VANCOUVER: Computers meet The Wrists in the latest match-up of co-producing companies.
Mainframe Entertainment and 2-D cel-and-ink shop Studio B Productions have joined up to develop new projects that use both traditional and computer animation techniques.
Fishing for a broadcaster at press time was the proposed series Surf N Turf, a creation of Amanda Connelly and Jimmy Palmiotti, who also sold the rights to their Gatecrasher comic book to Mainframe.
Surf N Turf features 2-D characters in 3-D backgrounds and camera moves. Surf, a brilliant-but-maladroit chef bulldog, and Turf, a laid-back Californian lobster-maitre d’, operate the Sandcastle Restaurant. Subplots include ‘Escape from Aquatraz,’ about fish trying to escape the tank before they become entrées, and ‘Nick and Scratch-Vehicular Placement Engineers,’ about the valets.
Studio B produces shows like Yvon of the Yukon (YTV), What About Mimi? (Teletoon) and D’Myna Leagues (CTV starting in January 2001). Mainframe is known for such fare as Action Man (Fox Kids, YTV) and Heavy Gear (BKN).