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post #1 of 94
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Universal is celebrating 100 years with a new very cool logo.  I've never liked their intros, but this one is pretty awesome.

 

What are some chud favorites over the years?

post #2 of 94
I always liked the Carolco logo. It was great seeing that in front of action films.
post #3 of 94

The new Usual Suspects-inspired Bad Hat Harry logo is awesome.

post #4 of 94

I always loved the MGM logo used in Kubrick's 2001:

 

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post #5 of 94
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The new Usual Suspects-inspired Bad Hat Harry logo is awesome.


Huh?  Where?

 

post #6 of 94

I always wondered if that was *just* for 2001 or not. Ive never seen it in anything else.

post #7 of 94
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Huh?  Where?

 



X-Men First Class had it.

post #8 of 94

Not one of the big movie studio logos, but Marvel one has always been pretty exciting.  So much so that DC basically lifted the basic idea of it.

 

I think it first showed in front of Spider-man.

 

You know which one I'm really tired of seeing these days?  ORIGINAL FILM.  I don't have to point out what a weak name that is.

post #9 of 94
I also really liked the simplicity of the old Orion Films logo.
post #10 of 94

Dammit, I was about to edit my first post and add that!  Damn you connection issues!

 

Always thought the standard Dreamworks intro was really sweet.  Pixar's is just so simple, cute, and elegant.  I kinda wish Disney went back to that kind of simplicity with its iconic magic kingdom intro, but that's not gonna happen.

post #11 of 94

Ill bite on this one: The Dreamworks logo. Just a little kid, fishing in the clouds, while John Williams does his thing.

 

On the same note, does watching Lux bounce around, looking for the I in Pixar ever get old? Answer: No.

post #12 of 94

As cool as some of these are, I'm getting a little tired of having to sit through three or four of them at the start of every film.

post #13 of 94

I never knew Williams composed the little Dreamworks theme!  Makes sense!

 

 



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As cool as some of these are, I'm getting a little tired of having to sit through three or four of them at the start of every film.


Amen.

post #14 of 94

And it's not so much a matter of length as it is a matter of level of pretension.

post #15 of 94

Especially since most of the lower-tier production studios probably won't be around in a couple of years.  We seem to cycle through several of them every few years.  

post #16 of 94

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I love the old CinemaScope'd logos from the 50s to bits.

 

 

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J. Arthur Rank Organization

 

A nice way of saying "You're about to watch something smart, very British, & possibly epic"

post #17 of 94
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As cool as some of these are, I'm getting a little tired of having to sit through three or four of them at the start of every film.

Agreed 100%. What I particularly dislike:
Logo 1 (20 seconds)
Logo 2 (20 seconds)
Logo 3 (20 seconds)

Black

Company 1 and company 2

Black

In association with company 3 present

Etc...
post #18 of 94

Having grown up more on the 20th Century Fox logo of the 90s, the Cinemascope one kinda drives me insane with its tilted 0.  I have this pressing need to straighten it!!!

post #19 of 94

I saw this in a New York movie theatre and the audience was ecstatic about it. Sweet moment.

post #20 of 94
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As cool as some of these are, I'm getting a little tired of having to sit through three or four of them at the start of every film.


This.  I've always hated it, but it's getting to the point where even a dumb audience is laughing at it.  It wouldn't be so bad if each logo itself wasn't an epic short film.  

post #21 of 94
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The CBS/Fox logo was always a VHS favorite (and that awesome music!)...it was attached to the old Star Wars trilogy VHS tapes, the unmolested versions.  There was a raw grittiness to the old logos I liked...and the CBS/Fox one looked like you were flying through the death star trench.
 

post #22 of 94

Now, enough with the curmudgeoning, here's one I always liked:

 

 

Just had this right mix of anticipation and fanfare.

post #23 of 94

And of course, if you want really epic...

 

post #24 of 94
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As cool as some of these are, I'm getting a little tired of having to sit through three or four of them at the start of every film.

 

I was thinking this exact thing when I saw The Iron Lady recently. That shit had no less than FIVE film company logos. By the fifth one I thought, "These assholes really need to form a conglomerate or something because this is just stupid".

 

post #25 of 94

That United Artists one used to scare the shit out of me as a kid. I dont know why.

 

Also, i think we can all agree Enter The Void's opening credits are just one giant French middle finger to the whole concept.

post #26 of 94

I love the iconic elegance of the older logos.

 

I mean, what the fuck is that one with people happily walking in a park fading into an image of a girl banging on a drum?  I hate that one.  THE FUCK DOES IT MEAN???

 

I kinda like the ones that fool me into thinking that the movie has started.  I also hate them.  JUST START THE MOVIE.

