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Background

In 1935, Twentieth Century Pictures, Inc. and Fox Film Corporation merged to form Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation (the hyphen was dropped in 1985). During the Golden Age of Hollywood, it was one of the "Big Five" studios (the others were MGM, Paramount Pictures, RKO Radio Pictures, and Warner Bros.). From 2013 to 2019, it was a subsidiary of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., which was formed when News Corporation split into two companies. As of July 2018, their two most financially successful films are Avatar, released in 2009, and Titanic (under international rights), released in 1997 (both of which were directed by James Cameron). 20th Century Fox also has a specialty division named Fox Searchlight Pictures (currently known as Searchlight Pictures), whose distributed its titles internationally until 2019.

On December 14, 2017, The Walt Disney Company announced its plans to buy most of 21st Century Fox's assets, which included a bidding war with Comcast. The process was completed on March 20, 2019, with the last pre-Disney release from the studio being Alita: Battle Angel, released on February 14, 2019. The remaining assets Disney didn't acquire, notably the Fox network and Fox News, were spun-off into a new company called Fox Corporation. On January 17, 2020, Disney announced that it would be dropping the word "Fox" from the company name, presumably to avoid confusion with Fox Corporation, renaming it to 20th Century Studios, along with Searchlight Pictures. Nevertheless, Disney continues to own perpetual rights to the 20th Century Fox name for the studio's legacy film library. However, the studio was still legally incorporated and traded as Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation until December 4, 2020. As of December 4, 2020, the company has been using 20th Century Studios, Inc. as copyright for 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures, while the company has been using 20th Television, Inc. for the copyright of 20th Television productions as a Disney subsidiary. As of early 2020, titles from 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures are released internationally through Buena Vista International.


Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
20th Century Studios

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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

1st Logo (November 8, 1935-May 23, 1968, September 11, 1968, March 1-December 14, 1975, November 12, 1976)

Logo: Same as the Twentieth Century Pictures, Inc. logo, except "FOX" appears in place of "PICTURES, INC.".

Alternate Descriptive Video Transcription: Searchlights pierce a starry night sky, sweeping the clouds and illuminating a towering edifice in the form of "20th CENTURY FOX".

Trivia: Like the original 20th Century Pictures logo, this was designed by Emil Kosa, Jr., who, among other things, created the Statue of Liberty matte shot in Planet of the Apes (1968).

Variants:

  • On the 1942 Technicolor film The Black Swan, the logo is tinted in sepia.
  • On colorized prints, depending on how it was colorized, the logo would have different colors.
  • The logo would either take place against a day or night sky background.
  • A Soviet version exists with the text in Russian. The text varies depending on the version. The 1941 version uses the text "20 BEK ФOCK". The 1950 version uses "20Й ВЕК ФОСК США". The 1952 version (of which a colored version exists) uses "20-Й ВЕК ФОСК". The 1948 version uses a black background and not the background with the structure and searchlights with the text "ПРОИЗВОДСТВО XX ВЕК--ФОКС США".
  • Fox Movietone News newsreels use a slightly altered version of the tower in the opening credits with "presents", in script, below it.
  • For early color releases (except for The Little Princess), the structure is sepia-toned, the left searchlights are pink, the right searchlights are yellow and blue, the "stack" is blue, the middle searchlights are green, and the sky is dark purple.
  • On the current print of Les Miserables, the logo fades into the National Telefilm Associates logo.
  • On the 2002 restoration of the 20th Century Fox Hour, the 0 is a bit more circular and has a bigger hole, and there are extra searchlights in front of the logo.

Closing Titles: Superimposed on a special background or sometimes on the last scene of a movie, the words "The End" fade in (with the font varying depending on the movie) with the following text: "Released through Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation", "Released by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation", "Produced and Released by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation", or "Produced and Distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation".

Technique: 2D animation.

Music/Sounds: A redone variant of the 20th Century Pictures fanfare as composed and conducted by Alfred Newman once again, which has become one of the most famous pieces of music.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On Love Under Fire, a different recording of the fanfare is heard.
  • On some films, it is silent or has the film's opening theme.
  • On some 20th Century Pictures films, such as one print of The Call of the Wild, the original TCP fanfare is heard due to sloppy plastering.
  • Zorba the Greek, one of the last films to use this logo, uses the first half of the 1953 CinemaScope fanfare.
  • On the 1994 Studio Classics VHS of Carmen Jones, the 1979 fanfare is heard, likely due to a reverse plastering error.
  • A strange error occurs on Seven Arts TV prints, with the CinemaScope extension fanfare being used (the extension is heard over the Seven Arts logo).
  • The 20th Century Fox Hour uses that show's fanfare; a voice-over from Restoration of the 20th Century Fox Hour can be heard in the video.

Availability: Very common. It's still saved on just about every 20th Century Fox release from 1935 to 1968, with some exceptions.

  • The logo premiered on Metropolitan (released on November 8, 1935) and made its final regular appearance on Prudence and the Pill (released on May 23, 1968). It later made some surprise appearances on Deadfall (1968), At Long Last Love, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, and All This and World War II.
  • The logo first debuted in black and white, while it was introduced in color in 1936.
  • The color version can be seen on the 2007 DVD release of the 1939 version of The Little Princess (some public domain prints of the film use the next logo, while other prints use either the black-and-white version or no logo at all) and some colorized prints of Bright Eyes and Heidi, as well as some newer colorized prints of Miracle on 34th Street.
  • Some current prints of films such as The Blue Bird (1940), Leave Her to Heaven, Forever Amber, and David and Bathsheba plaster this logo with the next one.
  • This was plastered by the 4th logo on an AMC airing of Young Mr. Lincoln from February 15, 1999.
  • Older television prints of Return of the Fly plaster the next logo with this one while retaining the CinemaScope fanfare, followed by the Seven Arts Television logo. This fanfare was sampled for The Weather Girls' 1982 track "Success".
  • It made a strange appearance at the start of an early 1990s Seven Network Australia airing of Conan the Barbarian (1982) in place of the 3rd/4th logo.

Legacy: The majestic fanfare and the unique design effectively marks this logo's reputation as one of the most iconic logos of all time.

2nd Logo (September 16, 1953-December 11?, 1987)

Logo: A redrawn version of the previous logo, but the back of the structure now has a visible ending point, the "0" in "20th" is slanted at a 45-degree angle, the left searchlight is redesigned, and the two searchlights in front of the camera have been removed.

