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Yahoo on July 2 announced that the first 10 episodes of Tom Hanks' animated web series Electric City, which are all 5-7 minutes, will premiere on Yahoo! beginning on July 17 with the remaining episodes being released July 18 and July 19.
The 90-minute action-packed sci-fi adventure series is created by and starring Hanks.
So what is 'Electric City?' Yahoo! Explains: 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.
According to Yahoo!, the series is a first of its kind 360 degree online interaction of digital, social, mobile and gaming media, will be shown as a multi-part series on Yahoo! Screen, and will be supported by a deeply immersive and interactive online experience that enhances the drama, mystery and intrigue of the series.
Electric City features a multi-talented cast that includes the voices of Tom Hanks, Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love, Grey Gardens), Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men), Ginnifer Goodwin (Walk the Line, A Single Man, He's Just Not That Into You), Jason Antoon, Chris Parnell, Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Georg Stanford Brown among many others.
The series is produced in partnership with Playtone Productions (owned by Hanks) and Reliance Entertainment.
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