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Charles
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I thought it would be fun to utilize YouTube and post up openings for TV shows, the contenet of which was live action, but with anaimted openings.

For example, 'The Wild Wild West' from the mid 1960s:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYCgq8q9Ofw&NR=1

Or 'I Dream of Jeannie' from its first season:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l32ZLcSHG5M

And a later season in color:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GrmAsjmHt8

How about 'Bewitched'...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23AFbpNPJes

Please feel free to contribute what you discover. It will help us in building out AN's video archives.

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Wonder how many out there remember 'It's About Time' original opening...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1G-TsdNWGg

A later opening for the same show...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1G-TsdNWGg

How about 'The Honeymooners' original opening...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHqq0WVXiEE

And the one that is best known...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFy4kB1Yccw

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Here's a gem, the opening of 'Mr. Terrific'...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llY1rvs31Ps

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JDC
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BATMAN

The first time I saw this as a kid, I thought.. "Wow, what a cool looking cartoon show!" then Adam West appeared and killed it.

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Pigboy
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Here's a real oldie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tEdztzdeGc

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EustaceScrubb
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There is a recent TV show (from Great Britain) with some really nice animated titles and wraparounds done by Atlanta-based animator Joanna Davidovich called "Touch Me I'm Karen Taylor" .

Here are the titles:


"Touch Me I'm Karen Taylor" titles and wraparounds

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Animagus
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Looking back at the "Jeannie" opening, I now see that the animators understood squash, stretch, anticipations, etc. even with the bottle, which almost has a personality of it's own.
And how many of those "It's About Time" episodes did Richard Donner direct? He must have done those before he did the "Danger Island" episodes for "The Banana Splits". And to think he would go on to make "The Omen", "Superman" and the Lethal Weapons.
It's kind of a stretch to call the "Mr. Terrific" opening "animation", but it does tell a little story through pictures in a sequence. And Paul Frees' voice always takes me back to my childhood, He was almost like an Orson Wells for kids.

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The Partridge Family animated opening title sequence:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZOcbnihO9A

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My Three Sons:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-PbwJ0VXhs

And check out these compilation clips I found on YouTube:


Animated Theme Intros to 60's Sitcoms PART 1


Animated Theme Intros to 60's Sitcoms PART 2

Also, there were several different versions of the "Bewitched" opening titles. Here's the 1964 B & W sequence with sponsor Chevrolet featured in the titles:

Bewitched/Chevrolet 1964 Opening Credits Intro


PBS series "Mystery" :


PBS "Mystery" Title Sequence

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Wonder Woman:


Wonder Woman animated opening titles

Ok, these next two are barely animated, but there's that animated fuse in Mission Impossible and The Saint graphics are kind of animated .

Mission Impossible opening titles


The Saint "animated" opening titles

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Animagus
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I caught a vintage "Partridge Family" episode on DVD about a week ago. In the episode, the family has a run in with a skunk, and goes to a motel to get cleaned up. The location they used was that "Safari" place on Olive in Burbank, across the street from "House of Secrets", and about halfway between the old location of Charles' school, and where we have classes for now.
The whole area looked amazingly similar to how it still looks. You could see that "St. Finbar's" church in the background, just as you can today.

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quote:
"The location they used was that "Safari" place on Olive in Burbank, across the street from "House of Secrets", and about halfway between the old location of Charles' school, and where we have classes for now.
The whole area looked amazingly similar to how it still looks. You could see that "St. Finbar's" church in the background, just as you can today."

I love seeing Toluca Lake and Burbank locations in 60's and 70's TV shows.
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Although it featured some animation during the show, Monty Python's Flying Circus had the most unique animated openings on TV for its day thanks to Terry Gilliam.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq37WSg9ESg

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Charles
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Found another animated opening for a live action show.

This goes back to the original 'Dennis the Menace' TV series from the late 50s and early 60s...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGVhY6tg2iM

And another almost completely forgotten. From the same time period, the animated opening to the TV series 'Dobie Gillis'...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsfFf8KFELo

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