Pathé

From Audiovisual Identity Database



Credits
Descriptions by
jupiterboy, Logoboy95, Eric S., naxo-ole, Supermarty-o, PAV123, and Ashley Taylor

Captures by
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Editions by
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Video captures courtesy of
TR3X PR0DÚCTI0NS, Richyong Productions, Peakpasha, Eric S, Mitchell Hang, tribalcditube, BasicMasterReloaded, Logo Archive and patheuk

Background

Pathé is a major film production and distribution company, owning a number of cinema chains through its subsidiary Les Cinémas Pathé Gaumont and television networks across Europe. It is the second oldest operating film company behind Gaumont which was established in 1895 by the four brothers Charles, Émile, Théophile and Jacques Pathé. Pathé had also purchased Cannon Films entire film library before going bankrupt in 1994.


Pathé Frères


K.O.K. Pathé

Contents

(1911-19??)  
(1911-19??)


Pathécomedy

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(19??-1926)  
(19??-1926)


Pathé-Distributors

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(1921-1929)  
(1921-1929)


Pathéx

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(1918?-1927?)  
(1918?-1927?)


Pathéscope

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(Mid 1921?-1925?)  
(Mid 1921?-1925?)


Pathé

Pathé Frères

1st Logo (1904)

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Logo: On a black background, we see the text arched over the horse holding a flag with the rooster inside the circle reading:

CONSORTIUM
DES GRANDES MARQUES CINEMATOPGRAPHIQUES

Below the horse, we see "Pathé Frères" in a corporate font with the word "CONCESSIONNAIRES" below.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Ultra rare/near extinction. It was so far only seen on The Impossible Voyage.

Legacy: Perhaps the earliest known logo on this wiki.

2nd Logo (1905)

Logo: On a black background, an eagle is seen carrying a film camera with the text

FILM
DE LA Cie DES CINEMATOPGRAPHES
TH.PATHE

above. Note how the letters "ie" in "Cie" are a lot smaller and above two lines. Underneath it all is the text "MARQUE DÉPOSÉE" within a rectangular shape with two circles on both sides.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Near extinction. It was seen on La vie de Moïse.

3rd Logo (1905-1912)

Logo: Simply a photo of a rooster within a thin circle.

Variants:

  • An early version has the rooster in a silhouette.
  • In some instances, the rooster is facing the left.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Extremely rare. Was used in tandem with the next logo, although this one was used on fewer films such as Trees and Tredent.

4th Logo (1905-1915)

Logo: On a black (or grey/worn-out black) background, we see a still image of a rooster in white (sometimes orange) posing as if it is about to crow. Below it is the cursive text "Pathé fréres".

Variants:

  • There are a lot of colored variants, going from gold to sepia and even purple.
  • The design of the rooster can vary. Sometimes, it is facing the left and in one instance, its legs may be closer together. The rooster may also be seen in a lot of or less detail or in one case where it nearly looks realistic.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: Silent, or sometimes may have featured the accompanying score.

Availability: Very rare. Can be seen on earlier films from Pathé.

5th Logo (1906-1907)

Logo: The curses word "Pathé" with an underline underneath the last three letters are above the stacked text reading "THE END".

Variant: Sometimes, the logo is in a different cursive-like font with "fréres" added and it taking up most of the screen. Additionally, "EDITEURS" is added below.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None or an accompanying score.

Availability: Like with the 2nd logo, it was used in tandem with the previous logo but used on a small amount of films. They include The Red Spectre and The Magic Roses.

K.O.K. Pathé

(1911-19??)

Logo: On a black background, we see a rooster on the top "K.O.K.", also is in the top, "Marque Déposée", in the middle and "Pathé Fréres", wrapped.

Variant: A brighter variant exists.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: Depends on the variant.

Availability: Ultra rare. Like before, it was used in tandem with many other Pathe logos at the time and as of now, only a few films are known to use this logo. One of them includes The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Pathécomedy

(19??-1926)

Logo: We see a chicken, moving a bit. Then we see the word "Pathécomedy", with the tops of the "t and "h" connected and a line below. Below all that is a circle with a rooster drawing in a crowing stance.

Technique: Live action.

Music/Sounds: Silent, or (often) had the accompanying score over it.

Availability: Extremely rare/near extinction. One film that had this logo was Crazy Like a Fox.

Pathé-Distributors

(1921-1929)

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Logo: We see the word "Pathé", with the tops of the "t and "h" connected and "Distributors" below. On the left and right sides are circles with rooster drawings in crowing stances, both in opposite directions.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: Silent, or (often) had the accompanying score over it.

Availability: Extremely rare/near extinction. One film that had this logo was Grandma's Boy.

Pathéx

(1918?-1927?)

