The Academy Award winner creates and stars in a new animated series making its debut on Yahoo! on July 17th, along with an interactive app.
The Saving Private Ryan and Philadelphia star's production company Playtone has partnered with Yahoo! to debut the 90-minute series in a run of 5-7 minute episodes from the 17th through the 19th of this month. Set in the dystopian metropolis that gives the series its name, it involves shadowy agents of control manipulating the flow of information and energy in and out of the city using violence.
Here's the full 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.
The plan for Playtone and Yahoo! is to make Electric City a multi-screen interactive experience. For instance, on Yahoo!, you'll be able to find a 3D interactive map of Electric City to navigate and learn more about the series. Additionally, Reliance Entertainment, through their company Jump Games, will be releasing an iOS and Android app that features an RPG as well as digital comics tied to the series. The app will be available day and date with the first episode of the web series.
Electric City premieres July 17th at http://electriccity.yahoo.com, and you can check out the trailer on that page.