Even if you grew up watching every episode of the classic TV comedy The Munsters, we guarantee we have a clip from the show you’ve never seen before.
It was made by Zach Smothers, a self-described “color artist” who adds color to black and white images and videos. This is a very long process, because Smothers does everything by hand, and in a video every single frame needs to be colored individually.
That means this version of the Munsters intro, with color by Smothers, is really 1,300 individual paintings that he’s stitched together. It’s a lot of work, but the results are phenomenal.
Some people hate to see color added to old black and white shows, but Smothers says this is the wrong way to think about it. The only reason TV shows stayed black and white for so long was because of how expensive it used to be to shoot in color.
If shows had their choice back then, Smothers thinks all our great TV memories would be in color. He’s shown what that would look like with some great colorized shots of our favorite old shows:
(We know the Mary Tyler Moore show was in color, but this photo wasn’t!)
For now this is just a hobby, but Smothers hopes to make colorizing his job someday. We definitely think he has the skills to do it. If you want to see more of his work you can find it on his website, Pop Colorture.