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Background: StudioCanal is one of the largest movie distributors in the world. They own the third largest film library in the world behind Warner Bros. and MGM.

1st Logo

Logo: Inserted into the end credits of a film, we see "LE STUDIO" in a large font. Inside it is the Canal+ logo, which is basically the name of the network in an italic form. The plus sign is inside the "O" of "STUDIO".Le Studio Canal+ (1991)

Variant: The logo is often seen inside a white rectangle with "LE STUDIO" in grey and "CANAL+" in black.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Rare. Appears on Basic Instinct and Chaplin.

Scare Factor: None.

2nd Logo

Nickname: "Sliding Doors"

Logo: On a black background, we see two connected rectangles, one gray, the other light blue, both sliding from the center of the screen like a mirror image.Studio Canal (2000) The gray rectangle reads "STUDIO" and the blue reads "CANAL", both texts are in white. The logo and font look similar to the one used for its parent company Canal+.

FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: The rectangles sliding in; very simple animation.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Extremely rare. Appears on U-571.

Scare Factor: Low. But it would increase from what is to follow.....

3rd Logo

Nicknames: "Tribal Visions", "Acid Trip" "What Is Happening From Above"

Logo: A comet flies across a very dark blue sky, with a few intermittent stars. As the comet passes over the screen, small stars start to flash and random numbers begin to appear at the place of the flashes. A lightning bolt strikes from the right side of the screen into the middle of the screen. The numbers disappear and a circular burst of "rain" appears. Large white circles of varying sizes pop up over the screen and disappear almost instantaneously. Another lightning bolt hits. The source of the "rain" switches to the right side of the screen. The rain stops and white lines begin to appear all over the screen (once again disappearing instantly) as the letters for "STUDIO CANAL" appear haphazardly across the screen. A shooting star and a lightning bolt appear at the same time. Rain starts coming from all sides of the screen, as well as small white circles floating upwards. Sparkles of light encompass the screen, culminating in a white flash. The same logo from the previous logo, only the box for "STUDIO" is black, appears, surrounded by light streaks. Finally the text "A CANAL+ COMPANY" appears on the bottom right of "CANAL".

FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: The whole logo seems like it's trying too hard, but it's otherwise a feast for the eyes.

Music/Sounds: First, a zap sound is heard when the comet flies by, then tribal hymn heavy on thunderous percussion, with a female operatic singer marking the appearance of the company name, and a strange primal scream at the white flash. A brief tap of a bongo is also heard to mark the appearance of "A CANAL+ COMPANY".

Availability: Not many films used this logo, but it's still not too hard to find. Appears on films like Billy Elliot, Bridget Jones's Diary and 40 Days and 40 Nights. Also appears on television and DVD prints of Avco Embassy (except the TV rights belongs to Sony), Lumiere, Thorn-EMI, Carolco, De Laurentiis, and Nelson Films, such as HDNet Movies' prints of Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Claw. Basically, it appears on DVD prints of the company library from this era through licensed distributors (such as Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Scare Factor: Medium to high (if you haven't seen it before), thanks to the unexpected sound effects, startling visuals, and the very bizarre nature of this logo overall, but it's a logo that grows on you.

4th Logo

Nicknames: "The Flight", "StudioCanal in the Clouds" Logo: We see a black screen, where a rectangle with an image of clouds inside appears, and grows so that it takes up the whole screen. The camera flies through the clouds, and, after a few seconds, the StudioCanal logo appears, and the surrounding area fades to black.


  • There is a black and white version. Found on recent prints of The Farmer's Wife and The Elephant Man, as well as other old black-and-white films.
  • A shorter version has the logo start in the clouds. Found on Inland Empire and Franklin and the Turtle Lake Adventure.

FX/SFX: The clouds. Not as busy as its predecessor.

Music/Sounds: Faint unintelligible whispers, followed by a whimsical-sounding fanfare, accompanied by various sound effects (e.g. a camera lens adjusting and bird chirps). Sometimes it's silent, or the opening theme of the film plays.

Availability: Common, given its longevity of eight whole years. Appears on films like Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Babies, Thunderbirds, and Genesis, among others. Like the previous logo, it also appears on television and DVD prints of films from the previously mentioned companies' libraries.

Scare Factor: Low. The logo is still very strange, but not as much as its predecessor. The fanfare may get to you.

5th Logo
(2011- )

Nickname: "The Glass"

Logo: In a live-action black environment, we see several rectangular glass panels, with brightly-colored lights shining through it. There are reflections of StudioCanal's new logo ("STUDIOCANAL" in Futura MD BT, all upright and with the "O" and "C" connected together, inside a black rectangle with the top-left and bottom-right corners rounded off; it is also rendered with the rectangle being white and the name being the same colors as the glass). They rotate like a revolving door to form the studio's name, upon the formation of which the rectangle fades in behind it and the lights continue to appear behind it.

Trivia: The logo was done by Devilfish, the glass is all live-action, and the glass installation was made especially for the logo.

Variant: A print version of the logo exists.

FX/SFX: The glass and studio logo forming.

Music/Sounds: A strings, woodwind, and mallets-laden composition by Alexandre Desplat, somewhat reminiscent of his score from Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Availability: Current. Seen on new releases from the studio such as Cockneys vs. Zombies and Rust and Bone. It is also starting to appear on current prints of older titles, for instance, streaming copies of Escape from New York and Carnal Knowledge on Vudu.

Scare Factor: None, this is a very neat logo; possibly one of the best logos ever made.