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100 Years of Paramount Pictures

Click to enlarge this newly released limited edition Paramount Pictures 100th Anniversary Poster, created by L.A.’s Gallery 1988. Comprised of graphic icons representing the studios biggest films – and I’m happy to report animation is well represented (I mean, all things considered – there’s no Popeye, Betty Boop or Casper but those were shorts and these buttons represent features). Look close and you’ll spot Max Fleischer’s 1939 Gulliver’s Travels, George Pal’s 1953 War of The Worlds; Beavis and Butt-head Do America (1996), South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999) and The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (2004) also make the cut. Our condolences to Charlie Brown, Tintin, Rugrats and Jimmy Neutron – maybe next time.

  • Does anyone spot Mae West? After all, her films personally saved the company from bankruptcy. Paramount was about to sell off its FAMOUS PLAYERS THEATERS to MGM (LOEWE’S) just to stay afloat when her first two films, SHE DONE HIM WRONG and I’M NO ANGEL turned the tide in a big way.

    • TheDirtyVicar

      You hit the nail squarely on the head. It’s similar to Universal’s short-term memory. Their theme park and CityWalk make no mention whatsoever of Abbott and Costello – who’s films merely saved the studio.

  • Justin

    This is great! I noticed “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” on it.

  • Nic

    These illustrations are great. I always know I’ve found a good set of icons when I end up blaming myself for not knowing which is which, rather than blaming the icon for being a bad representation.

    I will say that it drives me crazy that these things aren’t in order, though. Must. Re. Arraaaange!

  • Matthew

    Isn’t that Tintin down in the bottom left?

  • Daniel Goldmark

    I might be wrong, but it looks like 2011 is represented by “Rango.”

  • Matt Ceccato

    If anything, “Jimmy Neutron” should be up there as it earned an Oscar nod for Best Animated Feature, one of the first to do so. However, while some of these representations are rather sick, some are pure genius. But where is “Wrath of Khan”?

  • Owen

    Sweet poster! But I’m pretty sure “Tin Tin” is in the bottom left corner. And “Rango” is eighth from the top in the penultimate column.

  • Andrew

    Rango’s also in there.

  • Alvin Chang

    I think Tintin is the first one on the bottom

  • George

    Lookit that! Rango is on there too, in the 2011 spot. Now, where can one purchase this…

  • Yup, I missed Tintin and did not spot Rango! Thanks to all the eagle eyed readers who found them. Animated features are better repped than I thought. No Charlottes Web, Heidi’s Song or Charlie Brown films – but who’s counting?

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Funny there’s no love for Charlotte’s Web or Race for Your Life, CB!

  • The Fatal Attraction spot is really funny

  • What, no Avengers? Or any of the films leading up to it for that matter???

    Seriously though, this is a great poster.

    • C.

      Par did not distribute the Avengers, their logo is on the film as a contractual obligation.

      You have a point with the other films, except for Hulk.

  • John A

    There’s a mistake on the 1976 button–in the remake, King King climbed the World Trade Center towers, not the Empire State Building.

    • Louis Cannon

      I’m sorry, but I’m unimpressed with the whole thing.

  • Richard

    I also spy “Team America: World Police” in 2004.

  • MadRat

    I got most of these but missed a few. Is there an answer key/cheat sheet?

  • Why does it say 1981 under the hockeymask? Didn’t Friday the 13th come out the year before?

    • C.

      Part II, the first actual appearance of Jason.

  • Jorge Garrido

    Terrible organization on this thing. They should have done it year by year.

    • Tim

      It’s alphabetical by title, I think.

      • Jorge Garrido

        No it isn’t. Airplane, Top Gun, Psycho.

  • TheDirtyVicar

    Reg Hartt said exactly what I was going to say! Besides no Mae West, there’s also no W.C. Fields or Hope & Crosby “Road” pictures. Paramount sure seems to have a short memory.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Sad really. This is what happens when we ignore history.

    • John A

      They did remember “Duck Soup”, although regarded as a classic today, it WAS a huge flop in 1933.

  • Pat

    Pretty heavily waited toward the last 30 years, though, innit?

    • TheDirtyVicar

      At least they’ve got “Sullivan’s Travels” in there, so they covered Preston Sturges (unlike the notorious AFI Centennial list, which infamously snubbed both Sturges and Buster Keaton!) How W.C. Fields rates lower than Dino DeLaurentiis’ “King Kong” remake, I’ll never know.