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Following in the footsteps of some of the major film studios: Universal, Fox, Paramount and Warner Bros., here is possibly the company that has the most logo variations: Walt Disney Pictures.
The most nostalgic and personal favorite for many is this Walt Disney Pictures logo (which ran from 1986-2006).
As Disney continued to make live action films, the above logo was used or a plain font with the same name was used.
In 1995, with the first collaboration with Pixar, the first logo was redone in CGI and fitted with the opening bars to Toy Story (1995). This Pixar edition continued until 2007.
Through the 2000s, they started to get very creative with logos. This is only a small sample of the tons of movies they did.
Inspector Gadget (1999) adds in a big mechanical wheel with lots of parts.
Lilo and Stitch (2002) has the logo get abducted by aliens, fitting nicely with the film.
Chicken Little (2005) features a slightly different CGI logo, to showcase the film's 3D release.
For Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), the logo was officially updated, which remains for new features or video releases. This version, featuring music arranged by Dave Metzger and Mark Mancina.
The Santa Clause 3 (2006) added a bit of variety to the new logo by having it inside a snowglobe.
One of my personal favorite variations with the new logo would be Enchanted (2007). From the logo, we quickly zoom into the castle and start the film.
There are tons of other ones that have been really enjoyable, including the logo for Bedtime Stories (2008) being part of a pop-up book.
For the Jonas Brothers Concert Experience (2009), the logo is the same, but the music is played by an electric guitar. Watch it here.
Another personal favorite is for Tron: Legacy (2010). The logo is formed out of lights of the Grid.
For Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), the flag atop the castle is the Jolly Roger, and mermaids flip in the water.
For The Muppets (2011) a new variation was introduced - instead of Walt Disney Pictures, the logo just says Disney. We'll have to see if this is the new version to come...
For Frankenweenie (2012) the music changes to a bit of the Danny Elfman score, full of choir and organ.