Logo: On a black background, we see a coin and a rooster in white, with a shining on it. Text are seen embossed in a stone, with "PATHEX" and "TRADE - MARK" on the top and bottom below.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Ultra rare. Seen on many Pathex 9.5mm films (including a short subjects) such as Here It Is, The Monkey Dressed as a Humans, California Or Bust and Felix The Cat (Félix Le Chat) cartoons.

Legacy: The drawing of the coin, and the text looks old school. Also, the logo is very shaky.

Pathéscope

(Mid 1921?-1925?)

When the 9.5mm film format was introduced in the United Kingdom, it was rebranded as Pathéscope.

Logo: On a black background, we see a white triangle with a film reel overlaps the triangle, with the 3 words "SAFETY FILM" on the left, right and top, albeit is in the outlined top. We fades in to see the words:

PATHESCOPE Presents

in a script font, which then overlaps the emblem.

Closing Variant: On the closing variant, the text "A PATHESCOPE FILM" is appeared on the emblem.

Technique: The fading in.

Music/Sounds: Silent, or the opening theme.

Availability: Rare, during the 40-80 years of use. Seen on many Pathescope films in the UK, such as The Alarum Clock and The ABC of Aviation, albeit can be seen on YouTube.

Pathé

1st Logo (1929-1936)

Logo: Inside a white circle on a black BG, we see a rooster, which seems to be standing on top of a model globe. Below it is the word "Pathé", in the same style as before. The word is in white, except the areas which overlap the circle, which are in black. The rooster crows.

Variant:

  • On Two Fresh Eggs, a sepia-toned version is used.
  • A variant exists where the background is white and the text is black and thinner.

Technique: Live action.

Music/Sounds: Just the rooster crowing. On silent films with this logo, it had the film's score over it.

Availability: Very rare. Most surviving prints of their output have this removed or plastered over with the 11th logo (an example of this is on the Olive Films DVD & Blu-ray of the 1959 French version of Les Misérables). May still be intact on French films released by The Criterion Collection, Fox Lorber, and Koch Media, among other specialty/art film labels. Was also seen on UK and French prints of Hal Roach's Laurel and Hardy comedies. This was found intact on Pathegrams News Digests. Also seen on Van Beuren cartoons from 1929-1930 (most YouTubers remove the Pathé logo, but some kept them, particulary Motion Pictures).

2nd Logo (1943)

Logo: We see the front of a skyscraper at dusk. A black square with a picture of a rooster is in the middle of the building. The large text "PATHE" is beneath the square while a marquee with the text "PICTURES LTD" beneath "PATHE". The camera then pans down to reveal that the text is part of a building awning with "PRESENTS" encased in a rectangle.

Technique: Live action.

Music/Sounds: An uninspired horn fanfare.

Availability: Rare. Most prints of titles from this period have it removed or plastered over with the 11th logo. Some films, such as Cosmo Jones and Crime Smasher, have kept it intact with the 11th logo following.

3rd Logo (1945-1948?)

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Logo: We see a circle with a rooster, beneath the rooster is "Pathé Pictures".

Technique: None.

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

Availability: Unknown.

4th Logo (1946)

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Logo: We see the words "Un film" and a circle with a black and white picture of a rooster fade in. Then "Pathé" in large handwritten font draws itself below.

Technique: The name drawing.

Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the film.

Availability: Rare. Seen on the French DVD and the Criterion DVD of Les Enfants du Paradis at the start, the end of part 1 and end of part 2. On the Criterion Blu-ray, the current Pathé ident replaces this at the start but it is seen at the end of the film since both parts 1 & 2 are combined into one.

5th Logo (1970-1980s?)

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Logo: On a worn-out black background, we see a white rectangle containing an abstract red rooster. Beneath that is the white text "PATHÉ". "TRADEMARK OF QUALITY SINCE 1896" is beneath "PATHÉ" in smaller print.

Technique: TBA.

Music/Sounds: TBA.

Availability: Unknown.

6th Logo (1989)

Logo: On a black background, the text "PATHÉ PICTURES" is seen in a bold white ITC Avant Garde font, with the "TH" being semi-conjoined and the text "INC." seen on the bottom left of the text pointing up. On the upper left gap is a red rooster silhouette crowing. A few seconds later, "PRESENTS" fades in below, and then we fade to the program.

Variant: At the end of the program, the logo is seen superimposed on the program, as well as a copyright below.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The opening and ending themes of Arthur Murray Dance Lessons: Cha Cha.

Availability: Extremely rare. It was only seen on Arthur Murray Dance Lessons: Cha Cha.

