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From time to time, some films use a custom variant of the trademark Fox fanfare.

    Film - Live Action 
  • Alien:
  • Alita: Battle Angel: The logo briefly changes into a dilapidated, futuristic version of itself, reading "26th Century Fox".
  • The trailer of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel: Alvin appears on one of the searchlights singing along to the fanfare. Simon and Theodore stand nearby singing along as well. Alvin dashes over to join them for the last notes, nearly knocking Theodore off the platform in the process. After they finish singing, Theodore worriedly glances down at the ground as he is still hanging off the edge of the platform.
  • At Long Last Love: The logo subtly cycles through several different colors during the fanfare.
  • Australia: The logo is only shown as a picture on the front page of an old newspaper.
  • Baby's Day Out: The background of the ident is pitch-black, and the spotlights are colored blue.
  • Bohemian Rhapsody: The fanfare is given a rock arrangement by Queen musicians Brian May and Roger Taylor, heard here.
  • The Cannonball Run ident starts with the familiar theme being "derailed" by sounds of crashing cars and a car chase (between a vehicle and a cop car) that happens in and around the logo.
  • Chasing Papi: Three palm trees are shown in front of the logo, which is slightly pushed to the right.
  • The first Cheaper by the Dozen had a TV spot where the "20th" is replaced by the number 12.
  • The trailer for Casper Meets Wendy shows lightning striking the Fox logo.
  • Daredevil DVD: The 20th Century Fox logo turns into something seen though Matt Murdock's enhanced senses. The movie itself has the regular logo.
  • The Day After Tomorrow: The 20th Century Fox logo turns blue and a storm starts to appear in the background. The teaser trailer also shows the logo glitch and turn royal blue while static appears.
  • The logo used in Deck the Halls shows the Fox logo covered in strings of Christmas lights.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
    • The logo for the first film transitions into a paper sheet drawing of the "75"/main logo, which then segues into the opening shot of the film.
    • For Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, the logo turns into a paper sheet drawing.
    • The logo for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is almost exactly the same as Rodrick Rules, save for a beach ball that bounces across the screen before the camera pans down to show more of the drawing.
  • Die Hard:
    • The DVD menu for the original film shows the logo tinted in blue and set against a space background.
    • Die Hard 2: Die Harder DVD menu: Snow is falling on the logo, which is also tinted blue, and the background is dark and stormy.
    • Live Free or Die Hard: The searchlights on the 20th Century Fox logo go out! This also occurs in FOX Searchlight's 28 Days Later.
  • The ident for DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story shows a dodgeball being thrown at the "20th" in the logo, which separates to dodge it and reforms.
  • Down with Love: To go with the film's Retraux early '60s romantic comedy cinematography, the '60s Fox logo is used, complete with CinemaScope card. Also, the Regency logo is colored pink instead of blue and its jingle was rearranged in a smooth jazz style.
  • Edward Scissorhands features a dark wintry setting with snowfall, in keeping with Edward creating snow in the film. Seen here.
  • Fantastic Four (2005): The logo randomly glitches in and out.
  • Fantastic Four (2015) does a similar variation to the X-Men Film Series logos (listed below), except it's the letter "F" that fades out later.
  • The Fault in Our Stars: The sky background is darker than usual, and the lighting is made less prominent. The screen then pans up to a typical nighttime sky.
  • The Favourite (a Fox Searchlight production) opens with an unusually quiet version of the Fox fanfare composed from, of all things, squeaks recorded from the set’s rabbit cages.
  • The French Connection: The logo transitions from black-and-white to full color.
  • The DVD menu for From Hell shows the logo playing for several seconds, then playing in reverse and sped up. In the film proper, the ident is colored blood-red.
  • Garfield:
    • The theatrical trailer for the original film shows the logo replaced with "20th Century Cat", and is colored orange with black stripes, like Garfield himself.
    • The logo for 2006's Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties is imprinted on a red flag and fades out as the film begins proper.
  • The Greatest Showman:
    • The Fox logo is surprisingly played twice in a row at the start; the first time it plays, it is the short 1950's 20th Century Fox ident (that only plays the first half of the fanfare). The present-day Fox ident is played, although it is in black-and-white (which happens to the rest of the production company logos afterwards), but this time, the film's opening song ("The Greatest Show") plays throughout the Fox logo (replacing the full Fox fanfare altogether) and the rest of the logo sequence, before segueing into the first verse of the titular song, and the film itself.
