Fries Distribution Company

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Descriptions by
Logohub (originally wisp2007, mr3urious and Eric S.)

Editions by
Nathan B., Shadeed A. Kelly and others

Background

Fries Distribution Company was the distribution division of Fries Entertainment, Inc.

1st Logo (December 22, 1981-1987)

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Logo: On a black background, several beige stripes wipe across the screen left to right, right to left, and so on. These stripes shrink in height the further they go down, and they stop about 2/3rds of the way down. A white Fries logo then swoops in from the left, facing the right before it folds out and rests in the middle of the bars, with a notable drop shadow around it. "FRIES DISTRIBUTION COMPANY" in a red Avant Garde font appears below, followed by a byline reading "a subsidiary of Fries Entertainment Inc." in a smaller print appearing below it.

Variants:

  • A filmed version of this logo exists.
  • On Heated Vengeance, the logo is placed on a blue/black gradient background, and "FRIES DISTRIBUTION COMPANY presents" appears in a different red font with a black drop shadow.

Technique: The drawing of the lines and the logo flipping in.

Music/Sounds: A 17 note synth horn fanfare in this sequence: one held-out note, 4 notes played at the same pitch, the same notes played at a slightly higher pitch, and then a series of 4 notes played twice. All of this is played in sync with the animation. Other times, the logo will be silent.

Availability: Rare. Found on the TV movies Bill, Blue Monkey/Insect!, Heated Vengeance, and Nightstick (AKA Police Force).

2nd Logo (October 10, 1983-1993)

Logo: On a black background, a grey bar drops down which rotates to the left. Another bar drops on it, which is slightly taller and has a gap in it. More bars drop down, each getting bigger and forming a hole shaped like the Fries diamond symbol, as they slow down to face the screen head on. As the diamond-shaped hole is finished, the Fries logo, this time in 3D and colored fuchsia, comes in from the right and rotates around to fit the hole, as the last bar drops down. Below it, the white Arial text "FRIES DISTRIBUTION COMPANY" flips in below, followed by the same Fries Entertainment byline from before, as the bars shine.

Variants:

  • There exists a short version and a warp-speed version.
  • A filmed version also exists, where the bars and logo have a metallic sheen.
  • A rare version seen on Absolute Strangers has the logo forming like the Fries Entertainment logo.

Technique: The segments flying, the logo forming, the words appearing.

Music/Sounds: A synth whoosh that transitions into a triumphant synth-brass fanfare that sounds like a superhero's theme. Otherwise silent or with the ending theme playing over it.

Music/Sounds Variant: On Off the Wall, it uses the second half of the 1986 Gaylord Production Company music.

Availability: Uncommon. Seen on syndication prints of TV movies such as Intimate Betrayal (1987), K9000, Diplomatic Immunity, Silence of the Heart, Night Angel, and more.

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