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Best movie opening/title sequence

Post by ShyViolet » February 5th, 2007, 7:04 pm

  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Anything Goes)

    Star Wars Episode IV, epic scrawl

    Titanic ("old time" footage)

    Batman89 (Batsymbol)

    Batman92 (Penguin born)

    The Pink Panther (Animated Debut of famous character)

    Spider-Man 2 ("comic stills" of previous film)
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Post by ShyViolet » February 5th, 2007, 7:10 pm

Oops....I don't know what I did to screw up the poll format :oops:....can someone help out with this? :wink:
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Post by Meg » February 5th, 2007, 7:42 pm

Pink Panther all the way! I just love that lil' guy.

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Post by eddievalient » February 5th, 2007, 9:08 pm

You forgot The Great Muppet Caper ("Hey A Movie!"). That would be one of my picks for most memorable beginning.
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Post by droosan » February 6th, 2007, 7:13 am

I think it's fine to leave this as a 'free-form' favorites thread, rather than as a poll with 'set' choices, which won't encompass everyone's favorites, anyway. :idea:

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One of my favorite animated feature openings is Beauty and the Beast. The opening 'castle' shot alone is jaw-droppingly beautiful .. and the narration of the Prince's tragic story, combined with Alan Menken's haunting theme, can still make 'chills' run down my spine. And then it segues into "Belle," perhaps the finest example of a Disney 'story-telling' song; it's full of exposition, yet incredibly entertaining in its 'staging'.

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Post by droosan » February 6th, 2007, 7:22 am

Another animated feature with a great opening sequence is The Iron Giant. The use of Sputnik to 'lead-in' the Giant's fall to Earth is absolutely inspired .. as is the entire sequence with the trawler pilot mistaking the Giant for a lighthouse, and crashing into him. Not nearly as packed with 'exposition' as BatB, but it certainly sets the film's 'cold war/1950's monster invasion' tone, in a memorable & 'classy' fashion.

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Post by YCougar » February 6th, 2007, 1:20 pm

^ I have to agree with that one. It throws you right into the movie before pulling back and letting you get to know the human players. Plus it's just cool - when the Giant is falling to earth in a flaming mass, that angle they use is perfect and almost flips my stomach as if I were falling with him.
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Post by Meg » February 6th, 2007, 6:22 pm

Oh yeah, that opening is just brilliant!

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Post by eddievalient » February 7th, 2007, 12:09 am

Another good one is the prologue to Hellboy that takes place during WW2.
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Post by Daniel » February 7th, 2007, 3:23 am

One of my favorite openings, would be Return to Neverland! My favorite part, being the clouds. Its just beautiful, and I loved how they incorporated characters from the original, ie. Croc, Mermaids.

And having Tink highlight each cloud, was just cool! :)

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Post by Ben » February 7th, 2007, 9:18 am

Are we talking best opening sequence or best title sequence?

Oh never mind...just saw the thread title. Move along... ;)

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Post by Uli » February 10th, 2007, 3:46 pm

I love The Incredibles' opening sequence (the one with the interviews)!
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Post by ShyViolet » February 10th, 2007, 3:56 pm

I love The Incredibles' opening sequence (the one with the interviews)!
Same here Uli! It was ingenius! Ditto the Cars opening sequence.

The Incredibles one felt like the opening of a real "movie-movie" but with that special animation spark to it.

And I loved that "intrigue music" Giacchino score that you see with the Disney/Pixar logos.

Oh, this makes me feel like watching it right now! :D


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My fave of all time is probably a three-way tie between:


Indy/Temple of Doom--"Anything Goes"/Batman 92/Batman 89


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Post by ShyViolet » February 10th, 2007, 4:21 pm

Also, I found this AWESOME site that has movie title screens from tons of films--old, classic, new, everything!!! :D

(I'm not allowed to post any of the images here unfortunately, due to copyright issues I guess. :?)

http://www.shillpages.com/movies/aa.shtml

SUPER AMAZING SITE!!! :) :) Worth a look! From Golden Age Hollywood 20s, 30s and 40s films to 21st Century films like "Cars"! Little-known cult films, blockbusters, animated classics, everything!

Great for comparing classic films and their remakes! :)
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Post by Sullivan » February 13th, 2007, 2:35 am

Raising Arizona.

The pre-title sequence is a perfect film all by itself.

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