The Art of Video Games: Earthworm Jim” Exhibition Video

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  • NARRATOR: Creator Doug TenNapel and designer David Perry had a lot of fun designing “Earthworm Jim.” The story is based on a worm that transforms into an intergalactic hero after a robotic space suit fell from the sky. Visual treats include launching a cow into the air, riding on the back of a giant hamster, and careening down an interstellar halfpipe.

    “Earthworm Jim” represented the pinnacle of 2-dimensional animation at a time when game designers were just beginning to explore 3D. In this game, players enjoyed interactive graphics that boasted the quality of traditional cell animation. The exaggerated style, combined with a comical script and dynamic music, created an experience that blurred the line between cartoons and video games.

    Earthworm Jim Ω 1994 Interplay Entertainment Corp. Earthworm Jim, the Earthworm Jim logo, Interplay, the Interplay logo, and "By Gamers. For Gamers." Are trademarks of Interplay Entertainment Corp.

    This video is one of 80 displayed in The Art of Video Games exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.