The Wire opening theme gets animated treatment in new video |


See an animated version of The Wire's opening theme

The Wire spanned five seasons, each episode playing the HBO series’ memorable theme as it entered the world of Omar Little, Stringer Bell, and the Baltimore police.  

One fan decided to take that theme, “Way Down in the Hole,” as performed by the Blind Boys of Alabama during season 1, and give it an animated twist to pay homage to the series. 

Elliot Lim, an animator from the San Francisco Bay area, told the Guardian he wanted to make a tribute to the “brutally honest” show, which “had a bigger impact on me personally than anything else I’ve seen on TV.”

“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,” he said. “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.”

Watch Lim’s animated reimagining of The Wire theme above.