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Some studios have vanity plates that are recognized everywhere. The moment you see a ring of stars swirling into place above a serene-looking mountain, for example, you know you're watching a Paramount movie. That little kid who tosses a fishing line into the water while sitting in the crook of the moon is instantly recognizable as DreamWorks. Such logos, once they climb to a certain point of universal recognition on the movie screens, are a sure fire form of brand name recognition.

Every once in a while, though, a creator will have fun with it. The Vanity Plate will be changed in some way, just enough to put a new spin on it; usually being tied into the style and tone of the movie it's featured in. Match Cuts are also a common form of this. More rarely, the logo will show up in a scene in the middle of the show.


More examples are located at Logopedia and the Closing Logos Group.


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    Blizzard Entertainment 
The Blizzard Entertainment company has had a variety of custom logos for its Warcraft and Starcraft games, some of which were collected and can be seen here.

    Cartoon Network Studios 
  • Similar to the LucasArts examples below, it's actually rare for a Cartoon Network production to not do this. The vast majority of productions have the logo showcase some original piece of animation that's either a self-contained gag (Steven Universe has the Crystal Gems toss Steven around like a ball) or one that effects the logo in some way (Chowder has the titular character eat one of the letters). Since the mid-2010s, some productions have taken to reusing a clip from the show, though this is mainly seen with pilots. Most of these can be seen here.
    • Some productions, such as Infinity Train, change the studio logo gag multiple times during its run.
  • For the studio's only major theatrical releasenote , the The Powerpuff Girls Movie, the logo has all the characters within the Hanna-Barbera and Cartoon Network library sitting in a cinema. As it darkens, only their eyes are seen, forming the logo.

    Gaumont Films 
  • The Crimson Rivers: A literal crimson river cuts through the map of the 90's logo and the space background at the end has a red tint as the logo fades into the opening credits, seen here.
  • The little boy picking the flower in the 2000's logo gets roundhouse-kicked in JCVD, the Jean Claude Van Damme self-parody film. Seen here.
  • OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies and OSS 117: Lost in Rio use period-appropriate Gaumont logos. Seen here and here.

    Illumination Entertainment 
For each of its films, Illumination Entertainment's logos feature a Couch Gag with its mascot characters, the Minions from Despicable Me.
  • Hop has a minion skip around in bunny ears, throwing candy out of a basket, until he approaches another minion who is nonplussed at his antics.
  • The Lorax has a minion begin to cut a Truffula tree with a chainsaw, but Lou (the large Bar-ba-loot) falls on top of him while eating fruit.
  • Despicable Me 2 has two minions fight to present the logo with a "Ta-da!"
  • The Secret Life of Pets has a minion watch the logo light up and excitedly shout "Illumination!".
    • An unused variant exists, where a Minion is seen pretending to throw a ball to a Beagle puppy, but as he does this, a group of dogs (consisting of a Scottish Terrier, a Dachshund, a Boston Terrier, a Dalmatian and a German Shepherd) walk in, visibly unhappy at what he's up to. Bob then realizes he's in big trouble when the German Shepherd barks at him and is promptly chased offscreen, but not before allowing the puppy to have the ball. A Chihuahua then comes in from the right and follows them, barking twice.
  • Sing has the minions sing the word "Illumination" in the four tones of an arpeggio. The fourth minion goes off-key in a yell that blacks out "MIN" and "ION" in the logo. Seen here.
  • Despicable Me 3 has several minions begin to recite "Illumination" before each getting knocked out by another minion, culminating in the smallest minion knocking out the last one with a fart gun and excitedly shouting the name.
  • The Grinch (2018) has a minion stand with a small sparkler, before Snowball the rabbit drops in and sets off several more fireworks around the logo. This sets off sprinklers that turn off the fireworks and gets Snowball wet, so the minion hands him the tiny sparkler.
  • The Secret Life of Pets 2 has a ball roll onscreen, followed by a bunch of dogs on leashes, dragging a poor minion behind them.

Each IMAX presentation has a pre-movie logo countdown sequence. Sometimes it has different themed versions. Listed in chronological order:

    Jerry Bruckheimer Films 
The Jerry Bruckheimer production company had lightning striking a tree as its logo. The original logo was two lightning bolts striking in the same place from different parts of the screen — being the logo for Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer's company. After Don Simpson's death, Bruckheimer altered the logo to the single bolt of lightning it presently is.

Doing the "normal" logo was usually the exception rather than the rule for LucasArts:
  • Jedi Knight series and The Force Unleashed: multiple variations on drawing a lightsaber/using force powers etc.
  • Afterlife (1996), where the Gold Man first falls into a flaming-red lava pit ... and then flies out with a halo and wings into a heavenly white light off the screen.
  • Rogue Squadron: The LucasArts logo forms the scenery for a starfighter duel, then an X-wing pulls a trench run on the Factor 5 logo.
    • In the sequel, the shape of the Gold Man is formed by hundreds of tap-dancing stormtroopers.
    • Rogue Squadron III: The Star Wars characters dance to a disco version of the main theme, including the Gold Man.
    • The Spin-Off Battle for Naboo had the Gold Man on a STAP Hover Bike being chased by a pair of battle droids also riding STAPs through small valleys, evading capture by crashing into the LucasArts logo, which then falls over after being buzzed by a trio of N-1 starfighters. Those starfighters then start their attack on the Droid Control Ship, which turns out to be forming the C of Factor 5's logo. The Nintendo 64 version adds another one - all of this begins with a Gungan walking across a blank screen, only to be crushed by a logo of some sort, which is simply the Star Wars name in the PC version, but is the N64 logo in the N64 version.
  • Armed and Dangerous: features three versions of the 'Gold Man' based on the game characters drinking tea.
  • The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition: 90's era Guybrush walks on screen with a treasure map and digs up the logo, which changes to its modern form.
    • Escape from Monkey Island also had the logo change to a monkey holding a banana.
    • In The Curse of Monkey Island the game starts with the letters C M I done in the style of the THX sound preface, complete with the THX noise, with their slogan replaced with "The monkeys are listening."
  • The end credits of Day of the Tentacle featured Purple Tentacle scaring the Gold Guy away and taking his place.
  • Big Sky Trooper: The Slug leader and a lackey descend on the Gold Man, discuss how it has bones and appears to be an ad, then destroy it - as the Slug leader declares, the two things he hates are bones and advertising.
  • Star Wars Starfighter: The Gold Man ducks under a Naboo starfighter as it flies above him, then hangs on for dear life as he finds himself on the nose of another one.
  • Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: The Gold Man falls over to reveal a battle droid hiding behind him, who then shoots the camera.
  • Star Wars Episode I: Racer: Several podracers speed past the Gold Man before Sebulba's crashes right through him; he's then repaired by some pit droids.
  • Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles features the Gold Man leaping off of his base and the design above him becoming a lightsaber, with which he promptly attacks the screen.
  • Bounty Hunter: Jango ties up the Gold Man and yanks him off the logo, then flies onto it with his jetpack and uses his flamethrower to produce his own golden arc to hold. That gold guy just can't keep his job, can he?
  • In Grim Fandango we see the Gold Man turn into a skeleton, with the ray above also skeletonized.
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando features the Gold man rendered in monochrome and static, in keeping with the Darker and Edgier theme of the game.
  • The trailer for the cancelled Sam & Max: Freelance Police!! features the Gold Man investigating the logo with a magnifying glass. He drops it, causing the logo to shatter like glass.
  • Secret Weapons Over Normandy features the Gold Man come under attack by a German fighter plane, and then rescued by an American fighter, before wiping his brow in relief and projecting the arc.

    MTM Productions/Enterprises 
Mary Tyler Moore's film company, MTM, uses a logo that is a parody of the MGM logo, using a meowing kitten (acquired from an animal shelter and nicknamed "Mimsey") instead of a roaring lion. MTM has used variations of its own logo for various shows produced by them over the years.

