Tom Hanks' socially conscious Web series set to premiere on Yahoo!
Tom Hanks is bringing some of his unique creativity to Yahoo!
Hanks, 55, is bringing his animated futuristic series, "Electric City," to Yahoo! in the spring. The series will consist of 20 episodes that each will vary from three to four minutes long, according to the Associated Press.
The series is set in a city that appears to be peaceful, located in a post-apocalyptic world. The theme of the show is socially conscious, tackling issues that are relevant to today, including energy consumption and freedom of information.
For Hanks, the show's release marks the end of his searching for the right venue to showcase the project. The actor first tried making the series using puppets, before finding an online outlet with Yahoo. He earlier announced it would be released in early 2011, according to the wire service.
Former "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow also had an online series, "Web Therapy," which was later picked up by the cable network Showtime. Judy Greer, who stars with George Clooney in "The Descendants," debuted her own Yahoo! Series, "Reluctantly Healthy," last year as well.
The series will be distributed online and through tablet devices, and will also be available in a variety of different languages. Aside from showcasing Hanks' producing skills, the show will also feature Hanks voicing a character.
The 55-year-old actor is known for many works, some of which include "Forrest Gump," "The Green Mile," "Saving Private Ryan" and "The Da Vinci Code."
In December 2011, Hanks was voted the second 'Most Trusted Celebrity,' only following actress Betty White. Hanks had a 65 percent favorability rating in a poll of 2,012 Americans released by Reuters/Ipsos on Aug. 17, 2011.
Hanks was also recently in the news when he told BBC News in a June 2011 video interview that a fourth 'Toy Story' could be in the works, saying: "I think there will be, yeah. Yeah, I think they're working on it now."
The animated film franchise's studio and production company, Disney and Pixar, declined comment.