Trivia:

  • This logo was designed by Pacific Title artist Rocky Longo, who also designed the next two logos. The slanted "0" was intended to make the logo fit the new aspect ratio.
  • The extended CinemaScope fanfare has appeared on the two Star Wars score albums. Many other albums also carry this fanfare (albeit rearranged), and can be found on iTunes.
  • In December 1977, this logo was adapted as the label design of 20th Century-Fox Records, until the label was closed down in 1982.

Variants:

  • 1953-1967: The searchlights are slimmed down and the structure is placed in the center of the screen with a dark blue sky surrounding it.
  • 1957-1987: Like the slanted zero version of the CinemaScope logo, but without the snipe and fades out.
  • There is an extended version without the CinemaScope snipe, which only appeared on High Anxiety (1977) and 1981's History of the World, Part I (1981).
  • 1968-1987: The structure and the sky background are off-center and shifted to the left. Starting in 1976 with The Omen, the registered trademark symbol "®" was added to the bottom-right of the logo.
  • A shorter version of this logo exists.
  • On older international prints of Chariots of Fire and Breaking Away (and on a recent TV airing of the former), the logo is zoomed in, as those films were shot in "open matte" and the logo was not adjusted for widescreen.
  • On Quintet, the logo fades to a white snowstorm.
  • Some pan-and-scan versions of widescreen films have certain colors filling in the empty black screen space. Some early 2000s HBO widescreen airings have a blue fill, while the 1992 Fox Video VHS of M*A*S*H has a green fill.

Snipes:

  • CinemaScope: The logo fades to the text "TWENTIETH CENTURY-FOX PRESENTS A CINEMASCOPE PRODUCTION/PICTURE".
  • CinemaScope 55: The one with the regular "0" also had this text: "A CINEMASCOPE PICTURE IN (or INTRODUCING) CINEMASCOPE 55"
  • Grandeur 70: In 1961, The King and I was re-released in a 70mm version, called "GRANDEUR 70", so the CinemaScope snipe was replaced with a Grandeur 70 snipe, which is the text "IN" with the Grandeur 70 logo below it.
  • Soviet Russian snipe: On a 35mm Soviet release of The 300 Spartans, the Cinemascope snipe is replaced by a blue background with white Russian text reading "ПРОИЗВОДСТВО 20-Й ВЕК ФОКС США", which translates to "PRODUCTION OF 20TH CENTURY FOX USA".

Technique: Same as the previous logo.

Music/Sounds:

  • November 5, 1953-1960: The 1953 recording of the original fanfare, which debuted on How to Marry a Millionaire.
  • April 30, 1954-1967: The original fanfare is extended for CinemaScope. After the point the original fanfare would've stopped, four ascending string notes play, followed by four horn notes. This repeats twice before ending in a majestic flourish. This version was once again conducted by Alfred Newman, and debuted on River of No Return. After CinemaScope was dropped in 1967, the 1935 fanfare was only used from this point on, until the CinemaScope extension returned on Star Wars in 1977.
  • March 9, 1960: A different recording of the original fanfare, conducted by Nelson Riddle, debuted on Can-Can.
  • 1965-October 31, 1981: The 1935 recording of the original fanfare.
  • December 21, 1979?-December 11, 1987: A re-orchestrated version of the 1935 fanfare. The earliest known film to have used this fanfare is believed to be Scavenger Hunt. This arrangement is used on the next logo.
  • May 21, 1980: A new recording of the CinemaScope fanfare, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and conducted by John Williams, which was used on The Empire Strikes Back.
  • In other cases, the logo is silent or has the movie's opening theme.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • Marilyn Monroe's final and unfinished project Something's Got to Give (1962) has the short, slower version of the 1997 fanfare conducted by David Newman. The film can be found as a bonus feature on The Seven Year Itch special edition DVD, and as the last third of the AMC documentary Marilyn: The Final Days. Pre-discovered prints probably didn't have a fanfare at all.
  • An abridged version of the 1954 CinemaScope fanfare. This can be heard on a few films such as Fire Sale, Damien: Omen II, Brubaker, Fatso, Willie & Phil, Magic (1978), and the TV movies Miracle on 34th Street (1973), Good Against Evil (1977), and The Diary of Anne Frank (1980).
  • There is also a slightly re-orchestrated version of the 1954 CinemaScope extended fanfare, used on Star Wars, released in 1977.
  • High Anxiety, also released in 1977, had a slightly modified version of the CinemaScope fanfare that sounds like a combination of the regular 1954 fanfare and the Star Wars version.
  • History of the World, Part I (1981) has a different re-orchestration of the CinemaScope fanfare.
  • There are lower-pitched versions of the 1935 and 1954 CinemaScope fanfares that exist on some films.
  • Older prints of The Call of the Wild (1935) use the 20th Century Pictures fanfare.
  • Recent prints of The Roots of Heaven (1958) have the 1994 fanfare play over the CinemaScope variant.
  • The original 1977 Magnetic Video release of Fantastic Voyage has the opening flourish of the Magnetic Video music mistakenly play during the first half of the fanfare.
  • Netflix prints of French Connection II use an abridged recording of the CinemaScope extension from The Empire Strikes Back (1999 orchestration).
  • The VHS release of Young Guns II has this logo with the 1979 music playing over it instead.
  • On a Spanish copy of History of the World: Part I, this logo surprisingly has the 1981 Gaumont fanfare due to poor plastering.
  • On a Swedish 16mm print of Star Wars (Stjärnornas krig), the second drum roll is repeated, cutting out the first.
  • On Damnation Alley, the second half of the CinemaScope fanfare is cut.
  • On Down with Love (2003), the 1997 fanfare is used.

Availability: Very common.

