THXThis is a featured page

Trailer captures by sega3dmm, kidinbed, Jua410, Jordon Rios, youjustpreviewed, Mojo Noah, BreadCrustCouncill, CollFIS and DaBigLogoCollector (aka GrievousDude96)
Editions by
mr3urious, Nate B., kidinbed, BenderRoblox, HiddenResearcher, DaBigLogoCollector, and zman1997.

: THX is a motion picture quality certification system (despite being branded as a "sound system" until 1997) founded by Tomlinson Holman and George Lucas in 1982 (in turn was then-owned by Lucasfilm Ltd. until 2002, when spun-off in its present day company-THX Ltd. and is now owned by Creative Labs), named after the first film Lucas directed, THX 1138. The first THX film was 1983's hit movie Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. THX officially stands for "Tomlinson Holman's EXperiment". THX has provided certified VHS, DVD, LaserDisc, and Blu-ray (and HD-DVD; Brave Story only) films from major studios such as Buena Vista/Walt Disney Pictures and 20th Century Fox, among other studios, also when this was seen in theaters. They certify video games, Dell PCs, Tivos, and other home theater equipment as well.

1st Trailer
(May 25, 1983)

THX - CLG Wiki

Nicknames: "Wings", "It Begins"

Trailer: We start with a black screen before the following white text fades in: "For the past 35 years, motion picture loudspeaker systems have not changed..." Later it fades out and new white text appears reading "Lucasfilm, Ltd. and this theatre are pleased to introduce a new motion picture sound system." That text fades out and we wait for a while and the letters "THX", underlined and which have the slightly taller "T" stem extend over the other two letters, appear in a glassy sky blue color. The color fades in majestically with "LUCASFILM LTD." above it and "SOUND SYSTEM" below it, both in small text. It stays on screen for about 10 seconds, then slowly fades out with the text above and below the logo.

Trivia: The nicknames for some of the early THX trailers given by Lucasfilm, Ltd. derive from the earliest Oscar winning pictures, like Wings, Cavalcade, and Cimarron.

FX/SFX: The text and THX logo fading-in and out. The THX logo glowing.

Music/Sounds: A synthesized crescendo sound effect known as "Deep Note". It starts off with a group of descending synths reminiscent of the sound of an airplane flying. Two of the descending synthss become louder than the others as an ascending synth can faintly be heard in the mixture. This part of the Deep Note then repeats, and the lower of the louder synths eventually gets even deeper and slows down in tone. At the exact same time, another descending synth fades in as more ascending synths get higher and louder in tone, becoming a freaky ascending dramatic sound until the sounds stop in one pitch. It was coded by James Andy Morrer and became one of the world's most recognized (and scariest) sound trademarks.

Availability: Extinct. Was never on THX-certified home video releases. It debuted in the theatrical premiere of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Can be seen on select Demo DVDs and at THX's official website.

Scare Factor: Medium to high because of the dark atmosphere and the Deep Note. This has been known to cause a fear of the THX logo and the Deep Note dubbed by logo fans as "THXphobia".

2nd Trailer
(Summer 1983-2005, 2010-)

THX BroadwayTHX Broadway" trailer- "LUCASFILM LTD" variantTHX Broadway Classic (Restored)THX Broadway LaserdiscTHX Broadway DVD/VHS

: "Broadway", "The Blue Rectangle", "The Audience is Now Deaf"

: On a black background, we see a blue outline of a rectangle. The gray text "The Audience is Listening" fades inside the outline, then fades out. A few seconds later, the THX logo in silver appears, The blue rectangle outline fades out, and


appears above and below, respectively. The THX logo shines.

Variants: Throughout the years, this trailer had many different variants:

  • 1995 A: The audio was remixed digitally in Dolby Digital and DTS with then-new technology.
  • 1995 B: Probably the most recognizable THX trailer variant. It was exclusive to home video releases and revised a bit more. The gray text reading "The Audience is Listening" is replaced with "Digitally Mastered for Optimal Audio and Video Performance" in Arial font in white and arranged in the center of the outline. That text appears longer than the regular version, and "DIGITALLY" appears above the THX logo and "MASTERED" appears below that logo. Those texts fade in with the THX logo instead of appearing after the blue outline disappears, and they sparkle while the THX logo shines.
  • 1995 C: Both the audio and the trailer is shorter than the standard 1983-1997 theatrical version. The audio (in this, and both 1995 A & B variants) is also in +2 higher (on VHS & LD, or sometimes -3.5 lower on DVDs) pitches.
  • On Laserdisc releases from THX, the blue rectangle appears as usual, but with a difference: the message reads "Mastered and Duplicated for Audio and Video Performance" in Arial Narrow font. When the THX logo appears, [LASER I/ DISC] appears under THX. The logo shines after the blue rectangle fades out. The pitch is +2 pitches higher [on E note].
  • From 1997-2003, an alternate version appeared where the original text above (and above only) the THX logo was "LUCASFILM LTD." This appeared only on Buena Vista releases until it was officially replaced with the "DIGITALY MASTERED" (as described above) text when Lucasfilm Ltd. spun off THX into its present-day company.
  • For the Dell PC's THX Picture and Sound Optimizer disc, "The Audience is Listening" tagline is replaced with "Your Dell PC is THX Certified". "Dell" is in its usual font. "SOUND SYSTEM" is replaced with "BEST PICTURE. BEST SOUND." Afterwords, the URL is seen with the trademark and a disclaimer at the bottom.
  • 2010: The trailer is remastered, or recreated, in high definition. The blue rectangle is wider and glows, "The Audience Is Listening" text is in a white Imprint shadow font and the THX logo glows and shines slowly. Below is a THX Ltd. copyright notice.
  • 2010 A: "The Audience is Listening" text is replaced with "Digitally mastered for superior sound and picture quality," in the same Arial font (a la 1995 B). Debuted on home entertainment releases starting with Star Wars: The Original Trilogy Blu-ray.
  • On the Apollo 13 DTS Laserdisc, the Deep Note on the THX Laserdisc logo is the -3.5 pitch Deep Note like the DVD/Tex.
  • On some prints of the Stargate Widescreen AC-3 Laserdisc, the Deep Note on the THX Laserdisc logo is a short version of the 1983 Deep Note (blending in with the fade out of Dolby Ghost Train), though other prints use the +2 pitch Deep Note.

