Ah, the 80s, a time when it was cheaper to have American shows animated in Japan. Often times, the work on the show itself was crap and subcontracted out, but the openings... the openings were where they poured all the money and let their A-team shine. This post is dedicated to the great openings that may or may not have been better than the actual show. (Inspired by this post.)
Let's start off with the most famous example:
I know it's blasphemy because of pants, but it was beautifully animated:
Just check that Rotoscoping:
This is what it's like to fly through space:
Heathcliff, Heathcliff, where are you-ou?
The movement on the little girl at the end looks almost real:
Check that 360 work:
Never even heard of this show until recently. Really nice movement on the hair.
This is one of the first cartoons in my memory. You can't get more 80s than a fairy in legwarmers:
Oh wait. Yes, you can:
Can you think of any more?