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Logo descriptions by Nicholas Aczel
Logo captures by Eric S., V of Doom, Mr.Logo, and filmbaza.net
Editions by V of Doom,
universalxdisney172, and Donny Pearson
Video captures courtesy of DudeThatLogo and BringGeorgeBush12


Background:
ABC Pictures Corporation (or ABC Pictures International for international distribution) was the short-lived motion picture division of the ABC Television Network, later relaunched as "ABC Motion Pictures" from May 1979 until October 29, 1985. During that time, ABC Motion Pictures reached a domestic theatrical distribution deal with 20th Century Fox. Currently, almost all ABC library is held mainly by The Walt Disney Company, with MGM Studios holding home entertainment rights, except for Here Come the Littles, which is sold on video by DiC Entertainment (now "DHX Media").


ABC Pictures Corporation


(1968-1972)
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ABC Pictures International (1968, A)ABC Pictures International (1968, B)ABC Pictures International


Nicknames: "Globes in Space", "ABC Globe", "Scanimate/3D globe (international variant)"


Logo:
  • ABC Pictures Corporation: We see a picture of a rotating globe on a blue (or pale blue-gray on some movies) BG. 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.
  • ABC Pictures International: Same as before, except it's a rotating Earth globe on a zooming space BG. 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.

FX/SFX: The rotating globe, the "abc" sketching, the globe turning black, the filmstrip growing out. The zooming space for the international variant.

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.

Music/Sounds:
  • ABC Pictures Corporation: The opening theme of the movie, or none.
  • ABC Pictures International: A very dramatic orchestral fanfare, being remixed/abridged on later releases. In some cases, none.

Availability:
Rare, but assumed to be intact on several Cinerama releases such as Straw Dogs and Too Late The Hero among others. Both variants appear on various Magnetic Video releases–for example, the regular variant appears on their tape of Kotch, and the international variant appears on their tapes of Take the Money and Run, Notorious, and The Night Stalker.

Scare Factor:
None.
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ABC Motion Pictures


(1982-1986)
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...

ABC
MOTION
PICTURES

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.

Cheesy Factor: The crystals look like a model, and the zooming words are simple animation. Rather high-tech for its time, though.

Music/Sounds: A lush synthesized orchestral fanfare with twinkles, or none.

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, and Young Doctors in Love, and some prints of The Day After (including the 1995 Image Entertainment Laserdisc release and foreign prints) among others, but the MGM logo plasters this on DVDs from MGM Home Entertainment. Check old Vestron VHS, Anchor Bay VHS/DVD releases, and TV airings of their films for this. Also seen on International prints of the TV movie Who Will Love My Children?

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



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SeanElGatoTV2k8 ABC Pictures Corp./International 0 Jun 23 2010, 8:11 PM EDT by SeanElGatoTV2k8
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ABC shut down its movie operation by 1972 because of financial losses.
TCM's prints of "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" and "Junior Bonner" retain this logo (though Encore Westerns' print of the latter omits it).
ABC re-entered the movie production line in 1982..."Silkwood" and "National Lampoon's Class Reunion" still retain the "Crystals" on TV airings.
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Kylejaker1988 Variant. 0 Nov 13 2009, 10:31 AM EST by Kylejaker1988
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What movie had the ABC Pictures logo with maroon colors and gray background?
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Kylejaker1988 Why isn't this retained on DVD releases? 0 May 12 2009, 11:33 AM EDT by Kylejaker1988
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How come this logo isn't intact on DVD releases of these movies?
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