: See variants above.


  • The theatrical version uses a louder version of the Deep Note which excludes the looped portion of the beginning.
  • The DVD/VHS/Laserdisc version has a shorter and quicker version of the Deep Note that starts at the rapid pitch change. The VHS and Laserdisc versions have a +2/higher-pitched (E note) Deep Note, which was stolen for Laser Video Russia's 2nd logo. the DVD version has a -3.5/lower-pitched (C# note) version that is often re-used in some of the future logos listed below.
  • The HD version, or "Broadway Classic (Restored)," has the remastered Deep Note used in the "Science of Sensation" logo.

Availability: One of the most common THX trailers ever. It appears on many THX-certified DVDs and VHS's. The "LUCASFILM LTD." version appears on many Disney/Touchstone releases from May 1997 to late 2001, and from late 2002 to December 2003, beginning with Fun & Fancy Free and ending with the 2003 remake of Freaky Friday. Bambi was the first THX-certified Disney film on VHS, but the 1995 variant was used instead. The only 2002 release with the 1997 version is the 2002 VHS re-release of Dinosaur. It was also seen with a lower pitch on Disney DVDs from 1999 to 2001, and made a surprise appearance on a April 16, 2011 Starz airing of Toy Story 3 (or 2).

Until the second airing on October 13, 2008, the 1995 version appeared on Disney Channel airings of Monsters, Inc. The 25th Anniversary VHS release of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh doesn't feature the THX logo on the cover (unlike the DVD cover), but it appears after that tape's Feature Presentation bumper. The Platinum Edition VHS of Bambi shows the THX logo on the cover and label but not on the tape. Some DVDs like Romeo + Juliet and The Thin White Line show the THX logo on the
tape/disc but not on the cover. The "restored" variant debuted on Blu-ray with Star Wars: The Original Trilogy and on DVD with the 2012 re-release of Titanic, before being moved to the beginning starting with the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures Blu-ray. Also available online. The "DELL PC" version is exclusive to the THX Picture and Sound Optimizer disc.

Scare Factor:
  • Theatrical/Dell variant: Same as the last logo.
  • Stargate LaserDisc variant: Medium, bordering on high. The shorter Deep Note in the logo sounds tamer due to being more like the theatrical version.
  • VHS/LaserDisc variants: High to nightmare. The higher-pitched and louder Deep Note, faster pace, and sudden appearance after being seen after a black-BG logo or piracy warning makes it even worse, giving little to no time for you to turn down the speaker volume. This version of the logo will undeniably be the most likely to scare children (which is elevated by the fact this appears on a lot of Disney tapes/LDs).
  • DVD/Apollo 13 LaserDisc variant: Medium. The Deep Note is tamer, but it still feels a ominous.
Nevertheless, this trailer is very popular and is a favorite of many.

3rd Trailer
(May 20, 1988-2002?)
THX CimarronTHX Cimarron Laserdisc

: "Cimarron", "The Conductor"

: A small gray box appears in the center of the screen. Then, we see the hand of a conductor, who holds a baton. The hand flicks the baton, blasting out a blue "hyperspace". It turns red, and when it fully turns red, we see a 3D THX logo zoom towards us against a black screen with red dots. Then, we see some text saying "The Audience is Listening" in the same font and color used in "Broadway". A few seconds, a subtitle reading "Lucasfilm, Ltd. Sound System" fades in too.

  • This trailer was remixed in Dolby Digital in 1995. This variant had slight changes. At the start, text fades in reading "Dolby Digital sound in a THX Theatre," and at the end the Recorded in Dolby Digital logo was added at the left-bottom of the screen.
  • On Laserdisc releases starting with Twister, the words "Mastered and duplicated for optimal video and audio performance" fades with the 1,000 red dots. Then, it fades to the 3D THX logo. Once it's finished zooming, the THX Laserdisc logo from "Broadway" fades and zooms inside the silver outlined rectangle. The THX Laserdisc logo and the silver outlined rectangle shine. This was used until 2002 (must verify as LDs stopped in around 1999).

: CGI by Industrial Light and Magic.

