Universal Eight

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Universal Eight was the successor to the renowned home movie distributor Castle Films, which was owned by United World Films; the non-theatrical firm of Universal-International. The company was founded in late 1977 and became defunct in 1984 in search for a home entertainment company. The company has a film count of 254.

Logo (1977-1984)

Visuals: On a black background, the neon number "8" is shown at the center, colored in blue at the inside and red at the outside. The neon-stylized text


shines at the frontside of the number. Five seconds in the logo, the text "PRESENTS" fades in, located below the number. After a couple of seconds, the aforementioned text fades into the text "EXCERPTS FROM".


  • There is a closing version that contains the byline "FROM UNIVERSAL 8 ALL TV AND THEATRICAL RIGHTS RESERVED".
    • For the closing version of Bob Fosse's Sweet Charity, the logo does not contain a byline. Instead the logo is shown initially as the standard logo without the text "PRESENTS", and runs at a split second.
  • Certain prints of the logo have the logo in fading, or lighter, colors

Technique: Cel animation.

Audio: None.

Availability: Can likely be seen on any program released by the company, such as Bob Fosse's Sweet Charity.

Castle Films
Universal Eight
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