  • For Christmas Episodes, such as those on The Bob Newhart Show, Mimsey was shown encircled by a Christmas wreath in place of the usual gold ribbon. Although the original ribbon appears for a split-second, possibly due to an editing error.
  • At the end of the "Put on a Happy Face" episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mary Tyler Moore herself appeared in place of Mimsey and mouthed the words "Th-th-th-that's all folks!"
  • At the end of the 1991 Mary Tyler Moore Reunion Show, Mimsey does not meow, she says "Bye!" in Mary Tyler Moore's voice.
    • Similarly, a blooper reel for the final season ends with an audio swap of Mary saying "Bye!" and the cat.
  • On videos produced by MTM Home Video, the kitten holds a remote control. After meowing, the kitten hits "rewind". The picture winds backwards (and loses color), and the kitten meows again.
  • The Duck Factory: Before the logo starts, a voiceover asks "Where's the cat?" or "Here's the cat!" The cat then quacks.
  • Eisenhower and Lutz: Mimsey's "meow" is sung by a group.
  • The Graham Kerr Show: As befits a Cooking Show, the kitten wore a chef's hat. Also, her head does not move as much.
  • Similarly, on Hill Street Blues, the kitten wore a policeman's hat.
  • Two unique variants each appeared in a different episode of The Bob Newhart Show.
  • Newhart: Bob Newhart's voice says "Meow".
  • On the short-lived series Texas Wheelers an extremely rare variant features a cute black & white kitty outside looking around.
  • The New WKRP in Cincinnati: Instead of a meow, you hear Les Nessman saying "Ooooh!".
  • For Remington Steele the cat wears a Sherlock Holmes deerstalker cap and has a meerschaum pipe in her mouth; when she meows, the pipe falls and lands in front of the word "Productions".
    • Also, there is a mockup on YouTube, but the letters move slowly, and Mimsey drops a gun, firing a hole into an "M".
  • St. Elsewhere: The kitten is dressed for surgery in mask and smock. In the final episode, the kitten appeared above the closing credits, hooked up to life support machinery, and flatlined at the end of the credits, with the normal, rather upbeat show theme playingnote . (This variant doesn't always appear when shown in syndication.)
  • The Steve Allen Show: The kitten wears heavy black eyeglasses and declares "Schmock!" in the voice of Steve Allen.
  • The White Shadow: A different kitten from the usual Mimsey bounces a basketball off the MTM logo.
  • Xuxa: The kitten uses the voice of Xuxa saying "Ciao!"
  • The feature film A Little Sex has an animated cartoon version of Mimsey meowing, followed by a second kitten appearing; the two then rub heads affectionately and purr.
  • Bay City Blues has a cartoon Mimsey catching a baseball. This one and several of the other variations mentioned above can be seen in this compilation.
  • Lou Grant, Paris, the theatrical release Just Between Friends, and the pilot for Three for the Road all feature a silent, still image of Mimsey in lieu of the meowing.
  • Speaking of Three for the Road, that short-lived show's final episode had an unusual variation: after Mimsey meowed, the gold ribbon and the shot of Mimsey within turned upside down for no apparent reason. This was also used in the last episode of the 1970s series Friends And Lovers.
  • Carlton Your Doorman, MTM's only animated production — a TV special/pilot for a spinoff from Rhoda (itself a spinoff from The Mary Tyler Moore Show) — ends with a very annoyed looking white cartoon cat (not a kitten) glaring at the camera ("C'mon, say 'meow'... damn cat," grumbles Carlton).
  • Most startling of all, the TV movie/Poorly Disguised Pilot Vampire has "AN MTM ENTERPRISES INC. PRODUCTION" in blood-red against a black background - and no kitten at all!
  • In the unsold 1987 pilot In The Lion's Den, the cat says "Belrooney" or something similar to it.
  • Not really a MTM program, but Minneapolis PBS affiliate KTCA did their own version at the end of a documentary on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

    Mutant Enemy Productions 
Note that the variants are all exclusive to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and so the entries refer to episodes of that show.
  • "Becoming, Part 2": The zombie says "Ohhh, I need a hug." (This was the episode where Buffy killed Angel and left Sunnydale.)
  • "Amends" puts the zombie in a Santa Claus hat.
  • "Graduation Day, Part 2" puts the zombie in a graduation cap.
  • At the end of "Storyteller", the zombie sings, "We are as gods!"
  • "Once More With Feeling": the zombie sings "Grrr... argh."
  • "Bargaining, Part 1": the signoff is actually included in the episode itself, with Tara putting on a zombie finger puppet and going "grrr... argh."
  • "Chosen", the final episode of the series: the zombie looks at the camera, growls, then keeps walking.
  • Parodied in an episode of Robot Chicken, with the zombie doing the normal "Grrr... argh." before going on a rampage and killing people. The scene then cuts to show that it's Joss Whedon messing around, as an executive walks in and says, "Come on, Joss. That's why you got kicked off Wonder Woman."

NBC plays around with their peacock logo on a few occasions. Some of them can be seen here.

  • When The Beatles' black-and-white movie A Hard Day's Night premiered on NBC in 1967, the network's "In Living Color" peacock intro was replaced with a "lively black and white" animated penguin.
  • On the week of Earth Day, it is totally green.
  • In the Marsupilami episode "Toucan Always Get What You Want", Maurice grabs the NBC Peacock, to which Eduardo says "I don't want no stinky bird today, my stomach is craving for the little spotty guy with the tail", seen here.
  • Ads for some NBC shows will sometimes play with the logo at the end of the ad. At the end of commercials for Revolution, the logo has a glowing yellow outline, and at the end of the commercials for Hannibal, the logo is blood red.
  • There was a parody of the peacock on Laugh In where the peacock sneezes its feathers off.
  • On a rare marketing reel for "Nightmare: The Host and Rodney", an otherwise standard Horror Host show, a still image of the peacock appears, looking a lot more vulture-like and undead. The announcer then proclaims that the program is presented "in livid color", and then a wolf howl is heard.
  • The Family Guy episode "Peter's Sister" parodied the opening to The Cosby Show, seen here. "Knowing what we know now", the peacock appears, doped up like Cosby's female co-stars.
  • A rather funny variation appears on an unknown program, in which the announcer forgets which network he's working for.
    Announcer: This is the CBS Television... oh, goddamnit.
  • The cartoon Cool McCool had an episode where the NBC peacock (in Saturday morning cartoon design) leaves the studio so he can join the Owl (the episode's Big Bad) in avian solidarity.
  • In the months following the 9/11 attacks, the peacock logo had the image of an American flag waving inside it.
  • When NBC Kids used to play on Saturday mornings, a child's hand would peel off the logo in the corner every so often as if it were a sticker and then later glue it back in place.
  • During the months prior to the Olympic Games (start of the year for Summer, and the start of the preceding TV season for Winter), NBC will usually put the Olympic rings under its bug during its entertainment programming. Since a 2015 graphics refresh (when the network began to use a persistent bug in the top-corner of the screen during all sports broadcasts — a practice for NBC that itself originated from the Olympics), NBC also uses this bug during broadcasts of Olympic sports outside of the Games.
  • Sid and Marty Krofft created a puppet version of the logo for a 1974 NBC special, seen here. The announcer complains it's not the actual peacock, and the puppet is pulled off.
  • One bumper had the peacock yawn and walk off after a hard day, seen here.
  • John Kricfalusi animated two bumpers in the 90s, seen here and here. The first one has the peacock realize its feathers aren't showing and blow them out of its behind. The second has the peacock play the NBC theme on a xylophone (which resembles the mid-1950s NBC logo), exploding when it hits the last note.
  • One bumper which aired at Thanksgiving showed the peacock get attacked and turned into a turkey dinner, seen here.
  • A bumper for NBC Europe involved a painting of a real peacock turning into the logo, seen here.

