Tom Hanks as we all know and love, has been a familiar and respected actor recognised by face and voice across several generations - everything from his earlier outings in 'Splash' of 1984, to his voicing of 'Woody' in the 'Toy Story' franchise.
Now, in 2012 we are presented with twenty, five minute episodes of an animated series entitled, 'The Electric City', produced by his company Playtone and the Indian media company Reliance Entertainment.
To quote from Yahoo! Screen's blurb on the internet mini-series, it is described as thus:
"The dystopian thriller features a sci-fi vision of the future, in which a new world order controls energy, information and freedom. Tom Hanks voices the lead, and the cast also includes Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Holland Taylor."
I'm hooked. I have to be honest. Since starting the new job I invariably have to be in bed at an hour I've not experienced since I was 10 and in junior school, and as a result I need that little 'something' to help me relax - enter 'The Electric City'. The animation reminds me of something done in Flash, but it works a treat, and the irritating part about this series is, apart form each episode being only 5 minutes in length, is that you just can't help watching the next episode immediately after you've finished the previous one. I'm up to episode eleven and must exercise restraint from ploughing through all twenty.
For me, it works. So if you haven't already started viewing this great mini-series, I urge you to give it a go. Somehow I don't think you'll be disappointed, especially with Mr Hanks' easy tones as the lead.