  • An orchestra warms up, then a big descending synth note followed by an orchestra crescendo. When the THX logo appears the descending synth is played again, followed by a rising string note for the THX logo, representing the Deep Note.
  • For the Dolby Digital remix, a nice orchestral piece done by James Horner. We hear an orchestra warm up at the start, then a rousing orchestral cue with some whistling sounds (not in the original version of WOW! except for the 2002 & Vimeo releases), and then a beautiful composition of twinkles and ascending notes when the THX logo appears (representing the Deep Note). A whoosh is heard as the THX logo zooms in (not in the original version of WOW!), followed by twinkles. This music debuted in the Cimarron trailer shown at the end of the THX WOW! (1990) laserdisc.
  • The Laserdisc variant has thunder and a shorter version of the Dolby remix music and sounds.

Availability: This became the first alternate THX trailer to be used in 1988, beginning with the original theatrical release of Willow in THX theaters. This probably no longer plays in THX theaters. The original version is extinct and long out of print as it was recalled due to complaints of the soundtrack breaking speaker drivers from theater owners, and may only survive in the hands of a few home projectionists. The second version is only available on THX-demo discs. The Laserdisc variant can be seen on Laserdiscs from 1996-2001 such as Saving Private Ryan, Volcano, Independence Day, and others (namely Fox flicks). It was also seen on Laserdiscs from Paramount, Warner Bros, Universal, and other major film companies (Disney and some Fox releases, as well as Nickelodeon's Good Burger (verify), used the Broadway trailer instead).

Scare Factor: Low. The Deep Note is more subtle in the Dolby version, but the dark atmosphere and giant THX logo flying towards the screen, along with the thunder sound in the Laserdisc variant, could up the scare factor a little. Medium with the original jingle, since the jarring soundtrack of the wormhole may startle viewers.

4th Trailer

Nickname: "Grand"

Trailer: On a black background, we see some white text that reads "This auditorium is equipped with a THX sound system." A few seconds later, the background turns into a red-black cloudy background. We see some white text that reads "The Audience Is Listening." After that, the red-black background turns slowly turns blue, somewhat similar to the previous background. Seconds after, a light with lens flares moves upward and a 90° turned THX logo rotates to its front in a blue-black gradient background, with "LUCASFILM LTD" over and "SOUND SYSTEM" below.

  • The DVD of Speed replaces "The Audience Is Listening" text with "Best Picture. Best Sound. You're watching a THX Certified Feature." and "SOUND SYSTEM" with "BEST PICTURE. BEST SOUND".
  • The Dell PC DVD version replaces "The Audience Is Listening" with "Your Dell PC is THX Certified." and "SOUND SYSTEM" with "BEST PICTURE. BEST SOUND." "Dell" is in its usual font and the url appears at the end with a copyright notice.
  • On The THX Ultimate Demo Disc (the THX Ultra 2 and THX story featurettes), a digital 4:3 version of this trailer can be spotted.

FX/SFX: The background changing, the texts fading, and "THX" is completely in silver 3D. The visuals were created by Industrial Light and Magic (like the previous logo) according to The THX Ultimate Demo Disc.

Cheesy Factor: The red background looks very dated, which is in sharp contrast with the beautiful CGI rotating of the THX logo.

Music/Sounds: Some chimes and wind howling. When the background opens, wind whistles, then various ascending notes and sounds, until a Star Wars laser-gun sound and a whooshing sound occur as the THX logo appears and ends with a choir-like version of the Deep Note. The sound for this trailer was apparently created at Skywalker Sound and, according to The THX Ultimate Demo Disc, designed by David Slusser and Marco d'Ambrosio.

Availability: Rare. Seen in all THX theaters during 1993 until 1997, as well as online and on the 2001 DVD release of Speed.
The "DELL PC" version is exclusive to the THX Picture and Sound Optimizer disc.

Scare Factor: Low to medium. The sounds can catch you off-guard, but the Deep Note sounds much more calmer on this trailer.

5th Trailer
(April 14, 1994, 1996-1997; 2001-2004)

Nickname: "The Simpsons", "Burns' Heir"

Trailer: We see a film marquee with the text "SISKEL & EBERT: THE MOVIE" on it, with ""TWO THUMBS UP" - SISKEL & EBERT" below it. We then cut to many Simpsons characters appearing in theater seats. The light dims, and then brightens a bit. Then we cut to the movie screen, then a white screen with "THX" on it (not the same as the other trailers) appears, with "SOUND SYSTEM" and "THE AUDIENCE IS LISTENING" under it. The sound shakes the theater/cinema, propelling people backwards, breaking glasses and teeth, crumbling the ceiling and blowing up an exit sign and even a man's head. After the chaos ensues, we cut back to the screen as the audience cheers for the logo. We then cut to Grandpa, who yells "Turn it up! TURN IT UP!".

Variant: A variant was shown where we see the Broadway rectangle, then it fades to the film sign and the trailer animates as normal.

FX/SFX: Traditional animation from Film Roman.

Music/Sounds: The atmosphere, dialogue, and the Deep Note.

Availability: This was a trailer adapted from a scene from The Simpsons episode "Burns' Heir". Likely found in theaters and demo discs of the time.

Scare Factor: Medium to high because of the Deep Note (the exploding head doesn't help), but it's a hilarious trailer and a favorite of Simpsons fans.

