F9: The Fast Saga curiously opens with the classic Universal Pictures logo from the 1980s and early 1990s; there’s a specific reason for that.
To maintain consistency with the opening scene of the film, F9: The Fast Saga begins with the old Universal Pictures logo animation rather than the current one that plays in front of every other Universal movie. Many studios tweak their logo animations for big releases; Warner Bros. does it all the time with their long-standing franchises, and so do Disney, Sony Pictures, and more. 20th Century Fox would often do it with their X-Men films, leaving the “X” in the logo on the screen for a second longer.
On top of including special animations for certain films, Universal Pictures has, of course, updated its logo over the years – not only keeping up with the times and technology but also reflecting upon the studio’s internal changes. It happens with every studio, but Universal in particular went through several changes in the 1990s and early 2000s. They went from being a division of the now-defunct MCA to being owned by Matsushita, Seagram, Vivendi, and eventually GE – they renamed the company NBCUniversal, which is what it’s known as today. Part of that history is reflected in F9.
F9: The Fast Saga opens with a flashback scene to 1989 – and the day Dom’s father died on the race track. To lead into this scene, Fast & Furious 9 opens with the old MCA version of Universal Pictures’ animation – the one that was used during that time – but of course without everything related to MCA. Instead of using the James Horner theme, the animation was accompanied by the Jerry Goldsmith version that moviegoers have known since 1997; moreover, it had “a Comcast company” written on the bottom instead of “an MCA company” It only makes sense since it was all redone after MCA sold the company in 1996.
This isn’t the first time that the Fast & Furious franchise has opened with a slightly altered animation; 2 Fast 2 Furious turned the Universal logo into a car rim, and most of the films opened with songs playing over the animation instead of the classic Universal theme song.
So as modified opening logos go – particularly for the Fast & Furious franchise – F9‘s is surprisingly tame, yet still very much appropriate. They could’ve gone for something grander, more audacious to kick off the whopping ninth installment in this long-running series, but to drive home the fact that the story is all about family and the past, to open with the classic Universal logo animation made sense. It was calling back to Universal’s history, while still keeping it modern.
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Why F9 Opens With The Old Universal Pictures Logo