Title sequences can become iconic. These familiar scenes from movies, television, and video games often become etched in our memories.
They also serve as a cultural marker of sorts, helping us define an era. For example, Star Wars has come to define the late 1970s and early 1980s. These days, the title of Stranger Things has forged its own signature.
Let’s have a look at eight famous titles that designers felt worthy of imitation. Some are spot-on facsimiles, while others use a bit more artistic license. But they’re all worth celebrating in our book.
Avengers Infinity Title Morph by Noah Malewicz
See the Pen Avengers:Infinity Morph by Noah Malewicz
CSS Itchy & Scratchy from The Simpsons by Alvaro Montoro
Everyone’s favorite cartoon cat and mouse are represented here with pure CSS. The opening title (shown in countless episodes of The Simpsons) demonstrates the power of CSS positioning and transforms. It might even outshine the intentionally simplistic style of the original.
See the Pen CSS Itchy &Scratchy (from The Simpsons) by Alvaro
Animated CSS Title from Frozen by Mandy Michael
The title text from the much-adored Disney films is recreated using a variety of CSS techniques. The snippet combines gradients, blend modes, and background clipping to bring the logo to life. Even better is that you can customize the text by clicking and writing a message.
See the Pen CSS only Frozen text by Mandy Michael
Netflix Intro Animation in Pure CSS by Claudio Bonfati
See the Pen Netflix Intro Animation Pure CSS by Claudio Bonfati
SNL Text Animation by Tom Miller
Live from the web, it’s Saturday night! The legendary Saturday Night Live has gone through multiple styles. This animation reflects the modern motif, with a mix of hand-drawn letters and the New York City skyline. The best part? You don’t have to stay up late to watch.
See the Pen SNL Text Animation by Tom Miller
Responsive Pac-Man Title & Playable Game by Margaux Darriberouge
See the Pen Pac-Man Game (vanilla JS) – Responsive by Margaux Darriberouge
Friends TV Title & UI by Echo Brain
Relive the glory days of the popular 90s sitcom with this snippet. The instantly-recognizable font and colors are all there. You’ll also find a card UI, with fun character quotes that display upon hovering over one.
See the Pen F.R.I.E.N.D.S by echobrain
Aliens Animated Title by Chris Smith
This spooky glowing text from the sci-fi film franchise certainly sets the mood. And it was built using surprisingly little CSS. We’re not sure what’s scarier: the movies or the ease with which this was created!
See the Pen Aliens text animation by Chris Smith
The Fusion of Code & Pop Culture
Perhaps people don’t gather around the television to watch as a group these days. But TV shows, movies, and games still connect us. And the code-based tributes above are a fun way to share that bond.
They also demonstrate some impressive technical leaps forward. Web animation, typography, and special effects have evolved quite a bit. Each plays a role in making these snippets recognizable and enjoyable.
Want to see more famous titles recreated with code? Be sure to visit our CodePen collection!