6th Trailer

: "Tex"

Trailer: The THX logo fades in as it usually would. All of a sudden, the logo sputters and then breaks down as if due to an electrical failure. A light is switched on as a robot named Tex rolls in from off-camera. Tex opens a panel on the "X", grabs a rocket pack, and flies off screen, pulling out a hammer just before he goes off screen, muttering "Oh, George." Tex hammers at something on the right side of the screen, drills at something on the left side and then flies over to the T and moves a large switch. The switch causes the logo to re-activate and complete its usual sequence with the "LUCASFILM LTD." and "SOUND SYSTEM" text. Tex realizes the door in "X" is still open and kicks the logo, which shuts the door, causing a black screen to fall reading "The Audience Is Listening".

Trivia: Tex's line "Oh, George..." refers to George Lucas. John Lasseter created Tex who is THX's mascot.

  • On DVD or Laserdisc releases, the messages from the Broadway Trailer, which are "Digitally Mastered for Optimal Audio and Video Performance", or "Mastered and Duplicated for Optimal Audio and Video Performance" appears WITHOUT the blue rectangle outline. Then, the animation plays as usual. Between 1996 and 1997, the "sound system" title appears under THX (as well as Lucasfilm Ltd. on the top). After 1997 the "sound system" name was removed.
  • There is an extended version in which after Tex drills something he starts to saw, then hits a hard object and yells "Ow", muttering afterward. The rest of the trailer plays like normal. This only appears on Fox Demo Disc #1 and disc 2 of the North American DVD release of Finding Nemo.
  • On the THX Vimeo page and DVD releases such as Toy Story 2 Special Edition, the black screen that reads "The Audience is Listening." is replaced with the THX website URL. The "LUCASFILM LTD." and "SOUND SYSTEM" text are absent.
  • On the Toy Story CAV laserdisc, the only LD release to use this trailer, [ LASER I/ DISC ] from the Broadway Laserdisc trailer shines under THX. The "Mastered and Duplicated" message appears prior to THX appearing.
  • A "Dell PC" version exists.

FX/SFX: Nice CGI for 1996, which was done at Pixar Animation Studios.

Music/Sounds: The Deep Note in -3.5 lower pitch (from the Broadway DVD variant), Tex's dialogue, and sounds corresponding to the animation. The sound design is by Gary Rydstrom, according to The THX Ultimate Demo Disc. See "Trailer" for the rest.

Availability: Might have been common in THX theaters during its heyday, but it can be available on some Pixar movies on DVD such as Cars (the last THX-Certified Disney DVD so far up to possibly Star Wars VII; Blu-ray of Cars doesn't use THX), and some THX demo DVDs. Seen online as well. The "DELL PC" version is exclusive to the THX Picture and Sound Optimizer disc.

Scare Factor: Low to medium. It's a funny logo.

7th Trailer
THX - Tex Moo Can (1997)THX - Tex Moo Can closing text (1997)Tex 2

: "Tex 2", "Moo Can", "Cow", "Tex Strikes Again"

Trailer: We see Tex the robot from the previous trailer, as he appears out of nowhere right in front of us. He has a can in his hand which has a picture of a cow on a field and says "moo"(which is in a bubble cloud, as if the cow were saying it), and the only way we see it is that Tex zooms it up towards us closer. He takes it back, and turns it upside down, and dips it, realizing the can is empty. After flipping it right side up again, Tex gives us a "one minute" signal. He flies to a lifeless THX logo, opens a hatch, and then pulls some sort of cable from it. He then returns with the "moo can". This time, however, the cable is revealed to be a power plug in his opposite hand, and plugs it into the can. After that, we hear the sound of cows mooing, and, beside that, the THX logo appears sliding up from the middle of the screen to nearly the top. Tex points to the text, but suddenly the THX logo begins to rumble and shake. Tex sees this, and he nervously flies off with the can and the plug. The THX logo jolts to the left side for a moment before going back to it's normal position, and the cable is pulled back into the logo, the hatch closes, and, like the last trailer, the black screen with the text "The Audience is Listening" falls to the screen.

  • Most of the time, the THX logo is already seen at the very beginning of the trailer before the animation begins, which means that, in this variant, Tex is basically doing all of his animation right in front of the company's text. On a few alternate occasions between 1997 and 2005, the Lucasfilm Ltd. name was seen on top of THX; then the screen falls as usual, but replaces "The Audience Is Listening" with "The Best Sound, The Best Picture. You're Watching a THX Certified Feature." (as seen in the "Cavalcade" trailer)
  • In 2009, when Monster joined THX, the trailer became slightly updated. When Tex gets the cord, the camera zooms in to reveal a Monster HDMI cable. When he plugs it in, the graphics on the moo can change it into a Monster Moo Can. "Monster" in 3-D font fades and slides up to the top at the same time as the THX logo. When the THX logo rumbles, the Monster logo rumbles and the black screen shows the THX Monster logo in white and the THX Monster trademark in white.
  • A "Dell PC" version exists.

FX/SFX: More great animation from Pixar.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous trailer, except the Deep Note is replaced by cows mooing it (if you really listen carefully, a high pitched voice is heard towards the end of the mooing, which sounds like someone yelling "STOP!" before the sound of rumbling and cracking). The sound design is by Gary Rydstrom and Marco d'Ambrosio (who did the cow chord) according to The THX Ultimate Demo Disc. A variant of the Monster THX logo (website intro only) uses some electrical sounds from the Terminator 2 THX trailer, of which Gary Rydstrom also did the sound design.

