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Don’t They Know It’s the End of the World? Opening “Good Omens”

Peter Anderson describes the titles as "a totally bonkers mishmash of all animation styles in a way where they feel as if they belong together."

 

To introduce viewers to the wildly imaginative world of Amazon series Good Omens is, Lola Landkic explains, “a ragbag opening of epic proportions created by Peter Anderson Studio and featuring music by composer David Arnold. The sequence combines the characters, humor and surreal tone of the series with 3D objects, live-action elements, and original 2D illustrations, finding a sweet spot somewhere between the otherworldly work of illustrator Dave McKean and the wacky collage of director-animator Terry Gilliam.” To read the full article, click here.

Peter Anderson describes those titles to Ian Failes as “a totally bonkers mishmash of all animation styles in a way where they feel as if they belong together.”

“Our titles really mimic the drama,” continues Anderson, “because in the show, for instance, you’ve got a classic English countryside and then suddenly a spacecraft that’s been drawn by a child and remade in 3D comes flying down and aliens come out that have duck heads. We had to work in that same totally bonkers spirit.”

From The Art of the Title's feature on the making of the "Good Omens" sequence
From The Art of the Title’s feature on the making of the “Good Omens” sequence

“We wanted it to feel like a British, bonkers epic, a fantastical journey with elements of both humor and poignancy,” art director Red Isaac tells Landevic. “We achieved epic through our environments, bonkers and fantastical through the unusual juxtaposition of techniques and color and then humor and poignancy through the small layered details. We also thought it important to show that this is an ambitious and modern show. I think we achieved this through being aspirational and daring with what we produced.” To read the full interview, click here.

To read about the process of the creating the titles and view “making of” videos, click here for Landevic’s article on The Art of the Title and click here for Failes’ article on Polygon.

Read more: The Good Omens Title Designer on the Sequence’s Hidden Details

Read more: Good Omens on The Art of the Title

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