Hughes Entertainment

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Background

Hughes Entertainment is the first production company of writer/producer/director, John Hughes and was founded in 1987. Its films were released through several studios including Paramount Pictures (Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Some Kind of Wonderful and She's Having a Baby), Universal Pictures (The Great Outdoors, Uncle Buck and Career Opportunities), Warner Bros. (National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Curly Sue and Dennis the Menace), Touchstone Pictures (Newport South) and 20th Century Fox (Home Alone 1-3, Dutch, Only the Lonely, Baby's Day Out and Miracle on 34th Street).

1st Logo (November 25, 1987-September 7, 2001)


Visuals: On a black background, a white star zooms-in towards the screen and two blue stripes quickly fly into their respective positions from left and right. "HUGHES" slides in from the bottom and when it reaches the logo, it shakes out of place briefly before resetting to its natural position. A registered trademark "®" fades in to the right bottom of the right stripe.

Triviaː During the Christmas tree scene in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, you can see the star on the top of the tree between glowing windows. It's a reference to the original logo.

Variants:

  • The size of the logo may vary to movie to movie.
  • Mostly the logo is white in-credit. Some films uses the normal colors
  • On Dutch, the stripes and "HUGHES" is light blue and the star is gray.
  • On Curly Sue and Miracle on 34th Street (1994 version) the stripes are light blue and the star is gray. The "HUGHES" text is also in a different font.

Technique: 2D digital animation.

Audio: The sound of a race car grinding its wheels, then driving by. When "HUGHES" appears and hits the logo, the sound of a bowling ball hitting pins is heard, then a "DING" when the registered trademark symbol appears. The closing theme of the movie for the in-credit variant.

Availability:

  • Was used in more movies than John Hughes's second production company, Great Oaks Entertainment.
  • Notable releases include Planes, Trains and Automobiles, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Uncle Buck, Curly Sue, the first three Home Alone movies, She's Having a Baby, and Dutch.
  • The original variant was only seen at the end of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

2nd Logo (June 25, 1993-July 1, 1994)

Visuals: Over a black background is the stars and stripes from the previous logo. However, the stripe on the left is in the shape of the letter "J" while the one on the right is in the form of an uppercase "I". Both stripes are also light blue like before. The star in the middle is also bolder than in the previous logo. The top of the star and stripes has the text: "JOHN HUGHES" while "ENTERTAINMENT" is on the bottom of the stars and stripes.

Technique: A still image.

Audio: The closing theme of the film.

Availability: Seen on Dennis the Menace and Baby's Day Out.
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