Your Favorite Studio Logo...?

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  1. Dick

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    Mine: The Geffen Company. I am a graphic artist and have always been in awe of the brilliance of this logo. On screen, you first see only a grey sphere with a groove, but as the ball spins 180 degrees, it reveals itself to be a 3-D letter "G." It's not only my favorite movie logo, it's my favorite logo, period.
     
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    I always liked the spinning stars that form the "O" for Orion pictures.

    Also the Tiger in the jungle for Mandalay is pretty neat.
     
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    I like the red lettering for Dark Unknown Pictures. It's badass.
     
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    You mean the current one with the ripple effect, the shine and a few bars of "As Time Goes By"? I actually like that one.

    All-time faves...Geffen Pictures, Carolco Pictures, Amblin Entertainment with John Williams music, Touchstone Pictures and blue-background Disney with a few bars of "When You Wish Upon A Star".

    Sincerely,

    John Kilduff...

    Makes no difference who you are.
     
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    I too liked the Orion logo. Also, I always liked the old Tri-Star logo, where Pegasus runs in from the side of the picture, turns round and jumps towards the screen. The Cannon Films and Geffen Films logos were also good.
    Wait a minute... all these studios are gone now, aren't they? Strange... [​IMG]
    Of the studios that are still around, I like most of their logos. About the only ones I don't like are Hollywood Pictures and Dreamworks.
     
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    I was also a fan of the Orion logo. The two I currently like the most are Mandalay and Dreamworks.
     
  8. Lew Crippen

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    Not sure if this qualifies as a logo, but I like the Archers target, with the arrows hitting (or missing) the bulls eye.

    Otherwise, I’m pick MGM
     
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    The Archers is a great one Lew.
    Another of my favorites is the old Universal logo with the plane flying around Earth.
    I also like Sony Pictures Classics. It's minimalist [​IMG]
     
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    I like the "U" United Artists logo used between 1976 and 1986 (before they went to the "swoosh" UA logo) and the "\'" Warner Bros. logo from 1970 to 1984. I also like the cool green & B&W MGM logo for North By Northwest.
    A cool fact, the stylized WB logo from that era was designed by genius graphic artist...Saul Bass! (and also did the MGM logo for NxNW)
    I based my own video productions logo after the 1970's WB logo (you can see a gif of the original AVI file @ http://cztoondb.tripod.com/videoproduction.htm )
     
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    I've always liked the simplicity of New Line. What really cemented that as my favorite was at the beginning of In The Mouth Of Madness, when the intro music starts playing over it...
     
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    I always love it when studious theme their intros based on the movie. This can be as simple as starting the music/score as the logo appears (LOTR, In the Mouth of Madness as stated above), changing the color of the logo (Matrix's green WB or the last 2 Batman sequels red WB logo) or actually getting really creative (I loved how the Universal Earth intro led right into Waterworld's intro and showed the polar ice caps melting, brilliant!)

    what're some good ones?
     
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    I like film logos that lead the way into the films. Columbia Pictures created a dancing Columbia lady for its main logo in "Thank God It's Friday", still one of my favorite logos to look at. I also like Univeral's logo that leads into the film "The 'Burbs". A zoom in shot of planet Earth that keeps zooming until we reach a suburb neighborhood. Great opening logo.

    My favorite logos used for most films include

    Geffen Pictures (How dare David Geffen close that studio)
    Orion Pictures
    The Original Tri-Star Pictures Logo

    I alos have another interesting logo for a film. There was a silent B&W MGM logo that seems more powerful silent. When I saw the original 1925 silent version of "Ben-Hur" recently on TCM, I saw this logo and noticed something else different about it. Once Leo the Lion looks away from the camera, a few seconds later, he stares back at the screen. Interesting, isn't it?
     
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    I think about the only one that ever really impressed me was the Universal for, I believe, their 75th anniversary. It started in mono and B&W with the globe and airplane and then progressed through several successive logos and ended with a new one and nice wraparound sound. I believe it is only on stuff released that year. 1990, I think.

    Anchor Bay is probably favorite current one.
     
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    I always liked the Jim Henson logo. Laser Kermit, and the little point of light writing Jim Henson

    What are some films with the Geffen logo? I haven't seen that one before.
     
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    My favorite was the 20thCentury Fox logo, along with Alfred Newmans fanfare, with the "Cinemascope extension"......
     
  18. Nicholas Vargo

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    KyleK, there have been many films that have contained the Geffen films logo. They include:

    Beetlejuice
    Risky Business
    Defending Your Life
    Lost in America
    Joe's Apartment
    Beavis & Butt-Head Do America
    Little Shop of Horrors

    and more!

    Does that answer your question?
     
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    Yes, thanks Nicholas.
     
  20. John Kilduff

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    "After Hours" and "Personal Best", also.

    Is it just me, or was the laser Kermit Henson logo a play on the Carolco logo? Look at the two, and see if you think there might be a similarity.

    Sincerely,

    John Kilduff...

    Another good logo: The drunken Leo from "Strange Brew". "Poke a pin in his bum, eh?"
     

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