Tom Hanks has debuted the first footage from his new animated sci-fi web-series Electric City, which he developed in collaboration with Yahoo! I was initially excited about this project when it was announced, but now having seen some footage, it didn't really end up being what I was expecting. I was expecting something that looked a lot better, but the animation, style, and design turned out looking a little cheap.
The series was created by Hanks, and he stars in it alongside Jeanne Tripplehorn, Holland Taylor, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Antoon, Chris Parnell, and Paul Scheer. The first ten 5-7 minute episodes will premiere on Yahoo! starting on July 17th, with the other episodes being released July 18th and July 19th. The idea is built around an interactive experience so that the viewers can interact with the content and with each other. The story sounds like it could be interesting.
Here's the Synopsis:
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.
In addition to superior quality, high-end graphic animation designed specifically for the Internet, “Electric City” on Yahoo! Screen will feature an immersive and interactive online experience featuring a 3-D map of ‘Electric City,’ behind-the-scenes footage of the cast, games and more. The “Electric City” experience can be found on http://electriccity.yahoo.com.
Maybe it will end up being better than it looks. I just expected to see something with more quality and care put into it. I figured because Hanks is behind the series that it would have been decent quality stuff. I'll give the series a shot to see if it grabs my attention, but this promo trailer didn't do it for me. Check it out and tell us if you think it looks good! Am I being too hard on it?