Syfy's Eureka Gets Animated This Holiday Season

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(L-R) Colin Ferguson as Sheriff Jack Carter and Matt Frewer as Dr. Jim Taggart in last year's Eureka Christmas-themed episode "O'Little Town." Frewer is set to return in this year's holiday tale "Do You See What I See," but not looking quite like himself

Last December, fans of Syfy’s Eureka were given a very special holiday gift in the form of the Christmas-themed episode “O’ Little Town.” In it, Sheriff Jack Carter and Eureka’s other residents along with the entire town are in danger of shrinking into non-existence when Dr. Jim Taggart’s “Santaology” technology malfunctions.

This year, the show’s producers and creators have come up with a brand-new present for audiences to unwrap when the holiday season rolls around. The stand-alone episode “Do You See What I See” will be a first for Eureka, in which the small Pacific Northwest community of geniuses will be transformed into animated versions of themselves.

In the episode, Sheriff Carter (Colin Ferguson) and Dr. Allison Blake (Salli-Richardson Whitfield) are secretly planning the perfect holiday surprise for their kids. However, something mysterious interferes with the super-photon generator designed to create a faux winter wonderland on Main Street, sending a kaleidoscopic wave of color crashing over Eureka, and leaving the entire town as well as its inhabitants animated.

Adapting to the rules of their animated world, our cartoon heroes encounter talking creatures, anthropomorphized machines, and snowy foes as they race to find a solution to their predicament before Christmas morning. If not, they could potentially remain cartoons forever.

“Do You See What I See” features a number of well-known guest-stars who will be voicing a variety of characters. Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) is set to voice Carter’s long put-upon jeep that has had enough of his owner’s cavalier attitude towards him. Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica) will voice Rudy, the leader of a pack of sled dogs who befriends Deputy Andy (Kavan Smith). Chris Parnell (30 Rock) reprises his role as Dr. Noah Drummer from last season’s Christmas episode. Matt Frewer (Dr. Jim Taggart) also returns and will be featured as an animated, altered version of himself who helps Jo Lupo (Erica Cerra) make an important realization about her tough-girl image.

Leading production and entertainment company Curious Pictures will produce the animation featured in the episode, which will be broken up into different styles including anime, claymation, animation inspired by the Looney Tunes cartoons and modern CG.

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A native of Massachusetts, Steve Eramo has been a Sci-Fi fan since childhood, having been brought up on such TV shows as Star Trek and Space: 1999. He is also an Anglophile and lover of British TV. A writer for 35 years – 17 of those as a fulltime freelancer – Steve has had over 2,500 feature-length…

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