Griptonite Games

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Background

In 1994, Steve Ettinger opened the Seattle division of Realtime Associates, which was acquired by Amaze Entertainment in 1999 and was renamed Griptonite Games. In 2005, Griptonite was closed, but was revived three years later by Foundation 9 Entertainment. In 2009, Amaze itself was closed and merged into Griptonite Games. In August 2011, F9E sold the studio to Glu Mobile.

1st Logo (November 16, 2001-December 1, 2011)

Logo: We see two red and orange flames with the words "GRIPTONITE" below and "GAMES" below "GRIPTONITE". Below the logo is a byline.

Bylines:

  • 2001-2005: "An Amaze Entertainment Studio"
  • 2008-2011: "A Foundation 9 Entertainment Studio"

Variants: All games listed below were released for GBA, NDS, or 3DS.

  • The Princess and the Frog and Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief: The background is black.
  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year: The background is white.
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine: The logo has scratches.
  • Daredevil: The background is red.
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: The background is the beach line.
  • Digimon Racing: The logo has a frame.
  • Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events: The logo is placed into a black-and-white filmstrip.
  • Robots: The logo is set over the game's intro.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: Usually none, but on Robots, the game's opening theme is heard.

Availability: Common on portable games for Nintendo DS and GBA, like the Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia series, along with the aforementioned titles.


2nd Logo (June 27, 2006, May 1, 2009)

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Logo: We see silver letters from the company's name rolling at close-up. They zoom and form the name, and other elements appear around. The logo jumps into the screen, but instantly begins to zoom out, and the byline appears.

Technique: The moving letters and parts.

Music/Sounds: TBA.

Availability: Rare. Seen twice on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, both for the PSP.


3rd Logo (October 13, 2009, June 1, 2012)

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Logo: The action appears to be in a cave, where fire burns, but we cannot see it and only see flying sparks. The logo is written on the wall. The shadow of a beast covers the wall, as the beast pants and goes somewhere around. The logo then clears, leaving only sparks, and the regular logo shows for a second.

Technique: The fire and the beastly shadows.

Music/Sounds: The sound of the cracking fireplace and the monster's snuffling.

Availability: Seen on Where the Wild Things Are and Sesame Street: Elmo's Musical Masterpiece, both for Wii, as well as the former's PS3 and Xbox 360 counterparts.


4th Logo (November 17, 2009-November 16, 2010)

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Logo: The word "GRIPTONITE", surrounded with intense blue-toned light, comes to the screen. The light spot moves through the word and then colored flames are created above, first resembling the sun, as they're so bright, but then transforming into their usual figures. A small box with "GAMES" flies from the right side, and the byline appears.

Technique: The light animation.

Music/Sounds: A short fanfare.

Availability: Rare. First seen on Princess and the Frog, later appears on Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet for Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii.


5th Logo (November 19, 2009)

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Logo: The background is dark blue mist. Many blue lines made of light are drawn, and they form the outline of the Griptonite logo, which reveals itself. Static noise goes through the logo.

Technique: The glowing lines and static.

Music/Sounds: TBA.

Availability: Extremely rare. It's seen on Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines for PSP.

6th Logo (May 24-November 15, 2011)

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Logo: Many peak points grow from blue air as we zoom out, and the air becomes orange, then the logo forms. Some characters and beings are shown on the surface of the peaks. The logo glows. It has "GRIPTONITE" written in silver.

Technique: High class CGI. Better than any previous animations.

Music/Sounds: Some sizzling as the peaks pass by, followed with a short fanfare.

Availability: Rare. Appeared on Kung Fu Panda 2 and Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat.


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