Driving is the ultimate symbol of freedom on the
By Mekeisha Madden Toby Special to MSN TV
the ultimate symbol of freedom on Disney XD's new animated series "Motorcity." The show introduces young viewers to a
post-apocalyptic world where 17-year-old rebel Mike Chilton (voiced by Reid Scott of "The Big
C" and "My
Boys") and his gang of friends known as the Burners do everything they can
to stay behind the wheel.
That's because in Mike's world, he and
his friends can drive only in Motorcity, their gritty, subterranean
refuge. Just above them is a sterile and joyless city called Detroit Deluxe
where cars and everything fun is banned. Evil villain Abraham Kane (voiced
by Mark Hamill of "Star Wars") runs Detroit Deluxe and sets out to
destroy Mike, his pals and Motorcity at all costs.
it was like when you first learned to drive? When you got your license?" asked
Chris Prynoski, the creator behind "Motorcity" at a recent press event. "This is
a show for people who love to drive or can't wait until they can.
"Driving is freedom, and that's the single most important theme of
'Motorcity,'" the 40-year-old father-to-be said. "The freedom to drive and the
freedom to live and do what you darn well please. It's the American dream."
Prynoski says "Motorcity" is fresh, fun and full of life,
unlike many of his past works.
"It's not a cynical show," he said.
"I've worked on a lot of Adult Swim shows, and the basic humor comes from
cynicism. 'Motorcity' is not that. It's sincere. I'm setting out to make a show
for kids that will excite them the way cartoons excited me as a kid."
Prynoski, who grew up in New Jersey working on cars with his dad, graduated
from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Past credits include "Beavis and
Butt-Head" and "Metalocalypse" on Adult Swim.
Prynoski spent a week in Detroit researching the city and its people.
"This show personifies freedom and what's special about America,"
Prynoski said. "And I think it personifies the spirit of Detroit right now."
In addition to Mike and Abraham Kane, a number of characters help
bring "Motorcity" to life.
Chuck (voiced by Nate Torrence) is an exceptional
engineer and co-pilot and Mike's best friend.
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