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post #51 of 94

SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT:

post #52 of 94

and here's the Carolco one that I mentioned earlier.  It's still the best.

 

post #53 of 94

God, that Jerry Goldsmith Carolco theme is great. It seems to proclaim that "The movie you are about to see was born from steel".

 

I also imagine that's what John Milius' ringtone sounds like.

post #54 of 94
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Anybody notice how the Columbia lady looks like Annette Bening? 

 

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I think it's something that's commonly 'noticed.'  I think I remember a commentary track on a Columbia/Tristar movie joking about it.

 

Speaking of the Columbia/Tristar lady...

 

I love the one in Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, when she gets knocked over by a banana.

 

And I've never been able to get the way it was cut short in GO (1998 Doug Liman film) out of my head.  Whenever I see that version of the intro, I expect that soundtrack to kick in.

 

post #55 of 94
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Anybody notice how the Columbia lady looks like Annette Bening? 

 

columbia_pictures_logo_520.jpg


Back in my day it was Mrs. Cunningham.

 

post #56 of 94

I believe the intended likeness was Annette Bening a la Hilary Clinton.

 

But my favorite Columbia is this one:

 

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2rb7v_columbia-1959-the-mouse-that-roared_news

 

And really, we've hit Page 2 without any Paramounts? For shame:

 

 

 

post #57 of 94

I love the old Universal Pictures logo. I spent many a happy afternoon as a kid seeing it in front of some classic (and not so classic) monster movies.

 

 

Also loved the 80s Orion logo.

 

post #58 of 94

I always loved that Superman-sounding theme Universal used to have too.  Or I suppose Superman sounds like it, to be more precise.

post #59 of 94
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And of course, if you want really epic...

 

Came in to post this one. Most of the films that I didn't see in the theater (especially the ones that weren't geared towards kids) I watched on Home Box Office as a kid. So this logo preceded them all. And then the R rated warning which audibly  told you why you shouldn't be watching it.

 

As a kid growing up in the 70s and 80s, these logos populated my childhood's Sat mornings...

 

 

 

 

And being such a Muppet nerd, these always put a smile on my face...

 


 

post #60 of 94

Goddamn right. That FILMATION logo always meant "quality".

 

Same with the spinning alternate FILMATION Lou Scheimer/Norm Prescott logo.

 

FUCK Hanna-Barbera. Terrible 80s cartoons.

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post #63 of 94

A minor classic:

 

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post #64 of 94
Thought about posting that one. Doesn't tickle me aesthetically as much as some of these do but certainly fits in the "sign you're about to watching something high quality" category.
post #65 of 94

64 posts and no one has mentioned this????

 

 

 

ditto on the classic Orion and red and white Warners logos, however, my favorite Orion logo is this...

 

post #66 of 94

Thank you so much for this thread.  I've always been a huge visual presentation/logo fan.  At first, I thought this was all going to be about the title logos for movies like the classic STAR WARS and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK ones.  Big fan of production company logos, too.  Here's a minimalist classic or two.  My Nostalgia Readings are off the charts, here...

 

 

 

 

And to change it up a little...  Here are logos/bumpers for the different Chains of Movie Theaters I frequented as a kid...   :)

 

 

 

post #67 of 94

I remember that GCC jingle. It's so catchy I was humming it before I started the video.

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

 

 

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


This is why I love this board: now I know there are at least two other people in the world scared of that damn thing.

 

I don't know whether it's the ominous, desolate piano at the beginning or the rising orchestra at the end (kind of spooks me on the same level the end of "A Day in the Life" does) or both. But yeah.

 

post #69 of 94

Me three. Although in my mind it's always followed by the incongruously sprightly piano intro from Woody Allen's Sleeper.

 

ETA: The international signal for SHUT UP MUPPETS IS STARTING

 

post #70 of 94

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Me three. Although in my mind it's always followed by the incongruously sprightly piano intro from Woody Allen's Sleeper.

 

ETA: The international signal for SHUT UP MUPPETS IS STARTING

YES!!!

post #71 of 94

I really enjoy when a company allows the director to have a bit of fun with the logo, like in waterworld where the Universal globe filled with water, or thr WB shield was carved on cobblestones, it really adds to the film.

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I really enjoy when a company allows the director to have a bit of fun with the logo, like in waterworld where the Universal globe filled with water, or thr WB shield was carved on cobblestones, it really adds to the film.



