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These are the logo variations seen throughout the years by Universal Pictures.


Canyon Passage (1946): A rare variation of the Universal logo is put upon a black/dark blue gradient background. It features a gold globe with the words "A UNIVERSAL PICTURE" around it.
Universal Pictures (1946)
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It Came from Outer Space (1953): The logo is in 3-D and the stars "shine".
Universal-International (1953)
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The Birds (1963): The globe appears two-dimensional and static on a white background, with either the words "UNIVERSAL PICTURES PRESENTS" or "A UNIVERSAL RELEASE" inside a white rectangle, both in a bold Times font and situated front and center.
Universal (1963)Logo Variations - CLG Wiki
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Marnie (1964): Similar to The Birds variant, only the globe is much more simply drawn, with the oceans in red and the continents in white, and the words "UNIVERSAL PRESENTS" in a black Times font in front of the globe. All this is surrounded by a red ivy rectangular border, itself surrounded by a black rectangular border.
Universal Pictures - Marnie (1964)
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Torn Curtain (1966):
The logo from The Birds is superimposed over the closing scene. Instead of "A UNIVERSAL RELEASE" and the outlined rectangle, it says "A UNIVERSAL PICTURE" in a serif font.
Universal Pictures (1966)
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Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969): The widescreen logo is bylineless.
Universal widescreen logo (bylineless variant)
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Skullduggery (1970):
The image of the globe and Van Allen belt is reversed. The logo then fades to a spinning Franklin Globe that the camera zooms into. The globe stops at the film's setting, New Guinea.
Universal Pictures (Skullduggery)
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Pufnstuf (1970):
Cameo appearance by the 1963 Universal logo during the song "Living Island" and a verse about the world, briefly consisting of the image of the Earth and Van Allen radiation belts, but without the "A UNIVERSAL PICTURE" lettering.
Universal Pictures - Pufnstuf (1970)
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The Day of the Jackal (1973):
The 1963 logo is bylineless.
Universal Pictures - The Day of the Jackal (1973)
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The Sting (1973): The 1936 Universal "Art Deco Globe" logo is used and is seen tinted in brown.
Universal Pictures- The Sting (1973)
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The Hindenburg (1975): A silent variant of the 1936 logo appears, leading into the old newsreel footage.
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The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings (1976):
The 1936 Universal "Art Deco Globe" is used before going into the newsreel. The fanfare used for the logo is extended for the logo and the title card of the newsreel.
Universal - Bingo Long
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The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977): We see a cheap version of the 1936 Universal logo. After the music finishes, the logo keeps spinning as a door opens in the distance. A weird looking man (played by Marty Feldman) pops up from behind the Universal logo and starts breaking off the letters and stops the globe where Africa is. After some narration is heard, the weird man crushes the globe and points down to Africa, then the opening credits play.
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The Deer Hunter (1978): The widescreen logo is sepia-toned.
Universal Pictures - The Deer Hunter (1978)
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The Brink's Job (1978): Exactly the same as The Sting variant.
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978): The 1927 Universal "Airplane Passing Globe" logo is used, but with colorful fireworks.
Logo Variations - Universal Pictures - CLG Wiki
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The Nude Bomb (1980): The globe fades into a white circle on a green background, starting the opening credits sequence.
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Smokey and the Bandit II (1980): An animated car chase around the Universal Globe is seen.
Universal Pictures- Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)
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Xanadu (1980): A recreation of the 1927 Universal globe with the biplane flying around opens the film. As the opening credits appear, the globe remains on screen and a succession of increasingly modern flying machines (four-engine airliner, Concorde, flying saucer) emerge from behind the Earth. The music changes in different styles of music as the objects appear.
Taken from "Xanadu"
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The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981): The logo is zoomed out further than usual.
Universal Pictures - The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981)
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982, 2002 Universal Studios Home Entertainment): One of Universal's most popular movies known to man, the Universal logo animation is played backwards, so we go from the world to outer space. There is another variation where the logo morphs into the moon and Elliot and E.T.'s hands are seen touching the fingers of each other, but only before the 2002 DVD menu. The "Visit Universal Studios" ad is intact at the end of the film.
Logo Variations - Universal Pictures - CLG Wiki
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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982): Exactly the same as The Sting and The Brink's Job variants. Plus, there is a remix of the 1936 fanfare composed by James Horner.
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D.C. Cab (1983): The logo fades into a picture of its starting point.
Universal Pictures - D.C. Cab (1983)
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Universal Promo for Theaters (1983): Appeared on commercials for movie theaters and exhibitors. The company name and MCA byline are in metallic red and in a Futura font and we zoom forwards through the logo. Also, the globe and rings look pretty different and the rings are bent. This logo was made by Bo Gehring in 1983.
Universal (1987)
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Jaws 3-D (1983): Specifically designed for 3D, both the globe and company name zoom in towards the screen. The "UNIVERSAL" text is in metallic gold and the Van Allen belts are missing.
Universal 3D (1983)
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The Pirates of Penzance (1983): The classic 1927 Universal logo is shown in sepia tone, albeit in widescreen.

