Argosy Media in 1996.

Editor's Note: None.

MTM Interactive Studios/MTM Interactive

Background: MTM Interactive (originally known as "MTM Interactive Studios" until 2001), was originally a company owned by MTM Enterprises. It was concentrated on developing and publishing games based on original content and MTM character, movie, and television franchises. In 2000 the company was merged into Cairo/MTM and became its internal studio. In 2004, the company was folded into Cairo MTM Games (later "Cairo Pictures Games") which is now "Argosy Interactive" since 2008.


1st Logo (1994-1997)

Nicknames: "CGI Kitten", "The MTM Kitten"

Logo: On a black background, a CGI MTM kitten flies towards us. When it stops, the words "mtm interactive studios", written in one line and in a custom font, appear over the kitten with "interactive" in the orange rectangle.

Variants:

  • There's a still artwork version of this logo. Plus, the words "mtm interactive studios" are all white.
  • On Aaron Adventure, the copyright notice is under the still logo.

FX/SFX: The kitten flying.

Music/Sounds: None or the opening theme of the game.

Availability: Rare.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo (1997-2004)

Nicknames: "The MTM Kitten II", "The Print Kitten"

Logo: We see the still artwork print version of the 1997 MTM Films logo. The word "FILMS" is replaced with the words, "MTM INTERACTIVE STUDIOS".

Variants:

  • There is another variant where the logo is in print form and the background is either white or black.
  • Sometimes, the copyright notice is under the logo.
  • Since 1998, the website URL, "www.mtmenterprises.com" is under the logo.
  • On some games, the copyright notice along with the website URL are all yellow.
  • Since 2000, the website URL reads "www.mtminteractive.com".
  • Starting in 2001, "MTM INTERACTIVE STUDIOS" is changed into "MTM INTERACTIVE"
  • On the trailer for a few games, the B&W print logo is used, but the ribbon is replaced by a simple circle and the text below the MTM wordmark reads simply "INTERACTIVE STUDIOS".

FX/SFX: None and/or some zooming.

Music/Sounds: None or the opening theme of the game.

Availability: Appears on games by MTM.

Editor's Note: None.


3rd Logo (2001-2003)

Nicknames: "The MTM Kitten III", "The Print Kitten II", "Flying Letters"

Logo: The camera zooms in around the moving blue circular traces. During that, the words, "MTM INTERACTIVE", along with the website URL: "www.mtminteractive.com" below it, fade in under the particles. The tracing particles clear out, and the MTM kitten fades in the center. The letters of the word, "MTM" fly, rotating, from beyond the screen and take their places, forming the logo.

FX/SFX: Moving traces, flying letters.

Music/Sounds: First, some wheezing sounds of circular particles, then the typewriter-like effects when "MTM" fly.

Availability: Rather common. Was used in a few games through the era. Around 2003, the logo was replaced by the MTM Films movie logo.

Editor's Note: None.


4th Logo (2002-2003)

Nicknames: "The MTM Kitten IV", "The Print Kitten III"

Logo: Against the black or white background, we see a similar print version of the MTM logo with "INTERACTIVE" below it inside a stylized blue square.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the opening theme of the game.

Availability: Can be seen on most titles for Game Boy Advance.

Editor's Note: None.

MTM Enterprises Digital Arts

Background: MTM Enterprises Digital Arts was the development division of MTM Interactive Studios that was founded in 1998. So far, it only made Aaron's Great Adventure: The Game in 1999.


1st Logo (1998-1999)

Nicknames: "CGI Kitten", "The Shimmering Kitten", "The 3-D Zooming Text"

Logo: We see the tail end of the 1997 MTM Films logo starting with the logo zooming back, but the "FILMS" text is removed and it's shifted to the top. The words, "MTM ENTERPRISES DIGITAL ARTS", along with the copyright info with the website URL, "www.mtmenterprises.com" in it, appears under the logo. After the music ends, the MTM logo along with the copyright notice, fade out leaving only the "MTM ENTERPRISES DIGITAL ARTS" text to move up. Then it zooms through the screen revealing the word, "PRESENTS" on the screen.

Variant: On the demo version of the game, the website URL, "www.mtmenterprises.com" is under the "MTM ENTERPRISES DIGITAL ARTS" and has a different copyright disclaimer.

FX/SFX: The logo animation, the text zooming.

Music/Sounds: The 1997 MTM International (short version of MTM Films) logo theme. Then it's the sound of the whooshes when the text zooms through.

Availability: Ultra rare. It only appears on Aaron's Great Adventure: The Game. Also appears on the demo version of the said game

Editor's Note: None

Cairo MTM Games

Background: The history of Cairo MTM Games started in 2000, when the Canadian media giant Corus Entertainment bought MTM Interactive and renamed it "Cairo MTM Games" (CMG). Thus the company started publishing video games, though most of them were presented under the name of Corus's subsidiary, Argosy Media.


1st Logo (2001-2006)

Logo: On a white background, we see the words "CAIRO" and "MTM" stacked together, with a purple bar below them. The logo is overlapped by shadows running horizontally and painting the words in red and blue. Before the animation is finished, the word "games" is wiped into the plum bar by a shadow.

Early Variant: Before 2002,There is a version where "INTERACTIVE PUBLISHING" replaces the purple bar. It however mainly appeared on PC titles.

Variants:

  • Another rare variant has just "Cairo MTM" on black background.
  • There is also a still version.

FX/SFX: Computer effects.

Music/Sounds: Many repeating Tangerine Dream-like scurry sounds. None for the silent version.

Music/Sound Variants: On the Non-American demo version of Aaron and Salli RPG 2 packaged in the PS2 Magazine Demo Discs, a different synth music is played plus there are more chimes added to the jingle.

