Pathé (France)

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Logo descriptions by Logoboy95, Eric S., naxo-ole, Supermarty-o, and PAV123 Logo captures by Eric S., Logoboy95, and naxo-ole Editions by WelcomeToMyChillHome Videos captures courtesy of TR3X PR0DÚCTI0NS, Richyong Productions, Peakpasha, Eric S, Mitchell Hang, tribalcditube, BasicMasterReloaded, Logo Archive and patheuk

1st Logo (1901-1915)

Nicknames: "The Pathé Rooster"

Logo: On a black (or grey/worn-out black) background, we see a still image of a rooster in white (sometimes orange) posing as if it is about to crow. Below it is the cursive text "Pathé fréres".

Variants:

  • There are alot of colored variants.
  • This logo can vary depending on movie.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Silent, or sometimes may have featured the accompanying score.

Availability: Can be seen on earlier films from Pathé.

Editor's Note: TBA.

K.O.K. Pathe

1st (And Only) Logo (1920's-19??)

Pathé (1896?-1929)

Nicknames: "The Pathé Rooster II"

Logo: On a black background, we see a rosster on the top "K.O.K.", also is in the top, "Marque Déposée", in the middle and "Pathé Fréres", wrapped.

Variant:

  • A brighter variant exists.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Depends on the variant.

Availbaility: Unknown.

Editor's Note: TBA

Pathecomedy

1st (And Only) Logo (19??-1926)

Nicknames: "The Pathé Rooster III"


Logo: We see a chicken, moving a bit. Then we see the word "Pathé", with the tops of the "t and "h" connected and "Distributors" below. On the left and right sides are circles with rooster drawings in crowing stances, both in opposite directions.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Silent, or (often) had the accompanying score over it.

Availability: Extremely rare/near extinction. One film that had this logo was Grandma's Boy.

Editor's Note: TBA.

Pathe-Distributors

3rd Logo (1920's-1926)

Nicknames: "The Pathé Rooster IV"


Logo: We see the word "Pathé", with the tops of the "t and "h" connected and "Distributors" below. On the left and right sides are circles with rooster drawings in crowing stances, both in opposite directions.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Silent, or (often) had the accompanying score over it.

Availability: Extremely rare/near extinction. One film that had this logo was Grandma's Boy.

Editor's Note: TBA.

Pathe-Baby

1st Logo (1921-1927?, A)

Nicknames: "The Pathé Rooster V"

Logo: On a black background, we see the white, abstract rooster that crows again, which is written in a graffiti-like style, albeit with a fluorescent white drawing. Underneath, we see "Pathé - Baby" with underlined below the rooster, and the "-" is inside the leg of rooster.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on some Pathé-Baby 9.5mm films, such as La Bonne Cusiniere and Félix Le Chat.

Editor's Note: This is a favorite of many of use thanks to 9.5mm film fans community, among the 95filmforever fans of ze home movies.

Pathex

5th Logo (1921-1922?, 1918?-1927?, B)

Nicknames: "The Pathé Rooster VI"

Logo: On a black background, we see a coin and a rooster in white, with a shining on it. Text are seen embossed in a stone, with "PATHEX" and "TRADE - MARK" on the top and bottom below.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Ultra rare. Seen on many Pathex 9.5mm films (including a short subjects) such as Here It Is, The Monkey Dressed as a Humans, California Or Bust and Felix The Cat (Félix Le Chat) cartoons, which can be watched on YouTube.

Editor's Note: The drawing of the coin, and the text looks old school. Also, the logo is very shaky.

Pathescope

6th Logo (Mid 1921?-1925?)

Logo: On a black background, we see a white triangle with a filmreel overlaps the triangle, with the 3 words "SAFETY FILM" on the left, right and top, albeit is in the outlined top. We fades in to see the words:

PATHESCOPE Presents

in a script font, which then overlaps the emblem.

Closing Variant: On the closing variant, the text "A PATHESCOPE FILM" is appeared on the emblem.

FX/SFX: The fading in.

Music/Sounds: Silent, or the opening theme.

Availability: Rare, during the 40-80 years of use. Seen on many Pathescope films in the UK, such as The Alarum Clock and The ABC of Aviation, albeit can be seen on YouTube.

