THX

Background: THX is the name of a real motion picture quality certification system. Real logos are found here.

15th Trailer
(1986-2004)
Nickname: "THX's Own Disaster Movie", "THX Logo of Disasters", "THX's Own Personification of All That is Evil"

Logo: We start with what looks like a sunny day in a city. Suddenly, the clouds grow and turn dark, covering the city into darkness. Then, a thunderstorm starts and it begins raining all over the city. We then cut to some buildings in a city and another thunderstorm strikes, knocking the power out. After that, some more rain starts dropping from the sky, causing floods that destroy several buildings. Some whirlwinds, tornados, typhoons, and hurricanes form to destroy several more buildings. People react to the weather and run away screaming like in disaster movie. Windstorms then start destroying and blowing some signs, animals, and buildings away while earthquakes being to occur, shaking several more buildings into rubble. Fires then appear across hundreds of buildings and houses, buring them to the ground. We suddenly cut to some asteroids and meteorites as they start to move towards the Earth. We then cut back to the city, where volcanos erupt, spewing lava which destroys some houses, and giant monsters start showing up and destroying the city with their arms. We are now at a house where a family looks into a TV set tuned into a news channel The news reporter says "An apocalypse is happening right now! We don't have much time left! Run and take over!" The TV then turns static and the family gets scared and runs way from their house. We then see more and more people running away scared and evacuating. The Army control center is then seen with a man pressing buttons to launch missiles. Another man pops up and says "Sir, our missiles are launching and there's nothing we can't do." The two men get scared and run away as well. We suddenly see people running away as fast as they can acrossing several cities. We then zoom out to the meteorites and asteroids as the fly through space. The camera then shifts to the Earth and meteorites and asteroids fly to the earth real feast. The asteroids and meteorites finally hit the planet, causing mass destructions and also causing the Earth to turn red and become a planet full of lava. The planet then shakes and light rays start coming out of it. The planet explodes and rubble shoots out from the explosion. All of a sudden, we see that the destruction has reduced the planet to the THX logo, which is then seen zooming in while staying still. As the THX logo nearly fills the screen, the THX logo suddenly shifts upward and rotates towards the top-left. The logo then goes out-of-sight and after six seconds, a rock that comes from the remains of a destroyed planet flies across the screen. After the rock passes, the words "The Audience is Listening" fade in. Finally, the words "Lucasfilm Ltd. Sound System" and a copyright notice fade in below.

FX/SFX: The disasters happening, people running, the destruction, and exploding. The THX logo zooming and the rock flying.

Music/Sounds: We start with some peaceful music, but when disasters start happening, the music then segues into a montage of pieces of music from several disaster movies from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. When the THX logo appears, the 5-note theme from Close Encounters of the Weird Kindis heard. As the THX logo disappears, some pieces of music from Psycho and Jaws are heard until the logo finishes.

Availability: Started appearing as an alternate trailer used alongside "Broadway" when it debuted in the 1986 film The Manhattan Project. It was used in THX-certified movie theaters between 1986 and 2002. It can also be found on the 2003 DVD release of The Core.

Scare Factor: Low to Heart Attack, for people with THXphobia, although the Deep Note is not heard in this logo, the music from disaster movies gets even worse when they build up in power, making it one of the scariest THX logos to date.



16th Trailer
(January 1995-August 2008)

Nicknames: "The Cubes", "THX Cubes", "Color Cubes"

