We start off with an ominous ball and a ledge on a white screen. The ball then falls off and starts flying back up playing a few slides, then showing a scary mask. The company name in gold font appears underneath.
Additional InfoEditIt turns out that the creator of the logo was going to use the death mask of Guo Xiang, a Chinese Taoist philosopher, but the museum would not let him use it. Therefore, he tried to model the head with computer graphics. This, combined with the logo itself, makes this logo very infamous and one of the scariest logos ever. In 1993-1996 before L-club, the VID mask would morph into the face of Leonid Yarmolnik and open its eyes (picture below). It might be a little bit better to know that the Russian company of BИD no longer uses this logo since 2002, but continues to use the 1990s mask. However, in an April Fools joke, another version of the logo opened its eyes and stuck its tongue out in the beginning. It was very scary, funny, annoying, and rude.
The "ВИD" wordmark also uses the Latin "D" instead of the Cyrillic "Д", so the wordmark does not use the proper way to write "VID" with Cyrillic letters.
At the beginning, something that sounds like a machine turning on, then something that sounds like a whoosh, and at the end, 5 loud orchestral notes (music, not written on paper) playing when the mask appears.
WGBH Variant: Check WGBH Boston.
This logo also showed on other logos like Cartoon Network, Funimation, etc.
This logo became very popular on GoAnimate.
There's also one video called "PBS of Doom Drops By Squidward's House".
Another fan-made variant found in the video "TV Playhouse #71: The Awesome Bruin Frightening" features the face of Daffodil The Rabbit from Clifford's Puppy Days.
- Normal: 1960s animation with robotic sounds
- Short 1: Just the circle parts
- Short 2: Mask appears then Razbashev's voice says "Телекомпания ВИD представляет" which means "VID Broadcasting Presents"
- Before L-Club: Face opening Leonid Yarmolnik's eyes, jiggling his eyebrows in the process.
- April fools day 1994: Face zooms with disagreeable sound. Then he himself takes his tongue off and opens his eyes himself (Yarmolnik was fully masked to ВИD)
- Oba-Na!: The first part in when a scared person on the right with the black bar coming towards his head, and the mask formed into Igor Ugolnikov saying "VID, VID. Nothing is viewed from your view!" in an electronically-distorted voice in Russian and smiles while clapping, cheering and a synth fanfare are heard in the background
- 2000-2013: Black and Yellow background with Russian and an HD mask zooming in at you (a la V of Doom) It has Cyrillic text, "ВИD ТЕЛЕКОМПАНИЯ ПPEДCTABЛЯET" which translates to be "VID Broadcasting Presents".
- 2013: Same but backgtound is blue and the mask was also changed
- Before "Rest" the mask appeared vector and started to talk.
- There is a fanmade variant called the PBS that bangs on the screen and roars. This can be seen on zooming logos such as Viacom V of Doom, WGBH Boston and Feature Presentation Paramount.
- The person in the Oba-Na! Variant is Igor Ugolnikov
- A parody of Leonid Yamolnik also exists, witch it begins with the closed eyes of Leonid. Then he sticks out his tongue, and opening his eyes, making it look like the April Fools Day variant, but scarier.
- The person who founded VID-TV died 2 years after the company was found (1983 to 1995)
- This logo became very popular on GoAnimate.
- The mask itself is still used today.
- The killers of the founder were found.
Scare Factor Edit
Original and Abridged Variants: Nightmare. The loud weird and scary music, zooming circles, and evil-looking mask have scared many people, mostly those in Russia, but it's become some sort of an Internet meme and very popular (especially on GoAnimate) for its scariness. Unarguably one of the most frightening logos ever made, and possibly the darkest and scariest Russian logo of all time.
Christmas Variant: Medium. The menacing chord along with the sudden appearance of the mask may scare some, but it is far less intimidating than the normal one.
Presentation Variants: Low to medium. The mask is still quite creepy, and the male announcer may startle those who weren't expecting it, but these is much less frightening than the original variant.
Standard L-club Variant: High to nightmare, since the mask morphing into Yarmolnik's face and the opening of its eyes, the jiggling of his eyebrows, and his rather astonished stare can scare quite a few, and we still have that dramatic fanfare, but it's (somewhat) less intimidating than the normal one.
L-club April Fools Day Variant: Nightmare, due to the mask suddenly changing into an eerie, mocking, taunting face along having scary eyes, as well as the dramatic fanfare and "zooming circles" animation retained from the abridged variant. This variant is infamous for scaring many unsuspecting viewers when it first aired as an April Fools joke, as well as the fact that the variant sometimes appeared on other L-club episodes afterwards, catching (and scaring) viewers by a surprise as a result. The fact that this variant also stays there for about 12 seconds with the black backgroung along with the silence can also be very unsettling.
Оба-на! Variant: Medium. With the mask fading into Ugolnikov's face, the distorted voice, and the panicking man at the beginning, it will definitely scare some. But others might find it funny.
Otdyhay! Variant: High to nightmare. The fact that the mask is talking (not to mention what it is saying completely contradicts the scariness of the mask) and smiles in a creepy way is bound to scare many.
Поле Чудес Episode 1 Variant: High. The sudden fast speed of this logo can get to some, but it's funny.
None! For the PBS of Doom! The Viacom "V of Doom" filmed logo was scary enough, but the PBS P-Head showing up and the screaming may scare also some unexpecting viewers.
Watch if you dareEdit
WATCH! BUT YOU WILL HAVE TO BE BRAVE TO WATCH!