Tri-Star Showcase

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Logo capture by JoeCool85
Video captures courtesy of AllisonTheSNLGuru and TheRedBaron1985


Tri-Star Showcase was a syndicated movie package, airing Tri-Star movie releases that was produced by Columbia Pictures Television, Tri-Star Pictures, and distributed by TeleVentures. In 1990, it was later distributed by Columbia Pictures Television Distribution after Tri-Star Pictures and Cannell dissolved the TeleVentures venture and TeleVentures was sold to Cannell and was renamed to "Cannell Distribution Co." on July 11.

1st Logo (1988-1990)

Nicknames: "Blue Pegasus", "Pegasus in the Sky"

Logo: In an orange sky with clouds, a Pegasus flies around from the left and goes far right into the clouds. As the Pegasus heads into the clouds, a light shines to bring the stacked words “TRI” and “STAR” in silver as it zoom in towards the screen and “SHOWCASE” in silver zooms out from the bottom. Then a blue “Pegasus Over Pyramid” logo with a silver outline fades in with “TRISTAR” inside the pyramid. The logo shines.

Variant: For bumpers used before and after commercial breaks, it's shortened, showing where the light bring out the logo.

FX/SFX: Hand-drawn animation, plus 1980s CGI when the logo shines.

Music/Sounds/Voice-over: A seven-note majestic synthesized tune with the last note sustaining itself for the duration of the logo, ending with six drumbeats. Announcer Ron Boltz says “Our Tri-Star Showcase Presentation will begin in a moment”.

Music/Sounds/Voice-over Variations:

  • On some presentations that went straight to the movie, there was no music. The announcer, Larry Van Nuys, said "And now, tonight's Tri-Star presentation".
  • Bumpers use a four-note lush orchestral theme.

Availability: Extinct. It was only seen on syndicated prints of all Tri-Star films such as Blind Date and Iron Eagle on local stations.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo (1990-1994)

Nicknames: "White Pegasus", "Pegasus in the Sky II"

Logo: It's the same as the 1984 TriStar Pictures logo but on a lighter sky. As the "T" is formed as the Pegasus is leaping and flying, everything else is sped up. The gold outline of the triangle later turns white as the inside of the triangle turns black and "SHOWCASE" fades in under the triangle.

Variant: TBA

FX/SFX: Same as the 1984 TriStar Pictures logo.

Music/Sounds/Voice-over: A majestic fanfare with the announcer saying, "Welcome to Tri-Star Showcase".

Availability: Extinct. Shown on all Tri-Star films including Short Circuit 2 and some selected Columbia films like Radio Flyer on local stations.

Editor's Note: None.

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