Mainframe to Grind Out Tony Hawk Toon

IDT Ent.-owned animation house, Mainframe Ent., will produce a direct-to-video animated feature with skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. IDT Ent. Sales will handle worldwide television and home video distribution for the CG movie, tentatively titled Tony Hawk in Boom Boom Goes the Circus.

Scheduled to arrive on retail shelves in early 2006, the film will feature the voice and animated likeness of Hawk, and motion capture will be employed to bring the skater’s signature moves to the screen. Production is slated to begin this November.

Hawk joins legendary Marvel Comics tycoon Stan Lee, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, rocker/movie director Rob Zombie and other entertainment icons who now working with IDT Ent. on animation projects.

Boom Boom Goes the Circus tells the story of an evil circus owner who plots to ruin Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom HuckJam show by kidnapping its star. Hawk’s fans witness his abduction but can’t convince the authorities that a crime has occurred. With nowhere to turn for help, it’s up to the loyal fans to rescue their hero.

Mainframe Ent., known for such pioneering CG television series as ReBoot and MTV’s Spider-Man, is also producing a new CG Popeye primetime television special with King Features Syndicate. The show will debut in prime time during the holiday season (between Nov. 24 and Dec. 21, 2004) on Fox before hitting video shelves courtesy of Artisan Home Entertainment’s Family Home Entertainment (FHE) label.