MacFarlane, Bakshi, Woo Move to Main Street

Seth MacFarlane, John Woo and Ralph Bakshi are among the content creators collaborating with Main Street Pictures Inc. to produce animated features and Internet-based productions. Main Street is also working with Warner Bros. on a series of animated shorts to be released later this year in Kenya, Africa.

Main Street is producing Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy for Media Rights Capital (MRC). MRC will distibute the shorts on the Internet using different web based outlets and sponsors. The project features animation by Digital eMation in Korea and original scoring by Walter Murphy. Main Street started the production process in late 2007 and says the ambitious undertaking came in on time and on budget.

Cavalcade was an amazing experience, one of the most exciting, collaborative and challenging projects in my life,’ says producer Andrew Egiziano, a co-founder of Main Street Pictures. ‘Seth and a small team of insanely funny writers laid out the idea, 50 individual shorts, up to two minutes in length, created specifically with the web in mind.’

Warrior Princess (working title) is John Woo’s feature-length animated sequel to his live-action historical drama Red Cliff, which is garnering praise at film festivals around the world. Produced by Lion Rock Prods. with Terrance Chang and Lori Tilkin, the toon is adapted from the Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms and continues the legendary tale of warrior princess Lady Sun.

On the development front, Main Street is working on a sequel to Ralph Bakshi’s 1977 cult-favorite animated feature Wizards. The new pic is being produced by Mark Bakshi and Main Street co-founder and producer Aaron Parry. Also in development is Brain Drain by Dustin Ellis. The project tells the story of two teenagers who get trapped in the brain of their mad scientist uncle.

Main Street Pictures Inc. was formed in 2006 by producing partners Aaron Parry, Andrew Egiziano and Nicholisa Contis. Collectively, the principals boast more than 45 years of experience in 2D animation, CG and live-action production. More information on the company is available at www.mainstreetpictures.com.