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ITT: we discuss the opening sequneces/intros to cartoon. The good, the bad and the ugly.

Give ratings and analysis. Disagree with idiots. Post webms. Whatever.

Warning: opinions will appear in this thread

Opening the thread with a strong one:
>not just a lazy compilation of scenes from episodes
>high replay value
>great background tune
>not obnoxiously long
>succinctly yet sufficiently introduces core characters and themes (assuming you are already familiar with the Grim Reaper)
>actually has VFX

I rate it highly.
No.245198
Anonymous
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I never really liked this intro.

First off, everything except the title card is a bunch of random shots from from the pilot episode. And they kept same intro that all the way throughout the series, with the only change being that they removed John K's credit at the end.

The music is alright, but apart from showing a little bit of Ren's personality, all the opening sequence does is convey 'wacky cartoon shenanigans' (which, to be fair, is what the show is about) but for a 40+ second intro, it doesn't do much to introduce the show at all.
No.245199
Anonymous
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and then there is Regular Show.

Sure, it doesn't really say or do much, but at least it's succinct. Not particularly good, but not bad either. I'd take it over a bunch of filler any day.
No.245201
Mr. Stone !zWb42fBPMM
Replies:>>248112
Everyone knows the objectively best cartoon OP belongs to "Batman: The Animated Series".
No.248112
Anonymous
Replies:>>443618
>>245201
I don't know, Men In Black always gets the props.
//youtube.com/watch?v=mVAePIyC4kQyoutube thumb
No.421563
Anonymous
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>>245196
Lastman intro, testing VP9 encoding
No.421566
Anonymous
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>>421563
16 MB version
No.424917
Anonymous
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No.424918
Anonymous
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No.424952
Anonymous
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>>424918
>>421566
I'm confused by your use of the NSFW tab
No.424967
Anonymous
Replies:>>426837
>>424952
I'm assuming it's because those openings are about the thundercats getting fucked.

That or he just confused it with the spoiler button, I dunno.
No.426291
Anonymous
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Being that I love Camp Camp so much, I'm kind of a sucker for it's intro. It's fast, upbeat, catchy, that ending bit is very impressive with David rattling off that list of activities so quickly, and it gets you acquainted with each of the main 4 character's personalities (which personally I think the first episode does better, and the theme song doesn't even show up in that one, but I digress).
No.426456
Anonymous
Underrated, song is a jam.
New Kappa Mikey Introyoutube thumb
No.426837
Anonymous
>>424967
the first one was an accident. i dont remember putting a spoiler on the 2nd one.
No.436805
Anonymous
Not enough classic examples in this thread.

Defenders of the Earth Theme Song/Intro (HQ - Remaster)youtube thumb
Cool ass intro song.
No.437227
Anonymous
>>245198
>intro is just random snippets from the show
>doesn't even update
Instant fail-tier.
No.437228
Anonymous
Replies:>>437255
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The Amazing World of Gumball is an interesting intro... it's visually high quality and the music and video give a decent representation of the atmosphere and general themes of season 1, but it does little to introduce any characters. Only lasting 20 seconds is a plus, in this case. Certainly has replay value.
Would probably be great paired with drugs.
No.437231
Anonymous
Replies:>>437367
I think ATHF was a letdown of an intro, kind of just irrelevant, doesn't even introduce the personalities. I skip it usually.
Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law is a solid intro, as far as the experience goes. It doesn't introduce too much but the title really says it all.
No.437255
Anonymous
Replies:>>437332
>>437228
That wasn't aired in America for the first couple seasons at all
No.437332
Anonymous
BraveStarr Intro Opening Themeyoutube thumb
Not so much a catchy song but the visuals are certainly what I like about this one.

>>437255
Any particular reason?
No.437367
Anonymous
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>>437231
>I think ATHF was a letdown of an intro
The theme song is good tho
No.437617
Anonymous
Replies:>>437761
This is kind of an interesting one
Saber Rider - Intro | HDyoutube thumb

Wasn't it in the original Japanese version the sort of generic red ranger japanese dude was the 'main character' but for the western version they retooled it so it was more the cool dude with the sword?
No.437761
Anonymous
Replies:>>437776
>>437617
So there's all these examples of Japanese shows being taken by Americans and remade into new shows using their footage, like Power Rangers, but does that ever happen the other way around?
Have you get footage from an American show used to make a completely different story in Japan.
No.437776
Mstr Twstr
>>437761
The closest thing is co-produced shows in the 70s, 80s and 90s having slightly different scripts for each region. The main story will be the same, but some small details will be different.
No.437783
Anonymous
>>437367
Yeah, that's true. It's a nice track.
No.438457
Mstr Twstr
Replies:>>440674
>>438456
It truly is. Whereas the cartoon can be a disappointment writing wise, the OP will always be good.