 

 

Side question:  Which major studio tends to allow movies to play with their logo the most or incorporate them into the film's own aesthetic?  My gut answer is Warner Bros (Harry Potter movies, primarily).

post #27 of 94

 

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And of course, if you want really epic...

 


And the international symbol for "Charlie Brown is on"

 

 

post #28 of 94
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That United Artists one used to scare the shit out of me as a kid. I dont know why.


 

THIS one always unnerved me because it was less a logo than a warning that said "You are about to watch something that will fuck you up".

 

 

 

I LOVE the ongoing WB trend of their specialized shield logos, particularly for all of the Batman films.

post #29 of 94

 I REALLY hate that Warners has replaced that red, black and white logo with the shield logo on so many of their older films (specifically a few of the Dirty Harry sequels).

post #30 of 94
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THIS one always unnerved me because it was less a logo than a warning that said "You are about to watch something that will fuck you up".

 


I LOVE this one when it and Kubrick's choice in music kick off BARRY LYNDON.  (though not in scope)

 

post #31 of 94
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Now, enough with the curmudgeoning, here's one I always liked:

 

 

Just had this right mix of anticipation and fanfare.



That old UA logo is scarier and more unsettling than many of today's studio horror movies.

post #32 of 94

No '80s home video experience was complete without the exceptionally disruptive Vestron logo:

 

 

It's that cut-off note at the end I remember most. Was it supposed to be like that? Because it was ALWAYS like that.

post #33 of 94

It's like it gave up right before the finish line!  Hahahha

One that I never realized my affection for:  the Universal logo of the 80s and early 90s.  When it kicked off Drag Me to Hell, it was a very welcome sight.  Got me in the right mood.

post #34 of 94
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No '80s home video experience was complete without the exceptionally disruptive Vestron logo:




It's that cut-off note at the end I remember most. Was it supposed to be like that? Because it was ALWAYS like that.

That reminds me of the old Caballero Video logo. Yes, I'm old.
post #35 of 94


 

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Side question:  Which major studio tends to allow movies to play with their logo the most or incorporate them into the film's own aesthetic?  My gut answer is Warner Bros (Harry Potter movies, primarily).



First place is Warners. Second place is Fox. I still remember opening night of Alien 3, audience cheering when the lights went down, and the second the fanfare stuck on that one note, audience went dead silent.

post #36 of 94
DOOM: having the Universal logo encircling Barsoom is the best part of the film.
post #37 of 94

I remember Fox used to do some cutesy things with their logo in front of Hal Needham's films, like cars racing in and out of the letters.

 

And I remember the Universal globe slowly flooding in front of Waterworld.

post #38 of 94

And if you ask me, Fox wins going away with this one:

 

post #39 of 94

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - The Universal 'space discs' logo runs in reverse, away from Earth.

post #40 of 94
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First place is Warners. Second place is Fox. I still remember opening night of Alien 3, audience cheering when the lights went down, and the second the fanfare stuck on that one note, audience went dead silent.


Sadly, that's where the film peaked.

 

post #41 of 94

Speaking of "peaking early", Waterworld's Universal logo intro always struck me as being fairly inspired.

 

post #42 of 94
Richard beat you to that, Art.
post #43 of 94

I really do love the Disney opening fanfare. It's probably just a Pavlovian response built up since childhood, but whenever I see it I immediately anticipate magic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

...and then TRON: LEGACY begins.

post #44 of 94

Still a favourite...

 

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...got a huge smile when it made an apperance on the credits of Superbad...

 

post #45 of 94


 

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And of course, if you want really epic...

 


It's not TV, it's a monolith like entity from outer space

 

That UA one has always been one of my favorites. It always sucked me in when I stumbled upon it in the days of pre cable guide channel surfing, because it made me think some horror film or thriller was starting. The MGM/UA one is pretty good too, though less ominous:

 

 

Another favorite is Toho:

 

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Especially the Tohoscope version:

 

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And especially when there is Akira Ifukube or Masaru Sato music playing over it

 

Also, yeah, the 20th Century Fox fanfare still gets me excited. And yeah, it's largely a Pavlovian response from a childhood spent watching and loving STAR WARS.

 

post #46 of 94
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And of course, if you want really epic...

 



Just to rock out with their cock out, they should reserve this for airings of Game of Thrones.

 

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post #48 of 94
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Anybody notice how the Columbia lady looks like Annette Bening? 

 

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post #49 of 94
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And of course, if you want really epic...

 


 

This was in front of the Ghostbusters tape I grew up watching. Needless to say, every time I watch the film, even today, I still have a slight expectation of the flying HBO letters before the Columbia logo.

post #50 of 94

The original New Line Cinema logo always kind of creeped me out at the start of the early "Nightmare on Elm Street" movies.

 

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