    New Line Cinema 

    Nickelodeon Movies 
For many years, it was actually the norm for most of Nickelodeon's theatrically released movies to have a different logo joke for each movie.
  • Harriet the Spy has a rhino running and stumbling on a prop before crashing into the screen and hanging on to the Nickelodeon logo.
  • Good Burger a cup gets filled with an orange milkshake, then drives around like a race car until it stops, spills over to reveal the Nickelodeon logo.
  • The Rugrats Movie features Slap T. Pooch from Oh Yeah! Cartoons messing around with an orange speck before a giant foot steps on him, leaving behind the Nick logo.
  • Snow Day a man is shoveling snow in front of his house with his dog when a giant ball with the Nick logo crashes on top of his house, startling the man and his dog.
  • Rugrats in Paris has a similar one, except the man is now stereotypically French, he is raking leaves instead of shoveling snow, and it's clearly set in France with the Eifel Tower in the background. Also, after the full logo appears, his dog comes back to bark.
  • Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius has Goddard following the Nick ball as it bounces around, then projects the Movies ball alongside it.
  • Clockstoppers has the Nick movies logo swaying around like a pendulum in a grandfather clock to emphasize the film's theme on time.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
    • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie has a colorful explosion, then a blue sphere (possibly a shout-out to the Nickelodeon Pinball logo), a rose blooms as an orange blimp flies through it, followed by kaleidoscope view of goldfish and finally has the Nick bubble and the Movies bubble floating to place in the orange sea.
    • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water: The logo rises out of the ocean, covered in kelp and coral.
    • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run: This variant begins when Spongebob shouts his Catchphrase offscreen ("I'm ready!"). He then pulls down a lever after some difficulty, shooting electrified green goo through a pipe attached onto the logo. The logo's lights turn on, one after the other, and the dark walls fall down to reveal a purple sky. The Nickelodeon blimp passes by, shooting a 2D goo projectile that forms the word "Movies" below the logo. It ends when Spongebob sings the last notes of the logo's theme.
  • The logo before Nacho Libre zooms around a wrestling ring, then zooms in on a wrestling bell painted like the Nickelodeon Movies logo, which rings twice.
  • Hey Arnold! The Movie: The logo is set up like two planets, to homage 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    Nippon TV 
There are three types of logos for Nippon TV. Firstly, there was the Nippon Television Network Corporation, consisting of a glowing circle rising in the first kanji, turning the space background into a blue cloudy sky. Then, the second made one alteration to this, with the logo flipping to the normal Nippon TV logo. The third and final one was re-branded to Nippon TV Movies, set in a blue and red tunnel that turns the background white. The logo alterations usually employs a Match Cut or has its audio changed.

    Rockstar Games 
Rockstar Games loves to make use of this trope, examples include:
  • Grand Theft Auto (the first game) first depicts the logo for DMA (now Rockstar North) running along a white background, and then getting run over by a car. The Rockstar logo is, appropriate to the name, brought in with the sounds of cameras flashing and paparazzi shouting.
  • Grand Theft Auto 2 has police car lights rush past the DMA logo, causing it to spin out and fall to the ground.
  • Grand Theft Auto III has a faux-computer boot up saying "RAM OK" and "ROM OK" before forming the Rockstar logo using fast moving lines to create a wireframe.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the opening credits depict the Rockstar logo as a Commodore 64-style loading screen while a muffled "Video Killed the Radio Star" plays, to fit the game's 80's vibe.
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has the Rockstar Games and Rockstar North logos appearing on screen with the sound of spray cans, kinda like graffiti (fitting for the game's 90s-era hip-hop mood).
  • The DS version of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has the logo appear on the outside of a suitcase full of drugs (based on one of the game's main mechanics), which then opens up to reveal the other Rockstar studios involved in the game's development. In the PSP version, however, the logos for various Rockstar studios involved in the game's development are shown through a moving train.
  • After having a rather mundane logo intro for the fourth numbered game in the series, Grand Theft Auto V returns to having a nice elaborate logo intro: the sound of a window shattering, a car being hotwired, police sirens, gunfire, and the car speeding away are heard in succession with accompanying police siren lightshow and Wanted Stars filling up to the maximum of five. The fifth star from the meter falls to the center of the screen and serves as the star present in the Rockstar Games logo.
  • In Body Harvest, predating the Rockstar days, the DMA logo walks towards the screen, only for alien goo to appear and drag it away.
  • Bully has the Rockstar logo appearing as the last of three targets - the first two fall as soon as they're hit by baseballs. The Rockstar Vancouver logo holds on through a barrage of balls before finally getting whacked with a brick, where it spins and changes to the Rockstar Games logo.
  • L.A. Noire shows the Rockstar logo as a frame in an old film reel, before switching to the Team Bondi logo depicted as an old school light-up sign.
  • Red Dead Revolver shows the logo as a silhouette burned into a stack of wood.
  • Red Dead Redemption shows the Rockstar Games and Rockstar San Diego logos inside a revolver cylinder. The camera focuses on the Rockstar Games logo, it's fired, and the cylinder rotates to the San Diego logo before it's also fired away.
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 shows gunsmoke and two shotgun shells being loaded. The shells, marked with "ROCKSTAR GAMES EST. MCMXCVIII" are briefly seen before being fired, creating the Rockstar logo as a red silhouette.
  • Max Payne 3 shows the Rockstar logo as a white silhouette. Gunshots are heard, and the silhouette is filled with red, nearly to the brim, before the rattle a pill container is heard and the red empties. It's a joke on the series' health meter, which works identically - a silhouette of Max gets progressively filled with red as he takes damage, and he heals himself by popping painkillers.

    Sierra Entertainment 

    Summit Entertainment 
  • La La Land: The logo gets a retro look. As the film is a throwback to the musical films of yore, the logo is a riff on what Summit's brand would look like in the 60's, as seen here.
  • Man on a Ledge: The Summit Entertainment logo has a background of New York skyscrapers on it, seen here.
  • Step Up: For Revolution (2002), the Summit Entertainment logo gets spray-painted, seen here.
  • The Twilight saga has a collection of these in dark weather, as seen here.

A large number of games released on pre-Saturn Sega hardware had customised versions of the Sega logo on start-up. Do note that Logo Jokes for Sega CD and Sega Master System games are less common than for Sega Genesis, Game Gear and 32X games because their BIOSs displayed a Sega logo of their own.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • The Game Gear version of Sonic the Hedgehog depicts Sonic jumping back and forth to form the logo, as a reference to Japanese Sega ads that would end with a clay model of Sonic doing the same thing.
    • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic the Hedgehog 4 actually had Sonic run to the right of the screen to make half of the logo appear, and then run back to the left to complete the logo. Trailers for Sonic 4: Episode 1 have a black background, with Sonic (in the form of a blue streaking blur) coming towards the viewer three times, the third time in the middle of the screen and leaving the Sega logo in his wake.
    • Sonic 3 and Sonic 3 & Knuckles displayed the Sega logo, then the background turns black and Sonic jumps out from behind the logo, knocking it away, then the screen flashes white for a second before cutting to the Sonic 3 title screen.
    • Sonic & Knuckles on its own starts out just like the Sonic 3 version, but the background behind the logo fades into Sonic and the Death Egg falling through the sky, with the Death Egg landing in the volcano and causing the Sega logo to shake itself out of existence.
    • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) uses a custom Sega logo made out of video game screens playing Sega video games, with the first screen seen showing Sonic games.
  • Aladdin (Virgin Games) has the Genie, clad in referee garb, fire a starting pistol and accidentally shoot Iago.
  • Astal has Astal using his breath attack on four enemies, transforming them into the letters of Sega, then doing his signature Fist Pump as the bird flies in over the right part of the logo.
  • Asterix and the Great Rescue has the title character coming upon the Sega logo, then adjusting his hat.
  • Barney's Hide and Seek Game accompanies it with "Boing!"
  • Bass Master Classics puts the logo underwater.
  • Beavis And Butthead has Butt-head come across the logo and whack it.
  • Bug! has the titular Bug push the logo from offscreen into view.
  • Cool Spot shows the titular mascot hopping up and down in the logo.
  • Eternal Champions had variations for the nine playable characters - each would approach the logo and then harm it in some way (usually blowing it up). For example, Xavier would turn the logo yellow.
  • The Bonkers game had the four letters of SEGA fall from the top of the screen and bounce asynchronously before settling down.
  • Boogerman showed the titular hero fart-flying a missing S to the EGA logo, then run over to Interplay's logo and launch a booger at the screen. The Interplay part was retained in the SNES version, where it is the only logo shown.
  • Comix Zone has the logo in Deliberate Monochrome, contorting in various ways, while an odd jazz person says the company's name. The villain's hand then writes in "Presents..."
  • Darxide has the logo on an asteroid... in 3D.
  • Desert Demolition Starring Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote has the Road Runner run up to the logo, then jump as Wile E. runs after him, scattering the letters in the process.
  • A Doraemon game has the eponymous robot underneath the logo, performing the jingle.
  • Earthworm Jim has the titular worm showing off his muscles... until his pants fall down.
    • The special edition of the first game Jim performing a variety of inane acts on a Deliberately Monochrome Sega logo (Sega CD) or on the title screen (PC).
    • The second game actually sets up the plot, showing Psy-Crow distracting Jim long enough to kidnap Princess What's-Her-Name. For this reason, it was the only Saturn game to retain its Genesis brethren's Sega logo as well as one of the few Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy Advance and DOS games to have a real Logo Jokenote . The PS1 version, on the other hand, outright axed the logo.
  • Garfield: Caught in the Act has Garfield dancing on the logo.
  • The Jurassic Park game for the Sega Genesis had a T-Rex growling "Sega!" underneath the aforementioned logo.
  • The Magical Taruruuto-kun Licensed Game has Taruruuto-kun doing the "Seee-Gaaa!" shout.
  • Panic! for the Sega CD opens with the letters in the logo all mixed up so that they read "GASE", accompanied by an edited version of the clip used for the Sonic games: "Gaaa-Seee". Then Slap and Stick (the game's protagonists) fall from above and land on the logo, which snaps back to normal and is accompanied by the standard "Seee-Gaaa!"
  • The Magic School Bus on Genesis did similar by initially spelling the logo "ASEG" before the Magic School Bus bumps the "A" from below, snapping the logo back to normal. No voiceover though.
  • Ristar has the logo letters forming in space in black and white, with calm music playing. After they form, Ristar says "Come On!"
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show Presents: Stimpy's Invention has Log march in with the Sega logo, complete with the Log theme song as the background music.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Echos from the Past has the Sega logo beaming in then out, complete with Star Trek transporter sound effects.
  • The Taz-Mania game has Taz spin up to the logo and eat the "S".
  • Tempo has the logo do a water ripple effect, accompanied by a *BING* sound.
  • ToeJam & Earl shows the duo's ship flying toward the Sega logo, then immediately flying over it as they get too close.
  • Vectorman easily gets the best, where you can play a minigame that might get your game started on later levels if you do well enough and, using an off-screen power-up, you can blow up the Sega logo.
  • Virtua Racing demonstrates the power of its cart's SVP chip from the get-go with an elaborate polygonal Sega logo animation.
  • Wiz 'n Liz has a cameo of the player character from The Killing Game Show flying by and exploding in front of the Sega logo for no apparent reason.
  • Some recent games have also taken to "recreating" the classic jingle with a voice actor/voice synthesizer.
    • For K-On! Houkago Live on the PSP, the "Seee-Gaaa!" yell is done by Aki Toyosaki in-character as Yui.
    • Similarly, the Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA series (done by the same staff as the K-On! game) opens with Miku singing the SEGA sound. Later on, Rin, Len, Luka, KAITO, and MEIKO can also heard singing the jingle.
    • Puyo Puyo Tetris has various different characters singing the jingle; one is selected at random.
    • Puchiguru! Love Live! (which is not a SEGA game, but had a Sonic the Hedgehog Crossover) features the Sega variants of Rin and Hanamaru saying their Verbal Tic to the tune of the jingle when activating their Limit Break ("Nya~nya~" and "Zu~ra~" respectively).
  • Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed uses the Genesis Sonic Sega logo and jingle after the copyright disclaimers. Additionally, the credits contain a parody "Sumo" logo, complete with yell. Sumo Digital was responsible for the game's development.
  • Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit also opens with the Genesis Sega logo, although in its original, digitized 16-bit format, rather than a remastered version like in All-Stars Racing Transformed.
  • The Alien: Isolation trailers feature the Sega logo in an 80s low-quality video style, fitting with the entire game's retraux Zeerust style homage to the original Alien.