Availability: Common. Most games with this logo have it with Corus Entertainment's following. It was seen without the Corus logo on several console games. The "publishing" version is extremely rare.The still version can be seen on some Aaron games,

Editor's Note: None


2nd Logo (2001-2006)

Logo: Two words, "CAIRO" and "MTM" fly into the screen (overlapping each other) and take their places, while the plum line appears below and the letters "games" zoom to it. The result looks like exactly as the first logo.

Variants:

  • Some Game Boy Advance releases have this logo in the box rectangle with two edges rounded.
  • There is a still version on the demo of Aaron and Salli RPG 3. The retail revision replaces it with the Corus logo.

FX/SFX: A windy jingle and whoosh as the "games" fly in.

Music/Sounds: The background air-synth followed by a whooshing-like sounds of letters flying.

Availability: Not as common as the previous logo.

Editor's Note: None

MTM Games

Background: MTM Games is the major publishing unit of MTM Interactive Entertainment founded in 2005. MTM Games is not to be confused with said company.


1st Logo (2005)

Nicknames: "The Kitten", "MTM Kitten", "Prototype MTM Kitten", "MTM Kitten in the Box"

Logo: A grated rotating cube made of metal comes to the screen, showing the MTM kitten and wordmark carved on each side. The word "GAMES" appears below. The cube slows down and goes into shadow.

FX/SFX: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: A whoosh-based note followed by repeated scratching sounds.

Availability: Can be seen on (TBA)


2nd Logo (2005-2010)

Nicknames: "The Kitten II", "MTM Kitten II", "Print MTM Kitten II", "MTM Kitten in the Box II"

Logo: We see an image of the Argosy/MTM headquarters in Seattle, WA, tinted in blue. Then the picture waves for a second, and then we reveal a navy blue MTM kitten and wordmark, done in CGI, on a smokey blue background. "GAMES", in navy blue, fades in at the bottom of the screen.

Variants:

  • On some games, the logo is still.
  • There's a color-reversed logo on some games.
  • On Aaron and Salli Adventures, the logo slides in from the right pushing the "LICENSED BY NINTENDO" text away. Then, the WayForward logo flips in on the bottom screen. Then the ActImagine Codec logo crashes through the WayForward logo. Then the logos slide away.

FX/SFX: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: A whoosh followed by a fading note, and one more whoosh.

Availability: Can be seen on some MTM games.


3rd Logo (2007)

Nicknames: "The Kitten III", "MTM Kitten III"

Logo: The kitten and wordmark comes and zooms via the multi-reflection effect. It has more intense blue tint than the normal logo. After zoomed, the logo fades out.

FX/SFX: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: Harsh humming music starting with a thunder-strike and ending with a metal clang.

Availability: Exclusively seen on Mimsie and Friends Super Heroes.



4th Logo (2010- )

Nicknames: "The Kitten IV", "Metallic Kitten", "MTM Kitten IV", "Digital MTM Kitten", "Computerized MTM Kitten"

Logo: Starting from the glowing blue surface, full of microscheme patterns, we zooms out from the inside of MTM Films logo (without the test that usually reads "FILMS"). The logo's ribbon and letters are glowing gold, and the background is blue. The logo flashes and reveals the box, also blue and outlined in gold with the word "GAMES" in a gold Copperplate font on it. The light sparks play on the golden parts of the logo. The background is dark blue.

Variants:

  • The still version is much more common, which is set on the various types of background. Since MYM Games publishes many games, there are too many variants to list.

FX/SFX: Logo animation.

Music/Sounds: A lady singing (which sounds fairly similar to the music that plays during the Warner Bros logo on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2)with the sound of riding cymbals and twinkles.

Availability: Common.


5th Logo (2011- )

Nicknames: "The Kitten V", "MTM Kitten V", "MTM Kitten Statue"

Logo: It starts off at Argosy-Cairo-MTM Studios in the daytime with the famous MTM kitten statue and plinth. The camera pans forward and to the right of the statue, showing its other side. As it does this, the sky turns dark and stormy and the statue opens up to reveal a neon yellow MTM Games logo.

Variants: (TBA)

FX/SFX: Nice computer animation that fits well with the games it appears on.

Music/Sounds: The beginning of the logo has wind blowing. As the sky changes, thunder and lightning and electrical crackling is heard when the lightning strikes the statue. A low ominous note then plays and sustains itself for the duration of the logo.

Music/Sounds Variants: (TBA)

Availability: Seen on (TBA)

MTM Mobile Entertainment/MTM Digital Entertainment

Background: MTM Digital Entertainment (formerly "MTM Mobile Entertainment"), is a video game subsidiary of MTM Enterprises that produces apps and games for various portable devices out there, usually based on MTM properties. It is in some ways the spiritual successor to MTM Interactive.


1st Logo (2008-2009)

Logo: Up against a blue background, we see a white box with a blue picture of a white Mimsie silhouette in the middle in the top, and the blue words "MTM Mobile Entertainment" at the other parts.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the opening theme of the game.

Availability: Seen on games and apps released at the time

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo (2009-2010)

Logo: Up against a white background, we see the MTM wordmark next to a white/light blue gradient Mimsie silhouette, with a gray line below. Under the gray line is the blue text "MOBILE ENTERTAINMENT".

Variant: On Aaron and Salli Arcade, everything is shiny and gray and up against an arcade monitor.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the opening theme of the game.

Availability: Common.

Editor's Note: None.


3rd Logo (2010- )

Logo: We see the word "MTM" with a Mimsie silhouette inside the "T". Beneath it is the text "DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT".

Variants:

  • The word "MTM" can either be white, gray, or black.
  • Sometimes, the Mimsie silhouette is blue.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Current.

Editor's Note: None.