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'''Nicknames:''' "HBO 1997"
'''Nicknames:''' "HBO 1997"

Revision as of 03:55, 25 December 2020

Logo descriptions by
James Fabiano, Kris Starring, Zach Harden, Kylejaker1988, Logohub and Mysterious_Guy

Logo captures by

Editions by
Jeff B., Yoshidude987, and TheMisterFree

Video captures courtesy of
HBO, Imaginary Forces, Pepsi9072, Tyree McKelton, Alex Garza, and VectraQS

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1st Opening (1975-1978)


Nicknames: "The Road", "HBO 2000", "Welcome to the New Millennium, HBO!", "HBGlow", "HBO in the Harbor", "HBO City Revisited", "HBO City II"

Opening: We see a busy street corner with a theater (a homage to the original theater from the 1982 opening) whose marquee reads "HBO FEATURE PRESENTATION". We zoom into the theater, pass the box office (a homage to the zooming box office from the 1979 opening) and into a bright light. We end up zooming down a street in a residential neighborhood with cars driving and people walking about. The camera goes through a bridge superstructure shaped like an "H". We end up zooming down a rural highway, passing farms and such. After we hit some fog, we are on a mountain road, flying over a pit, and we head down a "B" shaped tunnel. We end up on a desert road surrounded with gorges and cliffs at the other end, and we zoom into a truck with an "O" shaped, cylindrical tank, taking us through another transition. We end up zooming through a CGI rendering of "HBO City" from the 1982 opening, then into a skyscraper-filled downtown. Passing through the buildings with a lens flare effect, we travel down a freeway as lights quickly power up from behind buildings, and then more lights activate ahead of us. The camera pans and takes us into an aerial view above the clouds, and we see the spotlights are outlining an HBO-logo shaped harbor. The 3D letters "FEATURE" go into place over the HBO logo, and a flash below that brings forth the word "PRESENTATION" on a black rectangle as we tilt above the HBO-harbor.

Variant: A shorter, much more common version of this logo was available, which starts off with the lights lighting up. The full version as described above was only shown on Saturday night movie premieres.

FX/SFX: Breathtaking CGI from Pittard Sullivan! A nice computer generated opener inspired by HBO's original stop-motion effort.

Music/Sounds: A powerful, dramatic orchestral fanfare that uses the 12-note HBO fanfare at the beginning, and near the end. During the "HBO City" sequence, there are whooshes that can be heard from passing cars and buses.

Availability: Extinct, but it was used for 12 years, so it may appear on old tapes, DVDs, and/or digital recordings. Also appeared on most of the HBO multiplex channels from 2002 on (with the exception of HBO Family).

Editor's Note: A very suitable successor to the iconic 1982 bumper, with spectacular computer graphics and an amazing orchestral fanfare.

17th Opening (April 2, 2011-December 31, 2016)

3DGdEykjKfA}} Nicknames: "HBO 2011", "HBO Aurora", "HBOredom", "The Personification of All That is Corporate", "Yawn Box Office", "Home Boring Office", "HBO of Boredom"

Opening: On a black background, a flash appears. Then, the flash turns into a cerulean aurora background and as it does so, the HBO logo on the left and the words "Feature Presentation" (set in Gotham Book) on the right appear.

Variant: Other channels have their logo in place of their partner logo. Examples are HBO Latino (which replaces the text with "Pelicula") and HBO Family.

FX/SFX: The flash. The animation in this bumper is done by Jesse Vartanian.

Music/Sounds: A brief ascending section of strings, followed by an orchestrated version of the 12-note HBO fanfare. HBO also made a prototype fanfare featuring just a latter part of the music out of just a bass and violin, which was exclusively used on HBO Family.

Music/Sounds Variant: A alternate version exists where the HBO fanfare sounds different and using the familiar tone from the 16th opening. It was also heard on HBO Canada.

Availability: Extinct. Although HBO USA retired this bumper on July 4, 2014, HBO Asia continued to use this opening until December 31, 2016.

Editor's Note: While not a badly-animated logo, this effort is very simplistic and boring, which is especially sad considering HBO's history of eye-dazzling opening bumpers.

18th Opening (July 5, 2014-)

qhNFxp7Ke3w}} Nicknames: "HBO 2014", "The HBO Gallery", "HBOredom II", "The Second Personification of All That is Corporate", "Yawn Box Office II", "Home Boring Office II", "iHBO", "HBO On an iPhone", "HBO GO/Now Ident", "HBO of Boredom II"

Opening: On a black background, pictures from various movies (which change frequently depending on what's being shown on HBO at the time) fade in and drop. Then, they fade out and drop down again. Then, the HBO logo and the words "Feature Presentation" from the previous logo drop down.


