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Logo descriptions by Nicholas Aczel
Logo captures by Eric S., V of Doom, Mr.Logo, and filmbaza.net
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ABC Pictures Corporation

Background: 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 Pictures 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.

(1968-1972)
ABC Pictures Corporation (1968)ABC Pictures (1971)ABC Pictures Corporation (1972)
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.

Variant: On the 1980 Magnetic Video Corporation VHS and Betamax releases of Notorious (originally an RKO Radio Pictures 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 International variant appears in black and white.

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: Extremely r
are. Most current prints of their output through MGM Home Entertainment have either the 2001 version of the 1986 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures logo or have it blanked out with the opening theme, while some films such as Straw Dogs on the The Criterion Collection DVD release (except the MGM and Anchor Bay Entertainment DVD releases) contain the 1968 Cinerama Releasing Corporation logo. The "Corporation" variant appears on the Magnetic Video Corporation 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). The "International" variant appears 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 The Night Stalker.

Scare Factor:
None.
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ABC Motion Pictures

Background: ABC later returned to film production in May 1979 as ABC Motion Pictures. The studio's films were released by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation. 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 is owned by DiC Entertainment (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.


(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. 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 the 2001 version of the 1986 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures 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 cheesy music is actually quite soothing.
  • None for the silent variant.



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