->''"[Pom Pom will] spend a 30 million dollar budget, trying as hard as he can to make it look like he only spent a few hundred thousand. The first step is to spend millions on a hand-drawn title sequence that looks like it was made by some Junior High kid during Pre-Algebra."''
-->-- '''[[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]]''', Strong Bad e-mail 203, [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail203.html "independent"]]

A live-action movie or TV show that has an animated ArtisticTitle sequence with all sorts of wacky hijinx. It may foreshadow the plot, set up the backstory, or just be emblematic of the story's theme.

Very popular in the films and television series of TheSixties, with a nostalgic, Retro revival in TheEighties. Since TheNineties, filmmakers' desire to get to the action as quickly as possible has resulted in this trope largely being discarded in favor of CreativeClosingCredits.

A subtrope of MediumBlending. Compare BaitAndSwitchCredits.
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' and ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' have opening sequences that engage in MediumBlending to 2D animation.
* A recent trend is for CGI features to have 2D animation for the closing credits: ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'', ''WesternAnimation/WallE'', ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', etc.
* ''.hack//Liminality'' features opening credits over the ''.hack'' game footage.
* The title sequence of the 2011 ''Film/TheAdventuresOfTintin'' is animated in 2D.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein''
* ''After the Fox'' (Oddly like Peter Sellers' [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther other famous film series]], only this time he is a cartoon fox being chased by cartoon police.)
* ''Are We Done Yet?''
* ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'' (1956) has animated ''closing'' credits.
* ''Auto Focus''
* ''[[http://www.watchthetitles.com/articles/00177-The_Back_up_Plan The Back-Up Plan]]''
* ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'' begins with an animation based on the Bayeux Tapestry.
* ''Film/BetterOffDead''
* ''Big Momma's House'' was originally supposed to have one, but it was dropped after test audiences found it too cheesy.
* ''Film/{{Blacula}}''
* ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967''
* ''Film/CatalinaCaper'', riffed on in an [=MST3K=] episode. Joel and the Bots seemed to prefer the animation to the rest of the movie.
* ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan''
* ''Film/TheChristmasThatAlmostWasnt''
* ''Film/CitySlickers''
* ''C.H.O.M.P.S.''
* ''Film/{{Condorman}}''
* The 2004 retro-style live-action ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' movie.
* ''The Dogfather''
* ''Film/DontTellMomTheBabysittersDead'' featured an animated version of the babysitter getting crushed to death by the title of the movie.
* ''Film/DownWithLove'', [[http://www.watchthetitles.com/articles/0052-Down_With_Love in keeping with]] the {{Retraux}} style.
* The Creator/VincentPrice comedy ''Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine'' had part of its opening credits animated by [[WesternAnimation/{{Gumby}} Art Clokey]].
* ''Film/DropDeadFred''
* ''Film/{{Elf}}''
* ''Film/EuroTrip''
* ''[[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xey8ho_fantomas-se-dechaine-intro-generiqu_shortfilms Fantômas Unleashed]]'' -- does double duty as a PreviouslyOn, since it summarizes the previous movie, ''Film/{{Fantomas}}''.
* ''Film/FourRooms'' -- interesting for containing references to the cut fifth story.
* All three Film/DollarsTrilogy movies have some form of animation for their opening credits.
** ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars''' is totally animated.
** ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' has animated words on a live-action background.
** ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' has a mix of animation and still photos with various filters applied to make them look somewhat hand-drawn.
* ''Film/{{Freaked}}''
* ''[[Film/{{Friday}} Friday After Next]]''
* Being themselves inspired by a cartoon, both ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5-3jQwbDi0 The Movie]] and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0csGHvZfyMM direct-to-video Part 2]] have animated credits, although in wildly different style.
* ''Film/GoingOverboard''
* ''Film/{{Grease}}''
* ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids''
* ''Film/TheIronyOfFate'' is a Russian TV movie that starts out with an animated sequence in which an architect sees his inventive design turned by the authorities into a drab rectangular apartment building. Identical buildings go up everywhere. This becomes plot-relevant in the live-action film, when the protagonist gets really drunk at the airport, is bundled onto a flight by mistake, and fails to recognize that he is not only in the wrong apartment in the wrong building, but in the wrong city.
* ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld''
* Most of the ''Film/JamesBond'' films.
* ''Film/{{Juno}}'' (although it was more rotoscoped than actually animated).
* ''Film/KissKissBangBang'', probably as an homage to ''Anatomy of a Murder'' and other noir classics.
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''. Notable as one of the first such sequences to be made with CGI. The animated barn owl that sweeps above and around the credits becomes a live-action one as the film proper starts, and not long after is revealed to be the shapeshifted form of the villain.
* ''Film/TheLadyEve''
* ''Film/LandOfTheLost'': [[http://www.watchthetitles.com/articles/00137-Land_of_the_Lost Another case of creative closing credits.]]
* ''Mannequin''
* ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' and ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'' have animated credits by Terry Gilliam.
* The live-action version of ''Film/MrMagoo'', naturally enough, uses the animated character for its credits.
* As does the film adaptation of ''Film/{{Underdog}}''.
* ''[[http://www.watchthetitles.com/articles/0078-Mr_Magoriums_Wonder_Emporium Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium]]''
* ''Film/MoonZeroTwo'' Riffed on the first season of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' and like Catalina Caper they seemed to like it more than the movie.
* ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'', in which Creator/ChuckJones' animated credits overlap into the film proper as Creator/RobinWilliams' character is revealed to be a voice artist working on (and subsequently fired from) the cartoon we've just seen.
* ''Film/NannyMcPhee''
* ''Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation''
* ''Film/NoDepositNoReturn''
* ''Film/OneCrazySummer'' is a semi-example: not strictly credits, and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the main character being a cartoonist.
* ''Film/TheParentTrap'' (the original, not the remake) features a stop-motion animation sequence during its opening credits.
* ''Film/ThePinkPanther'', whose titles spawned its own series of animated shorts, which themselves inspired a TV show (which, ironically enough, used live-action credits in its first season).
* ''The Private Eyes'', an early 1980s comedy starring Don Knotts and Tim Conway.
* ''Film/RatRace''
* ''Film/RunLolaRun''
* ''Film/RuthlessPeople''
* A deleted scene in ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' is this.
* ''Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' has animated closing credits that run so long it's almost a mini-film in itself. And a creepily gothic one, too.
* ''Film/TheSingingNun'' is a movie loosely based on the real life of the real Singing Nun (Sœur Sourire) and has this for its opening.
* ''Film/{{Soapdish}}''
* ''Film/TheStrongestManInTheWorld''
* ''Film/{{Super}}''
* ''[[Film/SuperMarioBros Super Mario Bros: The Movie]]'', which begins with footage of pixellated dinosaurs.
* ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny''
* ''Film/ThoseMagnificentMenInTheirFlyingMachines''
** Sequel ''Film/MonteCarloOrBust''
* ''Film/TroopBeverlyHills'', animated by Creator/JohnKricfalusi.
* ''[[Film/WeekendAtBernies Weekend at Bernie's II]]''
* ''WhatsNewPussycat''
* ''Who's That Girl?''
* ''Film/YouthInRevolt''
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The British GameShow ''3-2-1''.
* ''Series/TheAmandaShow'' for the first season
* The French wildlife show ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z-898DVHUU Les Animaux du monde]]'' ([[SchmuckBait warning]]: serious EarWorm).
* A Chinese show called ''Balala the Fairies'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI0NRWhG62k an anime-esque ending theme]].
* ''Series/{{Batman}}''
* The 1979 reboot of ''Series/BeatTheClock''. The original used animated opening titles for a while as well.
* ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''
* ''Series/{{Blackout}}'', Bob Goen's first network game show.
* Creator/TheBBC {{Dramedy}} MiniSeries ''Blott on the Landscape'', based on TomSharpe's novel. The style resembles Sharpe's UK paperback covers of the time, and the credits basically sum up the entire plot in about 30 seconds with plenty of {{FreezeFrameBonus}}es.
* ''Series/BullseyeUK''
* ''TheCarolBurnettShow''
* The late 1960s/early 1970s kids' fantasy series ''Catweazle''.
* ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'' used stop-motion versions of the characters and vecindad for its final seasons.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}''
* The mid-1990s sitcom ''Dave's World''.
* ''DenshaOtoko''
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives''
* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'': The first season used an animated character logo of Drew Carey's face singing "Moon Over Parma".
