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The Japanese broadcaster TV Tokyo announced on Thursday that it is working with the Canadian artist Pat Lee (Transformers, Darkminds) and the Chinese studio Carloon Animation on a full-CG television series called Train Hero.
The story of Train Hero deals with a rescue team that handles disasters on the high-speed trains crisscrossing the world. The team undergoes transformation sequences to respond in times of crisis.
The 26-episode animated series will run in Japan, China, and other countries starting in April of 2012. China plans to enhance the animated footage for a theatrical version that will open nationwide later that fall. 2012 happens to be the planned launch date of a high-speed railway between Beijing and Shanghai.
Carloon is affiliated with the regional station Changzhou Broadcasting & TV, which serves a city of 5 million people west of Shanghai. Total Planning Office is responsible for the Japanese side of production. Lee once co-headed Dreamwave Productions, a comic book company that rose to prominence in 2002 with licensed Transformers titles. Dreamwave filed for bankruptcy in 2005, and its creditors included many of the artists and writers who worked on its titles.