Paramount Digital Entertainment

From Audiovisual Identity Database

1st Logo (placeholder logo) (January 1991)

Logo: A simplified 8-bit version of the bylineless 1986 "CGI Mountain" movie logo with a copyright banner below.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: Silent.

Availability: Seen on The Hunt for Red October (NES).

2nd Logo (Still variants) (1992-)

Logo: On a white background, we see the post-1968 Paramount print logo with a byline below, previously colored in blue.

Bylines:

  • 1992: "A Gulf+Western Company".
  • 1993-1995: "A Paramount Communications Company".
  • 1995-2010: "A VIACOM COMPANY" (in the 1990 "Wigga-Wigga" font).
  • 2010-2019: "A VIACOM COMPANY" (in the 2006 font).
  • 2020-2022: "A VIACOMCBS COMPANY".
  • 2022-: Bylineless.

Variants:

  • On the Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum versions of The Addams Family, the logo is in white with the Gulf+Western byline in gold and the registered trademark symbol "®", along with the Ocean Software logo above the Paramount logo.
  • On some games, the logo is on a black background.
  • On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Fallen, the logo has a silver gradient and a space background.
  • On the DS version of Transformers: The Game, the logo is on a red (Autobots) or purple (Decepticons) background with a robotic frame around it. The logo also glows.
  • Since 2010, the entire logo and byline are colored in black.
  • A glowing blue version is seen on Indian in the Cupboard, with the moon in the background. The circle is arranged right to fit the moon.
  • On Bébé's Kids for the Super NES, the logo (without byline) appears in a white box on a black background with the copyright info "LICENSED TO MANDINGO ENTERTAINMENT INC." on top and on bottom.
  • From 2011-2012 only, the 100th Anniversary Paramount print logo was used. In 2013, the 2010 logo was reinstated.

Technique: None or fading in and out.

Music/Sounds: None or the opening theme of the game.

Availability: Common. This is a banner used on Paramount-owned licensees, including Mission: Impossible for PlayStation, Top Gun: Fire Storm for Game Boy Color, Top Gun: Combat Zones for Game Boy Advance, and The Spiderwick Chronicles for Nintendo DS, among others. Most of the Transformers titles also have it. First seen on The Addams Family for Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum.

3rd Logo (1993-1994)

Logo: The blue-colored print version of the 1968-present bylineless Paramount print logo is accompanied with "Paramount Interactive" below, written in the famous Paramount script font.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: This logo is extremely hard to find due to its short lifespan. It was used on Lenny's Music Toons, two Medior games, Rock, Rap 'N Roll and Movie Select, and is believed to be used on two CyberFlix games, Jump Raven and Lunicus; both are long out of the market and are even harder to get working nowadays on modern computers.

4th Logo (1993-2006)

Logo: It's basically the 1986-2003 Paramount Pictures logo without an interactive mark whatsoever.

Variants:

  • On the PC version of Wayne's World, the logo is still and bylineless, then "Paramount" turns into "and" (in the same font as the Paramount script) as the stars disappear.
  • On Top Gun: Fire At Will, the logo is cut-shortened. Plus, the Viacom byline fades in together with the Paramount script logo.
  • There is also a still artwork version of this logo in Nacho Libre.

Technique: Same as the Paramount Pictures logo of the era.

Music/Sounds: None.

Music/Sounds Variant: On Star Trek, the original fanfare that was sometimes used in the movie counterpart plays over the logo.

Availability: Seen on Wayne's World, Top Gun: Fire At Will, Nacho Libre and The Godfather: The Game. Also appears on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Dominion Wars.

5th Logo (2002-2011)

Logo: It's basically the then-current Paramount Pictures logo without an interactive mark whatsoever.

Variants:

  • An accurate copy of the 90th Anniversary logo (still) was used on The Sum of All Fears. The GBA port used the print version.
  • On some games, the logo is still.

Technique: Same as the then-current Paramount logo.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Common. Seen on The Italian Job and The Sum of All Fears, among other games. This logo is absent from games based on Nickelodeon films, despite their box art.

6th Logo (The Warriors variant) (October 17, 2005)

Logo: Same as the 1975-1986 Paramount Pictures logo, but the byline "A VIACOM COMPANY", in the "Wigga-Wigga" font, fades-in instead at the same time "Paramount" fades-in.

Technique: Same as the 1975-1986 logo.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Only seen on the game The Warriors.

7th Logo (The Godfather II variant) (2006)

Logo: On white background, we see the bloody Paramount logo which is moving to the left.

Technique: 3D animation.

Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the game.

Availability: Only seen on the game The Godfather II.

8th Logo (2009-2014)

Logo: We start in a tunnel made of blue 0's and 1's (representing binary codes). We zoom forward and the circling stars are already there. Many other small digits fall from the top and form a white field over the mountain, which is the print logo of Paramount Pictures. The name is quickly wiped below the mountain. It has "Paramount" in the regular font and also "DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT" under it. The logo then rushes towards the screen and ends in a splash of light.

Variants:

  • A still artwork version can be seen on various (mainly casual) games for PC like Star Trek D-A-C, Clueless, and Pretty in Pink.
  • On some games, the logo is shortened to the second half.

Technique: Full CGI, created by Los Angeles-based VFX studio The Illusion Factory.

Music/Sounds: Mainly whooshing sounds and time-counting squeaks. None for the still variant.

Availability: Common. The still version is seen on various (mainly casual) games for PC like Star Trek D-A-C, Clueless, and Pretty in Pink. The animated version is seen on Rango and some other games for the Wii, along with some iPhone games and some direct-to-DVD movies such as Jackass 3.5.

9th Logo (July 15, 2014-August 8, 2019)

Logo: On a black background, a splash of static wipes in, with traces of color bars. This then quickly zooms out to reveal the new logo. A cut-out circle is seen with the static in it. 3 black bars are seen above a version of the Paramount logo, but this time more angular and the 5 cut-out sections now looking like lightning bolts. The bars also contain "PARAMOUNT DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT" (in a font also used for many other Paramount properties), all stacked on the bars. The Viacom byline is seen below as the logo slowly zooms in and flickers.

Technique: The quick zoom-out.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.

Availability: No longer current. Seen on digitally streamed series, like Bajillion Dollar Propertie$.

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