Buena Vista Home Entertainment Feature Program Bumpers

From Company Bumpers

Descriptions by Rodney Jenkins
Editions by Michael Bass, Flake R., Muzzarino, Alexandros Martinez, CooleyBoy10, and Logoblin (KirbyGuy2001)
Video captures courtesy of GameShowNetwork1 and MickeyJMan06


1st Bumper (1992-1994)

Nickname: "Comic Sans Prototype"

Bumper: On a green background, we see the white words "FEATURE PROGRAM" in the Dawncastle font, which resembles a prototype version of the infamous Comic Sans font.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The last few seconds of "All for Just One Thin Dime" (from "Killer Tracks 17: Specialty Vol. 3"), with an announcer saying "And now, our feature program". The announcer is either Grant Goodeve or Jim Cummings.

Music/Sounds Variant: On Muppet Sing-Alongs: Billy Bunny's Animal Songs, the screeching trumpet theme from the end of the Muppet Babies closing theme is heard. Jim Cummings also provides the voice-over.

Availability: Rare. Seen on The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories and an assortment of Jim Henson Video releases, such as The Great Muppet Caper, Hey Cinderella! and, judging by how many trailer and preview videos are made out of it, the quite memetically popular Muppet Sing-Alongs: Billy Bunny's Animal Songs. Also seen on some 1993 prints of The Muppet Movie due to a video editing error (other prints use Jim Henson Video's Feature Presentation bumper instead).

Editor's Note: The Muppet Sing-Alongs: Billy Bunny's Animal Songs variant has bothered some, due to the "Bad Trumpet" theme being played in the bumper.


2nd Bumper (Buena Vista Home Video) (1992-1995)

Bumper: On the same background of the Jay Ward Buena Vista Home Video logo, we see the brownish-gold text "FEATURE PROGRAM" zooming in fast.

FX/SFX: The text zooming in.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 1st original bumper.

Availability: Seen on a few Alvin and the Chipmunks tapes. A few AATC tapes from that year either use the Alvin and the Chipmunks Sing-Along variant, or cut straight to the theme song from the AATC preview. This also made an interesting return on the 1995 VHS of Parachute Express: Come Sing With Us.

Editor's Note: The fast zoom-in of the text, along with the use of the 1991 WDHV jingle, has been found to be off-putting by a few. It's amazing how this bumper returned (after a 3-year absence) on a "Parachute Express" VHS tape.


3rd Bumper (Fraggle Rock) (1993)

Nickname: "The Caves"

Bumper: We see the multi-colored text "FEATURE PROGRAM" on the bottom right of the screen, which is on a blue-tinted stone wall. In the corner, the "Fraggle Rock with the Muppets" logo is seen on a cartoony stone fragment.

Music/Sounds: The second verse of the Fraggle Rock theme is played and we hear Brian Cummings saying "And now our Feature Program".

Availability: Extremely rare. Seen on five Fraggle Rock tapes released in 1993 by Jim Henson Video.

Editor's Note: None.


4th Bumper (Disney's Haunted Mansion) (1993)

Nickname: "Haunted Scene"

Bumper: We start with an image of a tree, full moon, and black clouds in a gray background. After a second, the text "Feature Program" in an orange "Matterofact" font with a dark green border appears.

Variant: There is a variant with the text "Stay Tuned..." instead of "Feature Program". Instead of "And now, our feature program! Nyuh-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!!!!", the announcer says "Stay tuned for more Halloween fun! Nyuh-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!!!!" This was seen between cartoons on Disney's Haunted Mansion tapes.

FX/SFX: The lightning flash and "Feature Program" appearing.

Music/Sounds: An organ theme is heard with some other typical Halloween sound effects (i.e.: wind blowing, lightning striking, a wolf howling). Brian Cummings then eerily says "And now, our feature program!" and does an evil laugh.

Availability: Extremely rare, as it was only seen on Disney's Haunted Mansion (not to be confused with the 2004 film The Haunted Mansion) tapes.

Editor's Note: Although intentional, this bumper has been considered rather creepy, due to the text and the announcer.


5th Bumper (Disney's Happy Holidays) (1993)

Nickname: "The Christmas Tree"

Bumper: We see an image of a Christmas tree and the white words "Feature Program}}" on a starry background, similar to the Walt Disney Mini Classics logo.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: A holiday tune and an announcer saying "And now, our feature program!"