And funny how high quality meant "better than terrible" in 2011, whereas anyone with a DVD set would be able to ACTUALLY see it in high quality.
No.438498
Anonymous
Replies:>>438661
Don't forget the Japanese dub intros while we're at it.
X-MEN OP1-2(JPN)youtube thumb
No.438661
Mstr Twstr
Replies:>>438665
>>438498
You will hate me for saying it, but the Nippon openings are too good. Way too good. Like, they should have relaxed a little. It's too loud and non-stop action.
No.438665
Anonymous
>>438661
It is a bit weird when the intro is animated so anime and badass compared to the actual cartoon it was added to.
Might be a case of false advertising.
No.438692
Anonymous
>>438456
It was wild when the two shows had a crossover.
Spiderman Opening Theme (High Quality)youtube thumb

Spider-Man was also a surprisingly good cartoon despite him not being allowed to punch anyone.
Replies:>>438815
>>438692
>Batman isn't allowed to kill anyone
>"well at least I'm allowed to punch people"
No.438737
Anonymous
Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors (intro)youtube thumb
this is a pretty jank show intro
though you can at least say it gets the concept of the series across and isn't forgettable
No.438815
Anonymous
Replies:>>438816
>>438736
In Batman the Animated series they were desperate to get around the censors and have people get killed when they could. That's why they had Clayface melt away. They talk about it directly in some commentary or interview.
No.438816
Anonymous
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>>438815
Yeah, they also weren't allowed to use "realistic" firearms, so everyone had a 1920s tommy gun instead.
No.438914
Anonymous
>>438816
It was so crazy back in the day for cartoons where everyone had laser guns, even random beat cops, because that made things ok censor-wise.
They also had terrible aim so it was more like a rave light show than a firefight.

>>438692
And talking about the Spider-Man cartoon when Blade showed up they didn't even let him have a sword, instead he had some sort of vampire slaying lightsaber instead.
No.439103
Anonymous
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>>438456
If we're mentioning the old X-Men cartoon then uh, seems this is a thing?

https://www.thewrap.com/x-men-97-1990s-x-men-animated-series-2023/

Any hope for it?
No.439114
Mstr Twstr
>>439103
I would go back in time and just rewrite the OG show slightly to make it less lame in parts. Otherwise, this is one revival I won't care for.
No.439179
Anonymous
Someone posted about a new EWJ show being made on /cog/ so why not have the intro to the old cartoon.
Earthworm Jim - Intro / Outro Musicyoutube thumb
No.439233
Anonymous
Mummies Alive Opening (High Quality)youtube thumb
Mummies Alive was a cool show, theme song hits right.
No.439236
Mstr Twstr
Replies:>>439237
>>439179
I will not watch the new show, out of principle. When you shit on the original creator, you don't deserve attention to your reboot.
No.439237
Anonymous
>>439236
The original creator is an nft-shilling faggot, fuck em.
No.439238
Mstr Twstr
Replies:>>439240
>>439237
One of my favourite bands also shills NFT. And I don't get mad over it, let them have fun.
No.439240
Anonymous
>>439238
This might be the dumbest thing you've said yet.
Its a ponzi scheme that is also artificially driving up the cost of the resources they use for it like computer parts, meaning it is negatively affecting even people who aren't dumb enough to fall for it.
No.439246
Anonymous
Replies:>>439248
>>439240
That's cryptocurrency, not NFTs. NFT is the hipster equivalent of being a patreon fag. And you can just ignore that part easy.

>>439237
>faggot
The exact opposite. He is a conservative Christian. The type of one who judges you based on how you behave as a person, without any prejudice.
No.439247
Mstr Twstr
>>439240
I agree, what I said is dumb. I should get mad over what other people are doing in their spare time.
No.439248
Anonymous
>>439246
NFTs still involve mining.
No.439317
Anonymous
Replies:>>439642
Star Trek: TAS
Star Trek: The Animated Series intro [HQ]youtube thumb

Animation is better for sci-fi than live-action as a general overall statement. Its easier to draw bizarre and non-human forms of alien life than to physically portray them, which is why Star Trek is known for just slapping some makeup on a dude's forehead to portray alien races.

