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Logo descriptions by Matt Williams and Matt Anscher ''Logo captures by Eric S., Logoboy95, and Wisp2017 Editions by Bob Fish, V of Doom, wisp2017, and Nathan B. Video capture courtesy of 8to16to35

Background: The Buena Vista distribution company was established in 1963 after Disney broke off his distribution deal with RKO Radio Pictures, using a logo in some form until about 1994. It is named after the street on which the Disney Studios reside. In 2017, the company was renamed and rebranded as Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.


1st Logo (December 25, 1963-March 17, 1981)

Logo: On a blue/black gradient background, we see the text "DISTRIBUTED BY Buena Vista DISTRIBUTION CO., INC." in white, with "Buena Vista" in a weird signature-like logo font, and the other words in the same font as "Buena Vista".

Variant: An early version of the logo say "FILM" next to "DISTRIBUTION".

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Often, a customized fanfare composed just for that movie, to play over the logo. Was also seen silent. On reissues of Cinderella And The Reluctant Dragon, the RKO fanfare plays over the logo

Availability: Common. Seen on movies like The Living Desert.

Scare Factor: None.


2nd Logo (August 27, 1964-March 17, 1981)



Logo: On a blue/black gradient background, we see the text "DISTRIBUTED BY Buena Vista DISTRIBUTION CO., INC." in pale blue, with "Buena Vista" in a weird signature-like logo font, and the other words in a ugly Century Gothic font.

Variants:

  • Until 1971, the logo read "DISTRIBUTED BY BUENA VISTA FILM DISTRIBUTION CO, INC."
  • The first animated Disney films to use a Buena Vista logo (Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians) had a special customized Buena Vista logo that was designed to blend in with the movie's opening credits. Starting with The Sword in the Stone, they would just use the regular BV logo.
  • On 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the logo is on a rose vale curtain background.
  • A black and white variation of the BV logo also exists.
  • There is a variation with "Presents", in the same font as "Buena Vista", below.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Often, a customized fanfare composed just for that movie, to play over the logo. Was also seen silent.

Music/Sounds Variants: There was a special 12-note, horn-driven stinger for 1960's and 1970's-era rereleases of classic Disney short cartoons from the 1940's and 1950's. This is preserved on some cartoons featured as supplements on DVDs of other Disney movies:*The Sword in the Stone has "Knight for a Day," starring Goofy, with the logo and music.

  • The Vault Disney series of DVD's (Pollyanna, The Parent Trap, Old Yeller, Swiss Family Robinson) each have a short cartoon before them; these shorts all have the logo and music before them.

Availability: On The Border Between Uncommon And Common. Seen on movies from the era.

Scare Factor: Nightmare. The logo is scary.


3rd Logo (December 1, 1976-July 10, 1991)

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Logo: On a blue/white gradient background, we see "DISTRIBUTED BY" and "DISTRIBUTION CO, INC." in a scary western font and "Buena Vista" in the same script font as before.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Often, a customized fanfare composed just for that movie, to play over the logo. Was also seen silent.

Music/Sounds Variant: On The Rescuers, the logo is initially silent, but then we hear a clap of thunder underneath the logo. This can be found on the current DVD and Blu-Ray releases of the movie, and on the 2002 VHS release, but the 2009 VHS and 2013 DVD releases replaced it with the 1995 (Or 2008) Walt Disney Pictures logo (the latter release preserved the thunderclap under the logo.)

Availability: Same As 2nd Logo.. Seen on The Rescuers on Blu-Ray in 2022 and the logo seen on Follow Me, Boys.

Scare Factor: Low; generally varies on a case-to-case basis. A movie with no fanfare wouldn't be scary, but when it's a loud, powerful fanfare (such as on Bedknobs and Broomsticks), it might scare some.

4th Logo (June 9-July 5, 1988)


Logo: On a blue background, we see the yellow-orange-red stripes and "A" and "RELEASE" on the orange stripe "Buena Vista" on the red stripe and enclosed in the rectangle. All of them are in a Helvetica font. Sometimes, only the stripes are seen.

FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: None. The entire logo was look like made on MS Paint.

Music/Sounds: A ping, followed by a synth tune (The Cat from Outer Space) a 7-note tune (Hot Lead and Cold Feet) or a mutch more dramatic 8 note tune (the big closure)

Availability: Seen on The Cat from Outer Space Hot Lead Cold Feet and the big closure

Scare Factor: None.


5th Logo (June 7, 1989-December 12, 1994)

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Logo: On a blue/medium sea green gradient background, we see "DISTRIBUTED BY BUENA VISTA DISTRIBUTION CO, INC.". "Buena Vista" in a blocky script font..

Variant: A black and white variation of the logo appears on the 1994 Tim Burton short Frankenweenie.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None. The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, Herbie Goes Bananas and Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore does have music.

Availability: Rare. Seen on Footlose Fox, which available on public-domain tapes and some of the Disney films.

Scare Factor: None.


6th Logo (December 21, 1989-1997) Logo: Just a text saying "DISTRIBUTED BY BUENA VISTA DISTRIBUTION CO., INC." during the opening/closing credits of the movie.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the opening/closing theme of the movie.

Availability: Seen on the Disney movies from 1989 to 1997 as well as Touchstone releases from 1994 to 1997

Scare Factor: None.


Buena Vista Pictures Distribution (1997-2024)


Logo: Basically, an ending in-credit text reading "Distributed by BUENA VISTA Distribution Co., Inc.". Starting in 1997, the text was changed to "Distributed by BUENA VISTA PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (INC.)".

FX/SFX: scrolling up ((Or Rairley Down, Or On Olaf Films, Messed Up (The Speed Depends On The Film))like the rest of the closing credits), or none.

Music/Sounds: None, or the ending theme.

Availability: Although it is no longer in use, it is seen as the very last thing you see in the credits in every Walt Disney Pictures movie from 1997 to 2017. It is also seen on every Touchstone movie during that time as well.

Scare Factor: None.


Buena Vista Pictures Distribution co inc (2014-)



Logo: Basically, an ending in-credit text reading "Distributed by BUENA VISTA PICTURES DISTRIBUTION CO INC.".


FX/SFX: scrolling up (like the rest of the closing credits), or none.


Music/Sounds: None, or the ending theme.


Availability: it is seen as the very last thing you see in the credits in every Walt Disney Pictures/pixar film studios movie. It is also seen on every Touchstone movie 

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