I'm putting together a "Best of…Animation Openings" presentation for my convention appearances in 2013-2014 and I really wanted you guys' input for putting it together. Here's what I'd like you to do, please send me a list of no more than 5 cartoon openings (from around the world! U.S, Japan, Europe, wherever) and give me a brief reason why you feel they're some of the best…
Please consider the following criteria when you make your list... READ ALL OF THIS VERY CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU SUBMIT ANYTHING!
-Quality of animation: not necessarily style, but does it look like some effort was put into it.
-The music (if applicable) Is the tune catchy? Well-executed? Etc.
-Is it unique? How so?
-If it's not unique, does it have historical significance? Was it one of the first to pioneer something that later openings copied? ie: Many of the WB cartoon opening of the 90s follow a formula set by "Tiny Toon Adventures"
-Does it get you excited or at least interested in watching the show?
Bonus points for…
-Symbolism or other methods that hint at what's coming in the story without spoiling it
-All-new animation. A lot of openings just re-use footage from the show. Unless this is done in a unique or enhancing way, it loses points for doing it.
WHat NOT to do…
-Please don't just send me a list of cartoons you like. This presentation about the openings only and the show itself is only peripheral consideration if it ties into elements of the opening (see: symbolism).
-Please don't make your submissions based on only one of the considerations I listed above. Example: A lot of the "Disney Afternoon" shows had catchy tunes but were loaded with reused footage.
-Don't send me something just "because it's cool!" There are a lot of cool cartoon openings out there, what makes the one you're sending special?
-Please don't send me anime openings that are loaded with any of this stuff, no matter how pretty they are. I may actually contact the maker of this video and see if I can just use it in my presentation in lieu of 75% of the anime openings out there. Please note that if you send me one of the openings featured in this video, I will light-heartedly make fun of you.
Definitely in the running: Thundercats, Gravity Falls, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Batman: The Animated Series
Definitely NOT in the running: Any of the US Pokemon openings (Sorry, gang, but "I liked it as a kid" is not what I'm looking for here)
Reply or send me a note with your nominations or email them to email@example.com. I wanna cast a wide net here, so feel free to share this with people who think might have some good ideas about it. I'll be taking nominations until February. Thanks in advance, guys!