Availability: Maybe still seen in theaters. Can be seen on Pixar DVDs (such as Monsters, Inc., Toy Story 10th Anniversary Edition, and Finding Nemo disc 1 US), Fox films (such as Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 2, Speed 2, and The Day The Earth Stood Still), THX Demo discs, and even the VHS of Monsters, Inc. although Disney Channel's original print of the film plastered this with the VHS version of Broadway for time. A variant is also on the Lair video game for PS3. Seen online as well.
The "DELL PC" version is exclusive to the THX Picture and Sound Optimizer disc.

Scare Factor: Low to medium, at least perhaps for those with THX-phobia. The Deep Note is much tamer than the other variants and it's meant to be funny.

8th Trailer
(May 19, 1999-October 21, 2003)

THX Broadway 2000

Nickname: "Broadway 2000"

Trailer: We see a pitch black screen (ala the 1983 "Broadway" trailer), then we see the text "Let's see it in" appearing in separate words zooming in the center of the screen. Then we see the THX logo with the Lucasfilm Ltd. notice at the top of THX. The logo shines and we fade-out.

FX/SFX: The words zooming-in at the screen.

Music/Sounds: A shorter version of the Deep Note that begins right before the rapid pitch change. However, new synths are added to the Deep Note and drown out most of the original synths except for the lower ones.

Availability: Seen in THX theaters of the time. Also can be seen on The Adventures of Indiana Jones (2003 box set) and The THX Ultimate Demo Disc. Debuted on Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (with Dolby Digital's "Aurora") in theaters.

Scare Factor: Medium to high because of the dark atmosphere and the Deep Note.

9th Trailer
THX - Cavlacade (2005, 1.85:1)THX - Cavlacade closing text (2005, 1.85:1)THX - Terminator 2 (2000)
THX - Terminator 2 closing text 1 (2000)THX - CLG Wiki

: "Cavalcade"

: In a darkly-lit environment, we zoom in toward a glassy blue sphere, which has clouds rolling and lightning flickering. As the environment illuminates, we see that the sphere is barely hovering over a textured blue floor. Suddenly, the sphere shatters, and the sky is revealed to contain several rolling gray clouds. The glass then liquifies and gathers in the center. Some lightning strikes it and forms a silver THX logo. Then, the environment fades to black as a shimmering blue rectangle is drawn clockwise around it. The logo fades out as the URL fades in.

  • There is an early variant where the THX web address is absent.
  • On some releases, after the THX logo fades out, the text "Digitally Mastered for Optimal Audio and Video Performance" (from the Broadway trailer) appears in the blue line. At one point from 2001 (when Lucasfilm still owned it), "Lucasfilm Ltd." was seen (exactly the way it was in the 1995 Broadway variant) above the THX logo.
  • On the DVD release of Terminator 2, the metallic rectangle with the T2 logo carved out appears,zooming toward us. Then, the rectangle gets blown by T-800 with the shotgun, as seen on the reflection. Pieces turn into liquid metal and forms the THX logo. After that, the THX logo fades out, and then it contains a message reading "The Best Sound, The Best Picture. You're Watching a THX Certified Feature" appears one by one as each text fades out before the other. Also, the Deep Note in this variant (the Terminator 2 variant) is the same as Broadway 2000 version. This is also on the Blu-ray release with some differences: the THX logo fades into the standard logo, the "DIGITALLY" and "MASTERED" (a la Broadway '95) are replaced with "CERTIFIED," and the URL with a copyright notice appears. This's the basis of Cavlacade. It appears on the Ultimate, eXtreme and Skynet editions of this film.
  • On the DVDs of The Final Countdown, Fox Demo Disc #1, and The THX Ultimate Demo Disc, the logo fades out before we get to the "Digitally Mastered for Optimal Audio and Video Performance" text.

FX/SFX: Just top-notch CGI.

Music/Sounds: Thunderclaps/electric shocking sounds, followed by glass shattering, then the Deep Note. A laser-like sound is heard as the rectangle is formed. In the T2 variant, music from Terminator 2 is heard which fades into the Deep Note used in Broadway 2000; t
he sound design and mix is by Gary Rydstrom at Skywalker Sound according to the credits of the T2 Ultimate Edition DVD.

Availability: Seen on several THX DVDs such as Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (debut), Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume One, The Incredibles, Bayside Shakedown 2, THX 1138, the Star Wars Trilogy 2004 DVDs, Fox Demo Disc #1, and X-Men 1.5; in THX theaters, and on the video game MLB 09: The Show. It's also the intro to the menu of The THX Ultimate Demo Disc.

Scare Factor: High, due to the sphere shattering all of a sudden, in addition to the presence of the Deep Note.

10th Trailer
(2003-Late 2000s)

Nickname: "Shrek"

Trailer: The THX logo starts up like any other, but just as the Deep Note is about to get loud, the logo suddenly crashes down revealing Shrek and Donkey creating the Deep Note with many instruments. The two look at the screen, before looking at each other and smiling awkwardly as they raise the logo (apparently made out of cardboard) up. The Deep Note starts again (albeit less louder than before) and the logo shimmers in green from left to right. While the Deep Note is playing, Donkey comes out and plays a kazoo over the last few seconds. Shrek yells "Donkey!" at him, and as Donkey mutters "Okay, okay! Chill, Shrek..." the two walk off-screen. The screen fades to black as the words "illuminate your senses" fades in on the top, a smaller THX logo in the middle, and copyright info on the bottom.