Trailer: On a white background, the words "The Audience Is Listening" in black fade in. Then, the words fade out and a bluecube coming from the left and floating to the right. 3 seconds after, we see several other floating cubes of different colors float to the right. We pan to the right to see, on a black background, the cubes merging with each other to form a gray metallic THX logo. When the THX logo is fully formed, the words "LUCASFILM LTD." appear above it. Then, the whole logo dissolves.
Variants:
  • In 2002, due to THX spinning off from its parent company, the words "LUCASFILM LTD." were removed & when the logo is fully formed, the THX URL & a copyright notice below it fade in below.
  • There are many variants which have "The Audience Is Listening" in other languages. So far, the following variants were found: European French, Canadian French, German, European Spanish, Latin Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Hindi, Tamil, Thai.
  • A short version of this trailer exists, starting as multiple cubes float.
  • On LaserDisc releases, "The Audience Is Listening" is replaced by "Mastered and duplicated for audio and video performance". Plus, instead of having the words "LUCASFILM LTD." fading in above the THX logo, [LASER I/ DISC] fades in below it.
  • On VHS and DVD releases, "The Audience Is Listening is replaced by "Digitally mastered for optimal video and audio performance". Plus, "LUCASFILM LTD." are replaced by "DIGITALLY MASTERED".
  • A rare version has "The Audience Is Listening" replaced by "You're watching a THX Certified Feature."
  • On some Dell PC THX Picture and Sound Optimizer discs between 1997 & 2003, "The Audience Is Listening" is replaced by "Your DELL PC is THX certified". Also, "BEST PICTURE. BEST SOUND." fades below the THX logoalong with "LUCASFILM LTD."

FX/SFX: Great CGI animation for a late 90s logo.

Music/Sounds: Some synth notes while the cubes float, then some liquid sounds as they merge, then, the -1.5 Deep Note (from the DVD version of Broadway, Tex, Ziegfeld & Tex 3) followed by wind sounds as the logo dissolves.

Music/Sounds Variants:
  • On some DVDs & LaserDiscs, the Deep Note is normal pitched.
  • On the Canadian, Australian, Japanese, Korean & Hong Kongese releases of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, a -2.5 Deep Note plays.
  • On some Indonesian Video CDs, a +1 Deep Note plays.
  • On some VHSs, the +2 Deep Note plays.

Availabilty: Uncommon in the US, but common in some countries like Canada, France, Germany, Russia, Australia, Japan & South Korea. In theatres, this was seen on Titanicas well asStar Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace(in some countries only, like Canada or Japan, as the American release has the 8th trailer, "Broadway 2000", making its first ever appearance instead) & Shrek among others. This can also be seen on the 2002Monsters Inc. DVD.

Scare Factor: Low to high, as this is one of the calmer THX trailers. The sudden appearance of the Deep Note may scare a few, especially those with THXphobia.


17th Trailer
(2009-2011)
THX (2010)
Logo: On a blue aurora, the words "The Audience is Listening" fade in. They then fade out. After that, the THX logo in metallic 3D zooms in. When it does, it then spins around and a blue box is drawn, centering the logo. Finally, the words "THX LTD." appear above the logo and "SOUND SYSTEM" appears below. Some light blue streaks come out of the logo.

FX/SFX: Superb CGI for the 2010s.

Music/Sounds: A remastered, enhanced, and less scary version of the Deep Note theme.

Availability: Seen on THX theaters since 2009-2011.

Scare Factor: Low to Medium, but it would get a bit worse on the next trailer!



18th Trailer
(2010-)

Nicknames: "Descriptive (of Doom)", "Painting Pictures with Words (of Doom)"

Logo: Shot in black and white, we see the THX studios. We zoom into the door, and we see the rooms of the studios. The camera pans through until we get to the THX cinema, then into the screen, fading to the filming of the THX trailers, and many THX logos from the previous trailers. A fire appears, which burns the entire screen, which changes to the THX logo. "The Audience is Listening" is under it. Everything seems to be covered with words.

FX/SFX: Everything.

Cheesy Factor: Extremely cheesy.

Music/Sounds: A set of music and sounds, and at the end the same Deep Note as the 17th Trailer plays.

Availability: Seen on THX theaters since 2010, and is used in tandem with the 17th Trailer until 2011.

Scare Factor: Medium to nightmare, some may be scared by the Deep Note, especially if you have THXphobia.



19th Trailer
(September 7, 2010-)

Nicknames: "Green to Red", "THX Standby"

Logo: On a green background, an outline of the THX logo appears, with "THX LTD." and "SOUND SYSTEM" above and below the logo in white, respectively. A few seconds later, the background turns red. A second or two later, the THX logo slowly changes to red.