Universal Pictures (1983)
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The Land Before Time (1988): The logo is scratched out.
Universal Pictures (1988)
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Magnum P.I. (Universal Television, 1988):
On the final episode "Resolutions: Part II", the final scene from the credits features Magnum in his naval uniform with a little girl walking on the beach. When the scene is frozen, it fades out and goes to the logo "AND UNIVERSAL, AN MCA COMPANY" is shown on a television set and remains frozen. As
Tom Magnum (played by Tom Selleck) gets up from his recliner with the TV remote in his hand and heads over to his television set, he turns off the knob of the TV then turns around and faces the camera holding his remote. He says "Goodnight" and turns us off with his remote.
Universal Television (Magnum P.I. Finale)
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The 'Burbs (1989):
We see the standard Universal Globe (looks computerized though), but then the text fades-out, leaving only the globe, and then we zoom into the globe closer and closer, until we fly over the town as the opening credits roll. Also the MCA byline is in a different font.
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Mo' Better Blues (1990):
The 1990 75th Anniversary logo is shown, but Flavor Flav of the rap group Public Enemy spells out the letters in "UNIVERSAL" (and also says "Y'all been large for years!" and yells "Yo, Spike! Start the movie, G!").
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Cry-Baby (1990): Exactly the same as the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band variant.
Universal Pictures - Cry-Baby (1990)
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Cape Fear (1991): The logo is in underwater and starts to ripple.
Logo Variations - Universal Pictures - CLG Wiki
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Jurassic Park (1993, 2000 Universal Studios Home Entertainment DVD): Another one of Universal's most famous movies known to man, the logo is the 1997 logo and we zoom into a dinosaur footprint. Only appears before the DVD menu. This also appears at the beginning of the Universal Studios Theme Parks commercial and before the DVD menu for The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
Universal Pictures - Jurassic Park (1993)
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The Flintstones (1994): Variation of the 1990 Universal logo seen at the drive-in theatre screen the Flintstones go to in a live-action rendition of the opening for the original show, about two minutes into the movie (no logo is seen at the start); the logo reads "UNIVERSHELL" and script is carved in bones, and the continents are shown as they look in prehistoric times, which happens to be Pangaea. The music is a re-orchestrated version of the 1960 Universal Television theme (originally "Revue Studios"). At the end of the movie, we see a prehistoric version of the "Visit Universal Studios" bumper.
Logo Variations - CLG Wiki
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Street Fighter (1994): The text and byline disappear and the globe zooms out to the movie's logo.
Universal - Street Fighter
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Major Payne (1995): Once the logo is complete, a "ding" can be heard like in the original Game Boy start-up screen.
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Casper (1995): The globe turns into the moon.
Logo Variations - CLG Wiki
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Waterworld (1995): The logo plays silently, but the Universal '90-'97 globe stays visible after the text fades out, and we zoom into the globe very slowly as the globe is covered with water.
Logo Variations - CLG Wiki
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Twister (1996, Non-US version): The Universal 1990 globe, text and byline appear from the clouds.
Universal Pictures (1996)
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996): At the beginning of This Island Earth, Mike and the bots riff the old Universal International logo.
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BASEketball (1998):
After the logo finishes its animation, the text and the glow behind the globe disappear, leaving the globe intact. Then the movie's opening titles appear rotating through the globe coming from the right. As the movie title appears, the globe slowly turns into a baseball. After that, the baseball fades out and the movie begins.
Universal Pictures - BASEketball (1998)
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Mercury Rising (1998): The logo is a little darker and the copyright info is removed.
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Small Soldiers (1998): The logo is a little brighter than usual and the copyright info is removed.
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Life (1999): The logo is not centered right.
Universal Pictures - Life (1999)
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The Mummy (1999): The "UNIVERSAL" text disappears and the logo turns into the sun.
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Erin Brockovich (2000): The URL is moved further away from the globe.
Universal Pictures - Erin Brockovich (2000)
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The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000): Similar to The Flintstones variant, only the variation is the 1997 logo with original music, then it pans downward after it finishes. The fake ad from the prequel is intact here.
Universal Pictures - The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
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The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000): The globe fades to a stylized fancy star above a cartoonish late-50s theater screen, on which the movie's prologue plays. Also, the URL is removed on The Hub's print of this film.
Universal - Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000)
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Gladiator (2000):
A color-change job; this time the DreamWorks and Universal logos are sepia-toned.
Universal Pictures (Gladiator version, 2000)
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Josie and the Pussycats (Non-US version, 2001): The Universal globe transforms into a tongue-stud on a screaming girl's mouth.
Logo Variations - CLG Wiki
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Jurassic Park III (2001): During the studio introduction, each logo (Amblin as well) is accompanied by a water ripple effect and the sound of a heavy footstep, referencing the first movie.
Logo Variations - CLG Wiki
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The Mummy Returns (2001): Like the first film, the "UNIVERSAL" text disappears, and the logo this time turns into a scorpion on top of a long stick.

