Logo description by JuniorFan88 Logo capture by EnormousRat Video captures courtesy of Eric S. and EnormousRat
Background: In 1992, Caravan Pictures was created by Joe Roth and Roger Birnbaum as part of the Buena Vista Pictures Distribution (now "Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures") arm for producing films for Disney companies such as Hollywood Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and Touchstone Pictures. Their first movie was The Three Musketeers, while the last film was Walt Disney Pictures' Inspector Gadget. In 1994, Roth became the head chief of Disney and left Birnbaum in charge, while in 1998, Birnbaum himself left the company and formed Spyglass Entertainment with Gary Barber. The company became inactive after the release of their last film.
(November 12, 1993-July 23, 1999)
Nickname: "The Walking Man"
Logo: On a black background, we see a dark setting with blue hills and a road. A man with a fedora walks down the road, and the setting brightens. A box zooms out around the area with the man, and "CARAVAN PICTURES" appears above and below the picture, respectively.
Trivia: The logo and company name is most likely a nod to the 1941 movie Sullivan's Travels, a movie about a filmmaker who sets out to make more meaningful movies. He travels on foot in a similar shot. At the end of the film, he describes his life as a "cockeyed caravan". Joe Roth is reportedly a fan of Sullivan's Travels director Preston Sturges, and his former company, Morgan Creek, is named after another Sturges film, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek.
FX/SFX: The man with a fedora walking down the road, the setting brightening, the box zooming out around the area and the man, the CARAVAN PICTURES text appearing on above and below the picture.
Music/Sounds: We hear a nice keyboard jingle which makes the logo somber/gloomy at first. After the keyboard stops and the sky and everything else lightens up, we hear a gradual increase of the volume of the orchestrated part which by the end makes a triumphant fanfare sounded out by trumpets and brass.
Availability: Can be found on many Disney movies such as Angels in the Outfield, Heavyweights, and Inspector Gadget, and some Touchstone/Hollywood Pictures films such as Powder, While You Were Sleeping, Angie, Dead Presidents, Metro, and Simon Birch.
Scare Factor: Minimal. The approach of the somber keyboard music to triumphant brass fanfare may catch some people off guard, but it's another favorite from the logo community.