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‘Archer’ Goes Back to the 1940s in New Noir-Inspired Season

Season 8 of FXX’s hit animated series


is a departure for the show in that it takes place in the 1940s as an honest-to-goodness noir.

Show creator Adam Reed talks to

Animation World Network

about how he and his team came up with the new design of the season. “For this season, we all sat down and I said, ‘This is what we’re going to do,'” he explains. “Then the art department, after they rolled their eyes, started doing all this research in creating style books. They included everything from costumes to furniture to cars to architecture to what the streetlights looked like in 1947. After seeing all their research and the new drawings they were creating, I used their work to sort of populate my imagination. The vast majority of the design work was done by our talented artists. I didn’t sit down and say, ‘I want his lapels to be this wide‚Ķ'”

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