Umbrella Academy is an American-made television series based on a comic book of the same name, written by Gerard Way and produced by Dark Horse Comics. Steve Blackman created it along with Jeremy Slater. The film work is presented in several genres at once: it is a comedy with black humor, a fantasy, a superhero movie, a drama, and science fiction. It is produced by Borderline Entertainment, Universal Cable Productions, Dark Horse Entertainment and is ordered and distributed by Netflix. It was filmed in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario. The first season appeared in the winter of 2019; the second season was released in the summer of 2020. And right in November, it was reported that the series had been extended for another season, which will be shown presumably in late 2021.
Meaning and History
The adaptation of the superhero fantasy comic book began in 2011 at the initiative of Universal Pictures. But then the project was delayed and subsequently became not a feature film but a television series (in 2015). After languishing for two more years, the idea received Netflix’s approval to shoot it. After the release of Umbrella Academy, it was watched by 45 million people; as a result, it was decided to make a sequel. In addition, the novelty was approved by both viewers and critics.
The film version revolves around the events occurring in the foster family of children born to different mothers under mysterious circumstances. The fact is that before the birth, the women did not assume they were pregnant until the first of October 1989, 43 babies with supernatural powers were suddenly born in different countries of the world. Seven children are adopted by a billionaire named Reginald Hargreeves. Under the mask of an eccentric man, in reality, hides a space alien whose planet was destroyed in an atomic explosion.
He is trying to save Earth from a similar fate and opens Umbrella Academy for foster children. There they develop their extraordinary abilities and improve them, becoming a team of superheroes. Hargreeves names them by number, but the robot nanny gives them names. Their foster father is convinced that the children’s abilities will one day help save the planet and all life on it from destruction. When they grow up, they leave the world behind, preferring not to contact each other. Coming together again was forced by the death of Reginald Hargreeves, which they tried to unravel and prevent the threat of the apocalypse. The second season recounts these very events.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
The television series logo, which serves as the basis for the splash screen in various designs, depicts an ordinary black umbrella. However, it is not simple, but with many allusions and meanings. The main element comprises five segments: three upper, forming the canopy, and two lower, forming the handle. The upper canvas is reminiscent of the open wings of a bat in flight with sharp tips. At the bottom, they are curved arch.
Each part of the umbrella is separated from the neighboring thin white line. The same dividing line is on the handle. It passes between the straight cane and curved handle, marking their boundaries. The umbrella is taken in a narrow circular frame and occupies the entire inner space of the ring. It represents unification, protection, care, and a place free from threats.
Although officially, the emblem contains no single text, it is presented in numerous variations in other versions (headband versions). The lettering is done in smooth grotesque with unilaterally elongated letters, reminiscent of an umbrella handle. The logo’s color is monochrome to emphasize that this is a television series with black humor and that the events in it are, in fact, super-serious.