Columbia Pictures/Logo Variations
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These are the logo variations seen throughout the years by Columbia Pictures, with more to be added overtime.
The Criminal Code and Ten Cents a Dance (1931):
- The 1928 logo is shown without the company name. The practice of showing the Columbia logo sans company name predates the variations seen on Cowboy, Under the Yum Yum Tree, Good Neighbor Sam and Flight of the Doves.
Gun Fury (1953):
- The logo is shown in a greenish-brown tint. Also, the Torch Lady's pedestal doesn't extend to the bottom of the screen, making it look like she's floating.
- The logo is a still painting. In addition, the "COLUMBIA" text is slightly larger and more spaced out than the standard logo and there are clouds below the pedestal.
- The logo has no company name at the beginning of the film. The standard version appears at the end.
The Mouse That Roared (1959):
- The Torch Lady (here a live action model against a backdrop) looks down and sees a mouse at her feet on the pedestal. The Torch Lady leaves her pedestal, leaving her torch behind. At the end of the film, you can see her rushing up the stairs of the pedestal, grabbing her torch again. On full-screen prints, along with the film itself, the logo is in 4:3 "open matte" aspect ratio.
The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962):
- The 1936 Torch Lady is on the left side on a black background. The text "COLUMBIA PICTURES PRESENTS" is on the right side. The logo cross-fades to a statue of Norman Maurer, the son-in-law of Moe Howard of The Three Stooges as he holds a stick of dynamite. The text "A NORMANDY PRODUCTION" is on the left side. The sparks are flowing from the dynamite and the dynamite later explodes, leaving the lower legs and the pedestal on the statue. The text "FILMED IN GLORIOUS BLACK AND WHITE" fades in above.
- We start with a black & white version of the 1950s logo with the standard Torch Lady replaced with a live action model in a similar manner to The Mouse That Roared with William Castle sitting on a director's chair in the bottom-right corner of the screen. William gets out of his chair and says "Zotz!" The Torch Lady replies by asking "Zotz? What's Zotz?" After that, we fade to the opening credits of the movie. At the end of the movie, the black & white version of the 1950s logo is shown, but the Torch Lady says "Zotz all!"
Lawrence of Arabia (1962):
- The logo is merely a still painting. The light from the torch doesn't flicker and the clouds aren't as billowy. This was created especially for the film because there was no 70mm version of the logo in existence, and this variation was, at one point, plastered with a cropped version of the standard version for years until the film was restored in 1989.
Bye Bye Birdie (1963):
- The Columbia Torch Lady's flame leaps from the torch to form the title of the film.
Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963):
- The Torch Lady is on an orange background. Like the Cowboy variant, the company name does not appear over the logo, but does appear on a title card that fades in a few seconds later as part of the main titles.
- The Torch Lady reappears at the end of the film for the closing variant, only her head has been decapitated and is sitting at her feet. Also, no light on the torch.
Good Neighbor Sam (1964):
- Similar to the Under the Yum Yum Tree variant, except the Torch Lady is on a light blue background. Incidentally, both films starred Jack Lemmon and used the same director, so this was no coincidence.
Cat Ballou (1965):
- The Columbia Torch Lady transforms into an animated version of Jane Fonda as a cowgirl who wields two guns and sets them off.
The Trouble with Angels (1966):
- A halo appears above the "A" in COLUMBIA, and wings sprout from behind, revealing an animated rendition of Mary Clancy (Hayley Mills) hiding behind it, who flies around the Torch Lady and blows out the torch.
The Man Called Flintstone (1966):
- Wilma Flintstone replaces the Torch Lady and the logo is made in a prehistoric style. On some copies of the film when Great American Communications owned Hanna-Barbera as well as the 2004 DVD release, this logo is replaced by some different scenes.
Torture Garden (1967):
- The 1941 logo has the company name appearing darker than usual, and "PICTURES CORPORATION PRESENTS" fades in below in yellow.
Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1968):
- The 1953-1968 logo starts rotating a few seconds after the "COLUMBIA" text fades in, transitioning into the start of the film.
- After the end of the credits, we see a Columbia Pictures logo in an Art Nouveau design, somewhat reminiscent of the 1928 logo; slowly the film disintegrates.
