I don’t know why Frank insisted on bringing me to this dinner party, I don’t even know what to talk about and everyone’s already having a conversation, it’d be awkward to butt in. A steakhouse? Really? I’m a pescetarian, Frank. We’ve known each other ten years. Nobody’s even bothered to comment on my coat or offered a tummy rub. Your friends are shit, Frank.
Did you think that your feet had been bound By what gravity brings to the ground?
I took a class in college called Film Music. it was a class about the music used in film. This included film scores and songs picked by a music director for the film’s soundtrack. As a movie and music lover, this class was awesome. We got to watch movies and pick apart the music. It left me with a greater appreciation and understanding of the music that is developed, selected, and used in movies. It also left me with the need to stay through to the very end of the credits. The professor for this class was passionate about this last bit. The film doesn’t end when the last scene fades to black; the film ends with the film reel ends, which means the film truly ends at the end of the credits. There are some recent developments in film style that have encouraged audiences to stay until the end: gag reel or deleted scenes played alongside the credits and, of course, the easter egg scene now almost expected of superhero movies (thanks to the Avenger-related movies). Granted, this type of ploy to get the audience to watch the credits isn’t new. Monty Python films tend to have the entire credits show at the beginning of their movies and incorporate funny gags throughout (see Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail credits and pay attention to the “Norwegian” subtitles) and the Naked Gun series of films include fake/gag production titles and names sprinkled throughout the credits, too. I loved spotting these as a kid. It was like finding those hidden easter eggs in movies and video games. They just tickled me.
As seen, here, Pixar has their own style of getting their audiences to sit through the credits. I love how Pixar gets people to sit through their credits. While the above stills aren’t necessarily alongside the credits (these illustrate the history and evolution of the humans back on earth depicted in the various major styles of art through history) as the camera pans on the tree in the last image, it shows that its roots had sprouted from the very plant Wall-E found at the start of the movie. This begins the credits and credits include 8-bit versions of the robots from the film and Wall-E’s pet cockroach skittering across the credits and the screen. Finding Nemo does something similar by having all the various fish from the film swimming among the credits as they scroll past. The class I took in college, as well as greater understanding over the years of how films are made, has made me want to read the credits and to acknowledge that it took hundreds, even thousands, of people to make a film. They’re not famous or you wouldn’t really recognize them on the street, but they deserve at least a couple of minutes of our time as a thanks for their hard work to create something that gives us a couple of hours to escape from our lives.