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Back to the Future: The Trilogy (1985-1990, 2002 DVD reprint):
Emmett Brown's car passes by the Universal logo.
[Untitled]
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Laurent Gerra à l'Olympia (Translated as "Laurent Gerra at Olympia", 2002): A plane passes by the Universal logo.
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The Fast and the Furious (2001): The logo moves into the opening credits.
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2 Fast 2 Furious (2003): The Universal logo turns into a silver vehicle rim. The URL is removed as well.
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The Cat in the Hat (2003): Each logo is in the same animation as the book.
Universal Pictures (The Cat in the Hat, 2003)
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Van Helsing (2004): The logo changes its color to black & white and it turns into a flame being carried by a man. Also, the URL is removed.
Logo Variations - Universal Pictures - CLG Wiki
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Van Helsing: The London Assignment (2004): The 1927 logo is used, but it's a still logo, the biplane is absent, and many clouds are passing by. The logo then later fades into the moon and the movie begins. This appears after the movie's title, even though the 1997 Universal logo was shown at the beginning before the opening titles.
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Balto III: Wings of Change (2004): The 1927 logo is used. This comes on after the 1997 Universal logo and may freak people out, but was also in warp speed.
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Land of the Dead (2005): The 1927 logo is used, but the airplane has a different sound, and the background has different clouds, which turn dark and stormy.
Logo Variations - Universal Pictures - CLG Wiki
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Serenity (2005):
The logo plays normally, but in the last few seconds, the globe spins a little faster and the text moves closer to it. Also, the shining around the globe and the byline disappear. The text "UNIVERSAL" then zooms in and the planet turns into a real planet Earth.
Logo Variations - Universal Pictures - CLG Wiki
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Doom (2005):
The Earth is replaced with the planet Mars. When the text fades, we zoom into the Olduvai Research Station.
Logo Variations - Universal Pictures - CLG Wiki
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Michaël Youn: Pluskapoil (2005): The word "UNIVERSAL" turns into the word "MICHAËL YOUN" and the globe turns into a 1960's made-up toy globe. Also, the shining around the globe changes its color to red.
Logo Variations - Universal Pictures - CLG Wiki
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Miami Vice (2006):
The logo is in a royal-blue color.
Universal Pictures - Miami Vice (2006)
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Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2006): The logo is recorded from a VHS and is on a TV screen.
[Untitled]
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The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers (2006): After the logo finishes its animation, the globe eventually stops rotating before the text slides away through the left. Then the continents of Earth slowly move, reforming Pangaea while we slowly zoom through it during the opening titles. Also, the URL is removed as well.
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The Kingdom (2007): The logo changes its color to shadow.
Universal Pictures - The Kingdom (2007)
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Dead Silence (2007): The 1927 logo is used. It is also in a purple color and scratched out.
Logo Variations - Universal Pictures - CLG Wiki
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Death Race (2008): The logo turns black & white while it plays backwards and turns into a car engine.
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Changeling (2008): The 1936 "Art-Deco Globe" logo is used.
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Leatherheads (2008): The 1936 "Art-Deco Globe" logo is sepia-toned.
Logo Variations - Universal Pictures - CLG Wiki
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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008):
The Universal globe spins around and zooms into China.
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Beethoven's Big Break (2008): A dog barks to the last two notes of the theme.
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Couples Retreat (2009):
The logo changes its color to black & white and the URL is removed.
Universal-Couple's Retreat (2009)
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Public Enemies (2009): The contrast in the logo is slightly darker and the URL is removed.
Universal Pictures - Public Enemies (2009)
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Bruno (2009): The logo plays, but two dots (called an "umlaut") appear above the letter "U" to create the Latin letter "Ü" in the "UNIVERSAL" towards the end.
Universal Pictures - Brüno (2009)
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Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009):
The Universal globe is replaced by a blue planet named Caprica. We then zoom past the logo into the opening scene. Also, the URL is larger than usual.
Universal Pictures - Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009)
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Land of the Lost (2009): The 1963 "A UNIVERSAL PICTURE" logo is used.
Universal Pictures - Land of the Lost (2009)
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Drag Me to Hell (2009): Exactly like on Land of the Lost.
Universal Pictures- Drag Me to Hell
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Inglourious Basterds (2009): Again, the zooming globe logo from 1963.
Logo Variations - Universal Pictures - CLG Wiki
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The Fourth Kind (2009): The logo is shown without the byline.
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Funny People (2009): Exactly like on The Fourth Kind.
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Wanted: Weapons of Fate (Game; 2009): The view comes through the room where combat takes place, then a string of flying keyboard buttons fly and stop over the slowly rotating globus, showing "UNIVERSAL" on the backs of buttons.

