Wooding Pictures

Background: In 1765, future CLG member MattBr founded the Wooding Lobster Produce Company. In August 1775, he made the first and shortest movie ever: Grand Theft Horse, a 10-second movie about a British soldier stealing an American general's horse. Soon it became the most-watched movie in the newly-created United States and in 1865, MattBr stopped producing lobsters and began making more movies, the first being a special movie about the American Civil War. On December 13, 2010 Wooding filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company released it's final film on May 10, 2011.

1st Logo
(August 1775)


Logo: Just the text "WOODING LOBSTER PRODUCE COMPANY PRESENTS A FILM PRODUCED BY A YANK" in an old English font.

FX/SFX: None unless you want to count the extremely shaky camera and large black spots.

Cheesy Factor: The very basic text, the lack of animation and sounds, the camera mostly showing the surrounding scenery and the scratches make it the cheesiest logo ever, especially for the world's first logo!

Music/Sounds: None unless you want to count the cackles and very faint gun shots in the background.

Availability: Extremely rare. It was seen only on Grand Theft Horse which is over 200 years old, making it extremely hard to find today. But it does appear during the "A Detailed Look at the History of Wooding Pictures" bonus feature on The Civil War: America's Bloodiest War Yet DVD.

Scare Factor: Medium to nightmare; the very basic text, the lack of animation and sounds, the camera mostly showing the surrounding scenery and the scratches may make some first-time viewers think the film is about to burn up!



2nd Logo
(1865-1896)


Nicknames: "The American Flag", "100 Years"

Logo: We see a live-action clip of the US flag waving. Above the flag are the words "WOODING PICTURES".

Variants: Throughout this logo's lifespan, the number of stars have changed four times:

  • 1865-1867: 36 stars.
  • 1867-1876: 37 stars with the addition of Nebraska.
  • 1875: The 37-star variant, but "100 YEARS" appears below the flag.
  • 1876-1890: 38 stars with the addition of Colorado.
  • 1890-1896: 44 stars with the addition of the Dakotas, Montana, Washington, Idaho and Wyoming.

FX/SFX: Live action except for the words.

Music/Sounds: None or the movie's opening theme.

Availability: Very rare. But it has been preserved on The Civil War: America's Bloodiest War Yet DVD and VHS and also on TV airings of said movie.

Scare Factor: Mostly none, though it depends on the opening theme used.



3rd Logo
(1896-1932, 1941-1945)


Nickname: "The American Flag II"

Logo: A slightly redone version of the previous logo, the flag also now has 45 stars (with Utah's statehood), "WOODING PICTURES" has been moved to below the flag. "A Film By" appears above the flag in the Times font.

Variants: Like the previous logo, the amount of stars change three times during the logo's lifespan:

  • 1896-1907: 45 stars.
  • 1907-1912: 46 stars with the addition of Oklahoma.
  • 1912-1932: 48 stars with the addition of Arizona and New Mexico.
  • October 29, 1929, 1941-1945: The 48-star variant, but "A Film By" is replaced by "BREAKING NEWS!". Strangely, the logo was resurrected between 1941-1945, but in color.

FX/SFX: Same as the previous logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo.

Availability: Can be seen on the Turn of the Century Silents block on TCM. The "BREAKING NEWS" variant was seen only on a breaking news announcement about the New York Stock Exchange crash that started the Great Depression, the color version appeared on breaking news announcements on America's involvement in World War II starting with Pearl Harbor and ending with the atomic bomb attack on Nagasaki, Japan.

Scare Factor: Same as the previous logo. High for the "BREAKING NEWS" variant.



4th Logo
(1932-1953)

Nickname: "The American Flag III"

Logo: Almost identical to the 48-star variant of the previous logo, but it is now in color. "A Film By" is now "A" and the "S" in "PICTURES" is absent, making it read "A WOODING PICTURE".

FX/SFX: Same as the previous logo.

Music/Sounds: The sound of the flag flapping.

Availability: Uncommon. Seen on Wooding films during this era.

Scare Factor: Same as the previous logo.



5th Logo
(1953-1959)

Nickname: "The American Flag IV"

Logo: A remastered version of the previous logo.

FX/SFX: Same as the previous logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo.

Availability: Same as the previous logo.

Scare Factor: Same as the previous logo.



6th Logo
(1959-1974)

Nickname: "The American Flag V"

Logo: The previous logo remastered again. There are now 59 stars (60 beginning in 1960) and the flag is seen from a slightly further distance. "WOODING PICTURES" is now above the flag again and "A Closing Logo Group Company" appears below the flag.

FX/SFX: Same as the previous logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo.

Availability: Same as the previous logo.

Scare Factor: Same as the previous logo.



7th Logo
(1975)

Nicknames: "The American Flag VI", "200 Great Years"

Logo: A montage of logos 2-6 appear. After the 6th logo, a white flash appears and a redone version of the previous logo appears, complete with the CLG byline. The byline then fades into "200 Great Years!"

FX/SFX: Same as the previous logo.

Music/Sounds: Drumbeats during the montage, then after the 6th logo, a majestic fanfare.

Availability: Same as the previous logo.

Scare Factor: Same as the previous logo.




8th Logo
(1976-1995)

Nickname: "The American Flag VII"

Logo: Same as the previous logo, but without the montage and the byline does not fade into "200 Great Years!" at all.

FX/SFX: Same as the previous logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo.

Availability: Same as the previous logo.

Scare Factor: Same as the previous logo.



9th Logo
(1976-2008)

Nickname: "The American Flag VIII"

Logo: A CGI recreation of the previous logo.

FX/SFX: Same as the previous logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo.

Availability: Same as the previous logo.

Scare Factor: Same as the previous logo.



10th Logo
(2008-2011)

Nickname: "The American Flag IX"

Logo: A more realistic CGI recreation of the previous logo.

FX/SFX: Same as the previous logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo.

Availability: Same as the previous logo. The film debuted before the opening intro of Big City Bus Decisions, released on November 18, 2008 and made it's final appearence after the closing credits of The Basketball King (released on May 10, 2011), therefore ending the company.

Scare Factor: Same as the previous logo.

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