- Same as Torture Garden, but uses the 1955 logo and is in sepia tone, and after the giant "COLUMBIA" text fades in, the words "PICTURES CORPORATION PRESENTS" fade in below.
The Looking Glass War (1969):
- The 1968 logo has the words "PICTURES" and "PRESENTS" appear below the "COLUMBIA" name and on either side of the Torch Lady.
There's a Girl in My Soup (1970) and The Odessa File (1974, 4:3 prints):
- Same as on The Looking Glass War, though "PICTURES PRESENTS" is in a different font.
Flight of the Doves (1971):
- Almost the same as the Cowboy variant, but the clouds appear to be more blue.
The Last Picture Show and Macbeth (both 1971):
- The 1968 logo is shown in black and white. On the 2nd latter title, the logo fades to the "COLUMBIA PICTURES PESENTS A PLAYBOY PRODUCTION OF" text on a black background.
Thank God It's Friday (1978):
- We see the Torch Lady posed as in the start of "The Sunburst/Abstract Torch" logo, albeit in a slightly different art style. Suddenly disco music starts playing and the Torch Lady becomes animated and starts dancing. Then she gets back into her normal position and the rest of the logo plays as normal. On 4:3 prints, along with the film itself in full-screen, it's the same variant and it is open-matted.
- The logo cuts to black rather than fading out as usual.
The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988):
- When viewed in full screen, the 1981 logo is seen at a much farther distance than any other 4:3 version of the logo. Here, the pedestal is cut off at the bottom of the frame (made more apparent when the sunburst appears). The logo then fades into a picture of Pippi Longstocking (only showing her eyes, and her hair) on a white background.
Little Nikita (1988):
- The 1981 logo fades into the sky. On the UK VHS version and on 4:3 prints, along with the film itself in full-screen, it's the same variant and it is open-matted.
Lua de Cristal (1990; Brazil) and Os Trapalhões e a Árvore da Juventude (1991; Brazil):
- As CTFDI (Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International, Inc). The logo is beside the Art Films logo, with "Columbia Pictures" below the "Split Boxes" logo.
City Slickers (1991):
- The 1981 logo is a still picture. Only on The Hub (now Discovery Family)'s print of the movie. The theatrical version had the logo freeze-framed when it fades-in, then the animation begins. Seen on the Widescreen LaserDisc and 1997 MGM/UA VHS releases of the film, while today it wouldn't be seen on current prints due to plastering by MGM.
A League of Their Own (1992):
- At the end of the newsreel within the film, it has the words "COLUMBIA MOVIESCOPE NEWS" with the 80s Columbia print logo on top of the marquee styling between the words. It's historically inaccurate the 80s logo was used, considering the newsreel is supposed to be from 1943.
Last Action Hero (1993, in-film):
- The 1981 logo melts and integrates into the film-within-a-film, Jack Slater IV. The logo is briefly shown, then disintegrates like an old film would do, into the main titles. The movie itself is the first one to use 1993 logo.
The Age of Innocence (1993):
- When the music is almost over, the logo changes to a sepia tint and turns into a still picture and the company name fades out. Also, the logo starts at the point where the Torch Lady is in view, but the 1993 common fanfare remains unaltered.
- The already-formed 1993 logo is seen, but the clouds are navy blue. Then, navy blue clouds move from left to right, covering the logo.
Street Fighter (1994, non-US version):
- As CTFDI (Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International, Inc). The background cross-fades to the 1990 Universal Pictures logo's globe and starfield (plastered from the US print, at the part where the "UNIVERSAL" text and MCA byline fade out), segueing to the opening sequence (with all references to Universal removed) before the globe zooms out to the movie's logo and the movie begins.
The Cable Guy (1996):
- The logo goes static, just like a television would do.
Men in Black franchise:
- Men in Black (1997): The 1993 logo fades into a black starry sky, segueing into the opening credits. The Torch Lady's torch also briefly flashes like a neuralyzer. On full-screen prints, the logo is in 4:3 open matte.
- Men in Black II (2002): The Torch Lady's torch flashes at the end of the logo, much like a neuralyzer. On full-screen prints, the logo is in 4:3 open matte.
- Men in Black: Alien Crisis (2012 Wii video game): The Torch Lady quickly zooms in with the neuralyzer, which flashes at the first second of the play.
