Media Molecule

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Descriptions by
IAmJefferson

Captures by
IAmJefferson

Editions by
IAmJefferson, Blue2000, PM pinter and Doctorine Dark

Video captures courtesy of
Ayee, Maverick Media, Kryptik Onix and MWF508

Background

Media Molecule Ltd. is a British video game developer based in Guildford, Surrey. The company was founded in 2006 by Mark Healey, Alex Evans, David Smith, and Kareem Ettouney. The company is best known for developing the LittleBigPlanet series (until 2011), the Tearaway series and the 2020 video game Dreams.

1st Logo (October 27, 2008)

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Logo: On a paper background, we see a person writing and scribbling the letter "M" two times (one in uppercase and another in lowercase). Then, the person cuts a Post-It note offscreen, forming the logo's symbol. The words "MEDIA MOLECULE" is scribbled below the logo. The person points his index finger to the letter A on the text. Finally, the person pushed away all of the art/office supplies (mainly the pencil, colored marker, scissors and the paintbrush), removed the cut Post-It, scribbled the logo with a cloud-like drawing and crumpled it away.

Technique: The person writing, scribbling and crumpling the logo in fast timelapse.

Music/Sounds: It starts with two scribbling sounds, then followed by a sound of a paper cutting, another scribbling sound and a child's laugh. The logo ends with a sound of a paper being picked up, a scribbling sound again and a crumpling sound, segueing to the song "The Orb of Dreamers" by Daniel Pemberton (which is the game's opening theme).

Availability: The logo can only be found on the PlayStation 3 game LittleBigPlanet.

2nd Logo (January 18, 2011)

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Logo: On a chalkboard timelapse background, we see children drawing various characters, objects and shapes on the chalkboard. As the children draw on the board, the logo fades-in with a paper effect.

Technique: The children drawing on the chalkboard in fast timelapse and the logo fading in.

Music/Sounds: It starts with a children laughing noise, which it can be faintly heard, then followed by a remix of the song "The Orb of Dreamers" by Daniel Pemberton.

Availability: The logo can only be found on the PlayStation 3 game LittleBigPlanet 2.

3rd Logo (September 19, 2012, September 8, 2015)

Logo: We see the company's logo in a black background.

Variants:

  • On LittleBigPlanet PS Vita, we see the logo being swiped to the right, then it was rotated in the correct position. Finally, the logo was swiped down.
  • On Tearaway Unfolded, we can see the logo glitching, then a green spotlight can be seen on the middle left of the screen and the logo glitched again two times.

Technique: Depending on the variant.

Music/Sounds: Depending on the variant.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On LittleBigPlanet PS Vita, a series of squeaks and whooses can be heard when the logo is being swiped.
  • On Tearaway Unfolded, it starts with a sound of a static, then it proceeds with the Green Man saying "Mm. Mm? Mmmmmmm!", which is followed by two glitch-like sounds.

Availability: The "swiping" variant can be seen on the PlayStation Vita video game LittleBigPlanet PS Vita, while the "glitch" variant can be seen on the PlayStation 4 video game Tearaway Unfolded.

4th Logo (November 20, 2013)

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Logo: On a papercraft-like background, we see multiple pieces of paper that explode like confetti. Then, the letter M (in uppercase) began to unfold, following with a piece of paper being lifted up as it reveals another letter M (this time in lowercase). A yellow-colored arrow is formed on the back of the paper. Finally, three pieces of paper that was cut in the shape of the logo's symbol began to move, which forms the final logo.

Technique: The pieces of paper exploding like confetti, the letter M (in uppercase) being unfolded, the flap being lifted to reveal another letter M in lowercase), and three pieces of paper forming the logo's symbol. Everything is rendered in-engine and real time, which means that the logo's camera can be moved using the PlayStation Vita's gyroscopic controls.

Music/Sounds: It starts with a sound of a twinkle, then followed by sounds of papers fluttering and moving.

Availability: The logo can only be found on the PlayStation Vita game Tearaway.

5th Logo (February 14, 2020)

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Logo: On a white background, we see the following drawings:

  • A ladder
  • A burger
  • A lampshade
  • A pair of scissors and a glue stick
  • A paintbrush
  • A paint roller being rolled
  • A pirate flag
  • A flipbook showing a cloud-like drawing turning into a crudely-drawn face
  • A crude drawing of a human face
  • An eyeball
  • A mouse
  • A bone
  • A crown of a king
  • A rainbow

After it stops at an animation of a brain being drawn by a pencil, we see a different set of the following drawings:

  • A human skull
  • A girl smiling in excitement (thinking that she has an idea)
  • An onion
  • A cupcake
  • A cloud
  • A guitar
  • A jar of jam
  • Three bricks
  • Two table tennis rackets hitting the ball
  • A sock puppet
  • A Santa Claus hat
  • A painting easel showing a crudely drawn human face
  • A cactus
  • A bow tie
  • A trophy

After it stops at an animation of a birthday cake, we see the first set of drawings again, then we see the next two drawings:

  • A mug with a heart symbol
  • A conical hat-shaped creature waving

After it stops at an animation of a person holding and opening a banana, we see a combination of the two set of drawings with an additional set of drawings, which includes:

  • A pair of slippers
  • A microphone
  • A joystick
  • A fishbowl

Finally, the drawing stops at the already formed logo, with an arm of a painter moving away from the screen.

Technique:The drawings rapidly changing at a fast pace, which is interrupted by an animation. Everything is done in a simple, but effective 2D animation.

Music/Sounds: It starts with a fast-sounding bongo-like drum beat, which is followed by a playful ditty, a charge fanfare and a sound of trumpet that resembles a fart, then a rising synth note and a choir-like sound can be heard at end of the logo.

Availability: The logo can be seen when starting up the PlayStation 4 video game Dreams.

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