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Warner Bros has been doing logo jokes since its early years.

Since the logo animation simply consists of the unveiling of the iconic WB shield and a orchestral snippet of "As Time Goes By", the Warner Bros logo often receives a different tint and a change in audio (generally one that starts the movie).

WB usually produces films with other production companies (notably Village Roadshow, Legendary Entertainment, Dark Castle Entertainment, New Line Cinema and DC Comics) so when the film gets a WB logo variant, so will the other companies that produce the film (although occasionally logo jokes will occur in co-productions that are limited only to Warner Brothers itself.)

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  • A variation: For many of their TV cartoons, WB would use a short intro with Bugs Bunny leaning on the shield and eating a carrot while an orchestral version of the last few notes of the Merrie Melodies theme plays. Animaniacs replaced said Merrie Melodies tune with the last four notes of their own theme ("Those are the facts!"), with that particular variation being used until 2008 (at which point, a remade intro returned the Merrie Melodies tune).
  • Batman: The Animated Series: The WB logo fades into a police zeppelin.
  • The Gintama animated film Shinyaku Benizakura-hen had the logo play out three times, the first two times the Yorozuya gang were bickering so it had to be repeated.
    • This joke was repeated for the live-action film Gintama 2.
  • The classic Looney Tunes / Merrie Melodies cartoons traditionally began with the WB shield surrounded by brightly colored concentric rings. Some twists: Many of the classic Bugs Bunny cartoons start with Bugs reclining on the shield, and in some cases pulling down the card reading "Looney Tunes" or "Merrie Melodies".
    • One Road Runner cartoon ended with Wile. E Coyote essentially quitting, and placing a sign in view advertising for "one gullible coyote" to speak to the movie theater manager, then pulling the closing "That's All Folks" card onto the screen.
    • "Lumberjack-Rabbit", the only Bugs Bunny cartoon in 3-D, started with the WB shield bouncing toward the audience, nearly filling the screen before settling to its normal size, in an effort to play with the 3-D effects.
      • This was also reused for the 2003 Looney Tunes shorts WB made in a short-lived revival attempt (for tying in with Looney Tunes: Back in Action), but the effect was not as convincing. It was also reused on the intro for The Looney Tunes Show, but seemed partly out-of-place because the show wasn't produced in 3-D. Finally, the variant was reused to much better effect in the CGI Looney Tunes theatrical shorts, but non-Road Runner cartoons had the usual animation of the shield zooming into the final position without overshooting it, but redone in CG.
    • In "Porky in Wackyland" (and the remake "Dough for the Do-Do"), the Do-Do rides the WB shield as it emerges from the vanishing point, bops Porky on the head and rides it back out of sight.
  • Osmosis Jones: The logo appears as a single-cell organism floating in a dark background.
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated features the Warner Bros. logo and the Merrie Melodies theme that accompanies most modern Warner Bros. animation productions, but played with a creepy organ, and the logo is surrounded by a spooky, green fog. Seen here
  • Smallfoot: The WB logo plays a bit quicker than normal. It freezes over during a light snowfall and shatters into the Warner Animation Group logo, which itself freezes over and blows apart like snow in the wind. Seen here.
  • Storks: The WB logo appears on a white background and spins over to reveal the WAG logo as it has with the Lego movies. Seen here.
  • Teen Titans Go! To the Movies: Daffy Duck runs wild around the Warner Bros Animation logo, then he knocks himself out and an annoyed Porky Pig pulls him away, seen here.
  • The LEGO films:
    • The LEGO Movie has the Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow logos built out of LEGO bricks, like everything else in the movie. The Warner Bros. logo spins around to reveal the Warner Animation Group logo on its back, as it would with later movies. Seen here.
    • The LEGO Batman Movie opens with Batman commenting on the aesthetics of the WB shield and the logos of the other production companies involved in the film. The WB logo itself is colored blue, the same as in The Dark Knight trilogy.
    • The LEGO Ninjago Movie has the WB, Warner Animation Group, and Ratpac logos presented in a way reminiscent of vintage film studio logos from China and Hong Kong. Text at the bottom consists of three phrases written in Chinese that are translated to English underneath; one of them reads "in Lego-Scope". Seen here.
    • The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part features only the Warner Bros. and WAG logos built out of LEGO bricks. It uses the new byline of "A Warner Media Company". In a first, the ring around the WB logo visibly slides down as the logo spins around to match the WAG logo ring's place. Seen here.
  • In Tiny Toon Adventures, Wackyland's first appearances showed the WB shield chasing the 1970s WB "Big W" in the background, with the former hitting the latter with a mallet. HARD.
    • Later, "The Making of Kon Ducki" showed the Warner lot's water tower with the caption "AFTER WE BOOTED OUT COLUMBIA." note 
  • Yogi Bear has the Warner Bros. logo in green and wood-paneled. The sky in the background is also done in a more realistic style than the animated sky usually seen.

