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Mandalay Pictures (first known as and is a division of "Mandalay Entertainment") is a film production studio founded in 1995 by legendary Hollywood producer, Peter Guber, a year after leaving as head of Sony Pictures Entertainment. In 1997, Lionsgate purchased Mandalay, but in 2003, they became independent again. In 2008, Mandalay formed "Mandalay Independent Pictures". Later in 2011, it was changed to "Mandalay Vision".

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Nickname: "The Tiger"

Logo: We see a black & white video of the sun shining through trees in a jungle in Mandalay, Myanmar. The camera pans down towards the bottom of the jungle, where a colorized tiger emerges. It walks towards the camera as a box zooms-out and surrounds its head. In a "slashing" effect, the tiger's head turns into a stylized drawing of itself. The text "mandalay (in a script font) fades in, followed by "ENTERTAINMENT" below. The logo then fades out.

Trivia: This logo was designed by Picture Mill.

Variants:

  • On Mandalay's debut feature, The Fan, the drawing of the tiger fades in on a black background, and the text animates like in the standard logo.
  • Starting in 1999, the word "PICTURES" replaces "ENTERTAINMENT".
  • Sometimes, no text appears on the bottom.
  • From 1999-2003, the byline "A LIONS GATE COMPANY" was shown below the logo.
  • Starting in 2008, the text "INDEPENDENT PICTURES" is seen below the logo.
  • An in-credit version appears at the end of Into the Blue.
  • On U.S. prints of Sleepy Hollow, the logo starts with the tiger emerging from the jungle. The opening theme plays throughout.
  • Starting with The Kids Are All Right, the ending portion has been slightly changed. The stylized tiger is now in black and white while lightly splashed water appear below the logo which transform into the word "VISION" in a bubbly water font. On The Voices, it's just the normal version with "VISION" below.

FX/SFX: The tiger emerging. Mostly live action.

Music/Sounds: A "jungle" sound, followed by a dramatic fanfare. This was composed by Jimmy Haun. Sometimes, the opening theme is heard.

Availability: Common. The long version can be seen on films such as Donnie BrascoSeven Years in TibetDesperate MeasuresApt PupilEnemy at the GatesThe ScoreServing SaraBeyond Borders, and non-US prints of Sleepy Hollow, among others. The "Independent" variant was first seen on Never Back Down, while the logo with the Lions Gate byline still exists on some prints of earlier movies, such as Serving Sara. The "Vision" variant appears on Soul Surfer and Bernie.

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