Thread: National Geographic Specials

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    • 9 years 2 months ago
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utRNJSGgH_0

    This, my friends, is the old National Geographic Specials intro. The music was composed by Elmer Bernstein, who had previously been known for composing the TV show theme The Rookies (1972-76).

    I am led to believe this intro dates to 1985, when the series first went into syndication, being picked up by such networks as SuperStation (W)TBS. Prior to 1985, the NG specials had aired on CBS (from 1964-73), ABC (1973-75), and PBS (1975-circa 2000, with Pittsburgh's WQED acting as co-production company to 1991). But what I do not know is if the Elmer Bernstein music actually dated from 1964, '73, '85 or after WQED bowed out of production in 1991.

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    I only remember- and prefer- the PBS part of the run myself.
    "Make new friends, but keep the old... one is silver, and the other gold.
    A circle's round, it has no end... that's how long I want to be your friend.
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    Quote by Ian16545
    I only remember- and prefer- the PBS part of the run myself.

    The intro you probably remember is the one where the standard segment footage gets cropped into an A4 letter-sized frame (and the Elmer Bernstein-composed music plays), which then pans out on a blue water background. The frame pans out to the left center of the screen, and is surrounded in gold, and then the segment footage fades out into the background. The title of the week's segment (white text) slides in from the right until reaching the frame.

    The title then disappears and the frame moves to the center of the screen, and then rotates until vanishing into a straight line which then forms into a circle-shaped wireframe radar globe with longitude and latitude lines, and then the continental land forms appear on the globe, followed by additional circles containing the encircled text of "NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY - INCORPORATED A.D. 1888."

    The fully formed NGS logo then pans out (but leaving behind its impression on the background), turning into the dot of the lower-cased "i" in "National," bringing forth the words "a National Geographic Society Special," followed by "produced by the National Geographic Society" and "WQED Pittsburgh" (the latter of whom acted as co-producer of the specials until 1991). The gold frame appears where the NGS logo impression is, and then the frame pans out (with the logo impression disappearing), stopping at the top center of the screen. The sequence finishes out with text, placed underneath the frame, identifying who is narrating the week's special (example: "narrated by William Shatner".

    The background music, composed by Elmer Bernstein, is an adaptation of the underscore originally heard on the 1967 NG special "Yankee Sails Across Europe." Some syndication and VHS prints may have the (circa 1985) arrangement of this music as heard in the intro to The Best of the National Geographic Specials.

    ~Ben
    "I am such a purist for old information on anything '70s and '80s."
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    • 9 years 2 months ago
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    I've always remembered the intro music from these National Geographic specials or shows. In middle school the teacher would always put a VHS tape of it in for us to watch then go smoke or grade papers.
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    And the PBS run had two oil companies underwriting the show: Gulf and Chevron (Gulf being the longest).
    "Make new friends, but keep the old... one is silver, and the other gold.
    A circle's round, it has no end... that's how long I want to be your friend.
    I've got a hand, and you've got another... put 'em both together and we've got each other.
    You hold m
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    i haven't seen this show ever.But it seems interesting, is their any source through which i can watch it now a days...
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    • 9 years 1 month ago
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    Quote by kyne
    i haven't seen this show ever.But it seems interesting, is their any source through which i can watch it now a days...

    You can get the DVDs to solve this part of the battle. Old videotapes will do, too.
    "I am such a purist for old information on anything '70s and '80s."
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