Playtone

From Audiovisual Identity Database


Background

This is the production company of Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, formed in 1998. The company’s name originates from the fictional record label, Playtone Records from Hanks’ 1996 directorial debut, That Thing You Do!

(September 9, 2001-)

Logo: On a black background, we see a colored oval with the text "PLAY•TONE" on it. The oval zooms in and shakes vigorously, then it stops and fades out.

Technique: The oval zooming in and shaking.

Music/Sounds: It depends on the variant, but most themes involve a four-note ascending theme, followed by a held-out last note (which were based on the final five notes of "That Thing You Do!" by the Wonders):

  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding and its sequel: We hear drums (sampled from the song "That Thing You Do!" by the Wonders) and a four-note ascending mandolin theme with a held-out last note, followed by a short accordion ditty.
  • The Ant Bully: A version of the above theme but played with different instruments.
  • Starter for 10: The theme is extended, and the theme is replayed with bass and guitar.
  • The Great Buck Howard: The theme is played with horns.
  • Larry Crowne: A whoosh sound followed by five xylophone notes. If you hear closely at the end, you can hear Tom Hanks saying "Spectacular!".
  • The Circle: The last few seconds of the song "That Thing You Do!" by the Wonders.

Otherwise it uses the opening/closing theme of the movie/show, or silence.

Availability: All of the different variants of this logo are shown on its respective films or TV series.

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