  • A TV spot for Independence Day had the logo be progressively darkened by an alien ship's shadow.
  • In the 2008 adaptation of Krabat, the background suddenly turns dark and stormy at the end of the Fox logo as a crow flies by squawking.
  • Kingdom of Heaven: The logo is colored dark yellow ochre, and the background is dark and filled with clouds.
  • Replaced in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by a more decrepit and dark sign. In the trailer, the "0" is replaced with a satellite dish turned backwards.
  • The ident for Life or Something Like It is filled with static (similar to what the X-Files ident does, as mentioned below).
  • Machete: Sparks are seen flying off the structure of the logo as the camera moves around it.
  • Max Payne: The background of the ident is replaced by a city skyline, and snow is falling around the (gray-colored) logo.
  • Minority Report: The logo and background appear to be placed in an underwater locale.
  • The 1994 adaptation of Miracle on 34th Street has jingle sounds mixed into the fanfare.
  • The ident for Mirrors is, well ... mirrored.
  • Moulin Rouge!: A conductor in a concert hall with draped red curtains walks to the center. The curtains open up, and footage of the Fox logo plays on screen framed by the curtains as the conductor leads the symphony playing the fanfare, seen below the stage.
  • For Office Space, the Fox logo is seen being printed out on a piece of paper.
  • Paparazzi: The logo flashes from color to black-and-white while camera clicking noises are heard in the background.
  • The film adaptation of Peyton Place has the Fox logo completely saturated in orange.
  • Planet of the Apes (2001)'s opening sequence has the background of the Fox logo transition into space before the logo fades out.
  • The trailer for Revenge of the Nerds has the logo crumbling and being replaced by the film's one. Also the searchlights are bright and wave wildly (including the searchlights which never normally move).
  • The 1953 film The Robe was Fox's first Cinemascope film, and they marked the occasion by changing the background of the logo from a sky to that of a theater curtain.
  • Robin Hood: Men in Tights has a 12th Century Fox logo on an actual fox.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The 20th Century Fox fanfare is played on a piano rather than by a full orchestra. According to Richard O'Brien in the DVD commentary, the sequence originally was going to be normal, and the piano version of the fanfare was to be played at the movie's climax, just before Frankie started singing "Wild and Untamed Thing".
    • They originally wanted to put a giant 20th Century Fox logo on the stage at the end with Magenta and Columbia using wires to move cardboard searchlights but Fox wouldn’t let them use it which led to them using the now famous RKO tower instead.
  • The teaser trailer for the 1996 adaptation of Romeo And Juliet shows a bullet passing through the Fox logo.
  • The Seeker: The logo sequence plays out normally until the end, when the shade of yellow changes and massive swirling patterns appear on both sides of the logo.
  • 1976's Silent Movie has an amusing variant of this. The logo isn't seen until a full minute into the film, on a billboard as the main characters drive by. A red circle shoots out of the "0" and consumes the screen before the opening credits start proper.
  • Speed 2: Cruise Control has the logo being washed by the ocean.
  • While not a Logo Joke, the iconic Star Wars theme was specifically composed to follow from the 20th Century Fox fanfare, as heard here.
  • In FOX Searchlight's Sunshine, the logo plays backwards, ending on the Sun... which turns out to be the reflection of the Sun on the Icarus II's solar shield.
  • The ident for Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines shows a set of curtains part to reveal the 1935 version of the logo and an alternate piano version of the theme.
  • The trailer for Two of a Kind shows the Fox logo beginning to spin uncontrollably just before seguing into footage from the film.
  • War for the Planet of the Apes: The 20th Century Fox fanfare is played through the use of Congo drums instead of the traditional percussion instruments.
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps: The logo is metallic, and the ident is set amid a New York skyline instead of Los Angeles.
  • What a Way to Go! (1964): The logo is pink (because Gene Kelly's character in said movie loves the color), and the "0" in 20th is slightly tilted.
  • White Men Can't Jump: Same fanfare, much different beat.
  • Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957): Tony Randall (the lead actor in the film) appears on-screen with several instruments and plays the logo theme. He said it was a clause in his contract to do this. Seen here.
  • The X-Files: Fight the Future: The logo glitches out and becomes static, similar to a computer.
  • X-Men Film Series
    • The trailer for the original film had a metallic Fox logo appear on-screen amid water droplets coming down from the top of the screen. For X2, the Fox logo appears amidst an effect similar to Cerebro activating.