Universal Pictures (2009)
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Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! (2009)
and The Invention of Lying (2009, Non-US version): The 1997 logo shakes for a few seconds and the URL is in its 1999-2005 font.
Logo Variations - Universal Pictures - CLG Wiki
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Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (2009): The globe is much larger than usual, though the text is normal size. The colors on the globe are much crisper and have a higher intensity. It transforms into a golden tree ornament, then zooms in fast as the background changes to a Christmas tree.
Universal Pictures - Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (2009) - part 1Universal Pictures - Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (2009) - part 2
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Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball (2010):
The 1927 Universal "Airplane Passing Globe" logo is used.
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The Wolfman (2010): The 1936 Universal "Art-Deco Globe" logo is used, but this time, the logo has been remade and now colorized. Only on the director's cut version of the film.
Universal Pictures - The Wolfman (2010)

On the theatrical version of this film, as well as HBO airings, the 1997 logo is gray and the text is also glowing.
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Repo Men (2010): The logo goes static at its very last seconds.
Universal Pictures - Repo Men (2010)
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Despicable Me (2010): Exactly the same as The Fourth Kind and Funny People variants. Only on the theatrical release.

On the "Gru Control" feature on the Blu-ray for this film, the logo is seen with the URL below.

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Nanny McPhee Returns (2010):
Exactly the same as The Fourth Kind and Despicable Me variants.
Universal Pictures - Nanny McPhee 2 (2010)
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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010):
The logo is done in a retro video game style and the music is an 8-bit version of the Universal theme (this theme is actually Track 1 on the movies' soundtrack and is called "Universal Theme"). Also, the NBC Universal byline is removed.
Universal Pictures - Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World (2010)
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Catfish (2010):
The logo is depicted as a Google Earth globe. Also, the NBC Universal byline is removed.
Universal Pictures - Catfish (2010)
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Take Me Home Tonight (2011): The NBC Universal byline is removed and replaced with the www.universalstudios.com URL. Only on the International release.
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Hop (2011)
and Phil's Dance Party (2012): The Universal globe is shaped like an egg. On Phil's Dance Party, the 2012 fanfare is used.
Universal (2011)
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The Little Engine That Could (2011): The 1990 logo is used, but the little train engine appears pulling "UNIVERSAL" across the Earth. Then, it stands near it and makes a whistle.
Universal Pictures (2010)
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The Thing (2011):
The 1990 logo is used.
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Ted (2012): When the logo is complete, the byline disappears and the camera zooms in to Boston on the globe.
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Pitch Perfect (2012): The theme is sung A Capella style over the logo. Also, it finishes just after the Comcast byline fades in and cuts to the opening scene of the movie.
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The Man with the Iron Fists (2012):
When the logo is complete, it's accompanied by a ripple effect with smoke and hot coals coming from the bottom.
Universal Pictures (2012) - The Man with the Iron Fists
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Les Miserables (2012): The first few seconds of the logo are cut out.
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Oblivion (2013): The Earth in the logo has been decimated to the point that the continents don't glow anymore and the Tet, a space station that is critical to the film's plot, floats above it. The word "UNIVERSAL" looks old and rusted. Also, the logo is darker than usual and the logo ends normally as the Comcast byline pops up.
Universal Pictures - Oblivion (2013)


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After the logo finishes, the "UNIVERSAL" and the Comcost byline fades out, leaving the globe intact. Opening credits are superimposed as the camera zooms down into Japan.
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Tylertristar Oblivion 2013 0 Jul 23 2013, 8:55 AM EDT by Tylertristar
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On the film. The logo starts off with a different planet and a plane above it and then it forms the text which is stained and looks old and rusted. also its darker than usual and then it ends normally as the Comcast company pops up and has a different planet I don't know what its called Its a light blue planet that's the same size as the Earth in the normal logo. Then it fades out to start the movie!
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RauciousMan Identity Thief (2013) 2 Jul 20 2013, 1:44 PM EDT by Tylertristar
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The 2012 logo is shown without the text ''100TH ANNIVERSARY''. Only on the trailer.
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