    Sony Pictures Animation 
  • The Angry Birds Movie 2: The logo is bright red and falls into a pile of bright red feathers that fly everywhere.
  • Goosebumps and its sequel: A spotlight shines across a dark screen, revealing the SPA logo against a black background instead of the usual white.
  • For Hotel Transylvania, when the letters of the logo come together, monster grunts and roars play in the background.
    • Hotel Transylvania 2 has a similar logo, but with different monster sounds (they sound more like gurgling).
  • For Surf's Up, the logo is covered in frost.

    Toei Company 
  • Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger, The Movie: The Toei logo takes place on a beach. Here, the logo quickly pans to the left, for the first scene is on a beach too.
  • Gokaiger Goseiger Super Sentai 199 Hero Great Battle: The Toei logo is unchanged, but the Super Sentai 35th Anniversary logo is directly integrated into the opening as Gosei Red is sent flying through it by the enemy, breaking it to reveal the Legend War. A second one occurs later in the movie when Yogoshimacritein mentions that the movie he was making in his dimension is a "Goei" production (complete with his own Vanity Plate) - which Agri smashes with his FIST.
  • The third part of the Kamen Rider Decade and Double Movie Wars begins on a split screen, representing how Double's chasing of the Dummy Dopant will involuntarily converge with Decade's final battle against Super Shocker. Of course, both screens show the Toei logo twice.
    • In the Double and OOO Movie Wars, the Toei logo is shown in red, yellow, green and purple, mirroring the color schemes of both Riders' basic forms (green and purple for Double and red, yellow and green for OOO).
  • In the trailers for Dragon Ball Super: Broly, the Toei Company logo is set in darkness and glows green, replicating Broly's green Saiyan aura.
  • Sailor Moon Eternal: The first trailers have the Toei logo given a sparkly pink appearance.
    • The second trailer has the logo shaded moonlight silver.

    TriStar Pictures 
  • Lords of Dogtown: The words "locals only" is spray-painted over the TriStar logo, seen here.
  • Look Who's Talking Too: The pegasus from the TriStar logo speaks in a Mister Ed voice, voiced by Bruce Willis ad-libbing.
    "TriStar Pictures, where anything can happen!"
    • The TriStar theme music also makes an appearance in the movie proper, playing when Julie takes her first steps.
  • Richard Pryor commentates on Pegasus at the start of Another You, seen here.
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The current Sony logo, in use since 2014, transitions into the 1993-2015 TriStar logo, fitting with the film's time period. The music throughout the Sony, TriStar, and Tencent logos is also played on a chime-like celesta, leading into the recreated Mister Rogers' Neighborhood opening.
  • The Family Guy episode "Petergeist" has Joe Swanson open up a home theatre service and create his own logo, Joe Swanson Theatres, based on the flying Pegasus logo but replacing the horse with Joe himself.

  • Watch_Dogs opens with Ubisoft's logo being patched in through connections in a ctOS map of Chicago.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Reshelled featured the four tutles falling into the Ubisoft logo in the same manner they fall into time holes in the game. This was later recycled for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash Up (despite the two games' different art styles).
  • Another of Ubisoft's includes the Raving Rabbids series. Most notably in Rabbids Go Home, where after the logo appears, the 2-D Rabbids seen during level intros run in and swipe the logo in their cart.
  • The Assassin's Creed series gets Animus-inspired variants of the then-current logos.
    • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag includes, right after Ubisoft, the Abstergo Entertainment Logo, the The Omniscient Council of Vagueness and Big Bad for the franchise. This is a justified joke, as the whole plot is that Abstergo is producing this very same video game as a facade for their real plans, and to get money so.. Congratulations, you just gave the big bads sixty bucks!
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier has the Ubisoft and "Tom Clancy's" logos fading in from the trippy background that's supposed to represent the game's Diegetic Interface. Following that is a shot of three shell casings falling to the ground, with the names of the Ubisoft divisions that developed the game printed on them.
    • H.A.W.X. 2 has an afterburning jet engine fade into the Ubisoft logo.
  • Rayman Origins shows Lums being sucked into the logo vortex, accompanied by sound effects from the game mixed in with the jingle. Afterwards, Globox smacks the Ubisoft logo, transitioning it into the UbiART logo. This same logo sequence is reused in Rayman Legends.
  • At the intro of Myst IV: Revelation, after the logo appears, it explodes and changes into the symbol for Tomahna, with the words "Team Revelation" below it. Then it fades into the window that Atrus is looking out of in his study.
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon loads to a logo sequence done in an 80s style, complete with VHS scan lines and a superimposed play symbol.
  • Red Steel 2 has the normal logo at the time of its release, but then it turns orange and dusty as sand is blown across it.
  • On recent Just Dance games, the logo starts normal, but then turns a pink/purple color and transforms into a disco ball.
  • Rainbow Six Siege shows the Ubisoft logo and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six logo being sewn onto a military patch.

