Pacific Data Images
Logo descriptions by Logoboy95, JHProd, and WillWill45 Video capture courtesy of thelogoarchive
Background: Founded in 1980 by Carl Rosendahl in Sunnyvale, CA (A suburb of Silicon Valley and San Francisco), his partners Richard Chuang and Glenn Entis wrote the company's computer software one year later on a DEC PDP-11/44, which transitioned into a DEC VAX-11/780, which was to be a part of the studio's goal to incorporate computer graphics into the entertainment field. Some of its early projects included the TV special The Last Halloween with Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, the 1989 PBS logo with John LePrevost, the NBC "Let's All Be There" ID promotional film with Harry Marks, and the "Homer3" segment from The Simpsons S7 episode "Treehouse of Horror VI" with Gracie Films and Film Roman. In 1998, PDI collaborated with the feature animation division of DreamWorks SKG to produce the feature film Antz. The studio was purchased by DreamWorks in 2000 and was renamed PDI/DreamWorks, in which the two companies worked within a single entity, comprised of the original PDI studio in Redwood City and the DreamWorks campus in Glendale, which became "DreamWorks Animation". On January 22, 2015, PDI/DreamWorks closed its doors as part of a restructuring of DreamWorks Animation. The studio's biggest hit was the 2004 film Shrek 2.
1st Logo (October 2, 1998) Pacific Data Images (1998)
Nicknames: "The Cameraman", "Man with Camera", "Man Holding a Camera", "PDI Cameraman"
Logo: We see a stickman jumping in and doing a few flips. He lands on on a floor with white dots and causes the wooden letters "PDI" to shake. A film camera drops which the man then catches, making him kneel, and the floor fades out.
FX/SFX: A mixture of 2D and 3D animation.
Availability: Rare. This only appeared at the end of Antz.
Editor's Note: It is worth noting that the animation for this logo was actually done by DreamWorks.
2nd Logo (April 22, 2001-May 27, 2005) PDI/DreamWorks (2001) Logo: An in-credit logo. The words "PDI" and "DreamWorks" appear next to each other in the DreamWorks font. The words are separated by DW's "Moon Boy" symbol, which is rotated to this right in this logo.
FX/SFX: The text scrolling up in the credits.
Music/Sounds: Whatever music is playing over the credits.
Availability: Uncommon. Seen at the end of Shrek, Shrek 2 and Madagascar.
3rd Logo (May 18, 2007-November 26, 2014)
Logo: On a black background we see the white letters:Pacific Data Images (2007)
FX/SFX: Just the fade in.
Music/Sounds: None or the closing theme of the movie.
Availability: Uncommon. Seen at the end of PDI/DreamWorks films from the time until the company shut down, like Shrek the Third, Megamind, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, and Penguins of Madagascar.