Oh, yeah. I'm sure it wasn't the first time, but the first I noticed it or it made a big splash was with Butron's 1989 BATMAN; just having the clouds behind the WB shield go dark as Eflman's music came up was the perfect touch.* I also like more subtle things, as when Fox has the X in their logo glow for the X-Men films (and trailers).

 

 

 

 

*Obligatory "too bad the film didn't live up to that opening moment's promise" remark from me.

post #73 of 94

I like seeing the Paramount logo dissolve into an actual rock formation (or an image of one on a gong) at the top of the first three Indiana Jones movies.

post #74 of 94

Must admit: As a six year old. the opening sequence of DOCTOR WHO scared the crap out of me.  The endless tunnel, the "ooh-wee-oooooh" music...

...Mommy help me.

 

 

 

And when I was junior high, this recurring television moment always made me happy to be growing up in an era of superheroes that couldn't fly straight and plans that always come together.

 

 


Edited by Engineer - 4/10/12 at 7:51pm
post #75 of 94

Not a favorite, but I've been kinda digging the one for the more recent FILMDISTRICT:

 

Looks nice.

 

post #76 of 94

Another goodie: CENTROPOLIS ENTERTAINMENT (Roland Emmerich's company).  Not a fan of the filmmaker, but love the logo...

 

 

And now to open a Pandora's Box...  How many versions of THIS have there been now?  :)

 

 

 

 

...and here's my personal favorite of probably the last few years.  The Disney Variant from TRON LEGACY.

 

post #77 of 94

The THX "Moo Can" logo is cute once. The 500th time, not so much.

post #78 of 94

Could have sworn this was posted already. How many logos rate their own making-of documentary?

 

post #79 of 94

As a child, I spent many a weekend with my mom at the Sun Sing movie house in NYC's Chinatown, so I probably saw this logo as often as I did the ones for Warners, Universal, et al:

 


 

post #80 of 94
This 100th Anniversary Logo for Universal Pictures is by far the finest iteration of the Universal logo I've ever seen. I already consider the Universal titles to be one of the all time greats (though I hate the previous one with the glowing light coming out of the earth), so this latest version I think is just incredible I think. They should keep the logo this way and just drop the bit about the anniversary when the 100th is over.

I loved what they did with the logo on Waterworld too. No matter what you think of the film, that moment was a memorable and eye catching way to introduce the Waterworld concept.
post #81 of 94

I never even knew they did April Fools ones...

 

 

Also a slightly altered version.  Gotta love the kazoos...

 

post #82 of 94
Thread Starter 

One thing I noticed about logos is that they've gotten increasingly bigger, louder and more bombastic.  Universal's intro (mostly the 80s one) used to be silent and beautiful...reinforcing the reverential magic of a movie theater before the film starts, it was totally appropriate for cinema.  Now there's no magic... just massive, loud and attention grabbing, like you're about to go on a fucking ride, forget about the actual film your about to see, it could be a drama or comedy, we don't care; IT'S A RIDE.  When I watch a Universal movie now I feel like I'm at the fucking theme park.

 

It's just so sad to me because I'm losing interest in studio filmmaking every year and this is one of the reasons.  It's like watching this beautiful woman you love, slowly destroy herself with desperate attention grabbing plastic surgery...or something like that.

post #83 of 94
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I really enjoy when a company allows the director to have a bit of fun with the logo, like in waterworld where the Universal globe filled with water, or thr WB shield was carved on cobblestones, it really adds to the film.

 

post #84 of 94
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Originally Posted by Ambler View Post

One thing I noticed about logos is that they've gotten increasingly bigger, louder and more bombastic.  Universal's intro (mostly the 80s one) used to be silent and beautiful...reinforcing the reverential magic of a movie theater before the film starts, it was totally appropriate for cinema.  Now there's no magic... just massive, loud and attention grabbing, like you're about to go on a fucking ride, forget about the actual film your about to see, it could be a drama or comedy, we don't care; IT'S A RIDE.  When I watch a Universal movie now I feel like I'm at the fucking theme park.

 

Along with this...

 

TOO MANY GODDAMNED PRODUCTION LOGOS.

I mean, even a major studio blockbuster like TDKR starts with:

Warner Bros

Legendary

DC Comics

Syncopy

 

Everyone wants their time in the sun.  It can't just be text anymore.

