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Check out the exclusive poster and synopsis for Tom Hanks' animated web series Electric City

07.12.2012

When I first heard news of Tom Hanks' latest animated project ELECTRIC CITY, I began to roll my eyes thinking it would force a message of environmentalism down the viewer's throats, FERNGULLY style. But, I should have given Mr. Hanks more credit. ELECTRIC CITY looks like it is going to handle messages within the context of an action/noir story.

Plot: The world as we know it has ended and out of the rubble, the Electric City stands as a symbol of peace and security. Yet under the veneer of order lies a world full of secrets and violence. Secret police, back-alley dealings, daring chases, and murder all find a home in the “Electric City.” Through the lens of a functioning, yet dystopian metropolis, “Electric City” touches upon relevant global issues and themes including energy consumption, freedom of information, crime and punishment and more. The story unfolds gradually, layering mystery upon mystery, inviting viewers to interact with the content and each other. Metaphors and symbols are woven throughout, creating a perfect environment for puzzle-solving and community interaction. Like good science fiction, “Electric City” raises provocative questions about our own way of life and value systems. Short-form connecting storylines combined with vivid animation and a compelling score will keep audiences watching, while metaphors and a range of subject lines will keep them guessing—and reflecting.

ELECTRIC CITY will premiere on on Yahoo along with a fully interactive online experience comprised of behind the scenes footage, comic books, interactive maps, and more (see the exclusive poster below). The first ten episodes, which are all 5-7 minutes in length, will premiere on Yahoo! beginning on July 17th with the remaining episodes being released July 18th and July 19th.

Tom Hanks will lend his voice to the series along with a cast including Jeanne Tripplehorn , Holland Taylor, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Antoon, Chris Parnell, Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Georg Stanford Brown.

I dig the animation style. What do you think of ELECTRIC CITY?

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