Editor's Note: None.

Pathe

7th Logo (1929-1936)

Nicknames: "The Pathé Rooster VII", "The Pathé Globe"

Logo: Inside a white circle on a black BG, we see a rooster, which seems to be standing on top of a model globe. Below it is the word "Pathé", in the same style as before. The word is in white, except the areas which overlap the circle, which are in black. The rooster crows.

Variant: On Two Fresh Eggs, a sepia-toned version is used.

FX/SFX: The rooster crowing.

Music/Sounds: Just the rooster crowing. On silent films with this logo, it had the film's score over it.

Availability: Very rare. Most surviving prints of their output have this removed or plastered over with the 11th logo (an example of this is on the Olive Films DVD & Blu-ray of the 1959 French version of Les Misérables). May still be intact on French films released by The Criterion Collection, Fox Lorber, and Koch Media, among other specialty/art film labels. Was also seen on UK and French prints of Hal Roach's Laurel and Hardy comedies. This was found intact on Pathegrams News Digests. Also seen on Van Beuren cartoons from 1929-1930 (most YouTubers remove the Pathé logo, but some kept them, particulary Motion Pictures).

Editor's Note: TBA.


8th Logo (1943)

Nicknames: "The Pathé Rooster VIII", "The Skyscraper", "The Pathé Building"

Logo: We see the front of a skyscraper at dusk. A black square with a picture of a rooster is in the middle of the building. The large text "PATHE" is beneath the square while a marquee with the text "PICTURES LTD" beneath "PATHE". The camera then pans down to reveal that the text is part of a building awning with "PRESENTS" encased in a rectangle.

FX/SFX: The camera panning.

Music/Sounds: An uninspired horn fanfare.

Availability: Rare. Most prints of titles from this period have it removed or plastered over with the 11th logo. Some films, such as Cosmo Jones, Crime Smasher, have kept it intact with the 11th logo following.

Editor's Note: TBA.

9th Logo (1945-1948)

Nicknames: "The Pathé Rooster IX"


Logo: We see a circle with a rooster, beneath the rooster is "Pathe Pictures"

FX/SFX: None

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Unknown.

Editor's Note: TBA.

10th Logo (1945)

Nicknames: "The Pathé Rooster X"


Logo: We see the words "Un film" and a circle with a black and white picture of a rooster fade in. Then "Pathe" in large handwritten font draws itself below.

FX/SFX: The name drawing.

Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the film.

Availability: Rare. Seen on the French DVD and the Criterion DVD of Les Enfants du Paradis at the start, the end of part 1 and end of part 2. On the Criterion Blu-ray, the current Pathé ident replaces this at the start but it is seen at the end of the film since both parts 1 & 2 are combined into one.

Editor's Note: TBA.

11th Logo (1970's)

Nicknames: "The Pathé Rooster XI", "The New Rooster", "Trademark of Quality Since 1896"

Logo: We see a rooster, zooming. Then "Pathe" and "Trademark of Quality Since 1896" wipes in.

FX/SFX: The zooming, the wiping in.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Unknown.

12th Logo (1989)

Nicknames: "The Pathé Rooster XII", "The New Rooster II", "The Red Rooster"

Logo: A still, with a red rooster, and "Pathe", stacked onto "Pictures"

Variant:

  • A super-imposed variant exists.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: A triumphant fanfare.

Availability: Unknown.

13th Logo (1991-1999)

Nicknames: "The Sunrise Rooster", "The Pathé Rooster XIII", "The New Rooster III"

Logo: On a black background, we see a yellow line appearing, which slowly turns into a sunrise. Dark blue and red streaks come from the bottom of the sun, forming a rooster. Once it appears, the sun disappears, leaving a yellow rectangle surrounding the rooster, with "PATHE" written under it, and a small yellow line. After a few seconds, the rectangle flips over vertically, turning into a star, and zooms out. A blue oval-shaped ball appears. Four white stars appear from the top of it, surrounding the ball, while the yellow star floats on top of the ball. The text "une société de" appears on the top of the logo, while "CHARGEURS" appears below it.