FX/SFX: CGI.

Music/Sounds: A faint buzzing sound, then a click, and the Deep Note.

Availability: Seen on THX theaters since 2010.

Scare Factor: Low to medium, this one is much tame.



20th Trailer
(2011-)

Nicknames: "Can You Feel It?", "Something That Won't Scare Your Kids"

Logo: On a white BG, we see a thick shiny black circular outline. What seems to be a child's hand touches the middle of the circle and turns the outline's color to electric green. The outline and the hand then dissapear. In it's place is a THX logo with the slogan "So realistic you can feel it" in a futuristic font with a www.thx.com URL below the slogan, which the color of the text and logo is electric green.

FX/SFX: All live action.

Music/Sounds: Just a press of of a button. On G-rated THX Certified movies from 2011 onward, a child laughing is heard when the logo appears.

Avalibility: Plasters older trailers on re-releases of THX Certified movies and seen in some THX Certified theaters, and on most THX Certified DVDs, and Blu-rays since 2011. This logo is a part of THX's "Can You Feel It?" campaign; this logo's role in it is to help people who have THXphobia not get scared when they see a THX Certified film.

Scare Factor: None, unless you don't like sudden color changes.



21th Trailer
(2011-)

Nicknames: "Calvacade 2011", "Calvacade 2", "Can You Feel It? 2"

Logo: On a white BG, we see a blue ball floating in midair. All of a sudden, the ball starts bouncing and starts turning the BG blue. All of a sudden, the ball starts to glow and then explodes. We then zoom out to see a blue colored THX logo on a white BG. "Can You Feel It?" fades in below along with a www.thx.com URL.

FX/SFX: Very well done animation by the guys at Warner Bros. Animation.

Music/Sounds: The ball bouncing and exploding, a whoosh sound as we zoom out, and another whoosh sound as the text fades in.

Avalibility: Same as the 19th trailer.

Scare Factor: None, unless you don't like explosions.



22st Trailer
(2011-)


Nicknames: "Secret & Morocco", "Tex 4", "Tex in 2D", "Tex Still Strikes", "Tex & Friends"

Logo: The THX logo starts up like any other, but the logo is in 2D and suddenly flickers. Then the logo turns off and we "zoom in" to show that a broken electric wire is the culprit. A light is switched on as Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole are seen next to the broken part of the wire. The two stare at each other awkwardly, then repair the wire, then Tex from trailers 5, 6 and 11 appears (but in 2D) and pulls a switch which restarts the logo and complete it's usual sequence. Then Tex flies away but crashes into the logo, which causes a black screen with the words "The Audience Is Listening" to fall as Secret walks away. Then Tex and Morocco fly away together holding each other's hands. Then the logo fades out.

FX/SFX: 2D digital animation. This was done by Squirrel/Mole Studios' in-house animation studios.

Music/Sounds: The Deep Note (which flickers and shuts off then turns back on with the logo) plus whatever is going on in the logo.

Availability: In 2012, it will be seen at THX theaters that will be showing Another Secret Squirrel Movie. It first appeared in June 2011 at www.thx.com.

Scare Factor: Medium. The crash noise and the Deep Note may startle some, but it is intended to be funny.

23nd Trailer
(2012-2013)

Nicknames: "The YTP Seizure Logo", "Tex vs. YTP", "The Reason Why I Never Saw Link's New Car 2", "Electric Soldier Porygon Logo", "YTP pwns Tex"

Logo: On a rainbow background, we see Tex from trailer 5 going into the King's castle. The King and Link can be seen in their CD-i form. YTP characters then go into the castle and battle Tex in a Pokemon-fashioned way and the YTP cast send out Porygon. Porygon starts seizing Tex like in the Pokemon episode "Electric Soldier Porygon" and Tex gets killed by the seizure. He revives as the THX logo and the blue outline also appears on him then it fades to the 2010 version of the Brodway logo (The 1983 one is used in 2D prints). Then Porygon zooms across the logo and then the background is flashing for about every color of the rainbow. Then the logo fades out and 1 second later, a screamer comes out and scares the audience, then the screen shatters to pieces like glass.

