Every great joke needs a punchline, and The Wicker Man doesn't disappoint. After Cage meets his screaming, charbroiled death, the film ends and a title slate appears: "For JOHNNY RAMONE." Sure. I don't know why it's there, and I don't want to find out.
When a writer or show writer want to thank someone in particular, they can dedicate their work to them. Very frequent in Literature
, where it's a tradition; literary dedications usually appear at the beginning of the work.
A specific subtrope is In Memoriam
, where a movie or television episode is dedicated to someone connected to the show who recently died
, usually in a notice at the end of the show.
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- Disney's Beauty and the Beast has an especially lovely one to the memory of lyricist Howard Ashman, who died prior to the film's completion:
To our friend Howard,
who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul,
we will be forever grateful.
- Disney Pixar's Brave had one for Steve Jobs (the co-founder and CEO of Pixar), who died eight months before the film was released:
To Steve Jobs, our partner, mentor, and friend.
Live Action Television
- The Great Escape's dedication simply reads 'For the Fifty.' Cue the sobbing before the movie even begins.
- Kevin Smith has one of these in every film he makes. He always thanks God first.
- A Muppet Christmas Carol is dedicated to Muppet creator Jim Henson and Muppeteer Richard Hunt.
- Star Trek IV was dedicated to the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
- Star Trek VI was dedicated to Gene Roddenberry, who passed away shortly before the film's release.
- Also dedicated to Gene Roddenberry, the TNG 2-part episode "Unification", the first to air after his death.
- And Star Trek 2009 was dedicated to Gene and Majel Barrett Roddenberry, the latter of whom had just passed on after completing her final role - the voice of the Enterprise's computer.
- Star Trek Into Darkness is dedicated to the post-9/11 war veterans. Considering the final act of the movie consists of a giant warship leveling half of San Francisco by crashing into it, while in another location military personnel fall to their death in a burning structure, this was probably done to prevent people from complaining.
- Help!, the 1965 Beatles film, is dedicated to Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine. It's an idiosyncratic film.
- The Libertine was dedicated to Marlon Brando and Hunter S. Thompson, both of whom Johnny Depp (the film's lead actor) had worked with and known well.
- The Great Dictator was dedicated to "The Jews of the world."
- This beauty from the opening of Batman: The Movie: "ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: We wish to express our gratitude to the enemies of crime and crusaders against crime throughout the world for their inspirational example. To them, and to lovers of adventure, lovers of pure escapism, lovers of unadulterated entertainment, lovers of the ridiculous and the bizarre—- To funlovers everywhere—- This picture is respectfully dedicated. If we have overlooked any sizable groups of lovers, we apologize. —-THE PRODUCERS"
- The Dark Knight was dedicated to Heath Ledger who died shortly after the film was completed and to special effects technician Conway Wickliffe, who died while working on the film.
- Ridley Scott dedicated Black Hawk Down to his mother who died while he was on location shooting the film in Morocco. Similarly the book it was based on was dedicated to Mark Bowden's parents.
- The Great Race is dedicated to Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy.
- Both John Carter and Brave (mentioned above) were dedicated to Steve Jobs, majority shareholder of Disney and Pixar and mentor to both films' directors and producers.
- Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome is dedicated to producer Byron Kennedy, who died in a helicopter crash shortly before the film was made.
- The Towering Inferno is dedicated to the firefighters of the world.
- Pacific Rim is dedicated to Ray Harryhausen and Ishiro Honda, "the original monster masters."
- The third season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is dedicated specially "to the victims [of 9/11] & their families and to the firefighters & police officers who remind us every day with their lives & courage what it truly means to be an American".
- A July 2013 episode of Chicago Fire was dedicated to the 19 firefighters killed battling a wildfire in Arizona.
- Star Trek: Enterprise: the pilot episode "Broken Bow" was dedicated to the firefighters that perished on 9/11, and the episode "Stigma" was dedicated to the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia.
- Roza Rymbaeva dedicated the song "Alia" to Great Patriotic War Kazakh sniper Alia Moldagulova.
- Rush dedicated one of their albums "To the loving memory of Jackie and Selena". Jackie was the wife of drummer Neil Peart, and Selena was his daughter; they passed away within two years of each other, Jackie from cancer and Selena in a car accident.
- They also did a dedication to Neil Armstrong during part of the "Clockwork Angels" tour.
- Lawrence Gowan's song Dedication is effectively dedicated to all of his fans, be they living or dead.
- Heart's song "These Dreams" is dedicated to Nancy Wilson's friend Sharon Hess on the album liner notes who died of leukemia shortly before the album's release.
- Oasis dedicated their song "Cast No Shadow" to "the genius of Richard Ashcroft."
- Freakazoid! parodied these with one normal dedication "to all those who have ever been in love", one to a group of scientists, and one to Amanda Huggbees for having a funny last name.
- Avatar has a dedication to Mako, the recently-deceased voice of Iroh, in "Tales of Ba Sing Se".
- Similar to the Avatar example above, the Green Lantern: The Animated Series episode "Regime Change" was dedicated to Ian Abercrombie, the voice of Ganthet, who passed away before the episode was aired.
- Justice League: Doom is dedicated to its writer, Dwayne McDuffie, who died shortly after completing the adaptation from the source comic.
- The first season of The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries was dedicated to Friz Freleng, who directed the original theatrical shorts.
- Pretty much every single sci-fi media released in 2003 was dedicated to the astronauts who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
- The program for Cirque du Soleil's Alegria has a sarcastic dedication to all those who oppress others; scroll to the bottom of this page to read it.