    United Artists 
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: The United Artists logo is written in a messy Roman font, making it look like "VNITED ARTISTS".
  • Sleeper, Manhattan, Stardust Memories and Raging Bull featured a black-and-white Transamerica/UA logo. Three of those films were shot in black-and-white.
  • Fiddler on the Roof originally began with a timpani piece playing over the United Artists logo.
  • A Bridge Too Far originally began with a sepia-toned United Artists hexagon.
  • Some prints of the infamous Heaven's Gate had the words "A Transamerica Company" fading underneath the hexagon underneath.
  • The James Bond film For Your Eyes Only originally began with a UA logo similar to the 1975 logo, but with the "Entertainment from Transamerica Corporation" byline from 1968 fading underneath. Given the year this film came out (1981), and the situation UA was going through at the time, this could be interpreted as UA saying "Farewell" to Transamerica, after 14 years.
  • The indie film Undertow used the early 1980's version of the United Artists logo rather than the current United Artists logo as the film's director wanted the logo to tie in with the film's setting.

    Multiple Companies 
It has become commonplace for companies to work together on making a film. Thus their various logo jokes become united by a specific theme representing the film.
  • The final shot of Who Framed Roger Rabbit combines the closing logos of Warner Brothers and Disney, with Porky Pig stammering his "That's All, Folks!!" and Tinker Bell giving him a parting tap with a magic wand.
  • Universal
    • American Made has the 2012 indent play for a few seconds before abruptly cutting to the 1963 logo (with Comcast byline). The other producer plates receive similar makeovers, with Imagine receiving its actual late-80s logo and Cross Creek and Hercules Film Fund getting specifically-made versions. 1980s era TV clips also play in-between each logo.
    • The Cat in the Hat: The Universal, DreamWorks and Imagine Entertainment logos are all drawn and colored Dr. Seuss style. Plus, the DreamWorks logo's kid is wearing the titular hat, and you can see Fish-In-a-Dish swim away in the ripples of the Imagine logo.
    • Fast & Furious: Spy Racers has a chrome version of the Universal logo as a radiator emblem, which then rotates to reveal the DreamWorks logo on the other side.
    • Gladiator: The DreamWorks and Universal logos are sepia-toned.
    • Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous: The DreamWorks Animation and Amblin Entertainment logos appear as islands on the Universal globe logo, seen here.
    • In Meet the Parents, logo jokes are incorporated into the opening song, "A Fool In Love" by Randy Newman. A chorus can be heard singing "Look at the light coming out of the earth" at the beginning of the song, which coincides the Universal logo in the movie. Then, after a few lines by Randy, you hear the chorus singing "Look at the boy, sitting on the moon", which coincides with the DreamWorks logo. (Because the movie is handled outside North America by DreamWorks, this musical joke isn't heard on international prints.)
    • Minions: The titular characters sing the Universal theme, with one holding the last note for so long that it continues into the Illumination Pictures logo, revealing him still trying to sing and collapsing in fatigue as the other Minions stare at him awkwardly.
  • Paramount
    • In The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the Paramount and Warner logos appear in a pile of buttons. note 
    • The Last Airbender: Element bending occurs to the production logos: the stars in the Paramount logo are accompanied by splashes of water, and the Nickelodeon Movies logo is seen on fire and is cooled down with a blast of air.
    • Terminator: Dark Fate: The logo sequence (Paramount, Skydance, 20th Century Fox, Tencent Pictures)note  glitches, skips and has artifacts akin to a VHS tape doing the same thing as it plays and is interspersed with archival footage of Sarah Connor talking to Dr. Silberman in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Right before they end, the Fox and Paramount logos glitch out, briefly showing their 80's variant.
  • Marvel
    • The Avengers (2012): The Marvel and Paramount logos play within the Tesseract, seen here.
    • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: The Marvel and Columbia logos are affected by the Super Collider device and shifts between different versions of themselves. The Sony Picture Animation and Pascal Pictures logos also glitch out into a variety of styles.
  • Warner Bros.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus parodied the 20th Century-Fox and MGM logos in the same sequence.
  • Cartoon Network's old "Cartoon Theater" had parodies of the MGM, Paramount and Columbia logos.
  • Minority Report: Fox and DreamWorks are black and white and look like they're underwater, to fit in the Precog tank opening scene.
  • The parody The Silence of the Hams was apparently co-produced by Silvio Berlusconi Productions and... Thirtieth Century Wolf (which, confusingly, parodies Fox's name but the MGM logo, with the wolf howling in lieu of the lion growling).
  • American Hustle: 1976 Columbia logo. Atlas Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures were founded in The '90s and in 2011 respectively however, so they both had to make do with rendering their logos in the style of neon signs.
  • The Muppets Go To The Movies has parodies of multiple film company logos, including Fozzie taking Leo's place for "Metro Goldwyn Bear" and Link Hogthrob on the gong for "J. Arthur Link".
  • Uglydolls portrays the STX Entertainment, Alibaba Pictures, and Huaxia Film Distribution logos as pieces of felt loosely falling onto the backdrop, fitting the "crafted" world of the movie.
  • In The Smurfs 2, the robes of the Columbia Pictures's Torch Lady are a brighter (Smurf-colored) blue, and a Smurf hat flies across the screen, eventually landing on the "A" of the Sony Pictures Animation logo. The fireworks of The K Entertainment Company's logo are also colored Smurf blue.
  • The Star: An a capella performance of "Carol of the Bells" plays over the Sony Pictures Animation and Walden Media logos.


