Buena Vista Television and Disney Media Distribution Modified Screen

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum



1st Screen (1996?-Early 2000s)

Visuals: On a black background, the text "This film has been modified from its original version." in a Bold Italic Arial font fades in first. Then, another text in the same font fades in below : "It has been..." :

    • "...formatted to fit your TV and edited for television."
    • "...formatted to run in the time allotted."
    • "...formatted to fit this screen, and edited to run in the time allotted, and for content."
    • "This film has been modified from its original version and edited for television."
    • "This film has been edited for television."

Variants:

  • Sometimes, all of the text fades in at the same time.
  • On a 2000 syndicated print of Another Stakeout, the text is in plain Arial, without bold and italic.
  • The text font may varies.
  • On a 2003 syndicated print of The Crow: City of Angels, the text is not italicized and reads: "The following film has been modified from its original version. It has been formatted to fit this screen, to run in the time allotted, and edited for content."

Technique: A still, computerized graphic.

Audio: None.

Availability: It used to be seen at the start of many TV prints of Disney-owned films (including Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone, Hollywood, Miramax, and Dimension titles, as well as early Pixar titles) in syndication in the late 90s up until the early 2000s. It survives on old recordings.

2nd Bumper (2000s-)

Visuals: On a black background, there is the following text in Arial Black Bold font: "This film has been modified from its original version. It has been..."

  • "...formatted to fit this screen."
  • "...formatted to fit this screen and edited for content."
  • "...formatted to fit this screen and edited to run in the time allotted."
  • "...formatted to fit this screen, to run in the time allotted, and edited for content."
  • "...formatted to fit this screen and edited to run in the time allotted and for content."
  • "...formatted to fit this screen and to run in the time allotted."
  • "...formatted to fit this screen and edited for content."
  • "...edited for content."

Variants:

  • Sometimes, the text font may varies.
  • There is also a Spanish language version. This version appears on Spanish TV prints of Disney titles on networks like Telemundo.
  • On old TV prints of Tough Guys, The 13th Warrior, Air Bud, and Rushmore, the text is in a different font and reads "This film has been modified from its original version. It has been formatted to fit the screen and edited both for content and to run in the time allotted." A similar version of this screen in another font used to be seen on most movies airing on ABC until the early 2010s.

Technique: A still, computerized graphic.

Audio: None.

Availability: Seen on TV prints of movies from Disney and all of its subsidiaries (Pixar, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Marvel, and Lucasfilm) since the mid-2000s.

  • Also seen on some modern TV prints of 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures movies released since their March 20, 2019 buyout, starting with both Alita: Battle Angel and The Kid Who Would Be King, and plastering over older screens on current prints of many pre-2019 TCS movies.
    • On the topic of TCS, this is also seen on FX Networks, Freeform, and Disney Channel/Disney XD airings of Blue Sky's Spies in Disguise.
  • Surprisingly, this can be seen at the start of VH1's prints of Wild Wild West (1999) and Romeo Must Die, which are actually Warner Bros. films.
  • This modified screen also made appearances on a 2009 Disney Channel airing of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (also from Warner Bros.), as well as a Summer 2013 airing of Cars and a December 2013 airing of Up, both on CBC in Canada.
  • Sometimes, on recent TV prints of Miramax/Dimension titles from Trifecta Entertainment & Media, this is even retained (due to Trifecta using TV prints from the Disney-era).
  • On streaming, it appears at the start of some Disney/20th movies on Tubi, like Birdman and What About Bob?, among others.
  • On Disney+'s prints of The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin and Splash, the "edited for content" variant appears at the start.
  • Strangely, this never appears on any Canadian or international TV prints of Disney/TCS films (except the CBC broadcasts described above), just going straight to the films' respective opening logos. For Canadian TV airings, they are preceded with a described video disclaimer and/or viewer advisory screen.
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