With its 1.33 cropping and squawky Japanese-transistor-radio sound, this YouTube clip of the main-title sequence from Clive Donner‘s What’s New, Pussycat? feels a bit underwhelming. But it’s still one of the liveliest, bounciest and most vigorously designed main-title sequences ever thrown together for a ’60s film.
More to the point, for an anarchic, occasionally amusing but not-especially-good ’60s comedy. Because that’s the category we’re dealing with here — great opening credits followed by a letdown movie.
The only other two examples I can think of are the ’60s montage “The Times They Are A’Changin'” credits for Watchmen and Saul Bass’s legendary black-cat credit sequence for Walk on The Wild Side.