Cartoon Network has started production on its yet-untitled primetime animated series starring Andre Benjamin, better known as Andre 3000 of the hip-hop act OutKast. Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank will produce 12 half-hour episodes and a 1-hour premiere for the show, created by Benjamin and Tom Lynch (Romeo!).
The series will center on a group of musically gifted kids and an unlikely visitor who brings sunshine to their lives. Benjamin will provide voices and musical direction for the show, and will also serve as exec producer along with Lynch. The show’s co-executive producer and head writer is Patric M. Verrone, who wrote for Futurama, The Critic and Pinky and the Brain, and was a supervising producer on Futurama. Director Donovan Cook (Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers) serves as supervising producer.
Produced by Cartoon Network in conjunction with the Tom Lynch Co. and Andre Benjamin’s Moxie Turtle production shingle the series is scheduled to debut in the fall 2006.
Benjamin can now be seen in the hit film Four Brothers. He will also lends his voice to the character Elwyn in the upcoming live-action/animated adaptation of E.B. White’s classic children’s book, Charlotte’s Web, slated for release in 2006.
Cartoon Network Studios’ current production slate includes the series The Life & Times of Juniper Lee, Camp Lazlo, My Gym Partner’s a Monkey and Ben 10, as well as three original shorts and ongoing production of the hit series Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends and The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.