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Background:
The Buena Vista distribution company was established in 1953 after Disney broke off his distribution deal with RKO Radio Pictures, using a logo in some form until about 1984. It is named after the street on which the Disney Studios reside. In 2007, the company was renamed and rebranded as "Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures".


Buena Vista Distribution Co., Inc.

1st Logo
(November 10, 1953-December 14, 1984)
The Standard Logos and their Variations
1953
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1960-1965
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1965-1981
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1978
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1979-1984
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1954-1959
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1960-1987
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Videos


Logo: On a blue/black gradient background, we see the text "
DISTRIBUTED BY Buena Vista FILM DISTRIBUTION CO., INC." in pale blue, with "Buena Vista" in a weird signature-like logo font, and the other words in a font that looks like carved wood.

Variants:
  • Starting in 1960, the phrase was shortened to "DISTRIBUTED BY Buena Vista DISTRIBUTION CO., INC." This variant was first used on Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus.
  • This logo was redone in 1966, brightening up the background to a blue/white gradient and changing the letters to a turquoise color. Also, the font for the "DISTRIBUTED BY" and "DISTRIBUTION CO., INC." text would change into a more normal font. This variant was first used on Follow Me, Boys!
  • The logo was changed again in 1979, changing the background to a blue/medium sea green gradient and making the "Buena Vista" text blocky. This variant was first used on Footloose Fox.
  • The first animated Disney films to use a Buena Vista logo (Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians) had a special customized Buena Vista logo that was designed to blend in with the movie's opening credits. Starting with The Sword in the Stone, they would just use the regular BV logo.
  • After this logo ended, the words "WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS", in a plain font and often as part of the credits, would fade in over the picture. Again, Disney did not gain its own logo until 1985.
  • On 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the logo is on a rose vale curtain background.
  • There is an extremely rare logo on Mickey's 50th Birthday (following a special "Neon Mickey" logo with the center red and having the text "Celebrating Mickey on his 50th Birthday" superimposed over it) and The Cat From Outer Space (both 1978). The background is a set of red, yellow, and orange stripes on a blue background, and the text is modified to "A Buena Vista RELEASE" (Buena Vista in one word) in Helvetica font. However, the Italian print of Hot Lead and Cold Feet doesn't have the "BuenaVista RELEASE" text, leaving us with just the color bars. After that, it would cut to the Cinema International Corporation logo. On the original 1980 video release of the same film, it uses the 1981 Buena Vista logo instead.
  • A black and white variation of the 1979 BV logo appears on the 1984 Tim Burton short Frankenweenie, which was the last film to have this logo.
  • A black and white variation of the 1960 BV logo also exists.
  • There is a variation with "Presents", in the same font as "Buena Vista", below.
  • On some shorts, "DISTRIBUTED BY Buena Vista DISTRIBUTION CO., INC." is omitted and a Walt Disney Educational Media Company (accompanied with its own symbol: a Mickey head with a graduation cap) logo in yellow is substituted over.

FX/SFX: None.


Music/Sounds: Often a customized fanfare composed just for that movie. Was also seen silent.


Music/Sounds Variants:
  • Sometimes, a standardized theme was heard.
  • A horn-driven stinger was mostly heard on cartoon shorts, as well as Son of Flubber.
  • Sometimes, an ominous-sounding theme played in timpani drums was heard. This was usually heard on some cartoons, as well as Darby O'Gill and the Little People. A higher-pitched version appeared on the Goofy short Home Made Home.
  • A majestic horn fanfare appeared on several late-50s/early 60s featurettes, such as Noah's Ark, Goliath II and Gala Day at Disneyland.
  • On The Rescuers, the logo is initially silent, but then we hear a clap of thunder underneath the logo. This can be found on the current DVD and Blu-ray releases of the movie, and on the 1992 VHS release, but the 1999 VHS and 2003 DVD releases shifted it to the end of the movie, inserting the 1985 Walt Disney Pictures logo in its place (but preserving the thunderclap).