  • This logo made its official debut with The Robe (released on September 16, 1953), the first motion picture filmed in CinemaScope. It allegedly made its final official appearance on Wall Street (released on December 11, 1987), but it remains unknown if it actually appeared on originally theatrical prints; all current prints of said film replace it with the 3rd logo. Nonetheless, this logo is still retained on most Fox releases from this period.
  • The CinemaScope variants aren't usually subject to plastering; however, an early 2000s AMC print of Satan Never Sleeps plastered it with the 4th logo. It's still retained on DVD releases of said film and on one FMC airing.
  • This logo is retained on the original theatrical versions of Star Wars (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980) on their 2006 DVD releases, but is still plastered with the 4th logo on the remastered "Special Edition" versions.
  • The international version of Chariots of Fire also originally had this logo, but the current UK DVD release plasters it with the 1994 logo. However, it was left intact on a recent Sky TV airing and on the Warner Blu-ray of the international version.
  • The original Key Video VHS releases of Moving Violation (1976) and Thunder and Lightning plaster this with the 3rd logo; the former restored it on current prints and the Shout! Factory DVD, but the latter plasters it while keeping the original abridged fanfare.
  • Some releases of Alien and its director's cut plaster this with the 3rd logo, but it's still retained on the original 1981 VHS, the 1999 theatrical DVD, and the recent Blu-ray release.
  • This logo can also be found some early-to-mid-1980s films of the era, such as The Cannonball Run (albeit as a variant), older video releases of Bill Cosby: Himself (1983), the original CBS/Fox Video release of Revenge of the Nerds (1984), the original Key Video VHS of The Buddy System (1984), Moving Violations (1985), and the CBS/Fox VHS of Project X (1987). It also appears on older US cable prints of Young Guns (1988) and older VHS copies of Young Guns II (1990); however, the letterbox LaserDisc release of the latter film uses the 3rd logo. Later home video/DVD releases and TV prints of these films plaster it with the either the 3rd logo or those from another distributor.
  • Current prints of Avalanche Express (which Warner Bros. acquired from Fox with its purchase of the Lorimar film library) plaster this with the 1998 WB logo, but it's left intact on the Spanish R2 DVD. No logo appears at all on the Warner Home Video VHS.
  • The logo was not seen at all on Carmen Jones, The Girl Can't Help It, A Circle of Deception, The Longest Day, Zorba the Greek, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, The Cape Town Affair, The Day the Fish Came Out, Star!, Deadfall, Patton (some TV broadcasts spliced in a logo from another film), Tora! Tora! Tora!, Trouble Man, The Poseidon Adventure, US prints of The Towering Inferno, At Long Last Love, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, Silent Movie, Prudence and the Pill, or All This and World War II.
  • The 1976 revision makes a strange appearance on the Criterion Collection Blu-ray of Naked Lunch (1991).
  • This also appears on the Vestron VHS of Fort Apache: The Bronx and on a Trifecta syndicated print of Oh Heavenly Dog! (which Paramount/Trifecta owns the television rights to via Mulberry Square Productions).
  • Southern Comfort (1981) was originally seen with the 1976 revision of this logo; it can be seen on some older European copies of said film, preceded by the Overseas Filmgroup logo.
  • The original Blay Video VHS of Magic (1978) retains this logo, but not on the LaserDisc release; it's unknown if other releases of this film retain this logo.
  • Appears at the beginning of the original CBS/Fox VHS of the M*A*S*H series finale, "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen".
  • This logo might also appear on theatrical German/Argentine prints of titles from Walt Disney Productions/Pictures and Touchstone, as Fox had distribution rights to Disney's output in most countries such as Germany and Argentina until 1987.
  • The audio from this logo makes a surprise appearance at the start of the launch trailer for the 2011 mobile game Angry Birds Rio.
  • The CinemaScope variant of this logo (without the snipe) made surprise appearances in Lionsgate's La La Land (2016) and on the broadcast of the 74th Golden Globe Awards (2017).

3rd Logo (February 16, 1956-December 12, 1967)

Logo: A redrawn version of the last logo where the "0" is not slanted like the 1935 logo and the text is bolder than usual.

Trivia: The second episode of The Simpsons' 27th season, "Cue Detective", features the Cinemascope 55 "Regular 0" variant when Principal Skinner puts the 1967 version of Doctor Dolittle on for the children at Springfield Elementary. In typical biting-the-hand fashion, all the students shout "boo" when the Fox logo appears.

Variants:

  • 1960-1966: For movies that were shot in 70mm/Todd-AO, such as 1960's Can-Can, 1963's Cleopatra, and 1965's The Agony and the Ecstasy, the logo is enhanced with an improved sky and tweaked colors in the structure and searchlights, which animate a bit slower. It appears for five seconds and then fades to the words "TWENTIETH CENTURY-FOX PRESENTS". The Bible (1966) contains the text "A TWENTIETH CENTURY-FOX RELEASE" with copyright information below it.
  • 1965-1967: The logo does not have the CinemaScope snipe and fades out.
  • A zoomed-in variant exists on VHS prints of The King & I.

Technique: Same as the previous logo, also done by Rocky Longo.

Music/Sounds: The CinemaScope fanfare from the previous logo.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On The Sound of Music (1965), the logo is silent.
  • On Doctor Dolittle, the logo appears at the tail-end of the overture, with the music finishing underneath it. HBO Max's print cuts out the overture, but leaves the logo and music intact. However, on older TV prints (including when it aired on The Disney Channel), the 1935 fanfare was used.

Availability: Seen on large-format (70mm, CinemaScope 55) films. It made its first known appearance on Carousel. The "regular 0" variant without the CinemaScope snipe or "Twentieth Century-Fox presents" card following is seen on The Sound of Music and Doctor Dolittle (1967).

4th Logo (August 28?, 1981-August 5, 1994)

Logo: Another redrawn version of the last logo. This time, the structure is as off-center left as the late 1960s variant of the 1953 logo. This design of the logo still continues to this day (albeit in a slightly modified form).

Trivia: This logo was designed when Rocky Longo repainted the eight-layered glass panels, and straightened the zero. This logo is actually traced over the 1953 logo if one lines up both variants over each other. It also appears to have been inspired by the 1956 logo.

Variants:

  • On some films, such as Porky's Revenge!, the front-left searchlight is pink.
  • Some films used a dark, washed-out structure.
  • On widescreen (letterbox) films, the Fox logo would be squeezed to fit on standard 1.33:1 film and then stretched with special projector lenses so it could be shown in widescreen (2.35:1), though the first two Die Hard films use a version where the logo is not squeezed, and thus is stretched out horizontally.
  • There is another scope variant that was done for films shot in Super 35 where the 1.85 variant was cropped to 2.35.
  • On a few films shot in scope, the logo is in extreme close-up.
  • On a couple films, the logo is placed at a very far distance.
  • A black & white version of this logo exists.
  • A 4:3 anamorphically-squished version was used on the 1989 CBS/Fox Video release of Die Hard and the TV spots for The Fly (1986 remake). This version was also seen on a Soviet release of Die Hard II.

Closing Titles:

  • Same as the previous, but the text reads as either "Produced and Released by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation" or "Released by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation".
  • In 1990, the text was shortened to either "Released by Twentieth Century Fox" or "Produced and Released by Twentieth Century Fox".
  • On The Abyss, The Boy Who Could Fly, FernGully: The Last Rainforest and My Cousin Vinny, there was a variation which had "RELEASED BY" above the 20th Century Fox print logo.

Technique: 2D animation.