FX/SFX: Amazing CGI animation made by Hatena Productions' in-house animation company, Hatena Digital.

Variant:
In Japanese theaters, the seizing part is replaced with black screen with word "検閲" in japanese. due to concern of epilepsy.
On most YTP movies, screamer part is cut

Music/Sounds: 1920's sounding music before the Pokemon battle, Pokemon LeafGreen music for the battle and seizing part, and the Deep Note, a loud scream from Ghost Car Commercial when screamer pops out, explosion sound combined with glass shattering soundwhen the screen shatters to pieces.

Availability: Seen on YouTube Poop Films movies at the time. It was first seen on the YTP trailer at thx.com. The variant is common in Japan.

Scare Factor: High to WTF!- The seizing, the Deep Note, and the screamer can be scary without THXphobia. Low who are used to seeing it. Minimum, for that version without screamer.



24rd Trailer
(2015-)

THX (Dream logo; 2015-)Logo: On a time-lapse mountain background, we see the sun slowly setting, when all of a sudden, a bright flash fills up the screen. It dims and disappears completely to reveal the THX logo, this time with a sharp point-X. The logo shines, and the background later fades out.

FX/SFX: The sun setting, the flash, the logo shining.

Music/Sounds: The Deep Note.

Availability: Common. Can be seen on newer THX DVDs and Blu-ray's, as well as in a few cinemas.

Scare Factor: Medium to high, due to the later-dark atmosphere and Deep Note.



25th Trailer
(2015-)

Logo: On a white background, several paint balls come crashing in and bounce across the screen. Then, one by one, they each get splattered all of the background. Some paint then swirls into squares to form the THX logo, after which, some more paint balls, splash over the THX logo, making it look more like a colored painting. The words "Can You Feel It?" appear below along with the THX URL and a copyright notice.

FX/SFX: The paint balls bouncing and getting splattered. The THX logo being formed and getting splattered.

Music/Sounds: A 19-note flute theme plays as the paint balls bounce, get splattered, and form the THX logo. When the THX logo gets splattered, a 7-note trumpet theme plays until the logo finishes.

Availability: Same as the 19th and 20th trailer.

Scare Factor: None, unless you don't like paint balls.

26th Trailer
(2018-)

Nicknames: "Steven Universe" "The Crystal Gems do THX" "This is how the Deep Note is done?!"

Trailer: The THX logo starts up like any other, but just as the Deep Note is about to get loud, the logo suddenly crashes down revealing Steven, Pearl, Amethyst, and Garnet creating the Deep Note with many instruments (consisting of Pearl on Violin, Garnet on Keytar, Amethyst on drums and chimes, and Steven on electric guitar with a TalkBox attached to his amp and a tube in his mouth, and all except Steven have kazoos in their mouths and bass drums with pedals at their feet) They all look at the screen, before looking at each other and smiling awkwardly (with Steven quietly murmuring "Uh-oh!") as they raise the logo (apparently made out of cardboard) up. The Deep Note starts again (albeit less louder than before) and the THX logo shimmers in pinkfrom left to right. While the Deep Note is playing, Amethyst comes out and plays a kazoo (as she did earlier) over the last few seconds. Steven yells "Amethyst!" at him, and as Amethyst mutters "Okay, okay! Chill, Steven..." the two walk off-screen. The screen fades to black as the words "The Audience is Listening" on the top, a smaller THX logo in the middle, and copyright info on the bottom fade in all at once.
FX/SFX: The trailer itself, and the animation involving The Crystal Gems.
Music/Sounds: The Deep Note (the descending part at first with it falling over), the instruments, and the dialogue.
Availability: This trailer debuted with the release of Steven Universe: The Movie at THX-certified cinemas, and appeared in theaters since. It's also on the movie's DVD and Blu-Ray releases.
Scare Factor: Low to medium. The Deep Note's presence is still omnious, but it's a hilarious trailer, and might also be a favorite among the show's fandom.

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