    Live-Action Films 
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood: One of the earliest in film history. The WB shield appears as a coat of arms, seen here.
    • This logo was repeated for Errol Flynn's next historical adventure, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, as seen here.
  • Argo, a 2012 movie set in the 1979-80 Iranian hostage crisis, and Magic Mike, a 2012 70's-style movie, both use the 1972-84 style Warner logo, which was designed by Saul Bass.
    • Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh fought long and hard to convice Time Warner heads to allow him to use the Bass logo on the film (he also attempted to utilize it for his Ocean's Eleven movies, but was also shot down). It took the studio president's claims that it wouldn't destroy Warner Bros.' reputation, and they finally gave it a get-go. Soderbergh claimed that the logo harkened back to an era of "great American films" and expressed his admiration of Bass' work.
    • Since The Nice Guys is set in 1977, instead of the WB Shield it also opens with the Saul Bass Warner Communications logo that Warner used at the time the movie is set.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow logos emerge in an overcast, snowy sky, setting up the long tracking shot around and into the factory that most of the opening credits are run over, and Danny Elfman's score substitutes for the "As Time Goes By" music.
  • Dreamcatcher : The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow logos are covered in snow, while the Castle Rock Entertainment lighthouse beams its light across a lake covered in snow.
  • Get Smart: The Warner Brothers logo is a CONTROL-like door, and the Village Roadshow logo is a billboard.
  • The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow logos in Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole appear after the film starts and are shown in the sky with Noctus flying around them, followed by the film's title, seen here.
  • Ghost Ship uses the 1948-1967 Warner logo to tie in with its grisly 1962 prologue scene. Because Village Roadshow and Dark Castle Entertainment didn't exist in '62, their logos had to settle for a sepia tone instead.
  • In Green Lantern, the logo as a power ring construct, as well as the DC logo.
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch: This movie's 1990 release coincided with the 50th anniversary of the first Bugs Bunny cartoon, so Bugs is lounging on top of the WB shield when it zooms into view. Daffy Duck immediately appears and attempts to usurp his place. The characters reappear during the closing credits.
  • Andy Muschiett's It adaptation:
    • It: Chapter One has the Warner Bros, New Line Cinema and Ratpac Entertainment logos are set amidst stormy weather and have an eerie glow around them, and a red balloon floats up beside the New Line logo, seen here.
    • It: Chapter Two has the rusty Warner Bros and New Line Cinema logos set in darkness, illuminated by Pennywise's Deadlights.
  • Mars Attacks! starts with the usual "sky-borne" WB Shield, from behind which a Martian saucer emerges and wobbles sinisterly off-screen to the strains of a Theremin.
  • The Matrix trilogy: The WB Shield and Village Roadshow Pictures logos are tinted green, the same shade as the Matrix Raining Code.
  • MonsterVerse:
    • Kong: Skull Island: The Warner Bros, Legendary Pictures and Tencent Pictures logos are set in the air and made of metal, representing the aerial dogfight in the prologue, seen here.
    • Godzilla: King of the Monsters: The Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures logos appear in ancient drawings/etchings of the film's monsters. During their appearance, stomping is heard and technical flickers are briefly seen.
      • The trailers had the Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures logos shaded a luminescent blue, the glow from Godzilla and Mothra's bodies.
  • On New York Minute, the theme is played on an electric guitar.
  • Orphan: The WB and Dark Castle logos are covered in glow paint that flicker on and off, foreshadowing Esther's usage of UV paint to hide the "Crazy" part of her Room Full of Crazy in the movie itself. Additionally, Dark Castle is missing its gargoyle head.
  • Rock N Rolla: The WB and Dark Castle Entertainment logos are spray-painted onto the side of a brick wall.
  • Scooby-Doo: A bite is taken out of the Warner Bros. shield, and Scooby's trademark laugh is heard. Then the logo disappears and Scooby's dog tag reading "SD" appears, and it says 'A Mystery Inc. Company" in place of the Time Warner byline. Seen here, and acts as the main trope page's image.
  • Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird: an animated Big Bird blows up a balloon in the shape of the WB shield and says "Sesame Street is brought to you today by the letters W and B." Seen here.
  • Sherlock Holmes:
    • Sherlock Holmes (2009): The WB shield, Village Roadshow Pictures logo, and Silver Pictures square appear as metal-worked sewer covers on a cobblestone street. The camera then pulls back to reveal the street as part of the movie's opening chase, seen here.
    • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: The Warner Bros/Village Roadshow Pictures/Silver Pictures logos, and opening title, appear in the pages of Dr. Watson's manuscript, seen here.
  • Sucker Punch: WB and Legendary Pictures appear in two consecutive red curtains in a theater - in which the opening scene is first a stage play, then a movie.
  • The normally bright sky for the background of the logo is replaced with grim, overcast conditions for Twister; the clouds part briefly to reveal the WB shield and then cover it again. The movie was released outside North America by Universal, however (it was a co-production between the two studios), and it's their logo which is revealed internationally, leaving the impression that the solar system is in the middle of a storm.
  • Unaccompanied Minors: The Warner Brothers and Village Roadshow logos get covered in an avalanche of snow.
  • On the 2009 version of The Firm, the shield glows neon colors and the fanfare is replaced by Soft Cell's "Tainted Love".
  • Where the Wild Things Are: Each of the logos are static, and have apparently been drawn on by Max. The WB logo has a "wild thing" sort of shape drawn around it, with Max scribbling over the Time Warner byline and replacing it with his name. The Legendary Pictures logo has Max drawing a monster eating it. The Village Roadshow logo has Max turning the logo into his own name, with the "V" becoming an upside down "A", and a crude sword along the bottom of the logo.
  • Wrath of the Titans: The Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures logos are each scrawled on a wall.
  • Wizarding World:
  • You've Got Mail: The background changes into a computer screen and the view zooms out so that the Warner Brothers logo is at the top-left corner as a desktop icon. Seen here.
  • Invictus: The Warner Bros logo is the 90s era logo, in keeping with the time period of the film.

