Icon Productions

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Logo descriptions by AlaskanMalamute 188 and Logophile Logo captures by Eric S. Video captures courtesy of DudeThatLogo

Background

Icon Productions is a production company owned by Mel Gibson that formed in August 1989. Their first production was Hamlet, released December 19, 1990, but a logo wasn't used until the release of Forever Young. The company also produces films in the UK and Australia through its British subsidiary Icon Entertainment International, and distributes cinema films through its British subsidiary Icon Film Distribution Ltd, and its Australian subsidiary Icon Film Distribution Pty Ltd.

1st Logo (December 11, 1992-May 20, 1994)

Icon Productions (1993)


Logo: On a black background, two streaks of blue flame come from the left and right, and then collide, causing a red explosion. The blue words "ICON" and "PRODUCTIONS" rise from the flame line from top and bottom of it respectively, with lines on top and bottom of "PRODUCTIONS". Then, a blue outline of a knight with a sword standing in front of a couple of rock structures with the sun behind it rises from "ICON". As this happens, the majority of the company name turns yellow, leaving only a hint of blue and white on top of "ICON". The sword shines.

Variants:

  • A still version appears at the end credits of Forever Young.
  • On Maverick, the logo is almost still with the sword shining.

FX/SFX: The flame, the explosion (which is hand-drawn in the Richard Williams style), the company name coming from the flame, the knight rising, and the sword shining.

Music/Sounds: A loud flaming noise and "BOOM", then an ominous theme with creaking noises. When the sword shines, there is a sound of a sword being drawn.

Availability: Seen on films of the era such as Forever Young, The Man Without a Face, Airborne, and Maverick.

Editor's Note: The fusion of traditional animation and computer graphics gives this logo a truly unique touch.

2nd Logo (December 16, 1994-)


Logo: We first see lightning striking in the right side of the screen. A picture of an eye fades in, and lightning strikes again. The camera zooms out revealing more of the picture, and lightning forms the word "ICON" (in the Trajan typeface). The word "PRODUCTIONS" or "FILM DISTRIBUTION" (in spaced-out letters) appears below.

Trivia: The picture is a close up of the Theotokos of Vladmir Icon, a medieval Byzantine Icon of the Virgin Mary and Jesus the Child that has been in Russia since soon after it was painted. It is one of the most venerated orthodox icons and a fine and early example of the iconography of the Eleusatype. This means it's actually the eye of Mary (Jesus' mother).

Variants:

  • On UK and Australian prints of films starting in 1999, the word "PRODUCTIONS" was omitted.
  • Some foreign releases replace the term "PRODUCTIONS" with "ENTERTAINMENT INTERNATIONAL".
  • A rare closing print version exists.
  • There is also a short version that was used on TV shows. This version started at the word "ICON" forming.

FX/SFX: The lightning, which looks very professional. This was done by Prologue.

Music/Sounds: Just the sound of the thunder. On some movies, the logo is silent, or has the opening theme playing over it.

Availability: Common. The logo first appeared at the beginning of Immortal Beloved, and appears on films such as Braveheart, What Women Want, Passion of the Christ, The Miracle Maker, and more. The short version appeared on two short-lived shows from 2004: ABC's Complete Savages and CBS's Clubhouse. The international version is rare and was seen on The Miracle Maker, and the trailer of One Decent Criminal. The Film Distribution variant does not appear on the UK release of Thomas and the Magic Railroad but appears right at the start of the VHS and DVD of the movie. The "FILM DISTRIBUTION" variant has also appeared on a few tape releases, appearing on the 2001 UK VHS of The Magic Pudding.

Editor's Note: The lightning and the picture of Mary's eye may scare some people. It might remind you of the Renaissance Pictures "Bad Weather in the Louvre/Thunder from Hell" logo. Nonetheless, this is a favorite logo of many.