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It all began in 1918 when Jack and Harry Cohn and Joe Brandt founded CBC Film Sales Corporation, which was renamed to its current name, Columbia Pictures Corporation, on January 10, 1924. Today, Columbia Pictures is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Columbia Pictures

1936-1976

Columbia Pictures (1936)
Columbia Pictures (1953)

If you're a fan of old classic films from the late 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s mostly, then you just might see this logo on such films that were distributed by Columbia Pictures.

A widescreen version of this logo debuted in 1953.

These films, originally released on VHS by Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment from 1979 to 1980, contain this logo:

November 1979
  1. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (October 17, 1939)
  2. Gilda (April 25, 1946)
  3. Born Yesterday (December 26, 1950)
  4. The Harder They Fall (May 9, 1956)
  5. Bell, Book and Candle (November 11, 1958)
  6. Mysterious Island (December 20, 1961)
  7. Bye Bye Birdie (April 4, 1963)
  8. Born Free (June 22, 1966)
  9. A Man for All Seasons (December 12, 1966)
  10. The Taming of the Shrew (March 8, 1967)
  11. Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (July 12, 1968)
  12. The Anderson Tapes (June 17, 1971)
  13. The New Centurions (August 3, 1972)
  14. Shamus (January 31, 1973)
  15. Breakout (May 22, 1975)
  16. Harry and Walter Go to New York (June 17, 1976)
February 1980
  1. The Professionals (November 2, 1966)
  2. Buck and the Preacher (April 28, 1972)
  3. The Odessa File (October 18, 1974)
  4. Emmanuelle (December 3, 1974)
  5. White Line Fever (July 16, 1975)

1976-1981

Columbia Pictures (1976)

The first film to use this logo was Murder by Death (1976), and can also be seen on these movies originally released on VHS in November 1979:

  1. Fun with Dick and Jane (February 9, 1977)
  2. The Deep (June 17, 1977)
  3. Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (August 12, 1977)
  4. You Light Up My Life (August 31, 1977)
  5. Eyes of Laura Mars (August 2, 1978)
  6. Midnight Express (October 6, 1978)

1981-1993

Columbia Pictures (1981)

The first half of this logo is much similar to its 1976 counterpart, but after the torch "shines", it dims back into space. This logo debuted with Murder By Death (1976), and can be seen on films like Gandhi (1982), The Karate Kid (1984), and Ghostbusters (1984). The last film to use this logo was Happy Birthday To Me (1981).

On one occasion, the music from the 1976 logo was used here, while on current prints of Stripes (1981), it has the music from the 1993 logo. The first film to use this was Cheech And Chong's Nice Dreams (1981) and the last to use it was Lost In Yonkers (1993).

1993-Present

Columbia (1993) Columbia Pictures (1993) Columbia Pictures (2006) Sony (2013) Columbia Pictures (2013)

This is the current Columbia Pictures logo, which premiered on June 18, 1993 with Last Action Hero (1993). Other films that use this logo include The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Sense and Sensibility (1995), Air Force One (1997), Stuart Little (1999), Spider-Man (2002), and Stealth (2005).

The logo made its home video debut on the Robin Hood: Men in Tights VHS on January 12, 1994. As of May 3, 1996, starting with The Craft (1996), the byline "A Sony Pictures Entertainment Company" appears under the logo. It was then changed to "A Sony Company" in 2013 with American Hustle.

Sony Pictures Animation/Rovio Entertainment

Sony Pictures Animation (2011) Sony Pictures Animation (2018) Rovio Entertainment (2015)

All animated films starting with Arthur Christmas (released in theaters on November 11, 2011) and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc starting with The Pirates! Band of Misfits (released on August 28, 2012) had the first logo, while the second SPA logo was first seen on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (released on December 14, 2018).

The Rovio Entertainment logo can be found on The Angry Birds Movie (2016).

Film history

A lot of events occurred to Sony Pictures Animation's films alongside production of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

During development of Season 1...

These films were in development:

During development of Season 2...

These films were in development:

During development of Season 3...

These films were in development:

  • The Pirates: Band of Misfits (April 27, 2012)
  • Hotel Transylvania (September 21, 2012)
  • The Smurfs 2 (July 31, 2013)
During development of Season 4...

These films were in development:

Other events:

  • Later in 2012, "Cloudy 2" moved up to September 27, 2013, resulting in no animated films set for release within 2014. It was also retitled "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2".
During development of Season 5...

These films were in development:

During development of Season 6...

These films were in development:

During development of Season 7...

These films were in development:

  • Smurfs: The Lost Village (April 7, 2017)
  • "Emoji Movie: Express Yourself" (August 11, 2017)
  • "The Lamb" (December 8, 2017)
  • Peter Rabbit (March 23, 2018)
  • Hotel Transylvania 3 (September 21, 2018)
  • An animated Spider-Man film (December 21, 2018)

Other events:

  • "The Lamb" was retitled "The Star" in 2016, and the film moved up a month to November 17, 2017.
During development of Season 8...

These films were in development:

  • The Emoji Movie (July 28, 2017)
  • The Star (November 17, 2017)
  • Peter Rabbit (February 9, 2018)
  • Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (July 13, 2018)
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (December 14, 2018)
During development of Season 9...
During development of both Seasons 9 and 10 (the clip shows)...
  • Sony Pictures Animation announced Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, which began production in 2019.

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