Scene 1 (00:24-2:56): The Opening Titles

A tribute to Saul Bass  –  Kuntzel+Deygas  –  Denis Yoo and Tintin

A Tribute to Saul Bass

I’ll start with a comment on film technique: the movie titles and the movie’s artwork are a tribute to the late graphic designer Saul Bass!

Opening titles of the Steven Spielberg movie “Catch Me If You Can’
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Opening titles of the Steven Spielberg movie ‘Catch Me If You Can’
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This is not a situation where many words are needed to argue the case. Here are some examples of pure, “minimalist” movie posters by Saul Bass. Judge for yourself! See the similarity — the reduction of shapes to silhouettes and the systematic use of spot colors?

Movie poster of graphic designer Saul Bass

Movie poster of the graphic designer Saul Bass        Movie poster of the graphic designer Saul Bass        Movie poster of the graphic designer Saul Bass

has an excellent page on Saul Bass if you’re looking for extra info. I can save you some Googling too: have a quick look at this overview of overview of classic Saul Bass movie posters.

Overview of Saul Bass movie posters (6:29)

Now watch the opening sequence again if you have to!

Catch Me If You Can – opening titles (2:41)

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Kuntzel+Deygas

The “retro” opening sequence of “Catch Me If You Can” was designed by the French duo and .

Logo of the graphic designers Kuntzel+Deygas

Kuntzel+Deygas, designers of opening titles of the Steven Spielberg movie ‘Catch Me If You Can’
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Believe it or not, but The Simpsons in their turn spoofed Spielberg’s opening sequence in “”, the 18th epsiode of season 15. Homer and Marge try to have a vacation alone, but get chased around the country by the children Bart and Lisa. In Atlantic City, they go on the run once more in an animated sequence accompanied by John Williams’ soundtrack!

Animated sequence of ‘Catch ’Em If You Can’, episode of ‘The Simpsons’       Animated sequence of ‘Catch ’Em If You Can’, episode of ‘The Simpsons’

Here’s the clip if you want to check it out, Simpson fans!

The Simpsons – season 15 – episode 18: Catch ’Em If You Can (1:27)

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Dennis Yoo and Tintin

To a large extent, Spielberg has since used the same animated, “cartoon-like” style for the opening sequence of “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn”. I say “to a large extent”, because there’s less stylization and more color in parts of that opening sequence. (Dennis Yoo of was the art director of those opening titles, but you can be sure that plenty of colleagues of his — previz artists, animators, prop designers, you name it — worked on the sequence too...)
IMDB page on The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

Opening titles of the Steven Spielberg movie ‘The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn’

Opening titles of the Steven Spielberg movie ‘The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn’

Here are the opening credits if you haven’t seen the movie!

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn – the opening titles (2:53)

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