United Productions of America

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1st Logo (1952-1970)

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Logo: On a custom background, we see the UPA logo of the era. It consists of a blue ellipse with a "U" in it, a yellow ellipse with a black "P" in a red ellipse with an "A" in it. Sometimes, the logo is in black and white.

Variant: On The Jaywalker, we see "UPA" without ellipses and has the words "U" in blue, "P" in yellow and "A" in red.

FX/SFX: None:

Music/Sounds: The theme of the cartoon.

Availability: Seen on one-shot cartoons produced by UPA as well as TV shows and specials and Gay Purr-ee.

Editor's Note: TBA.


2nd Logo (January 30, 1958-1960s) United Productions of America (Open, 1949)United Productions of America (Close, 1949)

Logo: Opening: On a red background, a trumpeter walks in with his carrying case, takes his trumpet out, and plays some notes on it. A smaller trumpeter falls out of the trumpet and starts playing the same notes his own trumpet. An even smaller trumpeter falls out of that trumpet and attempts to play the same notes, only to blow a sour note that spooks the others. Afterward, the three trumpeters each blow a note, producing ellipses that line up in the center and form the UPA logo. Closing: We see the UPA logo from the opening. The three trumpeters walks backward past it and suck the ellipses into their trumpets. The biggest trumpeter then blows out a black bubble with "The" inside it, and the other two blow out three bubbles containing letters that spell "end".

Variants: On the Ham and Hattie shorts, after the logo is formed, the littlest trumpeter walks in and blows his horn, producing a yellow bubble that engulfs the screen and reveals the Ham and Hattie title card. A 1960s variant has white text reading "CARTOON FESTIVAL" appearing under the UPA logo after it's formed.

FX/SFX: Simplistic, yet expressive animation by Rod Scribner.

Music/Sounds: A jazzy theme with horns and drums.

Availability: Extremely rare. Was originally created for UPA's short-lived Ham and Hattie series, but it also appeared on the unreleased Bric 'n Brac pilot and the promotional film Inside Magoo.

Editor's Note: TBA.


3rd LogoUPA Release (1965-1970)

Logo: On a blue background, we see the phrase "HENRY G. SAPERSTEIN" and under it "PRESENTS" in black. After a few moments, we fade to the card that says "A UNITED PRODUCTIONS OF AMERICA RELEASE", with the UPA logo over "RELEASE", which consists blue ellipse with a white "U" in it, a yellow ellipse with a black "P" in a red ellipse with an white "A" in it. The byline "ANOTHER DEI COMPANY" is seen under the logo.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Extremely rare. Seen on non-animated UPA releases and The American release of the Godzilla Movie "Invasion Of The Astro Monster".

Scare Factor: None.

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