Catch This

Set to the score created by John Williams, the opening credits sequence for the movie "Catch Me If You Can" (starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio in 2002) is arguably one of the best opening animation sequences for a major motion picture.

Paris-based animators Olivier Kuntzel, 41, and Florence Deygas, 37, created a look that suited the '60s-set story. ''Spielberg wanted a sequence in the spirit of that '60s era, like Saul Bass,'' says Kuntzel, referring to the legendary designer credited with distinctive openers (and posters) for 1958's ''Vertigo'' and 1959's ''Anatomy of a Murder.'' Over four months, the duo pressed hundreds of ministamps of each character's body parts onto paper, cut them out ''South Park''-style, and scanned them to move along a computer-animated backdrop. Amazingly, they hadn't seen any of the film before starting. ''We read the book and decided on some images,'' recalls Deygas. (www.ew.com)

In addition to charming graphics, each of the names which appears in the animation changes in interesting ways.  Stems of letters ascend or descend, and ease the transition into each new scene.  Planes fly out of them, people dive behind them, and chairs are sculpted by the descending sides of the letters.  This sequence clearly demonstrates the Creative Use of Type.