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Logo descriptions by Nicholas Aczel
Logo captures by Eric S., V of Doom, Mr.Logo, Gilblitz112, Pygmalion X, and

Editions by V of Doom,
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ABC Pictures Corporation

ABC Pictures Corporation (or ABC Pictures International for international distribution) was the short-lived film production division division of the American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. The studio's films would be distributed by Cinerama Releasing Corporation. The studio never turned a profit for ABC and was shut down in 1972. Walt Disney owns the rights to the studio's library, while the home media rights are licensed to MGM Home Entertainment after they were previously released by Fox Video and Anchor Bay Entertainment.

1st Logo
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Nicknames: "Globes in Space", "ABC Globe"

Logo: We see a picture of a rotating globe on a blue (or pale blue-gray on some movies) background. The letter "b" sketches in the center of the globe and the letters "a" and "c" uncover from the left and right of the "b" to form "abc". The globe turns black over the transparent "abc" letters, the words "PICTURES CORP." fade in below the "abc" as the logo moves to the left and a filmstrip with another rotating globe grows out from the right of the logo. The byline "A SUBSIDIARY OF THE AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANIES, INC." fades in below, and the word "PRESENTS" fades in below the filmstrip.

FX/SFX: The rotating globe, the "abc" sketching, the globe turning black, the filmstrip growing out.

Cheesy Factor: The logo was intended to resemble a film canister, but is ultimately dogged by the perspective limitations of the 2-D "abc" logo.

The opening theme of the movie, or none.

Availability: Extremely rare. Most current prints of their output through MGM Home Entertainment have either the MGM logo or have it blanked out with the opening theme, while some films such as Straw Dogs on the Criterion DVD release (except the MGM and Anchor Bay Entertainment DVD releases) contain the Cinerama Releasing Corporation logo. It also appears on the Magnetic Video VHS and Betamax releases of Kotch and The Last Valley, along with the Anchor Bay DVD release and a TCM airing of Too Late The Hero (it is not on the MGM DVD release, as it is blanked out).

Scare Factor:

2nd Logo
(Mid 1970s-1982?)
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"Globes in Space II", "ABC Globe II", "Scanimate/3D Globe"

It's the same as before, except it's a rotating Earth globe on a zooming space background. The letter "b" sketches in the center of the globe and the letters "a" and "c" uncover from the left and right of the "b" to form "abc". The globe turns black over the white "abc" letters, the words "PICTURES INTERNATIONAL" fade in below the "abc" as the logo moves to the left and a filmstrip with another rotating globe grows out from the right of the logo. The same ABC byline fades in below, and the word "PRESENTS" fades in below the filmstrip.

  • On the 1980 Magnetic Video Corporation VHS and Betamax releases of Notorious (originally an RKO Radio Pictures release that was produced by Selznick International Pictures that ABC acquired the rights to in 1965 when they purchased the Selznick library from the David O. Selznick estate), the logo appears in black and white.
  • On some prints of The Comeback Kid, the regular ABC logo is entirely chyroned over, text and all, by a different black circle with the ABC text on it. You can tell because the logo does not match the film quality and shakes differently. Under it, however, the chyroned in text "ABC PICTURES INTERNATIONAL" is seen below it. "A Subsidiary of the American Broadcasting Companies, Inc." appears a second later below the text. The logo also freezes at the end.

FX/SFX: Same as before, including the zooming space.

Cheesy Factor: Same as before, including the tacky space background. The abnormal chyron version is even worse.

Music/Sounds: An excerpt of "Industrial Power", by Keith Mansfield, being remixed/abridged on later releases. In some cases, none.

Availability: Extremely rare, appearing on the Anchor Bay DVD release of They Shoot Horses Don't They?, and the Magnetic Video VHS and Betamax releases of Straw Dogs, Take the Money and Run, Notorious, and various TV movies aired on ABC, such as Love Among The Ruins, Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story, and the early Kolchak movie titled The Night Stalker, among others.

Scare Factor: Low to medium. The dramatic fanfare can get to some.

ABC Motion Pictures

ABC later returned to film production in May 1979 as ABC Motion Pictures. The studio's films were released by 20th Century Fox. The studio would close down on October 29, 1985. Walt Disney Pictures owns the rights to the library, except for Here Come the Littles, which was owned by DiC (whose library is owned by DHX Media). Disney has licensed the home media rights to MGM Home Entertainment, whose releases are distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, after being previously licensed to Embassy Home Entertainment, Vestron Video, Image Entertainment, and Anchor Bay Entertainment.

ABC Motion Pictures - Widescreen

Nicknames: "The Crystals", "ABC: The Crystal Shards"

Logo: On a black background, we see some moving shots of sparkling transparent crystals. Then a crystal "T" slowly zooms backwards, and more letters are revealed. Finally, when the words...


all appear
in sparkling crystal, the logo stops in the middle of the screen.

Trivia: The logo was designed by Universal Hartland Visual Effects in North Hollywood, which also created special effects work for the original Battlestar Galactica series. According to studio employee Kenneth A. Larson: "The letters were made from highly polished faceted jewel like glass crystal. They were glued to a plate of glass. No one know how to attach them without bubbles showing. [A fellow employee] came up with a solution and this logo was shot on a Hartland stage".

FX/SFX: The sparkling crystals, company name zooming backward. Very nice live-action shots.

Music/Sounds: A lush synthesized orchestral fanfare with twinkles. Sometimes it is silent.

Music/Sounds Variant: On some co-produced movies, a generic theme was used.

Availability: Rare. Was seen on movies produced by the company, such as SpaceCamp, Prizzi's Honor, Here Come the Littles, Young Doctors in Love, and The Day After (including the 1995 Image Entertainment Laserdisc release and foreign prints). Most releases of their films put out by Embassy Home Entertainment, Vestron Video, and Anchor Bay Entertainment have this logo intact, but DVD releases from MGM DVD have it removed and/or plastered with an MGM logo. This logo was also seen on international prints of the television movie Who Will Love My Children?.

Scare Factor: Depending on the logo variant:
  • Minimal. The music is quite soothing.
  • None for the silent variant.

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