Generations of Koreans gracefully sashay through the main titles of Apple TV Plus’ Pachinko, a joyful homage to family that precedes a story in which the ties that bind are not always occasion for happiness.

Elastic’s Angus Wall and Nadia Tzuo worked with Pachinko series creator Soo Hugh to design the sequence, which was drawn from notes she scribbled while writing the series treatment. The title sequence is composed of two distinct parts – in part one, the past is evoked through a series of fading photos, while part two features the cast in various phases of dance in the middle of a colorful Pachinko parlor. The sequence is set to a version of The Grass Roots’ “Let’s Live for Today.”

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Based on the novel by Min Jin Lee, Pachinko tells the story of four generations of Koreans. As World War I breaks out in Europe, the story’s central character, Sunja (Kim Minha, Youn Yuh-jung) is forced to immigrate to Osaka, Japan from rural Korea, unknowingly bringing generations with her. Koreans were treated as second-class citizens by the Japanese at that time, and that racism follows the characters all the way to 1989, including to Sunja’s smart, educated and successful grandson, Solomon (Jin Ha).

Pachinko premiered March 25 on Apple TV Plus, with new episodes dropping on Fridays.

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Client: Apple TV Plus

Design Studio: Elastic

Creative Directors: Angus Wall, Nadia Tzuo

Animators: Lucy Kim, Trix Taylor, Zack Citro, Chavilah Bennett

Editors: Nathaniel Park, Rachel Fowler

Designers: Nadia Tzuo, Carlo Sa

Typographer: Ben Woodlock

Color Pipeline Management: Andrew Young

Senior Producer: Paul Makowski

Producer: HJ Kim

Deputy Head of Production: Zach Wakefield

Executive Producer: Luke Colson

Executive Producer / Head of Production: Kate Berry

Managing Director: Jennifer Sofio Hall

Color Studio: Primary

Colorist: Kya Lou

Color Assistant: Ale Amato, Corey Martinez, David Oh

Color Producer: Diane Valera

Color Coordinator: Jessica Clark

Executive Producer: Thatcher Peterson

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