Rastar Films

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Rastar (pronounced "Raystar") was a film production company founded by Ray Stark 1966 as "Rastar Pictures". His first production was the 1968 release, Funny Girl and all of his releases were released by Columbia Pictures until 1979. In 1974, Columbia acquired Rastar Pictures. Stark also founded "Rastar Films", the reincarnated Rastar Pictures, which eventually would get acquired by Columbia in 1980. Stark's final film was the 2000 TV movie, Alley Cats Strike! (as Rastar Television), which was co-produced by Walt Disney Television and aired on Disney Channel. After that film, Stark retired; Rastar was closed in 2001 and was folded into Columbia Pictures. Most of the Rastar releases are owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment except for The Hunter and Harriet the Spy (both owned by Paramount Pictures), Smokey and the Bandit II, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Secret of My Success, Biloxi Blues, and Somewhere in Time (all owned by Universal Pictures), The Goodbye Girl and White Hunter Black Heart (all owned by Warner Bros. Pictures), and Barbarians at the Gate (owned by HBO).

Logo (March 15, 1985-October 8, 1999)

Visuals: Essentially just bold text that says "RASTAR" with the shape of a star cut out of the second letter "A". the text "From" is usually seen above.

Variants: On The Secret of My Success, White Hunter, Black Heart, and Harriet the Spy, the "From" is absent.

Technique: A printed image made using traditional ink and paint.

Audio: None or the closing theme of the movie.

Availability: Seen on such films as Peggy Sue Got Married, Steel Magnolias, The Secret of My Success, Biloxi Blues, Lost in Yonkers, Harriet the Spy, and Random Hearts.

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