The DiC dub of Sailor Moon added one of these: "From a far away place and time Earth's greatest adventure is about to begin" at the start of the show up until Jadite's death and Nephrite replacing him. After that, the scroll was abandoned.
Probably the worst filmic offender of all: Uwe Boll's film adaptation of Alone In The Dark delivered its entire backstory in a fade-in-fade-out series of title cards that took almost seven minutes of screen time; as warned above, it's dull enough to kill most viewers' enthusiasm for the film about ninety seconds in. If there's any enthusiasm left, it's shortly thereafter extinguished by the fact that it's an Uwe Boll movie.
And the worse part? The opening crawl in the final movie was the improved version where they added a narrator to read the text out loud after test audiences complained that the opening was too wordy.
And the worst part? The narrator isUwe Boll. The combination of dry line reads and white-on-black title cards have been clocked at killing enthusiasm in 32.83 seconds.
This is common in "based on a true story" films, to provide suitable historical context. These films also often have a closing scroll to tell us what happened to the real people after the story's end.
Airplane II: The Sequel has one that is slanted "into the screen" like the Star Wars one. However, it tells a story that's completely unrelated to the plot of the movie. It gets to the beginning of a sex scene right when a space shuttle collides with the scrolling text, causing it to disappear with a glass-breaking effect.
The Judge Dredd movie begins with a scroll that only adds background information for the setting.
The Monster Squad opens with a scroll about how Abraham Van Helsing, a hundred years before the story begins, gathered a band of freedom fighters to rid the world of vampires and monsters and save mankind from the forces of eternal evil. It ends with "They blew it." And then the opening scene shows us just how.
Scarface (1983) opens with one of these, describing how Fidel Castro sent Cubans who wanted to join their families to the United States in 1980, along with the dregs of his jails.
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie opens with an expository scroll about the backstory on the source of the Rangers' powers. The text is read by a female voice completely straight, making the whole thing sound even more ridiculous than it is already.
The writers were planning to do an episode before this one tying up all the loose plots but couldn't make it funny enough, so they made do with a parody.
The scroll also includes the bizarre phrase "The saga continuums..." which many fans take as an indication that the series from this point on follows an alternative continuity based on the novel Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers, which changes several previous claims about Lister's background.
Episode 15 provides the Spanish Inquisition with one that notes that the "violence, terror and torture" they unleashed make for "a smashing film."
Episode 45 has an opening scroll for a Western which has nothing to do with any of the sketches.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine opens with a quick text scroll to refresh people's memories about "The Best of Both Worlds", just before they introduce Captain Sisko in the Battle of Wolf 359.
Likewise, Star Trek: Voyager starts off with a quick description of Deep Space Nine and the surrounding conflicts, providing the necessary groundwork before going off and doing its own thing. (First shot immediately after this: A small rebel ship flying away and trading fire with a much larger vessel. Hmmm...)
Doctor Who had one of these at the opening to "The Deadly Assassin".
Andromeda opens with a static text screen giving one or two quotations from fictional literature.
Sharpe has short ones at the beginning of every episode introducing the year, the place, and the situation.
The Fringe episode "Letters of Transit" (season four, episode nineteen) has a brief opening scroll to explain it's set in a canonical Bad Future where the Observers have invaded the Earth.
Naturally, the cover of some Star Wars music that Lindsey Stirling and Peter Hollens featured an opening scroll on half the screen, beginning, "Not long ago in a suburb...." It sets the scene for the song as part of YouTube's Geek Week.
It should be no surprise that the various Star Wars games have opening scrolls.
Exaggerated in Star Wars: The Old Republic: not only does each of the game's eight classes have a unique introductory scroll, the loading screen when logging into the game contains a short blurb in the same style (mercifully non-scrolling) that summarizes the player's current class quest.
Mega Man Zero opened with Ciel as the Pursued Protagonist. Future games in the series all started with text scrolls summarizing previous games and the events between games.
Stargunner, as befits a game where you fly through space blowing things up in your Cool Ship, plays the disappearing-into-the-distance version straight until a small tongue-in-cheek twist at the end.
Escape Velocity has a normal opening scroll, and a couple of humorous Easter Egg alternates. The sequel EV Override also uses one, but the third game EV Nova eschews it in favor of either a non-scrolling text box or up to four splashscreens, depending on the game files used. The open-source EVN clone Naev goes back to the opening scroll.
Last Scenario starts with a lengthy text-scroll explaining the backstory. It's all lies.
Halo 3: ODST uses one of these. Notable as the only game in the Halo franchise (at the time of its release) to do so.
All of the Mass Effect games use this during the opening. In the first, it explains humanity's entry into the galactic community, in the second, it summarizes the events and ramifications of what happened at the end of the first, and in the third, it describes the build-up to and beginnings of the Reaper invasion.
Deadly Towers has scrolling text at the beginning that details the game's Excuse Plot in a surprisingly verbose and well-written way. The game's ending is similar.
The Game Boy version of Kid Icarus has an opening scroll introduction, before the title screen.
"Although the Death Star has been destroyed, Imperial troops have - okay, you know what? I realize space is vast, but this scrolling text is still littering. I mean, somebody's gonna run into this thing eventually. Yeah, it might be a thousand years from now, but does that make it okay?"
Parodied in one of the Robot Chicken Star Wars specials, where the opening crawl suddenly devolves into Leet Speak.