Music/Sounds:

  • August 28?, 1981-October 1, 1993: The 1979 fanfare, which was used in tandem with the long version until Freaked. Most films would either use the long version, have it silent, or with the film's opening theme.
  • August 6, 1982-July 1, 1994: A re-orchestration of the long version of the 20th Century Fox fanfare, as conducted by Lionel Newman. The first film to use this rendition was The Pirate Movie (released on August 6, 1982), and the last to use it was Baby's Day Out (released on July 1, 1994).
  • In other cases, the logo is silent or has the film's opening theme. Rookie of the Year coincidentally has opening music that starts with a drumroll similar to the one that normally would start the Fox fanfare.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On some films, such as Porky's II: The Next Day, the 1935 fanfare is heard.
  • Some prints of pre-1981 films, such as Thunder and Lightning, are plastered with this logo, but keep their original fanfare or sometimes use the 1979 variant. In some cases, it's silent, like on Hardly Working, or has the opening theme of the film.
  • A slightly modified 1980 recording/re-orchestration, as played by the London Symphony Orchestra and arranged by John Williams, was used on Return of the Jedi. Similarly, Class Action and War of the Roses use James Horner's own re-orchestration, while some films scored by Jerry Goldsmith also use his own re-orchestration. A strange re-orchestration of the Alfred Newman fanfare with a heavy brass section was used on The Chase.
  • The DVD release of Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and the French audio track on the 1998 DTS DVD of Predator use the 1997 orchestration.
  • On the 1986 remake of The Fly, the abridged version of the 1953 CinemaScope fanfare is heard, possibly on purpose.
  • On newer prints of Wizards (1977), the logo is out of sync with the 1979 fanfare.
  • On AMC's prints of Wall Street, a lower-pitched version of the 1979 fanfare is heard.
  • TCM France's print of Inferno (1980) has the 1994 fanfare playing over this logo due to poor reverse plastering.

Availability: Very common.

  • Notable films to use this logo include Taps, The Verdict, theatrical versions of Return of the Jedi, Porky's II: The Next Day, Romancing the Stone, Porky's Revenge!, Commando, Aliens, Predator, Broadcast News, Big, Die Hard, Working Girl, Say Anything..., The War of the Roses, Die Hard 2, Home Alone, Predator 2, FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Edward Scissorhands, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Alien 3, Once Upon a Forest, The Sandlot, Mrs. Doubtfire, Speed, and Baby's Day Out, among others.
  • This logo allegedly premiered on Chu Chu and the Philly Flash (released on August 28, 1981), and appears on VHS copies of said film; however, there are theatrical copies in existence with the previous logo. This logo made its final appearance on Airheads (released on August 5, 1994).
  • This also plasters the 1953 logo on full frame VHS releases of Star Wars from 1982 to 1992 (it was retained on the film's HBO premiere in 1983 and on widescreen releases on VHS and LaserDisc in 1989, 1992 and 1993; it was reinstated to the full frame version in 1995 on VHS) and current prints of Thunder and Lightning (with the abridged CinemaScope fanfare), Wizards, the director's cut of Alien, My Bodyguard, Revenge of the Nerds, Bad Medicine, Moving Violations, Wall Street, and Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise.
  • Fox plastered/updated the 1st and 2nd logos with this on some colorized versions of its films in the 1980s, such as the 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street (the original logo is restored on newer colorized prints), and Technicolor films such as Halls of Montezuma.
  • This also plastered the 3rd logo on late 1980s/early 1990s NBC airings of The Sound of Music.
  • This can also be seen on international prints of Crocodile Dundee (except in Australia and New Zealand, where the film was released by Hoyts Distribution), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (except in Hong Kong, where it was released by Golden Harvest), as well as on the trailer for Deck the Halls.
  • When History of the World: Part I (one of the last films to use the 2nd logo) aired on AMC in the mid-2000s, the extended version of this logo popped up at the very end. Later airings used the current 20th Television logo instead. A similar occurrence happened when AMC aired Independence Day (1996) in 2008.
  • Post-2007 prints of Die Hard 2 replace this with the next logo.
  • The Hong Kong 1995 P&S LD of Return of the Jedi removed this in favor of the CBS-FOX Video logo.
  • The black and white variant of this logo, while extremely rare, appears on some US prints of The Sicilian (it doesn't appear on the Vestron Video VHS).
  • The 1991 (not 1989) Vestron Video release of Young Guns, including the late 1990s LIVE reprint which uses that master, plastered the TCF logo with a sped-up silent version of the Vestron Pictures logo, while other prints omit the logo or, in the case of older pay-TV prints, plastered it with the 1953 logo.
  • Other Fox releases of Morgan Creek films have this logo removed on Media Home Entertainment releases and current prints, but it's retained on the CBS/Fox Video and Fox Video releases of The Exorcist III, Young Guns II and Pacific Heights, as well as Tubi's print of Nightbreed (the theatrical cut).
  • Older VHS, Laserdisc, VCD, and DVD copies of Speed plaster this with the next logo (which was originally intended to debut on the theatrical release of said film); however, it's retained on the Blu-ray.
  • IVE releases of films from Gladden Entertainment Corporation, along with DVDs from Live Entertainment and Artisan Entertainment, generally preserved this logo, but it was removed on the 1991 Live Home Video release of Mannequin 2: On the Move, the Shout! Factory Blu-ray release of Millennium (1989), the Olive Films Blu-ray releases of Mannequin and Mannequin 2: On the Move, and the 1996 Avid Home Entertainment re-release of Weekend at Bernie's. It's preserved on the Vestron Video VHS and Shout! Factory Blu-ray of The Sicilian.
  • The Warner Home Video release of The King of Comedy plasters this with the Regency Enterprises logo, while the earlier RCA/Columbia release skips to the opening credits, and even blacks out the closing title. It is, however, preserved on all releases since Fox acquired the video rights to the early Regency library.
  • This logo appears on international theatrical prints of Brazil, including the Italian release distributed by Cecchi Gori Group, but most international home video releases either skip to the opening title card or plaster it with the Weintraub Entertainment Group logo, while the Fox Blu-rays use the 1994 logo.
  • It is currently unknown whether this logo appeared on international releases of Legend.
  • Most US home video releases of The Princess Bride do not have this logo (with the exception of the 1998 MGM VHS), as 20th Century Fox only held North American theatrical and television rights. As a result, it can be seen on US TV prints of said film, including the 2021 Disney+ print. Amazon Prime Video prints use MGM masters, and therefore plaster this with the MGM logo. However, it's retained on the film's current UK DVD releases and the Australian two-disc deluxe edition, despite the film being re-released by Lionsgate there.
  • This logo also appeared on US theatrical prints of The Name of the Rose; however, all home video prints of said film just cut straight into the movie.
  • The 1979 theme variant makes a surprise appearance at the end of Sony Movie Channel's broadcast of the 1974 TV movie Death Cruise (a Spelling-Goldberg production), before the SPT logo. This is also intact on Crackle's print of said title.
  • This logo may also appear on theatrical German prints of titles from Walt Disney Pictures/Touchstone, as Fox had distribution rights to Disney's output in that region before Warner Bros.' German branch took over in 1987.
  • This appeared on international theatrical prints of Conan the Barbarian (1982), but current international prints have the 1997 logo in its place. It was, however, retained on a recent Hits Movies airing.
  • This logo was used on trailers for True Lies, The Pagemaster and the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street, all of which ended up using the next logo.
  • It is intact on the current UK DVD and Blu-ray release of Robin Hood: Men in Tights by Fabulous Films, which was released under license from Sony, which is taken from a Fox-owned master instead of a Sony-owned master.

