Famous Frames Mobile Resurrects Stooges

Moe, Larry and Curly are back and this time they’re computer-generated in a new mobile series launching as one of several new animated offerings at www.FFMI.com. An initiative of new media company Famous Frames Mobile Interactive, the site beta launches today with previews of five diverse new toon mobisodes. Many in the industry know Famous Frames as a storyboard artist agency that has been in operation for the past 20 years.

Through an exclusive deal with C3 Ent., The Three Stooges returns after 50 years. The kings of slapstick run for president of the United States in ‘The Grate Debate,’ the first CG-animated episode, which is set to debut soon. Also to be featured on the site is CybeRacers, a CG futuristic action thriller co-produced by renowned Asian animation house Morph Studios, that will be offered in three minute mobisodes/webisodes and later as a full-length feature film.

FFMI has also acquired Aaron Sowd’s Masterminds, an animated comic-book riff that features the voice of Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee; Duff Clawson’s The Lucky Shop of Xao Fung, a CG film noir series; and Guy Henry and Girlband, irreverent cartoon comedies from artist Burpo, also known as Stephen DeBonrepos.

“FFMI allows creative talent to distribute their works without the big budget ‘it’s who you know’ barriers of old Hollywood,” says FFMI CEO Mark C. Miller. ‘The nGen platform powers up this process by allowing greater artistic control and profit participation. What ‘new media’ comes down to is an immediate interaction between you and your audience.’

Miller, FFMI president Steven Schmidt and their international team greenlit development of FFMI, its creative production slate and multi-channel digital delivery platform (nGen TV/nGen Mobile) in 2005. Last summer, FFMI won iHollywood Forum’s Best of Show Award after being voted the most worthy partner and funding prospect by the audience at the 12th Mobile Entertainment Summit. FFMI’s nGen platform also distributes animated messages and greetings, graphic novels, games, screensavers, wallpapers, ringtones and products across a wide range of formats.