Further proof, the reboot movies actually had the catgirl species that makes up one of the officers in the cartoon show up in them as some chicks Kirk fucks, but said halfassed girls look about the level of shitty cosplayers
No.439426
Anonymous
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>>439179
Will characters from the old show show up in the new one?
Thought I saw a teenage worm girl in teaser stuff.
(Picture unrelated, this is just a funny image of rule63 Jim)
No.439627
Anonymous
Got reminded of an old stop-motion show (Was pretty decent, though I think the stop-motion nature of it had a hand in its cancellation because it was more expensive?)

The PJs theme song HDyoutube thumb
The Pjs Intro 2youtube thumb

In this case the first intro is better than the second, having it resort to a bunch of clips flashed up just feels more soulless than what is basically a skit.
No.439642
Mstr Twstr
Replies:>>440021
>>439317
That may be true for Star Trek, but if you want to have a long running sci-fi show, you will most likely have something heavily dialogue based, and then live action is simply cheaper, MUCH cheaper.
No.440021
Anonymous
>>439642
What's cheaper than a couple of still shots of two characters who happen to have their mouths conveniently obscured in them as the voices actors record a discussion between them
No.440560
Anonymous
Street Sharks intro was pretty bad.
Street Sharks (intro) 1994youtube thumb

Forgettable song, random clips strung together for visuals.
The Street Sharks were pretty low-effort in terms of "team of (mutant) animal dudes who are radical" concepts put out to chase the cliche.
Though suppose at least in terms of design they were more monstrous looking than other examples.
No.440674
Anonymous
>>438457
>Whereas the cartoon can be a disappointment writing wise
The X-Men are inherently a disappointment writing wise.
No.441241
Anonymous
Replies:>>441244
>>245196
Are intros important?
Like it seems something you could do without, just get right into the show you are watching without an extended animation prefacing the thing.
No.441244
Mstr Twstr
>>441241
Back in the day it was used to catch your eye while changing channels. Now they are less important, BUT having a cool opening is always better than not having one. Going for no opening is almost always a cost issue.
No.441456
Anonymous
Replies:>>443194
>>438692
>>438456
Another old marvel cartoon of the time.
Fantastic Four Cartoon Introyoutube thumb
Not as good an intro as those ones but it does stick in my mind from all those years ago.
No.441757
Anonymous
Remember that time the Harvey Birdman show had a crazy spinoff where he was a superhero instead of a Lawyer?
BIRMAD Cartoon Introyoutube thumb
No.441964
Anonymous
>>441924
That's a wide range you've got there.

Does it make me some sort of retro-hipster or just an old fart when I say much prefer the older intros from that lot compared to the newer ones.
No.441968
Mstr Twstr
>>441964
Old cartoons were on TV, and the intro had to convince you to watch. New cartoons are on THE INTERNETS, and you already know what the show is about because you looked up the premise and people's reactions. You haven't changed, the world did.
No.442117
Anonymous
Replies:>>442127
>>441964
How old? Can you give some examples?
No.442127
Anonymous
>>442117
Cartoon intros from the 80s/90s.
No.442306
Anonymous
The mask cartoon had a really bitchin opening song. The lyrics are great.
The Mask Animated Series Opening Musicyoutube thumb
No.442307
Anonymous
Replies:>>442662
>>442306
Yeah readily 'member that show, example of a good cartoon spinoff for a non-kids movie (remember the Ace Venture cartoon at least being decent as well).
Seconding appreciation for the intro song.
No.442665
Anonymous
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>>245196
>Post webms
No.442666
Anonymous
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>>442665
No.443152
Anonymous
COPS Cartoon Introyoutube thumb

An intro that is basically a high-quality animated short by itself.
No.443290
Anonymous
Replies:>>443355
Something else for the thread, a look at the S2 Black Dynamite cartoon intro at different stages of the process.
STUDIO TRIGGER/SANZIGEN BLACK DYNAMITE SEASON 2 OPENING: PROCESS SEQUENCEyoutube thumb

Can you Dig It?
No.443355
Anonymous
Replies:>>443383
>>443290
Black Dynamite - Light just turned motherfucking green!youtube thumb
Man I loved both the movie and the show.
No.443441
Anonymous
>>421563
>>421566
LASTMAN is French.

