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Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: Leiji Matsumoto's "Star Blazers," "Yamato 2199," and "Galaxy Railways"

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Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "Godzilla the Series" (1998)

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Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "Batman the Animated Series"

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Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "Nerima Daikon Brothers" (2006)

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Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "The Tick" (1994)

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The Tick (1994) is another example of how a theme song can do a whole lot of the heavy lifting in setting the tone of an opening sequence, and by extension an entire series. Doug Katsaros provides a metric ton of retro swing for the theme song, with scat singing that’s so over-dramatic that it […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "G.I. Joe: The Movie" (1987)

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I’ve expressed my love for the 1980’s G.I. Joe opening sequences multiple times (especially the one that ran starting with the “The Pyramid of Darkness” mini-series and the TV show proper), but the opening credits for the feature-length G.I. Joe: The Movie deserves a closer look on its own. Like the opening credits to the […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "Samurai Horror Tales: Goblin Cat"

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Ayakashi was an anime TV series that aired in Japan in 2006, recounting three ghost stories set in various periods of Japan’s feudal era. The first two, “Yotsuya Ghost Story” and “Goddess of the Dark Tower,” were based on older works, with the first retelling a classic Japanese ghost story and the second adapting a […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "Dirty Pair: Project Eden" (1986)

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The opening credits sequence to the Dirty Pair: Project Eden OVA movie are a tantalizing blend of sex, technology, and spy thrillers, along with some bracingly bizarre images and segues. It reminds me of the best Maurice Binder opening sequences to the James Bond movies, using powerfully evocative imagery to create a distinctive artistic statement […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: Super Mario Bros. Super Show

In 1989, the Nintendo Entertainment System was at the height of its dominance.  Millions of kids around the world were becoming familiar with characters such as Mario and Luigi.  Merchandising was inevitably all over the place, and a cartoon of course was quick to arrive.  But DiC didn’t just produce a Mario cartoon, oh no.  […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: Hong Kong Phooey

There are a select few cartoon theme songs that have entered the public zeitgeist: tunes that are easily recalled even by people who have not seen the original cartoon.  Many of them originate from cartoons or characters that everyone knows: the Flintstones, the Jetsons, Spider-Man, Speed Racer.  But one rather curious Hanna-Barbera effort from the […]

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