A-Round Films

Background: Underground film company founded in 1961. Their most known works are their collaborations with New York Film Company, and their other ones are more less-known. They din't use a logo until 1970.



1st Logo
(1970-1985)

Nicknames: "Scanimated Swirls", "Connected AR I"

Logo:
On a black background, we see multi-colored swirls moving. One of them starts to form an A, then another one forms a R. The swirls go out, leaving the A and R, which then connect. The words "A-ROUND FILMS" fade in below.

FX/SFX: Early Scanimate effects.

Music/Sounds:
A groovy theme, with a few laser zaps.

Availability: Extremely rare. The most common HV releases featuring this are made by Eran, and there's other companies that also include it, but their releases are more harder to find. Can be seen on Justice Monkey and Loop Loser and collaborations with the New York Film Company.

Scare Factor:
Low, due to the darkness and quite loud music.



2nd Logo
(1985-1993)

Nickname:
"Connected AR II"

Logo: On a black background there's the A zooming out and facing to view. Then the R fades in next to it and both letters connect. A comet then appears below and brings up "A-ROUND FILMS" or "A-ROUND INTERNATIONAL" and then makes a circle, which surrounds the letters and goes away.

FX/SFX: Early CGI, which looks more like the early 1990's Filipino movie logos.

Music/Sounds:
A space-like theme, then two horn notes, followed by a groovy theme (not like the one from before).

Availability:
Very rare, since this is more recent and easier to find. Appears on Laserman - Higher Adventures!, Subway Legends, It's Raining On Texas and The Beggining: I Want You. The international version can be seen on international prints of Laserman VS Loserman and other films from them by the time.

Scare Factor: Minimal to low.



3rd Logo
(1993-1997)

Nickname: "Separated AR I"

Logo: On a moving dark blue background, the "AR", separated, zooms out while rotating. Meanwhile, "A-ROUND FILMS" or "A-ROUND INTERNATIONAL" is seen scrolling behind the AR and when it places, the name places under it. Both things shine.

FX/SFX:
The "AR" zooming and rotating, the name scrolling.

Music/Sounds: A soft fanfare.

Availability: Very rare. Not easy to find, but it's found on their films from the time, including Black Fog, The Missing and He's Got The Rats. The logo with "INTERTATIONAL", just like before, appears on international prints from their movies.

Scare Factor: None; it's meant to be harmless.



4th Logo
(1997-2003, 2004)

Nicknames: "Separated AR II", "Golden City", "Firework City"

Logo:
On a black background we see some yellow fireworks shooting. One of them makes the "AR" from before, which turns 3D and flies to the bottom. The camera follows it and reveals a golden city, and the "AR" places itself near the roof of a building. Fireworks are still shooting in the background while "A-ROUND FILMS" or "A-ROUND INTERNATIONAL" fades in below the AR with a line above it.

FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: Quite primitive CGI that would have aged well in the late 80's.

Music/Sounds:
A majestic fanfare with Christmas-like bells. Sometimes, it is silent or has the opening theme playing on it.

Availability: Rare. Appeared on late 90's-early 00's films by the company including How To Use A Thing You Use, Laserman Strikes Back, McCows and 200 Things About Mike Rowboat. Like the previous logos, the international version appears on international prints of their films. The logo made it's last appearance on the 2003 film Hey They Are Hitting Him!, but strangely appeared on a trailer for their 2004 film Connection.

Scare Factor: Minimal. The fanfare is quite loud.

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