Colossal Pictures

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Colossal Pictures was an production company based in San Francisco, California that produced animation, visual effects, and commercials for various companies. In the later half of the 1980s, Colossal Pictures established a television programming division, BIG Pictures, and acquired New York-based production company Noyes & Laybourne.

Colossal experienced bankruptcy proceedings and downsizing in 1996 and 1997, caused by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame refusing to pay them for their services. During this period, Colossal's New York branch closed, and USFX and M5 Industries were spun off from Colossal. Unable to fully recover from bankruptcy, Colossal Pictures closed on August 31, 1999, and Wildbrain Entertainment acquired Colossal's employee base, but not the company itself.

1st Logo (June 2-30, 1991)

Visuals: On a black background is the words "(COLOSSAL) PICTURES" in indigo. There is a little bit of static and the screen is wavy.

Technique: Analog effects filmed off a television.

Audio: The ending theme of Liquid Television.

Availability: Seen on season 1 of Liquid Television.

2nd Logo (December 20, 1991-1997)

Visuals: A black and white clip of a sign on fire is shown, with a green dot in the top left corner. The words "(COLOSSAL) PICTURES" squeeze between the sign, and a smiley face fades onto the sign.

Variant: Sometimes, the dot is orange, and the face's eyes fall off.

Technique: Live-action mixed with 2D computer animation.

Audio: The ending theme of Liquid Television, industrial-sounding music with horns (on (Colossal) Pictures demo reels), or playful synth music (on some Liquid Television episodes).

Availability: Seen on seasons 2 and 3 of Liquid Television, and (Colossal) Pictures' 1992, 1994 and 1996 demo reels. It was first introduced on The Wish that Changed Christmas.

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