    • In the first three films, the "X" in the Fox logo remains visible to the end although the rest of the logo has already faded out.
    • The trailer for the X-Men Trilogy boxset shows the logo in blue/white against a stormy background.
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past brings back the previous Logo Joke of having the "X" in "TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX" fade out a few seconds after the rest of the logo, as well as adding the first few notes of the X-Men theme at the end of the Fox fanfare. This is repeated in X-Men: Apocalypse.
    • Logan Noir, the black and white re-edit of the film, plays with the bumper at the beginning, forgoing the current pan-around CGI logo for one that more explicitly mimics the classic still logo in use from 1953-1981 for its CinemaScope pictures. In fact, it even uses the CinemaScope title card after the Fox logo leaves the screen.
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    Film - Animation 
  • Anastasia: The logo is colored ice-blue and snow falls around it.
  • The trailer for The Book of Life (2014) features a logo styled in a Mexican Day of the Dead variant with a different font and a skull replacing the 0 in "20th".
  • Ice Age:
    • The teaser trailer for the original film shows the word "B.C." awkwardly placed in front of the word "Fox". Another trailer shows glaciers sliding closed in front of the ident.
    • Ice Age 2: The Meltdown: The theatrical trailer shows the logo and background changing from a snowy climate to a heated, red color palette.
    • Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: A stone-age version of the logo appears, with the searchlights replaced by smoking fumaroles. This only appeared in the theatrical release and on the 3D Blu Ray release.
  • * The opening of Rio 2 has a samba version of the famous fanfare.
  • The ident for Robots shows the sky before panning down to a mechanical-looking logo and structures in the background.
  • The Peanuts Movie: Schroeder plays the fanfare on his piano. Seen here.
  • The Simpsons Movie has Ralph Wiggum show up in the "0" and sing along with the music (rather badly).

    Television 
  • Futurama: The logo reads "30th Century Fox Television". The logo even appears in-universe in the episode "That's Lobstertainment!", as seen at the main page. The DVDs even call it "30th Century Fox Home Entertainment", and the syndicated broadcast ends with "30th Television", as the syndication unit of the studio is named 20th Television.
    • This becomes Hilarious in Hindsight in April 2013 when Rupert Murdoch announced that following the spin-out of News Corporation's publishing operations into a new News Corp., the old News Corp. would be re-named 21st Century Fox. The studio, however, is still 20th Century Fox.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: The "Twentieth Century Frog" logo combined this with the MGM lion, with three hand-drawn frogs replacing the lion. "Twentieth Century Vole" is also mentioned on the show.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In one Couch Gag, Homer notices the Fox logo on the screen, rips it off furiously, and his family joins him in stomping on it.
    • In Steal this Episode, the Fox logo appears on the screen as the announcer says they're forbidden to show how to download copyrighted property, so they choose to show some Nascar racing footage.
    • The episode "MoneyBART", the Couch Gag storyboarded by guerrilla artist Banksy depicts the logo as a giant sweatshop making Simpsons merchandise and hand-animating/developing the opening. Steel yourself before following that link, it's actually incredibly dark and unpleasent.
    • In The Simpsons Movie's ident, Ralph Wiggum runs out of the "20th" and sings the last few bars of the theme music (badly) before running away. The audio for this has been adapted for the Home Entertainment logo starting with the Sixteenth Season DVD.
    • The episode "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" ends with the familiar fanfare replaced with Homer screaming "Ah! Undo! Undo!" (Earlier in the episode, Homer is investing in stocks whilst at an internet cafe. This is Homer's reaction when Lisa tells him that News Corp is part of Fox.)
    • The Christmas Episode "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" has jingle bells playing with the fanfare.
    • On "The Blunder Years", this and the Gracie Films logo before have Homer loudly screaming over them.

    Other 
  • The 75th Anniversary logo in 2010note  ends with a giant "75" lit up in the sky by searchlights while the camera pans up to highlight it. Because of this, the News Corporation Company byline and the ® sign were engraved onto the structure, because by the time they fade in normally, the logo would be already gone.
  • The opening ident for Alien: Isolation uses a variation of the old-school Fox title card — the 80s-era logo along with the 1933 fanfare. As the logo theme finishes (and similar to Alien³ above), the last note is held for a few moments while rising in crescendo.
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