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End Credits Worth Staying For - Superbad, Ratatouille, Shoot 'Em Up Examples

Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2007 2:03 PM by Scott Jentsch

Ratatouille Photo - Copyright Disney/Pixar
Stay for the credits of Disney/Pixar's "Ratatouille" and you will be treated to some special sequences tied to the movie. Photo © Copyright Disney/Pixar

If you're the type of person to bolt from your theater seat as soon as the first credits come on the screen, you could be missing some good parts of the movie!

My first experience with credit sequences that added to the movie-going experience was back in 1985 with "Young Sherlock Holmes." We stayed for many of the end credits as we waited for the theater to empty but they were not finished by the time we were filing out the exit. Just as I reached the door, however, the credits ended, and the background scene of a man riding in a sleigh comes to the forefront and he checks into a hotel and is asked to sign in. Who this person is and his signature is significant to the movie and to the larger Sherlock Holmes story, so I was glad to have seen this brief sequence.

There have been multiple cases of this over the years. Some are entertaining, some are unnecessary, but they're a nice reward for those of us who like to sit and watch the entire movie, credits and all.

CNN's web site has a story from The Hollywood Reporter about the enhanced credit sequences that appear on some of this year's releases, including "300" this Spring, "Ratatouille" and "Superbad," and the upcoming "Shoot 'Em Up" in September.

"I think it's the equivalent of finishing a show and coming back and doing another number for an encore," [Ratatouille Director Brad Bird] says.

Says [Shoot 'Em Up Director Michael Davis]: "You want people to walk away with a high from the movie because you want them to go tell their friends to see this. They also show filmmakers really cared about the movie by giving it this sort of going-away present of these cared-for credits."

Pixar has always included such end credits, with a recent example being the ending of "Cars" when John Ratzenberger's Mack realizes a shocking similarity in the movies he's watching in the drive-in during the end credits (each movie is a car-related take on previous Pixar movies).

Click the Read link below for the full article that contains some details of the credit sequences for the aforementioned movies.



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