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(July 15, 1994-October 5, 2010; March 30, 2013) Edit
Nicknames: "CGI Tower", "'90s Tower"
Logo: We start on a black background. Then two searchlights swoop across the screen, revealing a top aerial view of the 20th Century Fox structure, redone in CGI. The camera pans down and then across the logo, revealing the starry and cloudy blue/purple/orange Los Angeles and Hollywood evening skyline in the distance, before settling into its more customary position and angle. The byline "A NEWS CORPORATION COMPANY" fades in at the bottom of the screen. The structure looks similar to the 1981 logo.
Byline: Referred to as "A NEWS CORPORATION COMPANY"
FX/SFX: The panning of the camera across the Fox structure, the moving searchlights, and the News Corporation byline fading in.
- July 15, 1994-January 30, 1998; March 12, 1999; 2007; October 9, 2008; April 2, 2009: A re-orchestration of the long TCF fanfare, as conducted by Bruce Broughton in the same stage that the original 1935 fanfare was recorded in. The orchestra is 3 times bigger and the fanfare has more reverberation/echo, and larger brass and string sections than other TCF fanfares. The last release (officially) to use this fanfare was Great Expectations. However, Wing Commander, released on March 12, 1999, some prints of Lake Placid 2, released in 2007, and on German productions, such as Krabat (released on October 9, 2008) and John Rabe (released April 2, 2009), used this fanfare instead of the 1997 fanfare for some reason.
- November 14, 1997; March 27, 1998-October 5, 2010; March 30, 2013: A slightly slower re-orchestration of the long TCF fanfare, as performed by the 20th Century Fox Studio Orchestra conducted by David Newman, whose father Alfred Newman composed the original fanfare in 1933, as well as its extended counterpart in 1954. The first movie to use this fanfare was 1997's Anastasia. After the release of Anastasia, Fox films kept using the 1994 fanfare until January 1998.
- Other times, it would be silent or have the opening theme.
Availability: Very common, but no longer current. This logo is preserved on most films at the time, such as True Lies, Girl 6, Anastasia, Great Expectations, Wing Commander, Ice Age, Robots, Ice Age: The Meltdown, The Pou Movie, Lake Placid 2, Krabat, John Rabe, Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Tooth Fairy.
Scare Factor: None.