    Video Games 
  • The SNES version of Mortal Kombat II has a hidden alternative intro: Shao Kahn walks next to the Acclaim logo and taunts it while Kintaro walks in from the right, roars and uses his teleport stomp attack to bend it downwards. Shao Kahn then taunts it again.
  • Ballz has the juggler in the PF.Magic logo turn into the game's final boss, Jester.
  • The South Park first-person shooter game had the iguana from Iguana Entertainment's logo bite Kenny's head off.
    • Another iguana example in Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion. The lizard is lounging on top of the Acclaimnote  logo as usual, when lightning strikes it and turns it into a skeleton, which promptly falls apart.
    • Turok 2, meanwhile, had the iguana dodging arrows fired from Turok's bow, before jumping back up and shooting him to death with what appeared to be dual Sawed Off Shotguns.
    • Various NBA Jam games feature the iguana wearing a basketball jersey and spinning a basketball.
  • Holding the Z-button down on the Nintendo GameCube controller while turning on the system would play different music. Gives different results if you hold the button down on one controllers, or all four.
  • Rare seemed to like these in the Nintendo 64 era:
    • Banjo-Kazooie has the N64 logo walk into the frame and stop to watch a dragonfly whiz by. After a brief consideration on what it just saw, it shrugs and continues on its way. The Rareware logo then pops up, which is promptly crashed into by the dragonfly. Later in the intro, Mumbo plays a xylophone with the Nintendo logo on it (replaced with the Microsoft logo in the HD version).
    • Donkey Kong 64 has the N64 logo dancing to the beats of the opening drums.
    • Conker's Bad Fur Day opens with Conker cutting the N64 logo with a chainsaw. He then replaces it with the Rareware logo.
    • Perfect Dark opens with the typical Nintendo and Rare logos looming out of the dark at first, then you are treated to the typical spinning N64 logo... and watch as it slowly changes into a spinning model of the PD logo instead. The XBLA rerelease replaces the first Nintendo logo with Microsoft's and the spinning N64 one with that of 4J Studios, who handled the port.
  • Neversoft really likes this trope, as seen by the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater games.
    • In real life, what did Neversoft do to mark their merging with Infinity Ward, given that the Infinity Ward brand is the only one used after the merger? Set (a prop of) their own logo on fire.
    • Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock has a collection of different Neversoft logos as an unlockable.
  • Ogre Battle 64 had a group of soldiers stab a fallen block until they carved out the Nintendo 64 logo.
  • nVidia sponsorship sometimes plays with this. Call of Juarez has you shooting down the logo so that it falls on an opposing gunfighter. Unreal Tournament 2003 had a player punching through the logo, and UT2004 followed that up with a Skaarj pounding him through it.
    • Borderlands has the logo appear without the nVidia voice. Claptrap comes up, pounds on it, sighs, and then it lights up as the Nvidia voice plays, making Claptrap go "Ta-da!"
  • A Boy and His Blob (Wii): The Boy and the Blob appear on the Majesco Entertainment logo, then the Boy throws a jellybean over to the nearby WayForward Technologies logo, which is strangely missing the "O"; the Blob moves over, eats the bean, and turns into the "O".
  • The Homestar Runner faux video game company Videlectrix has a logo with a white man running onscreen, tripping and falling, and then getting up in time with the music. In Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People: 8-Bit Is Enough, Strong Bad himself takes the white man's place when he first enters the Videlectrix mainframe.
    • The Awexome Cross '98 game has The Cheat, inside a tire, run over the Videlectrix guy.
    • The 50k Racewalker shows the Videlectrix guy marching across the screen at about the same pace as the characters in the game. The game abruptly cuts to the title screen before he even reaches the center of the screen.
    • Peasant's Quest has the Videlectrix guy, carrying a sword and shield, trip and fall on his sword. When he doesn't get up on cue, the cue plays again. When there's still no response, a a lower note is played and the guy's leg goes limp.
    • Where's an Egg has a shady man walk in screen and shoot the Videlectrix logo. The shot ricochets off the logo and kills him. The standard jingle is also replaced with "Song of the Volga Boatmen", which begins with four similar notes.
    • Stinkoman: 20X6 has a Mega Man style version of the white man. The long-awaited Level 10 version has a CD-ROM fly in and slice off his head.
  • The early 90's Konami logo featured on their Mega Drive/Genesis, Super NES, and PC Engine games varied a little depending on the system (see them here). For SNES, the laser that shoots out at the beginning of the logo is purple, while the Genesis version is green, and the PCE version blue, and of course, the jingle sounds a little different on all three systems due to their differing sound-chips.
    • There are even more variations of the standard Konami logo for a few games. Playstation games had two major ones: the "Logo coming out of earth" one for Western-released games, and the "Walking Logo" one for Japan-released games; most of the Tokimeki Memorial games had the games' heroines cheerfully shouting "Konami!" as the logo appears; and who could forget the legendary Metal Gear Solid Konami logo, whose music was a Shout-Out to Hideo Kojima's previous game Policenauts? (sadly, this and all other Policenauts references in the game were lost on gamers outside of Japan, due to the game never making it outside of Japanese territory)
  • No two Nitrome game will ever show the developer's logo forming in the exact same way. Test Subject Blue has the logo as blobs of Blue Enzyme, in Steamlands it's made out of two steam-tanks blasting away at each other, Fault Line has it formed from the nodes when two screens get joined together, etc...
  • The Star Trek games done by Activision always feature the Activision logo de-cloaking in space, and then getting torpedoed by either the Enterprise-E (and in the case of Bridge Commander, possibly the Sovereign) or the Voyager, in the case of Star Trek: Elite Force as they fly by.
  • The Flash game Color My World opens with the Armor Games logo as a billboard in Black and White City. On the Newgrounds site, it also has the Newgrounds logo.
  • A few Electronic Arts games have the double-lined circle "EA Games" logo done in the style of the game in question.
    • Command & Conquer: Tiberium titles generally have a green logo with a tiberium crystal growing through the background; their Red Alert counterparts features a red-and-black icon with the hammer and sickle. Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath does it a little differently with the logo glowing red while featuring the Nod scorpion tail inside of it, helping indicate that the game has a Campaign for the Wicked Only.
    • Bulletstorm has the main character lasso the EA logo and kick it away, turning it into the Epic Games logo.
    • The Mass Effect 3 version sports the logo in an omniblade.
    • In Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City, a basketball becomes the sphere in Electronic Arts' 1990s logo.
    • The cover for the NTSC version of MySims Kingdom has a bite taken out of the logo with crumbs falling down, courtesy of the hungry pig beside it.
      • At least some games in the series have the iconic plumbob appear over the logo before the title screen.
  • Volition Inc. is fond enough of this trope that they did an official video showcasing all of their Logo Jokes up to Saints Row: The Third.
  • Terminal Reality's logo normally depicts a frightening, ghostlike face against a black background with the company's name below it. In Ghostbusters: The Video Game, it gets an appropriate sendoff: the name fades out after a second, and a Ghost Trap flies in from offscreen left. The ghostly face is satisfyingly pulled into the trap's cone of light, which gives off a puff of smoke and beeps to confirm a successful capture. Fittingly, the game itself uses Columbia Pictures' 1980s-era logo.
  • In Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines the nVidea logo is filled with blood, which a vampire then drains.
  • Every Apogee Software game featured a different take on their theme and logo.
  • The flash game Gyossait features the tank in the Newgrounds logo abandoned and is covered in weeds.
  • In Bubsy II, on the screen showing Accolade's logo and slogan "Games With Personality," a paw takes off the "per" and replaces it with "purr."
  • For Call of Duty: Finest Hour, Spark included a bonus gag in the animation reel: a German soldier runs up to the logo, and, Pixar style, attempts to crush the "S." When he is unsuccessful, he pulls out a machine gun and shoots the letter down to size, after which it springs back up and propels him into the air.
    • Call of Duty: Black Ops has the developer and publisher's logos appearing on '60s-era paperwork, in the midst of several shots of American soldiers in Vietnam. Black Ops II has the developer's logo appearing over the background from the Strike Force loading screen, representing the normal time period, and then goes back to the paperwork-and-historical-footage for the publisher's logo, representing the flashback missions set in The '80s.
  • A few of the edutainment titles by Brøderbund Software would show their logo with a fanfare, followed by a character from the game in question slicing out the "o" to turn it into an "ø". To be more specific...
    • In Logical Journey of the Zoombinis, it starts off with a few zoombinis walking past the logo, with one then jumping up and cutting the "o".
    • In Darby the Dragon, the title character flies around for a bit and uses his wand to slice out the "o".
    • In Gregory and the Hot Air Balloon, the fanfare first plays, and then the title character's dog-like pet lizard crawls around on the "o" causing the slice to fall out.
    • In James Discovers Math, the logo has the titular character's finger come in from the top and pick at the "o", followed by him lifting it up and the letter falling back down and slicing in the process.
  • The Nintendo 64 port of Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn has the N64 logo appear in wireframe before filling in with color... and then a Commando runs up, plants C4, and blows it up. Westwood Studios' logo is then shown as part of a fake installation sequence mirroring the original PC version's installer.
  • The Team Fortress 2 retraux fan game Gang Garrison 2 opens with a mock plate for "Faucet", an 8-bit rendition of Valve's plate. Except that here, someone actually opens the faucet, filling the "Faucet" logo on the bottom left with water.
  • Even though Bayonetta does show regular logos when the game is started, there is a nifty little Logo Joke in the prologue: The development team's logo (Team Little Angels) and the developing company's logo (PlatinumGames) appear on gravestones, as well as the names of the development team. This sequence then ends with Enzo taking a leak on the director's grave.
    • The Wonderful 101 is the first game from Platinum to show no logos upon starting the game, due to it being a Nintendo-published game. note  Instead, the Nintendo, Platinum, and dev team logos appear in the prologue on city buildings, along with names of the dev staff, then ending with the camera panning into the school bus.
  • Cyan had a couple of variations of their logos within the Myst saga.
    • realMyst starts with the original logo, then the circle within the logo itself changes into a sun that sets over a silhouetted Myst Island while the words "real Myst" form in front of it one by one, much like how the original Myst's logo formed against a black screen.
    • Riven began with a dark sphere most likely the Age of Riven itself within the Star Fissure with the company's name forming in front of it. Then the background changes to a cloudy blue sky, and the C of the logo then covers that, with the sphere serving as the center of the logo.
    • From Uru: Ages Beyond Myst onward, the company changed its name to Cyan Worlds. The animation they used from there was a hi-res version of the usual 3D polygonal landscape, except now with a Moiety dagger, and the Myst rocketship and library thrown in.
  • In Globdule, the "Psygnosis Presents" screen has Globdule in place of the Owlball.
  • In the N64 version of Earthworm Jim 3D, Earthworm Jim is dancing with an accordion when he is squashed by a falling Nintendo 64 logo, which is in turn squashed by a cow (in the PC version he's instead squashed by a fridge, then the cow). Possibly the most amusing part of this logo joke is that that's what actually kicks off the game's story.
  • Phoenotopia has Gale driving the Newgrounds tank.
  • In Sleepwalker, the Comic Relief logo splatters onto Ocean Software's.
  • In Cinemaware's The Three Stooges, the intro to Defender of the Crown - another Cinemaware title - is played, only for the Stooges to walk in and for Moe to exclaim, "Hey, this looks like a kid's game, you idiots!", before hitting Curly & Larry. The correct intro to the game then appears, with Moe saying, "Now this is more like it!"
  • In the various Peanuts games published by Random House Software, the Random House logo shows Snoopy sleeping on the house's roof as if it were his doghouse.
  • For Baldur's Gate III, the Larian logo turns into an illithid, which are the main antagonists of the game.
  • Atlus games don't typically have these, but Catherine features the Atlus logo being dimly lit like a worn-out light bulb, with the T being filled in with blood before the other letters are filled in with the appropriate blue.

