Is there anything Tom Hanks can’t do? Since the 1980s he’s been a star of dramas and comedies, a director and a producer. Most recently he’s poked fun at himself on shows like 30 Rock and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Today Tom Hanks shows us his nerdy side, with the release of his animated web series on Yahoo, “Electric City.”
“Electric City” is a dystopian tale set in a futuristic city. It will touch on “relevant global issues and themes including energy consumption, freedom of information, crime and punishment and more,” according to Yahoo. From the 30 second trailer, I got a Minority Report meets Sin City feel. Hanks stars as a voice actor along with Jeanne Tripplehorn, Holland Taylor, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Antoon, Chris Parnell, and Paul Scheer.
The series, created by Playtone and Reliance Entertainment, will feature episodes four to six minutes long. The story will be expanded through related iOS and Android apps. These apps will offer digital comic books and a role-playing game featuring characters from the series.
“Electric City” is Yahoo’s first original scripted show. Original indeed. Hanks has a great idea for a show and utilized technology to enhance the story, while making it available for many at the same time. Playtone Partner Gary Goetzman said in a statement, “’Electric City’ brings viewers into a totally unique world through a truly immersive online experience whether they’re at home on their computers or mobile on their tablets and smartphones.”
You can be one of the first to catch the web series here at their Facebook page