Availability: Extremely rare. Seen only on Disney's Happy Holidays tapes.

Editor's Note: None.


6th Bumper (Winnie the Pooh and other releases) (1994-2000)

Bumper: On a different colored background, usually with a spotlight shining down from the right top corner to the left bottom corner, we see the text "FEATURE PROGRAM" in a jumbled-up cartoonish redo of the Biondi font. The logo varies by variant.

Variants:

  • 1994, 1999-2000 (Winnie The Pooh Storybook Classics, Winnie The Pooh: Sing A Song With Pooh Bear (1999) and Tigger (2000)): Blue background with white text
  • 1994 (Playtime Videos)/1998-99 (101 Dalmatians Christmas, The Bear, and Disney's Holiday Toons): Green background with white text.
  • 1994-1998 (Playtime, Friendship, Learning Videos and Sing Me a Story with Belle): Light-green background with yellow text. It was modified in 1995 with slightly smaller text that has its color changed to jonquil. The background also looks slightly darker. Frankenpooh was the first to use the alternate variant.
  • 1994 (Winnie the Pooh: Un-Valentine's Day): Blue background with yellow text.
  • 1994, 1997 (Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too): Same as the 1994/1998-2000 variant, but with snow falling.
  • 1994-96 (Favorite Stories): Rose background with white text.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Depends on the music variants seen below.

Music/Sound Variants:

  • 1994 (Storybook Classics): The Winnie the Pooh main theme from 1966-1974.
  • 1994-2000: An instrumental version of the chorus of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh theme song.
  • 1994-96 (Favorite Stories): A portion of Beethoven's "Minuet in G" as arranged for the opening to Music Land is heard, while the man says "And now, our Feature Program."
  • 1996 (Sing Me a Story With Belle): None, except for a woman saying "And Now, Our Feature Program."
  • 1998-2000: Same as the 1st original bumper.
  • 1999 (Disney's Holiday Toons): An a capella chorus singing "Deck the Halls" with a male announcer saying "And now, our feature program!" in a cheerful tone.
  • 1994 (Winnie The Pooh: Un-Valentine's Day): The alternate closing theme of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Availability: Common. Seen on a lot of kid-targeted Walt Disney Home Video videos, such as many Winnie the Pooh tapes, which include the two Sing a Song With... releases, and the Storybook Classics, Friendship, Playtime, and Learning series (and their re-releases; the Playtime and Learning series had at least 2 re-releases from 1995-1998). One of the last releases to use this was the 2000 VHS release of Sing A Song With Tigger. Look above for the other releases on which it can be found.

Editor's Note: None.

7th Bumper (Alvin and the Chipmunks) (1993-1994)

Bumper: In Dave's camera room, we see the light-purple text "FEATURE PROGRAM" in the Revue font.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of Alvin and the Chipmunks Sing-Along.

Availability: Seen on a few Alvin and the Chipmunks tapes such as "Trick or Treason" or "Robomunk". Also seen on Alvin and the Chipmunks Sing-Along tapes.

Editor's Note: None.


8th Bumper (Timon and Pumbaa) (1996)

Bumper: On a green background, we see the text "FEATURE PROGRAM" in an orange/yellow gradient color and a jungle-like font.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: A drum and xylophone tune (which is the music for title cards for Timon And Pumbaa) with Jim Cummings saying "And now, our feature program" in a scratchy African-esque accent, resembling his work as the Winnie the Pooh character Tigger.

Availability: Seen on Timon & Pumbaa's Wild Adventures: Don't Get Mad, Get Happy.

Editor's Note: Jim Cummings trying to imitate an African accent sounds rather "off", and therefore it comes out as quite offensive to some.


9th Bumper (Sailor Moon) (1997)

Bumper: On a bright, bubbly background mirroring the episode title card to a Sailor Moon episode, we see the words "Feature Program" in a black-rose gradient font.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Sailor Moon music with a female announcer saying "And now, our feature program."

Availability: Seen on a few Sailor Moon tapes, such as Sailor Moon: Scouts Unite!. Other tapes use the regular Feature Presentation ident of the era or have no previews at all.

Editor's Note: This bumper actually came out in 1997.


10th Bumper (Disney's Doug) (1997)

Nickname: "Doug Holding a Giant Pencil"

Bumper: We see Doug holding a giant pencil on a white background. In front of him are the orange words "Feature Program".

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: See Bumper 6 of this section.

Availability: Rare. It's seen on some Disney's Doug tapes, which are very hard to find.

