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Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: Iron Man Season 2

“I always believe that Opening Titles of a show are very important. They should provide intriguing visuals that not only sum up the series, but also merit repeat viewing. To accomplish this, the artistic concepts must of necessity be dynamite. Otherwise, the audience may simply decide to change channels before the episode begins again. There […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "Curious George"

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "Cowboy Bebop"

The opening credits to Cowboy Bebop are like the best improvised jazz: it may seem spontaneous, but close analysis reveals powerful structure and intelligence underneath. While improv jazz is inherently free-form, the best improv jazz still uses structure and a few rules to make sure it sounds like music instead of meandering nonsense. There’s a […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "Batman Beyond"

Work with me on this one. We’re all going to pretend that we’re actively working in the animation industry for a moment. It’s sometime in the mid to late 1990′s. We’re in a meeting, discussing the future of the animated Batman property. We’re going to “freshen up” the franchise with a “teen-aged” Batman. Our demographic […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "G.I. Joe (1985)"

I’ve mentioned my love of the G.I. Joe opening credits sequence before. The opening credits in the video clip embedded below are the ones that started off the full TV series, but the reasons why I like it are present in all the versions that have existed. I think these credits have a remarkable sense […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: The Incredible Hulk (1982)

There really hasn’t been a “definitive” non-comics version of the Hulk in the way that Spider-Man, Batman, and X-Men have. The 1982 version of the Hulk comes closest. It’s very much the antithesis of the 1970s live-action series. That series focused on David Banner’s life on the run with a mute, depowered Hulk (ooh, he […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: The Huntsman

Main title sequences are possibly the most important part of creating a cartoon.  It is the one element that viewers will most notice, as it is the one thing that will consistently air day in and day out.   We’re gonna post the best ones we can find, be it stuff you’ve seen before and stuff […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "Thundercats" Ho!

From the opening trumpets, to the over-the-top whining electric guitars, to the beautifully detailed and yet still fluid animation, there’s only one word suitable to describe the Thundercats opening theme, “badass”. It’s a slick 1:15 of animation that gets you entirely psyched up to watch a cartoon that’s not nearly as good as what you […]

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