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Note: This is not to be confused with an earlier company of the same name.


Background: WingedCat Pictures (originally spelled "Winged Cat") was formed in 1982 as a joint venture between Hexagon Pictures (then owned by the Pepsi-Cola Company), SBC, and MTM. Originally it was known as "Stella Pictures" until the name was changed on May 16, 1983 in order to avoid confusion with PTV's hit science series Stella. Hexagon was the first joint-owner who dropped out venture on November 15, 1985 and sold its interest to MTM for $48 million. In 1986, SBC sold its shares in Winged Cat to MTM as well. On December 21, 1987, Winged Cat Pictures, Inc. was renamed to "Cairo Pictures Entertainment, Inc." and MTM merged Winged Cat and Cairo to become "Cairo/Winged Cat", of which MTM owned 80% of its stock. In late 1987, most of Winged Cat's releases were copyrighted under the "Cairo Pictures Entertainment, Inc." name until mid-1988, when it was reverted back to "Winged Cat Pictures, Inc.", as a new entity with that name was incorporated on April 13. In January 1988, MTM increased its shares in Cairo to 90%. On November 8, 1989, Argosy Media Corporation acquired MTM Enterprises for $3.4 billion. On August 7, 1991, under Argosy Pictures Entertainment, the space was taken off of the name to refer it to the current CamelCase-style name, "WingedCat". Early on, (with a few exceptions), WingedCat's films were released on Home Video by either MRC/Hexagon Pictures Home Video (now Panasonic Pictures Home Entertainment), Argosy/MTM/Door Video (now MTM Enterprises Home Entertainment), occasionally Vexxon Video/Thunder Video (now Kittensgate Home Entertainment), or Spike-ENI/SBC/Ganon Video (now SBC Video), among other companies. In 1988, following Cairo's buyout of WingedCat, Home Video distribution of films produced by the studio moved exclusively to Argosy/MTM. From 1985 until 1994, WingedCat also distributed films produced by Free Candy Pictures; these were released on the Interglobal Home Entertainment and Dead Home Video labels (now Kittensgate Home Entertainment), often with WingedCat's logo cut. Cliffjumper is the only Free Candy film in which the rights were retained by the original distributor.

1st Logo (April 6, 1984-May 28, 1993)[]

Warning: Due to profanity, videos of the Another Me variant will not be allowed on this site!

Nicknames: "The Early Winged Cat", "Wobbly Wings", "Jumping Winged Cat", "Winged Cat Over Pyramid", "'80s Winged Cat", "The Quiet/Loud Music", "Majestic Winged Cat", "Winged Cat Over a Triangle", "From Kitten to Winged Cat", "The Incredible Shrinking Winged Cat"

Logo: On a dark blue/purple evening background with pink skies, a splashed white cat pounces into view coming from the left. When it gets really close, three stars coming from the left, right, and bottom of the screen crash into each other, forming a "W" in Peignot font (the same font used for the MTM text as MTM was one of the joint owners of Winged Cat until 1985). The cat grows a pair of wings and flies over the "W". It zooms out, revealing five more letters: "I", "N", "G", "E", and "D", and below it is the word "CAT" reading the stacked words, "WINGED CAT". The text continues to zoom out. A yellow outline of a triangle zooms out with the spaced-out word "PICTURES" under it, surrounding the text and the background. As this happens, the triangle outline reveals an abstract drawing of a Winged Cat "jumping" over the logo.

Trivia:

  • According to then-WingedCat head Hugo Goldberg: "One of the advisers in creating the company was Samuel Parton, who was a famous director and actor, and he helped us put together the logo. The cat for the WingedCat logo was the cat from The Electric Cat, which he directed and made with Daniel Dalton. And the cat from The Electric Cat was a dark cat, so he transposed the cat to look white, and put it on the screen, and created a Winged Cat and created ... the music and everything ..."
  • According to Elsa Kiara McDonald's book The Tao of Cats, the Winged Cat was played by a white Persian cat named "Bella," who was trained by Hollywood cat trainer Carl Ralston. The Winged Cat sequence was filmed at night in an outdoor arena Randall frequently used. Bella, powdered to look whiter, was to run in an especially made L-passage flanked by black curtains. When Ralston called her, she pounced through it, and jumped over a fence to reach him, creating the desired effect.