- Men in Black: International (2019): The Torch Lady moves puts on a pair of sunglasses. The logo then transitions via a white light to the next logo.
- The logo sequence at the end is abruptly interrupted by jarring clips from a rave scene that segues into the opening credits.
American Psycho (2000, non-US version):
- As CTFDI (Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International, Inc). The logo fades into white, like the Lions Gate Films logo seen on the US release.
Charlie's Angels franchise:
- Charlie's Angels (2000): The logo pans to the right, as the movie starts off in the sky on a plane. On Small widescreen prints, the logo is in 16:9 open matte.
- Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003): After the logo is done, the text fades out, then we zoom to the start. On Small widescreen prints, the logo is in 16:9 open matte.
Finding Forrester (2000):
- The logo's music is played on a guitar.
What Planet Are You From? (2000):
- The Torch Lady's normal face is replaced with that of star Annette Benning, in a nod to the oft-noted resemblance between Benning and Jenny Joseph, the Torch Lady. The logo then fades into the night sky.
Ali (2001) and Big Fish (2003):
- The logo animates in reverse. On Big Fish, it segues into the opening scene of the film.
Thir13en Ghosts (2001, non-US version):
- The logo is in black & white, just like the Warner Bros. variant.
Eight Crazy Nights (2002):
- The Torch Lady is replaced with Eleanore Duvall, who later melts into the Torch Lady. The byline is also already there when it melts.
- The logo is in a shade of cerulean.
Peter Pan (2003, non-US version):
- The logo fades into the sky. Instead of the music, wind and magic sound effects are heard.
Gothika (2003, non-US version):
- The logo is tinted in Tiffany blue.
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003):
- The 1993 logo zooms out further than usual.
Spider-Man 2 (2004):
- The 1993 logo zooms out further than usual. Only seen on Small HD widescreen versions.
Hellboy: Director's Cut (2004):
- The logo plays in reverse and there's a fire in the torch.
- The logo zooms backward through the clouds.
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (2005):
- The logo speeds up and instead of fading to black, it cuts to the Troublemaker Studios logo.
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005):
- At the end of the movie, the logo fades in just after the zoom out and proceeds as usual. The following logos (DreamWorks, Spyglass Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, Red Wagon Entertainment) are cut short likewise. This is accompanied by the end credits music.
The Da Vinci Code (2006):
- A blue searchlight appears on the logo and the camera pans right. On Small widescreen prints, the logo is in 16:9 open matte.
Casino Royale (2006):
- The logo is in black & white, and the music is in high-tone. On Small widescreen prints, the logo is in 16:9 open matte.
The Grudge 2 (2006):
- The logo starts as usual, but then the Torch Lady's hair becomes longer, and then the torch flickers, briefly causing the Torch Lady to turn into Kayako and the word "COLUMBIA" to turn into "GRUDGE 2".
All the King's Men (2006):
- The logo's colors are slightly washed out.
The Holiday (2006, US version):
- First film to use the enhanced 2006 logo. The logo is shortened and cut to the last few seconds.
Open Season (2006), Surf's Up (2007), The Smurfs (2011), Arthur Christmas (2011), The Pirates! Band of Misfits (aka The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists in the UK) (2012), and Popeye (Unreleased, animatic)
- The Torch Lady's torchlight brightens, filling the screen and transitioning into the Sony Pictures Animation logo. For Open Season, the 1993 logo is used with the high-tone variant of 1998-2012 alternative fanfare, while the latter five uses the 2006 logo with the 1998-present common fanfare. On some prints of Arthur Christmas, the high-tone variant of 1998-2012 alternative fanfare is used with the 2006 logo.
- A variation of the 1976 "Sunburst" logo is used. The byline "a SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT company" is seen at the bottom in the beginning. As the camera slowly zooms into the torch, it disappears. As the "sunburst" is forming, a clock-style transition occurs behind it, turning the background from black to yellow, and after the sunburst forms, several human silhouettes are seen.
The Messengers (2007):
- The logo turns black & white and the fanfare is in high-tone.
30 Days of Night (2007):
- The logo turns dark blue after six seconds.
Ghost Rider (2007): A concept logo was planned that had the Torch Lady have the Ghost Rider's hellfire transformation, similar to the Marvel logo. This was rejected by the studio.
Pineapple Express (2008):
- The 1950s Columbia logo is used and the Sony Pictures Entertainment byline fades in below.