5th Logo (July 12, 1994-October 5, 2010, March 30, 2013-December 24, 2016)

Logo: On a black background, two searchlights swoop across the screen (first one by one and then both at the same time, in sync with the opening drumroll), revealing a top aerial view of the 20th Century Fox structure, redone in CGI. The camera moves down and then around the structure, revealing a Los Angeles/Hollywood skyline in the distance and a starry, cloudy blue/purple/orange sky in the background. Midway through the camera's panning, a light (presumably the sun) shines behind the structure as the second half of the extended fanfare begins, and the camera pans past an additional searchlight in front of the structure before settling into its more customary position and angle. The byline "A NEWS CORPORATION COMPANY" fades in at the bottom of the screen.

Trivia:

  • If one looks very closely, several hidden details can be found in the background, such as the Hollywood sign in the distance and the signage of fictional restaurants/stores behind the structure, including "Steve's Place" (referring to Steve Bell, former network production president of 20th Century Fox Television), "Burns' Tri-City Alarm" (a homage to Studio Productions animator Kevin Burns' late father, who owned a burglar and fire alarm company in Upstate New York), "Murdoch's" (referring to then-Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch), and "Chernin's" (referring to former News Corporation president and Chernin Entertainment owner Peter Chernin). There's also a sign reading "STUDIO PRODUCTIONS", which, of course, refers to the company that animated this logo.
  • The structure looks similar to the 1981 logo.
  • This logo's design had been used earlier for the 1992 20th Television logo.
  • It should be noted that the panning animation is similar to that of the 1993-1995 Fox Video logo.

Variants:

  • A prototype version of this logo exists in which the sky background is different and the camera starts at the default angle before zooming past the structure into the sky. This was created by Richard "Doc" Baily of Image Savant for Studio Productions, and can be found on a Image Savant demo reel dated October 22, 1993, as well as on the 1997 documentary 20th Century Fox: The First 50 Years (albeit in reverse).
  • Another prototype version exists in which the rear searchlights animate differently and the front-right searchlight leans further left. Also, the Hollywood sign is located directly behind the structure, and the Hollywood hills behind the cityscape look different. The byline also fades in late. This version appeared on a demo reel from Flip Your Lid Animation.
  • On the "Special Edition" reissues of the Star Wars trilogy from 1997 onward, and on the Star Wars prequel trilogy, only the final shot of the finished logo is seen during the first half of the fanfare, followed by the 1996 Lucasfilm logo during the second half (much akin to the original releases of the first three films). On Disney+/4K prints, the News Corporation byline is removed from the Fox logo, and the Lucasfilm logo is replaced with its 2015 revision.
  • A short version of this logo appears on The Making of The Pagemaster and the CBS television special I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash. Also seen on trailers and TV spots for Fox films.
  • There is an unedited open matte version with neither the byline nor the "®" symbol. It also runs at a smoother frame rate since it wasn't transferred to film. While this variant isn't used on any films or programming, the end shot was used for the 1995-2008 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment logo. It was also found on a later Flip Your Lid demo reel and at the end of the aforementioned 20th Century Fox: The First 50 Years.
  • On 4:3 fullscreen prints of certain films from 1999 onward, starting with Never Been Kissed, the logo is zoomed out further than usual.
  • On international releases of The Art of War, the 4:3 version of this logo is stretched to widescreen.
  • This plasters the 1981 logo on the 1995 UK VHS and the 2002 DVD release of Speed, but is off-center.
  • Starting with the Blue Sky Studios movie Robots (released on March 11, 2005), the colors in the logo were adjusted.
  • Starting with The Simpsons Movie (albeit as a variant), released on July 27, 2007, the logo was enhanced again with brighter colors. Used in tandem with the previous variant.

Closing Titles:

  • Like the last logo, until Ice Age: The Meltdown, the text either reads "Released by Twentieth Century Fox" or "Produced and Released by Twentieth Century Fox".
  • On international prints of Titanic, the text reads "Produced and Released by Twentieth Century Fox and Paramount Pictures".
  • On The Magic Pudding, the print logo is seen instead of the "Twentieth Century Fox" text, alongside the logos for Icon Productions and Energee Entertainment.
  • On The Dolphin: Story of a Dreamer, the entire logo is used as a closing logo for some reason.
  • At the end of the first two X-Men films and Death Sentence, the print logo is shown.
  • At the end of the DVD film Family Guy Presents: Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, the 20th Century Fox Television logo is used instead.
  • On most post-2006 films, and the 2016 films Dislike and Santa Claus: Battle of the Magi, no closing logo or in-credit notice is shown at all.

Technique: CGI directed by the late Kevin Burns at Studio Productions (now Flip Your Lid Animation), who had previously animated the logos for Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Buena Vista Television, and Morgan Creek.