  • Each of the cat news channels in Breaking Cat News has a television logo bug in the lower right corner (BCN's is a ball of yarn; Gatos de Noticias has a toy mouse); cats who have died and go on as ghosts have their own channel, Radio Cat Oracle, with a little ghost cat (in a sheet, yet!) that reacts to what's going on.

  • The Gracie Films logo at the end of The Simpsons has been altered for comedy a few times specific to the episode. At the end of every Halloween episode (with certain variants), the accompanying bit of music is played on a pipe organ, along with a woman's shrieking in lieu of the logo's usual "SHHHHH!" sound effect.
    • At the end of the crossover episode with Family Guy, the logo appears with the latter show's Peter Griffin heard singing along to the familiar nine-note electric piano theme. ("And now the show is over now".)
    • Playdate With Destiny (released in front of Onward) has Mickey Mouse replace one of the patrons.
  • In the second season of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet the opening Central logo (a white globe) shrinks down and dissolves into a live action shot of a white roulette ball at the start of the opening credits.
  • One episode of Thames Television's The Kenny Everett Video Show had Kenny bursting through the opening logo. The shot was repeated in reverse for the closing logo.
    • Another of Cuddly Ken's programmes replaced the London buildings that made up the Thames logo with women's breasts...
    • One edition of the Morecambe and Wise Christmas shows produced by Thames used a re-recorded version of the Thames logo jingle: "Here they are now, Morecambe and Wi-i-i-i-i-ise!"
    • For the Des O'Connor show, the Thames jingle was played with different instruments. It would then swoop off into the stars, starting off the credits for the show.
  • One Monty Python episode opens with the actual Thames logo, followed by Thames announcer David Hamilton stating, “We’ve got an action-packed evening for you tonight on Thames but right now, here’s a rotten old BBC programme!”
    • Armchair Thriller used a nighttime version of the normal logo.
    • For Storyboard, the last note would be reverbed as white streaks would fly in.
  • In the Lakeshore Entertainment title card for Underworld (2003), the logo is tinted blood red.
  • Another ITV company who went along with the Logo Joke idea was Yorkshire Television - perhaps the best remembered example was their chevron logo zooming off like a firework in the titles to game show 3-2-1. It then explodes into the numbers "3", "2", "1", before diving back down and landing in a dustbin, magically animating it into the show's mascot, Dusty Bin.
  • Early editions of Tiswas featured the ATV logo running backward. It was eventually stopped.
  • A variation on LWT's red, white and blue 'ribbon' logo was used at the start of the interview show Russell Harty Plus, where the end of the ribbon would loop into a circle from which the picture would iris in.
    • For LWT's adaptation of JustWilliam, William would smash through the logo with a catapult after it had finished forming. This would later be referenced at the end of an episode where the end titleboard could be seen being held together with tape.
    • The short-lived sketch show End of Part Onenote  begins one episode with the ribbon starting at the top left of the screen as usual, but instead of turning horizontal to form the "L" it continues straight down and falls offscreen with a loud crash.
  • The THX logo has quite a few variations, but the funniest is probably the one with the cows.
  • In Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, THX: The Audience Is Now Listening is replaced with THC: The Audience Is Now Baking.
  • Be Kind Rewind: For British distribution by Pathé, its logo got sweded. (Compare with the real deal.)
  • The logo for Shadow Projects, involved in the production of a number of puppet shows, featured a dog. It would normally be heard barking at the end of one of these shows, but on Bear in the Big Blue House, sometimes it would make a different noise, such as meowing or quacking.
  • Taxi: For the Christmas Episode, the off-screen female voice in the John Charles Walters Productions logo says "Merry Christmas, Mr. Walters!" instead of "Good night, Mr. Walters!"
  • Girl Meets World: "Girl Meets the New World" plays with the Michael Jacobs production ending guitar riff, by having Auggie's new friend (named "Dewey", but insists on being called "Doy") sing the guitar riff in nothing but "Doy"s. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Liv and Maddie always uses this trope, showing the Beck & Heart Productions logo take on the style of the "sisters by chance, friends by choice" picture, with Beck and Hart replacing the twins. No Disney Channel show loves this trope as much as this one does...
    • In "Flashback-A-Rooney" Liv sees the picture of Liv and Maddie when they were younger on their bedroom wall come to life, with their real faces in place of the drawing; consequently the Beck & Hart Productions Vanity Plate after the end credits has the real faces of creators John D. Beck and Ron Hart superimposed on their drawn bodies.
    • "Helgaween-A-Rooney" has the Helga drawing in the logo, with Beck and Hart presenting offerings of pizza and sandwiches while Helga is heard shouting "KNEEL BEFORE HELGA!"
    • "Rate-A-Rooney" has Beck and Hart holding up sheets of paper with "10" on them, with Karen saying "What'cha doing, Honeybunch?"
    • "Cook-A-Rooney" has Beck and Hart holding up copies of the home ec teacher's self-published memoirs.
    • "Band-A-Rooney" replaces Beck and Hart with a picture of Crispy Kitty's album cover while Joey and Artie - i.e. Crispy Kitty - shout the band name in unison.
    • "Triangle-A-Rooney" leaves Beck and Hart alone - but has Johnny Nimbus standing next to them with Nimbus At Night's chicken puppet Janice squawking.
    • "Continued-A-Rooney" has two planes in the background - one with Diggie's face on it, the other following with the faces of Maddie and Joey on it.
    • "Co-Star-A-Rooney" has (real) Artie right in front of Beck and Hart while he shouts "END SCENE!"
    • "Voltage-A-Rooney" has (real) Liv as SkyVolt, the superhero alterego of her Voltage character Tess, zapping Beck and Hart.
    • "Cowbell-A-Rooney" replaces the drawing of Beck and Hart holding up food with a photograph of them on the back of a cow while Maddie shouts "YOU JUST GOT MILKED!"
    • "Grandma-A-Rooney" has the Beck & Hart Productions logo accompanied with Maddie saying "What a crazy pair!"
    • The series finale "End -a- Rooney" has Beck and Hart holding signs saying "thank you for watching!"
  • Similar to Liv and Maddie, Coop & Cami Ask the World does this: the Bugliari/McLaughlin Productions logo features a voice clip of someone. Originally it was Ollie saying "Wheeeeee!!!", but other times it's one of the characters saying something throughout the episode played. The latter becomes more common in Season 2.
  • An example at the end of an episode: the A.K.A. Cartoon logo at the end of every Ed Eddn Eddy episode is remarkably different in every season, episode and even The Movie.
  • Studio Canal:
    • Attack the Block has an all-black version of the Studio Canal logo (completle with unusually black clouds), to match the colors of the film's aliens.
    • Irréversible has ominous red clouds, to match the colors of the film's closing (uhhh, "opening" if you want) credits and the N in the logo is backwards (reverse letters are also the case with the Mars Distribution logo in the French print), to match the typography of the film's logo.
  • Community is "A Dan Harmon/Russo Brothers...
    • "...Tantrum."
    • "...Blood Pact."
    • "...Native American History Exhibit."
    • "...Spectacle." And so on... This lasted until season 4, when both Dan Harmon and the Russo brothers both left the series. When Dan Harmon returned for season 5, the stock Harmonic Claptrap logo was used.
  • The Knights Of Prosperity had the B, & and B of the B&B animated logo perform a different magic act on every episode, such as the ampersand ("The Amazing Ando" - get it?) sawing the two B's apart.
  • When The Nostalgia Critic reviewed Moulin Rouge! (see above), he parodied said film's variation of the Fox logo, except with Chester A. Bum conducting the Channel Awesome fanfare.
  • Google does this frequently, to celebrate an event, whether minor or major.
  • The otherwise forgettable 1971 film The Christian Licorice Store doesn't have the Cinema Center Films logo (or indeed the title of the film) until about 15 minutes in when a character starts running a film on a home projector and the logo (and title) come up on screen. On the screen in the film, that is.
  • Take Me Home Tonight, set in 1988, opens with the 1980s version of the Imagine Entertainment logo (which is technically inaccurate, as the Imagine logo usually appeared at the end of their movies at the time).
  • During the 1980s, WDIV in Detroit would broadcast Detroit Tigers baseball games, and at the end of the broadcast would feature an animated version of what was then the Detroit Tigers logo either roaring and on occasion eating the opposing team's logo after a victory or mewling with an ice pack on its head after a loss.
    • On the occasions where the opponent's logo would be eaten, there were usually special versions as well. For example, a victory against the Baltimore Orioles would have the tiger spitting out orange feathers.
  • While the practice has declined in popularity, it used to be common for the Christmas issue of British gaming magazines to show the magazine logo covered in snow.
  • When Josh Schwartz's production company changed from College Hill Pictures to Fake Empire, the logo became a sketch pad with "FAKE EMPIRE" on it, though what's drawn on the pad depends on what show precedes it. See for yourself.
  • Jack the Giant Slayer: The Bad Hat Harry logo has five giants walking in place of five men, seen here.
  • The Video Games Awesome! website has dozens of banners done in the style of various video game franchise's logos.
  • In Annie (2014), as the Overbrook Entertainment logo appears, the record player starts playing Hard-Knock Life.
  • Every episode of Brutalmoose opens with his own logo altered to resemble a logo pertaning to the game he's reviewing.
  • PBS:
    • The network's first Game Show, WNET's We Interrupt This Week, ends with a loud chorus abruptly singing the last line of "Happy Birthday to You".
    • One documentary, Mouth Music, ended with a humorous a capella rendition of the PBS Everymen logo's music.
    • The start of PBS's promo for Al Capone: Icon begins with the PBS circle in the center of the screen swinging upside-down, counterclockwise, as though the bottom of the circle was nailed to something and the top was loose.
    • On the first episode of Square One TV, the 1984 PBS logo played as usual, but the logo multiplied as lyrics from "Infinity", a song featured in the episode, played over it the end as it multiplied.
    • At the beginning of the American Comedy Network special, the 1987 Connecticut Public Television opening logo plays, but the text "(Not Funny, Yet.)" appears below it, with audience laughter heard in the background.
  • Parodied in Funny Horsie, where every episode is seemingly produced by a different company (most often a parody of an ITV franchise, given that the "show" is supposedly an old British children's programme), but occasionally more ridiculous ones such as "Mrs. Thatcher Productions", "Clowns TV", "Courtney Love Productions" ("I MADE DIS.") and "Bollocks Television".
  • In Power Rangers (2017) the Saban Films logo is comprised of an amalgamation between the Saban 90s logo (the gold disc) the Saban late 90s-2000s logo (the Earth changing into a logo) the Saban Brands logo (in space) and the unused Saban Films logo (having the logo get claw marks) which leads to SCG appearing below it instead of Saban Films.
    • The trailer for the Christmas dark comedy Fatman has the Saban Films logo colored Christmas red (or alternately blood red).
  • It's never spelled out in the text, but Holy Wood Hill in the Discworld book Moving Pictures is implied to be a worn-down, aged version of the Paramount mountain logo, and in Ginger's dreams is shown surrounded by huge stars (which is Fridge Horror when, as well as being a Shout-Out, these appear to be connected with the established large stars in the skies of the Dungeon Dimensions).
    • Also, when they awaken the Golden Knight from his slumber beneath the Hill, Ginger is in a toga carrying a torch and Detritus bangs a gong, homaging the Rank Organization logo.
    • Ginger's dream also mentions a lion roaring, referring to the MGM logo.
  • The Stephen J Cannell Productions logo has writer/producer Cannell typing at his desk and pulling out a sheet of paper, which lands on a stack and forms the logo. This is the logo for all the shows Cannell produced. A compilation of the logos can be seen here.
  • For Filmation’s sci-fi Western cartoon Bravestarr, the Filmation logo was accompanied by the sound of galloping horses and a whipcrack.
  • The animated film The Red Turtle has the Studio Ghibli logo (traditionally blue in color) shaded red, seen here.
  • The Indian romantic film Chandni has the Yash Raj Films logo colored silver-blue, the color of moonlight ("chandni"). The next Yash Raj Film, Lamhe, has the logo appear from the sun.
  • Shin Godzilla: The Toho logo is the modern version, then turns to the 1950s color logo to homage Gojira (1954)'s era, seen here.
  • A mid-movie gag occurs in Carry On... Up the Khyber when the arrival of the British governor at the Khasi's palace is announced by a shirtless man striking an enormous gong, just like the Rank Organisation logo.
    Khasi: (wincing at the noise) I do wish you wouldn't keep doing that. Rank stupidity!
  • One episode of Lamput has a joke about Lamput hiding in the logo in the intro. Fat Doc tries to find Lamput, but he destroys everything but the creature.
  • Escape from Planet Earth. On the onset, The Weinstein Company's logo appears, if only for a brief moment, before it bleeds into the lights of a UFO that carries the whole sigil away with it.
  • During the September 23, 2019 episode of WWE Raw, WWE's opening "Then. Now. Forever." intro had a grim, distorted look, and a Jump Scare of The Fiend.
  • Capitol Critters features a variant of the Steven Bochco Productions plate where an animated mouse takes the place of Bochco's father.
  • The intro to My Sesame Street Home Video has an animated Cookie Monster taking a bite on the Sesame Street logo. As the title fades out, Cookie Monster remarks "Delicious!"
  • Aardman Animations:
  • Netflix updated their logo in 2020, with an orchestral score by Hans Zimmer added, seen here.
  • DiC Entertainment:
    • Save for the earliest episodes, Inspector Gadget has Gadget skating in front of the DiC logo. The hammer from his hat rises to dot the "i", and then he stumbles off screen.
    • The Littles: As the last line of the theme is sung, Dinky runs to dot the "i" in the DiC logo with a button before hopping away.
  • Hammerstone Studios uses a variant for Bill & Ted Face the Music, featuring the logo's cliffside backdrop covered in cave paintings, including one of Bill and Ted sitting on top of the phone booth, just like the poster of the first movie.
  • In-Universe example: In the timeline A Hippie In The House Of Mouse, the movie Mask of the Monkey King: An Indiana Jones Adventure opens with the Paramount logo dissolving into a mountain in China.
  • The first episode of Hangin' with Mr. Cooper has the Jeff Franklin Productions logo interrupt Mark in the middle of his introduction.
  • Logorama is a short feature revolving around a world filled/populated with corporate logos, intended to parody corporate brands and their effect on society. It features company logos of all kinds, with film logos having an appearance too:
    • A zoo has the MGM lion and the Paramount mountain logo as a rabbit warren
    • When a waitress drops a drink, the orange splash stain is the Nickelodeon logo.
    • The Disney castle is floating in the water in the aftermath of an earthquake.
    • The last scene is an Astronomic Zoom out which reveals the world is the Universal logo Earth, and in the distance is the Orion Pictures logo as a constellation.
  • The Japanese trailer of City Hunter: The Cupid's Perfume has the Albatros Film logonote  feature pages from the City Hunter manga.
  • For their 25th anniversary in 2007 and the run-up to the first episode of the eighties-set drama It's a Sin in January 2021, Channel Four used all their original branding for the entire days.

