"[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."
A live-action movie or TV show that has an animated Artistic Title
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 The Sixties
, with a nostalgic, Retro revival in The Eighties
. Since The Nineties
, filmmakers' desire to get to the action as quickly as possible has resulted in this trope largely being discarded in favor of Creative Closing Credits
A subtrope of Medium Blending
. Compare Bait-and-Switch Credits
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Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
- After the Fox (Oddly like Peter Sellers' other famous film series, only this time he is a cartoon fox being chased by cartoon police.)
- Are We Done Yet?
- Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) has animated closing credits.
- Auto Focus
- The Back-Up Plan
- Bedknobs and Broomsticks begins with an animation based on the Bayeux Tapestry.
- Better Off Dead
- Big Momma's House was originally supposed to have one, but it was dropped after test audiences found it too cheesy.
- Casino Royale (1967)
- Catalina Caper, riffed on in an MST3K episode. Joel and the Bots seemed to prefer the animation to the rest of the movie.
- Catch Me If You Can
- City Slickers
- The 2004 retro-style live-action Cutey Honey movie.
- The Dogfather
- Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead featured an animated version of the babysitter getting crushed to death by the title of the movie.
- Down with Love, in keeping with the Retraux style.
- The Vincent Price comedy Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine had part of its opening credits animated by Art Clokey.
- Drop Dead Fred
- Euro Trip
- Fantômas Unleashed — does double duty as a Previously On, since it summarizes the previous movie, Fantômas.
- Four Rooms — interesting for containing references to the cut fifth story.
- All three Dollars Trilogy movies have some form of animation for their opening credits.
- Friday After Next
- Being themselves inspired by a cartoon, both George of the Jungle The Movie and the direct-to-video Part 2 have animated credits, although in wildly different style.
- Going Overboard
- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
- The Irony Of Fate 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.
- It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
- Most of the James Bond films.
- Juno (although it was more rotoscoped than actually animated).
- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, probably as an homage to Anatomy of a Murder and other noir classics.
- 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.
- The Lady Eve
- Land of the Lost: Another case of creative closing credits.
- Monty Python's Life of Brian and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life have animated credits by Terry Gilliam.
- The live-action version of Mr. Magoo, naturally enough, uses the animated character for its credits.
- As does the film adaptation of Underdog.
- Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
- Moon Zero Two Riffed on the first season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and like Catalina Caper they seemed to like it more than the movie.
- Mrs. Doubtfire, in which Chuck Jones' animated credits overlap into the film proper as Robin Williams' character is revealed to be a voice artist working on (and subsequently fired from) the cartoon we've just seen.
- Nanny McPhee
- National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
- No Deposit No Return
- One Crazy Summer is a semi-example: not strictly credits, and justified by the main character being a cartoonist.
- The Parent Trap (the original, not the remake) features a stop-motion animation sequence during its opening credits.
- The Pink Panther, 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.
- Rat Race
- Run, Lola, Run
- Ruthless People
- A deleted scene in Scooby-Doo is this.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events has animated closing credits that run so long it's almost a mini-film in itself. And a creepily gothic one, too.
- The Singing Nun is a movie loosely based on the real life of the real Singing Nun (Sœur Sourire) and has this for its opening.
- The Strongest Man In The World
- Super Mario Bros: The Movie, which begins with footage of pixellated dinosaurs.
- Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
- Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
- Troop Beverly Hills, animated by John Kricfalusi.
- Weekend at Bernie's II
- What's New Pussycat?
- Who's That Girl?
- Youth in Revolt
- The British Game Show 3-2-1.
- The Amanda Show for the first season
- The French wildlife show Les Animaux du monde (warning: serious Ear Worm).
- A Chinese show called Balala the Fairies has an anime-esque ending theme.
- The 1979 reboot of Beat the Clock.
- Blackout, Bob Goen's first network game show.
- The BBC Dramedy Mini Series Blott on the Landscape, based on Tom Sharpe'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 FreezeFrameBonuses.
- Bullseye UK
- The Carol Burnett Show
- The late 1960s/early 1970s kids' fantasy series Catweazle.
- El Chavo del ocho used stop-motion versions of the characters and vecindad for its final seasons.
- The mid-1990s sitcom Dave's World.
- Densha Otoko
- Desperate Housewives
- The Drew Carey Show: The first season used an animated character logo of Drew Carey's face singing "Moon Over Parma".
- Even Stevens, using Stop Motion plasticine versions of the actors
- Frasier has a line drawing of the Seattle skyline.
- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
- Hustle, possibly as a Shout-Out to Catch Me if You Can.
- I Dream of Jeannie
- I Love Lucy (although these were replaced in syndication).
- Its About Time
- Jeux Sans Frontières (a.k.a. It's a Knockout), a wacky European athletics show.
- Jeeves and Wooster
- Land of the Giants
- Last Call with Carson Daly
- The first Late Night with Conan O'Brien opening ended with a cartoon of a nervous and sweating Conan adjusting his tie.
- Lost in Space
- Love Connection: 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.
- Mad Men
- The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis, in the first couple of seasons
- The Mickey Mouse Club
- Mind Your Language 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.
- Monty Python's Flying Circus, with a different title animation for each series.
- Mrs. Brown's Boys
- The Nanny, which also got an animated Christmas Special that used the same style.
- My Parents Are Aliens
- My Three Sons
- The Nanny
- The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency
- On The Buses, 1970s Brit Com .
- The Partridge Family
- The Phil Silvers Show
- Punky Brewster: Certain episodes during the first season.
- Reading Rainbow: Used until Season 16 (1998-1999)
- A special case with Rome, whose credits feature animated graffiti and paintings over the walls of Ancient Rome.
- Soul Train
- The Starter Wife
- The UK children's show Super Gran.
- To Say the Least
- T Vs Bloopers And Practical Jokes, by none other than Mad Magazine artist Sergio Aragonés.
- Ultra Seven
- What's My Line?, in the late 1960s.
- Wheel of Fortune 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 Home Game for Nintendo's Wii and DS.
- Whew!, another game show by producer Jay Wolpert, who just loved these in general.
- The British version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? featured this title sequence in its later seasons, which was evidently inspired by a series of Italian animated shorts, "La Linea".
- The Wild Wild West
- Inverting the above-noted trend of CGI features having 2D-animation credits, Justice League uses CGI character models in the opening credits for an otherwise 2D-animation show.