Cinema Center Films

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Descriptions by
WileE2005 and indycar

Captures by
mr3urious, Sagan Blob, and thatvhstapeguy

Editions by
mr3urious, Logoboy95, Hoa and indycar

Video captures courtesy of
DudeThatLogo

Background

Cinema Center Films was the first film production arm of the CBS Television Network, active from 1967 to 1972. The studio's films were distributed by National General Corporation. Currently, CBS Media Ventures owns the television distribution rights to the library, while Paramount Pictures owns theatrical rights (Paramount Home Entertainment owns home media rights via their distribution agreement with CBS Home Entertainment).

(August 7, 1968-August 9, 1972)

Logo: On a blue background, we see "CCF" being drawn in big black letters designed to represent an abstract movie projector. Then pink (sometimes red) dots appear with a line drawing around them, to look like the film running through the projector. A white line wiping and coming out of the "F" (the "projector lens") reveals the text "CINEMA CENTER FILMS", which then fades into "PRESENTS". The logo only appears once at the start of the film.

Variant: Sometimes (mainly on full-screen prints), the logo is in 4:3 "open matte" aspect ratio.

Technique: Cel animation.

Music/Sounds:

  • Usually silent, but sometimes has the beginning of the film's opening theme.
  • On Me Natalie, it used a piano/orchestral theme.
  • On A Boy Named Charlie Brown, it used an instrumental jazzy arrangement of the "Champion Charlie Brown" theme from the film.
  • On Scrooge, it uses a bell-sounding fanfare.

Availability: Uncommon as CCF only produced 30 films before closing in 1972. But it's saved on films that used this logo, including The Reivers, Scrooge, Little Big Man, Blue Water, White Death and the first two theatrical Peanuts films A Boy Named Charlie Brown and Snoopy Come Home, the last film to use this logo. All home media releases of the studio's output preserve the logo.

Legacy: While Cinema Center Films may have been a short-lived company, this logo is well-liked by Peanuts fans, as it was on some of the best entries in the franchise.


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