Variants:

  • An interactive variant appeared on games during this era. It has a shorter animation part, and the word "interactive" appeared in italics in the rectangle below the company name. Below that is "a Chargeurs company", either in English or in French, with the Chargeurs logo above that.
  • This logo was also used as a de-facto home video logo, with "VIDEO" chryoned below the rectangle.
  • On later releases, the video version omits the Chargeurs part.
  • The trailer variant features this logo zooming to us.

FX/SFX: The sunrise effect and the rooster and logo forming.

Music/Sounds: A short synthesized fanfare, followed by a dreamy synth/piano tune.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On the interactive variant, only the last part of the theme is heard.
  • Sometimes, the logo was silent.

Availability: Scarce. The standard version was seen on UK prints of films such as 1492: Conquest of Paradise, but has likely fallen to plastering with the current logo. The home video version was seen on video releases from the company at the time, while the interactive variant was spotted on the CD-I games Asterix: Caesar's Challenge and International Tennis Open.

Editor's Note: This is a beautifully animated logo, and it is a worthy predecessor of the 10th logo.

14th Logo (1999-)

Nicknames: "The Print Pathé Logo", "Pathe!", "Ball-The", "The Pathé Rooster XIV", "The New Rooster IV", "The Print Rooster"

Logo: Basically, this is the print version of the current logo, containing only "PATHÉ!" in its corporate bulbous yellow font, without any motion.

Variants:

  • There is another version which has the name in 2 speech bubbles, coming from a rooster. The text here is now stretched and straightened upwards..
  • On the trailer for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, the logo is gray-green.
  • On the trailer for Eden Lake and several other films, the logo is silver.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: This logo is seen on several trailers, on Chicken Run and Magic Roundabout (also known as Doogal in the US) and also appears (in yellow) on the video game Asterix and Obelix Take on Caesar. The version with the rooster is very rare, which was seen on a trailer for Iron Lady.

Editor's Note: None.

15th Logo (1999-)


Nicknames: "The Mobile", "The Shadow Rooster", "Pathé Mobile", "The Pathé Rooster XV", "The New Rooster V", "Pathe! II"

Logo: On a grey background, we see a balloon reading "PATHE!" in yellow, stylized after the speech bubble variant, made into a mobile, rotating around clockwise, with the letters revolving around as well. There are two shadows of the mobile casted in the background by two spotlights. Then, the mobile stalls in it's moment, only for it to rotate to it's side, with a shadow of a rooster to turn into view.

Trivia: There are replicas of the mobile seen in some Pathé cinemas. However, they are designed differently than the logo does.

Variants:

  • On the British release of Be Kind Rewind, the logo is "Sweded", it is much cheaper-looking, and during the variant, Jack Black's hand turns the backwards "P" forwards. Instead of a rooster, a rubber duck on a stick pops up, and the sound of a chicken is added at the end (the American release has the standard New Line Cinema logo).
  • An enhancement to the logo, with more realistic-looking tinting, was introduced in 2012.
  • Dirty Sanchez uses the same logo, with the exception of the end, when we see the shadow of scissors cutting one the threads of the balloon, making the rooster fall.

FX/SFX: The Pathé logo turning backwards and the shadows. Nice CGI animation (though it may also be done with real models), produced by Landor Associates in Paris, France.

Music/Sounds: A lush piano, drum, choir, and string fanfare, sometimes with a chicken clucking at the end. Be Kind Rewind uses a cheap rendition of the fanfare, with acapella voices and kazoo.

Availability: Very common. This plasters older logos on current prints of their output, and other distributors tags on films Pathé now owns (an example is on the Criterion Collection release of Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, in which Pathé obtained U.S. rights from its previous owner, Miramax) as well as being a de-facto home video logo in the UK (this is because 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment holds the distribution rights to Pathe's material on home media in that country). It is also seen at the beginning of international releases of Chicken Run, accompanied with the film's theme music; however, it does not appear on the Dreamworks print, due to the the length of that Logo at the start of the film (although the 12th logo appears at the end).

Editor's Note: This logo is considered a favorite for anyone who grew up watching Pathe films on cable television, VHS tapes, and DVDs during the 2000s.

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