1492 Pictures is the production company of director Chris Columbus. It is named after the year the explorer Christopher Columbus discovered America.
(July 12, 1995-)
Logo: We start by seeing a thick white line surrounded by red lens flares. As the lens flares disappear, the white line turns right, revealing a huge and detailed compass drawing with the numbers "1492" in it. The camera then zooms out in a box as the compass spins a few times around and disappears while the numbers "1492" remain in the background, which is a landscape of an ocean and clouds. The word "PICTURES" is seen below and in spaced-out letters to fit the width of the box. The waves move in the logo after it is completely formed.
Variant: At the end of The Help, the logo is still.
FX/SFX: Impressive animation. This logo was done by Prologue.
Music/Sounds: A very dramatic and heroic orchestral fanfare (which sounds like the soundtrack of Pirates of the Caribbean), composed by Hans Zimmer. Sometimes, it's the opening theme of the movie. None for the still version.
Availability: Common. Seen on Nine Months, Rent, Christmas With The Kranks, Jingle All the Way, Pixels, Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Night at the Museum and its two sequels, among others. This, however, doesn't appear on any of the eight Harry Potter films, Fantastic Four, or Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
Editor's Note: None.