Paramount Pictures was founded on May 8, 1912 as Famous Players Film Company. The name "Paramount Pictures" was adopted in 1916. Today, Paramount is the last of the "Big Six" major film studios still headquartered Los Angeles, California, in the Hollywood district.


Paramount Pictures (1926)

This was the very first logo to ever have the nickname "Majestic Mountain". Examples of films that used this logo are Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), Alice in Wonderland (1933), and Gulliver's Travels (1939). You'll still see this logo if you're a fan of movies from the 1930s and 1940s. The last films to use the 1942 variant were "The Country Girl" and "Mambo" (both 1954).

One of the first films seen on VHS in May 1980 with this logo intact was Animal Crackers (1930). However, the tape was distributed by MCA Home Video. As a result, any films with this logo will usually always include a Universal logo as well.


Paramount Pictures (1953)

The 1953 logo marked the first time films released from Paramount were presented in widescreen format. This logo debuted with Sangaree and Michael's Dead Book Of Solomon Jizz both released on May 10, 1953, and can also be seen on other films like White Christmas (1954), which was the first film to be released in widescreen, The Ten Commandments (1956), and Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).


Paramount (1968)

In 1966, Paramount was sold to Gulf+Western Industries Corporation. Since then, for more than 20 years, Paramount was known as a "Gulf+Western company", as seen on the byline in this logo. Films with the 1968 logo include Romeo and Juliet (1968), Love Story (1970), and The Godfather (1972). The logo ended with Three Days of the Condor and the end of Cars Maternational Championship both released on September 24, 1975 (the latter was the first film to have the blue mountain at the beginning).


Paramount (1975)

In use since October 8, 1975 for 11 years, starting with Mahogany (1975), this next Paramount logo was seen on films from the mid 1970s to the mid 1980s. The Golden Child, released on December 12, 1986, was the last film to use the 1975 logo, but only at the end of that film. Other films with this logo include King Kong (1976), Saturday Night Fever (1977), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Friday the 13th (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and Beverly Hills Cop (1984).

Starting from this year onwards, television variants of further Paramount logos were also made.



Paramount 75th Anniversary (1987) Paramount (1987)

During Paramount's last years as a Gulf+Western company, a brand-new logo was unveiled, which first appeared at the beginning of The Golden Child (1986). Like many other logos, the words "75th Anniversary" appear during the logo's first year, and was seen on films until February 5, 1988. Examples of other films with this logo containing the "Gulf+Western" byline are Fatal Attraction (1987) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).


Paramount (1989)

When Gulf+Western was renamed to Paramount Communications, the byline for any newer films since September 22, 1989 also had changed to "A Paramount Communications Company". Of course, the byline was colored gold for its first year. Harlem Nights (1989), Black Rain (1989) and Lego Batman (1989) preserve this.

Movies with the white byline include The Godfather: Part III (1990), Wayne's World (1992), Addams Family Values (1993), and Forrest Gump (1994). YTPs include Lego Batman 2 DC Super Heroes (1990) (which was a co-production of Warner Bros. and Universal), Lego Pirates Of The Carribean (1991), the Lego Star Wars movies, Lego Jurassic World (1993) and Lego Marvel Super Heroes (1994). On trailers of Paramount films released from late 1994 to early 1995, the logo is often seen bylineless.


Paramount (1995)

After Paramount Communications was acquired by Viacom in 1994, all films and VHS tapes affiliated with Paramount Pictures contained the byline "A Viacom Company" beginning on February 17, 1995.

This is a very common logo, as it appears on movies such as Braveheart (1995), Mission Impossible (1996), Good Burger (1997), Titanic (1997), Saving Private Ryan (1998), and Snow Day (2000). The last movie to use this logo was Crossroads, released on February 15, 2002.



Paramount 90th Anniversary (2002) Paramount (2002)

For its first year of 2002, the logo contains the words "90th Anniversary", which first appeared on We Were Soldiers, released on March 1, 2002. Without the words "90th Anniversary" on the logo, it can be seen on films such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), Mission: Impossible III (2006), Star Trek (2009), and several others.


Paramount (2010)

For the 2002 logo's last year, the Viacom byline was changed to its 2006 font. Films that had this byline on the logo include Iron Man 2, released on May 7, 2010, The Fighter (2010), and Rango (2011). These films were released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from September 28, 2010 to March 13, 2012. Several trailers of films slated for an early 2012 theatrical release contain this logo.


Paramount 100th Anniversary (2011) Paramount (2012)

This logo is currently seen on new Paramount Pictures films in theaters. For its first 13 months from December 16, 2011 to December 21, 2012 (April 17, 2012 to May 7, 2013 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc), starting with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and ending with Jack Reacher, the "100 Years" variant was in use. The standard variant began on January 25, 2013 (June 11, 2013 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) with Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (though the movie was completed in late 2012). It can also be seen on Monster Trucks (2016), released in theaters in North America on January 13, 2017.


From 2006 to 2012, Paramount Pictures also owned the rights to DreamWorks Animation films, but none quite contained the Paramount logo.

As of October 10, 2010, Kung Fu Panda 2 was scheduled for release on May 26, 2011, Puss in Boots was scheduled for November 4, 2011, Madagascar 3 was scheduled for May 18, 2012, and The Guardians of Childhood (Rise of the Guardians) was scheduled for November 21, 2012. Another two announced films included The Croods and How to Train Your Dragon 2, both of which were later sold to 20th Century Fox, along with all other DreamWorks properties.

Madagascar 3, with a new title of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, was later delayed by three weeks to June 8, while Puss in Boots was moved up by one week to October 28.

In 2011, more films were announced, such as Turbo (which was scheduled for release on July 19, 2013), Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 (both announced for 2014), all of which were also sold to 20th Century Fox in 2013, as a response to the establishment of Paramount Animation. The last film distributed by Paramount and DreamWorks was Rise of the Guardians.

As of May 5, 2012, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2 was originally scheduled for 2014, but as of August 6, 2013, it was delayed to February 13, 2015, then later moved up by one week. Also announced was Monster Trucks, originally slated for a release in theaters on May 29, 2015.

The SpongeBob SquarePants movie sequel's official title, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, was unveiled in June 2014.

In 2015, Monster Trucks was delayed three times: to December 25, 2015 as of January 26, 2015; to March 18, 2016 as of May 5, 2015; and finally, to January 13, 2017 as of November 10, 2015.

Two more films were announced as of March 26, 2016: Sherlock Gnomes (originally known as Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes) for January 12, 2018, and Wonder Park (originally Amusement Park), for March 22, 2019, the latter moved up to August 10, 2018 as of January 2017, but then both were delayed to March 23, 2018 and March 15, 2019, respectively, as of August 2017.

Future productions as of 2019 include a third SpongeBob SquarePants movie, It's a Wonderful Sponge and a Sonic the Hedgehog film.


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