* ''Series/EvenStevens'', using StopMotion plasticine versions of the actors
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' has a line drawing of the Seattle skyline.
* ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids''
* ''Series/{{Hustle}}'', possibly as a ShoutOut to ''Catch Me if You Can''.
* ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie''
* ''Series/ILoveLucy'' (although these were replaced in syndication).
* ''Series/ItsAboutTime''
* ''Jeux Sans Frontières'' (a.k.a. ''It's a Knockout''), a wacky European athletics show.
* ''Series/JeevesAndWooster''
* ''Series/LandOfTheGiants''
* ''Last Call with Carson Daly''
* The first ''[[ConanOBrien Late Night with Conan O'Brien]]'' opening ended with a cartoon of a nervous and sweating Conan adjusting his tie.
* ''Series/LostInSpace''
* ''Series/LoveConnection'': Originally, Two slot machines of animated cartoon character expressing different reactions while seeing each other. Then from 1988-1994, It was replaced with animated hearts, A female heart comes out on the second "O" in the word "Connection" but was to frightened by the mean male heart on the first "O" in the word "Connection" but finds a nice male heart on the "O" in the word "Love" and they kiss each other.
* ''Series/MadMen''
* ''Series/TheManyLovesOfDobieGillis'', in the first couple of seasons
* ''TheMickeyMouseClub''
* ''Series/MindYourLanguage'' opens with a cartoon featuring the main cast members; ESL teacher Jeremy Brown writes the series' title on a chalkboard, but is distracted by the arrival of French student Danielle, who inspires various levels of arousal and disapproval in the other students (split down gender lines), at least until they notice headmistress Miss Courtney glaring at them from the doorway. In Series 2, Danielle is pushed aside by Swedish student Ingrid, who is then the one to distract the others.
* ''Series/{{Misfits}}''
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', with a different title animation for each series.
* ''Series/MrsBrownsBoys''
* ''Series/TheNanny'', which also got an animated ChristmasSpecial that used the same style.
* ''Series/MyParentsAreAliens''
* ''Series/MyThreeSons''
* ''Series/TheNanny''
* ''[[http://www.watchthetitles.com/articles/0095-The_No_1_Ladies_Detective_Agency The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency]]''
* ''Series/OnTheBuses'', 1970s BritCom .
* ''Series/ThePartridgeFamily''
* ''Series/ThePhilSilversShow''
* ''Series/PunkyBrewster'': Certain episodes during the first season. The second season used animation from Ruby-Spears, the studio that made the ''Punky'' cartoon for NBC on Saturday mornings.
* ''Series/ReadingRainbow'': Used until Season 16 (1998-1999)
* A special case with ''Series/{{Rome}}'', whose credits feature animated graffiti and paintings over the walls of AncientRome.
* ''Series/SoulTrain''
* ''[[http://www.watchthetitles.com/articles/0021-The_Starter_Wife The Starter Wife]]''
* The UK children's show ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtymNiYlSD4 Super Gran]]''.
* ''To Say the Least''
* ''Series/TVsBloopersAndPracticalJokes'', by none other than [[Magazine/{{MAD}} Mad Magazine]] artist Creator/SergioAragones.
* ''Series/UltraSeven''
* ''What's My Line?'', in the late 1960s.
* ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' used some in the 1990s, including anthropomorphic Wheel wedges dancing down a staircase, then one of Pat and Vanna parachuting, then a CGI shot of the Sony Pictures Studios. In 2010, the opening sequence featured Miis of Pat and Vanna to promote the then-upcoming HomeGame for Nintendo's Wii and DS.
* ''{{Whew}}'', another game show by producer Jay Wolpert, who just loved these in general.
* The British version of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' featured [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tisjk7CqNsQ&feature=related this title sequence]] in its later seasons, which was evidently inspired by a series of Italian animated shorts, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skb2gKR7rOk La Linea]]".
* ''Series/TheWildWildWest''
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[[folder:New Media]]
* GirlWritesWhat's videos have [[MoodDissonance a butterfly fly over a pink and white title card, and shortly turn the creature black and have it die]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Inverting the above-noted trend of CGI features having 2D-animation credits, ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' uses CGI character models in the opening credits for an otherwise 2D-animation show.
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