Editor's Note: None.


11th Bumper (Bone Chillers) (1997)

Nicknames: "Edgar Allen Poe High School at Night", "Whatever is Strange Becomes Stranger"

Bumper: We see Edgar Allen Poe High School surrounded by bats at night. In front of the building is the orange text "Feature Program".

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 10th bumper.

Availability: Seen only on a few Bone Chillers tapes.

Editor's Note: None.


12th Bumper (Quack Pack) (1997)

Nicknames: "In Soviet Russia, Feature Program Watches You", "Donald Stares Into Your Soul"

Bumper: We see Donald Duck sitting on a green chair on a blue background, looking at the center of the screen. orange text "Feature Program".

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 10th and 11th IDs.

Availability: Seen only on Disney's Quack Pack tapes.

Editor's Note: The combination of Donald's stare and the 1991 WDHV theme has been said to unnerve some.


13th Bumper (Inspector Gadget) (2000)

Bumper: On a black background, we see Inspector Gadget. When he comes down, the words "Feature Program" appear.

FX/SFX: Inspector Gadget moving, and the words "Feature Program" appearing.

Music/Sounds: The 1983 Inspector Gadget intro music and Brian Cummings saying "And now, our feature program!" in a cheerful tone.

Availability: Rare, only seen on Inspector Gadget tapes from the era, such as "Gadget's Greatest Gadgets".

Editor's Note: None.


14th Bumper (Playhouse Disney) (2000-2005)

Nickname: "Handprints"

Bumper: On a blue background with handprints appearing in certain spots, the red words "Feature Program", written in a childish font, zoom in. As the logo finishes, the square cuts to the black background.

FX/SFX: Handprints, the words flying in, and box cutting the screen.

Music/Sounds: A whimsical woodwind jingle, with Brian Cummings saying "And now, our feature program!"

Availability: Seen on some preschool-oriented videos from Walt Disney Home Video, such as certain Playhouse Disney releases of the era and the 2001 VHS reprint of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Editor's Note: It's a cute bumper.


15th Bumper (Halloween 2001) (2001)

Nickname: "And now our Feature Program. Boo!"

Bumper: On an orange background, we see a ghost flying up. Below him are the black words "FEATURE PROGRAM" in a font that looks like something from the 90s. The ghost disappears as the words move to the center of the screen. Then, a ghost and the words "BOO!" appear in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

FX/SFX: The ghost flying, the words moving to the center, the "BOO!" appearing.

Music/Sounds: A spooky, childish tune, with Brian Cummings once again saying "And now, our feature program!"

Availability: Seen on the 2001 VHS of Winnie the Pooh: Boo to You Too.

Editor's Note: None.


16th Bumper (Buena Vista/Miramax) (2002-2005)

Bumper: On a purple background with sound wave bars in white, the green words "Feature Program" move all around the background, separately, until they end up in the center. After the words center, they "shine", then zoom out and in, and the images ripple out.

FX/SFX: The sound wave bars, the words moving around the background and the 'rippling'.

Music/Sounds: A catchy electro-pop tune with Brian Cummings saying "And now, our feature program!".

Availability: Seen on some Buena Vista and Miramax releases. This was commonly seen on Miramax releases of the Pokémon movies, such as Pokémon Heroes, Pokémon: Jirachi Wish Maker and Pokémon 4Ever, Buena Vista releases of Power Rangers, and certain Marvel shows and movies.

Editor's Note: This bumper may startle some due to its sudden appearance.


17th Bumper (Disney Toon Pals) (2004)

Nickname: "Mickey Playing Golf"

Bumper: On a background where Mickey Mouse plays golf, the words "Feature Program" fly in on the left-hand corner.

FX/SFX: The words "Feature Program" spinning.

Music/Sounds: Mickey Mouse music with Brian Cummings saying "And now, our feature program!"

Availability: Rare. Seen on Toon Pals tapes of the era.

Editor's Note: None.


18th Bumper (Kim Possible) (2004-2006)

Nickname: "Kim Possible!"

Bumper: On the same background as the Kim Possible end credits, we see "FEATURE PROGRAM" in a font similar to the Kim Possible opening credits.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The last bars of the Kim Possible opening credits with an announcer saying "And now, our feature program!"

Availability: Uncommon. Seen on Kim Possible tapes of the era, also seen on Marvel Animation releases.

Editor's Note: None.

Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies.