Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey features all of the scientific wonder and captivating visuals of Carl Sagan’s original Cosmos. But one way that the two programs differ is their treatment of historical moments in science.
While the original Cosmos used historical recreations to transport viewers back in time, the creators of the new series sought out a more sophisticated technique to bring history to life than the original Cosmos’ costumed characters.
A natural solution came from Cosmos executive producer Seth MacFarlane, who employed his expertise as the creator of multiple animated series (Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show) to animate the stories of Cosmos, working with his team to visualize moments in scientific history.
The Cosmos animators developed a specific style of animation for the series, both sophisticated and accessible enough to appeal to the series’ younger viewers.
Drawing inspiration from graphic novels, film noir, folk art and everything in between, the artists of Cosmos blended artistic styles to create animations as varied as the myriad worlds the series covers.
Utilizing realistic backgrounds and historically accurate settings to recreate famous figures in science, the animations in Cosmos still retain the series’ sense of wonder, allowing the characters in the Cosmos history to explore the universe in ways they only dreamed about.
Don’t miss the next episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, premiering this Monday at 10P.