Closing Logo Group

This is a list of movie-specific variant logos seen on some Columbia Pictures films.

The Criminal Code and Ten Cents a Dance (Both 1931): The Torch Lady is shown, but text is absent. The practice of showing the Columbia logo sans company name predates the variations seen on some later films.

Gun Fury (1953): It is tinted in greenish-brown, and the Torch Lady's pedestal doesn't extend to the bottom of the screen, making it look like she's floating!

Cowboy (1958, Opening): It is similar to The Criminal Code and Ten Cents a Dance variants, but with the 1953 version of the 1936 logo.

The Mouse That Roared (1959):

  • Opening: The entire logo is shown in live-action. After a while, The Torch Lady looks down and sees a mouse at her feet on the pedestal, which cuts to her feet. After that, the lady leaves her pedestal, leaving her torch behind floating, which cuts to the mouse again.
  • Closing: The Torch Lady enters from the left, holds the torch, and returns to where she was in the opening variant.

The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962): On the black background, the 1936 Torch Lady is on the left side, and the text "COLUMBIA PICTURES PRESENTS" is on the right side. The text fades to a statue of Norman Maurer, the son-in-law of Moe Howard of The Three Stooges, holding a stick of dynamite with the Sparks flowing. The Torch Lady fades to the text "A NORMANDY PRODUCTION". The dynamite later explodes, leaving the lower legs and the pedestal on the statue. The text "FILMED IN GLORIOUS BLACK AND WHITE" fades in above.

Zotz! (1962):

  • Opening: A more realistic logo appears, with William Castle sitting on a director's chair in the bottom-right corner of the screen. William gets out of his chair and says "Zotz!" The Torch Lady replies by asking "Zotz? What's Zotz?" After that, we fade to the opening credits of the movie.
  • Closing: The black & white version of the 1950s logo is shown, but the Torch Lady says "Zotz all!"

Lawrence of Arabia (1962): It is still, and the clouds aren't as billowy. This was created especially for the film because there was no 70mm version of the logo in existence, and this variation was, at one point, plastered with the standard version for years until the film was restored in 1989.

Bye Bye Birdie (1963): The Columbia Torch Lady's flame leaps from the torch to form the title of the film.

Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963): The Torch Lady is on an orange background. Like the Cowboy variant, the company name does not appear over the logo.

Strait-Jacket (1964, Closing): The Torch Lady's head has been chopped off and is sitting at her feet.

Good Neighbor Sam (1964): Similar to the Under the Yum Yum Tree variant, except the Torch Lady is on a light blue background.

Cat Ballou (1965): The Columbia Torch Lady transforms into an animated caricature of Jane Fonda as a cowgirl who is holding two guns and firing them.

The Trouble with Angels (1966): A halo appears above the "A" in COLUMBIA, and wings sprout behind it. This reveals to be an traditionally animated angel hiding behind it, who flies around the Torch Lady and blows out the torch.

The Man Called Flintstone (1966): The logo is presented in an art style similar to that of the series, with Wilma Flintstone as the Torch Lady.

Torture Garden (1967): The 1953 logo has the company name appearing darker than usual, and "PICTURES CORPORATION PRESENTS" fades in below in yellow.

Head (1968): After the end of the credits, we see a psychedelic, almost Art Nouveau looking Torch Lady; slowly the film disintegrates.

Oliver! (1968): The logo is in sepia tone, and after the giant "COLUMBIA" text fades in, the words "PICTURES CORPORATION PRESENTS" fade in below.

The Looking Glass War (1969) and There's a Girl in My Soup (1970)​: It has the words "PICTURES" and "PRESENTS" appear below the "COLUMBIA" name and on either side of the Torch Lady. The font for those words varies on both films.

Flight of the Doves (1971): Almost the same as the Cowboy variant, but the clouds appear to be more blue.

The Last Picture Show (1971): The logo is in black & white.

Thank God It's Friday (1978): On the first half, the Torch Lady suddenly turns animated and dances to the opening theme for a few seconds. Then she resumes in her normal position, and the logo continues normally.

Roxanne (1987): At the end of the logo itself, a saxophone plays throughout as it fades into a cloudy sky during the opening credits.

The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988): At the end of the logo, it fades into the white background with a illustration of Pippi Longstocking's eyes & hair.

Little Nikita (1988): At the ending, it fades into the blue sky.

A League of Their Own (1992, in-film variant): At the end of the 1943 newsreel within the beginning, it has the words "COLUMBIA MOVIESCOPE NEWS" with the 80s Columbia print logo on top of the marquee styling between the words.

