Briefly, extra scenes include:
- The traditional extra scene that hints at what might be involved in the next movie of a series.
- Bloopers, interviews, etc.
- Photos from the movie or real life events.
- Sound effects outside of the music (it can be REALLY subtle sometimes).
- On screen text that doesn’t relate to the credits, like “In Memory Of” or what happened later to the real-life people in biography-based films.
- Simply put: an extra is anything that isn’t just the standard rolling credits. (But doesn’t include the Title Credits — see below for why.)
How does RunPee’s ‘Anything Extra’ end scene feature work?
While the button displays if there is/isn’t anything extra, sometimes the answer is more complicated than that. The “extra” might be something simple that isn’t worth sticking around for, or there might be more than one extra scene included — and that’s becoming more and more common. You certainly don’t want to wait for an extra scene two minutes into the credits and then leave, only to realize there were one or more scenes later on. (Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 had FIVE extra scenes, plus some “I am Groot” fun through the entire rolling credits sequence.)
Tickets cost too much to waste by missing stuff. But you also don’t want to sit there for 10 minutes for nothing — especially if you have to pee. So, just press the Peetimes button and scroll down, and we’ll give you all the details…without spoiling anything.
Plus, you can find out how long the credits run for, how long the extras run for, and if we think it’s worth waiting around (although those are opinions — if you’re a big fan, then you might think something is more meaningful than we thought). Once we told you to drag people back to their seats if you see them leaving, because the extras were actually the denouement of the current movie.
Here’s an example of the Anything Extra information for The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.
Great! But what counts as an extra scene?
This is a question that’s perplexed us for years. Most of the time it’s very clear if there is, or isn’t, an extra scene. But there’s a lot of middle ground, with people wondering, “Did that count as something extra? What about this little thing?”
After over 10 years of debating, this is what we use as a guideline for deciding if a movie has anything extra: if there is anything at all other than the standard rolling credits and music, then that counts as Something Extra.
For a long while we tried to offer our best judgment about extras, and didn’t consider really simple things, like strange sounds or odd graphics to be extras. But invariably we would be corrected by RunPee fans who would say, “OMG, that odd sound effect at the end of the credits has to do with such-and-such and gives us a clue who the villain will be in the sequel. You’d know this if you read the comic.”
Although we see every wide-release movie, we don’t know the backstories of every wide-release movie. So we mention everything, in case you don’t want to miss even the subtlest thing, like the audio-only soft space noises and console beepings at the very end of Ed Astra, which may have been a clue about something in the story, as one perceptive fan pointed out. But other people complained that we made them wait for nothing. This is why you have to read more than the Is/Isn’t information: press the button and get all the details that way.
Title Credits: the exception
Title Credits are those “fancy” credits that sometimes run for about the first two minutes after a sci-fi, fantasy, animated, or superhero movie. Those don’t count as an extra, since they don’t advance the plot — usually. If the Title Credits deliver something additional to the story, then we might count that as an extra.
Bonus scenes before the credits are not mentioned, since we assume you are still in your seat.
So…the short answer:
If there’s so much as a “Boo!” (or pig snort, monkey screech, jungle drums, engine revving — seriously, ANYTHING) during, or at the end of the credits, then we count that as an extra. Our fans let us know if we missed anything at all, even if it’s just a dedication to someone in the cast or crew. (If you are a completist, this is a good thing: you might be the one person left in the theater to catch the sound of a young Anakin Skywalker breathing like Darth Vader…in the only Star Wars movie with an extra.)
Here’s the most important part you need to know:
We describe the Extras in detail — without spoiling anything — and tell you if they’re worth waiting for. Some people use the RunPee app just for our Extras feature!
We see movies on opening night. There have been occasions there wasn’t anything extra in our viewing, but later showings did have extras. In a few cases there have been extras only for the opening night premiers. (I think Hollywood is just messing with us sometimes.)