Leonard Part 6 (1987) (part 2 of 15)
The movie starts, and before we even get to the credits, when we’re still seeing Lady Columbia holding her torch, we hear an odd, ominous tune that sounds like it belongs in a Halloween kids movie. I mean, it’s even got the “spooky” theramin going and everything. It sounds like we’re about to watch a haunted house movie featuring the likes of Steve Guttenberg, or Christopher Lloyd, or god forbid, both.
Then again, maybe the soundtrack is just warning us of Joe Don Baker’s terrifying, monstrous presence later.
Okay, I really need to talk about these credits. Because frankly, they’re a joke. And not in a “ha-ha funny” sort of way, more like in a way where I’m not sure I can even make fun of them any more than they already make fun of themselves.
They’re done in the style of crappy paper dolls that look like a little kid drew them. They include various animals (rabbits, turtles, frogs, etc.) beside each credit, and the lettering looks like a ten-year-old’s scribblings on a chalkboard. The cartoon animals are animated, but only in the simplest, most rudimentary way. For instance, a frog lets out its tongue to eat the “6” in the title, and a rattlesnake jerks its rattling tail and a credit goes flying off the screen. This animation, I would say, is only slightly more complex than panning the camera across still drawings.
However, lest you think this movie is even more insane than it already is, the whole “animal” theme actually relates to the story, what there is of it. But to me at least, it would seem that if your movie is this bad, about the last thing you’d want is stupid, crappy, cheap-looking opening credits that only invite more criticism. But amazingly, that’s what they went for here. Hmm. Maybe they didn’t realize just how awful this movie is.
Nah. Couldn’t be.