And thus is anime.
No.443452
Anonymous
What is the most egregious example of a kid's cartoon series that was spunoff from a movie franchise they weren't supposed to watch in the first place

ROBOCOP Cartoons Intros (1988-1998-1999) Sci Fi Actionyoutube thumb
Rambo Animated introyoutube thumb
The Toxic Crusaders Introyoutube thumb
No.443453
Mstr Twstr
>>443452
>what was the most egregious example
Yes.
No.443469
Anonymous
>This fucking jank-ass 3-dollar ripoff intro song

Swamp Thing opening themeyoutube thumb
No.443618
Anonymous
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>>248112
That blue dude with the eyestalks makes alot of appearances in MiB media and merchandise for someone that dies in the first five minutes of the first movie.

Will Smith - Men In Black (Video Version)youtube thumb
No.443689
Anonymous
>>443618
>music video ends with Will Smith being cucked by the alien
pottery
No.443929
Anonymous
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>>443452
Was the Alien franchise meant to get a cartoon as well?
I remember there was all the action figures they were selling to kids. My step-brother had the Power Loader toy.
No.443932
Anonymous
>>443929
>Was the Alien franchise meant to get a cartoon as well?
With all the crap during the development of Alien 3, I would not be surprised if a cartoon was on the cards. Robocop was dumbed down to that level right around that time too.
No.444010
Anonymous
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The Samurai Jack intro is something of a masterpiece, it neatly explains the premise via the quality acted voiceover by the primary antagonist before cutting to the catchy intro song and displaying the distinctive artsy style of action you can expect to see going forward into the episodes.

Samurai Jack (intro)youtube thumb
No.444051
Anonymous
Replies:>>444060
>>245196
Dexter's Lab had a good one
Dexter's Laboratory | Theme Song | Cartoon Networkyoutube thumb
The instrumental intro theme is memorable, the animated sequence is good and gives a feel for the show.

But growing up I've started to hate DeeDee, she's a fucking bitch. Its alot like how my feelings developed in regards to Jerry in Tom & Jerry (fucking vermin invading human homes, the cat is just doing its job)
No.444060
Anonymous
>>444051
>Its alot like how my feelings developed in regards to Jerry in Tom & Jerry (fucking vermin invading human homes, the cat is just doing its job)

It gets dark in some episodes, the one parodying the French revolution has Tom guillotined on the end. The mice just say "c'est la guerre" ("that's how war is").
No.444256
Anonymous
LIVING HERE IN JERSY FIGHTING VILLAINS FROM AFAR!

Megas XLR | Opening Theme (English) (HD)youtube thumb

YOU GOTTA FIND FIRST GEAR IN YOUR GIANT ROBOT CAR!
No.444524
Anonymous
>>441924
Ned's Newt there has a surprisingly decent intro song.
No.444566
Anonymous
Alright you faggots enough fucking around. Prepare yourself for some REAL hardcore shit, oldskool!

Postman Pat - intro theme - 1981 version (closed captions)youtube thumb
No.444594
Anonymous
As a britfag have a couple from my childhood that I still remember.
The Trap Door Opening Themeyoutube thumb

Count Duckula Introyoutube thumb

Button moon intro & Outro 1987youtube thumb
No.444841
Anonymous
Replies:>>445443
Don't think anyone gives a shit about cartoon intros.
No.445211
Anonymous
The Chipmunks Theme Song/Intro (1989) - 720p HD Remasteryoutube thumb
Don't remember the chipmunks voices being this annoying when I was a kid.
No.445443
Anonymous
>>444841
yeah well 80 replies says you're wrong, kiddo.
No.445652
Anonymous
Replies:>>445819
>>245196
Here's an intro that could fit both the Bad and Ugly parts.
Butt Ugly Martians Intro/Theme Song [HQ]youtube thumb
No.445928
Anonymous
Posting this more out of nostalgia rather than it being an exemplary example of the genre.

Bananaman - intro (classic BBC cartoon series from 1983 to 1986 )youtube thumb
No.445934
Anonymous
Replies:>>445939
I've never seen the show but this intro is forever stuck in my head, it's just so goddamn surreal:
Fat Dog Mendoza Introyoutube thumb
No.445939
Anonymous
>>445934
I remember watching that show as a kid.
Was pretty decent in my hazy recollections.