Last Action Hero (1993, in-film variant): During the movie, the 1989 version of the 1981 logo is integrated into Jack Slater IV. It is briefly shown, then disintegrates like an old film would do, into the opening titles. The movie itself is the first one to use the 1993 logo.

The Age of Innocence (1993): It fades in at the zooming out portion. When the music is almost over, the color fades to sepia and, as "COLUMBIA" fades out, turns into a still picture.

Wolf (1994): It is already formed with the clouds tinted navy blue. Then, fog moves from left to right, transitioning to the opening shot.

The Cable Guy (1996): After the byline fades in, the television static effect occurred surging into the opening.

Men in Black (1997): After the byline fades in, It fades into a starry sky.

Go (1999): The ending is abruptly interrupted by jarring clips from a opening rave scene that fades into it.

Charlie's Angels (2000): The camera pans to the right, as the movie starts off in the sky on a plane.

What Planet Are You From? (2000): The Torch Lady's face is replaced with that of the film's lead star Annette Bening, in a nod to the oft-noted resemblance between Bening & Jenny Joseph, the Torch Lady. It fades into the night sky, then to outer space.

Finding Forrester (2000): The logo's music is played on a guitar.

Advertising Rules! (AKA Viktor Vogel - Commercial Man) (2001): After the byline fades in, a cartoon bird flies across the logo.

Ali (2001): It plays in reverse, while the opening audio fading in over it.

Men in Black II (2002): A neuralyzer is hidden behind the torch. After the byline fades in, it darkens a bit. The teal flash of the neuralyzer glows and dims to have it darkened completely.

Eight Crazy Nights (2002): The Torch Lady is replaced with Eleanore Duvall, who later melts into the Torch Lady. It also plays in warp speed.

Trapped (2002): It is in a shade of cerulean.

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003): After the logo is done, it goes back to the starting point where the movie begins.

Big Fish (2003): Same as the Ali variant, but the Torch Lady's light flashes to white (ala the 1976 "Sunburst" logo) to start the feature.

Peter Pan (2003; International): The logo fades into a night sky.

Hellboy: Director's Cut (2004): Same as the Ali variant, but a fire is in the torch.

Stealth (2005): The logo zooms backward through the clouds.

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005): At the end of the movie, the logo fades in just after the zoom out and proceeds as usual. The following logos (DreamWorks, Spyglass Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, Red Wagon Entertainment) are cut short likewise.

The Da Vinci Code (2006): A blue searchlight appears on the logo, and the camera pans to the right as if it's painted on a wall.

All the King's Men (2006): The logo is slightly in the shade of black & white.

Open Season (2006), Surf's Up (2007), Arthur Christmas (2011), The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012): Instead of fading out, the torch lady's light glows to fill the screen and fades into the Sony Pictures Animation logo.

The Grudge 2 (2006): The logo starts as usual, but then the Torch Lady's hair becomes longer, and then the torch flickers, briefly causing the Torch Lady to turn into Kayako and the word "COLUMBIA" to turn into "GRUDGE 2".

Casino Royale (2006): In order to accommodate the prologue, this and the MGM logo preceding it are in black and white.

The Holiday (2006): The 2006 version of the 1993 logo is shortened and it cuts to the last few seconds.

Superbad (2007): A rather neat variation of the 1976 logo. The byline "a SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT company" is seen at the bottom in the beginning. As the camera slowly zooms into the torch, it disappears. As the "sunburst" is forming, a clock-style transition occurs behind it, turning the background from black to yellow, and after the sunburst forms, several human silhouettes are seen.

The Messengers (2007): The logo turns black & white.

30 Days of Night (2007): The logo turns dark blue after six seconds.

Pineapple Express (2008): The black & white version of the 1950's Columbia logo is used, and the Sony Pictures Entertainment byline fades in below.

Angels & Demons (2009): At the very last second the torch begins to flicker, like the anti-meter and the logo fades out, leaving a blurry transition to the next one.

Terminator Salvation (2009, International): The logo is gray, and it has been static shocked. Also, the animation happens differently, like the variation of the Warner Bros. logo.

The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009): The logo zooms out in a box, as if emerging from a subway tunnel and fades into the New York skyline, accompanied by train-related sound effects.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009):The logo plays normally, except "Columbia" is slightly smaller. When the music is nearly over, a banana flies down from the top-right and hits the Torch Lady sending her & the light spinning away to the right. The clouds transition from this to the SPA logo.