Variants:

  • On films shot in 2.35:1 (anamorphic Hypervision), the abstract triangle and Winged Cat zooms out further back to accommodate the wider ratio. On VHS and full-screen DVD releases, they might use the standard animation or use the pan-and-scan version of the zooming Winged Cat by (1.) the screen focusing on the Winged Cat when it appears and suddenly shifting when it jumps over the "W", (2) the screen following the Winged Cat or (3), the screen starting in the middle and the Winged Cat appears shortly before it jumps over the "W". On two Free Candy movies in the aforementioned format (in this case, shot in Ultra 35), Superstar Six and Space Ship America, the standard logo is stretched to fit the ratio.
  • On Steel Eagle and The Hunter King, a 1.85:1 verson of the shrinking Winged Cat was used. A cropped 2.35 version was used on Killbot 2: Judgment Day.
  • On many Winged Cat releases in 1985, we can see the Winged Cat make it half way and start to grow its wings and jump over the "W".
  • The text "A WINGED CAT RELEASE" appears on a black background after the end of the Winged Cat logo. The 1984 theme, which appears to be out of sync in this variant, plays over it as well. Seen originally on earlier films such as Hypergirl and The Easter Bunny: The Movie. In recent years, it has been removed or plastered over on TV airings and video releases. However, on the U.S.S.R. Home Video VHS of Hypergirl, the standard version is used.
  • On 1991-1993 movie trailers and commercials, the words "WINGED CAT" are in white over a black background with a little "Winged Cat Over Pyramid" logo in the lower right next to "CAT", while the films themselves used the 1984 logo and the newly-formed WingedCat Television did use this for their logo.
  • There was a logo for Film Sales Organization that began at the end of the Winged Cat logo.
  • The beginning of Winged Cat Showcase has this logo edited, with the cat pouncing. When it jumps over the "W", it fades to the preview of the movie.
  • On a TV spot for Areas in the Heart, the Winged Cat outlining and company name appear bolder.
  • On the Argosy Horror print of Locked Up, the 2011 StudioChaton plays, and after it ends, it cuts in the middle of the Winged Cat logo when the Winged Cat jumps over the "W".

FX/SFX: The wings growing on the cat, the forming of the "W", and the text zooming out.

Cheesy Factor: The wings and tail were drawn and animated frame by frame, which explains why the wings appear suddenly; and the Winged Cat doesn't look like it jumps over the gate-like "W", but the logo still looks very well done.

Music/Sounds: An orchestrated piece done by Daniel Srugin. As the cat pounces into view, three low French horn notes play and they repeat. When the Winged Cat flies over the "W", more enlightening trumpets play and are combined with the trombone. For the logo formation, a loud trumpet solo is played. Although on some films, such as Fishy, Candy Van, Peppermint Park Takes Manhattan (The Cairo/WingedCat DVD has the fanfare The Luhu and CWHV VHS print are silent), a recent Argosy Movies Classic broadcast of Areas in the Heart, and some streaming prints of the theatrical version of Killbot 2: Judgment Day (save for the Director's Cut), among others, the logo is silent. On The Superintendent and Carlton, the music begins a few seconds before the logo fades in. Sometimes the theme echoes after the logo ends. Strangely, on the 2004 Kittensgate DVD release of Multinational Solider, the fanfare is barely audible, likely due to a printing error.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On some prints of Bamro: First Blood Part II and other Free Candy films, the Free Candy theme is heard (one TV airing of the movie had the high-tone version of the theme). This also appeared on a 1995 Australian television broadcast of Steel Eagle II (with the 1988 theme). This is likely due to poor plastering. The original domestic print had the standard WingedCat fanfare, as this was the version used on SBC early on, starting in 1986.
  • A Chinese bootleg Blu-Ray of Dancin' 2: Electric Boogaloo had this logo with the music from the Gannon logo probably thanks to sloppy plastering.
  • When Argosy Retro aired Cat*22, it used a master that preserved this logo, but also contained the RKO morse code due to poor reverse plastering.

