For variations of this logos see Universal Pictures/Other.
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Universal Film Manufacturing Company
Universal Pictures was founded on April 30, 1912 as The Universal Film Manufacturing Company or simply Universal Films.
Universal Pictures (first era)
In 1914, they renamed the studio to Universal Pictures, which was still Universal Films. Also, it was part of The Trans-Atlantic Film Company Limited.
In 1923, they made another logo which features a biplane which is flying around the globe.
In 1927, they made another logo that features the biplane but this time, instead of reading Universal Pictures it reads A Universal Picture.
In 1936, they made the logo spin and the spinning words A Universal Picture appears.
In 1946, they renamed the studio to Universal International until 1963.
In 1960, they made the globe smaller and the words Universal International bigger.
Universal Pictures (second era)
In 1963, they renamed the studio back to Universal Pictures. On the bottom left, it has Edward Muhl's name on it.
In 1965, they removed Edward Muhl's name on the bottom left.
In 1973, a byline was added and it was An MCA Company.
1990 (75th anniversary logo)
In 1990, The logo was reimagined as a 21-second CG-animated curtain raiser, made by The Chandler Group and Studio Productions (now known as Flip Your Lid Animation) (the same company that made the 1986-2002 Paramount Pictures logo and the 1994-2010 20th Century Studios logo), for the studio's 75th anniversary. The theatrical logo began with clips of the 1927-1936 and 1936-1946 movie logos and the previous logo, respectively before it segued into the 75th anniversary logo complete with a majestic orchestral fanfare by James Horner. It made it's debut on Back to the Future: Part III and made its final appearance on A Kiss Before Dying.
In 1991, It's the same logo but they made the (R) (registered symbol) bigger. It made it's debut on Backdraft and made it's final appearance on Mchale's Navy (1997 film). It later made a surprise appearance in The Thing (2011 film), but without the MCA byline.
In 1997, the logo was updated with a more advanced CGI animation, done by Identica. Also, the logo had a new, majestic orchestral fanfare, composed by Jerry Goldsmith. It made its debut in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, although trailers and TV spots use the previous logo instead of the 1997 logo.
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In 1998, a URL was added and it reads www.universalstudios.com
In 1999, the Universal City Studios copyright stamp was removed.
In 2005, the logo was slightly modified, making the colors more vivid, the textures more detailed and the font of the URL changed to Helvetica.
In 2009, the URL was changed to a byline reading A Division Of NBC Universal.
2012 (100th anniversary logo)
In 2012, the logo was updated again but this time with an ever more advanced CGI animation designed by Weta Digital and a reorchestrated version of the previous logo's fanfare complete with a choir, composed by Brian Tyler, for the studio's 100th year celebration. Also, the former byline was changed to A Comcast Company. It made its debut on The Lorax, produced by Illumination Entertainment.
In 2013, it's just the normal logo and it's still A Comcast Company. This logo was showcased in the trailer of Despicable Me 2, seen at the end of Universal's Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories at Universal Studios Florida and debuted in Identity Thief.
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