From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Gasparcolor was a color film system developed in 1933 by Hungarian chemist. Dr. Bela Gaspar, which used 3-color processes on a single film strip. It was used primarily in animation, notably by Oskar Fischinger, Len Lye and George Pal.

Logo (May 3, 1935-1945)

Visuals: On a black background, a parrot flaps its wings. The parrot has a blue head, red body, yellow and green wings and a red, white and blue tail; it slightly resembles a rainbow lorikeet. It flies back as the words: "GASPAR-COLOR" appear in a giant size and a white thin font. Below on the left is "Natural Colour Photography" in a yellow cursive font and on the right, below, is the UK flag with the words "STANDARD KINE-LABORATORIES LTD. PRINT-" surrounding the flag in a circle. The bird flies into the second "O" in color. The bird moves its head left, right and left, then leans forward.

Variant: In Germany, the parrot is a scarlet macaw with "Forben-Fotografie" on the left in the same cursive font. The right has a blue circle with points which reads "GEYER KOPIE".

Technique: Hand-drawn animation.

Audio: The opening theme to the film.

Availability: The logo may appear on films from the 1930s-1940s that utilize the technology such as Colour on the Thames (1935).

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