    Network logo bugs 
  • Fox
    • To promote the release of The Simpsons Movie, the logo was colored yellow, with the "O" replaced by a pink donut.
  • Cartoon Network
    • For April Fools' Day 2011, the logo was flipped upside-down.
    • In October 2019, the logo was given bat wings for Halloween.
    • In December 2019, the logo was decked with Christmas lights.
  • Nickelodeon
    • For the days leading up to the premiere of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the logo gained a green turtle shell design.
    • In the early 2000s, there were several animations of Jimmy Neutron experimenting with and altering the logo.
  • Nicktoons
    • The rotating 3D logo was colored slime green during the "Nicktoons Scare-a-Thon" in 2004.
    • Similarly in 2007, the splat globe was changed into an eyeball for Halloween.
  • FXX
    • During the network's first 12-day marathon of The Simpsons, the FXX logo was colored yellow.
  • USA Network:
    • During the Harry Potter marathon for the 2019 Thanksgiving weekend, the USA logo was placed on the left side of the screen (instead of the right), was colored gold, and had a drawing of the Golden Snitch next to it.
  • Boomerang: During Late Night Black and White, the Boomerang "B" logo was grayscaled.

Alternative Title(s): Logo Gag


Indiana Jones Paramount logos

The Paramount logo (which has been made to resemble the logos used from 1953 to 1975) dissolves into the opening shot of each movie.

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