Music/Sounds:

  • July 12, 1994-January 30, 1998: A re-orchestration of the extended CinemaScope fanfare, conducted by Bruce Broughton in the same stage in which the original 1935 fanfare was recorded. The orchestra is three times bigger, and the fanfare has more reverberation and larger brass/string sections than other fanfares. The last release (officially) to use this fanfare was Great Expectations. However, The Object of My Affection (1998), Wing Commander (1999), some prints of Lake Placid 2 (2007), and German productions such as Krabat (2008) and John Rabe (2009), used this fanfare instead of the 1997 recording. An E! News story on Bruce's fanfare can be seen here.
  • November 14, 1997, March 27, 1998-: A slower re-orchestration of the long TCF fanfare, as performed by the 20th Century Fox Studio Orchestra and conducted by David Newman, whose father Alfred Newman composed the original fanfare in 1933, as well as its extended counterpart in 1954. According to the Twenty Thousand Hertz podcast, this fanfare was recorded to coincide with the re-opening of the Newman Scoring Stage at the Fox Studio Lot in 1997. The first film to use this fanfare was 1997's Anastasia; Fox films kept using the 1994 fanfare until January 1998. It would be used for the promo of the new Fox Movies website in 2014, which featured the different variants, along with its various versions of the logo, including this and the next, plus the William Fox variant of the 1st version of the Fox Film logo and the 20th Century Pictures logo. The drumroll is heard twice in the promo; it can be viewed here.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On some 1994-1998 films, the amount of reverberation/echo can vary.
  • The "Special Edition" version of the Star Wars trilogy uses the modified 1954 recording of the fanfare as played by the 20th Century Fox Studio Orchestra and conductor Alfred Newman, and the 1980/83 recording of the fanfare as played by the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor John Williams, respectively. Re-orchestrations of John Williams' fanfare were used on the Star Wars prequel films.
  • On The Legend of Bagger Vance and most international prints of Braveheart, the opening theme of the film is heard over the logo instead.
  • On the UK, Australian and New Zealand releases of Shine a Light, the logo is silent.
  • On the 1993 Image Savant prototype variant, the first 14 seconds of "Sweet Lullaby (Ambient Mix)" by Deep Forest is heard.
  • There is a short version of the 1997 fanfare. The only films to use it are The Darjeeling Limited with the short version of the Fox Searchlight Pictures logo and Marilyn Monroe's unfinished project Something's Got to Give (1962) with the 2nd logo. This was also used on the final 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment logo.
  • On some prints of Speed and the first two Die Hard films, the 1981-1994 fanfare is heard due to plastering the 3rd logo. Other prints may use the 1994 or 1997 fanfares.
  • On Anastasia (the 1997 fanfare's debut film), Ever After: A Cinderella Story, some dubs of X2: X-Men United, and Joy Ride 3: Roadkill, the fanfare has a different arrangement than the one that's currently used. This was also conducted by David Newman. A similar version would be used on Ice Age: Collision Course and Spies in Disguise with the next logo.

Availability: Very common.

  • This logo made its theatrical debut on the North American, Italian and French prints of True Lies (released on July 12, 1994), and appeared in front of almost every subsequent 20th Century Fox film until Tooth Fairy (released on January 22, 2010). Surprisingly, this also appears on some trailers, behind-the-scenes clips and interviews for Predators, as well as the international trailer for Vampires Suck, in tandem with the next logo.
  • Also appears on some video games based on 20th Century Fox films, starting with all versions of both Fantastic Four and Eragon (not counting Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, with the final Fox Interactive logo on the GBA version and no Fox logo at all on all other versions).
  • This logo was used in tandem with the next logo until mid-2010, and seen on direct-to-video releases of that year such as Flicka 2 and Mirrors 2, while Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back used no Fox logo at all.
  • It plasters the 2nd logo on international DVD releases of Chariots of Fire and Conan the Barbarian (1982) as 20th Century Fox holds distribution rights.
  • This logo strangely doesn't appear on Epic Movie.
  • Despite this logo ending regular usage in 2010, it made a surprise reappearance on the Toei Animation production Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (2013), and remains unchanged on that film's US Funimation DVD and Blu-ray release. It also strangely appears with the News Corporation byline on Fright Night 2: New Blood (2013), Joy Ride 3: Roadkill (2014), Dislike, and Santa Claus: Battle of the Magi (both 2016).
  • This logo also appears on Argentine theatrical prints of The Mask (La mascara), preceding the New Line Cinema logo.
  • On newer prints of some pre-1997 films (such as Nell, The Pagemaster, US prints of Asterix Conquers America (Astérix et les Indiens), and Jingle all the Way), the 1994 fanfare is replaced by the 1997 re-recording.
  • This logo is removed from digital prints of Star Wars Episodes I-III, V and VI, and replaced with the Lucasfilm logo with a custom Star Wars theme, likely due to Disney's ownership of the franchise since 2012. However, following Disney's purchase of Fox, recent Disney+ and 2020 home video prints have the Fox logo restored (excluding the registered trademark symbol and News Corporation byline), and may also appear on TV airings in the future.
  • It unexpectedly appears at the end of some prints (including a True Entertainment UK broadcast) of the 2005 TV movie Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, which is actually a Fox Television Studios production.
  • Surprisingly, it's retained on the 2003 HiT Entertainment US DVD of the 1997 film The Wiggles Movie (under the title Magical Adventure! A Wiggly Movie).
  • On certain films, the original filmed logo is "plastered" with a videotaped version. This can be seen on current prints of Independence Day and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
  • It also appears at the beginning of the DVD film Family Guy Presents: Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (after a brief prologue and fake trailers created for the film).
  • It also appears on some international prints of The Art of War, as well as that film's PAL DVD release.
  • It strangely appears at the end of 7flix airings of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011), despite the film itself using a variant of the next logo at the beginning.

Legacy: With this logo being redone in CGI, it ultimately became a favorite to many, both inside and outside the logo community.

6th Logo (December 10, 2009-January 10, 2020, October 23, 2020, April 15, 2021, May 1, 2022)

Logo: A redone, more realistic version of the 1994 logo. This time, it is in a dark/orange evening environment. When the structure is in its distance, we can see an extra searchlight and a pair of palm trees on the bottom right hand corner.

Trivia:

  • This logo made its first appearance on a trailer for Avatar, before making its official theatrical debut with said film on December 10, 2009.
  • Like the previous logo, if one looks very close in the far right-hand corner before approaching the main structure, one can see the Hollywood sign (not very big, but still visible if one looks hard enough).
    • One can also see an Ice Age billboard, cars in the city, and stars at the end of the logo, but there are fewer than the previous logo.
  • This structure, like the 1994 one, also looks similar to the 1981 logo.
  • Following the release of Avatar, Fox's movies used the 1994 logo until the movie Tooth Fairy, released on January 22, 2010.
  • The "Celebrating 75 Years" variant for TCF's 75th anniversary is a well-done contemporary throwback of--and a contemporary homage to--the 20th Century Fox CinemaScope logo, where the 20th logo faded after 10 seconds into the CinemaScope logo; the overall branding for the "Celebrating 75 Years" anniversary including the text included in the logos was created in collaboration with Struck Librarian, an agency in Salt Lake City, Utah. More information on the collaboration, including various unused designs, can be found here.
  • Furthermore, on September 16, 2014, 20th Century Fox posted a compilation of the logos and its variants (including the "William Fox Presents" version of the Fox Film Corporation logo), backed by the 1998 re-recording of the 1997 fanfare (albeit with the drum roll played twice), as a promotion of the new Fox Movies website, on the studio's YouTube channel here.
  • This logo also appeared on a season 3 episode of This Is Us (despite 20th Century Fox Television producing that show).

