Paramount Pictures

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Paramount Pictures was founded on May 8, 1912 as Famous Players Film Company. The name "Paramount Pictures" was adopted in 1916. Today, Paramount is the last of the "Big Six" major film studios still headquartered Los Angeles, California, in the Hollywood district.


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This was the very first logo to ever have the nickname "Majestic Mountain". Examples of films that used this logo are Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), Alice in Wonderland (1933), and Gulliver's Travels (1939). You'll still see this logo if you're a fan of movies from the 1930s and 1940s. The last films to use the 1942 variant were "The Country Girl" and "Mambo" (both 1954).

One of the first films seen on VHS in May 1980 with this logo intact was Animal Crackers (1930). However, the tape was distributed by MCA Home Video. As a result, any films with this logo will usually always include a Universal logo as well.


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The 1953 logo marked the first time films released from Paramount were presented in widescreen format. This logo debuted with Sangaree and Michael's Dead Book Of Solomon Jizz both released on May 10, 1953, and can also be seen on other films like White Christmas (1954), which was the first film to be released in widescreen, The Ten Commandments (1956), and Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).


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In 1966, Paramount was sold to Gulf+Western Industries Corporation. Since then, for more than 20 years, Paramount was known as a "Gulf+Western company", as seen on the byline in this logo. Films with the 1968 logo include Romeo and Juliet (1968), Love Story (1970), The Godfather (1972), and the family classic Charlotte's Web (1973). The logo ended with Three Days of the Condor and the end of Cars Maternational Championship both released on September 24, 1975 (the latter was the first film to have the blue mountain at the beginning).


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In use since October 8, 1975, for 11 years, starting with Mahogany (1975), this next Paramount logo was seen on films from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. This logo was also the first to appear on original VHS prints of current films from back then.

The Golden Child, released on December 12, 1986, was the last film to use the 1975 logo, but only at the end of that film. Other films with this logo include King Kong (1976), Saturday Night Fever (1977), Grease (1978), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Friday the 13th (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), and Ferris Buller's Day off (1986).

Starting from this year onwards, television variants of further Paramount logos were also made.



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1987 logo (with "75th Anniversary")
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During Paramount's last years as a Gulf+Western company, a brand-new logo was unveiled, which first appeared at the beginning of The Golden Child (1986). Like many other logos, the words "75th Anniversary" appear during the logo's first year, and was seen on films until February 5, 1988. Examples of other films with this logo containing the "Gulf+Western" byline are Fatal Attraction (1987), Planes Trains and Automobiles (1987), Coming to America (1988), and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).


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When Gulf+Western was renamed to Paramount Communications, the byline for any newer films since September 22, 1989 also had changed to "A Paramount Communications Company". Of course, the byline was colored gold for its first year. Harlem Nights (1989) and Black Rain (1989) preserve this.

Movies with the white byline include The Godfather: Part III (1990), Wayne's World (1992), Addams Family Values (1993), and Forrest Gump (1994). YTPs include Lego Batman 2 DC Super Heroes (1990) (which was a co-production of Warner Bros. and Universal), Lego Pirates Of The Carribean (1991), the Lego Star Wars movies, Lego Jurassic World (1993) and Lego Marvel Super Heroes (1994). On trailers of Paramount films released from late 1994 to early 1995, the logo is often seen bylineless.


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After Paramount Communications was acquired by Viacom in 1994, all films and VHS tapes affiliated with Paramount Pictures contained the byline "A Viacom Company" beginning on February 17, 1995.

This is a very common logo, as it appears on movies such as Braveheart (1995), Mission Impossible (1996), Star Trek First Contact (1996), Good Burger (1997), Titanic (1997), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Turman Show (1998) and Snow Day (2000) and Jimmy Neutron: Boy genius (2001). The last movie to use this logo was Crossroads, released on February 15, 2002.



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For its first year of 2002, the logo contains the words "90th Anniversary", which first appeared on We Were Soldiers, released on March 1, 2002. Without the words "90th Anniversary" on the logo, it can be seen on films such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), School of Rock (2003), The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), Mission: Impossible III (2006), Star Trek (2009), and several others.


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For the 2002 logo's last year, the Viacom byline was changed to its 2006 font. Films that had this byline on the logo include Iron Man 2, released on May 7, 2010, The Fighter (2010), and Rango (2011). These films were released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from September 28, 2010 to March 13, 2012. Several trailers of films slated for an early 2012 theatrical release contain this logo.


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This logo is currently seen on new Paramount Pictures films in theaters. For its first 13 months from December 16, 2011 to December 21, 2012 (April 17, 2012 to May 7, 2013 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc), starting with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and ending with Jack Reacher, the "100 Years" variant was in use. The standard variant began on January 25, 2013 (June 11, 2013 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) with Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (though the movie was completed in late 2012). It can also be seen on Monster Trucks (2016), released in theaters in North America on January 13, 2017.

Paramount Animation

A lot of events occurred to Paramount's films designed for family audiences alongside production of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

During development of Seasons 1–2...

These films were in development:

  • Rango (March 4, 2011)
  • The Adventures of Tintin (December 21, 2011)

Other events:

  • DreamWorks Animation's films in production were co-distributed by Paramount Pictures.
  • The Adventures of Tintin began principal photography on January 26, 2009.
During development of Season 3...
  • Paramount Animation was founded.
During development of Season 4...
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2, set for release in 2014, was in development.
During development of Season 5...

These films were in development:

  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (February 6, 2015)
  • Monster Trucks (May 29, 2015)
During development of Season 6...
  • Although Monster Trucks has already completed principal photography, the film got pushed back to December 25, 2015 then to March 18, 2016. No new films were announced yet.
During development of Season 7...

These films were in development:

  • Monster Trucks (January 13, 2017)
  • Sherlock Gnomes (January 12, 2018)
  • A third SpongeBob SquarePants film (February 8, 2019)
  • Amusement Park (March 22, 2019)
During development of Season 8...

These films were in development:

  • Sherlock Gnomes (March 23, 2018)
  • Amusement Park (July 13, 2018, then to August 10, 2018)
  • The next SpongeBob SquarePants film (August 2, 2019)
During development of Season 9...

These films were in development:

  • Wonder Park (formerly Amusement Park) (March 15, 2019)
  • The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge

Other events:

  • Paramount Animation announced another film following the third SpongeBob movie on April 25, 2018.
During development of both Seasons 9 and 10 (the clip shows)...
  • The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge was currently in production. Before the first trailer arrived, the film was retitled "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run".
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