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During and After the Credits

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There was once a time when one thing was certain: when the credits started rolling, you knew the movie was over.

Unless you liked the musical score or were curious to see who played the Security Guard or who the supervising hairdresser to the third assistant director was, then there was no point in sitting through the credits.

This just isn't the case anymore.

Showing additional scenes throughout the credits or a teaser scene after the credits is not a new practice, but it is now more common than ever.

How do you know whether to stay or to go? Word of mouth advance of a screening sometimes lets you know if there is something to see after the credits. You could also observe the other people in the audience after the movie. If the majority of the crowd is sitting through the credits, perhaps they know something you don't! Thankfully, there are also a number of websites devoted to post-credit scenes, stingers, and credit cookies.

Here is a brief list of during-the-credit and after-the-credit bonuses that make sitting through the credits worthwhile. Do you have a favorite not listed below? Let me know!

A Teaser of What's to Come

From Russia with Love (1963) — It isn't even a scene, and it runs just before the credits! The "James Bond will return in..." line is an early example of a credit teaser and a one that continued in subsequent Bond films, giving the audience something to look forward to at the end of each film.

 

 

Matrix Reloaded (2003) — An advantage of releasing two movies six months apart? You can promote the next movie with an actual trailer after the credits! This was the case when after the credits ran fans were treated to a preview of the final film in the Matrix trilogy, Matrix Revolutions.  Word of mouth helped with this one. I don't think there was anyone who didn't know to stay until after the credits.

 

Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), etc... — There is nothing that comic book fanboys like more than candy. 'nuff said!

 

 

An Extension of the Movie

Bad Seed (1956) — The credits here are spoken, and as the narrator names the actors they walk into and out of the frame. Patty McCormack and Nancy Kelly are saved for last and after the "credits" the bad seed receives the spanking she deserves!

 

 

 

Animal House (1978) — A classic! Universal Studios apparently honored the "Ask for Babs" post-credit promotion for over 10 years with a discounted admission. 

 

 

 

Airplane! (1980) — Another classic! The man getting into the cab during the opening credits wait is still waiting, with the meter running, after the credits. "Well, I've give him another 20 minutes."

 

 

Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) — Moriarty!

 

Inland Empire (2006) — "Sweet." Dancing girls, a monkey, strobe lights, a lumberjack sawing wood.... Nina Simone's "Sinnerman" never looked and sounded so good.

 

Bloopers and Outakes

Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) — The comedy continues into the credits because mistakes are funny.

Toy Story 3 (2010) — The comedy continues into the credits with this one also because it is funny when animated characters forget their lines and make mistakes.

Breaking the Fourth Wall

The Muppet Movie (1979) — This movie features scenes throughout the credits, so I can't imagine many people getting up to leave. Those who did missed Animal directly addressing the audience after the credits and saying "Go home! Go Home!"

 

 

The Great Muppet Caper (1981) — This one features a song throughout the first half of the credits. Those who left after the song missed Gonzo parachuting in at the very end of the credits, screaming "Wait! Don't go home yet!"  He says "Say cheese," and then takes a photograph of the audience. When the screen fades to black you hear him say, "I'll send you each a copy."

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) — The fourth wall was broken throughout this film, so it was only fitting to have this appropriate post-credit scene.

 

 

 

 

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I totally got played as I sat

I totally got played as I sat through the credits of Rise of the Planet of the Apes waiting for a something something that turned out to be a nothing nothing...Billy where was this blog post two months ago ?? Where were you when I needed you ??

Rise of the Planet of the

Rise of the Planet of the Apes makes me want to do a blog post on scenes that appear in trailers yet are not in the final cut of the movie. Case in point here: the scene shown in the TV spot trailers when the Franco character tells Caesar "Don't ever let them catch you" was not in the film!

I have watched credits for as

I have watched credits for as long as I remember. All those people who worked on the movie deserve my acknowledging them for their work. And I've been rewarded for sitting through them. Monty Python was known for funny credits. The movie wasn't over until you read them. Tempest, starring Raul Julia, had a curtain call after the credits, as if it were a live play. After the credits for History of the World Part I, Mel Brooks teased Part 2, which he never actually made, but made Spaceballs, instead. The teaser was funnier than the History of the World part I! Then there was the extra during and after the credits of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I know there are more, but that's all I can think of. And I loved every one of them!

Most recently, in both Thor

Most recently, in both Thor and Captain America there is a scene after the credits for "the Avengers" which comes out next summer.

I think it is now a given:

I think it is now a given: comic to film adaptations will have post-credit features.

Bill & Ted's Excellent adventure

The credits for Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure keep the movie going right to the very end. I can't recall the details, but I do recall thoroughly enjoyig them.

Party on!

A most excellent recommendation!

I watched the credits as a

I watched the credits as a child to let the crowd leave. But now I watch to give props to all the others who make the movie possible. Who knew what a grip was?

Yes, as a child I remember my

Yes, as a child I remember my options were: 1) leave the movie early to beat the crowds in the parking lot, 2) leave the movie early to beat the crowds standing in line at the restroom, 3) sit through the credits to avoid the crowds in the parking lot and restroom.

Animated Credits

Not quite the same thing, but I greatly enjoy the animated credits for Pixar, Disney, and even live-action movies. The credits for the otherwise ho-hum "Series of Unfortunate Events" are particularly good. They're done in the style of a shadow puppet show, and I found them quirkier than the entire movie. Always enjoyed the Pixar credits as well, especially the bloopers and extra scenes. And then there's all those "stylish" credits with niftily designed character/actor pictures [things like the "Sherlock Holmes" or "Rango" credits] and animated bits and bobs for all involved. It's become an artform in itself, like opening credits.

Yes, the Pixar credits are in

Yes, the Pixar credits are in a class all their own!

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