Jeff Smith 2 p.m., Dec. 18
They Should Have an Oscar for Best Credits
So I'm sure everybody knows the story about how an enterprising soul went and made some credits for the Tintin movie, which credits somehow made their way onto director Steven Spielberg's online video playback device and subsequently got the animator a job on Team Spielberg.
The interesting thing is, the actual credits of The Adventures of Tintin, which have something of the same stylized magic, are the best thing about the film. While I was watching, I kept thinking, "Gosh, wouldn't it be amazing if they could do the whole film like this?"
And that got me thinking about credits and general, and the often amazing bits of storytelling/scene-setting/etc. that get accomplished during them. Consider Hitler: The Last Ten Days.
After a prologue that sets out Hitler's astonishing rise to power, we cut to a map of Europe, and watch the Third Reich's rise and fall: