Mandalay Pictures (first known as and is a division of "Mandalay Entertainment") is a film production studio founded in 1995 by legendary Hollywood producer, Peter Guber, a year after leaving as head of Sony Pictures Entertainment. In 1997, Lionsgate purchased Mandalay until 2003, when it became independent again. In 2008, Mandalay formed "Mandalay Independent Pictures". Later in 2011, it was changed to "Mandalay Vision".
(August 16, 1996- )
Nickname: "The Tiger"
- Early (Seen only on The Fan [Mandalay's first picture]): On the black background, the drawing of the tiger fades in. Then, the text "mandalay" (In a script font) fades in, followed by "ENTERTAINMENT" fades in below. The whole thing fades out.
- Later: We see a black & white video of the sun shining through trees in a jungle in Mandalay, Myanmar. The camera pans down towards the bottom of the jungle, where a tiger emerges from the jungle (which is in color). It walks towards the camera as a box zooms-out and surrounds its head. In a "slashing" effect, the tiger's head turns into a stylized drawing of itself. The text fades in (Like in the early version).
Trivia: This logo is designed by Picture Mill.
Variants (Later version):
- Starting in 1999, the word "PICTURES" replaces "ENTERTAINMENT".
- The other one is where there is nothing in the bottom.
- From 1999-2003, the byline "A LIONS GATE COMPANY" was shown below the logo.
- Starting in 2008, the text "INDEPENDENT PICTURES" is seen below the logo.
- An in-credit version appears at the end of Into the Blue.
- There is a shortened version of the logo seen on the U.S. prints of Sleepy Hollow where it begins with the tiger emerging from the jungle. The opening theme plays throughout.
- Starting with the movie The Kids Are All Right the ending of the logo changes slightly. The stylized tiger is now in black and white while lightly splashed water appear below the logo which transform into the word "VISION" in a bubbly water font.
FX/SFX: The tiger emerging. Mostly live action.
Cheesy Factor: The tiger is very rough when the company name appeared, although the short version was still preserved.
Music/Sounds: A "jungle" sound, followed by a dramatic fanfare. Sometimes it plays over the opening theme.
Availability: Common.The long version can be seen on films such as Donnie Brasco, Seven Years in Tibet, Desperate Measures, Apt Pupil, Enemy at the Gates, The Score, Serving Sara, Beyond Borders, and non-US prints of Sleepy Hollow among others. The "Independent" variant is first seen on Never Back Down, while the logo with the Lions Gate byline still exists on some prints of earlier movies, such as Serving Sara. The "Vision" variant is seen on Soul Surfer and Bernie.
Scare Factor: Low to medium. The drawn tiger may scare you.