It released children's and family-oriented programming, most notably popular 1980s television cartoons, including The Transformers],G.I. Joe, Jem, ThunderCats, Pound Puppies, the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, Gumby, Clifford The Big Red Dog, The Care Bears, VeggieTales, and Bucky O'Hare, and other non-animated shows like Baby Einstein. It also had a one off theatrical release division, FHE Pictures, established in 2002; its first, and also last release was Jonah A VeggieTales Movie. FHE was one of the two distributors for most of the seasonal Rankin/Bass television specials aired on CBS, the other distributor being Vestron Video, a now-defunct company. The company has also released several VHSs of British kids' cartoons n the US since the 1980s (i.e., Roobarb, Wil Cwac Cwac, James the Cat), as well as some Japanese anime, such as Robotech, Maple Town and The Adventures of Ultraman, plus the Australian"Dot" films. Their output wasn't always children and family friendly, though; in the early '80s, several titles were released under the "World of Horror" label directly by FHE, including Journey into the Beyond and The Child (which was later rebranded as a Monterey Home Video release). Since 1982, they also released Filmation's TV shows such as Lassie's Rescue Rangers, The Lone Ranger,Shazam!, Blackstar, and The Adventures of Zorro, plus the only Filmation movie released at the time, Journey Back to Oz.
Early FHE releases were distributed by MGM/UA Home Video, including the very first release of few episodes of Gumby. In the late 1980s, FHE's releases were distributed by MCA(most notably in Canada). Canadian releases were distributed by two companies in the early 1980s, which were International Home Entertainment CanadaEntertainment] (IHEC) and Vidéo Screencraft, IncEntertainment.
In 1982, the company introduced USA Home Video as a non-family division of the company. In 1986, the company changed its name to International Video Entertainment, and then to Live Entertainment, with "Family Home Entertainment" as an imprint of IVE/Live. They would later go on to become Artisan Entertainment, which has since been acquired by Lions Gate Entertainment. In 2005, FHE was folded into Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Today, the bulk of the FHE releases are now on DVD including the Care Bears Family and Clifford The Big Red Dog. Once prominently available but today fallen into obscurity was the Australian animated film, Grendel Grendel Grendel, an adaptation of John Gardner's novel, Grendel, starring Peter Ustinov in the title role.
- 1981-1985, 1987: Off the charts! The sun looks fake, the space (or zooming stars) background was made on Apple II and the font looks ugly, This is got to be the cheesiest logos here.
- 1985-1991: Because of the “flipping” effect that is typically awful by the way, and the image looks squashed. Before the year 1990, the jarring cut from the FBI warning to this logo. There‘s also a gentle fade from the FBI warning to this logo. And... it’s just a little cheesy, depends.
- 1981-1985, 1987: Medium. It depends what you think of the bad animation and the weird music/sounds, but it‘s a cheesy logo. For those who are used to it, Low.
- 1985-1991: Medium to High. The loud music and "flipping" screen can get to some people, along with the screen on 1983-1990 releases, but it is low for the Happy Monster Band. For Caillou, it is None to minimal. Low for the black background variant.
- 1991-1998: None to Low. It’s a good logo with CGI used from Veggietales, and much better than the previous logo.
- 1998-2001: None.
- 2000-2005: Low, some may be scared crapless of the sound effects, combined with the flying letters and it’s sudden appearance but it’s a great logo. For SpongeBob and Cutie Pie, Minimal to Low. None...for Larry, Bob and Junior Asparagus. The variant with the voice over can also catch some. None for the silent version.