Davis Entertainment

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Background

Davis Entertainment is an American independent film production company founded by John Davis in 1984.



1st Logo (March 25, 1990-June 22, 2001)


Visuals: On a black or blue background, a "D" made out of a filmstrip spins around and zooms out to the middle. The company name in sky blue fades in under the filmstrip as the logo shines.

Variants:

  • A short version of the logo exists where it starts with the text fading in.
  • On Dr. Dolittle 2, the whole logo is reanimated and has a light blue tint, while the text has a font similar to the next logo.

Technique: CGI animation.

Audio: None, or the opening/closing theme of the movie.

Availability: Seen on Gunmen, Fortress (1993) and other films from the era. It also appears on TV movies as well like Silhouette. This doesn't appear on Predator 2, Richie Rich or Dr. Dolittle.

2nd Logo (November 30, 2001-April 8, 2009)


Visuals: On a black background, the abstract "D" in a metallic blue color animates in a quite similar way as before, but the text below is now written in Tahoma. Also, the shining is more intensive.

Technique: CGI animation.

Audio: Same as before.

Availability: Seen on films such as Dr. Dolittle sequels from 3 to 5, Behind Enemy Lines, the Garfield movies, I, Robot, Flight of the Phoenix, and Fat Albert. This logo does not appear on Daddy Day Care, Alien vs. Predator, Eragon, Norbit, Daddy Day Camp, The Heartbreak Kid or Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.

3rd Logo (June 4, 2010-)


Visuals: The camera moves out from some clouds on a daytime sky to see a hot-air balloon (striped in red and yellow), alongside another one seen in the background with a zeppelin moving from the right side of the screen. Then, a red biplane passes by and goes behind the clouds. After that, the view pulls back on a peephole on a wooden door in a mansion, which emits a bright golden light on it. Just as the screen zooms out to the front, the company name in gold appears from below, as the filmstrip flies and arranges itself over it. The logo then encloses in a golden rectangular box on a black background, as the mansion view fades out alongside the box, leaving just the logo as it shines before fading out.

Variants:

  • On Mr. Popper's Penguins, the company name is absent, and it transitions to the opening once it is done.
  • A more common shortened version exists where the filmstrip spins into view as the text fades in. The rectangular box is already there.
  • A still version exists.
  • At the end of A Little Bit of Heaven, the logo is in black-and-white and scrolls up in the credits.
  • The logo usually shares the screen with other logos on TV shows.
  • On The Equalizer (2021), only the shining is shown on the finished product, and it lacks the box.

Technique: CGI animation.

Audio: A soft ascending fanfare composed by Christopher Lennertz, with the sound of the biplane flying by at the start.

Audio Variants:

  • In some cases, the logo is silent, or has the opening/closing theme of the show/film.
  • ABC, CBS and NBC broadcasts of the company's TV series uses generic music/voiceover.

Availability:

  • The full version was so far seen on Marmaduke, Gulliver's Travels, A Little Bit of Heaven, Mr. Popper's Penguins, and Dolemite is My Name.
  • The other variants appear on Our House, the end of Jungle Cruise and on TV shows starting with The Blacklist.
  • Some films, such as Predators, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Ferdinand, Game Night, The Predator, Shaft (2019) and Prey (2022), have no logo.

4th Logo (February 3, 2012-December 25, 2015)


Visuals: On a black background, the filmstrip (now in steel blue) spins into view (with the same animation as the previous logo) as it shines a little.

Variant: On Devil's Due, the logo has a glitch VHS effect.

Technique: CGI animation.

Audio: None, or the opening theme of the movie.

Availability: It appeared on Chronicle, Devil's Due, Victor Frankenstein, and Joy. Used on more "serious" films in tandem with the previous logo.
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