Great White Snark: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Friday, June 14, 2013

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

I was thinking about the opening credits of movies, and how that's not really a "thing" anymore. They used to run all the credits at the beginning of a movie in the "olden days," but now, not so much. Then this led me to think about my favorite opening credit sequences. So here, I'm sharing (because sharing is caring). 

1. Napoleon Dynamite

I love this sequence. I love all the food and textures and colors. This is definitely one of my all-time favorite opening credits. 

2. Phantom of the Opera
Even though there are no actual credits, this opening scene is mind-blowing. I got chills when I saw it in theaters and still get shivers watching it now. 

3. Edward Scissorhands

All of the Elfman/Burton credit sequences are pretty amazing, but I think this one is my favorite (possible other contender is Corpse Bride. "This is Halloween" would win hands-down, except there's no actual credits). I love how very Burton it is. And the music, of course, is stellar. It's just very indicative of their styles, and the movie is brilliant, too.

4. Mary Poppins
First of all, this is just a very musically sound overture. Musically, I like it a lot. But what I really love is the aerial view of Edwardian England. Plus, there's that sassy break in the middle where Mary Poppins is like, "Bitch, I might powder my nose on a cloud if I feel like it, YOU JUST TRY AND STOP ME." 

5. Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Again, this is a musically awesome opening sequence. But I also love how they went with the Medieval tapestry theme. Also, this movie is just great. 

6. Naked Gun
It makes no sense, but then, neither does the movie. It is funny though.

7. A Hard Day's Night
John, Paul, George, and Ringo star in what is, essentially, the first music video. Need I say more?

8. Babe

I couldn't find an embed-able version, so you'll have to follow the link: Babe Opening Credits
But it's cute because the artwork moves, and it's a cute little rendition of Saint-SaĆ«ns' Organ Symphony No. 3, Maestoso Allegro, which is a freaking outstanding piece of classical music. 

9. Star Wars
COME ON, if I didn't put this in you'd be like, "Who killed Mary and hacked her blog?" It's a classic, and it's still timelessly awesome, don't even play.

I realize my list is probably very amateur, but I chose only movies I've actually seen. What would be your favorite opening credit sequence?

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