Actor and comedian Jim Belushi has signed on to create 13 animated Webisodes of “The Greedy Show” for Shockwave.com, it was announced Friday at the World Animation Celebration.
The series, which will bow this fall, consists of two- to-five-minute segments and will have recurring characters.
Belushi said he signed with Shockwave after he saw a presentation of the site and talked with CEO Rob Burgess.
“I asked ‘What are your limitations?’ and Rob said, ‘We want to entertain people,’ ” Belushi said. “He said, ‘We’re not going to do gambling, we’re not going to do porn, but we’ll do anything funny in between.’ I thought, ‘Wow — I’ve never met a producer like that.’ ”
Belushi said the Webisodes will appeal to those with an “adult” sense of humor and focus on people who are driven by greed to commit various misadventures.
“You know why guys always sound stupid on television shows?” Belushi asked. “It’s because you can’t put the way people really joke around and talk on television … A lot of scenes we wanted to do on television or on stage we couldn’t because of censorship.”
Cory Weisman of ICM brokered the deal, which was negotiated by the Loeb & Loeb law firm.
Belushi also serves Netcaster Hitplay’s board of directors.
Belushi joins David Lynch, Tim Burton and “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who have all agreed to create content for Shockwave.com. On Tuesday Shockwave will bow its latest creation, “Regurge,” which is a musicvid parody show created by Fremont-based eStudio.
“We want Shockwave.com to be a riot,” Burgess said.
Sources said future shows on Shockwave are expected from “Saturday Night Live” cast member Chris Kattan and “The Whole Nine Yards” actor Harland Williams.
The WAC, primarily a confab for recruiting animators, was held at the Roosevelt Hotel from May 30 to June 4.