Angels & Demons (2009):
- At the very last second the torch begins to flicker like anti-matter and the logo fades out, leaving a blurry transition to the next one.
The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009):
- As if emerging from a subway tunnel, the logo zooms out in a box and fades into the New York City skyline. The logo is accompanied by train-related sound effects.
Terminator: Salvation (2009; non-US version):
- The logo is gray and surges with electricity, It also animates differently just like the Warner Bros. Pictures variant on the US release.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs franchise:
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009): A banana suddenly knocks the Torch Lady out. Also, the high-tone variant of the 1998-2012 alternative fanfare is used, and the "COLUMBIA" text is slightly smaller.
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013): Same as the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs variant, but the size of "COLUMBIA" is back to normal and the byline fades out before the banana, this time in CGI, hits the Torch Lady, then transforms into a Bananostrich. Barry (voiced by Cody Cameron), who is carrying the torch that the Torch Lady was holding, then mounts the Bananostrich and poses by lifting the torch. They rush toward the camera, and as the torch gets closer, the screen turns white, transitioning into the Sony Pictures Animation logo. This variant was done by Sony Pictures Animation. This variant was also seen and reused in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
- The logo glows with a tangerine lens flare.
Ghostbusters (2009, video game):
- A shortened version of the 1981 logo makes an appearance at the beginning of the game, in which the high toned version of the 1993 logo being shown when booting up the game. The Remastered version had a trailer variant of the 2014 logo when booting up the game, with the Sony logo at the start and the music is silent. Very similar to A Few Good Men (1993, home video release).
The Bounty Hunter (2010):
- The logo is bylineless. Only on the Starz Saturday Premiere.
The Green Hornet (2011):
- The light beaming from the torch turns jungle green. The torch then flashes to transition into the Original Film logo.
The Smurfs franchise:
- The Smurfs (2011, closing): a Smurf waves atop the print logo on a blue background.
- The Smurfs 2 (2013): The Torch Lady's gown and robe is in white and blue to match the Smurf's colors. Also, the torchlight rays are blue. The logo ends as a Smurf hat flies in from the background to transition into the Sony Pictures Animation logo.
- Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017): A cardboard standee of the Torch Lady falls down, revealing Smurfette. She then notices a mushroom, raises it and a light transitions into the Sony Pictures Animation logo. The animation for Smurfette was done by Sony Pictures Animation.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011):
- The logo is shown in a gray-green tint. Also, it's shortened, beginning when "COLUMBIA" fades in.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012):
- The logo warps speed and goes back to normal before the text and byline appear.
Hotel Transylvania franchise:
- Hotel Transylvania (2012) & Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015): At the end of the logo, the Torch Lady turns into a bat and flies off, transitioning to the Sony Pictures Animation logo. For the first film, it uses the SPE byline, the 1998-2012 alternative fanfare (in it's final appearance, in high-tone) and the 2006 logo, while the second film uses the 2014 logo and the A Sony Company byline. This variant was done by Sony Pictures Animation.
- Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (2022, Amazon): The logo is shortened like The Holiday variant. However, the logo starts to flicker and eventually the torch goes out alongside the music. Eventually the torch and music come back on, however, it is then revealed the Torch Lady is replaced with Blobby, who is holding a robe just like the Torch Lady and is quickly blinking twice. Then, like most Sony Pictures Animation films, the torch light then brightens and transitions to it's logo. This variant was done by Sony Pictures Animation.
Hope Springs (2012):
- The logo is shortened, beginning when "COLUMBIA" fades in.
Django Unchained (2012):
- The 1968 logo is used with the SPE byline in the same font as the 1974 "A DIVISION OF COLUMBIA PICTURES INDUSTRIES, INC." byline.
American Hustle (2013, US):
- The 1976 logo is used with the "a Sony Company" byline in the same font as the logo.
The Interview (2014):
- The 1953 logo is used and the 1928 theme is heard. Also, there is no introduction of the Sony logo and the byline "a Sony Company" is removed.
Aloha (2015, US):
- The 1968 Columbia Pictures logo is used, but the Sony byline appears below. The Torch Lady can be seen wearing a Hawaiian lei.
- The Sony logo animates as usual, though we transition to the Torch Lady already fully zoomed out as the word "COLUMBIA" fades in.