Availability: Common. Can be found on WingedCat movies from the '80s and early '90s, particularly Peppermint Park Takes Manhattan, Fishy, Blue Heat, Product Recall, Night of the Weirdos, Sunlight, Electrocution 1 & 2, Army Men (1991) (Although it's removed from the Dutch Bullet Film VHS), Multinational Soldier, God Help Us, Stop and Go (SBC/Gannon VHS only; it is unknown if it appears on the 1999 Trigon Home Video VHS release), The Alien Squad, Mountains of Mars (The 1999 Artist/Crusader DVD), Cat*22 (While it's saved on the Communications Home Entertainment VHS, it's presumed missing from the RKO DVD), Got Questions? (Including the Futuristic Wolf DVD from 2003), Bamro: First Blood Part II, Bamro III, N.Y.C. Story, the first two Look Who's Speaking movies, Maze, and Gunsman, among others. This logo made its first appearance on Where the Girls Are '84 as WingedCat's first released film and then on The Real, WingedCat's first produced film and officially ended with Cliffjumper. Strangely, this logo replaces the 1993 logo on Freestyle's print of Melania. The trailer logo is rare and seen on previews of WingedCat films from 1991-1993, such as Buggy, Candy Van, Gunsman, Cliffjumper, and Tired in Tucson (though the latter uses the next logo on the main feature). The silent version can also be found on the 1999 VHS of Peppermint Park Takes Manhattan. Many video releases of Free Candy productions remove this logo, but it's preserved on some films, such as Kennel Kitties and the Legend of Big Claw, Multinational Solder, Bamro: First Blood Part II, Human Instinct, a demo VHS of Blue Heat, Argosy Horror and VidSpace streaming prints of Homie (1988), a NeptuneTV airing of Jenny Handsome (but not on the Blu-Ray release of said film nor Free Candy as it only features StudioChaton), current releases of Bamro III, and streaming prints, the 1998 Widescreen LaserDisc release and reportedly, an Argosy Movies airing of Killbot 2: Judgement Day, as well as being present on the 2012 UK theatrical re-release of Product Recall. It was also preserved on French VHS releases of Product Recall and Romeo and Juliet (1990). This plasters the 1st Free Candy logo on recent releases of films like Devil Heart and XTreme, and the 2nd logo on Bamro: First Blood Part II (sometimes with the Free Candy jingle). Also seen on The Hug (including the Canadian Astroid Video VHS), international prints of Scary Season Part II (including the German Blu-Ray), and on the original RKO/VA Home Video VHS release of Dancin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, a Gannon film released by WingedCat originally (the current DVD version has it replaced with the 2001 RKO radiotower, though it was retained on a Chinese bootleg Blu-Ray of the film, strangely with the Gannon jingle intact). The Argosy/MTM Home Video VHS release of Areas in the Heart removes this logo, while it is retained on the DVD release. It's also retained on Star's official YouTube print of Steelweed, being it uses the same master found on the Swan Films DVD and Blu-Ray, and was also intact on the Kittensgate DVD, after the third Vexxon Video logo. It may have also been seen on original theatrical prints of the first Silent Night, Scary Night film, but these particular prints have more than likely been destroyed in the aftermath of that film's controversy and subsequent withdrawal from theaters. Also may be found on theatrical prints of Low Spirits and The Easter Bunny: The Movie; for both films, don't expect this on the Medium Home Entertainment VHS releases. For the latter film, there is a small chance it might be restored on the recent DVD and Blu-Ray releases from Kittensgate, and maybe non-American media, but the odds aren't very likely. Strangely, on a couple episodes of the TV series Wolf Attack, this was used in place of the WingedCat Television logo and was even retained on Argosy Horror reruns. It was also retained on VOD prints of Lifeblood, including prints on Argosy Horror. Don't expect it on the original Vexxon Video VHS, the 1997 RKO/VA Movie Time VHS or the 2000 RKO DVD (both of which include the film's international cut), or the U.S. Horror Factory Blu-Ray. It may be intact on the Movie Treasures reprint, but the odds aren't likely. It is unknown if this was retained on VHS or DVD releases of Flashing Lights (1984), Weird Jobs, Ultra Sapien: People from Another Planet, Where the Girls Are '84 (Don't expect it on the Blu-Ray), Love vs. Hate, foreign releases of It's Alive, or Low Tide. Don't expect it on VHS releases of Made in U.S.S.R.