2012 (2009): The logo glows with a tangerine lens flare which consumes the entire logo, and then pans to the left into outer space.

The Smurfs (2011): The music is slightly abridged and ends earlier as the opening stinger starts playing (Which carries into the following SPA and The K Entertainment Company logos). At the same time, it is the same as Open Season and Surf's Up variants.

The Green Hornet (2011): The light beaming from the torch turns jungle green. The light then grows brighter and consumes the screen, seguing into the Original Film logo also customized for the movie.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011): The logo is shown in a gray-green tint. Also, it's shortened, beginning when "COLUMBIA" fades in.

Men in Black: Alien Crisis (2012, video game): On the game for Wii, the Torch Lady quickly zooms in with the neuralyzer, which flashes at the first second of the play. It can also be seen in the trailer for Men in Black 3.

Hope Springs (2012): The logo is shortened, beginning when "COLUMBIA" fades in.

Hotel Transylvania (2012) and Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015): When the music is nearly finished, the Torch Lady transforms into a bat, causing the light to die down. The bat flies to the right of the background, makes the circle loop and flies to the bottom-left corner of the logo. Grabbing the corner, it flies forward towards us and, like a page in the book, transitions into the white background making room for the SPA logo. The latter has the same variation, but with the Sony logo at the beginning and the Sony byline at the end.

Django Unchained (2012): The 1968 logo is used with the SPE byline in the same font as the 1974 "A DIVISION OF COLUMBIA PICTURES INDUSTRIES, INC." byline.

The Smurfs 2 (2013):​ The Torch Lady's dress is white to represent the Smurf's clothing and her robe is light blue to represent their skin color. After the byline fades in, a Smurf hat flies in a far distance behind the Torch Lady and it flies past the "B", "I" and "A" in "COLUMBIA" and toward in front of the logo transitioning into the white background for the following SPA logo.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013): When the music is about to finish, the SPE byline fades out. Just like the first movie, a banana (this time in CGI) hits the Torch Lady. The banana then transforms into a Bananostrich (One of the Foodimals seen in the following movie). Berry the Strawberry (Another Foodimal) who is carrying the smallest torch with low light walks in from the bottom-left corner, and he jumps into the banana which makes a dolphin sound. The bananostrich then gives Barry a blast to give the Torch Lady's torch more light, as the latter exclaims "A-ha!" The banana immediately jumps out from the pedestral and runs as Barry's torch light fills the screen with white making room for the following SPA logo.

American Hustle (2013): The 1976 logo is used with the "a Sony Company" byline in the same style as "Columbia Pictures". The opening theme starts from this variant and it continues into the following Atlas Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures logo variants.

The Interview (2014): The 1953 logo is used with the 1928 logo theme. Also, the byline is absent, as is the Sony logo that is normally shown before the usual version of this one.

The Night Before (2015) and The Front Runner (2018): The Sony logo transitions to the 1981 logo, but it is shortened beginning with the burst. The byline fades in after "Columbia Pictures" fades in.

Spectre (2015): Similar to the All the King's Men variant, but it's slightly darker, the Sony logo is omitted and has the new Sony byline.

Concussion (2015): The logo is shortened again, beginning as "COLUMBIA" fades in. This time, the Sony logo transitions to it.

Miracles from Heaven (2016): When the logo starts, it fades to the Torch Lady's bright light, and then fades to the rest of the zooming. It fades out earlier after the byline fades in.

Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017): The logo plays normally, but when the music is about to finish, the Torch Lady falls down (revealing that it’s just a cardboard cutout), dimming out the torch's light, revealing Smurfette and an orange mushroom with white spots standing next to her at the left on the pedestal. She looks left & right, then, she notices the mushroom. She picks it up and poses. Then, a white light glows from the mushroom and fills the whole screen, transitioning into the Sony Pictures Animation logo.

Puppy! (2017 short): Very similar to The Holiday variant, but with the 2014 version of the 2006 logo instead.

The Emoji Movie (2017): It animates as normal, but the byline fades in a little earlier than usual. After a couple seconds, Alex's phone rises up to take a close-up image of the Torch Lady with the "U" & "M' of "C O L U M B I A" on the camera. Alex then swipes up the emoji stickerboard and selects the sunglasses emoji sticker to cover the Lady's face. Alex then sent the picture into his messenger which then, at the same time, puts away as the Torch's light brightens up (similar to the OS, SU, TS, AC, and TP!BoM variants) to the SPA logo.

