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Mountain to Moon: 10 Movie Studio Logos and the Stories Behind Them

As another Oscar season ramps up, TIME uncovers the stories behind some iconic Hollywood logos

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jakianne
jakianne

well I have found all these dairies from my dad he was a doolittle raider. I have his training form he was a bombdaire and he also could pilot if needed he flew 51 missions out of Italy clearing the way for the 8the army. he has all his theater movements he also was involed with the bombing out of well I mean bombing of japan. off the uss hornet. any taker for help to make it a movie or a book I m 71 young 71 but not a writer dont have a clue how to start  but all 51 missions and what happened is in journals.

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Jim Allen
Jim Allen

At the end of the Columbia film "Strait Jacket", the Joan Crawford thriller about an ax murderess, the Columbia lady's head has been removed. How novel.

Fatesrider
Fatesrider

Frankly, I thought the choice for a Paramount's imaginative use of a studio logo from Indiana Jones was a poor choice.  A FAR better one was from Eddie Murphy's "Coming to America"   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Sandeepmdas
Sandeepmdas

RKO, Mandalay, New Line Cinema, Touchstone, Tristar, Miramax, Pixar, Carolco ?

Steve032
Steve032

MGM- or Metro Goldwyn and Mayer - how about even a blurb about the name?

Lazy article.

cryofpaine
cryofpaine

Actually the constellation orion does have the 8th star that they show, depending on which definition of it you want to use. The star's name is Meissa. If you want the full constellation, there's also a bow (or lion) and raised arm with a club.

rcart
rcart

Long live the iconic RKO Radio Tower; bee bee beep, bee bee bee,, bee bee beep

rcart
rcart

Thumbs up for the most iconic studio logo ever!  Long live RKO Radio Pictures!

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rcart
rcart

I agree with blueseasons; one of my favorite and the most iconic studio logo had to be the radiating tower on top of the earth; RKO, I loved that logo.

dexdan
dexdan

Aree with Of this world. The correct title should be, "Brief studio histories and descriptions of their logos."  I did not read a single story of how the logo was created.

JenBooth21
JenBooth21

Evelyn Venable was the model for the Columbia Pictures logo, not a homemaker.  She appeared in several films during the 30s and 40s.  She was the voice of the Blue Fairy in Pinochio.  I remember reading that she was the model for that logo when I her obit appeared in a magazine, it could have been Time, back in 1993.  I never forgot it.

JenBooth21
JenBooth21

Evelyn Venable, an actress who appeared in film in the 30s and 40s, was the model for the Columbia Pictures logo, not a homemaker.  I read this when I saw Evelyn's obit way back in 1993 and never forgot it.  She was the voice of the Blue Fairy in Pinochio too.

Richard Bergstrom
Richard Bergstrom

I loved Condorman.

I also remember Disney refusing to let their movies be allowed on videotape for a long time, so the only way to see Snow White, etc was for a re-release to hit the theaters.

GFrancesDaly
GFrancesDaly

Too bad yet this, ANother writer, does not have an understanding of the english language yet continues to be employed.  Blows my noodle.

Allan_Smithee
Allan_Smithee

Columbia logo, lady draped in  . . .' an American flag (1936-1876)' ??? what did they do, film the Civil War?

Jhera35
Jhera35

Dreamworks - it's a kid and not a man.

DetroitMark
DetroitMark

RE DISNEY:

   Not true.  The Disney logo up until the Magic Kingdom Castle was the appearance of Tinkerbell, a quick circle around center screen, and a splash of magic fairy dust that burst the picture into the feature.

   That may not have been intended as a logo, but like a business' "brand" ... some things are determined not by focus groups or CEO's bloviating about such things, but rather by public perception.

Terry Dubay
Terry Dubay

Surprised they didn't mention the Dreamworks logo from the Jurassic Park series.. in which the kid is yanked off the moon by a hungry raptor.  I always liked that one.

Of_this_World
Of_this_World

I thought this was a story on how they came up with the logo and or the history of the logo this just appears to be a bunch of pictures of studio logos with a breif bio of the studio. i suggest changing the title to Movie studio Logog's and 2 sentence bio. or write the story to fit the title.

RichardSRussell
RichardSRussell

With due respect to Fox's fanfare, and regardless of the visuals, for audio nobody beats the Disney intro's theme song.

 

I always thot the Paramount lady looked like Annette Bening.

 

Warner Brothers has their standard blue-and-gold logo, but the versions I remember best are the dark ones kicking off the Harry Potter and Batman movies.

 

I remember the Universal globe going under right at the beginning of Waterworld even better than Indy walking in front of the Paramount mountain.

 

DreamWorks is kind of jerkish for disabling the video of their logo. What's their problem?

 

Would anyone have taken MGM seriously if their lion had been named Clyde?

 

Nobody in 2012 remembers the Liberty Bell logo any more, nor is it represented here, but you can find a reminder of its general wonderfulness on TV every holiday season.

 

I expect Time's entertainment editors could do a follow-up on production-company logos. Pixar's bouncing desk lamp would make a great lead-off entry.