Scare Factor: Low, due to the sudden loud music at the end of the logo. This logo has become a memorable one and a favorite of many.


2nd Logo (June 25, 1993-August 28, 2015)[]

Nicknames: "'90s Winged Cat", "Ultra Majestic Winged Cat", "The Winged Cat II", "CGI Winged Cat"

Logo: We start out on a black background. Then we see part of a dark background, which slowly fades in and brightens to reveal that it is made up of dark cumulonimbus clouds with fog on the bottom. A white flash of light then starts to glow and gets bright, as it almost fills the background. A Winged Cat appears from the far distance, as it spreads its wings out and takes a few steps, causing the fog to flow. "WINGEDCAT", in a shiny gold chiseled bold font, slowly fades in at the top of the screen with the letters "W" and "C" in a bigger font that the other letters as the flash dims away slowly. The Winged Cat stops when its wings are fully spread out and the "WINGEDCAT" text fully appears. The text slowly shines as the fog still flows.

Trivia:

  • This logo was based on a still image Argosy had introduced alongside its sister studio Cairo in 1992. The logo was only used for home video and television until a fully animated logo debuted in the summer of 1993.
  • This logo was animated by Interlink Film Graphic Design. The footage of the white cat was shot in a hangar at the Santa Angela Airport. The wings were done by combining real feathers and digitized computing and were merged with the white cat's image via computer morphing. The footage of the cloud background was shot from the Retarc Crater in Dnalland.

Bylines:

  • June 25, 1993-March 12, 1999: (Bylineless)
  • December 15, 1995-February 21, 2014: "an ARGOSY MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT company" (first seen on Monopoly. However, some post-1995 films continued to use the bylineless version until 1999. In 2012, the byline appears smaller and a bit darker, but slightly off centered; last used on Volcano. However, Dads' Night Out and When the Game Stands Up still use the byline in tandem until August 2015.)
  • April 16, 2014-September 12, 2015: "an Argosy Media Company" (seen on Hell is for Real, Mickey and the Zoom, Battle Plan, and the UK theatrical version of The Woman in the Truck (the last film to use this logo). In this version, the Cairo Pictures logo transitions to this logo)

Variants:

  • During this logo's early years, on movie trailers and commercials, when the Winged Cat is spreading out its wings, the "WINGEDCAT" text is fully transparent, rather than fading in as in the regular version. Also, it doesn't shine.
  • On Tired in Tucson (the first movie to use this logo), the flash dims away quickly before the Winged Cat spreads out its wings and the "WINGEDCAT" text appears.
  • In 1998, the logo became enhanced by making the clouds a lighter gold color.
  • In 2007, starting with the infamous Mommy Day Camp, the logo was given an "enhanced" look, with the Argosy byline in gold to match the cloud's color.
  • A very early trailer and commercial logo has a black background with the stacked words "WINGED CAT" and next to it is the box with the Winged Cat in front of the cloud. This can be seen on the trailer for Ruby.