Alternate Descriptive Video Descriptions:

  • 2009-2015: In a logo, a towering block of gold letters reads "20th Century Fox". Hollywood spotlights criss-cross their shining skyward beams.
    • 2009-2013 (News Corporation byline, after the above description): More words appear: "A News Corporation Company."
  • 2015-2020: Searchlights sweep an evening sky, piercing clouds, and illuminating a towering edifice in the form of 20th Century Fox, with the lights of Hollywood, palm trees, and the hills beyond.

Bylines:

  • December 10, 2009-June 28, 2013: "A NEWS CORPORATION COMPANY"
  • July 17, 2013-January 10, 2020, October 23, 2020, April 15, 2021, May 1, 2022: Bylineless

Variants:

  • February 12-December 25, 2010: For the logo's first official year (2010), while the logo finishes its move into position, the camera pans up and two streaks of light draw "75", as two searchlights turned on, after the "75" finishes drawing, with the word "CELEBRATING", appearing letter by letter, above the numbers and "YEARS" below both in spaced-out letters. The camera pans the words and numbers in position. Also, the registered trademark symbol "®" and the News Corporation byline are engraved on different parts of the structure. Also, the front searchlight we usually pass animates.
  • The prototype version had a much darker red-orange sunset sky, harder shading, and different searchlight positions.
  • Another prototype version appears on two CGI environment reels by Dave Strick, a designer at Blue Sky Studios. A much different sky is used and the searchlights are less realistic, the front-left searchlight is located in a slightly different position and wireframes fade in on most of the 3D geometry at the end of the logo sequence. It also lacks the flash before the front searchlight passes in. One version of this has Blue Sky's logo and copyright info (dated to 2008) along the bottom of the screen, while another version has details (including Strick's email address) at the beginning where the logo starts blurry and then gains focus. The latter version can be seen here.
  • A short version with a portion of the animation appears on licensed video games, such as Rio: The Video Game, Aliens vs. Predator, and Snoopy's Grand Adventure.
  • A still print version can be seen on other games, such as Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games.
  • On some movies with this logo, like Avatar (the logo's debut film) and Penguins of Madagascar there is an error with the two opening searchlight beams during the fanfare's drumroll. Also, the camera-panning animation is different.
  • The final half of this logo's camera-panning sequence can be seen at the beginning of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D (plastering the 1994 logo variant, before the Lucasfilm logo).
  • Starting with Turbo, released on July 17, 2013, the News Corporation byline is excluded and the logo is bylineless for the first time since the 3rd logo, due to the aforementioned split.
  • An open matte version exists. This was only seen on TV spots for Runner Runner and The Counselor, The Peanuts Movie (albeit as a variant) and on video games based on 20th Century Fox properties.
  • An enhanced variant of this logo exists. This variant includes an improved searchlight opening at the beginning, wider beams of light, and more detailed textures. Also, the "X' in "FOX" is brighter than usual. This variant was only used on Ice Age: Collision Course, Murder on the Orient Express, Ferdinand, Terminator: Dark Fate (only at the end, the beginning uses a variant), and Spies in Disguise (also the final Blue Sky Studios film).
  • A sped-up version of the 75 Years variant with the ending theme playing over it has been spotted at the end of a Polish airing of the Warner Bros./Regency film Under Siege 2: Dark Territory.
  • Sometimes, such as on My Name is Khan, Joy, and Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the logo cuts to black instead of fading out as it usually would.

Closing Titles: None for the most part, but there are a few variants:

  • A short version with only the final shot (similar to the variant seen on trailers and TV spots for many Fox films) is seen at the end of Lincoln, the 2015 remake of Poltergeist, all DreamWorks Animation films from The Croods to Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (removed from post-2018 prints), Terminator: Dark Fate, and the TV specials Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas and Ice Age: The Great Egg-scapade (TV airings only). Surprisingly, it's also seen on the short films Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare, Almost Home, and Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe as an opening logo.
  • At the end of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D, the text "Released by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation" is shown.
  • At the end of Parental Guidance, the print logo is shown.
  • At the end of the majority of Fox films starting in 2012 (including Blue Sky films from Epic to Spies in Disguise), text (usually in white) appears on a black background, reading "The making and authorized distribution of the film supported over (number) jobs and involved hundreds of thousands of/over one million work hours."

Technique: CGI designed by Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha and animated at Fox's now-defunct sibling company Blue Sky Studios.

Music/Sounds: The 1997 Fox fanfare composed by David Newman, same as the one from the previous logo.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • The 2005 recording of the 1989 20th Century Fox Television fanfare is heard at the end of Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas.
  • The 1999 recording of the 1980 re-orchestrated fanfare was retained at the beginning of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D, with only the final shot of this logo seen, followed by the Lucasfilm logo (similar to what was done for the original prequel trilogy).
  • Starting with the 3D re-release, the 1994 fanfare is heard on international prints of Titanic.
  • The 1981 fanfare is heard on the 3D version of Predator.
  • In rare cases, such as The Monuments Men (US release), The Greatest Showman, Gone Girl, Ad Astra, the Russian film The Balkan Line, and Terminator: Dark Fate (both US and international versions), the film's opening theme is used instead.
  • In rarer instances, such as US prints of Bridge of Spies, the logo is silent.
  • The 2012 recording of the 1989 20th Century Fox Television fanfare is heard at the end of Ice Age: The Great Egg-scapade, albeit quieter.
  • For the short version, none, the movie's closing theme, or the trailer's opening theme.
  • On most dubbed international prints to Ford v. Ferrari, the music is in a lower pitch, along with those of TSG's and Chernin's logos.
  • On a 2020 ABC broadcast of The Greatest Showman, the opening theme of the second half of the movie's logo variant (including the 1953 logo variant in the first half and the broadcast itself) is higher-pitched.

Availability: Very common, despite no longer being current.

