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When someone mentions Tom Hanks we instantly recall the following:

  • Forrest Gump and it’s many great lines such as: “But you ain’t got no legs, Lieutenant Dan,” “Seat’s taken…can’t sit here” (not actually Tom hank’s line) and of course, “Mama always said ‘life’s like a box of chocolates.'”
  • Saving Private Ryan and the scene where Hanks has been shot down yet still shoots his pistol defiantly at a Nazi tank.
  • Philadelphia and his emotional stares in the court room.
  • Big. Every scene in Big. Man, I wanted to play on one of those floor foot pianos! Also…”what’s so fun about playing with a building?”

We think Tom Hanks and we think, Tom Hanks’ movies.

The web series, Electric City, is clearly an attempt to change our perceptions of who Tom Hanks is. Rather than think “movie star”, I believe Hanks wants fans to think “creator.” Hanks has produced and directed many projects such as an episode of Band of Brothers and the movie That Thing You Do, but never has he reached into the world of…(imagine a spooky voice here) the internet! Hanks is expanding his presence in the world of entertainment, and I for one couldn’t be more thrilled. His work is always stellar and he seems to be one of the nicest, most genuine celebrities in the entertainment business.

So what’s Electric City about? Electric City is an animated web series that tells the story of a dreary city and it’s questionable government/control system…I think. I’ve only seen the first episode. Quite honestly, I was trying to adjust to the nature of Hanks’ dark but necessary Cleveland Carr who concludes the episode on an un-Hanks-like note. The web series has potential, and I dig the side-screen key which gives viewers some back history of each character on the screen (as they appear). So go ahead and try an episode out. Put on your “magic shoes”. “Mama said they can take you anywhere…even Electric City.”

…okay, that last part wasn’t apart of the Forrest Gump quote, but still…

Electric City plays on Yahoo! Screen.

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