    Comic Book Films 
  • 300: The WB and Legendary Pictures logos are rendered to look like unearthed ancient gold. In addition, the "As Time Goes By" jingle is also done in a Greek-sounding style.
    • 300: Rise of an Empire: The WB and Legendary logos are emblazoned on doors in a Greek temple that literally open to the opening scene.
  • Batman Forever and Batman & Robin: The Warner Brothers logo morphs into the shapes of the Bat Emblem. The latter has the logo freezing.
  • Constantine: The Warner Bros. logo starts out in front of the traditional blue sky with fluffy white clouds. Then the sky and clouds turn red and the logo crumbles and blows away, which is a reference to events later in the movie when Constantine goes to Hell... again.
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy
  • DC Extended Universe:
    • In Man of Steel, The Warner Brothers, Legendary Pictures, DC Comics and Syncopy Inc logos are steel gray and have Kryptonian engraving on them, seen here.
    • Aquaman (2018): The Warner Brothers logo is embedded in a sea bed and covered in coral and seaweed.
  • Joker (2019): The shield is replaced the Saul Bass-designed Warner Communications logo used in the early 80s, fitting with the film's 1981 setting.
  • Jonah Hex: The "As Time Goes By" jingle is done in a Western-sounding style.
  • Superman Returns: The snippet of "As Time Goes By" has a few notes of the Superman fanfare added at the end.
  • In V for Vendetta the WB logo is in black and white. In addition, the opening notes of the 1812 Overture are playing in the background.

    Video Games 
  • Lollipop Chainsaw does a similar gag, starting with the tower having a sparkly rainbow background, then turning around to a darker background with zombies being slaughtered.
  • Mortal Kombat 9 has the camera go around from one side of the WB water tower (with the WB logo on the tower and the normally bright sky background) to the other side (with the WB Games logo and, uhhh, a Mortal Kombat dragon logo skyline).

  • In late 2019, the logo was redesigned to be sleeker and simpler, as seen here.


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