 

That said, I'm fine with the way it's done in Nolan's Batman movies.  It does set the mood and they're all of one piece in terms of style and color.  But still... it got longer with the addition of Syncopy.  But that is Nolan's production stamp, so I'll ALLOW IT.  Hahahaha

 

Still... there are other movies where it seems like you have to get through 5 or 6 completely different logos to get to the actual movie.

post #85 of 94
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Originally Posted by Ambler View Post

One thing I noticed about logos is that they've gotten increasingly bigger, louder and more bombastic.  Universal's intro (mostly the 80s one) used to be silent and beautiful...reinforcing the reverential magic of a movie theater before the film starts, it was totally appropriate for cinema.  Now there's no magic... just massive, loud and attention grabbing, like you're about to go on a fucking ride, forget about the actual film your about to see, it could be a drama or comedy, we don't care; IT'S A RIDE.  When I watch a Universal movie now I feel like I'm at the fucking theme park.

 

It's just so sad to me because I'm losing interest in studio filmmaking every year and this is one of the reasons.  It's like watching this beautiful woman you love, slowly destroy herself with desperate attention grabbing plastic surgery...or something like that.


I think the new Universal logo is great. The level of detail in the rendering of the earth is phenomenal, it feels as if we really are zooming around the planet, and it helps remind us that cinema is global, that Universal Pictures makes movies for everyone. The whole world, united by film. That's what I get from their logo.

 

I also love that the letters themselves in Universal look massive enough to knock the earth off it's axis if they were to strike the surface. The scale is astronomic. For me it's magical in that it's showing us something impossible: giant letters orbiting around the earth. It no longer looks like a "logo", but some sort of cosmic event captured on film, an aligning of the planets coming together in honor of Universal's 100th Anniversary.

post #86 of 94

I don't think any of these should be left out:

 

 

 

 

post #87 of 94
I just rented The Dictator and caught the new Paramount logo. Not sure how I feel about it. I really like the colors, but I'm thinking it doesn't quite go far enough when it comes to the realism of the clouds. For all intents and purposes it should look like a photo real mountain. This is weirdly half way between stylized and hyper detailed like in the new Universal Logo. Still a good effort though, hopefully things will improve next time.

The Disney logo that has been in use for the past few years is pretty great too, and I never used to like their logo.
post #88 of 94

Bumping this thread to say that I love how DreamWorks' animated films play around with the logo a lot, and they use the lovely "Fairy Tale" theme from Shrek most of the time. Some of my favorites:

 

Shark Tale-The movie sucks, but the way the logo segues into the actual film is actually quite clever.

 

Madagascar 2-Those delightful little penguin bastards slide onto the moon and knock out the fishing boy.

 

Both Kung Fu Panda movies open with gorgeous 2-D, stylized animated versions of the logo, complete with a Zimmer-Powell Asian-influenced modification of the theme.

 

How To Train Your Dragon and Megamind both elect to start with with their actual scores, and a darker-colored variation on the fishing boy in the moon, which helps set the mood very well. Additionally, in Dragon you can see a Night Fury fly past the moon for a split second.

post #89 of 94
Loved how "Argo" used the old Warner Bros. logo from the 1970s.
post #90 of 94

I miss seeing New Line Cinema's logo in front of movies.

 

 

I most heavily associate it with being stunned by Dark City, so it always gives me a provocative, chilly sensation.

post #91 of 94

Love the Golden Harvest logo, so 80's!

 

What's that Japanese production company whose logo is the sea beating on cliffs? Thought it was Shochiku, but apparently not.

 

I like the defiant cheapness of Blue Underground and RaroVideo, very appropriate because if I see those it's probably because I'm gonna watch Franco Nero beat somebody up soon.

 

Also, not movies, but c'mon:

 

post #92 of 94
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The original New Line Cinema logo always kind of creeped me out at the start of the early "Nightmare on Elm Street" movies.

 

 

 

And what usually preceded it, back in the era of '80s home video, was:

 

 

When that fanfare started up, more than likely, you were in for some fun times with either Freddy, Angela, Leatherface, or Michael.  wink.gif

 

 

Back to that "scary United Artists fanfare" (which is was/is!).....maybe it's my memory failing me, but wasn't that the start to some James Bond movies? I was thinking that MGM eventually took over completely and they lost those original U/A intros?

 

On that note, are we going to lose the 20th Century Fox fanfare in front of the Original Star Wars films now?!


Edited by Agent Z - 1/29/13 at 12:20am
post #93 of 94
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What's that Japanese production company whose logo is the sea beating on cliffs? Thought it was Shochiku, but apparently not.

That's Toei

http://youtu.be/G2SjirU_UcA

But Shochiku has pretty good logos too:

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

 

columbia_pictures_logo_520.jpg

 

Man, I've always thought that was Diane Lane.

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