FX/SFX: The trailer itself, and the animation involving Shrek and Donkey.

Music/Sounds: The Deep Note (the descending part at first with it falling over), the instruments, and the dialogue.

Availability: Extinct. It was not seen on the original theatrical release of Shrek (as Disney/Pixar blocked THX from showing it due to a feud between the CEOs of Dreamworks and Disney at the time), but it eventually debuted in 2006. It was seen on an original international DVD release of Shrek and is also available on the THX website.

Scare Factor: Low to medium. The Deep Note's presence is still ominous but it's a hilarious trailer, and might also be a favorite amongst Shrek's parodic "Brogre" fandom.

11th Trailer

Nickname: "Bounty"

Trailer: On a black background we see out-of-focus movie clips on a THX logo. Some of these clips include Star Wars: Episode I, Alien and Jurassic Park. The logo then starts to shine as the blue outline from the Broadway trailer appears around the screen and the words "CERTIFIED CINEMA" appear under the THX logo. Everything except the blue outline fades out and is replaced by the THX website URL on the top, copyright notices on the bottom and the phase "20 Years of Making Great Movies Come Alive."

FX/SFX: The clips playing on the THX logo, the shining at the end.

Music/Sounds: In this order, sound/dialogue clips from the following movies are heard:
  • Apocalypse Now Redux Version
  • Jurassic Park *1 *2
  • Die Hard *2
  • Jurassic Park (again) *1 *2
  • Nightmare on Elm Street *2 (LD)
  • Star Wars: Episode I *1 *2
  • Fight Club *1 *2
  • Alien *2
  • Star Wars: Episode I (again) *1 *2
  • Pulp Fiction *2 (LD)
  • Back To The Future trilogy
  • Lord of The Rings trilogy *1
  • The Fast and the Furious
  • Speed *1 *2
After this the THX Deep Note starts playing as the final sound clips play from:
  • Alien (again) *2
  • Ghost
  • The Mask *2 (LD)
Sound Design was by Gary Rydstrom and Steve Boeddeker of Skywalker Sound. *1 denotes Skysound title *2 denotes THX-certified title

Availability: Extinct. Was only seen in THX theaters during 2003. However, THX doesn't own the rights to the sound clips in the trailer.

Scare Factor: Medium to high. It can cause THX-phobia.

12th Trailer
THX - The Science of Sensastion (2005)

: "The Science of Sensation"

Trailer: We first see a pitch black screen, but then we see the words "THE SCIENCE OF SENSATION" (in capital letters) coming at us each two words at a time (like the "Broadway 2000" trailer) and as a faint shine appears on the 'O', the words suddenly fade out by spreading apart. Then, the THX logo appears, with a faint shine where the 'O' used to be. With its usual gray color, the logo shines with a "shinemark" coming down on the "T". WWW.THX.COM and the copyright at the bottom appear.

FX/SFX: "THE SCIENCE OF SENSATION" text spreading out, the shinemark, and the THX logo shining.


  • A 4:3 version is used on full-screen DVDs and the UK VHS of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.
  • The UK VHS of the above simply shows "CERTIFIED" under THX.
  • Certified DVDs show "CERTIFIED DVD" under THX.

Music/Sounds: A remastered Deep Note, some shining sounds, and whooshes. In this remastered Deep Note, some voices are reminiscent of the newer ones from the Broadway 2000 version, and some of the voices reach their final pitches before the others do.

Music/Sound Variant: A high-toned version exists in PAL (normal with this format).

Availability: Can be seen on the DVDs of Titanic: Special Collector's Edition (debut), Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, and Lorelei: The Witch of The Pacific Ocean. It's also seen in some THX theaters. The VHS version is limited to the rare Revenge of the Sith UK tape.

Scare Factor: High because of the long, dark atmosphere and the Deep Note. Appearing after the blackout at the beginning of the Revenge of the Sith VHS may increase the scare factor.

13th Trailer

Nickname: "Ziegfeld"

Trailer: On a black background, we see the metallic outlines of the THX logo fade in. Then the shiny silver color fades inside the THX logo. The THX logo glows and makes a big shine with some sparkles. Then below the THX logo is the disclaimer: "THX and the THX logo are trademarks of THX Ltd., which may be registered in some jurisdictions. All Rights Reserved."

Variant: At the beginning of an LG video on THX-certified TVs, the metallic outlines fade in quicker, the shiny silver color fades in slower, and the shine of the THX logo isn't as bright.

FX/SFX: The glowing, sparkling, and shining of the THX logo.

Cheesy Factor: There is not that much animation.

Music/Sounds: The -3.5/low-pitched Deep Note from Tex and Broadway (DVD variant) trailers.

Availability: Can be seen on THX Demo Disc II, MLB 07: The Show, and whenever you start up a THX-Certified TiVo.

Scare Factor: Low to medium bordering on high. Due to the flashing the atmosphere and the deep note.

