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"[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."
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A live-action movie or TV show has an animated Artistic Title sequence with all sorts of wacky hijinks. It may foreshadow the plot, set up the backstory, or just be emblematic of the story's theme. An Animated Credits Opening sometimes means the film will be a comedy or at least a family movie, but not always.

Very popular in the films and television series of The '60s, with a nostalgic, Retro revival in The '80s & the early 90's. Since the mid 90's, 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 — Live-Action 

  • Simon Brett's detective novel Situation Tragedy, about a series of murders among the cast and crew of a British TV sitcom, has an in-canon example for the in-universe sitcom in question, The Strutters. The narrator explains that the expense of an animated credit sequence means that the TV channel expects the show to be a hit.

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    Video Games 
  • Jazzpunk opens with a sequence in duotone heavily inspired by the works of Saul Bass, with likely influence from Cowboy Bebop as well.

    Western Animation 
  • It's become something of a tradition for CG films in the Disney Animated Canon or by Pixar to have traditionally-animated end credits sequences done in an outline-less style. This has included The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL•E, Tangled, and Wreck-It Ralph, so far.
  • Before this, there was the sequence at the beginning of Monsters, Inc., which was added because test screenings showed that the actual first scene set too scary of a tone.
  • Despite being in the exact same style as the film proper, the elaborate opening credits sequence for 101 Dalmatians fits right in with the rest of these examples (particularly its contemporaries) for its abstract nature.
  • Many of the Scooby-Doo Direct-to-Video Film Series titles since 2010 often open with a more flashy, flat and stylized animated opening credits sequence, looking very different from the actual movies being animated with a realistic darker look where everyone is drawn in the classic Iwao Takamoto style ala the original Hanna-Barbera -era shows. The "13 Spooky Tales" half-hour mini-movies also open in the same fashion.


Daredevil (2015)

The Daredevil opening depicts New York forming in red wax, evocative of a church.

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