7th Logo (1991-1999)

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Logo: On a black background, we see a yellow line appearing, which slowly turns into a sunrise. Dark blue and red streaks come from the bottom of the sun, forming a rooster. Once it appears, the sun disappears, leaving a yellow rectangle surrounding the rooster, with "PATHE" written under it, and a small yellow line. After a few seconds, the rectangle flips over vertically, turning into a star, and zooms out. A blue oval-shaped ball appears. Four white stars appear from the top of it, surrounding the ball, while the yellow star floats on top of the ball. The text "une société de" appears on the top of the logo, while "CHARGEURS" appears below it.

Variant: The trailer variant features this logo zooming in.

Technique: Possibly cel animation.

Music/Sounds: A short synthesized fanfare, followed by a dreamy synth/piano tune. Sometimes silent.

Availability: Scarce. Seen on UK prints of films such as 1492: Conquest of Paradise, but has likely fallen to plastering with the current logo. It also appears on several VHS tapes from Guild and Fox.

Legacy: This is a beautifully animated logo. It looks similar to the 5th logo as well.

8th Logo (1999-)

Logo: On a grey background, we see a balloon reading "PATHE!" in yellow, stylized after the speech bubble variant, made into a mobile, rotating around clockwise, with the letters revolving around as well. There are two shadows of the mobile casted in the background by two spotlights. Then, the mobile stalls in it's moment, only for it to rotate to it's side, with a shadow of a rooster to turn into view.

Trivia: There are replicas of the mobile seen in some Pathé cinemas (mostly from the Netherlands). However, they are designed differently than the logo does. You can see the demonstration here.

Variants:

  • An enhancement to the logo, with more realistic-looking tinting, was introduced in 2012.
  • On several trailers and at the end of Chicken Run, the print version of the logo is seen, containing only "PATHÉ!" in either white or its corporate bulbous yellow font, without any motion.
    • There is another version which has the name in 2 speech bubbles, coming from a rooster. The text here is now stretched and straightened upwards.
  • A 1.50:1 matted version was spotted on French DVD releases, including Pollux - Le manège enchanté (the French title for The Magic Roundabout)
  • On French Blu-ray releases, the logo is in 2.35:1 and is in a shade of blue. This was spotted on the Blu-ray release of the said film.
  • On the UK VHS and 4:3 TV broadcasts of Chicken Run, the logo cuts to when we see the logo revealed. It applies to both the retail and rental versions. The DVD release have it uncut.

Technique: CGI animation (though it may also be done with real models), produced by Landor Associates in Paris, France.

Music/Sounds: A lush piano, drum, choir, and string fanfare. Films such as Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra have a chicken clucking at the end.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • Sometimes, the film's opening theme would be used instead.
  • On the UK DVD release of Chicken Run, the fanfare is out of sync, playing before the logo animates.
  • On both European Portuguese and Korean dubs of The Magic Roundabout, the opening score has been cut to when the logo appears, mostly due to it playing a few seconds before it.

Music/Sounds Trivia: Parts of the fanfare would later be sampled and remixed for the company's UK website between 2005 and 2011.

Availability: Very common.

  • This plasters older logos on current prints of their output, and other distributors' tags on films Pathé now owns (an example is on the Criterion Collection release of Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, in which Pathé obtained U.S. rights from its previous owner, Miramax)
  • As with the last logo, it is used as a de-facto home video logo in the UK and France.
    • The 1.85:1 version was only seen on UK DVD releases of films from the company such as Millions, Chicken Run, The Magic Roundabout, Be Kind Rewind as well as many foreign films such as Les Choristes (The Chorus) and 菊次郎の夏 (Kikujiro).
    • The 1.33:1 version was most likely to appear on some anime releases in France such as Gunnm (Battle Angel in the USA), Ghost in the Shell and Ninja Scroll. It appears on UK VHS releases, and also the UK DVD release of Angry Kid Season 1 (Season 2 was distributed by 2 Entertain).
    • The 2.35:1 version appeared on some UK DVD releases such as 127 Hours and Two Brothers, alongside the live-action Asterix movies.
    • It is unknown if this will appear on the French DVD release of Chicken Run, considering that Studio Canal actually provided theatrical and home media rights to the film there.
  • It is also seen at the beginning of the UK releases of Chicken Run, accompanied with the film's theme music; however, it does not appear on the DreamWorks print, due to the length of that logo at the start of the film (although the print version of this logo appears at the end).
  • The print logo is seen on several trailers, on Chicken Run and The Magic Roundabout (also known as Doogal in the US) and also appears (in yellow) on the video game Asterix and Obelix Take on Caesar. The version with the rooster is very rare, which was seen on a trailer for The Iron Lady.
  • It can also be seen on the 2018 Australian Umbrella Entertainment DVD release of Driving Miss Daisy (this is because Pathé has international rights to the film).
  • It also made a surprise appearance on the UK Blu-ray of Super Mario Bros. (1993), possibly due to using a streaming print of the film.
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