  • On HBO Family, the background is white, the word "FAMILY" is under the HBO logo. There is also a variation of that bumper in which the background is white, and the HBO logo and "Feature Presentation" are in light blue.
  • Two versions have been exclusively used on HBO Asia: the first is the Game of Thrones version which features a teal-colored Game of Thrones background with the GOT logo below fading in. The second one is the Westworld version with the movie pictures being in B&W and the Westworld logo fading in below at the end.
  • Sometimes, a movie picture is still here at the left as all the pictures drops down, while the split with the HBO logo and "Feature Presentation" appears in the right.

FX/SFX: The animation, which is even more simple than the last bumper.

Music/Sounds: Depending on the version:

  • Same as before, but an announcer says "And now, an HBO feature presentation".
  • There's also a different variant where an announcer says "And now, an HBO feature presentation: [movie title]."
  • On HBO Asia, there's no announcer. The same on HBO Family USA.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On the HBO Asia GOT version, it uses a different orchestrated fanfare.
  • A alternate fanfare from the previous opening is used.

Availability: The normal version is retired in US as of March 4, 2017; the HBO Family version is still being used. Debuted on HBO Asia on January 1, 2017.

Editor's Note: Impressively, this bumper manages to be even more boring than the last, looking more like something out of an iPhone app as opposed to a television bumper. Thankfully, this changes with the next bumper.

19th Opening (March 4, 2017-)

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Nicknames: "HBO 2017", "The HBO City of Tomorrow", "HBO City in the Future", "HBO in the Futuristic World", "HBO City III"

Opening: We fade in to a small shot of a man holding a bowl of popcorn. As the camera pans to the right, we see him walking towards his wife, seen snuggling up with a blanket on a sofa. In the background we can see two sets of home plants, a desk lamp, a set of magazines, and two glasses of (what is believed to be) wine. On the wall, we see a canvas print of another apartment. Below the couch, a pair of shoes are visible. The man places the popcorn on a table, settles down with his wife, and turns on the TV. As we zoom out through a window, a suitcase-style turntable can be seen. Zooming further out of the apartment, we see a few more sets of apartment complexes. Another pair of shoes can be seen tangling from a telephone wire. Panning further to the right, we see two streetlamps. We then zoom out from the streets into the room of two teenage siblings; an older sister and a younger brother. The wall is covered with fan posters of various celebrities. Zooming further out, we see the sister on her bed, and the brother on a large cushion. The brother holds a tablet towards his sister. Zooming out even further, we reach a balcony. In it, a patio table and a bicycle can be seen. As the camera zooms further out, we zoom out into the living room of another apartment complex. This scene is basically a recreation of the 10th opening, with a few modern touches added (e.g. cushion couches on a rug next to a flat-screen TV, which is showing a portion of the 10th opening (the part where we zoom into the "O"). As we zoom out again, it is noticeable that the apartment complex is actually a home, nested on a floating brick lawn. More apartments and condominiums are nested next to the home. We zoom in to the living room of yet another apartment. The first thing noticed is the flat-screen TV, which is also showing the 10th opening. In it, a group of college students are seen on a couch, with one of them serving a snack. As we zoom out yet again, a man, holding his phone, can be seen on the balcony of yet another apartment. After that, the camera zooms out further and further. It is then revealed that the city is masked in the HBO logo, set over a dark sky background on a flat grassy plain, with a river shown beside it. The words "MOVIE PREMIERE" are seen below the logo. At this point, everything shown inside the towering logo is no longer noticeable in detail.

Trivia: This opening was made by Imaginary Forces.


  • There is a more common short version that starts near the end when the HBO logo is revealed, and the next under the logo reads "MOVIE PRESENTATION".
  • On HBO Latino, it reads "PRESENTACIÓN DE PELÍCULA" at the bottom.

FX/SFX: There is so much detail that it is near impossible to describe everything going on in the logo. A truly breathtaking blend of live-action and CGI and an amazing homage to the 10th and 16th openings.

Music/Sounds: Similar to that of the 16th opening, it's another powerful, epic orchestral fanfare that incorporates the 12-note 1982 fanfare, starting with only a piano, before progressing with some strings, and leading into a full, passionate orchestra. Plus, you can hear the city noises and river sounds. Composed by Man Made Music.

Availability: Debuted on February 28, 2017 as an unlisted video on HBO's YouTube channel. This full version premiered on HBO on March 4, 2017, before its premiere of X-Men: Apocalypse, and can be seen before new movies every Saturday night. The short version can be seen before most movies on the HBO channels (except HBO Family, and if there are promos before the movie).

Editor's Note: To say the least, this more than makes up for the two previous bland bumpers. An amazing combination of CGI and live-action and another fantastic musical score makes this a perfect successor to the 1982 and 1999 openers.

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