1st Logo (1987-1997)
Nickname: "Shooting Stars", "Metal Stars", "Space Marble", "Bevel Marble"
Logo: On a space background, two stars shoot across the screen: one from left to right, the other from right to left. As the stars shoot across the screen, they leave behind a red/white trail, which becomes part of a marble background that slowly flies up toward the screen. While the marble background flies up, we see that there's a silver filmstrip with some dots/stars at the end (the MPCA logo). Two stars fly toward the filmstrip and fall into 2 spaces inside the dots/stars at the end of the filmstrip. Soon, the text, in white:
MOTION PICTURE CORPORATION OF AMERICAfades in.
Trivia: The animation of the logo was heisted in 1993 by a Philippine film distributor called Pioneer Films, which was shown in their movie Manila Boy.
Variant: There is an in-credit logo seen at the end of Beverly Hills Ninja, Bio-Dome, and many other films. FX/SFX: The stars and their trails, the marble background flying up, the stars falling into the filmstrip, the text fading in. Simple but very good CGI is put to use.
Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the movie, Or two twinkling sounds as the stars fly by, then a calming 13-note synth orchestra fanfare.
Availability: Uncommon. It's seen on several low-to-medium-budget horror films and comedies, most notably Dumb and Dumber and Sketch Artist.
Scare Factor: Minimal. Some might get jumpy when the stars fly by in the beginning, and the stars falling in the filmstrip might also get to some, but this is a professional and clean logo.
2nd Logo (1997-2011)
Logo: We see the name "Motion Picture Corporation of America" zooming in, while background flashes with colors and shows running clouds. The filmstrip logo appears above the name. The whole logo ripples, twinkles and moves until the background ceases flashing and becomes starfield.
FX/SFX: The background and logo moving. For the late 1990's, this was a good effort.
Variants: A longer version of the logo exists.
Scare Factor: Low.
3rd Logo (2011- )
Trivia: The logo was made and animated at Filmograph (www.aaronbecker.tv).
Logo: On a black background we see the silver letters "MPCA" unfold with multiple copies of the letters behind them. The letters then proceed to shine.
FX/SFX: The logo unfolding and shining.
Music/Sounds: A calm piano theme, ending with two choral notes. In many cases, the logo is silent.
Availability: Can be seen on newer releases from the company such as Princess for Christmas, and the version with the theme can be seen at Becker Design's official website.
Scare Factor: None.