14th Trailer

Nicknames: "Tex 3", "TEX Action", "The Car", "Tex Strikes Yet Again"

Trailer: On a gray background, we see a clapperboard on screen. The clapperboard claps, and then disappears off-screen. The camera then zooms out and turns, revealing the background to be a gray car. Tex flies on screen and stops in front of the car, giving a "stop" signal. Tex then tries to fly away, but ends up getting sucked into the car. He gets flung around the car's engine uncontrollably, and is eventually able to stop and regain his balance. He then looks up, and sees part of the engine spraying. After spraying for a few seconds, it explodes, and Tex gets covered in black ash. Another part of the engine then pushes Tex up, and he gets chased by another explosion. He manages to escape from the car just in time, but then he loses control, and hits the THX logo off-screen. He then stands back up, shakes his arms and foot, looks back at the THX logo, and does a "Ta-dah!" pose. A copyright notice fades in and out on the bottom right.

FX/SFX: Same as the 6th and 7th trailers.

Music/Sounds: A guy saying "And...action!" when the clapperboard is on screen, Tex's voice, some car sounds and other sound effects, and the -3.5/low-pitched Deep Note from before.

Availability: Seen on THX-certified DVD players in some cars. Possibly seen in theaters too.

Scare Factor: Low to medium. Like the 6th trailer, it's intended to be funny but it can scare those with "THXphobia."

15th Trailer

Nickname: "Amazing Life"

Trailer: We start out with an octagon shape figure rising out of liquid (a la a ripple effect), and forms into another figure, which looks like petals from a flower because we're looking at it from the top. Inside the "flower" is a crown shape figure that has wings on top of it, slowly spinning around, producing the held organ note sound, as we zoom in on it. Then, the scene changes. We now see another set of wings that also spin around, but faster. A ring is spinning around with it and goes down towards the bottom of the screen, producing the buzzer. And the scene changes again. The same set of wings from the first scene is shown, once again spinning slowly, with shades seen on the left side of the screen. As the scene changes again, a tulip is seen zooming in towards us as it opens up it's front, producing the deep brass sound. Then we zoom in on a mushroom as it bumps up a bit and makes drum beats. Then a set of butterflies fly by (with some stopping in front center of the screen), producing some flapping sound, we see the flowerhead-like plant with dragonfly wings as petals, it pushes one-by-one clockwise, making dolphin chirping sounds, then we see something with 14 metallic spheres opening and closing as it makes a melody played on glockenspiel. Intact with the drumbeats of the jingle, we see a variety of mushrooms as they "beat" and bump up the the drumbeats, and then the scene changes to swirly-like circles which vibrate, as we zoom from one to another, making the bass horn stab. We zoom into another tulip, making another deep brass sound, and suddenly, we fly over all of the above mentioned items. As the camera tilts toward the front and zooms back, we see the plant-covered structure evolve to the THX logo. This version looks slightly (but also noticeably) different than the other trailers of the past. The text zooms back.

Trivia: This was designed by Eyestorm Productions.

FX/SFX: Everything in amazing CGI.

Music/Sounds: A variety of instruments playing in sync with each plant, performed by Lost in the Sky. This ends with a less noisy/less scary version of the Deep Note, accompanied by the swoosh. Unlike the previous THX trailers, the music comes to a quick end rather than fading out smoothly. Mixed by Gary A. Rizzo at Skywalker Sound.

Availability: Seen in most THX theaters and new THX DVDs/Blu-rays such as Star Wars: The Clone Wars. On Avatar, Red Tails and Star Wars The Prequel Trilogy (Blu-ray only) it appears at the end. Available online as well.

Scare Factor: Low to high, once again, although some with THXphobia might even like this one for its wonderful animation and somewhat tame Deep Note.

16th Trailer
(March 14, 2008)
hortonthe logo2

: "Horton"

Trailer: On a black background, we see this odd speck that talks in a familiar voice to Horton (from Horton Hears a Who). It gets closer.... and... closer... OH! It's just the mayor. They talk about if they can hear each other. Then, the mayor says "Kinda losing ya", causing Horton to drop the THX logo, and he shouts "HOW ABOUT THIS?!?! I'VE GOT HIM REAL CLOSE!!! CAN YOU READ ME?!?!" knocking the mayor off-screen, then followed by the infamous THX Deep Note, then the screen transitions to a message reading "THE AUDIENCE IS HEARING" (spoofing the "The Audience is Listening" motto, with "HEAR" in the same font as the movie). On the side of the screen we see the mayor peeking out of the side of the screen, with cloths blowing from the Deep Note.

FX/SFX: The characters moving, and the THX logo dropping.

Cheesy Factor: The characters' voices are ripped from the movie.

Music/Sounds: The characters talking, sound effects corresponding to the animation, and the Deep Note.

Availability: Extinct. It was only seen at THX theaters that showed Horton Hears A Who.

Scare Factor: Medium. The "CRASH!" sound and the Deep Note might startle a few, but it's intended to be funny.

17th Trailer
THX Broadway 3D

: "Broadway 3D"

Trailer: On a deep cloudy background, we see a light tunnel of many colors as well as a shadow in the distance. The shadow then emerges to reveal a silver and shining THX logo as well as a crystal blue rectangle outline from the Broadway trailers, which zoom slowly at us. A small copyright notice is seen below the THX logo.

: The colorful light tunnel, the emerging of the logo.

Music/Sounds: The 2005 Deep Note.

Availability: Can be found on the THX Calibrator disc, 3D movies in cinemas and 3D Blu-ray releases, like the 3-disc special edition 3D Blu-ray of Avatar.

