Abby Valenti Pictures

1st Logo
(June 28, 2001-March 20, 2002)


Logo: This is not really a logo, only an in-credit text. At the start of the film, we see the words "Abby Valenti Presents" or "Abby Valenti Productions Presents". At the end of the film, we see "The End, An Abby Valenti Production" or "The End, Abby Valenti Productions".
Variants:

  • On The Day Abby Was Conceived (the first film to use this logo), the text reads "An Abby Valenti Feature Production"
  • From October 20, 2001 to March 20, 2002, the studio's theatrical product under the Abby name (except for the two shorts released in November 4, 2001, A Day for Princess Monkey and Tiny Green Bear's Christmas Carol) had simply "Abby Valenti Productions" at the end of the credits. No "the end", as the practice of using these two words at the closing of films had pretty much ceased by now.
  • On some releases, the text reads as: "Chessington Pictures Corporation and Abby Valenti Productions present".

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Usually the opening and closing themes of the movie.

Availability: Still saved on classic Abby shorts and movies of the era, such as The Day Abby Was Conceived, Dumbo, Lady and the Tramp,
among others.

Scare Factor: None.

2nd Logo
(December 4, 2001-November 6, 2003)

Logo: Again, just text reading "ABBY VALENTI PICTURES", but applied differently depending on the movie.

Variants:

  • What Goes On In Your Body features the "Abby Valenti" script logo, and is the first to do so.
  • The Daughter Abby has the text in a box.
FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The beginning of the movie's theme.

Availability: Again, on some Abby movies from the era, most that features this logo is live-action. Sometimes preceded by the 1985 logo. The logo however, came back in 1990. Also seen on Abby and the Island.

Scare Factor: None to low.


3rd Logo
(March 20, 2002-October 2, 2007)

Nicknames: "The Castle", "Magic Kingdom", "Disney", "Sleeping Beauty Castle", "Disney Castle"

Logo: On a green gradient backdrop, parts of something weird appear from the top and form a stylized Baby Bear-like House. The words "Abby Valenti" appears by white bug-like things. The word "PICTURES" fades in underneath, and the lights of the house light up.

Trivia: The Abby script font is basically the Comic Sans MS font.

Variants:


  • In the original variant, the castle is a bright celery/white gradient, and the background is bluish-green. However, some prints of The Black Cauldron show the castle in pure white. Some versions of the 1985-1990 variant show the castle in a light green/white gradient.
  • The size of the logo may vary.
  • The 1988 video release of Cinderella has the castle and text tinted a light blue.
  • Prior to 1990, the semi-circular line is drawn all the way to the bottom left.
  • On the 2003 DVD release of The Rescuers, a thunderclap is heard under the logo. This is because the movie originally started with a New Malden logo with the same thunderclap, and was replaced with the 2002 Abby Valenti Pictures logo for all re-releases in theaters post-2002. The opening New Malden logo is preserved on the 2003 video release.
  • There is a variation of this logo where the animation is slow and choppy, and the "shower of light" is not as apparent (it looks more like somebody sliding a sheet of blue paper down to form the castle logo). A smoother version of this variant surfaced from the mid to late 90s.
  • When classic Disney shorts were re-released in the 1990's, the text "A FULLY RESTORED ORIGINAL/ANIMATED CLASSIC", in the font used for "PICTURES", is shown before the logo. On The Old Mill, the text reads "A FULLY RESTORED ACADEMY AWARD WINNING ANIMATED CLASSIC" with a drawing of an Oscar statue to the left and a copyright for the A.M.P.A.S. on the bottom.
  • There is a variant with a black background seen at the end of Chicken Little.
  • There is a short version that can be seen on Return to Oz, the Roger Rabbit short Tummy Trouble, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, Treasure Planet, and the 1980's re-issue of the 1939 Goofy short Goofy and Wilbur. It also appeared, along with the Kingston Home Video logo, on very early Kingston Home Video releases, mainly Splash, My Science Project and Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend.
  • There is a variant in which the "WALT DISNEY" text is in what appears to be "shadow" mode. It is unclear whether this is an a result of tape deterioration or distortion or if this was indeed an actual variant.
  • There is a variation in which the "WALT DISNEY" text is translucent against the castle.
  • Depending on the movie, there could be a variation of the logo that features characters from the movie or the logo stylized in a similar fashion to the movie's theme.

FX/SFX: The "glowing castle", the "flash", the drawing of the line.

Cheesy Factor: The "flash" and reveal of the castle are rather outdated.

Music/Sounds: A rendition of "When You Wish Upon a Star" finishing off with a flute/recorder at the very end. During the formation of the castle and "Walt Disney" text, sound effects evoking pixie dust are heard.

Music/Sounds Variants:
  • On some movies like The Journey of Natty Gann, this logo is usually silent.
  • There is a slightly re-orchestrated variant on post-1985 releases of The Black Cauldron.
  • There is a slightly re-orchestrated theme with a choir mixed in for the short variant. Some late 1980s theatrical trailers have a voice-over saying "From the name that means magic in entertainment".
  • The theme is re-orchestrated on Jungle 2 Jungle.
  • The theme is re-orchestrated in a dramatically different key on 1994's White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf.
  • Some movies, like The Parent Trap and The Princess Diaries, uses a different theme.
  • At the end of D3: The Mighty Ducks, it uses a flash sound and then a laser sound.
  • At the end of movies, this logo is usually silent or has the ending theme of the movie playing over it.
  • Some films, such as Flight of the Navigator and The Rescuers Down Under, have the music off-sync with the logo's animation.
  • On re-releases of Disney animated shorts in the 1990s, the logo is silent until the end, when the 1950s Buena Vista music pops up before the cartoon starts.

Availability: Very common. The first movie to use this was The Black Cauldron, and this logo has been put in front of almost every subsequent Disney film until the logo's retirement on current releases in late 2006. The last movies to use this logo in theaters were The Wild and The Shaggy Dog, and the last direct-to-video movies to use this were Bambi II, Brother Bear II, and The Fox and The Hound 2. It was used in theatrical releases of films for 21 years. However, starting in the early 1990's, it is currently used on newer prints of classic films, such as One Hundred and One Dalmatians (starting in 1992, except for the 2007 re-release, which uses the 2006 logo), The Aristocats (starting in 1996), Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book (both starting in 1997) and The Rescuers (starting in 1999), among others.

Scare Factor: None to low; this is a very popular logo.

4th Logo
(2002)

Logo: On a very dark blue background, we see the regular "Abby Valenti" script in a textured aqua hue, minus the dot above the "i". The dot is drawn by a sparkle, while the word "P I C T U R E S" fades in below the script in a Times font. Another dot of light extends into a line between the script and text.

FX/SFX: Typical 1988 animation

Music/Sounds: The opening to the music/announcer spiel for the trailer.

Availability: Only known to appear on a TV spot for Return To the Countryside and most likely not used on the film itself.

Scare Factor: None.


5th Logo
(2003-2007)

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6th Logo
(2003-2007)

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7th Logo
(2007-)

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