The Cartoon Network has greenlit its first-ever movie project mixing live action and animation. And while that immediately shuts off the project from the Chinese market, folks there seem excited about it nonetheless.
The movie, called "Re-Animated," is one of several projects the cable network announced this week at its upfront presentation. Among the others are a series executive produced by and starring Andre 3000 of OutKast and new seasons of "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends" and "Codename: Kids Next Door," among others.
"When we read the script for 'Re-Animated,' we thought it was innovative, irreverent and, most of all, funny," says Jim Samples, executive vp and general manager of Cartoon Network. "We knew we had to make it. We think when it's done the Cartoon Network way, kids will enjoy seeing animation and the real world collide."
The story revolves around a 12-year-old who suffers a tragic accident at an amusement park and needs an emergency brain transplant. He receives the frozen cerebrum of a famous cartoonist, and when he recovers, he sees cartoon characters everywhere. Network veterans Adam Pava and Tim McKeon ("Foster's Home," "The Life and Times of Juniper Lee") wrote the film, which begins shooting this spring.
Andre 3000 (real name: Andre Benjamin) will lend his voice to "Class of 3000," which he's also executive producing. He'll play a music superstar who returns to the Atlanta performing-arts school he attended, looking for something he lost on the way up. He'll also serve as the show's music director.
Tom Lynch ("Romeo," "The Secret World of Alex Mack") is executive producing with Benjamin.