1st Logo (1992)
Logo: Inserted into the end credits of a film (instituating that it's a print logo), we see "LE STUDIO" in a large font. Inside it is the Canal+ logo, which is basically the name of the network in an italic form. The plus sign is inside the "O" of "STUDIO".
Variant: The logo is often seen inside a white rectangle with "LE STUDIO" in grey and "CANAL+" in black.
Availability: Rare. Appears on Basic Instinct and Chaplin.
Scare Factor: None.
2nd Logo (1999)
Logo: Same as the Canal+ Video logo (which is based off the Canal+ feature presentation ident of the time), but different. At the part where the Canal+ logo should fade in, the logo is not seen so a black bar is seen fading on the white background after the flashing colors. The black bar can also be seen covering the same logo once the 8-pixel grid is seen. Instead of the finished Canal+ Video logo, the words "LE STUDIO" and "CANAL+" in the corporate font are seen on the center, with "LE STUDIO" moved somewhere to the left. The square that changes color can be seen at the left of "CANAL+", animating properly.
FX/SFX: Same as the Canal+ Video logo albeit with a few differences.
Cheesy Factor: This would had been a good separate rendition of the Canal+ FP bumper and video logo counterpart if it weren't for the black bar replacing the Canal+ logo at the middle. It is completely unneccesary and off-putting.
Music/Sounds: Same as the Canal+ Video logo.
Availability: Extremely rare. Was spotted on a 1999 French VHS of Scream 2.
Scare Factor: Low. The black bar may surprise someone expecting the normal Canal+ logo to appear, but otherwise, the same reasons of the Canal+ Video logo can also be applied to the scare factor as well.
3rd Logo (2000-2001)
Nickname: Sliding Doors
Logo: On a black background, we see two connected rectangles, one gray, the other light blue, both sliding from the center of the screen like a mirror image.The gray rectangle reads "STUDIO" and the blue reads "CANAL", both texts are in white. The logo and font look similar to the one used for its parent company Canal+.
FX/SFX: The rectangles sliding in; very simple animation.
Availability: Extremely rare. Appears on U-571.
Scare Factor: Low. Very harmless, compared to what followed...
4th Logo (2001-2003)
Nicknames: Tribal Visions, Acid Trip, HYYYYD-BA!!!
Logo: A comet flies across a very dark blue sky, with a few intermittent stars. As the comet passes over the screen, small stars start to flash and random numbers begin to appear at the place of the flashes. A lightning bolt strikes from the right side of the screen into the middle of the screen. The numbers disappear and a circular burst of "rain" appears. Large white circles of varying sizes pop up over the screen and disappear almost instantaneously. Another lightning bolt hits. The source of the "rain" switches to the right side of the screen. The rain stops and white lines begin to appear all over the screen (once again disappearing instantly) as the letters for "STUDIO CANAL" appear haphazardly across the screen. A shooting star and a lightning bolt appear at the same time. Rain starts coming from all sides of the screen, as well as small white circles floating upwards. Sparkles of light encompass the screen, culminating in a white flash. The same logo from the previous logo, only the box for "STUDIO" is black, appears, surrounded by light streaks. Finally the text "A CANAL+ COMPANY" appears on the bottom right of "CANAL".
FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: The whole logo seems like it's trying too hard, but it's otherwise a feast for the eyes. Also, most of the logo has nothing to do with the formation of the logo, and can cause seizures.
Music/Sounds: First, a zap sound is heard when the comet flies by, then tribal hymn heavy on thunderous percussion, with a singing lady marking the appearance of the company name, and a strange primal scream at the white flash. A brief tap of a bongo is also heard to mark the appearance of "A CANAL+ COMPANY".
Availability: Not many films used this logo, but it's still not too hard to find. Appears on films like Billy Elliot (US release), Bridget Jones's Diary and 40 Days and 40 Nights. Also appears on television and DVD prints of Avco Embassy (except the TV rights belong to Sony), Lumiere, Thorn-EMI Screen Entertainment, Carolco Pictures, De Laurentiis, and Nelson Films, such as HDNet Movies prints of Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw. Basically, it appears on DVD prints of the company library from this era through licensed distributors (such as Anchor Bay Films), such as The Criterion Collection's Day of the Dolphin. Was also seen on the 2001 French VHS of Traffic as a de-facto home video logo.
Scare Factor: Low to high (if you haven't seen it before), thanks to the unexpected sound effects, startling visuals, and the very bizarre nature of this logo overall, but it's a logo that grows on you. It might also annoy some people due to it plastering old logos.
5th Logo (2003-2011)
Nicknames: The Flight, StudioCanal in the Clouds
Logo: A VHS-sized rectangle with an image of clouds inside appears in the center of a black background, and grows so that it takes up the whole screen. The camera flies through the clouds, and, after a few seconds, the StudioCanal logo appears, and the surrounding area fades to black.
1. There is a black and white version. Found on recent prints of The Farmer's Wife and The Elephant Man (sans Encore's prints), as well as other old black-and-white films.
2. The shorter version starts in the clouds. Found on Inland Empire and Franklin and the Turtle Lake Adventure.
FX/SFX: The CGI clouds. Not as busy as its predecessor.
Music/Sounds: Faint unintelligible whispers, followed by a whimsical-sounding fanfare, accompanied by various sound effects (e.g. a camera lens adjusting, wooden creaks and bird chirps). Sometimes it's silent, or the opening theme of the film plays.
Availability: Common, given its longevity of eight whole years. Appears on films like Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Babies, Thunderbirds, and Genesis, among others. Like the previous logo, it also appears on television and DVD prints of films from the previously mentioned companies' libraries.
Scare Factor: Low to medium. It's not as strange as the last logo but the music may get to some. Like the previous logo, it plastering old logos may annoy some.
6th Logo (2011-)
Nickname: The Glass
Logo: In a live-action black environment, we see several revolving rectangular glass panels, with brightly-colored lights shining through it. There are reflections of StudioCanal's new logo ("STUDIOCANAL" in Futura MD BT, all upright and with the "O" and "C" connected together, inside a black rectangle with the top-left and bottom-right corners rounded off; it is also rendered with the rectangle being white and the name being the same colors as the glass). They rotate like a revolving door to form the studio's name, upon the formation of which the rectangle fades in behind it and the lights continue to appear behind it.
Trivia: The logo was done by Devilfish, the glass is all live-action and was installed specially for the logo.
1. A print version of the logo exists.
2. A B&W version exists.
3. A short version exists for TV shows.
FX/SFX: The glass and studio logo forming.
Music/Sounds: A strings, woodwind, and mallets-laden composition by Alexandre Desplat, somewhat reminiscent of his score from Girl with a Pearl Earring. On The Fives it's silent.
Music/Sounds Variant: A Portuguese print of Total Recall has the music from the previous logo.
Availability: Current. Seen on new releases from the studio such as Cockneys vs. Zombies and Rust and Bone. It is also starting to appear on current prints of older titles, for instance, streaming copies of Escape from New York and Carnal Knowledge on VUDU. Can be seen on TV in America on some shows. It's on the beginning of every episode of both Wanted: Dead or Alive and The Big Valley on Encore Westerns, but does not appear on Me-TV's airings of the aforementioned show.
Scare Factor: None, this is a very neat logo, possibly one of the best logos ever made.