Animated Movie Titles

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It’s funny how movie title sequences have now been moved to the back of the film. But that hasn’t stopped filmmakers from producing the occasional animated title sequence – which are traditionally better than the films that preceed them. Here is a link to a 2D oil-painted title sequence for the upcoming movie Love in the Time of Cholera (opening November 16th). Animator Paul Donnellon (of VooDooDog) is responsible for this one.

It’s just one of about two dozen collected by SubmarineChannel.com, which has begun gathering recent animated movie titles under the banner “Forget the Film, Watch the Titles”. This is a long term, on-going project to compile the best work in this field. It’s not just character animation: 3D, Motion Graphics and Mixed Media titles are also on display. Well worth a look.


  • Firoz

    There are still quite a lot of imaginative title sequences being made – most of which would probably be described as motion graphics, but I still think of them as animated. motionographer.com (in your sidebar) often feature title sequences of note.

    Slightly off-topic, but I sometimes think motion graphics is the new face of abstract animation.

  • Steve Gattuso

    Ah, how I remember the title sequences in front of the “Pink Panther” movies with fondness. And how many of us at ASIFA thought that the credit sequence at the end of “The Incredibles” deserved some sort of award all its own?

    So much good material to look at, and how unfortunate that a lot of it is followed (or preceded) by films that are nowhere near the same level of quality.

  • Chuck R.

    Great website, with excellent background info. (I only got as far as Lemony Snicket —a real treat.) Submarine Channel is providing a great service for animation fans with this!

    Yes, Pink Panther would be great to see, as well as Harry Potter 3, The Mummy, Christmas Vacation, Catch Me If You Can, Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein, Life of Brian, Ruthless People, and all the Saul Bass classics. I hope they don’t discount animated titles from animated movies. 101 Dalmatians and Monsters Inc. are particularly good.

    Thanks, Guys!

  • http://blackwingdiaries.blogspot.com Jenny

    Inventive, artistic titles are a real cause to champion for me…the state of them, for all types of films. I’m at a loss to understand why *animated* films often will have flat, video-style titles(unless it’s a definite stylistic choice to have them very plain). Some might say it makes no difference, and usually indifferent titles don’t, of course–but the pity is that they CAN have a great impact at the head of a film to help set a mood and get the audience ready.

    But yes, now it’s more often live action films with notable titles. Just yesterday I was stopped channel surfing for a second by a set of titles that were so cute and appealing–when I saw the name “Art Stevens” I was thinking “wha..?” It turned out to be the original version of “Freaky Friday” with Jodie Foster. Walt Disney Productions, 1975 or so. Figures!

  • Quiet_Desperation

    The one at the end of 300 stands out in my mind, although it made me think of the end credits for The Incredibles a bit.

  • http://jmac.org Jason McIntosh

    I recently and finally got around to seeing last year’s “Casino Royale” at a friend’s house, and was surprised and delighted to see its lovely animated intro.

    I couldn’t help feeling that it was a nod to the wacky 1960s version’s crazy opening titles, even though the style was completely different.

    (Also the movie is very nice!)

  • http://motiondesign.wordpress.com mark webster

    Just wanted to add a link to a book that has recently come out on titles, ‘Uncredited. Graphic Design & Opening Titles in Movies’
    Link here :http://www.bispublishers.nl/bookpage.php?id=79

    Plus some news to keep your eyes on :
    A documentary film about Pablo Ferro is currently in production.
    A documentary film about motion design will be in production hopefully by the end of the year.

  • Jay

    The titles for “Catch Me If You Can” deserve to appear on that site soon… brilliant animation & design.

    The end-credit animation for “Unfortunate Events” was possibly the best part of the whole movie… glad to see it here.

  • http://www.babsandknuckles.com Michael DiMilo

    Thanks for the post, Jerry. Those are some very nice animated sequences. Another example of an animated title sequence stuck on the end was the playful titles for Ratatoullie. I especially enjoyed the mix of dry-brush backgrounds and foregrounds. And who could forget the intro the Monsters Inc?

  • http://myrplanet.blogspot.com/ RAJESH

    Great website, with excellent background info. (I only got as far as Lemony Snicket —a real treat.) Submarine Channel is providing a great service for animation fans with this!

    Yes, Pink Panther would be great to see, as well as Harry Potter 3, The Mummy, Christmas Vacation, Catch Me If You Can, Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein, Life of Brian, Ruthless People, and all the Saul Bass classics. I hope they don’t discount animated titles from animated movies. 101 Dalmatians and Monsters Inc. are particularly good.

    Thanks, Guys!