Scare Factor: Medium to high. This trailer may cause "THXphobia" which could worsen now that it's in 3D. Admittedly, however, the bright lights call a lot of attention to the logo unlike many of the black-background THX trailers.

18th Trailer


"Musical Wisps"

Logo: TBA


Music/Sounds: Sound effects accompanying the atmosphere, followed by the Deep Note.

Availability: Unknown if this was used on any THX-certified films or as a prototype logo.

Scare Factor: Medium to high, due to the accompanied sound effects, atmosphere, and Deep Note. Still not much compared to the next trailer...

19th Trailer
(April 4, 2015-)

THX "Eclipse" (2015)

Nickname: "Eclipse", "The Other Side", "Dark THX", "see you on the other side", "Eclipse of Doom", "Tiny/Chipmunk Deep Note"

Trailer: We start off in a shooting starfield. Then, a large black eclipse fades in, glows and spins. Then, many shiny white/black sticks and veins appear all over the eclipse, representing the iris of the human eye, and we zoom further into it as the sticks and veins move around and form in different ways. Suddenly, a large "O" appears in the middle, a la the Orion Pictures logo, and we zoom through it, revealing the THX logo, which is black and has dark shines on it. The text "see you on the other side" wipes in underneath the THX logo.

Trivia: It is said that the text "see you on the other side" is a reference to Ghostbusters.

  • There is also a longer 45-second version in which some of the sticks and veins move around slower, and we zoom through the large "O" faster. It can be seen here
  • A 4K resolution version exists.

FX/SFX: The zooming in of the eclipse, done by Two-Shots Production. Extraordinary CGI.

Music/Sounds: A redone version of the Deep Note, also done by James Andy Moorer. It has more polyphonic synths than before, and is even louder than before. It starts off with the synths ascending and descending over and over again until they rapidly change their pitches. During the rapid pitch change, the clashing pitches of the lower synths cause a "rumbling" sound as the Deep Note gets louder, and the final pitch gets louder and louder as more and more synths join them at the final chord. The highest synths on the final chord create a synth organ-like sound (sounds like a +12 pitch version of the Deep Note, hence the "tiny/chipmunk" nickname), while the lowest synths create a deep humming sound. Mixed by Lora Hirschberg (w/support from Gary Rydstrom?) at Skywalker Sound

Music/Sounds Variants: In the longer version, after the synths switch back and forth between ascending and descending, the louder synths remain descending until the final chord.

Availability: Brand new. Debuted online. Most likely seen in theaters with newer movies like Furious 7. Might turn up on Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Blu-ray/DVD if Disney hopefully decides to have THX certify it.

Scare Factor:
  • High to nightmare for the normal 30-second variant, due to the reconstructed Deep Note and darkness, but much lower for those used to it and fans of it. The animation is wonderful and the Deep Note sounds even better than before.
  • Nightmare for the longer 45-second variant. The suspensefully long Deep Note with the even more eerie and ominous voices at the beginning, and the overall slowness of the logo will not sit well with most.

20th Trailer

THX (2015- , nearly finished)

Nickname: "Sphere"

: On a black background, we see either one of these:

Appearance Variants:
  • On normal displays, their slogan "The Audience is Listening" appears.
  • On 4K displays, the THX 4K Display logo fades in.

Then either object disappears by sliding to the right. The background becomes black-gray-green gradient. A black line with blue marks slides to the right of the screen and starts to gently shake. It becomes liquid and breaks up into small circles. We zoom through the liquid. Multiple grouped lines start swirling around in a circular motion, then forms into a 4-layered sphere, hence the nickname. A blue glow surrounds the sphere. It becomes liquid and opens up, revealing blue electric lines. It later explodes to fill the background with black, then zooms out in the form of the THX logo. It later fills up with metallic material, making it look normal. Some of the blue lines remain, then later disappear completely. Finally, either one of these appear below.

Appearance Variants:
  • 2 copyright notices "THX and the Deep Note sound are trademarks of THX Ltd. registered in certain jurisdictions. All rights reserved. This THX trailer is the property of THX Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • At the end of the "making of" video, the words "see you on the other side" appear bellow the logo.

: The liquid and electric lines, all done by Human Workshop. Just marvelous CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: First, the beginning half of the original Deep Note plays, then gets interrupted by whooshes, liquid sound effects, and a low synth note, followed by a choir. During the glow, the Deep Note resumes, followed by another whoosh, and an explosion.

Music/Sounds Variant: During the behind-the-scenes time-lapse creation of this logo, there was no Deep Note.

Availability: While not an official THX trailer yet, this was seen on the Human Workshop website. May appear on 4K displays or demo discs.

Scare Factor: Medium to high. The animation, sounds and the Deep Note can startle more than a few, but they're wonderful otherwise and better than before.

Latest page update: made by DaBigLogoCollector , Tuesday, 7:45 AM EST (about this update About This Update DaBigLogoCollector text reducing/rephrasing, additional info - DaBigLogoCollector

36 words added
17 words deleted

view changes

- complete history)
Keyword tags: lucasfilm THX
More Info: links to this page
There are no threads for this page.  Be the first to start a new thread.

Related Content

  (what's this?Related ContentThanks to keyword tags, links to related pages and threads are added to the bottom of your pages. Up to 15 links are shown, determined by matching tags and by how recently the content was updated; keeping the most current at the top. Share your feedback on WikiFoundry Central.)