Blade Runner 2049 (2017, International): The logo is static-shocked and goes from black and white to negative black and white on a black background with a white light surrounding everything.

Only the Brave (2017): As the logo animates, it turns into a golden tint, along with the Black Label Media and the diBonaventura Pictures logos.

The Star (2017; Closing): The closing variant is brown on a still paper background. Inexplicably, the opening logo never appears in the film, but on the film's trailer, along with the Affirm Films and Walden Media logos.

Peter Rabbit (2018): The Sony Pictures Animation logo appears before the Columbia logo, transitioning to the torch through a shine on the second "a" on "Animation". The byline fades in early as the animation ends and "Columbia" fades in, then afterwards, several birds appear, flying through the logo and passing through the Torch Lady, transitioning to the film's opening scene. On the extended preview, several birds appear after the logo is formed.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018): The logo animates as normal, but the sky background and the torch light look more cartoonish. The logo also glitches, with past logos (including the Cat Ballou and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 variants), and flashes of vibrant colors and grafitti styles, shown very briefly.

Men in Black: International (2019): The logo starts normally, but at the end, the Torch Lady's arm briefly becomes animated, putting the trademark MiB sunglasses on her face. Her torch then emits a white light that covers the entire screen before fading to black.

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019): The logo plays normally, but at the end, the logo fades into a statue of Sancarlone. Unlike the other live-action Spider-Man films, the normal fanfare plays over the logo instead of the movie's opening theme.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019): Exactly the same as the Django Unchained variant, but the SPE byline is replaced with the new Sony byline in the same font.

Zombieland: Double Tap (2019): The logo plays normally, but near the end, two zombies walk up to the Torch Lady's pedestal and are about to attack while the Sony byline fades out. Then, the Torch Lady suddenly fights back by killing the two zombies with her lit torch as the fanfare ends abruptly, sending a splash of blood on the "C" on "C O L U M B I A". The Torch Lady resumes back to her normal position as the fanfare cuts back in again.

Little Women (2019) - The 1993 logo is used with the current Sony byline, which appears to have moved down slightly lower than usual.

Bloodshot (2020) - The logo plays normally, but the music ends early before the logo fades to black.

The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021, Netflix): The logo starts off as normal with the variant of the Sony logo following it, but after it's finished, a traditionally animated leg with a sneaker comes out of the Torch Lady and stomps in the pedestal, turning the logo into hand-drawn animation, with the Torch Lady being drawn in the style of Katie's scribbles in the movie. 2D animated rainbows and Monchi's holding clapperboards, among other scribbles, surround the logo as the Torch Lady dances (similar to the 1976 logo variant from Thank God It's Friday), with emojis and other objects coming out of the torch. Finally, she throws the torch to the pedestal, which creates a 2D-animated explosion that serves as a transition to the variation of the SPA logo.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021): The 2014 version plays as usual, but fades to the opening shot at the end.

Vivo (2021, Netflix): A slightly modified version of the 1955 logo is used, animating just like the 1993 logo. After the animation ends, the background opens like a stage curtain, revealing an art-deco style city landscape with white lights and abstract shapes resembling windows, as a shadow drops on the Torch Lady, turning her into a silhouette. The silhouette of the Torch Lady begins to dance, and turns her torch into a flute, which she begins to play as she walks out of the pedestal and off the stage. The Sony Pictures Animation logo appears over the background, which also zooms into the movie's opening shot.

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (2022, Amazon Prime Video): The logo is shortened to when the name fades in, but as the fanfare finishes, the torch suddenly flickers and turns off, turning the logo to black. A few seconds later, it turns back on and the music continues, only that the Torch Lady is replaced with Blobby, with a robe. The light brightens, transitioning to a variation of the Sony Pictures Animation logo. On home media prints, the full logo is used.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023): Same as the previous film, but with the normal logo, which constantly glitches (with halftone dots quickly appearing during the torch zoom-out, for instance). Also, the completed logo appears for a split-second during the glitch, as well as the unused variant from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, after it glitches away into the Marvel Entertainment logo. Just like the first film, this was done by Devastudios.

The Equalizer 3 (2023): The 2021-2022 version of the logo is used.

Napoleon (2023): The fanfare is high-pitched and the Sony transition is removed.

Madame Web (2024): During the Sony transition, the zoom out is seen early before reverting back to normal. While the actual zoom out, the 100 years Columbia Pictures logo is seen for a split-second before reverting back to normal. This only occurs on theatrical prints, while home media prints use the normal 100 years logo.