These days, you’d be a fool to leave a movie theatre as soon as the credits started to roll, because you’re more than likely to end up missing out on something important or fun if you do. The days when credits were nothing more than a list of the names of the people involved in the making a movie are long gone. Now, audiences are treated to mid-credits scenes and post-credits scenes, as well as interesting messages and funny jokes that are hidden within the credits themselves.
Of course, the key word there is “hidden”. Often, it’s hard to spot these fun inclusions with the naked eye – the mass of text included in any given movie’s credits can make it almost impossible to see them – but they’re definitely there and we’re going to show you a selection of the funniest.
Here are 10 hilarious jokes hidden in the credits of popular movies (in chronological order).
In Disney’s insanely popular 2013 animated movie Frozen, Kristoff – an iceman and one of the movie’s main characters – unashamedly claims that all men pick their nose and eat the contents, grossing Anna out in the process. Rather hilariously, Disney opted to avoid any booger-related lawsuits by placing the following message in the movie’s credits: "The views and opinions expressed by Kristoff in the film that all men eat their own boogers are solely his own and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Walt Disney Company or the filmmakers."
Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 cult classic Pulp Fiction follows the exploits of a plethora of Los Angeles mobsters and criminals, and includes a memorable scene in which Tim Roth’s Ringo holds up a restaurant with a gun. In the scene, Ringo asks the restaurant’s coffee shop manager – played by Robert Ruth – if he’s going to be a hero. Ruth’s character tries to respond by saying “I am not a hero. I’m just a coffee shop manager”, but is cut off before he gets the word “manager” out and ends up saying “I am not a hero. I’m just a coffee shop”. As a result, he is hilariously listed in the credits with the character name “Coffee Shop”.
Mallrats is another cult movie, from 1995 and directed by Kevin Smith, which follows two best friends as they seek refuge in a local mall after their girlfriends dump them. Smith likes to mention his parents in the credits of the movies he directs and Mallrats provides the best and funniest example of him doing that. In the credits, he simply thanks his Mom and Dad “for having sex all those years ago.” It’s simple, straight to the point and pretty damn funny.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
2011’s Mr. Poppper’s Penguins sees Thomas Popper – played by Jim Carrey – inheriting a group of penguins from his father. Although some of the penguin scenes used seamless CGI, there were also some real trained penguins used in the movie. As a result, a message was included in the credits to clarify that none of them came to any harm in the movie – but it also included a humorous add-on about Carrey. Specifically, the message said that “No penguins were harmed in the making of this film. Jim Carrey, on the other hand, was bitten mercilessly. But he had it coming.”
Guardians of the Galaxy
2104’s Guardians of the Galaxy is a superhero movie that brings together a group of space misfits in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; The outlaw Star-Lord, the assassin Gamora, the vengeful Drax, and the endearing and unlikely pairing of the talking raccoon known as Rocket and the tree-like humanoid Groot. Rocket and Groot were, of course, created using CGI, but Marvel Studios still opted to include a humorous message in the credits that stated "No raccoons or tree creatures were harmed during the making of this film."
Although these particular jokes in 2016’s Deadpool movie credits can hardly be described as “hidden”, audience members still had to be paying attention in order to see them. Occurring at the start of the movie, rather than at the end like the other entries in this list, Deadpool’s opening credits didn’t list any of the names of the people who worked on the movie, but simply listed a load of stereotypes instead – these credits are basically a roasting of every Hollywood film studio in existence. For example, the producers are listed as “asshats”, the director is named as “an overpaid tool” and the writers are labelled “the real heroes here”. Brilliant.