Background: Traffic Pictures is a film production company founded in 1977 by Jonathan Wink. The company originally served as a vanity label for Wink's film class projects. After graduating, he decided to become a full time director/producer. His movies are notable for having dark and surreal overtones, which often prevented his works from securing a proper distributor, so Wink elected to distribute his movies on his own, and show them on local TV stations. Pylit acquired half of Wink's company, and has distributed his films worldwide. Traffic became a wholly owned subsidiary of Pylit as of August 8th of 2015.
Logo: On a black background, we see the text "traffic pictures presents..." written in a jumbled font which resembles that of the first Scottish Television logo.
Availability: Seen on Wink's original student films, such asCharlie, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factoryand the original versions ofDavidandThe Show Must Go On. Later prints cut this logo out and went right to the movie. Oddly, when Pylit Entertainment re-issued these movies, they included the fourth Traffic Pictures logo while keeping the original one intact.
Scare Factor: None. Can't be any worse than the movies that followed.
Logo: On a yellow background, we zoom out to see a black traffic light sketch. The black text "Traffic Pictures", stacked on top of each other in a rounded font zooms up to the right of the traffic light.
FX/SFX: The zooming.
Availability: Seen on the latter versions of Davidand The Show Must Go On, On the Railsand other movies. This is plastered by the fourth logo on Pylit's reissues of these movies, yet it makes a surprise appearance on a Brazilian copy of David.
Scare Factor: None.
Logo: We see a photo of a traffic light in a square against a black background. The square shifts to the right, as the text "TRAFFIC PICTURES" zooms in, in the same fashion as the previous logo.
Variant: In later years, a byline reading "A PYLIT COMPANY" was included below.
FX/SFX: The square moving.
Music/Sounds: A dramatic synth note, followed by a cymbal whoosh and then an ascending series of synth notes and a metallic clang when the text appears.
Availability: Seen onThe Weeds.
Scare Factor: None to medium.
Logo: On a black background, we see a box made up of red, yellow and green lines. A sketch of a traffic light zooms out onto a rectangle as the black text "Traffic Pictures" fades in below
FX/SFX: The zooming
Music/Sounds: A dramatic theme.
Availability: Appears onSonic the Hedgehog: Return to Station SquareandSpirits of the Wind.
Scare Factor: Low.