Growing up on VHS tapes, the movie studio intros were usually the first thing you saw after pressing "play." The theme song would start, the mood was set, and anticipation would set in. I can vividly remember the Geffen logo paired with the anxiety-provoking Danny Elfman theme from Beetlejuice. So it was only logical that I put together a bunch of animated gifs of memorable intros from the 80s. For me, it's fun to see if any of them trigger old memories.

Many thanks to Dave for writing the javascript to play and stop the gifs. Even with optimization, some of them are still rather large so they might take a second or two to load.


columbia introduction

Columbia (1981-1993)

Notable Films:
Annie (1982)
Ghostbusters (1984)
The Karate Kid (1984)
Fright Night (1985)
Stand By Me (1986)

disney introduction

Disney (1985-2006)

Notable Films:
The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
Flight of the Navigator (1986)
Oliver & Company (1988)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
The Little Mermaid (1989)

20th century fox introduction

20th Century Fox (1981-1993)

Notable Films:
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Aliens (1986)
Predator (1987)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Die Hard (1988)

geffen introduction

Geffen (1982-1998)

Notable Films:
Risky Business (1983)
After Hours (1985)
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Beetlejuice (1988)

new line introduction

New Line (1973-1987)

Notable Films:
The Evil Dead (1981)
Alone in the Dark (1982)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Critters (1986)
Sid and Nancy (1986)

orion introduction

Orion (1980-1996)

Notable Films:
Caddyshack (1980)
The Terminator (1984)
Three Amigos (1986)
RoboCop (1987)
UHF (1989)

paramount introduction

Paramount (1975-1987)

Notable Films:
Airplane! (1980)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Top Gun (1986)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

touchstone introduction

Touchstone (1985-1994)

Notable Films:
The Color of Money (1986)
Can't Buy Me Love (1987)
Three Men and a Baby (1987)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Turner & Hooch (1989)

united artists introduction

United Artists (1982-1987)

Notable Films:
Rocky III (1982)
WarGames (1983)
Octopussy (1983)
Red Dawn (1984)
The Living Daylights (1987)

universal introduction

Universal (1963-1990)

Notable Films:
The Blues Brothers (1980)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
The Thing (1982)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Back to the Future (1985)

warner brothers introduction

Warner Bros. (1972-1984)

Notable Films:
The Shining (1980)
Blade Runner (1982)
National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
Police Academy (1984)
Gremlins (1984)