Namco Films

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Namco Films was the short-lived movie production of Japanese entertainment company Namco (now part of Bandai Namco). Their only production was Mirai Ninja (retitled Cyber Ninja in the United States, Warlord in Canada, and Robo Ninja in the UK), notable for being the very first live-action film adaptation of a video game.

Logo (October 1988)

Visuals: On a black space background, the camera spans around space until, out of almost nowhere, Pac-Man, Namco's official mascot and the title character from the legendary video game, floats out from the screen away from us. Jumping down, he lands on the "NAMCO" logo letters, and the first three light up, but he leaves the C and O, but they light up by themselves. The company sign logo turns 90 degrees to the right to face the camera. Then, from the left, Pac-Man jumps on top of the logo (a la the Marvel Productions "CGI Spidey" logo) and happily gives his regular pose to the camera, holding his hand up. The Namco letters then shine.

Variant: On DVD prints of the movie (see availability section) the logo had improved color saturation and it's completely videotaped.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: It starts with a synth rock guitar chord with whooshing sounds for Pac-Man's appearance. Three small synth trumpets note are played in tune to Pac-Man's steps. It ends with a synth chord and a twinkle sound for the shine.

Availability: It is only known to appear on the film Mirai Ninja and its' respective localizations, which are available on both VHS and DVD.

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