Mainframe Entertainment, Inc. (TSX: MFE), a leading creator of computer animation, has announced completion of its first one-hour primetime special, “Scary Godmother Halloween Spooktakular,” scheduled to air on Canada’s YTV network this coming Halloween, October 31, 2003.
“Being the first animation company to complete a full CGI television production utilizing SoftImage XSI software, we were able to bring a feature film quality to television,” explains Mainframe CEO Rick Mischel. “We’re anticipating that this special Halloween show will not only secure primetime pick-up in the States, but will also migrate into a successful television or direct-to-video series.” Mainframe plans an extensive Halloween promotional push for the special with tie-ins to Halloween retailers and candy makers.
Based on the popular comics and children’s books by the award-winning artist and writer Jill Thompson, “Scary Godmother Halloween Spooktakular” is a whimsical animated story that follows the first trick-or-treating adventure of Hannah Marie, a young girl who is being babysat by her older, and meaner, cousin one dark Halloween night. Unhappy to be saddled with Hannah, her cousin cooks up a scheme to frighten her, but the scheme backfires when Hannah gets help from her Scary Godmother and her quirky monster friends.
“Respecting the integrity of Jill Thompson’s original illustrations and stories, we thought no one would be better to art direct the production than Jill Thompson herself,” states Zeke Norton, Director of the primetime special. “Her contributions to the overall production were greatly appreciated and her role as art director ensures that her fans will be pleased with this extension of the Scary Godmother franchise. We think we’ve created an evergreen Halloween special!”
Mainframe Entertainment has posted a ‘sneak peek’ trailer for “Scary Godmother Halloween Spooktakular” log onto www.mainframe.ca and click on Projects/Scary Godmother.