  • Seen on nearly every film from the company until the renaming in 2020, starting with Avatar (released on December 10, 2009) and ending with Underwater (released on January 10, 2020).
  • The prototype versions are found on trailers and TV spots for Avatar, as well as various newer 20th Century Fox games.
  • The 75 Years variant made its debut on Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (released on February 12, 2010), and last appeared on Gulliver's Travels (released on December 25, 2010).
  • It also appears on some international theatrical release prints of Hot Tub Time Machine.
  • Also appears on some video games based on 20th Century Fox films, such as the Alien vs. Predator game, Rio, Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games, and Snoopy's Grand Adventure.
  • The last film to use this logo with the News Corporation byline was The Heat (released on June 28, 2013).
  • From March 22, 2013 to June 2, 2017, it was seen at both the start and end of DreamWorks Animation films, right before said company's logo, beginning with The Croods and ending with Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. On post-2018 prints of all these movies, this is plastered by the current Universal Pictures logo, although some prints after 2018 may retain it.
    • However, on BBC prints of How to Train Your Dragon 2, Penguins of Madagascar, Home, Kung Fu Panda 3, and Trolls, it's instead plastered by the 2011 Paramount Pictures logo, even though Paramount ended its distribution deal with DreamWorks in 2012. In the case of HTTYD 2, Penguins of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda 3, it's possible that this was done to maintain consistency with each film's predecessor, which were all distributed by Paramount.
    • In addition, this logo was plastered with the Oriental DreamWorks and CJ Entertainment logo on Chinese and Korean releases of DWA films respectively. Additionally, Kung Fu Panda 3 has the China Film Co., Ltd. logo precede the former on Chinese prints.
  • This also precedes the STXfilms logo on Malaysian theatrical prints of UglyDolls, similar to VVS Films on Canadian prints, and Huaxia Film Distribution on Chinese prints.
  • This additionally plasters the previous logo on Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace (3D prints only) and international prints of Titanic since 2012, and the 1981 logo on Predator (3D prints only) since 2013.
  • Similar to current prints of Titanic as stated above, this plasters the 2012 Paramount logo on British prints of Selma.
  • Despite the company's renaming in early 2020, the "20th Century Fox" name still sporadically appears on some newer productions. For example, despite using the next logo in trailers and promotional material, The Empty Man (released on October 23, 2020) likely used this logo due to having been shelved for three years after being shot in 2017. It also appears on the 2021 Brazilian film Amarração do Amor.
  • Occasionally, it appears at the end of some international prints of old Warner Bros.-produced Regency titles (which 20th Century Studios owns as of today, unless WB ever gets the rights back), including Under Siege 2: Dark Territory and The Negotiator. With 20th Century Studios' deal with Regency being extended in late 2021, it's unknown if Regency will ever find a new distributor. Unlike WB and especially TCF's parent company Disney, Fox does not have a closing logo, so the animated closing variant is used.

Legacy: Many consider this logo as a suitable successor to the original CGI logo.

20th Century Studios

(February 3, 2020-)

Logo: Nearly the same as the final 20th Century Fox logo, except "FOX" is replaced with "STUDIOS", and the word "CENTURY" is made slightly taller to accommodate for it. The logo has also been enhanced with more realistic lighting and textures, a slightly different sky backdrop, different palm trees, sleeker and shinier searchlights, and a larger, more detailed Los Angeles cityscape.

Alternate Descriptive Video Description: Searchlights sweep an evening sky, piercing clouds, and illuminating a towering edifice in the form of "20th Century Studios", with the lights of Hollywood, palm trees, and the hills beyond.

Variants:

  • As a de-facto home video logo on current 20th Century Studios home media releases, the logo is cut short to the middle, similar to variant seen on the 3D re-release of The Phantom Menace.
  • On Picturemill's Spring 2020 reel and on movies starting with Free Guy, an enhanced version of the sky backdrop from the final 20th Century Fox logo is used.
  • Starting with Vacation Friends (except for Death on the Nile), the "®" symbol is removed.
  • A 48fps version exists on Avatar (plastering the final TCF logo on the 2022 re-release) and on films starting with Avatar: The Way of Water, for both 2D and 3D versions.

Closing Title: Usually, it's the same text that reads "The making and authorized distribution of this film supported over (number) jobs and involved hundreds of thousands of/over one million work hours." as the previous logo.

Technique: Truly outstanding CGI produced and animated by Picturemill, based on Blue Sky's design, as well as the 2002/2005 versions of the 1997 Universal Pictures logo and the 2008-09 Nickelodeon Movies logo.

Music/Sounds: The 1997 Fox fanfare arrangement composed by David Newman, the same as the final two 20th Century Fox logos.

Music/Sounds Variants:

Availability: Current and common. It can be seen on the majority of its films released since February 2020.

  • It was first seen on a TV spot for The Call of the Wild (2020) before debuting on the film itself.
  • This logo does not appear on Everybody's Talking About Jamie, as Disney sold the distribution rights to the film to Amazon Studios. However, the trailer does feature this logo.
  • This logo also did not appear on The Empty Man and Amarração do Amor, which both feature the final 20th Century Fox logo instead (as mentioned above), nor does it appear on most films produced for the Disney+ service, such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2021), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2022), The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild, Cheaper by the Dozen (2022), and Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Strikes Again, which all use the 2011 version of the 2006 Walt Disney Pictures logo, because they were moved from the company during production. It additionally did not appear on Deep Water, going straight to the opening titles.
  • The short version is also used as a de-facto home video logo on post-2020 20th Century Studios DVD and Blu-ray releases (not counting 2020s reprints of all pre-2020 movies, retaining their old logos until then), after the final TCFHE logo retired. It does not appear on 4K Ultra HD releases, as they all skip it.
  • Movies that do not use the closing text include The Call of the Wild (the first film under the 20th Century Studios name), Ron's Gone Wrong (this logo's animated debut), Home Sweet Home Alone (the first Disney+ original film released by the company), No Exit, The Bob's Burgers Movie, The Princess and Rosaline.
  • It is possible that the early sky variant was retired in 2022, as most movies as of Free Guy use the current variant. However, it makes a surprise appearance on the first two trailers of Prey (2022), and is still being used as the home video logo.
  • This or the Time Warner Entertainment byline variant of the 1984 Warner Bros. Pictures logo do not appear at all on the 20th Century Studios Home Entertainment 4K release of the Regency film Heat, only the Regency logo appears instead.
  • As stated above, this plasters the final 20th Century Fox logo on the remastered re-release of Avatar (2009), though the ABC premiere in December 2022 retains the final 20th Century Fox logo. It is currently unknown that any other plastering will happen as of now.
  • So far, no 20th Century Studios film has featured the credit "Distributed by WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES" at the end, using either a closing title, none or on international prints, the BVI logo.

Legacy: Some consider this a suitable update to the previous logo, although the name change at first was not as well-received.

Copyright stamps

  • 1935-1985: Copyright © [YEAR] Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation.
  • 1985-2020: Copyright © [YEAR] Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
  • 2020-: Copyright © [YEAR] 20th Century Studios, Inc.

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