July 17, 2012 : Tom Hanks’ Electric City

Tom Hanks created a new animated series called Electric City. The interesting thing about this series is that it will air exclusively online – on Yahoo’s video site, Yahoo! Screen. It is one of the first major animation productions specifically designed for online viewing (at least that I know of). Today, the first ten episodes aired, each one 5-7 minutes. Over the next two days, the remaining ten will be released. Below is the first episode:

The animation clearly has a decent sized budget, and the story concept is pretty interesting; however I think it’s a little underdeveloped and stalls at times. While I am mildly curious to see how the series wraps up, I am more interested to see what kind of impact, in any, it has on future online animated series. I’m not sure exactly what the business model is for this type of roll out, but it’s different… and that definitely catches my attention.

posted by Pi Visuals at 10:22 pm

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