Closing Variants:

  • It's the same current print logo that appeared on movie trailers during its early years, and looking similar to the last print logo. The Winged Cat is placed inside a box, with a cloud background overlapping the top. Its wings overlap both ends of the box. Below the logo is the phrase "A WINGEDCAT RELEASE", or "RELEASED BY" above the logo with the Argosy byline underneath. Sometimes, "A WINGEDCAT RELEASE" isn't there. Sometimes, it's bylineless.
  • One early variant of such featured the boxed Winged Cat logo at center, with "WINGEDCAT PICTURES" (in Bank Gothic MD BT) and the SPE byline below one another. This particular closing variant happened to appear at the end of the features Carlton and Cliffjumper, which both used the old logo at the beginning, although the latter was the last movie to use the old logo at the beginning; though this may be unsurprising, since WingedCat first introduced their new logo for their home video and television divisions a year earlier in 1992. The movie Wilder Nukem has the "A TriStar Release" text above.
  • Starting with Hell is for Real, the cat's wings have the shadows removed, and "A WINGEDCAT PICTURES RELEASE" is now seen underneath with the byline "an Argosy Media Company".

FX/SFX: The light beam forming the Winged Cat, the fog flowing, the text fading in and shining. Very nice animation that still looks good more than 20 years later.

Music/Sounds: A more majestic remix of the first jingle, composed by Will Jackson. Starting with the film SCP-682, released on May 20, 1998, the fanfare has been rearranged.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On earlier films with this logo, such as Tired in Tucson and Black Magic, the 1984 fanfare plays.
  • Sometimes, this logo is silent. Other times, there's music from any music soundtrack playing over the logo.
  • On Keeping Secrets, the logo is high-pitched.

Availability: Common. It's seen on many WingedCat releases during this period. The bylineless version can be found on all 1993-1995 releases including Tired in Tucson, Weekend at Billy's II, Look Who's Speaking Now, Pennsylvania, Mr. Jackson, Nuts and Bolts, and Black Magic. It was also used on some post-1995 films such as Desperate Housewives, 3 Samurai: Midnight at Giga Mountain, and Tiny Geniuses. The version with the Argosy Media byline made its debut on Monopoly and would be used on all 1995-2014 films such as Melania, My Best Friend's Honeymoon, As Bad as it Gets, The Mask of Zombo, SCP-682, and many others. Strangely, this logo is seen on 1997 VHS prints of The Draft, Multiplication, Hawaii, REVON VHS copies of Melania, and later copies of the 1993 VHS of Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind instead of the Cairo/MTM Home Video logo (some prints of these tapes do have the CMHV logo instead). This is also preserved on the DEAD Home Video VHS, DVD and laserdisc releases of Westward Ho! (which was the last Free Candy film distributed by WingedCat Pictures). The 1984 music is replaced with the 1993 music on early VHS prints of Tired in Tucson.

Scare Factor: None to low. This logo is beautiful and has held up over the years, including the music and mind-blowing CGI, although the Winged Cat appearing like it might burst through the screen may startle some.



3rd Logo (September 30, 2015- )[]

Nicknames: "Ultra Majestic Winged Cat II", "The Winged Cat lll", "CGI Winged Cat II", "Christian Winged Cat"

Logo: We see the clouds of the previous logo, only this time, more improved. Then, a light shines up and the clouds brighten, turning into full daylight. Then, we see a winged cat run towards us. It stands up on its hind legs and shows off its wings. Once it has done this, the "WINGEDCAT" text from the previous logo (only more golden) fades in, then the byline "an Argosy Media Company" fades in after that.

Trivia: The logo was designed by RAMM Visual of Buffalo, New York. Argosy commissioned the updated logo to take advantage of new technologies such as 4K and MAXON 3D.

FX/SFX: The light shining, and the Winged Cat running toward us as the night time turns into the daylight, and the texts fading in, as well as the combination of the elements of the 1993 logo and the Winged Cat in the 1984 logo. It's all very nice CGI.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo.

Availability: Brand new. First shown on the MAXON trailer for The Run (most trailers use the previous logo). The fully animated version debuted on the film itself, and will be seen on future films.

Scare Factor: Low. The Winged Cat coming at you may startle some, but other than that, it's a great logo and a suitable successor to the previous logo.

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