The Wire ended in 2008 after a run of five critically acclaimed series.
San Francisco Bay area animator Elliot Lim chose to animated the opening sequence because The Wire is one of his favorite shows. The drama, which took placed in Baltimore, examined the social, political, and economic inner workings of the city from the perspective of multiple characters. Lim said the series “had a bigger impact on [him] personally than anything else [he’s] seen on TV.”
In the animated opening, Lim creatively showcases all the key elements of the show—from criminals to cops to political corruption. He told The Guardian:
I think it really shows that the world, even when it comes to something as divisive as the drug trade, is not black and white. I appreciated how the show refused to condemn or vilify any of its characters, no matter how flawed they might be. I had never seen anything quite like it. On top of that, it was just an incredibly entertaining, gratifying experience, with great characters and writing.”
See the animated tribute below:
What do you think? Are you a fan of The Wire? Do you think the animation captures the series?