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Mar. 14th, 2007

12:49 am - Movie title sequences

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Sometimes, the opening title sequence of a movie can be as entertaining as the movie itself (sometimes more so, which may not be what the director was hoping for).

Examples: Ruthless People, animated by Sally Cruikshank, showing the actors' and producers' names in a pointy daggery font, the words getting killed in various cartoonishly violent ways.
"School of Rock", showing a walk through a nightclub, with the actors' and producers' names appearing as the acts on concert posters.

What's your favorite title sequence?

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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 14th, 2007 06:22 am (UTC)
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What's the Casino Royale title sequence like?

If you want to spoilerproof it, here's a CSS tag you can put the text inside to make it white on white: <span style="color:white;
background-color:white"></span> Just cut & paste!
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From:crocodile
Date:March 14th, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
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I've always been partial to "Se7en", myself, and I *love* interesting title sequences.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 14th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)
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I haven't seen Se7en. Can you describe it?
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From:rogerirrelevant
Date:March 14th, 2007 11:24 am (UTC)
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"Cats Don't Dance" was always a favourite; just set everything up perfectly.

And even though the older ones look rather tacky now, all of the Bond opening credits were great and also illustrated changing attitudes out in the real world as the series has evolved. I'll concur that "Casino Royale" had a great opening sequence. I also liked the one for Goldeneye.

"Monsters Inc."

"Naked Gun"

I'll think of more later.
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From:nefaria
Date:March 14th, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC)
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail for me. Between the moose and the llama and the credits guys getting repeatedly fired, I was cracking up before the movie actually started.

The theatrical trailer was a riot too, they kept axing the narrators and finally settled on a Japanese narrator with English subtitles.
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From:khirmoonclaw
Date:March 14th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
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I liked Ruthless People, that was a good movie, I still have it on VHS :D

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From:normanrafferty
Date:March 14th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
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The credit sequence in Murder by Death, done as a pop-up book.

Runner up: The Mystery PBS show, natch.
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From:nefaria
Date:March 14th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
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"Loverly Spring" is also an excellent song for torturing people who are allergic to cute. :)
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From:deckardcanine
Date:March 14th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
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The Pink Panther. Heck, that sequence spawned the cartoon series. After the Fox tried to do similarly with a red fox, but it just isn't as cool. Catch Me if You Can and City Slickers (the first one especially) also do nicely with animation.

Fahrenheit 451 gets credit for distinction. The opening visuals aren't much, but the credits are all spoken, not written.

Napoleon Dynamite gets credit for quaintness.
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From:tilt_longtail
Date:March 15th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
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The Pink Panther.
Why, Thank You.
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From:octan
Date:March 14th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
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I was going to say Stranger than Fiction but that didn't actually have opening credits. It showed figures running through Harold's mind. It could have adapted that into an opening credit run though. But it gets points for fooling me into falsely remembering that it did.

I'd probably vote Catch Me if You Can. The retro style is cool, and it got parodied on The Simpsons

I'm torn as far as Napoleon Dynamite's. It seems like it tries a bit too hard to be clever without having a good enough theme to pull it off. But it does have a distinctly student-film style to it that fits well with the movie itself.
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From:zrath
Date:March 14th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
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Some folks have already mentioned "Casino Royale" and "Spiderman 2" (Alex Ross!!!).

"SWAT" (the recent one) also has a nifty opening sequence. It features the names as part of the stylized CGI landscape that sets up the opening of the film. The virtual camera zooms around the entire crime scene, taking in the positions of all the officers and cars and helicopters and all the buildings.
It's cool.

I can't really think of anything else...


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From:klepsydra
Date:March 14th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
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The "Thunderbirds" movie's titles were very cool indeed; sadly the movie itself couldn't match up to them at all.

One more vote for "Casino Royale" too.

I also liked the jump-cuts (is that the word for them?) in "Shaun of the Dead".
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From:orv
Date:March 14th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
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I've always liked the opening sequence of The Blues Brothers, with those helicopter shots of the gritty, industrial parts of Chicago. For the same reason, I've always liked the opening of The Fugitive.
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From:tilt_longtail
Date:March 15th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
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I liked Napoleon Dynamite's opening credits.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 15th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)

Goshhhh...

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I need to see that one of these days.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 24th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)

Re: Look what I found

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Ooo, cool!

Heh. The title sequence really is the graphic designer's time to shine.
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