- Similar to All the King's Men (2006), but the logo is slightly darker and uses the 2014 logo instead.
The Night Before (2015) and The Front Runner (2018):
- The 1981 logo is used and the byline "a Sony Company" appears below.
The Emoji Movie (2017):
- The byline fades in a little earlier than usual, and after the logo is fully formed, the logo is blurred to focus on two hands (presumably those of the character Alex from the film), which come up from below the screen holding a phone and take a picture of the lady. It selects and overlays her head with a sunglasses emoji before sending the photo thereafter. The phone drops and then the torchlight brightens, transitioning into the Sony Pictures Animation logo.
Blade Runner 2049 (2017):
- Everything is in black and white. The logo also suffers a glitch, causing the clouds to disappear, but they return shortly afterwards.
- In the prototype version (international only), the logo is in a digital red color. The Sony logo transitions to Columbia via a flash, the cloud background is different, and the company name and byline appear letter by letter.
Only the Brave (2017):
- As the logo goes on, it slowly changes from full color to sepia. Also, the logo is silent.
Puppy! (2017 short):
- Very similar to The Holiday variant.
Peter Rabbit franchise:
- Peter Rabbit (2018): Instead of the Sony logo, the Sony Pictures Animation logo on a black background segues into the main logo. Also, the Sony byline fades in before "COLUMBIA" does so, and as soon as the logo's music finishes, some birds fly right to the logo and fly around the logo, the Columbia logo then turns 3D and as soon as the camera pans its way around the logo, the clouds move faster. Once the camera begins to follow the birds, the entire logo (except for the birds) fades into white clouds moving on a blue sky. On the extended preview, some birds come after the logo is formed.
- Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021): The logo plays normally this time, unlike the first film which had the Sony byline appear before the "COLUMBIA" text and some birds flying over the logo at the end. Once the logo is complete, it fades to the opening shot of the film.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018):
- The logo appears in the style of the movie. The build-up part of the standard fanfare can audibly be heard during the Sony logo, a la the regular logo. The logo is also glitchy, at times reverting the Torch lady to her standard look as well as reverting to older Columbia logos, including the 1924, 1928, 1936 and 1976 logos, plus variations from Cat Ballou (1965) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013). The logo also briefly appears in a comic book style and a graffiti style. This was made by Devastudios.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019):
- The logo cross-fades into a Mexican statue in the desert, beginning the prologue, right before the Marvel Studios logo, like in the previous film.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019):
- Same as the Django Unchained variant, but the byline is changed to read "a SONY Company", the Sony logo also now transitions into the logo as well.
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019):
- At the end of the logo, the byline disappears as two zombies appear and run towards the Torch Lady, stopping the standard music and switching to a more orchestrated dramatic action music, and she attacks them with her torch. It goes back to its normal position, resuming the standard music after three orchestral hits at the end of the music. The blood stains were on the "C" and "O" in the "COLUMBIA" text.
Little Women (2019):
- The original 1993 version of the 1993 logo is used, but with the 2014 Sony byline.
Invasion (2020, Russia):
- The logo is tinted in dodger blue.
The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021, Netflix):
- Transitioning from the Sony logo via a multi-colored tunnel, the logo begins as normal, with several colorful lines and waves coming out of the Torch Lady's torch. After the byline appears, a leg appears behind the Torch Lady, and stomps on the pedestal, turning her into a cartoon version with rainbow garbs and several objects (like pizza, burgers, stars, and emojis) flowing out of the torch. A pug face draws three rainbows behind the Torch Lady as anthropomorphic stoves with tong hands, bread, rats and pugs appear on either side of the screen and clap, the clouds holding a clapper board and a video camera. The Torch Lady dances for a while before throwing the torch at the ground, creating a starburst that goes to the Sony Pictures Animation logo.
Vivo (2021, Netflix):
- The 1936 logo is used and it animates in the same way as the regular logo with the Sony byline in the same coloring as the font. At the near end, the Torch Lady turns into a silhouette with the "COLUMBIA" text sliding up and the Sony byline fading out, after which the silhouetted Torch Lady plays a flute in a cartoonized background, then she glances out from the right side to make way for the Sony Pictures Animation logo to slide down, then the latter logo zooms in and segues to the film's opening sequence.