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Top 10 Creative Closing Credits (Excluding Post-Credit Scenes)

It's only right that that post-credit scenes are excluded, as this list is dedicated towards the designs and animations of the credits themselves, not to mention Watchmojo've already got that list.
Just to say, some of these suggestions may hint towards what the ends of the movies are so, a SPOILER ALERT just in case. You have been warned...
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    1Up (2009)
    Once the movie ends with Carl becoming Russell's surrogate father, Carl's Adventure Book becomes the movies credits as we see their new lives back in America alongside an academy-award winning score.
    Not only is this an emotional finale, but seeing the photographs work alongside each credit (e.g. Carl telling a camp-fire story for 'Story Supervisor') made it all the more witty.
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  • 2Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
    It begins on a great note with the creepy and enticing score by Thomas Newman, and then get better with some fantastic animation style.
    With story-boarding that always makes you question exactly what is what in the animation, these credits also beautifully echoed the illustrations of the books this movie was based on.
  • 3West Side Story (1961)
    Rather than diving straight into something overblown, these credits are kept subdued as the camera pans various walls looking for the credits hidden in the rough Graffiti.
    Designed by Saul Bass, most commonly known for his opening credits to Hitchcock movies such as Vertigo, this is his only staple in the art of closing credits, as well as one of his few to be entirely live action.
  • 4Dreamgirls (2006)
    The credits are as big as the finale, as the big Motown music blares loudly to the highlights of each cast-member.
    Stick by until the end of the cast though, and you're treated to sketches of the costumes and sets which then transform into the real-life costumes and sets. How's that for a wink to the critics?
  • 5Ironman (2008)
    These credits give us a technologically advanced take on retro as we see the 3D blueprints for the Ironman suit.
    The rough and shaky style and glowing colours against the black, alongside the Ironman song make it 100% awesome for 100% Ironman.
  • 6The Incredibles (2004)
    The credits to the other Brad Bird Pixar movie, Ratatouille, are also worth mentioning, but I think The Incredibles just has the upper hand.
    With an angular style taken from the film-makers concept art, and an exciting score which echoes 950's superhero shows, this was a stylish and exciting way to end the movie.
  • 7Wall-E (2008)
    The end credits is somewhat and end-credits scene in itself, as we see humans land back on earth and begin to become self-sufficient once again.
    The styles, working their way through the art periods from cave-paintings to impressionism, also reflect the rebirth of civilization.
    Even though scientifically it's nonsense, seeing Wall-E and Eve awe at the tree that grew from the boot that started it all is a tug at the heart strings.
  • 8Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
    Nobody really knew whether or not this movie was going to be successful enough to garner a sequel, so it was a smart movie for these credits to work either way.
    These credits saw, what we presume was the disease that wiped out the human race, overtake the planet from country to country.
  • 9The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    This was a demonstration of the advanced technology, as these were photographs of the actors with just enough rendering to look sketchy and remain beautiful.
    These credits, which finally arrive about a dozen endings, show us sketches of all of the cast drawn in front of us with the Adacemy Award winning song playing in the background.
  • 10High Fidelity (2000)
    Giving us the names of the crew on bright posters and stickers, alongside a Stevie Wonder song, was exactly what we needed.
    It only seemed fitting that a music-themed movie had music-themed credits, so these worked a treat.
  • 11The Lego Movie (2014)
    After the surprisingly touching finale of this surprisingly good movie, credits features some scenes in a large Lego set, timed to the catchy-as-hell Everything is Awesome!
    Taking over a year to animate, the end credits to the Lego Movie is completely made up of real-life lego bricks, ironic considering the movie itself was CGI.

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