Availability: This logo was cut on most video releases between 1985 and 1991 (with exceptions including the 1986 video release of Sleeping Beauty and the 1989 video release of Mary Poppins), but is now preserved on most Disney features from this era, and sometimes also replaces the still RKO logo used on very early Disney films.
The only place where this is accidentally plastered over is on Old Yeller, which has its custom Buena Vista music playing over the end of the Walt Disney Pictures logo. The Rescuers version has also been restored on the 2011 DVD and Blu-ray releases of the film. While the "Color Bars" variant is not present on the Anchor Bay releases of The Cat from Outer Space, the 2004 Disney release has it intact. Mary Poppins has this logo on the following releases of the film: the 1980 Betamax & VHS, the 1989 VHS, the 1998 & 2000 DVDs, and the new 2013 DVD & Blu-Ray. It was replaced with the 1990 Walt Disney Pictures logo on the 1997 VHS release and the 3rd, and 4th DVD releases. This was also the case on The Aristocats, with its logo restored beginning with the Blu-Ray release. All other 1954-1984 titles have them intact.

Scare Factor: Low; generally varies on a case-to-case basis. A movie that has it silent wouldn't be scary, but when it's a loud, powerful fanfare (such as on Bedknobs and Broomsticks and The Aristocats), it might startle some. It's even more higher for the film deteriorated variants with or without sound.



2nd Logo
(August 7, 1981)

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Nicknames: "The Sparkles", "Zooms"

Logo: On a black BG, a blurry object zooms out. When it fully sharpens, it is revealed to be the text "
DISTRIBUTED BY BUENA VISTA DISTRIBUTION CO., INC." (in azure), with "BUENA VISTA" in a taller, bolder font. The words sparkle, and then fade out to be replaced by "WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS" (in white). The words then blur up again and zoom in towards us.

FX/SFX: The zooming, the "sparkles".


Music/Sounds: "Pings" timed to go with the sparkling of the words, "whoosh" noises that sound during the zooms, and a thud noise just before the "WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS" logo zooms in.

Availability: An oddity; seen on Condorman.

Scare Factor: Low; that "thud" noise and the whooshing may get to some people, but it's basically harmless.




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1st logo
(1983-2007)
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Logo: Basically, an ending in-credit text reading "Distributed by BUENA VISTA Distribution Co., Inc.". Starting in 1987, the text was changed to "Distributed by BUENA VISTA PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (INC.)".

Variant: On The Emperor's New Groove, the text just says "Buena Vista Pictures".

FX/SFX: Either scrolling up (like the rest of the closing credits), or none.

Music/Sounds: None, or the ending theme.

Availability: Although it is no longer in use, it is seen as the very last thing you see in the credits in every Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Picture, and Hollywood Pictures movie from 1987 to 2007. Video and DVD prints of The Great Mouse Detective carried the later version until 2010, when the original credits (including the original version of this logo) were restored.The original text made its final appearance on Tin Men, and the revised text first appeared on Ernest Goes to Camp.

Scare Factor: None.



2nd logo
(December 23, 1987)

Logo: On a grainy blue background, the words "Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc." are seen in a Times New Roman font, arranged in a stacked position at the bottom of the screen.

FX/SFX: None; only the logo fading in and out.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Extremely rare. Only known to appear at the end of Good Morning, Vietnam.

Scare Factor: None.



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MrLogoMan Bypassing the Neon Mickey 0 Jun 10 2013, 11:45 AM EDT by MrLogoMan
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On the DVD releases of Hot Lead & Cold Feet, a still shot of the color bars Buena Vista logo is used, thus bypassing the Neon Mickey.
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andor29 "Happy 50 years" logo 6 Aug 25 2012, 10:55 PM EDT by NateSpidgewood
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There's a 50th anniversary variant, seen on The World's Greatest Athlete, Charley and the Angel, One Little Indian, Disney's 21th animated feature Robin Hood and Superdad.
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ryanasaurus0077 Minor correction 0 Oct 30 2010, 2:07 PM EDT by ryanasaurus0077
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My copy of Hot Lead and Cold Feet has the blue-green gradient background variant, not the warm color stripes on blue background variant.
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