Scanbox Entertainment

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Scanbox Entertainment is a Danish home entertainment and production company, although through acquisitions they claimed their presence in other Nordic countries. In 2005, a British distribution arm was created, but was later bought out. The company also formed a short-lived American venture in 1998 with Lionsgate and Sterling Home Entertainment.

1st Logo (1985?-1991)

Visuals: On a light blue background, a grey rectangle flies in and flips around all over the screen. It then opens up all the way and blue squares and black text come out and the box closes back up. It repositions itself to the left edge of the screen, taking up most of it, as the particle form "sb" in blue and abstract, with the black text saying "scanbox danmark as", as they plaster themselves onto the rectangle. A red and white stripe draw onto the stem of the "b".

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A "WHOOSH" is heard at the beginning, followed by a funky beat.

Availability: Seen on a Danish VHS print of Miracle Mile.

2nd Logo (1985?-1991?)

Visuals: On a black background, the "sb" from before, but in cyan with a tricolor cyan/yellow/red bar, appears in the top right corner. "scanbox" can also be seen on the left side. The logo slowly moves towards the center, zooming in as it goes. When it reaches it, the logo then quickly zooms in, as the screen passes through the gap in the letters. It then cuts to the warning screen.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: The 1984-1985 Cannon Films jingle.

Availability: Seen on Finnish releases. [Examples?]

3rd Logo (1991?-1996)

Visuals: On a black background, a flash occurs, revealing two white monoliths on a sky background. Two lines are also seen above and fall down as the camera rotates and zooms out, revealing a modified version of the previous logo. "Scanbox Danmark A/S" in the same font as before, zooms out and places itself under the logo as the clouds move slowly.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A soft soundtrack with whooshing sounds.

Availability: Seen on later releases. [Examples?]

4th Logo (1996-2005)

Visuals: The sequence starts on a CGI lake in the moonlight, with clouds above. A swan flies near the lake, circling in the distance, before coming to the center of the screen and landing in the water. The swan emits light as it turns in the water, emitting light and transforming into a stylized yellow swan "S", surrounded by blue and red arcs. "S C A N B O X" is wiped in with lines above and below it underneath.

Variant: On the trailer for Komodo, the logo is copper on green light background.

Trivia: Scanbox's venture with Lionsgate, Sterling Home Entertainment, used the same logo design. When the venture was dismissed, the logo was also changed.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: An Oriental-esque woodwind tune with synthesizers and whooshes.

Availability: Seen on distributed VHS tapes and DVDs. Also available outside the Nordic region on a few films. [Examples?]

5th Logo (2005-2015)

Visuals: There are multiple white parts moving on the screen (blinds effects), later forming the name scanbox with "entertainment" below, and the orange S-shaped bird appears at the left with the same effect.

Variant: An early variant exists, where the orange bird fades in and shines. Then, the words appear below one by one.

Technique: 2D digital animation.

Audio: A crystallized soundtrack. The early version used the tail of the previous soundtrack.

Availability: Unknown. [Examples?]

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