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Featured Lions: Slats and Jackie
He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
Confessions of a Queen (1925)
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) original print
London After Midnight (1927)
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925, 1931 reissue)
Jackie with copyright notices and information
With the National Recovery Administration logo at the bottom left. This was used when MGM supported the NRA the following year.
Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931)
Rare sepia toned of
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Rarely used for Cinecolor cartoons, from
Davy Jones' Locker (1933, Willie Whopper)
Rotoscoped version of Jackie the Lion on a Captain and the Kids cartoon
Petunia Natural Park (1939)
Rare Color Version, from
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
another rare colorized version
Seen on various MGM films that were colorized
This logo was used for
March of the Wooden Soldiers.
From the rare colorized version of
David Copperfield (1935)
MGM celebrates it's Silver Anniversary. This special logo was used for
Adam's Rib and In the Good Old Summertime. That's Entertainment II (1976)
The Jackie the Lion video clips were added to the film strips as effects on the
1993 MGM/UA Home Video logo
where they only roar once with Tanner's roaring voice effects.
1953 version; this was used in tandem with the Tanner logo but used in black & white films.
Pete Smith Specialties Shorts (1953)
Seagulls Over Sorrento (1954)
According to the Wikipedia, the Lion's name is Bill, but it's not confirmed at the moment.
Only seen on The Heart Of General Robert E. Lee (1928) Year Confirmed
The Mysterious Island (1929) Gus Edwards' Kiddie Revue (1930) 1932–1935
Lion used - Coffee
This variant was used on black and white versions of films.
A variant with an blue frame.
The Discontented Canary (1934)
Tale of the Vienna Woods (1934)
Bosko's Parlor Pranks (1934)
The Chinese Nightingale (1935)
The Chinese Nightingale (1935, 1980s BBC1 airing)
Lion featured: Tanner
A "Tanner" live-action movie films from 1934-1952. This logo in the late 1930s and early 1940s was used for one-shot films,
Barney Bear, and Tom and Jerry cartoons. (1939-1942) Wonder City Of The West (1935) The Marx Brothers: A Night At The Opera (1935, A) The Marx Brothers: A Night At The Opera (1935, B) The Marx Brothers: A Night At The Opera (1935, C) The Marx Brothers: A Night At The Opera (1935, D) The Early Bird And The Worm (1936) Bosko's Easter Eggs (1937) Puss Gets the Boot (1940) The Night Before Christmas (1941) Plymouth Adventure (1952) Singin' in The Rain (1952)
This 1942-1946 logo was used for
Barney Bear, Tom and Jerry and Droopy cartoons.
Mid/Late 1940s-Early 1950s cartoon logo (version 1 from 1946-1948)
Mid/Late 1940s-Early 1950's cartoon logo (version 2 from 1948-1952)
Early 1950s cartoon logo. (1952-1953, 1954)
Mid 1950s cartoon logo. (1953-1954, 1954-1955)
1950s cartoon logo formatted in CinemaScope. (1954-1958)
Take the High Ground! (1953)
All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953)
Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)
Knights of the Round Table (1953)
The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
Variation with copyright disclaimer from
Strauss Fantasy (1954)
MGM Jubilee Overture (1954)
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954, Fullscreen)
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954, Widescreen)
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
It’s Always Fair Weather (1955)
Invitation to the Dance (1956) 1956–1958
Lion featured: George
Black and White variation
Alternate unused logo filmed in 70mm, circa 1955. The frame has faded, thus the pink hue.
The Wedding in Monaco (1956)
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)
The Wings of Eagles (1957)
Featured and current lion: Leo
Black and White rendition of the 1957 logo
Jailhouse (1957, Colorized) North By Northwest (1959) The Last Voyage (1960) the first film to use 2 roars only.
Cartoon version from 1961-1962 on Gene Dietch's Tom and Jerry cartoons
Parody found in the
Tom and Jerry cartoon, Switchin' Kitten (1961)
Parody found in Tom and Jerry in 1963 until 1967.
Advance to the Rear (1964) MGM's The Big Parade of Comedy (1964, A) MGM's The Big Parade of Comedy (1964, B) The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967, A) The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967, B) Lionpower from MGM (1967) The Strawberry Statement (1970) House of Dark Shadows (1970)
From poster for
Alex in Wonderland (1970), with Donald Sutherland Nothing Lasts Forever (1984)
Rare sketches of Leo the Lion
When the sketches are joined up, they form some sort of animation of Leo roaring.
1974 (50th anniversary)
50th Anniversary variation A
50th Anniversary variation B
That’s Entertainment (1974, A)
That’s Entertainment (1974, B)
MGM/UA Entertainment Co. (1983–1986, July 10, 1987)
Lionpower from MGM (1967) The Subject was Roses (1968) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
1984–1985 (60th anniversary)
Just the Way You Are (1984) 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)
Where the River Runs Black (1986) Willow
(1988) (Theatrical & VHS/LaserDisc releases only,
owns this title on its own on further releases)
...and then the sparkle of light flashes them out.
Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1990)
The Pebble and the Penguin (US, 1995) Fame (TV series, 1982, 1996 reissue)
As seen on the 1997 Toshiba DVD commercial.
Warriors of Virtue (1997)
Home Entertainment version used from 1998-2005
The Lionhearts (TV series, 1998)
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
1994 (70th anniversary)
1999 (75th anniversary)
Josie and the Pussycats (2001) Fargo (1996, 2001 reissue) Geromino (1962, 2001 reissue) From Russia with Love (1963, 2001 reissue) The Little Girl Who Lived Down The Lane (1976, 2001 reissue) The Flamingo Kid (1984, 2002 reissue) Prizzi's Honor (1985, 2002 reissue)
The Care Bears Movie (1985, 2002 Reissue)
The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002) Me And You And Everyone We Know (2005) The Pink Panther (Frame B, 2006) The Pink Panther (Frame C, 2006) The Pink Panther (Frame D, 2006) Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
'Golden' version with byline (2009-2011)
Matted version of the 2008 logo
The Pink Panther 2 (2009)
An alternate logo graphic from 2011 seen on international MGM channels.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) The Sun is Also a Star (2019)
MGM's updated logo for 2021 also features a spectacular fanfare, and for the first time, Leo is fully CGI. The 1995 roar was also retained.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Pink Floyd – The Wall (1982)