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Background: The international division of Cairo Pictures was formed in 1957.


1st Logo (1957-1981)

Nicknames: "International Pyramid", "Pyramid in a Box", "50s/60s/70s Pyramid"

Logo: On a black background, we see a painting of an Egyptian-style pyramid in a desert during the daytime inside a rounded rectangle. Below it is the text "Cairo Pictures" in yellow Georgia Bold font, with "International" in white Georgia Bold font below the yellow text.

Variants: There is a black-and-white version.

FX/SFX: None. This is a still logo.

Music/Sounds: A shortened version of the portion of Georg Frederic Handel's Water Music used for the domestic logo, with 10 notes. This also served as the company jingle for Cairo Pictures Television.

Availability: Common; however, it is sometimes plastered with later logos.

Scare Factor: Minimal.


2nd Logo (1981-1986)

Nicknames: "International Pyramid II", "2D Pyramid", "Green/White Pyramid", "The Blue Laser", "Early 80s Pyramid"

Logo: On a black background, a blue laser slowly travels upward from the bottom-center of the screen in a straight line up to the top. Multiple blue lines start appearing, with some coming from the left of the laser and some coming from the right, which eventually reveal a green and white 2D rendition of the pyramid. "CAIRO PICTURES INTERNATIONAL" appears below in white Helvetica Bold font.

FX/SFX: The laser drawing, the lines moving, and "CAIRO PICTURES INTERNATIONAL" appearing.

Cheesy Factor: Well, the logo itself is fine, but "CAIRO PICTURES INTERNATIONAL" suddenly appearing is pretty much cheesy. 1980s effects, by the way.

Music/Sounds: A synthesized "wah" sound rising up slowly in pitch and a 6-note trumpet tune and a synthesized drumbeat, followed by some synthesized ding notes and another trumpet, and a longer horn tune with 4 timpani beats.

Availability: Common.

Scare Factor: Low; the darkness of the logo, text appearing below suddenly, and sudden change of the music may spook some, but the logo is a favorite of many.


3rd Logo (1986-1996)

Nicknames: "International Pyramid III", "Late 80s/Early 90s Pyramid", "CGI Pyramid", "Early CGI Pyramid", "Cheesy CGI Pyramid", "Cheesy Pyramid", "WordArt Pyramid"

Logo: We see a black background, with a brown bar at the bottom. The black part of the background quickly fades to a sky blue/white gradient, then a grey CGI pyramid flies in, before resting on top of the brown bar. A flash of light appears at the bottom, revealing the text "CAIRO PICTURES INTERNATIONAL" in Georgia Bold font with a metallic gold texture. Below the company name, a byline fades in below in white Georgia Regular font.

Bylines:

  • 1986-1989: (bylineless)
  • 1989-1993: "A Division of TVS Entertainment Inc."
  • 1993-1996: "An International Family Entertainment Company"

FX/SFX: The fading background, the pyramid flying in, the flash of light revealing the company name, and the byline fading in.

Cheesy Factor: It looks like WordArt, and the flying of the pyramid is very choppy.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 2nd logo.

Availability: Semi-common. However, it's plastered by the "Late 90s/2000s Pyramid" on most DVD and Blu-Ray releases.

Scare Factor: Medium, due to the choppiness.


4th Logo (1996-2016)

Nicknames: "International Pyramid IV", "Majestic Pyramid", "CGI Pyramid II", "Late 90s/2000s Pyramid", "Late 90s/2000s/Early 2010s Pyramid"

Logo: We zoom out from the top of the pyramid, which is in a style (and has a background) similar to the pyramid inside the rounded rectangle in the 1st logo. The text "CAIRO" in gold-textured, heavily-spaced Copperplate Gothic Bold font fades in below. The pyramid flashes (in a non-seizure-causing way) a few times, as a byline fades in below.

Bylines:

  • 1996-1997: "A Shaw Communications Company", in the same font as the previous logo.
  • 1997-1999: "A Shawlogo-old COMPANY" (near the bottom-right corner of the screen, with "A" and "COMPANY" in white Georgia Bold font and the Shaw logo in white).
  • 1999-2000: The Corus logo with "Cairo Pictures is a Corus Entertainment Company" next to it in white Arial Narrow font.
  • 2000-2006: "A CORUS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY" in white Georgia Bold font.
  • 2006-2016: "AN ARGOSY MEDIA COMPANY" in white Georgia Bold font.

Variant: Starting in 2006, the logo was remade with better CGI.

FX/SFX: The zooming, the text fading, the pyramid flashing.

Cheesy Factor: Why does this have a byline, while the domestic logo doesn't?

Music/Sounds:

  • 1996-2006: Same as the 2nd logo.
  • 2006-2016: An original fanfare with strings which ascend, followed by a 4-note trumpet, and two dings when the pyramid flashes.

Availability: Extremely common.

Scare Factor: Minimal.


5th Logo (2016-)

Nicknames: "International Pyramid V", "Majestic Pyramid II", "Ultra-Majestic Pyramid", "CGI Pyramid III", "Pyramid at Dusk"

Logo: We see the pyramid from multiple close-up angles, followed by a shot of the pyramid a la the previous logo, but slightly farther away and darker. The sky now has a cloudy sunset pattern, instead of the generic blue sky with white clouds. A bunch of dark gray particles fly in below the pyramid, forming the "CAIRO" text (in the same font as before, but with a black/dark gray gradient texture). Below the "CAIRO" text, the text "INTERNATIONAL" in white Gill Sans Bold font fades in; afterwards, the byline "A Division of Argosy Media" (in white Gill Sans Light font) fades in below the "International" text.

Trivia: Argosy acquired Cairo indirectly; both were acquired by TVS in 1989. In 1993, TVS was sold to International Family Entertainment, which sold Argosy and Cairo to Shaw Communications in 1995. In 1996, Cairo was merged into Argosy Pictures, creating a new subsidiary of Argosy Media with the Cairo name (however, it used both the Cairo and Argosy Pictures names on screen). In 1999, Shaw spun off its media holdings (including Argosy and Cairo) into Corus Entertainment; Corus sold Argosy (including Cairo) to Blake Media in 2008, who sold it to Creativity Media in 2010. In 2013, Blake Media brought back 50% of Argosy from Creativity.

FX/SFX: The close-ups of the pyramid, the particle effects forming the "CAIRO" text, and the "INTERNATIONAL" text and byline fading in.

Music/Sounds: An ascending triumphant fanfare. Sometimes, it's the opening/closing theme of the movie.

Availability: Current.

Scare Factor: Minimal.

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